The best things we ate in metro Detroit in 2021

In a roller coaster ride of a year that hit the restaurant industry particularly hard, all of metro Detroit’s restaurateurs deserve praise…

By Metro Times Staff

‘Birriadillas’ with consomme at Antojitos Southwest
    During the pandemic’s early stages, Gloria Contreras turned a layoff into an opportunity to pursue a dream: opening a restaurant. She and her family launched a birria-centered operation out of their Southwest Detroit home, and word of her incredible “birriadillas” — or birria quesadillas — spread quickly. The Contreras family now runs a popular food truck, delivering birrilla impressive for its depth and richness. Contreras starts with beef that's browned before simmering for hours in its juices, leaving it super tender while building the fatty base for the hearty quesadillas' big flavor. Garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, and a range of other spices and aromatics stew with the meat, while guajillo, a brightening chile, adds a component that's more tangy and fruity than spicy. That’s wrapped in a shell with a handful of mozzarella cheese, then griddle-fried in the beef’s oil to deepen the package with another interesting flavor layer and create a crunchy counterpoint to all the tender meat. The birria juice is again repurposed as a consommé, which allows the diner to ensure that each bite is awash in the rich, high fat broth. Finish it with diced onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime for more flavor and textural depth, and the incredible package is complete. (1975 Sharon St., Detroit; instagram.com/antojitos_southwest)
    —Tom Perkins
    
    Courtesy photo
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All the fantastic folks we saw at the Michigan Renaissance Festival 2021

There's so much fun to be had at Michigan's Renaissance Festival. This weekend was "Viking Invasion," where Vikings, maidens, fairies, and many…

By Metro Times Staff

All the fantastic folks we saw at the Michigan Renaissance Festival 2021
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Everyone we saw at the 2021 Charivari Detroit electronic music festival

Now in its 8th year, Charivari Detroit is an annual four-day electronic dance music festival held in August. This year's edition was…

By Metro Times Staff

Friday, Aug. 13
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The 2020 Dooby Awards: Celebrating Michigan’s most dubious newsmakers

Of all the years in recent history, 2020 is, without question, the most dubious of them all. We don't have to tell…

By Metro Times Staff

The 2020 Dooby Awards: Celebrating Michigan’s most dubious newsmakers
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45 hilarious prank student ID photos by North Farmington High School seniors

The future might feel grim and uncertain but if these seniors from North Farmington High School are any indication of what's to…

By Metro Times Staff

45 hilarious prank student ID photos by North Farmington High School seniors
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