20 fabulous Michigan drag queens you should be following on Instagram

All hail the queens: Drag performers inspire us to embrace our true selves and say, "fuck the haters." Here are 20 drag queens…

By Randiah Camille Green

20 fabulous Michigan drag queens you should be following on Instagram
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20 Black-owned Michigan cannabis companies you should support

African Americans — one of the groups that have been harmed the most by the War on Drugs — remain underrepresented in…

By Metro Times Staff

Higher Learning Institution
    17 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-977-1574;yourhigherlearning.com
    
    Founded by Sammy Rogers, Higher Learning Institution is a cannabis vocational and technical school in Pontiac. The school offers courses on budtending, cannabis cultivation, and cannabis extraction.
    Photo via Larry Gabriel
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20 Detroit area restaurants that taste amazing when you’re high

When talking about iconic combinations, most people might start with a classic like peanut butter and jelly or popcorn and a movie.…

By Metro Times Staff

Sweetwater Tavern
    400 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-962-2210; sweetwatertavern.net
    
    Sweetwater marinates their wings for 24 hours, giving your munchies monster a full dose of flavor.
    Photo via Google Maps
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Rare retro Lustron house is for sale in Ann Arbor

Built in 1949, this mid-century modern home is a real gem. It's an all-metal prefabricated Lustron home, designed by Chicago inventor Carl Strandlund…

By MT Staff

Rare retro Lustron house is for sale in Ann Arbor
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The 20 best places to get cocktails in Detroit area, according to Yelp

Let’s be real, we’re all over the weather giving us hope one day and sorrow the next day. Seasonal depression is real,…

By Metro Times Staff

14. RH House
    2630 Crooks Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-586-1000
    
    “Yum ! The cocktails at RH house are amazing !! Kennedy at the bar is wonderful !!  My favorite is the Smokey Auburn. Great atmosphere !” - Caryl J.
    
    Photo via  RH House/Facebook
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The 20 most romantic date night restaurants in metro Detroit according to Yelp

Throughout the pandemic, many of our date nights have involved a great takeout order and a binge-worthy TV show. While there’s nothing…

By Metro Times Staff

The 20 most romantic date night restaurants in metro Detroit according to Yelp
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The best weed in metro Detroit, as chosen by Metro Times readers

See more winners in our Best of Detroit 2021 issue.

By Metro Times Staff

The best weed in metro Detroit, as chosen by Metro Times readers
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30 essential Detroit area record stores to support to keep the music alive

Keep music alive by supporting these local, legendary, and thriving Detroit-area record stores, which keep the inspiration spinning all year long.

By Metro Times Staff

30 essential Detroit area record stores to support to keep the music alive
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The best metro Detroit restaurants of 2021, according to our readers

Much like their favorite NFL football team, Detroiters will go down giving it all they've got when to comes to their favorite…

By Metro Times Staff

The best metro Detroit restaurants of 2021, according to our readers
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20 Michigan parks, trails, and drives to see the fall colors

Fall is the season where we see just how beautiful Michigan is, and the changing of the leaves gives us the colors…

By Metro Times Staff

20 Michigan parks, trails, and drives to see the fall colors
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The 20 best steakhouses in metro Detroit according to Yelp

Sometimes that craving hits and all you want is a nice, perfectly seasoned steak (with some sort of potato, of course). When…

By Metro Times Staff

4. Roast
    1128 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-961-2500
    
    “Amazing dinner last night, from the manhattans, bone marrow and tomato salad. NY Steak, and scallops were the best we've had. Service is top notch. Best dining experience we have had in a long time.” - Russell G.
    
    Photo via 
     Roast/ Facebook
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All the freaky folks we saw at Twiztid's Astronomicon event in Ann Arbor

Detroit-based rap duo Twiztid's award-winning convention, Astronomicon, has returned for a 4th year. With a variety of celebrities from the realms of…

By Metro Times Staff

All the freaky folks we saw at Twiztid's Astronomicon event in Ann Arbor
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You can live in this $1.75 million Swiss Chalet in Ann Arbor — let's take a tour

Go ahead and cancel your post-vaccination vacation and take a look at this Swiss chalet-inspired house in the Ann Arbor area instead.…

By Metro Times Staff

You can live in this $1.75 million Swiss Chalet in Ann Arbor — let's take a tour
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Detroit-area restaurants that opened during the pandemic that you may have missed

The pandemic served us some pretty devastating news, including statistics about business closures. It is estimated that more than 17% of restaurants…

By Metro Times Staff

Coriander Kitchen and Farm
    14601 Riverside Blvd., Detroit; 313-473-9132; corianderkitchenandfarm.com
    Chef Alison Heeres and farmer Gwen Meyer of Coriander Kitchen & Farm have been itching to open their waterfront farm-to-table restaurant since securing the previously vacant marina in the Jefferson-Chalmers area. Well, in 2021, they opened Coriander's doors (er, scenic patio for now) to offer thoughtfully made and locally sourced flatbreads, salads, and sandwiches.  
    Photo via Coriander Kitchen and Farm/Facebook
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25 of the best Mexican restaurants in the Detroit area, according to Yelp

Mexican food is, how do we say this without being offensive ... the fucking best. No, really. Tacos? Burritos? Margaritas?! Like, come on. Dip…

By Metro Times Staff

25 of the best Mexican restaurants in the Detroit area, according to Yelp
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25 Detroit area bookstores to support on Independent Bookstore Day and beyond

You know when Netflix brazenly asks you “are you still watching?” while binging the award-winning Jason Bateman drama Ozark? Well, show Netflix…

By Metro Times Staff

Nandi's Knowledge Cafe
    71 Oakman Blvd., Highland Park; 313-865-1288; nandisknowledgecafe.com
    Part bookstore, part community space, Nandi's Knowledge Cafe is a hub for African American books, art, poetry, culture, and studies. In addition to a carefully curated selection of books, Nandi's is also a hotspot for live performances, including hip-hop, reggae, open mic, and chess nights each week. 
    
    Photo via GoogleMaps
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A 420 gift guide for metro Detroit's canna-curious and canna-sseurs

Extreme sports. Brain surgery. Beating The Nameless King in Dark Souls 3. What do these things have in common? They all require…

By Metro Times Staff

Vaporizer
    For the canna-curious: 
    Ooze Slim Pen Twist Battery with Smart USB, $19.99
    Available at various Detroit-area dispensaries; oozelife.com
    
    We were canna-curious once when it came to vaping, and we remember not wanting to do a damn thing other than huff and puff on a portable and discreet pen anywhere and everywhere regardless of legal ramifications. Leave the high-maintenance vapes for the canna-sseur and don't overthink baby's first vape (as in you, baby, not an actual human baby, because that would be irresponsible). Welcome to the Ooze life: Ooze, a Michigan-bred cannabis accessory company, was one of the earliest vape batteries around. “Batteries? I thought we were talking about vape pens?” Calm down, newbie. Most disposable vape pens harness a battery, which you can then screw/pop in your favorite concentrate cartridge. You good? OK, so Ooze offers affordable — and colorful — USB rechargeable batteries that are so slim and so portable that you won't even know it's there. Well, that is until you hit that shit and you're on clouds 9, 10, and 420. 
    
    Photo via OozeLife.com
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The most anticipated new restaurants coming to the Detroit area in 2021

We don't have to tell you that 2020, uh, was not all that it was cracked up to be. Not only did…

By Metro Times Staff

Sloppy Crab
    519 E. Jefferson, Detroit;sloppycrabdetroit.com
    The owners of Sloppy Chops are backing another sloppy restaurant with Sloppy Crab. Taking over the former Brigg's Detroit spot in downtown, Sloppy Crab will offer a variety of seafood dishes, including lobster, fried fish, and seafood boils. 
    
    Photo via Sloppy Crab/Facebook
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This $1.25 million Mid-Century Modern home in Ann Arbor hasn't been touched since the 1950s — let's take a tour

While we await the invention of an actual hot tub time machine, the opportunity to live out our most spectacular 1950s fantasy is…

By Metro Times Staff

This $1.25 million Mid-Century Modern home in Ann Arbor hasn't been touched since the 1950s — let's take a tour
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All the places you can buy recreational weed in metro Detroit right now

New recreational marijuana stores are opening across the state, including a number in metro Detroit. (Though not Detroit proper yet, as City…

By Metro Times Staff

The Greenhouse of Walled Lake
    103 E. Walled Lake Dr, Walled Lake; 834-644-7336; greenhousemi.com
    
    Photo courtesy of The Greenhouse of Walled Lake
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The 25 best restaurants for takeout in Ann Arbor, according to Yelp

You know what they say about opinions: they're like assholes, everyone has one. And, well, sometimes the people with opinions and assholes, are assholes.…

By Metro Times Staff

25. Detroit Street Filling Station
    300 Detroit St., Ann Arbor;734-224-8262; thelunchrooma2.com/detroit-street-filling-station 
    “I must admit, as a lifelong omnivore, I have always been skeptical about vegetarian restaurants as I have rarely found any earth shattering vegetarian dishes. But was pleasantly surprised when I came across the Power Up Bowl at the Detroit Street Filling Station! It was vegetarian, healthy, and more importantly (to me at least), super tasty! Would highly recommend this for your entree if you come by here for lunch or dinner.
    The buffalo cauliflower "wings" here are also pretty great. The Pad Thai is alright, not nearly as good as the Power Up bowl. The Power Up bowl is where it's at.” —Nancy C. on Yelp
    
    Photo via Detroit Street Filling Station/Facebook
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20 things to do if you're sober in the Detroit area

As if being a human wasn't hard enough, 2020 happened and, well, you know how that turned out. For those on a…

By Metro Times Staff

Buy a damn book and actually read the damn thing
    Don’t worry. You’re not alone. We have mountains of half-read books and stacks of “oh, I’ve been meaning to read those,” too. So, how about you take some time out of an afternoon and lose yourself in the labyrinthian John K. King Rare and Used Books or literally any one of metro Detroit’s many independent bookstores that are keeping our brains fed during the pandemic? Remember, read responsibly.
    Photo via Literati/Facebook
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25 of the best comfort food restaurants in metro Detroit, according to Yelp

We could all use a little comfort right about now, meaning comfort food — like mac n' cheese, meatloaf, pho, or chicken…

By Metro Times Staff

1. Polish Village Cafe
    2990 Yemans St., Hamtramck; 313-874-5726; polishvillage.cafe 
    “Nice old world styled restaurant. And I must say has the best be Polish food around. The wait staff is great. They always check to make sure you have everything to keep you happy. And it's always packed!!!!  so order carry out if you don't mind dining out. It's just a little place. Get anything it is guaranteed to be good, I promise. City chicken, pierogies, stuffed cabbage like grandma used to make.... unless you're getting a combo have the person with you order something different and just share. Serving sizes are good and there will be more than enough to take home for leftovers! Try the dill pickle soup as well. Hope you enjoy this place as much as I do.” — Tiffany M. on Yelp
    
    Photo via Polish Village Cafe/Facebook
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20 metro Detroit restaurants to fill up on piping hot pho

Winter is here, and so is our Seasonal Affective Disorder. Yeah, that's right. We're S.A.D. But another three-letter word might be hot,…

By Metro Times Staff

Flowers of Vietnam
    4440 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-554-2085; flowersofvietnam.com
    Tucked inside the Vernor Coney Island, Flowers of Vietnam is a high-end and experimental Vietnamese eatery and a strong contender for top pho within the city limits. Pair it with some sticky and sweet caramel chicken wings and a specialty cocktail and suddenly it’s a perfect date night. 
    
    Photo via Flower of Vietnam/Facebook
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Where to buy holiday gifts for under $50 in metro Detroit

Sometimes our hearts are bigger than our wallets, especially when it comes to gift-giving this time of year. And while pandemic shopping…

By Metro Times Staff

Where to buy holiday gifts for under $50 in metro Detroit
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50 Detroit-area restaurants that we said goodbye to in 2020

Draw a bath, cue up the Sarah McLachlan, and grab a pint of ice cream because we are seriously bumming about not…

By Metro Times Staff

Revolver
    9737 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck
    Revolver debuted in 2013 with a novel concept of selling advance tickets to special dinners with weekly rotating chefs, many of whom used the space to preview their new restaurants. While it drew a cult following, it could not survive the coronavirus pandemic, which forced many restaurants to resort to carryout. Revolver's closure was made official in the fall.
    Photo via MT archives
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40 Detroit area restaurants with igloos, tents, and heated outdoor seating

We Michiganders know one thing to be true: winter is inevitable. No longer how many unseasonably warm days November may hold, winter…

By Metro Times Staff

Lake Inn Lapeer
    3711 Hunt Rd., Lapeer; 810-667-09411; lakeinnlapeer.com
    It’s a little like eating a burger in front of a cow but at Lake Inn Lapeer, which has a seafood-focused menu, they’ve got igloos on the deck overlooking the lake, you know, home to pre-cooked sea creatures. All that is required to reserve a waterfront igloo is a willingness to spend $150 minimum on food and drinks Monday-Thursday or $200 minimum Friday through Sunday. 
     
    Photo via Lake Inn Lapeer/Facebook
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The Detroit area’s best restaurants in 2020, according to our readers

The results are in for the 2020 Best of Detroit reader's poll and our readers didn't hold back from letting us know…

By Metro Times Staff

The Detroit area’s best restaurants in 2020, according to our readers
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20 places to grab cocktails-to-go in metro Detroit

A lot of things suck right now — like, a lot of things. But the alcohol gods have bestowed upon us a…

By Metro Times Staff

PizzaPlex
    4458 Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-757-4992; pizzaplex.com
    We’ve got a cocktail com-plex. Thankfully, Southwest’s PizzaPlex started baggin’ up their cocktails to go in Capri Sun-style pouches. For $10, you can get the Orchid, Negroni, or Plex Margarita.  
    Photo via  PizzaPlex/Facebook
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20 socially distant things to do in the Detroit area when it’s hot AF outside

We're feeling it too, fam. It's hot. We're sick of our spouses, houses, and despite having subscriptions to every single streaming service,…

By Metro Times Staff

20 socially distant things to do in the Detroit area when it’s hot AF outside
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