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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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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21 socially-distant things to do outdoors in metro Detroit this spring

Can you hear that, folks? The sound of snow melting and dripping gently down eaves, people taking to the streets to soak…

By Metro Times Staff

Go full zen at the Cranbrook Gardens
    380 Long Pine Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3149; housegardens.cranbrook.edu
    While we are sort of exiting several nightmares — a pandemic and a Michigan winter — what better place to cool down than Cranbrook’s sunken garden? Or how about the Japanese Garden or Reflecting Pond? This shady (not, like, suspicious, but actual shade) and dreamy spot is the perfect place to cool off and, well, reflect on your useless and very expensive college degree. If the shade and gardens and ponds aren’t enough to lower your temps, stay tuned to Cranbrook’s social media as they're gearing up to reopen the art gallery and science museum. After all, air conditioning is both a work of art and a scientific marvel, and for that we are #blessed.  
    Photo via Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research/Facebook
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25 of the most romantic restaurants in the Detroit area, according to Yelp

It might be cold AF outside, but things are heating up in time for Valentine's Day, thanks to metro Detroit's dining scene.…

By Metro Times Staff

16. Marrow
    8044 Kercheval Ave., Detroit; 313-652-0200; marrowdetroit.com 
    “Had an absolutely incredible experience at Marrow for our anniversary dinner. Menu has to be picked ahead of time, but you truly can't go wrong -- everything was fresh, unique, beautifully plated, and delicious. Our server was kind and attentive while also being careful to limit contact due to covid precautions. We sat on the back patio which had heaters and a fire going, and was a lovely setting for dinner. The tasting menu is well worth the price and we already want to return since the menu changes often! Marrow exceeded our expectations and made our anniversary dinner fun and memorable.” — Carolina R. on Yelp
    
    Photo via Marrow/Facebook
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20 sex toys, gadgets, and surprises to make it through Valentine’s Day in quarantine

If you would’ve told us that we would’ve spent most of 2020 — and, as it’s shaping up, most of 2021 —…

By Metro Times Staff

For the person who is very new to butt stuff but wants to give it a whirl 
    Luxe Beginner Plug Kit, $28
    Spectrum Boutique, 0nline only, spectrumboutique.com
    Don't over anal-yze it. Despite the rise in the popularity of butt stuff, not everyone is down to knock on their backdoor. But for those newbies who want to see what all the fuss is about before trying with a partner, there's the Luxe Beginner Plug Kit. Think of it like training wheels for your butt. Each of the three uniquely-sized silicone plugs offers a tapered tip to make insertion and removal a smooth experience, allowing you to build up to the largest of the plugs. If you want to, you'll be a butt stuff pro in no time. 
    Photo via spectrumboutique.com
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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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40 restaurants that opened in metro Detroit suburbs this year

It's been a tough year for the restaurant industry. Due to the pandemic, more than one-third of Michigan restaurants may not be…

By Metro Times Staff

Mad Crab
    13351 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park; 248-965-2120; madcraboakparkmi.com
    Seafood boil places are cropping up all over metro Detroit like, well, mad crabs, which is exactly what Mad Crab is all about. Opened in September, Oak Park’s Mad Crab invites seafood lovers to combine their choice of seafood (lobster, snow crab, mussels, shrimp, crawfish, and more) with Cajun spices, garlic butter, and lemon pepper. 
    
    Photo via Mad Crab/Facebook
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15 spirited Christmas light displays within driving distance of Detroit

Life might feel grim and dim these days but things are still merry and very bright in metro Detroit, where more than a…

By Metro Times Staff

Davison Township Trail of Lights
    10069 E. Atherton Rd., Davison; 810-214-1810; register.dtparks.com/CourseActivities/holidays; Tickets are $2 for walk-thru and $10 for horse wagon rides.
    Walk this way… to Santa’s sleigh! The Division Trail of Lights walking night tour at the Robert Williams Nature And Historical Learning Center. Each year the event’s horse-drawn carriage rides sell out (though, this year, there are select spots available and guests can also sign up to be waitlisted), but the walking portion of this illuminated happening is available Dec. 6, 20, 21, and 26 starting at 5:30 p.m. 
      
    Photo via Davison Department of Parks and Recreation
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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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15 Detroit area Halloween happenings to prove the season isn't canceled

Contrary to nationwide cynicism, Halloween isn't canceled, folks. Sure, it's going to look and feel a whole lot different than previous years.…

By Metro Times Staff

Glenlore Trails: The Haunted Forest
     Through Nov. 15. 3860 Newton Rd., Commerce Twp.; glenloretrails.com; Tickets are $15-25
    
    Electric Forest may have been canceled and, frankly, that still stings, but there's a new illuminated forest experience in town to satiate our desire to feel anything other than recurring TikTok-induced depression and Twitter-fueled existential dread. For anyone like who needs to log the eff off for at least the duration of a half-mile trek through a magical and potentially haunted forest, there's Glenlore Trails: The Haunted Forest, an interactive and sensory experience in Commerce Township. Though it debuted in August as a non-haunted attraction, the light and design production team have pivoted to giving the people what they want: family-friendly spooky shit! 
    Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Bluewater Technologies
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65 new restaurants that opened in the Detroit area so far this year

It's been a tough year for the restaurant industry — when there's a global pandemic just when the weather's warming up, it…

By Metro Times Staff

Street Beet
    4626 3rd Ave., Detroit; 313-638-1480; streetbeetdetroit.com
    This cult-favorite all-vegan pop-up found a permanent home inside Detroit's 3rd Street Bar. The menu features Street Beet's greatest hits, including favorite items from several iterations of pop-ups, as well as some new additions. From Taco Hell, the pair's Taco Bell spoof, the Supreme Crunchywrap and Nachos Hell Grande made the cut, as did the fake chicken sandwich and cashew mac & cheese, which were fixtures on their KFC-inspired menus, and the filet-no-fish sandwich, a fan favorite circa their limited-run McDaddy's pop-up. New to the menu are a phony cheesesteak, a party melt, loaded french fries, and a brownie and ice cream dessert.
    Photo by Chris Gerard
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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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17 low-key beaches within driving distance of Detroit to responsibly escape to

Despite all our rage, we're still just rats in a cage — and we're breaking out, baby. But not so fast. Just…

By Metro Times Staff

Rosy Mound
    Grand Haven; 2 hours, 57 minutes 
    Honestly? We feel wrong saying Rosy Mound in public. The beach is so sequestered that it’s bound to feel like a private getaway. 
    Photo via Screen Grab/YouTube
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Everything we saw at the anti-Whitmer 'Judgement Day' protest in Lansing

Hundreds of protesters, some carrying guns, flouted social-distancing measures on Thursday at the "Judgement Day" rally (their spelling, not ours) at the…

By Metro Times Staff

Everything we saw at the anti-Whitmer 'Judgement Day' protest in Lansing
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25 essential Detroit-area taco spots offering carryout and curbside

Tacos are like snowflakes — no two are the same. Unlike snowflakes, however, tacos are delicious and we want tacos. All of…

By Metro Times Staff

Dos Locos Tacos
    10337 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck; 313-872-6838; doslocostacos.com
    Dos Locos Tacos is accepting phone orders for carryout.
    
    Photo via Dos Locos Tacos/Facebook
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What in the MAGA-lovin' heck went down in Lansing on Thursday?

Earlier this month, organizers of "Operation Gridlock" staged a protest at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home…

By Metro Times Staff

What in the MAGA-lovin' heck went down in Lansing on Thursday?
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15 high-end metro Detroit restaurants offering curbside takeout to class up your quarantine

There's nothing wrong with pizza from your favorite chain, but a month into Michigan's stay-at-home order and we miss, well, a lot…

By Metro Times Staff

Marrow
    8044 Kercheval Ave., Detroit; 313-652-0200; marrowdetroit.com
    A contemporary butcher shop and restaurant with a local and sustainable philosophy, Marrow is showing us the beef, brisket, and beyond with their pick-up and delivery options. You can order everything from Marrow-assembled grocery kits with butcher shop essentials, brunch supplies, as well as meal kits for dumplings, ramen, meatballs, and more. For the ultimate meat freak, they've got ready-to-grill butcher bundles that include lamb, pork, sausage, and rabbit. They also have a selection of wine and beer to-go.
    Photo via Marrow/Facebook
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A step-by-step guide for making a simple no-sew DIY face mask

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its prevention protocol regarding the spread of COVID-19 to recommend the public start wearing…

By Metro Times Staff

10. Fold the ends of the fabric toward center — this will be the side against your face
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20 ways to help metro Detroiters during the coronavirus pandemic

It's easy to feel hopeless right now, especially when we're told to stay home and away from the very people that may…

By Metro Times Staff

20 ways to help metro Detroiters during the coronavirus pandemic
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25 Detroit things we miss from before the coronavirus

Never have we related to something more than when Blink-182's Tom DeLonge wails “Where are you?” on the band's 2003 emo ballad…

By Metro Times Staff

Celebrating Detroit’s wonderfully weird traditions like Marche du Nain Rouge
    It happened in an instant. First, a concert at Little Caesars Arena announced its postponement, then another, then everything began collapsing and before we knew it, everything we’ve come to look forward to year after year was being ripped from our hands, including all of Detroit’s weird and wonderful traditions: namely Marche du Nain Rouge. Don’t worry, Detroit. We will run that little red MF’er out of the city once and for all, you know, next year. (Or support him, if that's your thing.)
    
    Photo by Steven Pham
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This photographer captured a deserted downtown Detroit due to the coronavirus — let's take a look

On Saturday, March 21, days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered all restaurants, bars, and other public establishments to close to curb the…

By Metro Times Staff

This photographer captured a deserted downtown Detroit due to the coronavirus — let's take a look
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