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River Bistro is One of Detroit's Hottest New Restaurants – and It's Not in Downtown

The Northwest Detroit restaurant is just the beginning for the hometown chef

Sherwood Brewing Co. Makes a Case for Strip Mall Eats

Top-notch ingredients make this Shelby Township restaurant a solid neighborhood hangout

This Royal Oak Café Offers an Oasis for Local Vegans

Health-centric food and drink options shine at Cacao Tree

Food As Entertainment

The Conserva delivers vibrant, bright cuisine with originality and vision

Get to Know Gather, the Restaurant That Sources Its Fresh Ingredients from Eastern Market

The restaurant's close proximity to the market promotes farm-to-table service

The World Is Their Oyster

Chefs’ fresh, flavorful fare that highlights seafood from near and far makes a trip to Ferndale’s Voyager memorable

A Classic Steakhouse with Deep Metro Detroit Roots

Nick’s 22nd Street in Shelby Township serves well-prepared fare in a casual, neighborhood setting

Southern Comfort

SavannahBlue offers up expertly cooked soul food with an upscale, big-city feel

Out of the Parc

Campus Martius restaurant boasts terrific food, polished service, and more

A Superb Adventure

The cuisine at Grey Ghost isn’t easily defined, but the results are original and well-prepared

Mandaloun Bistro Dishes Up Sophisticated Middle Eastern Fare

Culinary twists signal homage to Old World with decidedly New World influences at Bingham Farms restaurant

The Village Market

The Trattoria inside Plymouth's Cantoro is like a visit to a small Italian town

Sunday Dinner, Five Days a Week

Supino Pizza owner pays homage to his family through La Rondinella’s authentic Italian regional dishes

No-Frills, Fine Food

A small but mighty Spencer is making an impression on the Ann Arbor restaurant scene

Hatching a Concept

Atomic Chicken’s ‘chef-driven fast food’ idea comes home to roost in Clawson

Extraordinarily Good

Freshness reigns supreme at the imaginative Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails in Midtown

O’Blivions’ Overhaul

Longtime Corktown café becomes a fresh, yet still inexpensive, Bobcat Bonnie’s

Cozy Corner

Inviting basement space in Midtown is just the place to find your cup of tea

Neighborhood Gem

In a West Village apartment building, Craft Work adds delicious flair to another re-energized area of Detroit

Against the Current

Plymouth eatery Aqua is taking a decidedly different approach to dining

A Taste for Travel

Culinary tourists and locals are finding a wealth of fine dining around Traverse City

Comfort Food Hits a New Level

The Bird & The Bread is a refreshingly different addition to the Birmingham dining scene

Old-School Italian

Giovanni’s lives up to its reputation so well, even leftovers spur memories

A Solid Start

Royal Oak's Bistro 82 is extremely good — right out of the gate

Sweet Spot

Cabbage Patch Café offers scones, desserts, and dinners-to-go.

2014 Restaurant of the Year

Marais' chef/owner David Gilbert has brought world-class, top-end dining to Detroit.

Restaurant Review: Bella Piatti

Italian Fare With Flair - One year later, Bella Piatti's successful transformation founded on a back-to-basics approach

Branching Out?

Cuisine’s Paul Grosz makes The Stand Gastro Bistro a vibrant addition to the Birmingham scene

Molly's Picks: Maraias & Trattoria Da Luigi

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Market to Table

Bistro Joe’s offers an inventive approach to dining in an unlikely grocery store setting.

Molly's Picks: Bistro Joe's and Ottava Via

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Molly's Picks: T-Bones Steak and Seafood & Motor City Brewing Works

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Molly's Picks: Cafe ML & Eddie Merlot's

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Restaurant Review: The Meeting House

Rochester’s The Meeting House has all the right moves

Molly's Picks: Bucharest Grill & Bella Piatti

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Maccabees at Midtown & Red Crown

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Molly's Picks: The Meeting House and Green Zone Pizza

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Molly's Picks: Wolfgang Puck Steak and Rodin

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Molly's Picks: The Imperial and Santorini Estiatorio

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Side Street Diner & Luca's Chophouse

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Detroit Prime & Frida Mexican Cuisine

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Local Kitchen & Bar and Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Sterling's Bistro & Social Kitchen & Bar

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Morels & Le Chef Lebanese Cuisine

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

The Franklin Grill & Pizzeria Biga

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Mercury Burger & Bar & Crispelli's Bakery Pizzeria

MOLLY'S PICKS: Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Roadside B&G & The London Chop House

MOLLY'S PICKS: Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots

The Masters Restaurant & Steve's Backroom

MOLLY'S PICKS: Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots

Seva Detroit & Hot Taco

MOLLY'S PICKS: Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots

526 Main/Tequila Blue & Hungarian Rhapsody

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

The Hudson Café & Bella Piatti

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Joe Muer Seafood & Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

The Root Restaurant & Bar and Fountain Bistro

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Barrio and The Silver Spoon

MOLLY'S PICKS: Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Gemmayze & La Shish

Plaza Mexico & Rub BBQ Pub

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Olives Mediterranean & Salvatore Scallopini

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Mario's & Sze-Chuan

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Thai Orchid Cuisine & Berkley Bistro and Café

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots

Bad Brad's & Maria's of West Bloomfield

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots

Old Stone Bar & Grill & Steven Lelli's Inn on the Green

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Shangri-La Garden & Detroit Seafood Market

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Luxe Bar & Grill & Lockhart's BBQ

Le George Mediterranean Bistro and Pegasus Taverna

An open kitchen sends out house-made pita bread to accompany the Middle Eastern menu of kaftas and kabobs, with a few French touches in such dishes as tournedos and steak au poivre — an acknowledgment of the French influence in Lebanon, birthplace of proprietor George Farah.

Miguel’s Cantina/Dockside Jack’s

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Loui's Pizza & China Café

Mazza Indian Cuisine and Luigi’s the Original

Tallulah Wine Bar and Bistro & Moti Mahal

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Birmingham Sushi Cafe & Bambu Cafe

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Brigette’s Café and Wine Sync

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Shogun Chinese & Japanese Bistro and Cliff Bell's

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Midtown Shangri-La and Crust

Restaurant veteran Molly Abraham noshes around town, tracking down some top spots.

Union Woodshop and Gim Ling

Chef/proprietor Paul Yan transformed a neighborhood Chinese restaurant with distinctive changes in the menu and an all-new serene, pastel décor.

Cinco Lagos and Ernie's Mediterranean Room

Brian Polcyn’s take on festive Mexican food has replaced his upscale regional American menu, and the transition has worked well.

Jumps and What Crêpe?

Now ensconced on the main floor of the building where it formerly occupied a tiny lower-level space, Chad Stewart’s restaurant has come into its own in the more visible setting where his from-scratch new American cooking is shown off to better advantage.

Golden Harvest and La Saj Lebanese Bistro

Dim sum carts roll through the big dining room at midday every day, trundled table to table by friendly servers who lift the lids from the steamers to show diners their options.

Yotsuba Japanese Restaurant & Bar and La Zingara Trattoria

The semi-circular sushi bar is the central core of this authentic restaurant that’s a spinoff of the original in Ann Arbor. Veteran sushi chef Bobby Suzuki has a loyal following in West Bloomfield for his precise nigiri and rolls.

DA Nang Restaurant and Bucci Ristorante

Most of the local Vietnamese cafés are bare-bones. This one, however, is handsomely put together and has the amenities of carefully chosen linens and table appointments.

Mind Body & Spirits and The Fly Trap

An on-site greenhouse is one of the many nods to environmentally sound practices at this downtown Rochester spot.

24grille and Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

It shares the ground floor of the new Westin Book Cadillac with Michael Symon’s high-powered Roast, offering a casual but still-dramatic setting that combines a hint of the building’s vintage in the black-painted, structural-steel columns and exposed ceiling, which contrast nicely with contemporary furnishings.

Peng Lai Pan Asian Cuisine & Mancuso's Trattoria

This low-lit, L-shaped space in Papa Joe’s Plaza is done up in sophisticated style with large, enveloping booths and granite-topped tables, with great attention to detail paid in every aspect

Wasabi Korean & Japanese Cuisine and Tasca de Plata

It’s not bad being the next-door neighbor of the DIA, and that’s where this Asian restaurant is located — in the Park Shelton, the very building where Diego Rivera lived while working on his murals.

Per Bacco and Grape Expectations

Although it certainly offers some Italian classics — from the appetizer of carpaccio with shaved Parmesan and truffle sauce to such housemade pastas as gnocchi with four cheeses — this is not a classic Italian restaurant like those on Windsor’s Erie Street East...

El Barzon and Starving Artist Restaurant

Before opening this offbeat spot late last year, Norberto Garita, a native of Puebla, Mexico, cooked at Il Posto in Southfield, where he learned the intricacies of Italian cuisine...

Due Venti and Smoke & Spice

This L-shaped room seating just 50 and done up in sunny colors is the domain of the husband-wife team of David Seals and Nicole Pichan-Seals, who present a northern Italian menu refreshingly free of clichés, as the appetizer list quickly affirms with its cauliflower fritters and savory basil-scented ricotta cheesecake

Salvatore Scaloppini and Ocean Prime

Larry Bongiovanni’s appealing trattorias are scattered around town, but the Grosse Pointe Woods outpost seems to have caught the imagination of the neighborhood and Cameron Mitchell certainly has the knack of creating crowd-pleasing restaurants, and his newest in a free-standing building on the golden corner of Big Beaver Road and Coolidge.

Vinsetta Grill and The Bar

Ron Rea has just applied his décor skills to this bar and grill on the Woodward strip, a classic neighborhood spot with booths and tables in a two-room setting that has a Frank Lloyd Wright feeling with its geometric lamps and burnished wood...

Ashoka Indian Cuisine and Oceania Inn

Its attributes include one of the most extensive Indian menus in town, with entrées representing most of the regions of that country, so the choices are wide, from the dosas of the south to the curries of the north...

Tre Monti and La Pita Café

This handsome restaurant, in a free-standing building tucked behind the San Marino Club, is an extension of the club’s cultural heritage...

Vivio’s Food & Spirits and Ike’s Restaurant

An Eastern Market classic, this down-to-earth bar and grill that neighbors the Hirt cheese shop has been run by Shirley Vivio and her family for 38 years, but there has been a watering hole in the 1891 building from the start...

Edamame Sushi Nu-Asian Kitchen and Bin 151

The creative fusion menu, the pared-down and sophisticated atmosphere, professional service, and interesting wine list give this Windsor spot an edge...

Small Plates and Tom's Oyster Bar

The concept of offering appetizer portions, rather than full dinner plates, has really taken off since the first edition of this restaurant opened in downtown Detroit five years ago...

Wolfgang Puck Grille and La Musique

The most casual of the signature restaurants at the MGM Detroit Casino, this spot offers a contemporary menu in the hands of executive chef Marc Djozlija, who directs a staff of 58, turning out breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as room service for the hotel...

French Laundry and Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse

No relation to the Napa Valley spot, this is a rarity in that it’s open every day for all three meals...

Nero's Steakhouse & Dylan's Raw Bar & Grille

A spinoff of the Neros at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, the understated and sophisticated room at the Casino Windsor hotel brings USDA prime dry-aged steaks, outstanding rack of lamb, and upscale service to the south side of the river...

Café West & Kona Grill

The focus at Blake and Sandy Harte’s attractive spot is fresh saltwater fish and seafood, and the small restaurant is like a bit of Florida, from its sand-colored walls and woodwork to prints of ocean fish and seashell table decorations...

Modern Food & Spirits and Royal Kubo

The simple café/bar created by the husband/wife team of Francis and Kim Stanton (who resisted calling it a bistro) seats 100 in an L-shaped space...

Aji Ten Japanese Restaurant and T.N. Thai Bistro

Fari (Mako) Sanatgar’s restaurant serves sushi and sashimi, as well as classic dishes such as chicken and salmon teriyaki, shrimp and vegetable tempura, and an array of noodle dishes and rice bowls (donburi) topped with a variety of meats, fish, or vegetables...

Clarkston Cafe and Mr. Paul's Chophouse

A complete redo recently produced two restaurants under one roof. The casual Pizza Coco is built around an Art Deco mahogany bar and a wood-burning pizza oven. The adjoining supper club, open only in the evening, is done up with tufted high-backed banquettes, mirrors, silk-shaded wall sconces, and black-framed photos of '70s celebrities.