Best of Detroit 2009

We asked our readers to play favorites and they happily obliged, sending a mountain of paper ballots via U.S. mail and submitting electronic votes through The result: 253 reasons to get out and enjoy the place we call home

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Restaurant for general excellence:


The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; 248-661-4466,


The Capital Grille, Troy; 248-649-5300,


Andiamo, various locations,

Restaurant ambience:

Iridescence, Detroit; 313-237-6732,

View from a restaurant:

Coach Insignia, Detroit; 313-567-2622,

Beer selection:

The Berkley Front, Berkley; 248-547-3331.


The Whitney, Detroit; 313-832-5700,

Margarita (two-way tie):

El Monterrey, Detroit; 313-441-9228,
Xochimilco, Detroit; 313-843-0179


Small Plates, Detroit; 313-963-0497,

Place to have dinner before a show:

Small Plates, Detroit; 313-963-0497,

Sunday brunch:

Beverly Hills Grill, Beverly Hills; 248-642-2355,

Place for late-night dining:

Como’s Restaurant & Pizzeria, Ferndale; 248-548-5005

Service (attentive):

The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; 248-661-4466,

Locally produced food brand:

Better Made Snack Foods, Detroit,

Wine list (two-way tie):

The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; 248-661-4466,

Vinotecca, Royal Oak; 248-544-6256,


Goodnite Gracie Jazz & Martini Bar, Royal Oak,
Ferndale, Ann Arbor;

Window seat:

Coach Insignia, Detroit; 313-567-2622,

Place for a business lunch:

The Capital Grille, Troy; 248-649-5300,

Gourmet market:

Holiday Market, Royal Oak; 248-541-1414,

Ice cream parlor:

Ray’s Ice Cream, Royal Oak; 888-549-5256,

Independent coffeehouse:

Bean & Leaf Café, Royal Oak; 248-586-9602,

Fish market:


Superior Fish Company, Royal Oak; 248-541-5220,


Mitchell’s Fish Market, various locations,

Place for nightcaps after a show:

The Whitney, Detroit; 313-832-5700,

Romantic restaurant:

The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; 248-661-4466,


Mon Jin Lau Nu Asian Cuisine, Troy; 248-689-2332,


The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; 248-661-4466,

Breakfast (two-way tie):

The Original Pancake House, various locations;

Detroit Breakfast House, Detroit; 313-961-1115,


Priya Indian Cuisine, Troy;

Mexican (two-way tie):

Xochimilco, Detroit; 313-843-0179.

El Barzon, Detroit; 313-894-2070,


Multi-location local:

Andiamo, various locations;

Single location:

Bacco Ristorante, Southfield; 248-356-6600,

Chain: Olive Garden, various locations;

The Berkley Front, “Best Beer Selection
Photograph by Justin Maconochie


Shilla Korean and Japanese Cuisine, Clawson;


Pegasus Taverna, Detroit; 313-964-6800.

24-hour restaurant:

National Coney Island, various locations,



Benihana, various locations,

Local (three-way tie):

Cherry Blossom, Novi; 248-380-9160,

Café Sushi, Troy; 248-280-1831,

Mene Sushi, West Bloomfield Township;

Middle Eastern:

Phoenicia, Birmingham; 248-644-3122,


Sy Thai, Birmingham; 248-258-9830.

Vegetarian menu:

Inn Season Café, Royal Oak;



Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Troy;

Local (five-way tie):

Big Rock Chophouse, Birmingham;

Clawson Steakhouse, Clawson;

Lelli’s Inn, Auburn Hills; 248-373-4440.

Mr. Paul’s Chophouse, Roseville;

Rochester Chop House, Rochester;



Mitchell’s Fish Market, various locations,


Streetside Seafood, Birmingham;

Sushi (two-way tie):

Noble Fish, Clawson; 248-585-2314,

Little Tree Sushi Bar, Royal Oak; 248-586-0994.


Zoup!, various locations,

Corner bar:

The Corner Bar (at The Townsend Hotel),
Birmingham; 248-647-2958,

Michigan winery:

Leelanau Cellars, Omena; 231-386-5201,

Soul food:

Beans & Cornbread, Southfield;

Classic Round Pizza:

Jet’s Pizza, various locations,

Deep-dish Pizza:

Buddy’s Pizza, various locations,


Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak;

Barbecue ribs:

Slows Bar BQ, Detroit;

Coney Island:

Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit; 313-964-8198.


Steve’s Deli, Bloomfield Township;


Steve’s Deli, Bloomfield Township;


Woodward Avenue Brewery, Ferndale;

Casino Restaurant:

SaltWater  (inside the MGM Grand Detroit),
Detroit; 877-888-2121,


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