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Restaurant for general excellence:

// Roast, downtown Detroit.

Restaurant ambience:

// The Lark, West Bloomfield Township.

View from a restaurant:

// Coach Insignia, atop the Marriott Renaissance Center, Detroit.

Place to have drinks before a show:

// Roast, downtown Detroit.

Place for nightcaps after the show (tie):

// The Whitney, Midtown Detroit.

// Cliff Bells, downtown Detroit.

// The Sugar House, Corktown Detroit.

Restaurant dessert:

// The Whitney, Midtown Detroit.


// Roast, downtown Detroit.

Sunday brunch:


// La Dolce Vita, Detroit.


// Clarkston Union, Clarkston.


// The Original Pancake House

Wine list:

// Opus One, downtown Detroit.

Beer selection :

// Clarkston Union, Clarkston.

Street-level window seat:

// Roast, downtown Detroit.

Place for a business lunch:

// The Capital Grille, Troy.

Locally produced food brand (tie):

// Better Made, Detroit.

// Capies Candies, Rochester.

Fish market:

// Superior Fish, Royal Oak.

Gourmet market:

West Side:

// Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market; Birmingham, Rochester.

East Side:

// Vince & Joe’s, Clinton Township;  Shelby Township.

Place to take out-of-towners:

// Slows Bar BQ, Corktown Detroit.

Place for late-night dining:


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


// Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak; 248-549-0300,
West Bloomfield Township; 248-865-0500.

Attentive service:

// The Lark, West Bloomfield Township.

Independent coffeehouse:

// Astro Coffee, Corktown Detroit.

Ice-cream parlor:

// Ray’s Ice Cream, Royal Oak.

Romantic restaurant:

// Ristorante Café Cortina, Farmington Hills.


// Buddy’s Pizza.


Wayne County:

// Miller's Bar, Dearborn.

Macomb County:

// Shamrock Irish Pub, Utica.

Oakland County:

// Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak; 248-549-0300,
West Bloomfield Township; 248-865-0500.


// Mon Jin Lau, Troy.


// Pegasus Taverna, Detroit and St. Clair Shores.

Indian restaurant:

// Priya, Troy.


// Giovanni's, Southwest Detroit.


// The Lark, West Bloomfield Township.


// Ronin Sushi, Royal Oak.


// New Seoul Garden, Southfield.


// Mexican Village, Mexicantown/Southwest Detroit.



// Seva, Midtown Detroit (also Ann Arbor).

// Inn Season Café, Royal Oak.

Middle Eastern:

Local chain:

// Palm Palace.

Single location:

// Anita's Kitchen, Ferndale.


// Da Nang, Clawson.


// Sy Thai, Birmingham.

24-hour restaurant:

// National Coney Island.


// Inn Season Café, Royal Oak.

Gluten-free menu:

// Buddy’s Pizza.


// Roast, downtown Detroit.

Business breakfast:

// Beverly Hills Grill, Beverly Hills.

Creative breakfast:

// Toast, Birmingham and Ferndale.



// Joe Muer Seafood, downtown Detroit.


// Streetside Seafood, Birmingham; 248-645-9123.

Sushi (tie):

// Noble Fish, Clawson.

// Ronin Sushi, Royal Oak.



// Zoup!


// Russell Street Deli, Eastern Market, Detroit.

Michigan winery (tie):

// Black Star Farms

// Chateau Chantal

// L. Mawby

Soul food:

// Beans & Cornbread, Southfield.

Fish 'n' chips:

// The Lodge Bar & Grill, Keego Harbor.

Cheap eats:

// Leo’s Coney Island


// Mudgie's, Corktown Detroit.


// Slows Bar BQ, Corktown Detroit.

Coney island:

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


// Slows To Go, Midtown Detroit.


// Steve’s Deli, Bloomfield Township.


// Daily Dozen, Warren; 586-777-8650.


// New York Bagel Co., multiple locations.


// Avalon International BreadsMidtown Detroit.

French fries:


// Five Guys.

Independent, City:

// Roast, downtown Detroit.

Independent, Suburb:

// Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak; 248-549-0300,
West Bloomfield Township; 248-865-0500.

Bloody Mary:

// Vivio's, Eastern Market Detroit.

Locally owned bakery (tie):

// Avalon International BreadsMidtown Detroit.

// Just Baked.

Deck/outdoor seating:


// La Dolce Vita, Detroit.


// It's A Matter Of Taste, Commerce Township.

Classic artisan cocktails:

// The Sugar House, Corktown Detroit.

Microbrewery (tie):

// Dragonmead Microbrewery, Warren.

// Motor City Brewing Works, Midtown Detroit.

Locally made beer:

// Badass.


BEARDED BAND MAN: Lyman Robertson, Jackson Beard & Moustache Club, Jackson. BEARDED BAND MAN, RINGMASTER, BEARDED LADY: Ryan Hoppe, Detroit Beard League, Detroit. BEARDED BAND MAN: Kyle Muston, GAFBO (Great American Fierce Beard Organization), Lansing. AERIAL SILKS, FIRE EATING, BED OF NAILS, CONTORTION, SNAKE CHARMING: Gwyd T. Unusual, Sylver Fyre, “Danger” Jess Miller, Michelle Strebeck, Knotty Bits, Grand Rapids. PARTNER ACRO, STILS AND LYRA, THE BEAR, JUGGLING, CONTACT JUGGLING, FIRE JUGGLING, FIRE BREATHING, FIRE POI, LYRA: Micha Adams, Matt Buss, Ania Brozda, Shawn Mac, Tom Joseph, Katie Livingston, Alison Nawrocki, James Cox, Detroit Circus, Detroit; CIRCUS DOGS: Michael Burkey, dog behaviorist, Michigan Dog Trainer. STRONGMAN: Eddie Venom," Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling, Detroit. PUPPET MASTER AND GUITARIST: Ted Talvitie, Cadillac Casy, The Gepetto Files, Ann Arbor. SNAKE CHARMER: Shetan Noir and Ludo the Ball Python, Brighton. TALL MAN: John Sabol SHORT MAN: Bernie Allemon MAKEUP ARTIST AND BEARD STYLIST: Rita Montpetit Liegl, The Green Room Spa, Beverly Hills. HAIR STYLIST: Leza Nuculaj, The Q Hair Studio, Plymouth.

PROPS PROVIDED BY: Westborn Market, Berkley; Special Events Rental, Warren; Heritage Co., Royal Oak; Dixieland Flea Market, Waterford; Lost and Found Vintage, Royal Oak; Paris, Royal Oak, 248-542-9594; Detroit Garden Works, Sylvan Lake; Royal Oak Flea Market, Royal Oak, 248-246-3276; Oddfellows Antiques, Berkley; Casual Male XL, Lathrup Village.

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