Best of Detroit 2012



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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.

Appetizers:

// Roast, downtown Detroit.

Sunday brunch:

City:

// La Dolce Vita, Detroit.

Suburb:

// Clarkston Union, Clarkston.

Pancakes:

// 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:

City:

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

Suburb:

// 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.

Pizza:

// Buddy’s Pizza.

Burger:

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.

Chinese:

// Mon Jin Lau, Troy.

Greek:

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

Indian restaurant:

// Priya, Troy.

Italian:


// Giovanni's, Southwest Detroit.

French:

// The Lark, West Bloomfield Township.

Japanese:


// Ronin Sushi, Royal Oak.


Korean:

// New Seoul Garden, Southfield.

Mexican:

// Mexican Village, Mexicantown/Southwest Detroit.

Vegetarian:

City:

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

// Inn Season Café, Royal Oak.

Middle Eastern:

Local chain:

// Palm Palace.

Single location:

// Anita's Kitchen, Ferndale.

Vietnamese:

// Da Nang, Clawson.

Thai:

// Sy Thai, Birmingham.

24-hour restaurant:

// National Coney Island.

Vegan:

// Inn Season Café, Royal Oak.

Gluten-free menu:

// Buddy’s Pizza.

Steakhouse:

// Roast, downtown Detroit.

Business breakfast:

// Beverly Hills Grill, Beverly Hills.

Creative breakfast:

// Toast, Birmingham and Ferndale.

Seafood:

City:

// Joe Muer Seafood, downtown Detroit.

Suburb:

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

Sushi (tie):

// Noble Fish, Clawson.

// Ronin Sushi, Royal Oak.

Soup:

Chain:

// Zoup!

Non-chain:

// 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

Sandwich:

// Mudgie's, Corktown Detroit.

Ribs:

// Slows Bar BQ, Corktown Detroit.

Coney island:

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

Carryout:

// Slows To Go, Midtown Detroit.

Deli:

// Steve’s Deli, Bloomfield Township.

Doughnuts:

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

Bagels:

// New York Bagel Co., multiple locations.

Cookies:

// Avalon International BreadsMidtown Detroit.

French fries:

Chain:

// 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:

City:

// La Dolce Vita, Detroit.

Suburb:

// 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; detroitflyhouse.com. 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.

Photographed at Sugarbush Farms, Ypsilanti. In the time since this series was photographed, the farm suffered a devastating fire. Paypal donations can be sent to farmerjoesfarm@aol.com.


 

 

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Women’s clothing store:

Chain:

// Nordstrom

Independent:

// Tender, Birmingham.

Women’s evening wear:

Chain :

// Nordstrom, three locations.

Independent:

// Marguerite's Boutique, West Bloomfield Township; 248-932-5253.

Place for a one-of-a-kind dress (tie):

// Marguerite's Boutique, West Bloomfield Township; 248-932-5253.

// Tender, Birmingham.

Vintage clothing:

// Lost and Found Vintage, Royal Oak.

Men’s clothes:

Chain:

// Nordstrom.

Independent:

// Claymore Shop, Birmingham.

Place to be fitted for a suit:

Chain:

// Men's Wearhouse.

Independent:

// Claymore Shop, Birmingham.

Athletic wear:

Lululemon Athletica, Troy & Ann Arbor.

Cutting-edge fashion:

// Tender, Birmingham.

Lingerie:

// Harp’s Lingerie, Birmingham.

Jeans:

// Caruso Caruso, Birmingham.

Buy a bridal gown:

// Roma Sposa Atelier, Birmingham.

Place to order wedding invitations:

// Lace Boutique, Troy.

Place to buy bridesmaid dresses:

// Bombshell Bridal, St. Clair Shores.

Wedding planner:

// Emerald City Designs, Farmington Hills.

Wedding photographer:

// Craig David Butler Photography.

Place to buy stationery:

// Lee's Specialty, Bloomfield Township.

Vintage antiques:

// Materials Unlimited, Ypsilanti.

Fine antiques:

// Materials Unlimited, Ypsilanti.

Farmers market:

// Eastern Market, Detroit.

Gift-wrapping service:

// Lisa’s Gift Wrappers, Royal Oak.

Gift registry:

// Macy’s

Buy an engagement ring:

Single location:

// Golden Sun Jewelry, Southfield.

Multiple locations:

// Tapper's Diamonds & Fine Jewelry.

Place to buy local crafts:

// Yellow Door Art Market, Berkley.

Place to buy a cake:

// Holiday Market, Royal Oak.

Wine store:

Macomb County:

// Champane’s Wine Cellar, Warren.

Oakland County:

// Cloverleaf, Royal Oak.

Fine spirits shop:

// Champane’s Wine Cellar, Warren.

Jeweler:

Single location:

// Golden Sun Jewelry, Southfield.

Multiple locations:

// Tapper's Diamonds & Fine Jewelry.

Estate jewelry:

// Tapper's Diamonds & Fine Jewelry.

Store for produce:


// Westborn Market, three locations.

Personalized service:

// Champane’s Wine Cellar, Warren.

Candy shop:

// Doc Sweets' Candy Co., Clawson.

Children’s clothing :

// Love Child, Royal Oak.

Ethnic food market (tie):

// Cantoro Italian Market, Livonia.

// Honey Bee Market La Colmena, Southwest Detroit.

Luxury bed and table linens:

// A Touch of Lace, Bloomfield Hills.

Accessories:

// Lolly Ella Jewelry, West Bloomfield Township.

Big and tall:

// Casual Male

Place to buy appliances:

// ABC Warehouse

Airport shopping:

// Pangborn Design Collection

Fabric store:

// Haberman Fabrics, Royal Oak.

Salvage furnishings:

// Materials Unlimited, Ypsilanti.

New book selection (independent):

// The Book Beat, Oak Park.

Used bookstore:

// John K. King, downtown Detroit.

Furniture store:

// Hillside Contemporary Furniture, Bloomfield Hills.

Place to buy a bicycle (tie):

// D&D Bicycles

// Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop, Ferndale.

Gift shop:

// Catching Fireflies, Berkley and Rochester.

Nursery/greenhouse (tie):

// English Gardens

// Bordine's

Independent hardware store:

Macomb County:

// Gilbert's Pro Hardware, St. Clair Shores.

Oakland County:

// Frentz & Sons Hardware, , Royal Oak.

Place to buy sports equipment:

// Dicks Sporting Goods,

Optical shop:

Multiple locations:

// SEE Eyewear

Single location:

// Roland Optics, Bloomfield Hills.

Place to buy toys:

// Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop, Berkley.

Place to buy original art:

// Detroit Artists Market, Midtown Detroit.

Shopping district:

// Downtown Birmingham.

Clothing resale/consignment shop:

// Bellocchio Upscale Resale, Royal Oak.

Detroit souvenir:

// Down with Detroit Apparel

Smoke shop:

// Churchills, Birmingham and Southfield.

Pet supply:

// Premier Pet Supply, Beverly Hills.

 


 

 

 

 

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Local newspaper:

// Detroit Free Press

Local radio station:

// 101.9 FM WDET

Local TV newscast:

// WDIV-TV, Channel 4.

Local radio news:

// WWJ 950-AM

Local radio station with the best playlist (tie):

// 96.3-FM WDVD

// 99.5-FM WYCD

Local website:

// Clickondetroit.com.

Local male columnist:

// Mitch Albom; Detroit Free Press.

Local female columnist:

// Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press.

Local male TV anchor:

// Devin Scillian, WDIV-Channel 4.

 

Local female TV anchor:

// Carmen Harlan, WDIV-Channel 4.

Local talk-radio host:

// Craig Fahle, 101.9-FM WDET.

Local sportscaster:

// Bernie Smilovitz, WDIV-Channel 4.

Local sports play-by-play:

// George Blaha (Pistons).

Traffic reporter:

// Erin Nicole, WXYZ-Channel 7.

Weathercaster:

// Chuck Gaidica, WDIV-Channel 4.

Local radio DJ:

// Mojo, WKQI 95.5-FM.

Radio voice:

// Paul W. Smith, WJR 760-AM

Local radio program:

 // Mojo in the Morning, WKQI 95.5-FM.


 

 

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Private club:

// Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit.

Downtown skyscraper:

// Renaissance Center, downtown Detroit.

Hotel:

// Westin Book Cadillac, dotnwon Detroit.

Best loft building:

// Willys Overland Lofts, Midtown Detroit.

Best sign of a Detroit comeback:

// Big-Three revival.

Fix for the Detroit Pistons:

// Move the team downtown.


Building worth saving:

// Michigan Central Train Station, Corktown Detroit.

Detroit/domestic automaker:

// Ford Motor Co.

Detroit car model:

// Mustang.

Detroit car brand (tie):

// Chevrolet.

// Cadillac.

Inner-ring suburb:

// Ferndale.

Fix for Wayne County government:

// Firing staff and starting over.

Detroit cliche to ban:

// Murder Capital.

 

 

 

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Salon for a makeover:

// Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township.

Dressmaker:

// Paulina BH, Birmingham.

Shoe repair:

// Frank’s Shoe Service, Birmingham; 248-647-3530.

Place to dock your boat:

// Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, Grosse Pointe Shores.

Tailor/Alterations:

// Ali, The Birmingham Tailor, Birmingham; 248-433-3703.

Florist:

Multiple locations:

// Wesley Berry Flowers.

Single location:

// Blossoms, Birmingham.

Caterer:

// Opus One, downtown Detroit.

Divorce lawyer:

// Jeffrey Lance Abood, East Lansing and Bingham Farms.

Pet grooming (tie):

// Bark-A-Bout, Shelby Township.

// Bingo Pet Salon, Royal Oak.

Veterinarian:

// DePorre Veterinary Hospital, Bloomfield Twp.

Hair salon:

// Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township.

Salon for a blowout:

// Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township.

Spa:

// Margot’s European Day Spa, Birmingham.

Yoga studio:

// Yoga Shelter

Salon for makeup:

East Side:

// Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township.

West Side:

// Deyo For Face and Body, Birmingham.




Gym:

// Nth Degree, Royal Oak.

Massage:

// Irene's Myomassology Institute, Southfield.

Dry cleaner:

// Huntington Cleaners, Huntington Woods.

Salon/spa for a manicure:

// Margot’s European Day Spa, Birmingham.

Salon/spa for a pedicure:

East Side:

// Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township.

West Side:

// Margot’s European Day Spa, Birmingham.

Salon/spa for a facial:

East Side:

// Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township.

West Side:

// Face Skincare Medical Wellness, Southfield.

Doggie daycare:

Macomb County:

// Bark-A-Bout, Shelby Township.

Oakland County:

// The Barkshire, Troy.

Wayne County:

// Gibraltar Veterinary Hospital, Gibraltar.

Detroit:

// Canine To Five, Midtown Detroit.

Barber:

Independent:

// Berkley Chop Shop, Berkley.

Chain:

// Lady Jane's.

Custom framing:

// Art & Frame Station, Birmingham.

Swimming lessons:

// Goldfish Swim School

Limousine service:

// Metro Cars


 

 


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Choice for a celebrity dinner companion:

// Kid Rock.

Choice for a local political dinner companion:

// Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

DJ (non-radio):

// DJ Captn20

Colorful character:

// David C. McKnight, Emerald City Designs.

Local sports star:

// Justin Verlander.

Top domestic auto executive:

// Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Co.

Independent store owner:

// Jill Haury, Art & Frame Station.

Local politician to recall:

// Robert Ficano.

Local loudmouth:

// Geoffrey Fieger.

Publicity hound:

// Geoffrey Fieger.

Maître d’:

// Jim Lark, The Lark, West Bloomfield Township.

Chef (tie):

// Aaron Cozadd, Union Woodshop, Clarkston.

// Andy Hollyday, Roast, downtown Detroit.


Sommelier:

// Joseph Allerton, Roast, downtown Detroit.

Bartender:

// Travis Fourmont, Roast, downtown Detroit.

Local Band:

// Magic Bus.

Personal trainer:

Male:

// Brad Goodstein.

Female:

// Jennifer Gray.

Political rising star:

// John Goci, Westland, Democrat.

Local comedian:

// Leslie Ann Thompson, Royal Oak.

Detroit ambassador:

// Kid Rock.

Detroit Tigers player:

// Justin Verlander.

Detroit Lions player:

// Matthew Stafford.

Detroit Pistons player:

// Tayshaun Prince.

Detroit Red Wings player:

// Nicklas Lidstrom.


 

 

 

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Concert venue:

// DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston.

Place to learn to dance:

// Dance City, Birmingham.

Charity event:

// Auto Show Charity Preview.

New bar:

// The Sugar House, Corktown Detroit.

Neighborhood bar:

// Clarkston Union, Clarkston.

Bar for business deals (tie):

// The Capital Grille, Troy.

// Roast, downtown Detroit.

// The Sugar House, Corktown Detroit.

Male gay bar:

// Pronto!, Royal Oak. 

Female gay bar (tie):

// Como’s, Ferndale; 248-548-5005.

// Stiletto's, Inkster; 734-729-8980.

Sports bar:

// Shotz Sports Bar & Grill, Greektown.

Jazz club:

// Cliff Bell’s, Detroit.

Dive bar:

// Gusoline Alley, Royal Oak; 248-545-2235.

Location for a first date:

// The Oakland Art Novelty Co., Ferndale; 248-291-5295.

Picnic spot:

// Belle Isle, Detroit.

Bowling alley:


// Garden Bowl, Midtown Detroit.

Pool hall:

// The Loving Touch, Ferndale.

Place to see a first-run movie:

// Emagine, Royal Oak.

Place to see an art film:

Suburb:

// Main Art, Royal Oak.

City:

// Detroit Film Theatre (DFT), at the DIA, Detroit.


Place to hear bands:

// Magic Bag, Ferndale.

Outdoor festival:

// Arts, Beats & Eats, Royal Oak.

Casino:

// MGM Grand, Detroit.

Museum:

// Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit.

Indoor tennis court:

// Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield.

Public golf course (tie):

// Rackham Golf Course, Huntington Woods.

// Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club, Clarkston.

Private golf course:

// Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills.

Wine bar:

// Vinotecca, Royal Oak.

Running route:

City:

// Detroit Riverwalk, downtown Detroit.

Suburb:

// Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township.

Bike trail:

// Paint Creek Trail, Oakland County.

Scenic drive:

// Lakeshore Drive, the Grosse Pointes.

Freebie:

// Belle Isle, Detroit.

Michigan vacation spot:

// Traverse City.

Annual sporting event:

// Tigers Opening Day.

Happy hour:

// Roastdowntown Detroit.

Special-event venue:

// Infinity & Ovation Yacht Charters.

Community theater:

// The Players Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn.

Comedy club:

// Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Royal Oak.


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