Best of Detroit 2013



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Superheroes of the City

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Food & Drink

Restaurant Ambience

// The Lark, West Bloomfield Township

Restaurant For General Excellence

// Roast, Downtown Detroit

View From A Restaurant

// Coach Insignia, Downtown Detroit

Place To Have Drinks Before A Show

// Roast, Downtown Detroit

Place For Nightcaps After The Show

// Cliff Bell’s, Downtown Detroit

Restaurant Dessert

// The Whitney, Midtown Detroit

Appetizers

// Roast, Downtown Detroit

Sunday Brunch

City: (Tie)
// La Dolce Vita
// Sinbads Restaurant and Marina
Suburbs:
// Beverly Hills Grill, Beverly Hills

Wine List

// Roast, Downtown Detroit

Beer Selection

// One Eyed Betty’s, Ferndale

Street-Level Window Seat

// Roast, Downtown Detroit

Place For A Business Lunch

// Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak (248-549-0300), and West Bloomfield Township (248-865-0500)

Locally Produced Food Brand

// Better Made

Place To Take Out-Of-Towners

City:
// Slows Bar BQ, Corktown Detroit
Suburbs:
// Vinsetta Garage, Berkley

Late-Night Dining

// National Coney Island

Attentive Service

// The Lark, West Bloomfield Township

Gourmet Market

East Side:
// Vince & Joe’s, Clinton Township, Shelby Township
West Side:
// Papa Joe’s Gourmet Market, Birmingham, Rochester

Fish Market

Single Location:
// Superior Fish, Royal Oak
Multiple Locations:
// Vince & Joe’s, Clinton Township, Shelby Township

Independent Coffeehouse

City: (Tie)
// Astro Coffee, Corktown Detroit
// Great Lakes Coffee, Detroit
Suburbs:
// Commonwealth, Birmingham

Ice Cream Parlor

// Ray’s Ice Cream, Royal Oak

Romantic Restaurant

// The Lark, West Bloomfield Township

Chinese

// Mon Jin Lau, Troy

French

// The Lark, West Bloomfield Township

Greek

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

Indian (Tie)

// Priya, Troy
// Rangoli, Detroit

Italian

// Giovanni’s, Southwest Detroit

Japanese

// Ronin Sushi, Royal Oak

Korean

// New Seoul Garden, Southfield

Mexican

// Mexican Village, Mexicantown/Southwest Detroit

Middle Eastern

// Anita’s Kitchen, Ferndale

Thai

// Khom Fai, Shelby Township, 586-247-7773

Vietnamese

// Da Nang, Clawson

24-Hour Restaurant

// National Coney Island

Vegetarian

// Inn Season Café, Royal Oak

Vegan (Tie)

// Gastronomy, Southfield
// Inn Season Café, Royal Oak
// Seva, Midtown Detroit, Ann Arbor

Gluten-Free Menu

// Union Woodshop, Clarkston

Steakhouse

// Roast, Downtown Detroit

Business Breakfast

// Beverly Hills Grill, Beverly Hills

Pancakes

// Original Pancake House

Creative Breakfast

// Toast, Ferndale, and Birmingham

Cheap Eats

Single Location:
// Green Dot Stables, Detroit
Chain:
// White Castle

Seafood

City:
// Joe Muer Seafood, Downtown Detroit
Suburbs:
// Streetside Seafood, Birmingham

Sushi

// Noble Fish, Clawson

Soup

Chain
// Zoup!
Local:
// Russell Street Deli, Eastern Market, Detroit

Michigan Winery

// Black Star Farms

Soul Food

// Beans & Cornbread, Southfield

Fish ’N’ Chips

// The Lodge Grill and Bar, Keego Harbor

Pizza

// Buddy’s Pizza

Barbecue

// Slows Bar BQ, Corktown Detroit

Burger, Macomb County

// Shamrock Pub, Utica

Burger, Oakland County

// Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak (248-549-0300), and West Bloomfield Township (248-865-0500)

Burger, Wayne County

// Miller’s, Dearborn

Sandwich

// Mudgie’s, Corktown Detroit

Ribs

// Slows Bar BQ, Corktown Detroit

Coney Island

// Lafayette Coney Island, Downtown Detroit, 313-964-8198

Carryout

// Slows To Go, Midtown Detroit

Deli

// Steve’s Deli, Bloomfield Township

Doughnuts

City:
// Dutch Girl Donut Co., Detroit, 313-368-3020
Suburbs:
// Daily Dozen, Warren, 586-777-8650

Bagels

// New York Bagel, Multiple Locations

Cookies

// Avalon International Breads, Midtown Detroit

French Fries

Chain:
// Five Guys
Independent, City:
// Green Dot Stables, Detroit
Independent, Suburbs:
// Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak (248-549-0300), and West Bloomfield Township (248-865-0500)

Bloody Mary

// Vivio’s, Eastern Market Detroit

Locally Owned Bakery

// Avalon International Breads, Midtown Detroit

Cupcakes

// Taste Love Cupcakes, Royal Oak

Deck/Outdoor Seating

City:
// La Dolce Vita, Detroit
Suburbs:
// Local Kitchen and Bar, Ferndale

Classic Artisan Cocktails

// The Sugar House, Corktown Detroit

Microbrewery

City:
// Motor City Brewing Works, Midtown Detroit
Suburbs: (Tie)
// Dragonmead Microbrewery, Warren
// Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Warren

Locally Made Beer

City:
// Atwater Brewery, Detroit
Suburbs:
// Dragonmead Microbrewery, Warren

Superheroes of the City

Photographs by Roy Ritchie. Styling by Stephanie Potts.
Hair, makeup, and costume makeup by Kelly Mitre from Flaunt Salon.

A Superhero Thanks To:

Special thanks to the “Best of Detroit” awardees who had the good sense (and sense of humor) to let us have a bit of fun with them. And to all of the extended Hour family “extras” who took the time to participate in our photo shoot: We hope you had as much fun “dressing up” as we did dressing you up. An extra superhero thanks to the organizations and businesses that graciously lent us the use of their locations:
  •  The Urban Bean Co., for letting us in and out of the rain and cold, plying us with hot beverages, and offering restroom facilities and a way better place (than a minivan) to change clothes and wait for a break in the weather.
    Urban Bean Co., 200 Grand River, 313-496-1010.
  •  The Detroit Public Library, Main Branch, for providing such a “heroic” setting for our cover shoot.
    Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., 313-481-1300
  •  Detroit Cristo Rey High School, for letting us transform their basement into a “cop shop,” and stage our “jewelry/appliance” heist in their fabulous courtyard.
    Detroit Cristo Rey High School, 5679 W. Vernor Hwy.
  •  555 Gallery, located in Detroit’s former Third Police Precinct, for putting us behind bars.
    555 Gallery, 2801 W. Vernor Hwy., 888-495-2787

And of course, “props” to our products and props peeps:

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