Best of Detroit 2016


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Restaurant for General Excellence 
// Selden Standard, Midtown Detroit

Restaurant Ambience
// City (Tie): Iridescence, Detroit // Wright & Co., downtown Detroit
// Suburb: Tre Monti Ristorante, Troy

Place to Have Dinner Before a Show
// The Whitney, Midtown Detroit

Place for Nightcaps After the Show
// The Whitney, Midtown Detroit

Restaurant Dessert (Tie)
// The Melting Pot, Troy
// The Whitney, Midtown Detroit

View From a Restaurant
// Coach Insignia, downtown Detroit

Sunday Brunch
// City (Tie): Dime Store, Detroit // The Whitney, Midtown Detroit
// Suburb (Tie): Social Kitchen and Bar, Birmingham // Toast, Birmingham, and Ferndale

// City: Wright & Co., downtown Detroit
// Suburb: Bistro 82, Royal Oak

Attentive Service
// City: Republic Tavern, Detroit
// Suburb (Tie): Bistro 82, Royal Oak // Tre Monti Ristorante, Troy

Beer Selection
// City: Hopcat Detroit, Midtown Detroit
// Suburb: One-Eyed Betty’s, Ferndale

Late-Night Dining
// City: Lafayette Coney Island, downtown Detroit; 313-964-8198
// Suburb: Imperial, Ferndale

Street-Level Window Seat
// City: Townhouse Detroit, Detroit
// Suburb: Bistro 82, Royal Oak

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

Independent Coffeehouse (Tie)
// Astro Coffee, Detroit
// Great Lakes Coffee, Detroit

Romantic Restaurant
// City: The Whitney, Midtown Detroit
// Suburb: Café Cortina, Farmington Hills

Locally Produced Food Brand
// Imerman Cake Company

Ice Cream Parlor
// Ray’s Ice Cream, Royal Oak

// Mon Jin Lau, Troy

Place for a Business Lunch
// City: Dime Store, Detroit
// Suburb (Tie): The Capital Grille, Troy // Townhouse Bistro, Birmingham

// Bistro 82, Royal Oak

Wine List
// City: Vertical, Detroit
// Suburb: Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room, Royal Oak and Shelby Township

Place to Take Out-of-Towners
// City: Selden Standard, Midtown Detroit
// Suburb: Vinsetta Garage, Berkley

Business Breakfast
// City: Dime Store, Detroit
// Suburb: Beverly Hills Grill, Beverly Hills

Japanese (Tie)
// Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, Royal Oak
// Noble Fish, Clawson  
​// Ronin Sushi, Royal Oak

​Rangoli, Auburn Hills and Sterling Heights

// City (Tie): Mexican Village, Southwest Detroit // Xochimilco Restaurant, Southwest Detroit;
// Suburb (Tie): El Charro, Fraser // Sagebrush Cantina, Lake Orion;

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

// City (Tie): Giovanni’s, Southwest Detroit // Roma Café, Detroit

// Suburb (Tie): Bacco Ristorante, Southfield // Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, Clinton Township

Middle Eastern
// Anita’s Kitchen, Ferndale

// Korea Palace, Sterling Heights

// Multiple Locations: Sy Thai
// Single Location Khom Fai, Shelby Township; 586-247-7773

// Multiple Locations: Pho Lucky
// Single Location: Da Nang, Clawson

Gourmet Market
// Multiple Locations:  Vince & Joe’s, Clinton Township and Shelby Township
// Single Location: Holiday Market, Royal Oak

// City: Prism, Detroit
// Suburb: Clawson Steak House, Clawson

24-Hour Restaurant 
// National Coney Island

Michigan Winery (Tie)
// Black Star Farms, Traverse City
// Chateau Chantal, Traverse City

Vince And Joe’s Gourmet Markets, Clinton Township and Shelby Township

// Macomb County: Shamrock Pub, Utica
// Oakland County:  Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak, 248-549-0300; and West Bloomfield Township, 248-865-0500
// Wayne County:  Miller’s, Dearborn

// City (Tie:) Detroit Vegan Soul, West Village Detroit // Seva, Detroit
// Suburb: GreenSpace Café, Ferndale

Fish ’n’ Chips
// City: Scotty Simpson’s
// Suburb: The Lodge Grill and Bar, Keego Harbor

Creative Breakfast 
// Multiple Locations: Toast, Birmingham, and Ferndale 
// Single Location (Tie): Dime Store, Detroit // The Fly Trap, Ferndale

// City: Seva, Midtown Detroit
// Suburb: Inn Season Café, Royal Oak

Gluten-Free Menu
// GreenSpace Café, Ferndale

Cheap Eats
// Green Dot Stables, Detroit

// Mudgie’s, Corktown Detroit

// Slows Bar BQ, Corktown Detroit

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

Noble Fish, Clawson

// City:  Joe Muer Seafood, downtown Detroit
// Suburb: Streetside Seafood, Birmingham

Locally Owned Bakery
// City: Avalon International Breads, Midtown Detroit 
// Suburb: Love and Buttercream, Royal Oak

// The Original Pancake House, Multiple locations

Classic Artisan Cocktails
// City: The Sugar House, Corktown Detroit
// Suburb: The Oakland Art Novelty Co., Ferndale 

Soul Food 
// City (Tie): Detroit Vegan Soul, West Village Detroit // Motor City Soul Food, Detroit; 313-863-7685 
// Suburb: Beans & Cornbread, Southfield

// Independent: Russell Street Deli, Detroit
// Chain: Zoup

// Multiple Location: Buddy’s Pizza
// Single Location: Supino Pizzeria, Detroit

// Multiple Locations: Bad Brads BBQ
//City: Slows Bar BQ, Corktown Detroit

French Fries
// Independent: Hopcat Detroit, Detroit

// Multiple Locations: New York Bagel
// Single Location: Detroit Institute of Bagels, Detroit

// Taste Love Cupcakes, Royal Oak

// Love & Buttercream, Royal Oak

// City: Dutch Girl Donuts, 313-368-3020
// Suburb: Donut Bar, Southfield, 248-595-8212

Bloody Mary
Vivio’s, Detroit

Pop-up Experience 
// Single Location: Revolver, Hamtramck
// Moving Target (Tie): Dinner Club (Matt Baldridge) // Katoi

Locally Made Beer
// City (Tie): Atwater Brewery, Detroit // Batch Brewing Co., Detroit
// Suburb: Griffin Claw, Birmingham
// State: Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo

Michigan-Made Wine
// Chateau Grand Traverse Late Harvest Riesling

Chicken Wings
// Sweetwater Tavern, Detroit

Deck/Outdoor Seating
// City (Tie): La Dolce Vita, Detroit // Townhouse Detroit, Detroi
// Suburb:  Townhouse Bistro, Birmingham

Carry Out 
// City: Bucharest Grill, Multiple locations
// Suburb: Motor City Meatballs, Warren

Food Truck
// Mac Shack

Raw Juice or Smoothie
// Beyond Juice, Multiple locations

Locally Made Spirit 
// City: Two James Spirits, Corktown Detroit
// Suburb: Valentine Distilling, Ferndale

Love Shack 

“I got me a car, it’s as big as a whale, and we’re headin’ on down to the Mac Shack.” With apologies to the B-52s, whose “Love Shack” was all over the 1989 airwaves, metro Detroit fans take their jukebox money down to wherever this Best Food Truck is parked. Owner Chris Damon bought the business from the El Guapo folks (they shared “Best Food Truck” honors in 2015). Mac Shack may not be from the 1980s, but their beef-brisket-based dish is called the “I-80.” And they might not “Walk Like an Egyptian,” but their spicy chicken dish is called “Cluck Like a Buffalo.” Another trivia note: Detroit native Don Was produced “Love Shack.”

Hungry Like the Wolf 

For the third consecutive year, the venerable Clawson Steak House has Hour Detroit readers feeling “Hungry Like the Wolf” of Duran Duran’s 1982 hit. The Best Steak House (Suburb) kudos testify to the restaurant’s longevity: It was founded 58 years ago by Gregory Alex, who passed the business on to son Jim in 1986. It’s also certainly thanks to executive chef Jim Polk, who for 23 years has ensured quality, such as making sure all steaks are hand-cut each morning. Another blast from the past comes from the Mark James Band, who perform at the steakhouse Wednesday through Saturday, offering an atmosphere reminiscent of an old-time supper club.

Sweet Dreams are Made of This

The Whitney is one of Detroit’s oldest institutions, but its Katherine McGregor Dessert Parlor is new. Their treats were already a hit with Hour Detroit readers, who gave The Whitney the nod for Best Desserts (and a few other awards, too). Highlights include the Maple-Raspberry Croissant Bread Pudding and the Classic Carrot Cake, a Whitney tradition since the ’80s. They also serve a pine nut-flavored “White Pine” ice cream, an homage to the mansion’s eponymous lumber baron David Whitney Jr. Speaking of homages, the parlor is named after Whitney’s philanthropist daughter, and in her honor they have a “Pie It Forward” program that donates $1 from pie sales to Cass Community Social Services Center.

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