Best of Detroit 2018

Our reader's picks for the Best of Detroit winners in food, drink, leisure, people, and services


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Shot at Love & Buttercream's Birmingham Location
 

Sweet Victory

A local bakery takes the cake (and the cookie, too!)

// By Lexi Trimpe

 

Love & Buttercream swept the dessert portion of this year’s Best of Detroit, taking home Best Locally Owned Bakery (Suburb), Best Cupcakes, and Best Cookies. The bakery makes all of its seasonal treats from scratch, without shortenings, oils, or preservatives.

Since opening in 2012, Love & Buttercream has steadily grown under the ownership of Brooke Wilson Vitale (pictured left) from a one-woman cottage business, to a multiple-location venture. “The community has really welcomed us with open arms since the day that we opened in Royal Oak,” she says. In 2016, the bakery opened a second, much larger location in Birmingham, which offers private parties and baking classes.

But even with so much growth, Wilson Vitale hasn’t lost sight of what’s important. “We try to focus on creating a customer experience for every customer that walks through the door and make them [feel] unique and special,” she says. “Whether they’re just getting a cookie or we’re designing an elaborate wedding cake for them.”

Visit loveandbuttercream.com for more information.

 

RESTAURANT FOR GENERAL EXCELLENCE
// CITYPrime + Proper
// SUBURBMabel Gray, Hazel Park

RESTAURANT AMBIENCE
// CITYPrime + Proper
// SUBURBThe Fed Community, Clarkston

PLACE TO HAVE DINNER BEFORE A SHOW
// CITY (TIE): The Whitney & Prime + Proper
// SUBURBOtus Supply, Ferndale

PLACE FOR NIGHTCAPS AFTER THE SHOW
// The Whitney, Detroit

VIEW FROM A RESTAURANT
// Joe Muer’s Seafood, Detroit

SUNDAY BRUNCH
// CITYDime Store
// SUBURBThe Fed Community, Clarkston

APPETIZERS
// CITYPrime + Proper
// SUBURB (TIE): Bistro 82, Royal Oak & Otus Supply, Ferndale 

ATTENTIVE SERVICE
// CITY: Prime + Proper 
// SUBURB: Chapman House, Rochester

BEER SELECTION
// CITY: Hopcat Detroit
// SUBURB (TIE): One-Eyed Betty’s, Ferndale & Hopcat Royal Oak, Royal Oak

LATE-NIGHT DINING
// CITY: Honest John’s 
// SUBURB: O.W.L., Royal Oak

STREET-LEVEL WINDOW SEAT
// CITY: Parc
// SUBURB: Townhouse, Birmingham

INDEPENDENT COFFEEHOUSE
// Ashe Supply Co., Detroit

ROMANTIC RESTAURANT
// CITY: Prime + Proper
// SUBURB: Café Cortina, Farmington Hills

FISH MARKET
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township
// SINGLE LOCATION: Superior Fish Company, Royal Oak

LOCALLY PRODUCED FOOD BRAND (TIE)
// Better Made Snack Foods
// Farm Field Table, Ferndale

ICE CREAM PARLOR
// Ray’s Ice Cream, Royal Oak

CHINESE
// CITY: The Peterboro
// SUBURB: Mon Jin Lau, Troy

PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH
// CITY: Dime Store
// SUBURB: Townhouse, Birmingham

FRENCH
// Bistro 82, Royal Oak

RESTAURANT DESSERT
// CITY: Prime + Proper
// SUBURB (TIE): The Morrie, Royal Oak & GreenSpace Café, Ferndale

WINE LIST
// CITY: Prime + Proper
// SUBURB: Michigan By the Bottle Tasting Room, Auburn Hills, Royal Oak and Shelby Township

PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS
// CITY: Selden Standard
// SUBURB: Vinsetta Garage, Berkley

BUSINESS BREAKFAST
// CITY: Dime Store 
// SUBURB: Beverly Hills Grill, Beverly Hills

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

INDIAN
// Rangoli, Auburn Hills and Sterling Heights

KOREAN
// Korea Palace, Sterling Heights

MEXICAN
// CITY: Mexican Village
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: El Charro 
// SUBURB: Honcho, Clarkston

ITALIAN
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Andiamo
// SINGLE LOCATION: CITY: Giovanni’s / SUBURB: Da Francesco’s, Shelby Township

MIDDLE EASTERN
// Phoenicia, Birmingham

JAPANESE
// Ronin, Royal Oak

THAI
// Khom Fai Thai Dining Experience, Shelby Township

VIETNAMESE
// SINGLE LOCATION: SUBURB: Da Nang Restaurant, Clawson / CITY: Flowers of Vietnam
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Pho Lucky

 



Drinks provided by The Sugar House, Atwater Brewery, and Vivio’s
 

A Toast to the Best

We certainly like to enjoy an adult beverage once in a while. Here’s to this year’s winners.

// By Steve Wilke

 

Vivio’s Food & Spirits, multiple locations With eateries in Detroit and Warren, the perennial winner is still the champion for the Best Bloody Mary. viviosdetroit.net; vivioswarrenmi.com

Atwater Brewery, Detroit; Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Birmingham Close to home, it’s Atwater for the win for best Locally Made Beer (City). (Their labels feature art from “Best of Detroit” winner, Fine Artist, Tony Roko!) Meanwhile in Birmingham, Griffin Claw gets the nod for Best Locally Made Beer (Suburb). atwaterbeer.com; griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Chateau Grand Traverse Late Harvest Riesling Put a cork in it. Hour Detroit readers think this white is the best Michigan-Made Wine. cgtwines.com

Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo; Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids These two Michigan brewers gone big time have ended up in (bottle) neck-and-neck tie for Best Locally Made Beer (State). bellsbeer.com; foundersbrewing.com

Black Star Farms, Traverse City; L. Mawby Winery, Suttons Bay It was also a tie ball game for the Best Michigan Winery. blackstarfarms.com; lmawby.com

Two James Spirits, Detroit; Valentine Distilling, Ferndale Corktown’s Two James gets the nod for Locally Made Spirits (City), and Ferndale’s own Valentine Distilling is voted Locally Made Spirits (Suburb). twojames.com; valentinedistilling.com

The Sugar House, Detroit; The Oakland Art Novelty Co., Ferndale Searching for the Best Classic Artisan Cocktails? Hit up The Oakland in the suburbs, and The Sugar House in the city. sugarhousedetroit.com; theoaklandferndale.com

 

GOURMET MARKET
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township
// SINGLE LOCATION: Holiday Market, Royal Oak

24-HOUR RESTAURANT
// O.W.L., Royal Oak

MICHIGAN WINERY (TIE)
// Black Star Farms, Traverse City & L. Mawby, Suttons Bay

STEAKHOUSE
// CITY: Prime + Proper
// SUBURB: The Clawson Steakhouse, Clawson

BURGER
// MACOMB COUNTY: Shamrock Irish Pub, Utica
// OAKLAND COUNTY: Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak, 248-549-0300 and West Bloomfield Township,
248-865-0500
// WAYNE COUNTY: Miller’s Bar, Dearborn

VEGAN
// CITY: Seva
// SUBURB: GreenSpace Café, Ferndale

CREATIVE BREAKFAST
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Toast, Birmingham and Toast, Ferndale
// SINGLE LOCATION: Dime Store, Detroit

VEGETARIAN
// CITY: Seva
// SUBURB: GreenSpace Café, Ferndale

GLUTEN-FREE MENU
// GreenSpace Café, Ferndale

CHEAP EATS
// Green Dot Stables, Detroit

SANDWICH
// Mudgie’s, Detroit

RIBS (TIE)
// Slows Bar BQ, Detroit & Union Woodshop, Clarkston

CONEY ISLAND
// Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit, 313-964-8198

SUSHI
// Noble Fish, Clawson

SEAFOOD
// CITY: Joe Muer Seafood, Detroit
// SUBURB: Voyager, Ferndale

LOCALLY OWNED BAKERY
// CITY: Avalon International Breads
// SUBURB: Love & Buttercream, Royal Oak

FISH ’N’ CHIPS
// CITY: Scotty Simpson’s Fish and Chips
// SUBURB: The Lodge Grill and Bar, Keego Harbor

PANCAKES
// The Original Pancake House, multiple locations

SOUL FOOD
// CITY: Detroit Vegan Soul
// SUBURB: Beans & Cornbread, Southfield

SOUP
// INDEPENDENT: Russell Street Deli, Detroit
// CHAIN: Zoup!

PIZZA
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Buddy’s Pizza
// SINGLE LOCATION: Supino Pizzeria, Detroit

DELI
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Vince And Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township and Shelby Township
// SINGLE LOCATION (TIE): Stage Deli, West Bloomfield & Steve’s Deli, Bloomfield Hills

BARBECUE
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: Bad Brads BBQ
// CITY: Slows Bar BQ
// SUBURB: Union Woodshop, Clarkston

FRENCH FRIES
// INDEPENDENT: Hopcat, Detroit and Royal Oak

BAGELS
// MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: New York Bagel
// SINGLE LOCATION: Detroit Institute of Bagels, Detroit

CUPCAKES
// Love & Buttercream, Royal Oak

COOKIES (TIE)
// Love & Buttercream, Royal Oak & Detroit Cookie Co., Ferndale

DOUGHNUTS
// CITY: Dutch Girl Donuts, 313-368-3020
// SUBURB: Donut Bar and Coffee, Southfield, 248-595-8212

CLASSIC ARTISAN COCKTAILS
// CITY: The Sugar House
// SUBURB: The Oakland Art Novelty Co., Ferndale

BLOODY MARY
// Vivio’s, Detroit and Vivio's, Warren

LOCALLY MADE BEER
// CITY: Atwater Brewery
// SUBURB: Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Birmingham
// STATE (TIE): Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo & Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids

MICHIGAN-MADE WINE
// Chateau Grand Traverse Late Harvest Riesling

CHICKEN WINGS
// CITY: Sweetwater Tavern
// SUBURB: Detroit Wing Co., Eastpointe

DECK/OUTDOOR SEATING
// CITY (TIE): Selden Standard & Townhouse Detroit
// SUBURB (TIE): Chapman House, Rochester & Hopcat Royal Oak, Royal Oak

CARRYOUT
// Bucharest Grill, multiple locations

FOOD TRUCK (TIE)
// El Guapo & Nosh Pit

POP-UP DINING EXPERIENCE
// SINGLE EVENT: Eminem’s Mom’s Spaghetti at the Shelter
// ROTATING CAST (TIE): Frame, Hazel Park & Revolver, Hamtramck

RAW JUICE OR SMOOTHIE
// Beyond Juice, multiple locations

LOCALLY MADE SPIRITS
// CITY: Two James Spirits
// SUBURB: Valentine Distilling, Ferndale

 



Food provided by Dime Store, Toast, Dutch Girl Donuts, and Detroit Institute of Bagels
 

Rise and Shine

Start your morning off right with one of these winning breakfast spots

 

Ashe Supply Co., Detroit Winning for Best Independent Coffee House, this craft coffee roaster is revered for its small-batch brews, served in a cool, industrial atmosphere. ashesupplyco.com

Detroit Institute of Bagels The Best Bagels (Single Location) in metro Detroit can be found at this Corktown staple. Its dense bagels and flavorful spreads have made it a favorite amongst Detroiters (and Martha Stewart). detroitintututeofbagels.com

Toast (Birmingham, Ferndale) Looking for something out of the ordinary? The Best Creative Breakfast (Multiple Locations) in metro Detroit can be found at these colorful and eclectic locations. toastbirmingham.comeatattoast.com

Dutch Girl Donuts, Detroit Since 1947, this Palmer Woods mainstay has been churning out classic style doughnuts at ridiculously reasonable prices. Consistency is key, earning the location Best Doughnuts (City). 313-368-3020

Dime Store, Detroit Bringing home wins for Best Sunday Brunch (City), Best Place for a Business Lunch (City), and Best Business Breakfast (City), this downtown favorite is known for its from-scratch fare, classic cocktails, and lengthy local beer menu. eatdimestore.com — LT

 

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