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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Funny Business

A local comedian on spreading happiness

// By Lyndsay Green

Ingrid Walton (a.k.a. Coco), is a trusted source for a good laugh. For years, listeners woke up to her voice on 105.9 Kiss-FM’s Mason & Coco in the Morning! Humor-lovers flock to her skits at venues throughout southeast Michigan, and she’s performed everywhere from bar mitzvahs to churches. “Have joke, will travel,” she says.

Coco’s ability to keep Detroiters laughing for over 25 years has earned the Highland Park native the title as this year’s Best Comic. But more than a comedian, she has a passion for bringing overall joy to peoples’ lives through humor and not-so-random acts of kindness. In addition to shedding light on often stigmatized subjects like menopause and mental illness — Coco finds that “humor is a buffer to talk about sensitive subjects” — she also operates Coco’s House, a nonprofit that assists men and women recovering from substance abuse, forges relationships with metro Detroit’s youth, and occasionally and anonymously, pays off property taxes for homeowners at risk of losing their homes. “I’m learning that my gift is helping people. It’s my passion and my purpose.”

Visit cocoshouse.org for more information.

 

DETROIT TIGERS
// PLAYER: Miguel Cabrera

DETROIT LIONS
// PLAYER: Matthew Stafford

DETROIT PISTONS
// PLAYER: Andre Drummond

DETROIT RED WINGS
// PLAYER: Henrik Zetterberg

LOCAL SPORTS STAR
// Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

CHOICE FOR A LOCAL CELEBRITY DINNER COMPANION
// Eminem

TOP DOMESTIC AUTO EXECUTIVE
// Mary Barra, General Motors

LOCAL LOUDMOUTH (TIE)
// Mike Valenti, 97.1 The Ticket & Geoffrey Fieger, attorney

CHOICE FOR A LOCAL POLITICAL DINNER COMPANION
// Mayor Mike Duggan

DETROIT AMBASSADOR
// Dan Gilbert

DJ (NON-RADIO)
// DJ Captn20 (a.k.a. Nick Haddad)

LOCAL COMEDIAN
// Coco

LOCAL BAND — COVERS
// Killer Flamingos

LOCAL BAND — ORIGINALS
// Ara Topouzian

BARTENDER
// Jacob Darmofal, The Sugar House

MAÎTRE D’ (TIE)
// Agata Lombardo-Bogel, Bacco, Southfield & Tiffany Best, Prime + Proper, Detroit & Jon Patrus Joe Muer Bloomfield Hills

CHEF (TIE)
// James Rigato, Mabel Gray & Reva Constantine, Great Lakes Culinary Center

SOMMELIER
// RETAILER: Ted Ross, Vince & Joe’s
// RESTAURANT: Jon Patrus, Joe Muer Bloomfield Hills

PERSONAL TRAINER
// FEMALE: Deborah Linley
// MALE: Brad Goodstein

LOCAL POLITICIAN
// TO RECALL: Gov. Rick Snyder

POLITICAL RISING STAR
// Abdul El-Sayed

INDEPENDENT STORE OWNER
// Jennifer Awdish, Everything Home

COLORFUL CHARACTER
// Tom Schoenith

CICERONE
// Zachary Typinski, UrbanRest

DETROIT FILMMAKER
// Derek Gauci

FINE ARTIST
// Tony Roko

BEST LOCAL AUTHOR
// Kristy Robinett

 

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BEST OF DETROIT 2018 SPONSORS

Cauley Ferrari
CFA
Detroit Wick
Franco Public Relations Group
Greektown Casino-Hotel
Lyft Business
Viviano Flower Shop

 

3Fifty Terrace
Abood Law Firm
Atwater Brewery
Berkshire Hathaway - The Loft Warehouse
Bud Light

 

Budweiser

 

Dr. Ellen Janetzke

 

 

Faygo

 

 

Michelob Ultra
TapSnap
Tito's Vodka

 

 

 

Traverse Wine Coast

 

Eastern Market
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