Best of Detroit 2023

Presenting our annual list of the very best metro Detroit has to offer, as voted by Hour Detroit readers.
Photograph by Hayden Stinebaugh

Featuring nearly 200 categories, Best of Detroit 2023 is your guide to the top places, people, attractions, and more the area has to offer — as nominated and voted upon by you, the Hour Detroit readers. Here’s who came out on top this year.

Arts & Entertainment // Community & Personalities // Drinks // Health & Beauty // Food // Retail // Sports // Services

Arts & Entertainment

Art Fair

Winner: Arts, Beats, and Eats, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Ann Arbor Art FairArt in the ParkArts & Apples Festival, and Wyandotte Street Art Fair

Art Gallery

Winner: Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester;
Finalists: Anton Art Center, David Klein Gallery, Library Street Collective, and Nicole Tamer Art Gallery


Winner: Power Play Detroit;
Finalists: The Family Tradition Band, Mac Saturn, Sound Proof Band, and Transit Brothers


Winner: MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit;
Finalists: Hollywood Casino at Greektown, and MotorCity Casino Hotel

Club for Dancing

Winner: Boogie Fever Ferndale;
Finalists: Deluxx Fluxx, Leland City Club, Marble Bar, and Spot Lite Detroit

Club for Live Music

Winner: The Magic Bag Detroit;
Finalists: El Club, The Morrie, Spot Lite Detroit, and Willis Show Bar

Comedy Club

Winner: Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Go Comedy Improv TheaterThe Independent Comedy Club at Planet AntThe Magic Soiree, and One Night Stans Comedy Club

Community Theater Company (tie)

Winners: The Purple Rose Theatre Co., Chelsea; and Stagecrafters,  Royal Oak;
Finalists: Birmingham Village Players, Farmington Players, and In the Mitten Productions

Concert Venue

Winner: Pine Knob Music Theatre Clarkston;
Finalists: The Fillmore Detroit, Fox Theatre, Little Caesars Arena, and Royal Oak Music Theatre

Jazz Club

Winner: Cliff Bell’s Detroit;
Finalists: Aretha’s Jazz CaféBaker’s Keyboard Lounge, Blue Llama Jazz Club, and Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe

Movie Theater (Art/Indie)

Winner: The Maple Theater Bloomfield Township;
Finalists: Cinema Detroit, Detroit Film Theatre, Farmington Civic Theater, and Redford Theatre

Movie Theater (Complex)

Winner: Emagine, multiple locations;
Finalists: AMC, MJR Digital Cinemas, and Phoenix Theatres

Museum (Arts)

Winner: Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit;
Finalists: Cranbrook Art Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Museum (Other)

Winner: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation Dearborn;
Finalists: Cranbrook Institute of Science, Detroit Historical Museum, Michigan Science Center, and Motown Museum

Music Artist

Winner: Eminem;
Finalists: Annemarie Jo, Big Sean, GRiZ, and Ben Sharkey

Performing Arts Venue

Winner: Fox Theatre Detroit;
Finalists: Detroit Opera House, Fisher Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, and Orchestra Hall


Winner: The Drew and Mike Show;
Finalists: Classic Conversations with Jeff Dwoskin, Sober Vibes, What Dewey Do?, and When Survival Looks Like Success

Visual Artist

Winner: Sheefy McFly;
Finalists: Mattie Armstrong, Kim Fujiwara, Sydney G. James, and Niagara

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Community & Personalities


Winner: Mitch Albom;
Finalists: John Jeffire, Josh Malerman, and Kristy Robinett


Winner: Matt Burke, Prime + Proper, Detroit;
Finalists: Jimmy Doom, Small’s; Jacob Feitler, Oak & Reel/The Upright; Shelly Rogers, Whiskey Chicks; and MaryAnn Vozza, Zana


Winner: James Rigato, Mabel Gray, Hazel Park;
Finalists: Anthony DiRienzo, Prime + Proper; Doug Hewitt, Freya; Anthony Lombardo, SheWolf Pastificio & Bar; and Jermaine Mills, Smith & Co.

Community Activist

Winner: Erica Owens, @frugalonthefly
Finalists: Thomas Barnes, Pam Ferrara, Zara Northover, and Jessica York

Community Organization

Winner: A Girl Like Me Inc. Detroit; @agirllikemeinc
Finalists: Chaldean Community Foundation, Coterie Detroit, Downriver for Veterans, and Teacher’s Pet

Local Politician

Winner: Gretchen Whitmer;
Finalists: David Coulter, Mike Duggan, Mallory McMorrow, Candice Miller, and Rashida Tlaib


Winner: Dave Rexroth, WXYZ;
Finalists: Paul Gross, Kevin Jeanes, Derek Kevra, and Alan Longstreet


Winner: Detroit Free Press;
Finalists: C&G Newspapers, Detroit Metro Times, The Detroit News, and Macomb Daily

Opinion Columnist

Winner: Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press;
Finalists: Brian Dickerson, Nolan Finley, Nancy Kaffer, Leonard Pitts, and Bankole Thompson

Organization for People with Disabilities

Winner: Friendship Circle West Bloomfield;
Finalists: Easterseals MORC, Living and Learning Enrichment Center, OpenSpot Theatre, and Services to Enhance Potential


Winner: Dan Gilbert;
Finalists: Serenity Atkinson, Nicole Eisenberg, Mike Morse, and Erica Owens

Radio DJ

Winner: Ann Delisi, WDET;
Finalists: Trudi Daniels, Ryan Patrick Hooper, Holly Hutton, Jim Johnson, and Dave Wagner

Radio Host

Winner: Mojo (Shannon Murphy), Channel 955;
Finalists: Dave and Chuck “the Freak,” Paul W. Smith, Jay Towers, and Mike Valenti

Radio News Reporter

Winner: Charlie Langton, WWJ News Radio 950;
Finalists: Brooke Allen, M.L. Elrick, and Stephen Henderson

Social Media Influencer

Winners: Dianne Harper Boyer and Jennifer Harper Fleck, The Harper Girls;
Finalists: Courtney Andersen, @courtney___andersen; Pam Ferrara, @pams_random_reviews; Azia Hawthorne, @aziamamarazzi; and Lora Kawar and Amal Hadid, @lamstyle_


Winner: Bernie Smilovitz, WDIV Local 4;
Finalists: George Blaha, Brad Galli, Dan Miller, Neal Ruhl, and Mike Valenti

Sports Reporter

Winner: Bernie Smilovitz, WDIV Local 4;
Finalists: Jamie Edmonds, Brad Galli, Jennifer Hammond, and Dan Miller


Winner: Nathan Cohen, Pierce Elementary School, Birmingham
Finalists: John Jeffire, Chippewa Valley High School; James Pecar, Chippewa Valley High School; Brian Peterson, Musson Elementary School; and Chad Zwolinski, Rochester High School

Tour Company (tie)

Winners: Detroit Bus Co. Detroit;, and Detroit History Tours Hamtramck;
Finalists: City Institute/ Detroit Experience Factory, and Feet on the Street Tours

Traffic Reporter

Winner: Kim DeGiulio, WDIV Local 4;
Finalists: Ali Hoxie, Dennis Neubacher, Kellie Rowe, and Tina Sultini

TV News Anchor (tie)

Winner: Devin Scillian, WDIV Local 4;, and Rhonda Walker, WDIV Local 4;
Finalists: Carolyn Clifford, Charlie Langton, and Roop Raj

TV News Reporter

Winner: Charlie Langton, Fox 2 Detroit;
Finalists: Karen Drew, Robin Murdoch, Paula Tutman, and Hank Winchester

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Bar/Lounge to Take a Client

Winner: The Apparatus Room at Detroit Foundation Hotel Detroit;
Finalists: Baus, Evening Bar, Geode Bar at Madam, Sugar House, and Townhouse

Bar/Lounge to Take a Date

Winner: Sugar House Detroit;
Finalists: Evening Bar, The Oakland, Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge, and Weiss Distilling Co.

Beer Selection (Bar)

Winner: HopCat, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: The Brakeman, Brown Iron Brewhouse, The Corner, and One-Eyed Betty’s


Winner: Atwater Brewery Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park;
Finalists: Baffin Brewing Co., Batch Brewing Co., Brown Iron Brewhouse, and Griffin Claw Brewing Co.

Craft Cocktails

Winner: Sugar House Detroit;
Finalists: Bar Verona, Evening Bar, The Oakland, and Weiss Distilling Co.


Winner: Valentine Distilling Co. Ferndale;
Finalists: Detroit City Distillery, Motor City Gas — Whiskey, Two James Spirits, and Weiss Distilling Co.

Dive Bar

Winner: The Old Miami Detroit;
Finalists: Bronx BarBumbo’s Bar, Gusoline Alley, Honest John’s, and Two Way Inn

Happy Hour

Winner: Bobcat Bonnie’s multiple locations;
Finalists: Bar Verona, Brown Iron Brewhouse, Shift Kitchen & Cocktails, Sidecar Slider Bar, and Smith & Co.

High-End Bar

Winner: Sugar House Detroit;
Finalists: Bad Luck BarCandy Bar, Evening Bar, and Zana


Winner: Soho Ferndale;
Finalists: Gigi’s, Liberty BarMenjos, Pronto, and Temple Bar

Michigan Beer

Winner: Bell’s Brewery Kalamazoo;
Finalists: Atwater BreweryEastern Market Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Co., and Urbanrest Brewing Co.

Michigan Winery

Winner: Chateau Chantal Traverse City;
Finalists: Detroit Vineyards, Sage Creek Winery, and Youngblood Vineyard

Neighborhood Bar

Winner: Ye Olde Tap Room Detroit; 313-824-1030
Finalists: Bumbo’s Bar, The Corner, Kiesling, Renshaw Lounge, and Sidecar Slider Bar

Place to Drink Outdoors

Winner: Griffin Claw Brewing Co. Birmingham;
Finalists: The Brakeman, The Old Miami, Townhouse, and Youngblood Vineyard

Sports Bar

Winner: Art & Jake’s multiple locations;
Finalists: The Brakeman, J’s Penalty Box, Sidecar Slider Bar, Sports Venue Bar & Grill, and Tony’s Sports Bar

Wine Bar

Winner: Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro Birmingham;
Finalists: Ladder 4 Wine Bar, Motor City Wine, The Royce, and Vertical Detroit

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Health & Beauty


Winner: Complexion Med Spa, West Bloomfield;
Finalists: The Aesthetic Method Med Spa, Margot European Spa, Mynt Beauty by Sonya, and Touch of Tay


Winner: Detroit Barber Co., multiple locations;
Finalists: 6 Salon, Baus, Lefty’s Barbershop, and Youngbloods


Winner: Salon 6Birmingham, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, The Beauty Lounge, Hair by Marissa R, and Legato Salon & Spa

Cannabis Dispensary (Medical)

Winner: Liv Cannabis, Detroit, Ferndale, Lake Orion;
Finalists: The Greenhouse of Walled Lake, House of Dank, The Patient Station, and Puff Cannabis Co.

Cosmetic Surgeon

Winner: Dr. Charles Boyd, Boyd Beauty, Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Detroit;
Finalists: Dr. Evan Black, Dr. Nicholas Crawford, Dr. DeLorean Griffin, and Dr. Deanne Kiba

CrossFit Gym

Winner: CrossFit 8 Mile, Livonia;
Finalists: CrossFit High Caliber, Five Lakes CrossFit, Michigan Hy-Fit Athletics, and New Species CrossFit

Day Spa

Winner: Rivage Day Spa, Birmingham;
Finalists: The Aesthetic Method Med Spa, Beach House Day Spa, Breathe: Bodywork and Beautification, and Margot European Spa

Eyebrow Specialist

Winner: Bee Waxed Cosmetics, Pontiac;
Finalists: Detroit Brows, I Brow Your Browz, Jabrocki Love Beauty, and Mynt Beauty by Sonya


Winner: Margot European Spa Birmingham;
Finalists: Breathe: Bodywork and Beautification, Complexion Med Spa, Rivage Day Spa, and VIO Med Spa

Fitness Classes

Winner: Detroit Sweat Royal Oak; Finalists: Beyond Fitness Family, CelyFit, GVST Wellness, and Rebel Strength and Fitness

Fitness Trainer

Winner: Stephanie Riley, Rebel Strength and Fitness Warren;
Finalists: John Cook, Michigan Hy-Fit Athletics; Chad Demchik, Next Level Fitness Academy; Jackie Kirchner, Beyond Fitness Family; and Nicole Nahed, Sculpt Studios

Gym (Old-School)

Winner: Detroit Body Garage Detroit;
Finalists: Beyond Fitness Family, MAC Gym, Muscles Gym, and Rebel Strength and Fitness

Hair Salon

Winner: 6 Salon, Birmingham, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Antonino Salon & Spa, The Beauty Lounge, Figo Salon, Katherine Drew Salon, and Legato Salon & Spa

Health Club

Winner: Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit;
Finalists: Beverly Hills Club, CelyFit, The Edge Fitness Clubs, GVST Wellness, and The Schvitz

Hot Shave

Winner: Detroit Barber Co., multiple locations;
Finalists: Baus, Hair Bandit, The Kave Barbershop, Kempt CultureThe Social Club, and Union Barber

Lash Specialist

Winner: Katherine Drew Salon Livonia;
Finalists: 6 Salon, The Lash Cabana Beach Spa, Melissa’s Skin Beautique, and Mynt Beauty by Sonya

Mani-Pedi Salon

Winner: Beach House Day Spa, Birmingham;
Finalists: Color Box Wellness, Just Polished Nails, Margot European Spa, and Rivage Day Spa


Winner: Rivage Day Spa, Birmingham;
Finalists: Beach House Day Spa, Breathe: Bodywork and Beautification, Elizabeth Face + Body Med Spa, Margot European Spa, and Sirona Wellness Spa

Pilates Classes

Winner: Pilates Detroit, Ferndale; Finalists: Core CollectiveThe Pilates House, Sculpted by Bee, and Warehouse Pilates

Spa Resort

Winner: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Acme;
Finalists: Crystal Spa at Crystal Mountain, and Immerse Spa at MGM Grand Detroit


Winner: Beauty Hub, Commerce Township;
Finalists: 6 Salon, Katherine Drew Salon, Mynt Beauty by Sonya, and Perfect Eyebrow Threading and Spa

Yoga Studio

Winner: Citizen Yoga Studio, Bloomfield, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Burn Fitness, Full Lotus Yoga, and GVST Wellness

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Winner: SavannahBlue, Detroit;
Finalists: Basan, Bronze Door, The Sardine Room, and Waves

Bagel Shop

Winner: New York Bagel, Ferndale, Southfield, West Bloomfield;
Finalists: Detroit Bagel Factory, Eastside Bagel, Elaine’s Bagels, and Jersey Bagel Deli & Grill

Bakery (Bread)

Winner: Crispelli’s Bakery, multiple locations;
Finalists: Avalon International Breads, Dakota Bread Co., Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, and Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Bakery (Desserts)

Winner: Astoria Pastry Shop, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Cannelle by Matt Knio, Culinary Combo Bakery, For the Love of Sugar, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, and Warda Patisserie

Barbecue Restaurant

Winner: Slows Bar BQ, Detroit;
Finalists: Arkins Sweet BBQ Pit, Bad Brad’s BBQ, Lockhart’s BBQ, and Woodpile BBQ Shack

Bar Food

Winner: Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Birmingham, Rochester Hills;
Finalists: The Corner, Luxe Bar & Grill, Mt. Chalet II, and Sidecar Slider Bar

Burgers (Classic) — tie

Winners: Red Coat Tavern, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield; and Mercury Burger & Bar Detroit;
Finalists: Hunter House Hamburgers, Miller’s Bar, and Shamrock Pub

Burgers (Specialty) — tie

Winners: Green Dot Stables Detroit; and Vinsetta Garage Berkley;
Finalists: Basement Burger Bar, Naked Burger, and Sidecar Slider Bar


Winner: Commonwealth Café, Birmingham;
Finalists: Bean and Leaf Cafe, Cannelle by Matt Knio, The Congregation, Svenska Café, and Zingerman’s Next Door Café

Cheap Eats

Winner: Leo’s Coney Island multiple locations;
Finalists: Green Dot Stables, Hunter House Hamburgers, Lafayette Coney Island, and O.W.L.

Chinese Restaurant

Winner: Mon Jin Lau Troy;
Finalists: Hong Hua Fine Chinese Dining, LC’s Asian Kitchen, Shangri-La, and Trizest Restaurant

Coffee Shop

Winner: Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters Detroit, Rochester, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Drifter Coffee, Kekoa Brew Co., The Red Hook, Sabbath Coffee Roasters, and Shaded Bloom Coffee

Coney Island

Winner: Leo’s Coney Island, multiple locations;
Finalists: Greek Islands Coney Restaurant, Lafayette Coney Island, Lipuma’s Coney Island, and National Coney Island


Winner: Detroit Cookie Co., Ann Arbor, Ferndale, St. Clair Shores;
Finalists: Avalon International Breads, Culinary Combo Bakery, Men Bake Cookies, and Sister Pie

Dessert (Restaurant)

Winner: Prime + Proper, Detroit;
Finalists: Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, San Morello, and The Whitney


Winner: Whistle Stop Diner, Birmingham, Pleasant Ridge;
Finalists: Dime Store, Eddie’s Gourmet, O.W.L., and Red Knapp’s American Grill


Winner: Donut Cutter, Berkley;
Finalists: Avon Donuts, Donut Bar + Coffee, Knapp’s Donut Shop, and Yellow Light Coffee & Donuts

Farm-to-Table Restaurant

Winner: Mabel Gray, Hazel Park;
Finalists: Coriander Kitchen & Farm, Marrow, Selden Standard, and Sylvan Table

Fast-Casual Restaurant

Winner: Detroit Taco Co. Detroit, Shelby Township, Troy;
Finalists: The Little Salumi, Los Gatos Tacos, Mister Dips, and Penny Red’s

Food Truck (tie)

Winners: Detroit Taco Co. Detroit, Shelby Township, Troy; and Detroit 75 Kitchen Detroit;
Finalists: Egg Roll Diva, Lobster Food Truck, and Satellite Food Truck

French Fries
Winner: HopCat, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: The Corner, Jolly Pumpkin, Social, and Townhouse

Gluten-Free Menu

Winner: Anita’s Kitchen Detroit, Ferndale, Lake Orion;
Finalists: Ale Mary’s, Bar Verona, Brown Iron Brewhouse, and Como’s

Greek Restaurant

Winner: Pegasus Taverna, Detroit, St. Clair Shores;
Finalists: Golden Fleece, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, Greek Isles Grille, and Uptown Parthenon

Ice Cream Shop

Winner: Guernsey Farms Dairy Northville;
Finalists: Clark’s Ice Cream, Cold Truth, Ray’s Ice Cream, and Treat Dreams

Indian Restaurant

Winner: Star of India Ferndale;
Finalists: Noorjahan Indian Cuisine, Pink GarlicPriya Indian Cuisine, and Rangoli Indian Cuisine

Italian Restaurant

Winner: SheWolf Pastificio & Bar Detroit;
Finalists: Andiamo, Antonio’s Cucina Italiana, Bacco Ristorante, Café Cortina, Cucina Lab Torino, Da Francesco’s Ristorante & Bar, Loccino Italian Grill & Bar, and San Morello

Japanese Restaurant

Winner: Ima, Detroit, Madison Heights;
Finalists: Adachi, Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, Nara Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse, and Osaka Japanese Steakhouse

Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Winner: Crispelli’s Bakery & Pizzeria multiple locations;
Finalists: The Corner, Mootz Pizzeria & Bar, Nara Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse, and Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Late-Night Eatery

Winner: Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit;
Finalists: Honest John’s, Leo’s Coney Island, National Coney Island, and O.W.L.

Latino Restaurant (Other Than Mexican)

Winner: Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine, Detroit;
Finalists: CulantroEl Guanaco, Frita Batidos, and Garrido’s Bistro

Mediterranean Restaurant

Winner: Anita’s Kitchen Detroit, Ferndale, Lake Orion;
Finalists: La Marsa Mediterranean Cuisine, La Saj Lebanese Bistro, Leila, and Phoenicia

Mexican Restaurant

Winner: Mexican Village Restaurant Shelby Township;
Finalists: Aldana Mexican Bar & Grill, El Charro, Los Gatos Tacos, and Sagebrush Cantina

Middle Eastern Restaurant

Winner: La Marsa Mediterranean Cuisine multiple locations;
Finalists: Al Ameer Restaurant, La Saj Lebanese Bistro, Leila, and Phoenicia

New Restaurant (Opened 2021-22)

Winner: Freya Detroit;
Finalists: Bar PigalleCash Only Supper Club, The Little Salumi, and Zana

Outdoor Dining

Winner: Como’s, Ferndale;
Finalists: Café CortinaSan Morello, Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro, and Townhouse


Winner: Tom’s Oyster Bar, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Mink, Prime + Proper, Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro, and Voyager

Pet-Friendly Restaurant

Winner: Detroit Shipping Co. Detroit;
Finalists: Como’s, Detroit Fleat, Ferndale Project, and Jolly Pumpkin


Winner: Pho Lucky, Detroit, Novi, Redford;
Finalists: Got Pho, Ima, Little Saigon, and Que Huong Restaurant


Winner: Sister Pie, Detroit;
Finalists: Achatz Handmade Pie Co., Culinary Combo Bakery, Grand Traverse Pie Co., and Great Lakes Pot Pies


Winner: Polish Village Cafe, Hamtramck;
Finalists: Christine’s Cuisine, Pietrzyk Pierogi, Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage Co., and Val’s Polish Kitchen

Pizza (Detroit-Style)

Winner: Buddy’s Pizza, multiple locations;
Finalists: Cloverleaf, Como’s, Loui’s Pizza, and Michigan & Trumbull

Pizza (Thin-Crust)

Winner: Supino Pizzeria Detroit;
Finalists: Crispelli’s Bakery & Pizzeria, Green Lantern Pizza, Mootz Pizzeria & Bar, and Tomatoes Apizza

Polish Restaurant

Winner: Polish Village Cafe, Hamtramck;
Finalists: Lakeside Family Restaurant, Polonia Restaurant, Three Brothers Restaurant, and Val’s Polish Kitchen

Pop-Up Restaurant

Winner: Frame Bar, Hazel Park;
Finalists: Fried Chicken & Caviar, Khana Detroit, Park Ranger, and Trap Kitchen Vegan by Chef Dunny


Winner: Ima, Detroit, Madison Heights;
Finalists: City Ramen, Edo Ramen House, Johnny Noodle King, and New Age Noodles

Restaurant (Livingston County)

Winner: La Marsa Mediterranean Cuisine multiple locations;
Finalists: Bourbons, Brighton Bar & Grill, Cello Italian Restaurant, and Diamonds Steak & Seafood

Restaurant (Macomb County)

Winner: Da Francesco’s Ristorante & Bar Shelby Township;
Finalists: Andiamo, Bar Verona, J. Baldwin’s, Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, and Testa Barra

Restaurant (Oakland County)

Winner: Mabel Gray, Hazel Park;
Finalists: Bar Verona, Cucina Lab Torino, Prime29 Steakhouse, Sylvan Table, and Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro

Restaurant (Washtenaw County)

Winner: Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Ann Arbor;
Finalists: Bellflower, Common Grill, The Dixboro Project, Gandy Dancer, and Miss Kim

Restaurant (Wayne County)

Winner: Selden Standard, Detroit;
Finalists: Besa, Oak & Reel, Pao Detroit, and Prime + Proper

Restaurant for Breakfast (Tie)

Winners: Toast, Birmingham, Ferndale; and The Jagged Fork, multiple locations;
Finalists: Breakfast Club, Dime Store, and Whistle Stop Diner

Restaurant for Brunch

Winner: Toast Birmingham, Ferndale;
Finalists: Dime Store, Prime + Proper, Rochester Brunch House, and San Morello

Restaurant to Take a Client

Winner: Prime + Proper Detroit;
Finalists: Da Francesco’s Ristorante & Bar, Prime29 Steakhouse, San Morello, and Townhouse

Restaurant with a View

Winner: Joe Muer Seafood (Renaissance Center) Detroit;
Finalists: Andiamo (Detroit Riverfront), Highlands, River Crab Blue Water Inn, and Townhouse Detroit

Romantic Dining

Winner: San Morello, Detroit;
Finalists: Bar Verona, Café Cortina, Cucina Lab Torino, and Prime29 Steakhouse

Sandwich Shop

Winner: Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop Detroit;
Finalists: Dagwood’s Deli & Catering, The Little Salumi, Oak House Deli, and Rocco’s Italian Deli

Seafood Restaurant

Winner: Joe Muer Seafood, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit;
Finalists: Lily’s Seafood Grill & Brewery, Oak & Reel, Streetside Seafood, and Voyager


Winner: Bucharest Grill, Detroit, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Al Ameer Restaurant, Anita’s Kitchen, La Saj Lebanese Bistro, and Mr. Kabob

Soul Food Restaurant

Winner: Detroit Soul Detroit;
Finalists: Bert’s Marketplace, Cornbread Restaurant & Bar, SavannahBlue, and Urban Soul Restaurant

Special Occasion Restaurant

Winner: The Whitney, Detroit;
Finalists: Café Cortina, Oak & Reel, Prime + Proper, and San Morello


Winner: Clawson Steak House Clawson;
Finalists: London Chop House, Mr. Paul’s Chophouse, Prime29 Steakhouse, and Prime + Proper


Winner: Noble Fish, Clawson;
Finalists: Adachi, Nara Sushi & Hibachi Steakhouse, Ronin Sushi, and Sushi House


Winner: Imperial Ferndale;
Finalists: Bakersfield, Detroit Taco Co., Los Gatos Tacos, and Whiskey Taco Foxtrot

Takeout Spot

Winner: Detroit Wing Co., multiple locations;
Finalists: Joe’s Italian Take-Out, The Little Salumi, Penny Red’s, and Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Thai Restaurant

Winner: Sy Thai, Troy;
Finalists: Bangkok 96, Bangkok Cuisine, Khom Fai Thai Dining Experience, and Thai Basil

Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant

Winner: Seva, Ann Arbor, Detroit;
Finalists: Aratham Gourmet To Go, Cacao Tree Cafe, Chive Kitchen, and Spacecat V-stro


Winner: Detroit Wing Co., multiple locations;
Finalists: Coop Caribbean Fusion, LA Hot Chicken, Mavrix Restaurant & Bar, and Sweetwater Tavern

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Antique Shop

Winner: Vintage Eastern Market Detroit;
Finalists: Dee Dee’s Fine Vintage, Ironside Vintage & Other Delights, Max & Ollie’s Vintage Boutique, and Odd Fellows Antiques

Appliance Shop

Winner: ABC Warehouse Multiple locations;
Finalists: Big George’s Home Appliance Mart, Sargent Appliance, Specialties Showroom Appliances & Plumbing Fixtures, and Witbeck Home Appliance Mart

Auto Dealership (Group)

Winner: The Suburban Collection, Troy;
Finalists: Crest Automotive Group, LaFontaine Automotive Group, Matick Automotive Group of Michigan, and Tamaroff Automotive Group

Auto Dealership (Individual)

Winner: Bill Brown Ford Livonia;
Finalists: Bowman Chevrolet, Crest Lincoln, and Matick Chevrolet

Beer Selection (Store)

Winner: Holiday Market multiple locations;
Finalists: 8 Degrees Plato Beer Co., Off the Wagon Market, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, and The Wine Garden Fine Wine & Spirits

Bike Shop

Winner: Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop Ferndale;
Finalists: Bikes, Blades and Boards, D&D Bicycles & Hockey, KLM Bike & Fitness, and Macomb Bike


Winner: John K. King Used & Rare Books Detroit;
Finalists: The Book Beat, Sidetrack Bookshop, Source Booksellers, and Toadvine Books

Bridal Salon

Winner: The Wedding Shoppe, Berkley;
Finalists: Alessandra Bridal & Formalwear, Piera’s Bridal, Roma Sposa Bridal, and The White Dress

Butcher Shop/Deli

Winner: Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace multiple locations;
Finalists: Fairway Packing Co., Nitsches Meats and Deli, Randazzo Fresh Market, Rocco’s Italian Deli, and Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Cake Shop

Winner: For the Love of Sugar, Detroit;
Finalists: Christine’s Cakes and Pastries, Holiday Market, The Home Bakery Cake & Confection Co., Love & Buttercream, and Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Candy Store

Winner: Doc Sweets’ Candy Co. Clawson;
Finalists: Bulk Food Marketplace, Spun Sugar Detroit, and Sugar Lu’s

Cannabis Dispensary (Recreational)

Winner: Liv Cannabis Ferndale;
Finalists: Dispo, The Patient Station, Puff Cannabis Co., and Quality Roots

Chocolate/ Chocolatier

Winner: Sanders Chocolate & Ice Cream Shoppes Clinton Township, Rochester;
Finalists: Bon Bon Bon, Champagne Chocolates, Chocolate Bar Café, and Quix Chocolate

Cider Mill

Winner: Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill Armada;
Finalists: Franklin Cider Mill, Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill, Spicer Orchards, and Yates Cider Mill

Cigar Shop

Winner: Churchill’s, Birmingham, Grosse Pointe Woods, West Bloomfield;
Finalists: Ambassador Cigars & Spirits, The Godfather Bistro Cigar Bar, La Casa Cigar Lounges, and Robusto’s Cigar Bar and Bistro

Clothing and Accessory Resale

Winner: Regeneration New & Used Clothing Pleasant Ridge;
Finalists: Assistance League Resale Connection, Consignment Clothiers, Council Resale, and Sum Girls Boutique

Coffee Brand

Winner: Zingerman’s Coffee Co. Ann Arbor;
Finalists: Impel Java, RoosRoast Coffee, Sabbath Coffee Roasters, and Shaded Bloom Coffee Co.

Comic Book Shop

Winner: Vault of Midnight Ann Arbor, Detroit;
Finalists: Comics & More, Comix Corner, Time Travelers, and Warp 9 Comics & Collectibles

Farmers Market

Winner: Eastern Market Detroit;
Finalists: Birmingham Farmers Market, Farmington Farmers Market, Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, and Royal Oak Farmers Market

Fish Market

Winner: Noble Fish Sushi & Market Clawson;
Finalists: Andrea’s Fish Market, The Lobster Pot, People’s Fish Market, and Randazzo Fresh Market

Flower Shop

Winner: Viviano Flower Shop, multiple locations;
Finalists: Adorn, Flowers for Dreams, Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, and Olive’s Bloombox

Furniture and Home Goods Resale

Winner: Dee Dee’s Fine Vintage, Clawson;
Finalists: 28 Furniture Co., Digs Consignment Studio, Le Shoppe Too, and Nu2U Again Resale Shop

Furniture Store

Winner: Leon & Lulu Clawson;
Finalists: 28 Furniture Co., Gardner-White Furniture, Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design, and Just by Happenstance

Gift Shop (tie)

Winners: Catching Fireflies, Ann Arbor, Berkley, Rochester; and Leon & Lulu, Clawson;
Finalists: The Brave Wimp, City Bird, and Vitrine

Gluten-Free Products

Winner: Plum Market multiple locations;
Finalists: Celiac Specialties/ Gluten Free Specialties, Rumi’s Passion, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, and Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Gourmet Foods

Winner: Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace multiple locations;
Finalists: Holiday Market, Plum Market, and Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, and Zingerman’s Delicatessen

High-End Clothing Store

Winner: The Peacock Room Detroit;
Finalists: Coup D’état, Greyson Clothiers, Hersh’s Boutique, and Tender

Home Decor Shop

Winner: Leon & Lulu, Clawson;
Finalists: 28 Furniture Co., Cristions Fine Linen & Down, Just by Happenstance, and Spotlight Home Interiors

Jewelry Store

Winner: Tapper’s Jewelry, multiple locations;
Finalists: Diamonds Direct, Emily Prchlik Fine Jewelry, Jewelry Set in Stone, and Lucido Fine Jewelry

Kids’ Clothing Store

Winner: Lil’ Rascals Birmingham;
Finalists: Apple Blossom Baby & Decor, Connie’s Children’s Shop, HoneyPie Kids, and Petite Cabane

Leather Goods

Winner: Shinola Detroit, Detroit;
Finalists: Better Life Bags, B.May Bags, Jytte Designs, and Pingree Detroit

Lighting Shop

Winner: Michigan Design Center Troy;
Finalists: Exway Electric Supply Co., Pine Tree Furniture & Lighting, Royce Furniture & Lighting, and Visual Comfort & Co.

Lingerie Store

Winner: Harp’s Lingerie, Birmingham;
Finalists: Bra-vo IntimatesBusted Bra Shop, Sunny J’s Lingerie & Leisure, and Supernatural

Men’s Clothing Store

Winner: Youngbloods Hazel Park;
Finalists: David Vintage, George Gregory, Inspiration Clothing, Mature, and Sam Michael’s

Nursery/ Greenhouse

Winner: English Gardens multiple locations;
Finalists: Bordine’s, Farmer John’s Home Garden & Fashion, Ray Wiegand’s Nursery, and Telly’s Greenhouse & Garden Center

Optical Shop

Winner: See Eyewear, multiple locations;
Finalists: House of Optical, Optik Birmingham, Roland Optics, and Shades Optical

Place to Buy an Engagement/Wedding Ring

Winner: Tapper’s Jewelry, multiple locations;
Finalists: Ahee Jewelers, Emily Prchlik Fine Jewelry, Lucido Fine Jewelry, and Miner’s Den Jewelers

Place to Buy Art

Winner: The Rust Belt Market Ferndale;
Finalists: Luna-tic, Mod Market, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, and Yellow Door Art Market

Record Store

Winner: Dearborn Music, Dearborn;
Finalists: Flipside Records, Found Sound, Third Man Records, and Weirdsville Records

Shopping Mall

Winner: Somerset Collection Troy;
Finalists: Fairlane Town Center, The Mall at Partridge Creek, Twelve Oaks Mall, and The Village of Rochester Hills

Skin Care Shop

Winner: Margot European Spa Birmingham;
Finalists: Complexion, Face Skincare Medical Wellness, and Ullman’s Health and Beauty

Toy Store

Winner: Toyology Toys, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Modern Natural Baby, Nerd Out, Toy Box Michigan, and Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy

Vintage/ Consignment

Winner: Clothes Lost and Found Vintage, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Boro, Leah’s Closet, Regeneration New & Used Clothing, and Reware Vintage

Wine Store

Winner: Red Wagon Shoppe, Rochester Hills, Troy;
Finalists: Old Woodward Cellar, The Royce, Woods Wholesale Wine, and Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Women’s Boutique

Winner: The Peacock Room, Detroit;
Finalists: Coup D’état, Ferne Boutique, Just Girls Boutique, Tender, and Vitrine

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Detroit Lions Player

Winner: Aidan Hutchinson;
Finalists: Jared Goff, Malcolm Rodriguez, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Jamaal Williams

Detroit Pistons Player

Winner: Cade Cunningham;
Finalists: Bojan Bogdanovi, Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, and Isaiah Stewart

Detroit Red Wings Player

Winner: Dylan Larkin;
Finalists: Tyler Bertuzzi, Ville Husso, Lucas Raymond, and Moritz Seider

Detroit Tigers Player

Winner: Miguel Cabrera;
Finalists: Javier Báez, Riley Greene, Eric Haase, and Casey Mize

Michigan College Football Team

Winner: University of Michigan Wolverines;
Finalists: Alma College Scots, Central Michigan Chippewas, Eastern Michigan Eagles, Grand Valley State Lakers, Michigan State Spartans, and Western Michigan Broncos

Private Golf Course

Winner: Oakland Hills Country Club Bloomfield Hills;
Finalists: Detroit Golf Club, Franklin Hills Country Club, Orchard Lake Country Club, and Wabeek Club

Professional Sports Team

Winner: Detroit Lions;
Finalists: Detroit City Football Club, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, and Detroit Tigers

Public Golf Course

Winner: Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center Plymouth;
Finalists: Cracklewood Golf Club, Farmington Hills Golf Club, Rackham Golf Course, and Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club

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After-School Program

Winner: Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music, Royal Oak;
Finalists: Born Yoga, Living and Learning Enrichment Center, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, and Stars & Stripes Athletics

Auto Detailing/ Car Wash

Winner: Jax Kar Wash, multiple locations;
Finalists: Classic Appreciation World Class Auto Detailing, Matick Auto Wash, Motor City AutoSpa, and Mr. C’s Car Wash

Auto Repair

Winner: LaFontaine Collision Centers multiple locations;
Finalists: Bowman Auto Center, Fellows and Co. Family Auto, Ferndale Collision Auto Repair, and Motor City Whips

Cannabis Delivery

Winnder: Liv Cannabis, Detroit, Ferndale, Lake Orion;
Finalists: Dispo Dash, House of Dank, Puff Cannabis Co., and Skymint


Winner: Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township, Shelby Township;
Finalists: Brie & Bamboo, Everyday Edibles, Peter’s Palate Pleaser, and Skosh Catering

Financial Planner

Winner: Dewey Steffen, Great Lakes Wealth, Farmington Hills;
Finalists: Darden Wealth Group; Jeffrey Fratarcangeli, Fratarcangeli Wealth Management; Mainstay Financial Management; and Matthew Vermillion, Cuso Financial Services


Winner: Shinola Hotel, Detroit;
Finalists: Daxton Hotel, MGM Grand Detroit, Royal Park Hotel, and The Siren

Interior Designer

Winner: Meganrose Interiors, Northville;
Finalists: Armina InteriorsJeffrey King Interiors, Parini, and Rariden Schumacher Mio

Kitchen Design Service

Winner: KSI Kitchen & Bath, multiple locations;
Finalists: Maison Birmingham, Scavolini, Sharer Design Group, and Whiski Kitchen Design Studio

Michigan Resort (tie)

Winners: Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls; and Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Acme;
Finalists: Crystal Mountain, Shanty Creek Resort, and Treetops Resort

Pet Groomer

Winner: Scrubbers Dog Wash, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield;
Finalists: All Paw Spa, Bingo Pet Salon, Kitty & Kanine Day Spa, and Somerset Dog Grooming


Winner: Melissa Douglas Co., Rochester Hills;
Finalists: Frankie Photography, Hannah Marie Photography, Kya Liann, and MiLittleStar Photography


Winner: Kathy Broock, Max Broock Realtors, Birmingham;
Finalists: Victoria Camaj, Providence Properties, Realty & Management;
C Miles Realty; Lauren Fortinberry, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel; Glover Agency; Nicole McAvoy, Dobi Real Estate; and Tushar Vakhariya, Keller Williams

Special Occasion Venue

Winner: Shinola Hotel, Detroit;
Finalists: CenterPeace, M1 Concourse, The Madison, and Zingerman’s Greyline

Summer Day Camp

Winner: Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills;
Finalists: Born Yoga, Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, Living and Learning Enrichment Center, and Roeper Summer Programs

Travel Agency

Winner: Lux Travel Girl, Birmingham;
Finalists: Amaze Travel; Atlas Travel; Bee Kalt Travel; Jill Jones, Cadillac Travel Group; and Volare Travel

Venue for a Kids Party

Winner: C.J. Barrymore’s Clinton Township;
Finalists: Breakout Escape Rooms, The Friendship Factory, and Zap Zone

Wedding Cakes

Winner: Love & Buttercream, Birmingham;
Finalists: Elite Sweets, For the Love of Sugar, Pastry Guru, and Zingerman’s Bakehouse

Wedding Photographer

Winner: Hannah Marie Photography Farmington Hills;
Finalists: Frankie Photography, Julia Cuddy Photography, Kya Liann, and Molly Grunewald Photography


Winner: Hazel & Gray,
Finalists: Emerald City Designs, Events by Raj Singh, A June Event, Planterra Conservatory, Primrose Event Planning, and Star Trax Events

Wedding Venue

Winner: Planterra Conservatory, West Bloomfield;
Finalists: The Collins off Main, Gem Theatre, One Campus Martius, Shinola Hotel, and Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

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This story is part of the June 2023 issue of Hour Detroit. Read more in our Digital Edition.