Best of Detroit 2010

Thousands of readers — the largest number ever — played favorites in online voting for Hour Detroit’s 2010 Best of Detroit list. Check out the 251 winners, and then go play tourist in your own hometown.


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Restaurant for General Excellence:

Roast, in the Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit; roastdetroit.com

Restaurant Ambience:

 Ristorante Café Cortina, Farmington Hills;
cafecortina.com

View From a Restaurant:

Coach Insignia, atop the Marriott Renaissance Center, Detroit

Dinner Before a Show:

Mario’s, Midtown Detroit;
mariosdetroit.com

Nightcaps After the Show:

The Whitney, Midtown Detroit; thewhitney.com

Dessert (two-way tie):

Just Baked,
(cupcakes, five locations); justbakedshop.com
Astoria Bakery,
Royal Oak

Fish Market:

Superior Fish, Royal Oak; 248-541-4632, superiorfish.com

Gourmet Market:

Oakland County:

Papa Joe’s; Birmingham, 248-723-9400 Rochester, 248-853-6263, papajoesmarket.com

Macomb County:

Vince & Joe’s, Clinton Township; 586-263-7870, Shelby Township; 586-786-9230, vinceandjoes.com

Appetizers:

Small Plates, Detroit; 313-963-0497

Sunday Brunch:

Beverly Hills Grill, Beverly Hills; 248-642-2355,
beverlyhillsgrill.com

Pancakes:

Chain:

The Original Pancake House (four Michigan locations); originalpancakehouse.com

Local:

Toast, Birmingham; 248-258-6278,
and Ferndale; 248-398-0444.

Margarita:

Monterrey Cantina, Royal Oak; 248-545-1940.

Martini:

Goodnite Gracie Jazz & Martini Bar, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Ann Arbor; goodnitegracie.com

Wine List:

Roast, in the Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit; roastdetroit.com

Restaurant/Bar Beer Selection:

The Berkley Front, Berkley; 248-547-3331.

Window Seat:

Coach Insignia, atop the Marriott Renaissance Center, Detroit.

Business Lunch:

The Capital Grille, Troy; thecapitalgrille.com

Locally Produced Food Brand (three-way tie):

Better Made; bmchips.com
Garden Fresh Gourmet; gardenfreshsalsa.com
Kelly’s Karamels

Late-Night Dining (three-way tie):

Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak; 248-549-0300,
West Bloomfield Township; 248-865-0500.
National Coney Island, 21 locations;
nationalconeyisland.com
Lafayette Coney Island,Detroit; 313-964-8198.

Attentive Service:

Ristorante Café Cortina, Farmington Hills;
248-474-3033, cafecortina.com

Ice-Cream Parlor:

Ray’s Ice Cream, Royal Oak; 248-549-5256, raysicecream.com

Romantic restaurant:

Ristorante Café Cortina, Farmington Hills;
248-474-3033, cafecortina.com

Pizza:

Local Chain:

Buddy’s; buddyspizza.com

Local (two locations):

Tomatoes Apizza; tomatoesapizza.com

Hamburger:

Redcoat Tavern, Royal Oak; 248-549-0300,
West Bloomfield Township; 248-865-0500.

Chinese:

Chain:

 P.F. Chang’s; pfchangs.com

Non-Chain:

Mon Jin Lau, Troy; 248-689-2332,
monjinlau.com

Independent Coffeehouse:

Bean & Leaf Café, Royal Oak; 248-586-9602 mybeanandleaf.com

Japanese:

Chain:

Benihana; three locations, benihana.com

Non-Chain:

Little Tree Sushi Bar, Royal Oak; 248-586-0994.

Korean:

New Seoul Garden, Southfield; 248-827-1600, newseoulplaza.com

Mexican:

Mexican Village, Detroit; 313-237-0333, Utica; 586- 254-2290, mexicanvillagefood.com

Vegetarian Menu:

Inn Season Café, Royal Oak; 248-547-7916, theinnseasoncafe.com

Thai:

Sy Thai, Birmingham; 248-258-9830.

Middle Eastern:

Local Chain:

Palm Palace, three locations; palmpalace.com

Single Location:

Phoenicia, Birmingham; 248-644-3122, phoeniciabirmingham.com

24-hour Restaurant:

National Coney Island, 21 locations;
nationalconeyisland.com

Steakhouse:

Roast, in the Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit; roastdetroit.com

Breakfast:

Toast, Birmingham; 248-258-6278,
and Ferndale; 248-398-0444.

Seafood:

Streetside Seafood, Birmingham; 248-645-9123, streetsideseafood.com

Sushi:

Noble Fish, Clawson; 248-585-2314,
noblefish.com

Soup:

Chain:

Zoup!; zoup.com

Non-chain:

Russell Street Deli,Eastern Market, Detroit; 313-567-2900, russellstreetdeli.com

Michigan Winery (two-way tie):

Black Star Farms; blackstarfarms.com
Leelanau Cellars; leelanaucellars.com

Soul Food:

Beans & Cornbread, Southfield; 248-208-1680, beanscornbread.com

Fish & Chips:

The Lodge Bar & Grill, Keego Harbor; 248-683-5458, lodgegrillandbar.com

Cheap Eats:

Leo’s Coney Island; leosconeyisland.com

Ribs:

Slows Bar BQ, Detroit; 313-962-9828, slowsbarbq.com

Coney Island:

Chain:

Leo’s; leosconeyisland.com

Local:

Athens Coney Island, Royal Oak; 248-549-1488.

Carryout:

Dish, Detroit; dishdetroit.biz

Deli:

Steve’s Deli, Bloomfield Township;
248-932-0800, stevesdeli.com

Doughnuts:

Local:

Daily Dozen, Warren; 586-777-8650.

Chain:

Dunkin’ Donuts; dunkindonuts.com

Bagels:

New York Bagel Co., Ferndale; 248-548-2580; Oak Park, 248-967-3919; Southfield, 248-559-6591; West Bloomfield Township; 248-851-9210.

Microbrewery:

Woodward Avenue Brewers, Ferndale; 248-546-3696, thewabferndale.com

Italian:

Local Chain:

Andiamo, eight locations; andiamoitalia.com

Single Location:

Ristorante Café Cortina, Farmington Hills;
248-474-3033, cafecortina.com

Greek:

Pegasus Taverna, Detroit; 313-964-6800,
pegasustavernas.com

Indian Restaurant:

Priya, Troy; 248-269-0100.

French (two-way tie):

What Crêpe?, Royal Oak; 248-629-9391.
The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; 248-661-4466, thelark.com

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Women’s Clothing Store:

Local:

Tender, Birmingham; 248-258-0212, tenderbirmingham.com

Chain:

Nordstrom; nordstrom.com

Fitted for a Suit:

Chain:

Nordstrom; nordstrom.com

Local:

Claymore Shop, Birmingham; 248-642-7755, claymoreshop.com

Women’s Evening Wear:

Chain:

Nordstrom; nordstrom.com

Local:

Tender, Birmingham; 248-258-0212, tenderbirmingham.com

Place to Buy Jeans:

Caruso Caruso, Birmingham; 248-645-5151, carusocaruso.net

Shopping Place for Cutting-Edge Fashion (two-way tie):

Linda Dresner, Birmingham; 248-642-4999, lindadresner.com
Tender, Birmingham; 248-258-0212, tenderbirmingham.com

One-of-a-kind dress:

Tender, Birmingham; 248-258-0212, tenderbirmingham.com

Shopping for Local Crafts:

Catching Fireflies, Berkley; 248-336-2030, and Rochester; 258-650-3318, catchingfireflies.com

Cosmetic Counter:

MAC; maccosmetics.com

Lingerie:

Harp’s Lingerie, Birmingham; 248-642-2555.

Antiques Store:

Oddfellows Antiques, Berkley; 248-399- 6098, oddfellowsantiques.com

Vintage Clothing:

Lost and Found, Royal Oak; 248-548-6154, lostandfoundvintage.com

Men’s Clothing Store:

Chain:

Nordstrom; nordstrom.com

Local:

Claymore Shop, Birmingham; 248-642-7755, claymoreshop.com

Shopping for Athletic Wear:

Lululemon Athletica, Troy; 248-649-6267, lululemon.com

Bridal:

Roma Sposa Atelier, Birmingham; 248-723-4300, romasposa.com

Farmers Market:

Eastern Market, Detroit; detroiteasternmarket.com

Gift Wrapper:

Local:

Lisa’s Gift Wrappers, Royal Oak; 248-547-9094.

Chain:

Macy’s; macys.com

Gift Registry:

Macy’s; macys.com

Engagement Ring:

Miner’s Den, Royal Oak; 248-585-6950, minersden.com

Buy a Cake:

Holiday Market, Royal Oak; 248-541-1414,
holiday-market.com

Wine Store:

Champane’s Wine Cellar & International Marketplace, Warren; 586-978-9463

Fine Spirits:

Champane’s Wine Cellar & International Marketplace, Warren; 586-978-9463

Jeweler (two-way tie):

Miner’s Den, Royal Oak; 248-585-6950, minersden.com
Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry;
West Bloomfield Township; 248-932-7700, Novi;
248-465-1800, tappers.com

 

Produce Market:

Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, three locations; ninosalvaggio.com

Buy a Bicycle:

American Cycle & Fitness/Trek, six locations; americancycleandfitness.com

Used vinyl:

Record Time, Roseville; 586-775-1550,
recordtime.com

Candy Shop:

Doc Sweets’ Candy Shop, Clawson; 248-597-1051, docsweets.com

Children’s Clothing:

Love Child, Royal Oak; 248-545-5683

Lunch While Shopping (four-way tie):

California Pizza Kitchen; cpk.com
J. Alexander’s; jalexanders.com
Olga’s Kitchen; olgas.com
Panera Bread; panerabread.com

Accessories Store:

Lolly Ella, West Bloomfield Township; 248-851-3325, lollyella.com

New Book Selection:

Book Beat, Oak Park; 248-968-1190, thebookbeat.com

Used Bookstore:

John King, Detroit; 313-961-0622,
rarebooklink.com

Furniture Store:

Art Van; artvan.com

Furnish a Baby Room:

Babies R US; babiesrus.com

Detroit-Brand Car Model:

 Ford Mustang

Detroit-Brand Automaker:

Ford

Detroit-Brand Car Division:

 Chevrolet

Gift Shop:

Catching Fireflies, Berkley; 248-336-2030, and Rochester; 248-650-3318, catchingfireflies.com

Nursery:

English Gardens, seven locations;
englishgardens.com

Greeting Card:

Write Impressions, Royal Oak; 248-541-8921, writeimpressions-mi.com

Hardware:

Frentz & Sons Hardware, Royal Oak; 248-544-8111, frentzandsons.com

Electronics (three-way tie):

Paulson’s Audio & Video,
Farmington Hills; 248-553-4100, paulsonsav.com
Civic Audio, Utica; 888-314-1896, civicaudio.net.
Hawthorne Home Appliance & Electronics, Birmingham; 248-644-2200, hawthorneonlinestore.com

Place to Buy Sports Equipment:

Chain:

Dicks Sporting Goods, dickssportinggoods.com

Local:

Varsity Shop, Birmingham; 248-646-4466, thevarsityshop.com

Optical:

S.E.E.; seeoptical.com

Toy Store:

Adventure in Toys, Birmingham; 248-646-5550.

Art Gallery (three-way tie):

Detroit Artists Market, Midtown Detroit; 313-832-8540, detroitartistsmarket.org
Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham; 248-642-3909, robertkiddgallery.com
Art Leaders Gallery, West Bloomfield Township; 248-539-0262, artleaders.com

Shopping District:

Downtown Birmingham, enjoybirmingham.com

Resale/Consignment Shop:

Bellocchio Upscale Resale, Royal Oak; 248-541-8025

Detroit Souvenir:

Down with Detroit Apparel, 313-759-1555, downwithdetroit.com

Estate Jeweler:

Miner’s Den, Royal Oak; 248-585-6950, minersden.com

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Local Sportscaster:

Bernie Smilovitz, WDIV-TV Channel 4.

Sports Play-By-Play:

George Blaha (Pistons), Fox Sports Detroit TV, 97.1-FM/950-AM radio.

Local Newspaper:

Detroit Free Press; freep.com

Local Radio Station:

FM: 101.9 WDET.
AM: 760 WJR. 

Local TV Newscast:

WDIV-TV, Channel 4.

Local Radio News:

FM: 101.9 WDET.
AM: 760 WJR.

Radio playlist:

DOUG 93.1-FM.

Media Website:

Clickondetroit.com

Female Anchor:

Rhonda Walker, WDIV-TV, Channel 4.

 

Local Talk-Radio Host:

FM: Drew and Mike, 101.1 WRIF.
AM: Frank Beckmann, 760 WJR.

Traffic:

Erin Nicole, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7.

Local Weathercaster:

Chuck Gaidica, WDIV-TV, Channel 4.

Radio DJ:

Mojo, 95.5 WKQI-FM.

Radio Voice:

FM: Dick Purtan, (retired), 104.1 WOMC.
AM: Paul W. Smith, 760 WJR.

Male Columnist:

Mitch Albom; Detroit Free Press.

Female Columnist:

Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press.

Male Anchor:

Devin Scillian, WDIV-TV, Channel 4.

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Private Club:

Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit; thedac.com

Historically Significant Building:

The Guardian, downtown Detroit.

Contemporary Building:

Renaissance Center, downtown Detroit.

Coveted Job:

Mayor of Detroit.

Best Loft Building:

Willys Overland Lofts, Midtown Detroit; 313-832-2000, willyslofts.com

Hotel:

Suburban:

The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham; 248-642-7900; townsendhotel.com

Downtown:

Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit; 313-442-1600,
bookcadillacwestin.com

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Blowout:

Oakland County (two-way tie):

6 Salon, Royal Oak; 248-398-1586, Birmingham; 248-282-5600, sixsalon.com.
Figo,
Birmingham; 248-723-7990, figosalon.com

Macomb County:

Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township; 586-786-9299, runwaysalon.net

Yoga Studio:

Yoga Shelter, four locations; yogashelter.com

Massage:

Nicolena Inniss, Deyo Studio, Birmingham; 248-203-1222, deyostudio.com

Caterer:

Fórte-Belanger, Troy; 248-288-3300, fortebelanger.com

Pet Grooming:

Gibraltar Veterinary Hospital, Gibraltar; 734-675-5020, gibraltarvet.com

Makeover:

East Side:

Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township; 586-786-9299, runwaysalon.net

West Side:

Todd’s Room, Birmingham; 248-594-0003, toddsroombirmingham.com

Veterinarian:

Gibraltar Veterinary Hospital, Gibraltar; 734-675-5020, gibraltarvet.com

Divorce Lawyer:

Lisa D. Stern, Farmington Hills; 248-851-1700, familylawmich.com.

Shoe Repair:

Frank’s, Birmingham; 248-647-3530.

Dressmaker:

Katerina Bocci Designs, Shelby Township; katerinabocci.com

Car Repair:

The Suburban Collection, Troy; 877-471-7100, suburbancollection.com

Tailor/Alterations:

Ali, The Birmingham Tailor, Birmingham; 248-433-3703.

Dry Cleaner:

Huntington Cleaners, Huntington Woods; 248-541-6038, huntingtoncleaners.com

Spa (two-way tie):

Margot’s European Day Spa,
Birmingham; 248-642-3770, margots.com
Tamara Spa & Wellness, Farmington Hills; 248-855-0474, tamaraspa.com

Makeup:

Oakland County:

Todd’s Room, Birmingham; 248-594-0003, toddsroombirmingham.com

Macomb County:

Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township; 586-786-9299, runwaysalon.net

Gym:

Chain:

Lifetime Fitness, six area locations;
lifetimefitness.com

Local:

Nth Degree, Royal Oak; 248-545-3800

Manicure:

Shelia Shamami at Aqua Salon,
West Bloomfield Township; 248-851-2782, salonaqua.com

Pedicure:

Oakland County:

Shelia Shamami at Aqua Salon,
West Bloomfield Township; 248-851-2782, salonaqua.com

Macomb County:

Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township; 586-786-9299, runwaysalon.net

Royal Oak Nails, Royal Oak; 248-542-1209

Facial:

Oakland County:

Elena at Beauty by RX, Birmingham; 248-792-6780, beautybyrx.com.

Macomb County:

Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township; 586-786-9299, runwaysalon.net

Florist:

Multiple Locations:

Wesley Berry Flowers, four locations;
wesleyberryflowers.com.

Single Location:

Blossoms, Birmingham; 248-644-4411, blossomsbirmingham.com

Hair Salon:

Runway Salon & Spa, Shelby Township; 586-786-9299, runwaysalon.net

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Celebrity Dinner Companion:

Kid Rock

Colorful Character (two-way tie):

Kid Rock
Sam Riddle

Political Dinner Companion:

 Mayor Dave Bing

Future Governor (two-way tie):

Rick Snyder
Mike Cox

DJ (non-radio):

Mike Anthony

Sports Star:

Nicklas Lidström, defenseman, Detroit Red Wings.

Best-Dressed Woman (two-way tie):

Rhonda Walker
Kay Morris

Best-Dressed Man:

Dr. Steven Morris

Publicity Hound:

Geoffrey Fieger

Maître d’:

Jim Lark, The Lark, West Bloomfield
Township; 248-661-4466, thelark.com

Chef (two-way tie):

John Somerville, The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; 248-661-4466, thelark.com
André Neimanis, Dirty Dog Jazz Café;
313-882-5299, dirtydogjazz.com

Sommelier:

Madeline Triffon, Matt Prentice Restaurant
Group

Bartender:

Carl, The Lark, West Bloomfield Township; 248-661-4466, thelark.com

Local Band:

Hot Club of Detroit; hotclubofdetroit.com

Personal Trainer:

Male:

Dave Krainiak

Female:

Jennifer Gray

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Concert Venue:

DTE Music Theatre (Pine Knob); Clarkson

Learn to Dance (two-way tie):

Sangria Tapas Café (free salsa lessons),
Royal Oak; 248-543-1964
Arthur Murray Dance Center;
arthurmurray.com

Charity Event:

Auto Show Charity Preview; naias.com

New Bar (two-way tie):

Rosie O’Grady’s, Chesterfield Township, Ferndale, Sterling Heights;  rosieogradysirishpub.com
The Hamilton Room,
Birmingham; 248-593-6565

Neighborhood Bar:

Dick O’Dow’s, Birmingham; 248-642-1135.

Bar for Business Deals:

The Capital Grille, Troy; thecapitalgrille.com

Pickup Bar:

220 restaurant, Birmingham; 248-645-2150, 220restaurant.com

Gay Bar:

Pronto!, Royal Oak; 248-544-7900, prontorestaurant.com

Lesbian Bar:

Como’s, Ferndale; 248-548-5005.

Casino:

MGM Grand, Detroit; 877-888-2121,
mgmgranddetroit.com

Karaoke:

Royal Kubo, Clawson; 248-588-2300.

Jazz Club:

Cliff Bell’s, Detroit; 313-961-2543, cliffbells.com

Bowling Alley:

Chain:

Lucky Strike, Novi; 248-374-3420,
bowlluckystrike.com

Local:

Garden Bowl, Detroit; 313-833-9700,
majesticdetroit.com.

Pool Hall:

Chain:

Snookers Pool & Pub; greatplaces4goodtimes.com

Local:

Loving Touch, Ferndale; 248-546-3644.

Place to see a movie:

Birmingham Palladium, Birmingham;
uptownentertainment.com

Art Film:

Chain:

Main Art, Royal Oak; 248-263-2111,
landmarktheatres.com

Local:

Detroit Film Theatre (at the DIA), Detroit; 313-833-3237, dia.org

 

Outdoor Driving Range:

Carl’s Golfland, Bloomfield Township;
248-335-8095, carlsgolfland.com

Indoor Driving Range (three-way tie):

Great Lakes Golf Center, Auburn Hills; 248-332-4653, greatlakesgolfcenter.com.
Carl’s Golfland, Bloomfield Township; 248-335-8095, carlsgolfland.com
Oasis Golf Center, Plymouth; 734-420-4653, oasisgolfcenter.com

Neon Sign:

MotorCity Casino, Detroit; motorcitycasino.com

Wine Bar:

Vinotecca, Royal Oak; 248-544-6256, vinotecca.com

Scenic Drive:

Lakeshore Drive, the Grosse Pointes.

Freebie (two-way tie):

Detroit RiverWalk; detroitriverfront.org
Metro Times; metrotimes.com

Michigan Vacation Destination:

Traverse City

Annual Sporting Event:

 Tigers Opening Day

Happy Hour:

Kona Grill, Troy; 248-619-9060, konagrill.com

Special-Event Venue:

Infinity & Ovation Yacht Charters;
infinityandovation.com

Freebie:

Detroit RiverWalk; detroitriverfront.org

Baseball Diamond:

Liberty Park, Sterling Heights;
586-978-9070, libertyparkofamerica.com.

Neon Sign:

MotorCity Casino, Detroit; motorcitycasino.com

Casino:

MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit;
877- 888-2121, mgmgranddetroit.com

Scenic Drive:

Jefferson/Lakeshore (in the Grosse Pointes).

Indoor Tennis Club:

Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield;
248-352-8000; franklinclub.com

Place to Hear Bands:

Magic Bag, Ferndale; 248-544-3030,
themagicbag.com

Tennis Courts:

Franklin Athletic Club, Southfield; 248-352-8000, franklinclub.com

Public Golf Course (two-way tie):

Rackham, Huntington Woods;
248-543-4040
Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club,
Clarkston; 248-922-0300, shepherdshollow.com

Private Golf Course:

Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Township; 248-644-2500, oaklandhillscc.com

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