Best of Detroit 2022

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

Featuring more than 200 categories, Best of Detroit 2022 is your guide to the top places, people, attractions, and more the area has to offer. The list — as nominated and voted by you, the Hour Detroit readers — includes reader comments as well as photos highlighting some of this year’s winners. 

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


Arts & Entertainment

jack white best of detroit
Best Music Artist – Jack White: It really says something about Jack White that he released what is quite possibly his weirdest, loudest record to date with Fear of the Dawn and still comes away as the Hour champ. It’s actually quite tough to take issue with the guy. He invests in the city with Third Man Records and the vinyl pressing plant. He quietly donates money to wholesome causes. And he’ll blow your face off with some of the best and most adventurous guitar tones you’ve ever heard. We love ya, Jack. —Ryan Patrick Hooper

Art fair

1stAnn Arbor Art Fair

Ann Arbor; theannarborartfair.com 

2ndDally in the Alley

Detroit; dallyinthealley.com

3rd Art in the Park

Plymouth; artinthepark.com

Art gallery

1st Library Street Collective

Detroit; lscgallery.com

2ndDavid Klein Gallery

Detroit, Birmingham; dkgallery.com

3rdProgressive Art Studio Collective

Various locations; progressiveartstudiocollective.org

Saint Andrew’s is Detroit’s official club for everything!

— Shontori Bowles, Detroit

Band

1stFifty Amp Fuse

fiftyampfuse.com 

2ndThe Family Tradition Band

thefamilytraditionband.com

3rdWill Sessions

willsessions.bandcamp.com

Casino

1stMGM Grand Detroit

Detroit; mgmgranddetroit.mgmresorts.com 

2ndHollywood Casino at Greektown

Detroit; hollywoodgreektown.com

3rdMotor City Casino

Detroit; motorcitycasino.com

Club for dancing

1stBoogie Fever

Ferndale; boogieferndale.com 

2ndThe Marble Bar

Detroit; themarblebar.com

3rdDeluxx Fluxx

Detroit; deluxxfluxx.com

The Henry Ford is a great place for locals and tourists! The presidents’
motorcade cars are the best!”

—Cynthia Stump, Northville

Club for live music

1stSaint Andrew’s Hall

Detroit; standrewsdetroit.com

2ndCliff Bell’s

Detroit; cliffbells.com

3rdEl Club

Detroit; elclubdetroit.com

Comedy club

1stMark Ridley’s Comedy Castle

Royal Oak; comedycastle.com 

2ndGo Comedy! Improv Theater

Ferndale; gocomedy.net

3rd Independent Comedy Club

Hamtramck; planetant.com

Community theater company

1stStagecrafters 

Royal Oak; stagecrafters.org 

2ndDetroit Public Theatre

Detroit; detroitpublictheatre.org

3rd Planet Ant Theatre

Hamtramck; planetant.com

Concert venue

1st Pine Knob Music Theatre

Clarkston; 313presents.com

2ndFox Theatre

Detroit; foxtheatredetroit.net 

3rdSaint Andrew’s Hall

Detroit; standrewsdetroit.com

Jazz club

1stCliff Bell’s

Detroit; cliffbells.com

2nd Baker’s Keyboard Lounge

Detroit; facebook.com/bakers-keyboard-lounge 

3rd Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe

Grosse Pointe; dirtydogjazz.com

Boogie Fever is the best place to get your groove on!!!!

— Dana B., Berkley

Movie theater (art/indie)

1stThe Maple Theatre

Bloomfield Hills; themapletheater.com 

2nd Redford Theatre

Detroit; redfordtheatre.com

3rd Detroit Film Theatre

Detroit; dia.org/visit/detroit-film-theatre 

Movie theater (complex)

1stEmagine

various locations; emagine-entertainment.com  

2nd MJR Digital Cinemas

various locations; mjrtheatres.com

3rd Phoenix Theatres

Livonia, Wayne; phoenixmovies.net

Museum (arts)

1stDetroit Institute of Arts

Detroit; dia.org

2ndCranbrook Art Museum

Bloomfield Hills; cranbrookartmuseum.org

3rd Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Detroit; mocadetroit.org

Museum (other)

1stHenry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Dearborn; thehenryford.org

2ndCranbrook Institute of Science

Bloomfield Hills; science.cranbrook.edu

3rd Motown Museum

Detroit; motownmuseum.org

Music artist

1stJack White

jackwhiteiii.com 

2ndBig Sean

uknowbigsean.com

3rd Griz

mynameisgriz.com

Performing arts venue

1stFox Theatre

Detroit; 313presents.com

2ndDetroit Opera House

Detroit; detroitopera.org

3rd Masonic Temple

Detroit; themasonic.com

The DIA is one-of-a-kind awesome. Especially enjoy Kresge Court for ambiance, music, and food, as well as Diego Rivera Frescoes. They restore peace and perspective to a troubled soul.

—Sue Probert, Farmington Hills

Podcast

1stThe Drew & Mike Show

drewandmikepodcast.com

2ndLive from Detroit: The Jeff Dwoskin Comedy Show

jeffisfunny.com

3rd When Survival Looks Like Success

whensurvivallookslikesuccess.buzzsprout.com 

Visual artist

1stKim Fujiwara

kfgallery.com 

2ndMattie Armstrong

mattiearmstrongart.com 

3rd Ouizi

ouizi.art 

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Health & Beauty

best of detroit - 6 salon
Best Hair Salon – 6 Salon: First launching in Royal Oak in 2003 (and now in Birmingham and Detroit, too), this upscale salon has a passionate fan base, as is evident from the number of categories it won and the enthusiastic comments submitted by readers. Its fans rave about the coloring, cuts, blowouts, and brow and lash services performed by a team that “is always on their A-game.” It’s not stodgy either; the salon is fun, inviting, and friendly. Bonus: The Birmingham location is open seven days a week. Also voted Best Barber Shop, Blowouts, Eyebrow Specialist, Lash Specialist, and Threading. —Cambrey Thomas

Aesthetician 

1st Margot European Spa

Birmingham; margots.com

2ndFace Skincare Medical Wellness

Bingham Farms; facebeautyscience.com

3rdSkin Bar VII

Detroit; skinbar7.com

Barber shop

1st 6 Salon

Various locations; sixsalon.com 

2ndLefty’s Barbershop

Ferndale; leftysbarber.shop

3rdYoungbloods

Hazel Park; youngbloodsshop.com

Blowouts

1st 6 Salon

various locations; sixsalon.com

2ndBianchi’s Salon

various locations; bianchis.com

3rdAntonino Salon and Spa

Birmingham; antoninosalon.com

Cannabis dispensary (medical)

1st House of Dank

various locations; shophod.com

2ndKing of Budz

Detroit; kobdetroit.com

3rdLiv Cannabis

Ferndale; livcannabis.com

Cosmetic surgeon

1st Dr. Daniela Rodriguez

St. Clair Shores; drdrodriguez.com 

2ndDr. Charles Boyd

various locations; boydbeauty.com

3rdDr. Anthony Youn

Troy; dryoun.com

I joined Citizen Yoga to do a good thing for my mind and body and be in a community. I feel comfortable there and am so glad I joined.

—Neil Campbell, Royal Oak 

Crossfit gym

1st Crossfit Bloomfield

Bloomfield Hills; crossfitbloomfield.com 

2ndRebel Strength and Fitness

Warren; rebelstrengthandfitness.com

3rdFive Lakes Crossfit

Farmington Hills; fivelakescrossfit.com

Day spa

1st Beach House Day Spa

Birmingham; beachhouse-dayspa.com

2ndRivage Day Spa

Birmingham; rivagedayspa.com

3rdMargot European Spa

Birmingham; margots.com

Eyebrow specialist

1st 6 Salon

various locations; sixsalon.com

2ndTodd’s Room

Birmingham; toddbeauty.com

3rd Browe Skin & Brow Bar

Auburn Hills; broweskinandbrow.com

Facials

1st Rivage Day Spa

Birmingham; rivagedayspa.com

2ndMargot European Spa

Birmingham; margots.com

3rd Face Skincare Medical Wellness

Bingham Farms; facebeautyscience.com

Fitness classes

1st Ohana Fitness and Wellness

Shelby Township; ohanafitnessandwellness.com

2ndRebel Strength and Fitness

Warren; rebelstrengthandfitness.com

3rdGunny’s Garage

Garden City; gunnyfit.com

Fitness trainer

1st Stephanie Riley, Rebel Strength and Fitness

Warren; rebelstrengthandfitness.com

2ndAhmad “The Gunny” Hamadeh, Gunny’s Garage

Garden City; gunnyfit.com

3rdChad Demchik, Next Level Fitness Academy

Warren; getfitwithnextlevel.com

Gym (old-school)

1st Detroit Body Garage

Detroit; detroitbodygarage.com

2ndRebel Strength and Fitness

Warren; rebelstrengthandfitness.com

3rdMuscles Gym

St. Claire Shores; mimuscles.com

Beach House Day Spa is just amazing. Service, attitude, friendliness, atmosphere — literally everything is top notch!

—Joseph Rush, Bloomfield Hills

Hair salon

1st 6 Salon

various locations; sixsalon.com  

2ndAntonino Salon and Spa

Birmingham; antoninosalon.com

3rdRed the Salon

Birmingham; redthesalon.com

Health club

1st Detroit Athletic Club

Detroit; thedac.com 

2ndThe Schvitz

Detroit; schvitzdetroit.com

3rdFranklin Athletic Club

Southfield; franklinclub.com

Hot shave

1st Detroit Barber Co.

various locations; detroitbarbers.com

2ndLefty’s Barbershop

Ferndale; leftysbarber.shop

3rd6 Salon

various locations; sixsalon.com

Lash specialist

1st 6 Salon

various locations; sixsalon.com

2ndBirmingham Beauty Bar

Birmingham; facebook.com/birminghambeautybar

3rdThe Lash Cabana Beach Spa

Clinton Township; thelashcabanabeachspa.com

Mani-pedi salon

1st Beach House Day Spa

Birmingham; beachhouse-dayspa.com 

2ndEco Nails

Troy; econailssalon.com

3rdRivage Day Spa

Birmingham; rivagedayspa.com

Massage

1st Rivage Day Spa

Birmingham; rivagedayspa.com

2ndMargot European Spa

Birmingham; margots.com

3rd Breathe Bodywork and Beautification

Ferndale; breathebodyworkandbeautification.com

Pilates classes

1st Hot Yoga Ferndale

Ferndale; hotyogaferndale.com

2ndPilates Detroit

Ferndale; pilatesdetroit.com

3rdEquilibrium Pilates Studio

Bloomfield, Birmingham; equilibriumstudio.com

Michigan spa resort

1st Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Acme; grandtraverseresort.com 

2ndCrystal Mountain

Thompsonville; crystalmountain.com

3rdImmerse Spa at MGM Grand Detroit

Detroit; mgmgranddetroit.mgmresorts.com

Threading

1st 6 Salon

various locations; sixsalon.com

2ndFace Candy: Skin & Beauty

Troy; facecandybeautybar.com

3rdKrishna Salon & Spa

Farmington Hills; salonkrishna.com

Yoga studio

1st Citizen Yoga

various locations; citizenyogastudio.com

2ndDetroit Yoga Lab

Detroit; detroityogalab.com

3rdFull Lotus Yoga

Detroit, Grosse Pointe Woods; fulllotusyoga.net

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Drinks

best of detroit sugar house
Best Craft Cocktails – Sugar House: Craft cocktail bars are now a staple of Detroit’s drinking culture, and the Sugar House in Corktown helped pioneer the movement in the Motor City. Since opening in 2011, it has been consistently placed among connoisseurs’ go-to spots for well-made libations in a sophisticated and intimate speakeasy-like atmosphere. Drinks range from 101 classics, which include Manhattans and margaritas, to its spirits list anchored by single-barrel bourbons and American whiskies. Despite all these options, your best bet is still to leave it up to the mixologist to craft a beverage tailored to your tastes. Also winner of Best Bar/Lounge to Take a Date and High-End Bar. —Dorothy Hernandez

Bar/lounge to take a client

1st The Apparatus Room

Detroit; detroitfoundationhotel.com/apparatus-room

2ndThe Monarch Club

Detroit; monarchclubdetroit.com

3rdEvening Bar

Detroit; eveningbar.com

Other finalists:

Adachi, Birmingham; adachirestaurant.com

Bar Verona, Commerce Township, Washington; barverona.com

Madam, Birmingham; daxtonhotel.com/food-drink

Bar/lounge to take a date

1st Sugar House

Detroit; sugarhousedetroit.com 

2ndCandy Bar

Detroit; candybardetroit.com 

3rdStandby

Detroit; standbydetroit.com

Other finalists:  

Evening Bar, Detroit; eveningbar.com

The Oakland Art Novelty Co., Ferndale; theoaklandferndale.com

Beer selection (bar)

1st Hopcat

various locations; hopcat.com

2ndBrown Iron Brewhouse

Royal Oak, Washington; browniron.com

3rdThe Brakeman

Detroit; thebrakemandetroit.com

Other finalists:

Collect, Detroit; collect-beerbar.com

The Morrie, Birmingham; Royal Oak; themorrie.com

Brewery/bar

1st Atwater Brewery

Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park; atwaterbeer.com

2ndGriffin Claw Brewing Co.

Birmingham, Rochester Hills; griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

3rdEastern Market Brewing Co.

Detroit; easternmarket.beer 

Other finalists:

Batch Brewing Co., Detroit; batchbrewingcompany.com

Urbanrest Brewing Co., Ferndale; urbanrest.com

Craft cocktails

1st Sugar House

Detroit; sugarhousedetroit.com

2ndBad Luck Bar

Detroit; badluckbar.com

3rdThe Oakland Art Novelty Co.

Ferndale; theoaklandferndale.com

Other finalists:  

Evening Bar, Detroit; eveningbar.com

The Peterboro, Detroit; thepeterboro.com

Distillery

1st Two James Spirits

twojames.com

2ndValentine Distilling Co.

valentinedistilling.com

3rdDetroit City Distillery

detroitcitydistillery.com

Other finalists:

Bitter Tom’s Distillery, Lake Orion; bittertomsdistillery.com

Motor City Gas, Royal Oak; motorcitygas.com

Rusted Crow Distillery, Dearborn Heights; rustedcrowspirits.com

Weiss Distilling Co., Clawson; thewdc.com

Two James: great atmosphere, wonderful drinks, amazing staff, and fun, personable tours! 

—Cindi Reed, Livonia 

Dive bar

1st The Old Miami

Detroit; oldmiami.business.site

2ndGusoline Alley

Royal Oak; facebook.com/gusoline-alley

3rdSneakers Pub

Ferndale; sneakerspubferndale.com

Other finalists:

 Bumbo’s Bar, Hamtramck; bumbosbar.com

New Way Bar, Ferndale; newwaybar.com

Happy hour

1st Bobcat Bonnie’s

various locations; bobcatbonnies.com 

2ndBrown Iron Brewhouse

Royal Oak, Washington; browniron.com

3rdHazel’s

Birmingham; eatathazels.com

Other finalists:

Liberty Bar & Poutinerie, Pontiac; thelibertybar.com

Zao Jun, Bloomfield Township; zaojunnewasian.com

The Apparatus Room has great ambience and a rich history [on the site of the Detroit Fire Department’s headquarters from the late 1920s to [2013].” 

—Dennis Farmer, Canton

High-end bar

1st Sugar House

Detroit; sugarhousedetroit.com

2ndThe Monarch Club

Detroit; monarchclubdetroit.com

3rdCandy Bar

Detroit; candybardetroit.com 

Other finalists:

Bad Luck Bar, Detroit; badluckbar.com

Evening Bar, Detroit; eveningbar.com

LGBTQ bar

1st Temple Bar

Detroit; facebook.com/temple-bar-detroit

2ndSoho

Ferndale; ferndalesoho.com

3rdPronto Lounge & Showbar

Royal Oak; prontolounge.com 

Other finalists:

Checker Bar, Detroit; checkerbar.com

Liberty Bar & Poutinerie, Pontiac; thelibertybar.com

Temple Bar is a Cass Corridor legend. It was there before the area got trendy and continues to thrive.

—Ashley Dagostino, Detroit 

Michigan beer

1st Bell’s Brewery

bellsbeer.com

2ndFounders Brewing Co.

foundersbrewing.com

3rdAtwater Brewery

atwaterbeer.com

Other finalists:

Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Birmingham; Rochester Hills; griffinclawbrewingcompany.com

Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, various locations; jollypumpkin.com

Michigan winery

1st Blake’s Orchard and Cidery

Armada; blakefarms.com

2ndBlack Star Farms

Suttons Bay; blackstarfarms.com

3rdDetroit Vineyards

Detroit; detroitvineyards.com

Other finalists:

Bonobo Winery, Traverse City; bonobowinery.com

Mari Vineyards, Traverse City; marivineyards.com

Shady Lane Cellars, Suttons Bay; shadylanecellars.com

The Bronx Bar. Not only is it a great atmosphere, but they have a large variety of drinks. They have a pool table and a jukebox. This is where I met some of my best lifelong friends.

—Megan O’Meara, Livonia

Neighborhood bar

1st Bronx Bar

Detroit; facebook.com/bronx-bar-detroit 

2ndRenshaw Lounge

Clawson; renshawlounge.com

3rdKiesling

Detroit; kieslingdetroit.com

Other finalists:

Abick’s Bar, Detroit; facebook.com/abicks

Bumbo’s Bar, Hamtramck; bumbosbar.com

Kozy Lounge, Hazel Park; kozylounge.com

Two Birds, Detroit; twobirdsdetroit.com

Place to drink outdoors

1st Detroit Shipping Co.

Detroit; detroitshippingcompany.com

2ndBlake’s Tasting Room

Armada; blakefarms.com

3rdThe Ferndale Project

Ferndale; ferndaleproject.com

Other finalists:

Collect, Detroit; collect-beerbar.com

The Brakeman, Detroit; thebrakemandetroit.com

The Old Miami, Detroit; oldmiami.business.site

Urbanrest Brewing Co., Ferndale; urbanrest.com

Hamlin Pub in Clarkston has awesome drinks, Amy the bartender is awesome, and the wings are phenomenal.

—Rosa Saunders, Waterford

Sports bar

1st Hamlin Pub

various locations; hamlinpubs.com

2ndNemo’s Detroit

Detroit; nemosdetroit.com

3rd24 Seconds Bar & Grill

Berkley; 24secondsbar.com

Other finalists:

J’s Penalty Box, Ferndale; jspenaltyboxferndale.com

McShane’s Pub & Whiskey Bar, various locations; mcshanespub.com 

Tap at MGM Grand, Detroit; mgmgranddetroit.mgmresorts.com

Thomas Magee’s, Detroit; thomasmagees.com

Wine bar

1st Motor City Wine

Detroit; motorcitywine.com

2ndMichigan by the Bottle

various locations; mbtbtasting.com

3rdThe Royce Detroit

Detroit; theroycedetroit.com

Other finalists:

Cellar 59, Clinton Township; c59winebar.com

Detroit Vineyards, Detroit; detroitvineyards.com

Vertical Detroit, Detroit; verticaldetroit.com

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Food

green dot stables - best of detroit
Best Burgers (Specialty) – Green Dot Stables: Since opening in 2012 in Southwest Detroit and reviving a faded watering hole with a mysterious equestrian theme, Green Dot Stables has quickly built up its hot-spot status, proving that high quality doesn’t have to mean expensive. The affordable and approachable menu boasts a wide array of sliders with creative twists, from Cuban and Korean to plant-based and tofu, paired with an equally budget-friendly beverage menu. It’s a popular place to hit up before and after sporting events but equally great for simply smashing some sliders with friends. —Dorothy Hernandez

Appetizers

1st Brown Iron Brewhouse

Royal Oak, Washington; browniron.com

2ndSan Morello

Detroit;  sanmorello.com

3rdAdachi

Birmingham; adachirestaurant.com 

Other finalists:

Le Feria, Detroit; facebook.com/laferiadetroit

Olin, Detroit; olindetroit.com

Bagel shop 

1st New York Bagel

various locations; newyorkbagel-detroit.com 

2ndDetroit Bagel Factory

Livonia; detroitbagel.net 

3rdEastside Bagel

St. Clair Shores; eastsidebagel.com  

Other finalists:

James Oliver Coffee Co., Detroit; jamesolivercoffee.com

Jersey Bagel Deli & Grill, various locations; jerseybagel.com

I am positive that New York Bagel is the single greatest bagel-selling establishment I will ever have the pleasure of eating at.

–Jack Tierney, Hazel Park 

Bakery (bread)

1st Crispelli’s Bakery

Royal Oak; crispellisbakery.com

2ndAvalon International Breads

Ann Arbor, Detroit; avalonbreads.net  

3rdVince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Clinton Township, Shelby Township;  vinceandjoes.com

Other finalists:

Dakota Bread Co., West Bloomfield; friendshipcircle.org/dakotabread

Bakery (desserts) 

1st Astoria Pastry Shop

Detroit, Royal Oak; astoriapastryshop.com 

2ndSister Pie

Detroit;  sisterpie.com 

3rdCannelle by Matt Knio

Birmingham, Detroit; cannellebirmingham.com

Other finalists:

Culinary Combo Bakery, Southfield; theculinarycombo.com

Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township; Shelby Township;  vinceandjoes.com

White Wolf Japanese Patisserie, Clawson; whitewolfbakery.com

Bar food

1st One-Eyed Betty’s

Ferndale; oneeyedbettys.com 

2ndHopcat

Ann Arbor, Detroit; hopcat.com 

3rdBronx Bar

Detroit; facebook.com/bronx-bar-detroit 

Other finalists:

Grand Trunk Pub, Detroit; grandtrunk.pub

Mt. Chalet II, Royal Oak; mtchaletroyaloak.com

The Side Bar, Royal Oak; thesidebarroyaloak.com

Barbecue restaurant

1st Slows Bar BQ

Detroit;  slowsbarbq.com  

2ndBad Brad’s BBQ

various locations; badbradsbbq.com

3rdUnion Woodshop

Clarkston; unionwoodshop.com 

Other finalists:

Arkins Sweet BBQ Pit, Southfield; arkinsbbq.com

Woodpile BBQ, Clawson, Madison Heights; woodpilebbqshack.com

Burgers (classic)

1st Red Coat Tavern

Royal Oak, West Bloomfield; redcoat-tavern.com 

2ndMercury Burger & Bar

Detroit; mercuryburgerbar.com 

3rdHunter House Hamburgers

Birmingham;  hunterhousehamburgers.com 

Other finalists:

Bronx Bar, Detroit; facebook.com/bronx-bar-detroit

Luxe Bar & Grill, Birmingham, Grosse Pointe; luxebarandgrill.com

The Morrie, Birmingham, Royal Oak; themorrie.com

Burgers (specialty)

1st Green Dot Stables

Detroit, Lansing; greendotstables.com 

2ndVinsetta Garage

Berkley; vinsettagarage.com 

3rdBasement Burger Bar

various locations; basementburgerbar.com 

Other finalists:

Mercury Burger & Bar, Detroit; mercuryburgerbar.com

Royale With Cheese, Detroit; royalewithcheese.menu

Cafe 

1st Commonwealth Café

Birmingham; gocommonwealth.com

2ndThree Cats

Clawson; threecatscafe.com

3rdThe Congregation

Detroit;  thecongregationdetroit.com  

Other finalists:

Eos Cafe & Coffee House, St. Clair Shores; eoscoffeehouse.com

Kresge Court, Detroit; dia.org/visit/dining-shopping

Astoria [Pastry Shop] — best chocolate pecan turtles. Consistently great over 20 years.”

—Becky McCabe, Plymouth

Cheap Eats

Bucharest Grill

Detroit, Royal Oak; bucharestgrill.com 

2ndLeo’s Coney Island

various locations; leosconeyisland.com 

3rdLafayette Coney Island

Detroit; facebook.com/lafayette-coney-island  

Other finalists:

Green Dot Stables, Detroit; greendotstables.com 

Kerby’s Koney Island, various locations; kerbyskoneyisland.com

Chinese restaurant

1st Mon Jin Lau

Troy;monjinlau.com

2ndShangri-La

Detroit, West Bloomfield; midtownshangri-la.com

3rdThe Peterboro

Detroit;  thepeterboro.com

Other finalists:

China Cafe, Novi; chinacafenovi.com

Hong Hua Fine Chinese Dining, Farmington Hills; honghuafinedining.com

Coffee shop

1st The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. 

various locations; greatlakescoffee.com  

2ndDessert Oasis Coffee Roasters

various locations;  docr.coffee  

3rdThe Red Hook

Ferndale, Detroit;  theredhookcoffee.com 

Other finalists:

Birmingham Roast, Birmingham; drinkroast.com

Sabbath Coffee Roasters, Clawson; sabbathcoffeeroasters.com

Selden Standard — we delight in dining in the outdoor patio amid a garden of fresh herbs and greens that the restaurant incorporates into delicious dishes with tantalizing flavors. 

—Bonita Bohl, Birmingham

Coney Island

1st Lafayette Coney Island

Detroit; facebook.com/lafayette-coney-island   

2ndLeo’s Coney Island

various locations; leosconeyisland.com 

3rdNational Coney Island

various locations; nationalconeyisland.com  

Other finalists:

Greek Islands Coney Restaurant, various locations; greekislandsconey.com

Lipuma’s Coney Island, Rochester; lipumasconeyisland.com

Cookies

1st Detroit Cookie Co.

Ann Arbor, Ferndale; detroitcookieco.com 

2ndAvalon International Breads

Ann Arbor, Detroit; avalonbreads.net  

3rdFor the Love of Sugar

Detroit; fortheloveofsugar.com

Other finalists:

Culinary Combo Bakery, Southfield; theculinarycombo.com

D’Vine Cookies, various locations; dvinecookies.com

Dessert (restaurant)

1st San Morello

Detroit; sanmorello.com 

2ndChartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails

Detroit; chartreusekc.com 

3rdOak & Reel

Detroit; oakandreel.com 

Other finalists:

Amadeus Restaurant, Ann Arbor; amadeusrestaurant.com

Chive Kitchen, Farmington; chivekitchen.com

Diner

1st Whistle Stop Diners

Birmingham, Pleasant Ridge;  whistlestopdiners.com 

2ndO.W.L.

Royal Oak;  owlwoodward.com 

3rdRose’s Fine Food and Wine

Detroit; rosesfinefood.com 

Donuts

1st Donut Cutter

Berkley;  facebook.com/donutcutter1  

2ndKnapp’s Donuts

Rochester, Troy; facebook.com/knappsdonuts 

3rdDonut Bar & Coffee

Southfield, Livonia; donutbardetroit.com 

Farm-to-table restaurant

Selden Standard

Detroit; seldenstandard.com 

2ndSylvan Table

Sylvan Lake; sylvantable.com 

3rdChartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails

Detroit; chartreusekc.com

Fast/casual restaurant

1st Kouzina Greek Street Food

Royal Oak; gokouzina.com 

2ndEstia Greek Street Food

Troy, Warren; goestia.com 

3rdIggy’s Eggies

Detroit; iggyseggies.com 

Food truck

1st The Lobster Food Truck

Dearborn; thelobsterfoodtruck.com

2ndEstia Greek Street Food

various locations; goestia.com 

3rdHero or Villain

Detroit; heroorvillaindeli.com 

French fries

1st Hopcat

Ann Arbor, Detroit; hopcat.com 

2ndTownhouse

Birmingham, Detroit; eatattownhouse.com 

3rdSocial Kitchen and Bar

Birmingham; socialkitchenandbar.com  

Gluten-free menu

1st Como’s Pizza

Bloomfield, Ferndale; comosrestaurant.com 

2ndCommonwealth Café

Birmingham; gocommonwealth.com 

3rdBrown Iron Brewhouse

Royal Oak, Washington; browniron.com 

Greek restaurant

1st Pegasus Taverna

Detroit, St. Clair Shores;  pegasustavernas.com 

2ndHoney Tree Grille

various locations; honeytreegrille.com 

3rdEstia Greek Street Food

various locations;goestia.com  

ray's ice cream - best of detroit
Best Ice Cream Shop – Ray’s Ice Cream: Founded by Raymond and Bernice Stevens and their son Dale as a neighborhood ice cream parlor and soda fountain in 1958, Ray’s Ice Cream in Royal Oak has stayed true to its core values of good service and even better ice cream. Boasting more than 50 flavors, ranging from Fat Elvis (a banana-flavored base with a peanut butter swirl) to classic Superman (blue, yellow, and red swirls of fruity ice cream), Ray’s continues to delight ice cream enthusiasts, both new and old. —Dorothy Hernandez

Ice cream shop

1st Ray’s Ice Cream

Royal Oak; raysicecream.com 

2nd Erma’s Original Frozen Custard

various locations;  ermascustard.com  

3rdTreat Dreams

Detroit, Ferndale; facebook.com/treatdreams313

Indian restaurant

Priya Indian Cuisine

Troy;  priyacuisine.com 

2nd Neehee’s Indian Vegetarian Street Food

Canton, Troy;  neehees.com

3rdDetroit Masala

Detroit; detroitmasala.com 

Italian restaurant

Da Francesco’s Ristorante & Bar

Shelby Township; dafrancescos.com 

2nd Shewolf Pastificio & Bar

Detroit;  shewolfdetroit.com 

3rdAndiamo

various locations; andiamoitalia.com 

Japanese restaurant

1st Noble Fish

Clawson;  noblefish.com 

2ndKyoto Japanese Steakhouse

Royal Oak; kyotoroyaloak.com 

3rdIma

Detroit, Madison Heights;imanoodles.com  

Kid-friendly restaurant

1st Buddy’s Pizza

various locations; buddyspizza.com  

2ndNational Coney Island

various locations; nationalconeyisland.com  

3rdSeva

Ann Arbor, Detroit; sevarestaurant.com 

Oak & Reel truly blew me away as not just one of the best new restaurants but also one of the best restaurants in the metro Detroit area.

—Sally Askar, Detroit 

Latino restaurant (other than Mexican)

1st Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine

Detroit;  vicentesdetroit.com  

2ndEl Guanaco

Auburn Hills, Troy; elguanacotroy.com 

3rdBarda

Detroit;  bardadetroit.com 

Late-night eatery

1st Lafayette Coney Island

Detroit;  facebook.com/lafayette-coney-island  

2ndO.W.L.

Royal Oak;  owlwoodward.com

3rdLeo’s Coney Island

various locations; leosconeyisland.com 

Mediterranean restaurant

1st Anita’s Kitchen

various locations; anitaskitchen.com  

2ndLa Saj Lebanese Bistro

Sterling Heights, Troy; lasaj.com 

3rdPhoenicia

Birmingham; phoeniciabirmingham.com 

mexican village - best of detroit
Best Mexican Restaurant – Mexican Village: With its iconic white building accented by a terra cotta awning, Mexican Village is a familiar sight and an institution in Mexicantown. For decades, loyal customers have returned time and time again (including some who have moved away and now make this a must-stop during visits back home) for hearty portions of traditional specialties, such as the Luncheon Burrazo (flour tortilla stuffed with beef and covered in a rich brown sauce and melted cheese), as well as enchiladas, fajitas, and margaritas. Those looking to venture outside the city can visit the Utica location. —Dorothy Hernandez

Mexican restaurant

1st Mexican Village

Detroit, Utica; mexicanvillagefood.com 

2ndEl Charro 

various locations;  elcharrousa.com

3rdMi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant

Detroit;  mipueblorestaurant.com 

Middle Eastern restaurant

1st La Saj Lebanese Bistro

Sterling Heights, Troy;  lasaj.com 

2nd Sahara Restaurant & Grill

various locations;  newsahara.com 

3rdPhoenicia

Birmingham;  phoeniciabirmingham.com 

New restaurant 

1st Oak & Reel

Detroit;  oakandreel.com

2ndSylvan Table

Sylvan Lake; sylvantable.com

3rdOlin Bar & Kitchen

Detroit;  olindetroit.com 

Outdoor dining

1st La Dolce Vita

Detroit;  ldvrestaurant.net 

2ndBrown Iron Brewhouse (Washington)

Washington;  browniron.com

3rdIma

Detroit, Madison Heights;   imanoodles.com 

Oysters

1st Tom’s Oyster Bar

Royal Oak; tomsoysterbar.com 

2ndVoyager

Ferndale;  voyagerferndale.com 

3rdOak & Reel

Detroit;  oakandreel.com 

Pet-friendly restaurant

1st Detroit Shipping Co.

Detroit;  detroitshippingcompany.com  

2ndBobcat Bonnie’s

various locations; bobcatbonnies.com  

3rdThe Ferndale Project

Ferndale;  ferndaleproject.com 

Pho

1st Ima

Detroit, Madison Heights; imanoodles.com 

2ndPho Lucky

various locations;pholucky.net  

3rdQue Huong

Madison Heights 

Pie

1st Sister Pie

Detroit;  sisterpie.com  

2ndAchatz Handmade Pie Co.

various locations; achatzpies.com

3rdGrand Traverse Pie Co.

various locations; gtpie.com

Pierogi

1st Polish Village Café

Hamtramck; polishvillage.cafe 

2ndPietrzyk Pierogi

Detroit;  pietrzykpierogi.com  

3rdSrodek’s Campau Quality Sausage Co.

Hamtramck, Sterling Heights;  srodek.com 

Pizza (Detroit-style)

1st Buddy’s Pizza

various locations; buddyspizza.com 

2ndJet’s Pizza

various locations; jetspizza.com 

3rdLoui’s Pizza

Hazel Park; facebook.com/louispizza 

La Saj — great Lebanese food like my mom used to make. Delicious and healthy. I love it!

— Michele Sunday, Sterling Heights 

Pizza (thin-crust)

1st Supino Pizzeria

Detroit;  supinopizzeria.com

2ndCrispelli’s Bakery & Pizzeria

various locations;  crispellis.com 

3rdTomatoes Apizza

various locations; tomatoesapizza.com  

Polish restaurant

1st Polish Village Café

Hamtramck;  polishvillage.cafe 

2ndPolonia Restaurant

Hamtramck;  polonia-restaurant.net 

3rdVal’s Polish Kitchen

Rochester;  valspolishkitchen.com  

Pop-up restaurant

1st Frame

Hazel Park;  framehazelpark.com  

2ndVal’s Pizza

Detroit;  valspizzadetroit.com

3rdChef Dunny

Detroit; @chefdancingdunny

Ramen

1st Ima

Detroit, Madison Heights; imanoodles.com 

2ndJohnny Noodle King

Detroit; johnnynoodleking.com 

3rdEdo Ramen House

Royal Oak;  edoramenhouse.com

Restaurant (Livingston County)

1st Mexican Fiesta

Hartland;  mexicanfiesta.net 

2ndBrighton Bar & Grill

Brighton;  brightonbarandgrill.com 

3rdThe Silver Pig Bar & Oyster Room

Howell;  thesilverpig.com

Restaurant (Macomb County)

1st Da Francesco’s Ristorante & Bar

Shelby Township; dafrancescos.com 

2ndAndiamo

Warren;  andiamoitalia.com 

3rdJ. Baldwin’s

Clinton Township; jbaldwins.com 

The tasting menu [at Mabel Gray] is always complex and delicious. The staff is genuinely happy to be there, and you can feel at home while melting into your Wagyu. 

– Andria Kaiser, Royal Oak 

Restaurant (Oakland County)

1st Mabel Gray

Hazel Park; mabelgraykitchen.com 

2ndSylvan Table

Sylvan Lake; sylvantable.com 

3rdTallulah Wine Bar & Bistro

Birmingham;  tallulahwine.com  

Restaurant (Washtenaw County)

1st Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Ann Arbor; zingermansroadhouse.com 

2ndGandy Dancer

Ann Arbor; gandydancerrestaurant.com 

3rdFrita Batidos

Ann Arbor; fritabatidos.com 

Restaurant (Wayne County)

1st Selden Standard

Detroit; seldenstandard.com 

2ndPrime & Proper

Detroit; primeandproperdetroit.com  

3rdShewolf Pastificio & Bar

Detroit;  shewolfdetroit.com 

Restaurant for breakfast

1st The Original Pancake House

various locations; originalpancakehouse.com 

2ndToast

Birmingham, Ferndale; eatattoast.com

3rdBreakfast Club

Madison Heights, Royal Oak; facebook.com/breakfastmadison  

Restaurant for brunch

1st Toast

Birmingham, Ferndale; eatattoast.com

2ndBobcat Bonnie’s

various locations; bobcatbonnies.com

3rdDime Store

Detroit;  eatdimestore.com 

Restaurant to take a client

1st Grey Ghost Detroit

Detroit;  greyghostdetroit.com 

2ndSan Morello

Detroit;  sanmorello.com 

3rdOak & Reel

Detroit;  oakandreel.com

Out of all the places on the list, Grey Ghost is my favorite. I love their seasonal and creative menu.

—Amanda Ayoub, Dearborn Heights

Restaurant with a view

1st Joe Muer Seafood (Renaissance Center)

Detroit; joemuer.com 

2ndHighlands

Detroit;  highlandsdetroit.com 

3rdParc

Detroit;parcdetroit.com 

Romantic dining

1st The Whitney

Detroit;  thewhitney.com

2ndCafé Cortina

Farmington Hills;cafecortina.com

3rdSan Morello

Detroit;  sanmorello.com 

Sandwich shop

1st Zingerman’s Delicatessen

Ann Arbor;  zingermansdeli.com 

2ndMudgie’s Deli & Wine Shop

Detroit;  mudgiesdeli.com 

3rdSteve’s Deli

Bloomfield Hills; stevesdeli.com 

Zingerman’s is one of those rare places that is worth every tiny scrap of hype and press it’s given. 

– Will McCool, Pontiac

Seafood restaurant

1st Joe Muer Seafood

Bloomfield Hills, Detroit; joemuer.com 

2ndVoyager

Ferndale;  voyagerferndale.com

3rdOak & Reel

Detroit;  oakandreel.com

Shawarma

1st Bucharest Grill

Detroit, Royal Oak;  bucharestgrill.com 

2ndAnita’s Kitchen

various locations; anitaskitchen.com 

3rdMr. Kabob Xpress

various locations; mrkabob.com 

Soul food restaurant

1st Detroit Vegan Soul

Detroit;  detroitvegansoul.com

2ndDetroit Soul

Detroit;  detroitsoul.net 

3rdBaker’s Keyboard Lounge

Detroit;facebook.com/bakers-keyboard-lounge  

Special-occasion restaurant

1st The Whitney

Detroit; thewhitney.com 

2ndMabel Gray

Hazel Park; mabelgraykitchen.com

3rdSan Morello

Detroit;sanmorello.com 

Steakhouse

1st Prime & Proper

Detroit; primeandproperdetroit.com

2ndClawson Steakhouse

Clawson;clawsonsteakhouse.com 

3rdLondon Chop House

Detroit;  thelondonchop.com 

best of detroit - noble fish
Best Sushi – Noble Fish: Noble Fish in Clawson has grown from a tiny Japanese market and sushi bar into a larger, revamped space to accommodate the legions of sushi fans searching for some of southeastern Michigan’s freshest nigiri, sashimi, and hand rolls. The menu boasts a carefully edited selection of specialties and staples, such as the Michigan and Acapulco rolls, as well as the eel and inari nigiri, all of which are readily available in the well-stocked cases or can be prepared fresh for enjoying on-site. Also winner of Best Japanese Restaurant. —Dorothy Hernandez

Sushi

1st Noble Fish

Clawson;  noblefish.com  

2ndRonin Sushi 

Royal Oak; roninsushi.com 

3rdMon Jin Lau

Troy;  monjinlau.com 

Tacos

1st Taqueria El Rey

Detroit; facebook.com/taqueria-el-ray

2ndImperial

Ferndale;  imperialferndale.com 

3rdEl Charro

various locations; elcharrousa.com

My favorite on this list is Taqueria El Rey. I drive from over an hour away for their chicken and tacos. They treat you like family when you’re there.

—Amy Wooldridge, Howell 

Takeout spot

1st Bucharest Grill

Detroit, Royal Oak; bucharestgrill.com 

2ndDetroit Wing Co.

various locations; detroitwingco.com 

3rdBrown Iron Brewhouse

Royal Oak, Washington; browniron.com

Thai restaurant

1st Sy Thai

St. Clair Shores; sythai.com  

2ndBangkok 96 Restaurant

Dearborn;  bangkok96.com 

3rdTakoi

Detroit;  takoidetroit.com 

Vegan/vegetarian restaurant

1st Seva

Ann Arbor, Detroit; sevarestaurant.com 

2ndInn Season Cafe

Royal Oak; theinnseasoncafe.com 

3rdChive Kitchen

Farmington; chivekitchen.com

Wings

1st Chicken Shack

various locations; chickenshack.com

2ndAnita’s Kitchen

various locations; anitaskitchen.com  

3rdBrown Iron Brewhouse

Royal Oak, Washington; browniron.com

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Community & Personalities

bees in the D - best of detroit
Best Community Organization – Bees in the D: This nonprofit organization educates the Detroit community about the importance of pollinators while cultivating a network of honeybees throughout southeastern Michigan. Folks can sign up to learn the basics of beekeeping. there are volunteer opportunities for novice and experienced beekeepers, and, if you’re a local Girl Scout, you can earn a Bees in the D beekeeping patch. But if donning a beekeeper’s suit is not your speed, support the organization’s work by purchasing unfiltered Detroit honey or Detroit beeswax lip balms and/or by contributing to its Michigan Pollinator Center, which is targeted to open in 2023. — Cambrey Thomas

Author

1st Mitch Albom

 mitchalbom.com  

2ndKristy Robinett

 kristyrobinett.com

3rdJimmy Doom

 jimmydoom.substack.com 

Other finalists:

Brian Bartes, brianbartes.com

Jim Benton, jimbenton.com

Josh Malerman, joshmalerman.com

Robert Beatty, robertbeattyart.com

Bartender 

1st Roxanne Phillips, The Peterboro

Detroit;thepeterboro.com 

2ndJacob Feitler, Oak & Reel

Detroit; oakandreel.com 

3rdJimmy Doom, Small’s

Hamtamck;  smallsbardetroit.com 

Other finalists:

Kyle Joseph, Flood’s Bar & Grille, Detroit; floodsdetroit.com

Pamela Allard, Liberty Bar & Poutinerie, Pontiac; thelibertybar.com

Chef 

1st James Rigato, Mabel Gray

Hazel Park; mabelgraykitchen.com

2ndAnthony Lombardo, Shewolf Pastificio & Bar

Detroit; shewolfdetroit.com 

3rdLuciano DelSignore, Bacco Ristorante and Casa Pernoi

Southfield, Birmingham; baccoristorante.com , casapernoi.com 

Other finalists:

Andrew Carmellini, San Morello, Detroit;  sanmorello.com

Angelo Loria, Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, Clinton Township, Shelby Township; vinceandjoes.com

Jared Gadbaw, Oak & Reel, Detroit; oakandreel.com

Suzy Silvestre, Chive Kitchen, Farmington; chivekitchen.com

Community activist

1st Lori Goldman, Fems for Dems

 femsfordems.org  

2ndChantel Watkins, One Fair Wage Michigan

 onefairwage.site  

3rdRev. Charles Williams II, National Action Network Michigan

 nationalactionnetwork.net 

Other finalists:  

Jae Bass, Detroit Will Breathe; detroitwillbreathe.info

Jeff Hocking, Congregation of Every 1; coe1.org

Jewan Price, Eastside Mutual Aid; facebook.com/eastsidemutualaid

Nicholas Buckingham, Michigan Liberation; miliberation.org

Community organization

1st Bees in the D

Detroit; beesinthed.com 

2ndFriendship Circle

West Bloomfield; friendshipcircle.org 

3rdLiving and Learning Enrichment Center

Northville;  livingandlearningcenter.org  

Other finalists:

Congregation of Every 1, Detroit; coe1.org

Eastside Mutual Aid, Detroit; facebook.com/eastsidemutualaid

NGS Cares, Detroit; facebook.com/groups

Services to Enhance Potential, various locations; stepcentral.org

Local politician

1st Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan 

2ndU.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan’s 13th congressional district

3rdU.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, Michigan’s 12th congressional district

Other finalists:

Brett Nicholson, Pontiac Councilman

David Coulter, Oakland County Executive

U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens, Michigan’s 11th congressional district

Mark Hackel, Macomb County Executive

Meteorologist (local)

1st Dave Rexroth, WXYZ Detroit

 wxyz.com   

2ndAndrew Humphrey, WDIV Local 4

 clickondetroit.com   

3rdPaul Gross, WDIV Local 4

 clickondetroit.com  

Other finalists:

Alan Longstreet, Fox 2 Detroit; fox2detroit.com

Derek Kevra, Fox 2 Detroit; fox2detroit.com

Newspaper (local)

1st Detroit Free Press

 freep.com 

2ndThe Detroit News

 detroitnews.com 

3rdMacomb Daily

 macombdaily.com

Other finalists:

Grosse Pointe News, grossepointenews.com

The Jewish News, thejewishnews.com

Michigan Chronicle, michiganchronicle.com

The Spinal Column, spinalcolumnonline.com

Opinion columnist

1st Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press

 freep.com 

2ndTerry Foster, The Detroit News

 detroitnews.com

3rdNolan Finley, The Detroit News

 detroitnews.com

Other finalists:

Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press; freep.com

Ingrid Jacques, USA Today, formerly at The Detroit News; usatoday.com

Leonard Pitts, Detroit Free Press; freep.com

Organization for people with disabilities

1st Friendship Circle

West Bloomfield; friendshipcircle.org  

2ndJudson Center

various locations; judsoncenter.org  

3rdLiving and Learning Enrichment Center

Northville; livingandlearningcenter.org 

Other finalists:

Dutton Farm, Rochester; duttonfarm.org

JVS+Kadima (previously JVS Human Services), Southfield; jvshumanservices.org

Services to Enhance Potential, various locations; stepcentral.org

Work Skills Corp., Brighton; wskills.com

Philanthropist

1st Dan Gilbert, the Gilbert Family Foundation

 gilbertfamilyfoundation.org 

2ndDenise Ilitch, Ilitch Companies

 ilitchcompanies.com

3rdMat Ishbia, United Wholesale Mortgage

uwm.com  

Other finalists:

Karen Davidson, William Davidson Foundation; williamdavidson.org

John and Marlene Boll, John A. & Marlene L. Boll Foundation; bollfoundation.org

Lois Shaevsky, The Shaevsky Family Foundation; nonprofitlight.com

Nicole Eisenberg, Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg Family Foundation; intellispect.co

Radio DJ

1st Trudi Daniels, 106.7 WLLZ

1067wllz.iheart.com

2ndRob Stone, 99.5 WYCD

 audacy.com/wycd  

3rdHolly Hutton, 99.5 WYCD

 audacy.com/wycd  

Other finalists:

DJ BJ, Hot 107.5; hothiphopdetroit.com

DJ Ramz in the Mix, facebook.com/djramzinthemix

Devin Scillian has been a trusted newsman for our family for years. His compassion, kindness, and honest reporting are obvious and ever so appreciated. He demonstrates humility and humor while demonstrating hope and ethical behavior!” 

—Sheila Henderson, South Lyon

Radio host

1st Mojo, Channel 955

 channel955.iheart.com  

2ndJay Towers, 100.3 WNIC

 wnic.iheart.com  

3rdMike Valenti, 97.1 The Ticket

audacy.com/971theticket

Other finalists:

Dave Hunter, 101 WRIF; wrif.com

Holly Hutton, 99.5 WYCD; audacy.com

Radio news reporter (local)

1st Charlie Langton, WWJ News Radio 950

 fox2detroit.com 

2ndTony Ortiz, WWJ News Radio 950

 detroit.cbslocal.com 

3rdCynthia Canty, Michigan Radio

michiganradio.org

Other finalists:

Brooke Allen, WKAR Public Media; wkar.org

Roberta Jasina, WWJ Newsradio 950; audacy.com

Stephen Henderson, WDET 101.9 FM; wdet.org

Social media influencer

1st Darren McCarty

@realdarrenmccarty  

2ndSeoung Lee

 @chowdowndetroit

3rdSarah Hermiz 

@sarahhermiz 

Other finalists:

Farrah Davidson, @londonhadalittlelamb

Jaclyn Misch, @jaclynmisch 

Jessica Haze, @jessicahazemua

Pam Ferrara, @pams_random_reviews

Sports reporter (local)

1st Brad Galli, WXYZ Detroit

 wxyz.com 

2ndJennifer Hammond, Fox 2 Detroit

 fox2detroit.com 

3rdMitch Albom, Detroit Free Press

 freep.com 

Other finalists:

Justin Rose, WXYZ Channel 7; wxyz.com

Terry Foster, 97.1 The Ticket; audacy.com

Sportscaster (local)

1st Bernie Smilovitz, WDIV Local 4

 clickondetroit.com  

2ndDan Miller, Fox 2 Detroit

 fox2detroit.com 

3rdMike Valenti, 97.1 The Ticket

audacy.com/971theticket

Other finalists:

Neal Ruhl, Oakland Golden Grizzlies; goldengrizzlies.com

Steven MacDonald, Detroit Titans; detroittitans.com

Teacher

1st James Pecar, Chippewa Valley High School

Clinton Township; chippewavalleyschools.org

2ndDarrin Winkler, Pierce Elementary School

Birmingham; birmingham.k12.mi.us 

3rdZach Rondot, Costello Elementary School

Troy; costello.troy.k12.mi.us 

Other finalists:

Brian Peterson-Roest, Musson Elementary School, Rochester; musson.rochester.k12.mi.us

Corinne Lyons, Sampson Webber Leadership Academy, Detroit; detroitk12.org

Kevin Ozar, North Farmington High School, Farmington Hills; farmington.k12.mi.us

Robert Hart, Ernest W. Seaholm High School, Birmingham; birmingham.k12.mi.us

Tour company

1st The Detroit Bus Co.

Detroit; thedetroitbus.com  

2ndDetroit History Tours

Detroit; detroithistorytours.com

3rdCity Tour Detroit

Detroit; citytourdetroit.com 

Other finalists:

Detroit Experience Factory, Detroit; detroitexperiencefactory.org

Detroit History Club, Detroit; detroithistoryclub.com

RiDetroit, Detroit; ridetroit.com

Traffic reporter

1st Kim DeGiulio, WDIV Local 4 

 clickondetroit.com  

2ndKellie Rowe,  Fox 2 Detroit

 fox2detroit.com 

3rdAli Hoxie, WXYZ Detroit

 wxyz.com   

TV news anchor (local)

1st Devin Scillian, WDIV Local 4

 clickondetroit.com    

2ndRhonda Walker, WDIV Local 4

 clickondetroit.com  

3rdRoop Raj, Fox 2 Detroit

 fox2detroit.com 

Other finalists:

Ameera David, WXYZ Detroit; wxyz.com

Karen Drew, WDIV Local 4; clickondetroit.com 

TV news reporter (local)

1st Karen Drew, WDIV Local 4

 clickondetroit.com  

2ndMaurielle Lue, Fox 2 Detroit

 fox2detroit.com 

3rdKim DeGiulio, WDIV Local 4

 clickondetroit.com  

Other finalists:  

Ameera David, WXYZ Detroit; wxyz.com

Kellie Rowe, Fox 2 Detroit; fox2detroit.com

Veronica Meadows, Fox 2 Detroit; fox2detroit.com

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Retail

best of detroit english gardens
Best Greenhouse – English Gardens: Known for its friendly staff and vibrant, healthy plants, English Gardens is a haven for home gardeners. Its greenhouse-like stores rotate selections with the seasons and provide landscaping services for those without a green thumb. Several locations offer outdoor furniture, decorations, and according to some customers, a lounging cat. — Cambrey Thomas

Antique shop

1st Vintage Eastern Market

Detroit; vintageem.com 

2ndOdd Fellows Antiques

Berkley; oddfellowsantiques.com 

3rdTime Warp

St. Clair Shores; timewarp-vintage.com 

Appliance shop

1st ABC Warehouse

various locations; abcwarehouse.com 

2ndSargent Appliance

various locations; sargentappliance.com 

3rdWitbeck Home Appliance Mart

West Bloomfield; witbeckappliance.com 

Auto dealership (group)

1st The Suburban Collection

various locations; suburbancollection.com

2ndLaFontaine Automotive Group

various locations; familydeal.com

3rd  Szott Auto Group

various locations; szottauto.com 

Auto dealership (individual)

1st Bill Brown Ford

Livonia; billbrownford.net 

2ndSerra Whelan Chevrolet

Sterling Heights; serrawhelan.com 

3rdDorian Ford

Clinton Township; dorianford.com 

Beer selection (store)

1st Holiday Market

Royal Oak; holiday-market.com  

2ndVince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Clinton Township, Shelby Township; vinceandjoes.com 

3rdRed Wagon Shoppe

various locations; redwagonshoppe.com

best of detroit detroit bikes
Best Bike Shop – Detroit Bikes: If Detroit could put cars on the map, why not bikes? Two wheels, American steel, and deft engineering that can power trips on the Iron Belle Trail and beyond — Detroit Bikes is known for its community-minded ethos of handmaking quality bikes in Detroit. As stylish as they are nimble, the lightweight bikes are manufactured from the same steel used in race cars, and most models are available in different sizes, to accommodate riders of all heights. — Cambrey Thomas

Bike shop

1st Detroit Bikes

Detroit; detroitbikes.com

2ndDowntown Bike Shop

Detroit, Ferndale; downtown-bikeshop.com

3rdKLM Bike & Fitness

Birmingham, Rochester Hills; klmfitness.com 

Bookstore

1st John K. King Used and Rare Books

Detroit, Ferndale; johnkingbooksdetroit.com 

2ndBook Beat

Oak Park;  thebookbeat.com 

3rdLiterati Bookstore

Ann Arbor;  literatibookstore.com

Bridal salon

1st The Wedding Shoppe

Berkley;theweddingshoppe.net  

2ndRoma Sposa

Birmingham; romasposa.com 

3rdGina’s Bridal Boutique

Milford; ginasbridal.com 

Butcher shop/deli

1st Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Clinton Township, Shelby Township; vinceandjoes.com 

2ndStage Deli

West Bloomfield;stagedeli.com 

3rdMarrow

Detroit; marrowdetroit.com 

I love For the Love of Sugar! The vegan and gluten-free options provide us an opportunity to provide high-end treats for all of those in our family! 

—Victoria Burton, Warren

Cake shop

1st For the Love of Sugar

Detroit; fortheloveofsugar.com 

2ndLove & Buttercream

Birmingham; loveandbuttercream.com 

3rdVince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Clinton Township, Shelby Township;vinceandjoes.com 

Candy store

1st Sanders

various locations; sanderscandy.com 

2ndBon Bon Bon

various locations; bonbonbon.com

3rdDoc Sweets’ Candy Co.

Clawson; docsweets.com

Cannabis dispensary (recreational)

1st Liv Cannabis

Ferndale, livcannabis.com 

2ndHouse of Dank

various locations,  shophod.com 

3rdNew Standard

Ann Arbor, Hazel Park; anewstandard.com

Chocolate/chocolatier

1st Sanders

various locations; sanderscandy.com 

2ndBon Bon Bon

various locations; bonbonbon.com

3rdBirmingham Chocolate

Ferndale; birminghamchocolate.com 

Cider mill

1st Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill

Armada; blakefarms.com

2ndYates Cider Mill

Lake Orion, Rochester Hills; yatescidermill.com 

3rdFranklin Cider Mill

Bloomfield Hills; franklincidermill.com

Cigar shop

Churchill’s Cigar Bar

various locations; churchillscigarbar.com 

2ndWild Bill’s Tobacco

various locations; wildbillstobacco.com 

3rdThe Godfather Cigar Martini Bar

Rochester Hills; facebook.com/tgfcigarmartini

Clothing and accessory resale

1st Regeneration

Pleasant Ridge; regenerationclothing.org 

2ndDéjà Vu Upscale Designer Resale

Franklin;  dejavuresale.com 

3rdEldorado General Store

Detroit; eldoradogeneralstore.com 

Coffee brand

1st The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co.

various locations; greatlakescoffee.com  

2ndMadcap Coffee

Detroit;  madcapcoffee.com 

3rdZingerman’s Coffee Co.

Ann Arbor;  zingermanscoffee.com 

Vault of Midnight is everything a modern comic shop should be: bright, high energy, and such an amazingly diverse stock.

—David Stein, Bloomfield Hills  

Comic book shop

1st Vault of Midnight

Ann Arbor, Detroit; vaultofmidnight.com 

2ndComic City

various locations;  comiccity.com 

3rdTime Travelers

Berkley; timetravelersonline.com 

Farmers market

1st Eastern Market

Detroit; easternmarket.org 

2ndRoyal Oak Farmers Market

Royal Oak; romi.gov 

3rdOakland County Farmers Market

Waterford; oakgov.com  

Fish market

1st Noble Fish

Clawson; noblefish.com 

2ndVince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Clinton Township, Shelby Township; vinceandjoes.com 

3rdPeople’s Fish Market

Pontiac; peoplesfishmarket.com

Flower shop

1st Viviano Flower Shop

various locations; viviano.com 

2ndFleur Detroit

Bloomfield Hills; fleurdetroit.com

3rdThrifty Florist

various locations; thriftyflorist.net 

Furniture & home goods resale

1st Vintage Eastern Market

Detroit; vintageem.com

2ndDetroit Urban Artifacts

Detroit; detroiturbanartifacts.com

3rdOdd Fellows Antiques

Berkley; oddfellowsantiques.com 

Furniture store

1st Leon & Lulu

Clawson;  leonandlulu.com  

2ndGardner White

various locations; gardner-white.com 

3rdGorman’s

various locations; gormans.com 

Gift shop

1st Leon & Lulu

Clawson;leonandlulu.com 

2ndCity Bird

Detroit;  citybirddetroit.com 

3rdRail & Anchor

Royal Oak;  railandanchor.com 

Gluten-free products

1st Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Clinton Township, Shelby Township; vinceandjoes.com 

 2ndCacao Tree Café

Royal Oak;  cacaotreecafe.com

3rdRumi’s Passion

Plymouth; rumispassion.com 

Gourmet foods

1st Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Clinton Township, Shelby Township; vinceandjoes.com 

2ndWestborn Market

various locations; westbornmarket.com 

3rdPlum Market

various locations; plummarket.com 

High-end clothing store

1st Tender

Birmingham; tenderbirmingham.com 

2ndCoup D’état

Detroit; shopcoupdetat.com 

3rdAlexander’s Custom Clothiers

Northville; alexcustom.com 

leon & lulu best of detroit
Best Home Decor Shop – Leon & Lulu: With the ease of online shopping, it can be hard to look past your browser for finds. Thankfully, Leon & Lulu has curated an experience in Clawson that’s so unique it must be experienced IRL. Housed in what was once a 15,000-square-foot roller rink, Leon & Lulu features handmade gifts, one-of-a-kind furniture, and funky home decor. As one reader summed up, “Leon & Lulu has the coolest/diverse stuff. You can always find a gift for someone there and unique, spunky furniture of your dreams.” If the shopping tuckers you out, pop into Three Cats cafe next door (housed in a former movie theater) for dinner, cocktails, and occasional live music. Also winner of Best Furniture Store, Gift Shop. — Cambrey Thomas

Home decor shop

1st Leon & Lulu

Clawson; leonandlulu.com 

2ndUrbanum

Detroit; urbanumdetroit.com 

3rdJust by Happenstance

Clinton Township; justbyhappenstance.com 

Jewelry store

1st Tapper’s

various locations; tappers.com  

2ndLucido Fine Jewelry

various locations;  lucidojewelry.com 

3rdMiner’s Den Jewelers

Royal Oak; minersden.com 

Kids’ clothing store

1st Lil’ Rascals

Birmingham;lilrascalsbham.com 

2ndApple Blossom Baby and Decor

Grosse Pointe; appleblossombabyanddecor.com 

3rdLittle High Flyers

Detroit;  littlehighflyers.com 

Leather goods

1st Shinola

various locations;shinola.com 

2ndNoir Leather

Royal Oak; facebook.com/noirleather  

3rdLeon & Lulu

Clawson;  leonandlulu.com   

Lighting shop

1st Ray Lighting Centers

Novi, Sterling Heights; raylightingcenters.com  

2ndHerald Wholesale

Troy; heraldwholesale.com 

3rdRoyce Lighting

Redford; facebook.com/roycelighting 

Lingerie store

1st Harp’s Lingerie

Birmingham; harps-lingerie.com  

2ndNoir Leather

Royal Oak; facebook.com/noirleather 

3rdBusted Bra Shop

various locations; bustedbrashop.com 

Men’s clothing store

1st Claymore Shop

Birmingham;  claymoreshop.com  

2ndYoungbloods

Hazel Park;  youngbloodsshop.com 

3rdThe Suit Depot

Oak Park;  thesuitdepot.com

Nursery/greenhouse

1st English Gardens

various locations; englishgardens.com

2ndBordine’s

various locations; bordines.com 

3rdTelly’s Greenhouse

Shelby Township, Troy; tellys.com 

Optical shop

1st See

various locations; seeeyewear.com 

2ndRoland Optics

Bloomfield Hills; rolandoptics.com 

3rdOptik Birmingham

Birmingham; optikbirmingham.com 

Place to buy an engagement/wedding ring

1st Tapper’s

various locations; tappers.com 

2ndLucido Fine Jewelry

various locations; lucidojewelry.com

3rdMiner’s Den Jewelers

Royal Oak; minersden.com

Place to buy art

1st DuMouchelles

Detroit; dumouchelles.com  

2ndDavid Klein Gallery

Detroit, Birmingham; dkgallery.com 

3rdProgressive Art Studio Collective

various locations; progressiveartstudiocollective.org 

Record store

1st Dearborn Music

Dearborn, Farmington; dearbornmusic.net  

2ndThird Man Records

Detroit;  thirdmanstore.com  

3rdFound Sound

Ferndale; facebook.com/foundsoundvinyl 

Shopping mall

1st Somerset Collection

Troy;  thesomersetcollection.com 

2ndTwelve Oaks Mall

Novi;  shoptwelveoaks.com 

3rdThe Mall at Partridge Creek

Clinton Township; shoppartridgecreek.com 

Skin care shop

1st Margot European Spa

Birmingham; margots.com 

2ndSkin Bar VII

Detroit; skinbar7.com

3rdFace Skincare Medical Wellness

Bingham Farms; facebeautyscience.com 

Toy store

1st Toyology

various locations; toyologytoys.com 

2ndWhistle Stop Hobby & Toy

St. Clair Shores; whistle-stop.com 

3rdFunky Monkey Toys

Oxford; funkymonkeytoysonline.com

Vintage/consignment clothes

1st Lost and Found Vintage

Royal Oak;  lostandfoundvintage.com 

2ndRegeneration

Pleasant Ridge; regenerationclothing.org 

3rdDéjà Vu Upscale Designer Resale

Franklin; dejavuresale.com 

Regeneration makes up 75 percent of my wardrobe. I love that I can go in there for everything from fitness to casual to finer wear.

—Megan Fuller, Ferndale

Wine store

1st Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Clinton Township, Shelby Township; vinceandjoes.com  

2ndMotor City Wine

Detroit; motorcitywine.com 

3rdKakos Fine Wine, Beer & Spirits

Birmingham; kakosmarket.business.site 

Women’s boutique

1st Ferne Boutique

Ann Arbor, Detroit; ferneboutique.com

2ndJust Girls Boutique

Bloomfield Hills; justgirlsboutique.com 

3rdTender

Birmingham; tenderbirmingham.com 

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Services

liv cannabis - best of detroit
Best Cannabis Dispensary Delivery – Liv Cannabis: Described as “by far the best” by more than one of our readers, Liv offers a modern cannabis dispensary experience complete with discreet online ordering and a next-to-nothing delivery fee at its Ferndale shop. A standout for our readers is the compassionate, professional, and knowledgeable staff — as well as the bright facility. Choose from potent flower varietals with names like Rozay Cake and Cream Soda, fruity THC gummies that aid with sleep, pre-rolled joints, and even selections from Mike Tyson’s cannabis range. Also voted Best Cannabis (Recreational). — Cambrey Thomas

After-school program (nonschool)

1stBoys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan

various locations; bgcsm.org 

2ndGoldfish Swim School

various locations; goldfishswimschool.com  

3rd Living and Learning Enrichment Center

Northville; livingandlearningcenter.org 

Auto detailing/car wash

1stJax Kar Wash & Auto Detailing

various locations; jaxkarwash.com 

2ndMr. C’s Car Wash 

various locations; mrcscarwash.com 

3rd Motor City Auto Spa

Royal Oak;  motorcityautospa.com 

Auto repair

1stLaFontaine Automotive Group

various locations;  familydeal.com

2ndFerndale Collision & Auto Repair

Ferndale;ferndalecollision.com 

3rd Kenny’s Lakes Area Auto Repair

Walled Lake;lakesareaauto.com

Cannabis delivery

1stLiv Cannabis

Ferndale;livcannabis.com

2ndHouse of Dank

various locations;  shophod.com  

3rd Puff Cannabis Co.

various locations; puffcannaco.com 

Caterer

1stVince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Clinton Township, Shelby Township;  vinceandjoes.com  

2ndThyme & Honey

St. Clair Shores; thymeandhoneyfood.com 

3rd Chive Kitchen

Farmington;  chivekitchen.com

Financial planner

1stMainstay Financial Management

Shelby Township; mainstay-financial.com 

2ndOliver Financial Planning

Ann Arbor;oliverplanning.com 

3rdJeffrey Fratarcangeli

Bloomfield Hills;fratarcangeliwealth.com 

Shinola [Hotel] is the most stunning venue in all of Detroit. … You feel like you were transported to Paris in the middle of Detroit.

—Melissa Potash, Birmingham 

Hotel

1stShinola Hotel

Detroit;  shinolahotel.com 

2ndThe Townsend

Birmingham;townsendhotel.com 

3rd Daxton Hotel

Birmingham;  daxtonhotel.com 

Interior designer

1stMegan Rose Interiors

Northville; themeganrose.com 

2ndJeffrey King Interiors

Birmingham;  jeffreykinginteriors.com 

3rd Michelle Mio

Bloomfield Hills;  rsminteriors.com

Kitchen design service

1stKSI Kitchen & Bath

various locations;  ksikitchens.com 

2ndLaFata Cabinets

Shelby Township, West Bloomfield;  lafata.com

3rd Maison Birmingham

Birmingham; maisonbirmingham.com 

Michigan resort

1stGrand Hotel

Mackinac Island; grandhotel.com 

2ndGrand Traverse Resort & Spa

Acme,  grandtraverseresort.com 

3rd Inn at Bay Harbor

Bay Harbor; innatbayharbor.com 

Pet groomer

1stCanine to Five

various locations; caninetofive.com 

2ndScrubbers Dog Wash

various locations; scrubbersdogwash.com

3rd Bingo Pet Salon

Royal Oak;  bingopetsalon.com 

Photographer

1stMelissa Douglas

melissadouglasco.com 

2ndJenna Joann Photography

 jennajoannphotos.com 

3rd Abby B. Photography

abbybphotography.com 

Realtor

1stNicole McAvoy of Dobi Real Estate

Birmingham;  nicolemcavoy.com  

2ndAndrew Colburn of Colburn McDonald & Associates

Rochester; findgreaterrochesterhomes.com 

3rd Cheryl Waring of Re/Max

Clarkston; remax.com 

Special-occasion venue

1stShinola Hotel

Detroit;  shinolahotel.com 

2ndThe Whiskey Factory

Detroit;  whiskeyfactorydetroit.com  

3rd Daxton Hotel

Birmingham; daxtonhotel.com

Summer day camp

1stCranbrook

Bloomfield Hills;  cranbrook.edu 

2ndThe Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Dearborn;  thehenryford.org 

3rd Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan

various locations;  bgcsm.org 

Venue for a kids’ party

1stZap Zone

various locations;  zap-zone.com  

2ndDefy

Commerce Charter Township;  defy.com 

3rd Franklin Athletic Club

Southfield;  franklinclub.com  

Sweet Dreams [Bakery] puts their heart and soul into every single thing they create. They are amazing.

—Kathleen Cross, Madison Heights

Wedding cakes

1stSweet Dreams Bakery

Orchard Lake, Warren;  sweetdreamsweb.com  

2ndVince & Joe’s Gourmet Market

Clinton Township, Shelby Township; vinceandjoes.com

3rd Mannino’s Bakery

Sterling Heights; facebook.com/manninos-nakery 

Wedding photographer

1stErin Schmidt Photography

 erinschmidtphoto.com

2ndSam Sarkis Photography

 samsarkisphotography.com 

3rdJuniper Woods Photography LLC

juniperwoodsphoto.com 

Wedding planner

1stHazel & Gray Events

Plymouth;  hazelandgrayevents.com  

2ndEmerald City Designs

Farmington Hills; emeraldcitydesigns.com 

3rd A June Event

West Bloomfield; ajuneevent.com 

Wedding venue

1stShinola Hotel

Detroit; shinolahotel.com 

2ndZingerman’s Cornman Farms

Dexter;zingermanscornmanfarms.com 

3rd The Whiskey Factory

Detroit;  whiskeyfactorydetroit.com

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Sports

michigan football - best of detroit
Best Michigan College Football Team – University of Michigan: We’ve done it. We’ve answered the age-old question of which is the best football team in the state. Well, at least according to our readers. And with U-M’s record 25 undefeated seasons and 11 national titles (tied for fourth), it’s hard to argue with their vote. But surely everyone can agree on one thing: Attending a game at the Big House is an experience in and of itself, complete with tailgating and singalongs that can’t help but lighten the mood whether you’re cheering on the Wolverines or the other guys. — Cambrey Thomas

Detroit Lions player

1st Amon-Ra St. Brown 

2ndD’Andre Swift

3rdT.J. Hockenson

Detroit Pistons player

1st Cade Cunningham

2ndHamidou Diallo

3rdIsaiah Stewart

Detroit Red Wings player

1st Dylan Larkin

2ndTyler Bertuzzi

3rdMoritz Seider

Detroit Tigers player

1st Miguel Cabrera

2ndAkil Baddoo

3rdEric Haase

Michigan college football team

1st University of Michigan

2ndMichigan State University

3rdCentral Michigan University

When I was born, my dad worked at Olympia, and I grew up loving the Red Wings. Now, with Yzerman back, I have no doubt that in a few years we will be back to the top again.” 

—Rosa Saunders, Waterford

Private golf course

1st Oakland Hills Country Club

Bloomfield Township;  oaklandhillscc.com 

2ndDetroit Golf Club

Detroit;  detroitgolfclub.org  

3rdRed Run Golf Club

Royal Oak;  redrungolfclub.com 

Professional sports team

1st Detroit Red Wings

2ndDetroit Tigers

3rdDetroit Lions

Public golf course

1st Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center

Plymouth;  foxhills.com 

2ndShepherd’s Hollow Golf Club

Clarkston; shepherdshollow.com 

3rdThe Orchards Golf Club

Washington;  orchards.com  

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This story is from the June 2022 issue of Hour Detroit. 

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