June 2019 Food News: The Latest on the Metro Detroit Culinary Scene

From updated offerings at Fort Street Galley to the opening of Hummus & Pita Co., here’s everything you need to know this month
Hummus & Pita Co.
Bowls and sides photograph courtesy of Hummus & Pita Co.

Summer is here, and the metro Detroit food scene has taken notice. This month has seen restaurant openings and event announcements that offer fresh, light options we’re all looking for this time of year. Likewise, there are plenty of ways to quench your thirst on those warmer days, no matter what your beverage of choice — beer, wine, or even iced coffee.

In The News

Detroit-style Pizza: In a recent post on Food & Wine magazine’s website, writers Christine Quinlan and Elyse Inamine share a few spots to grab Detroit-style pizza outside of the Motor City. Read the article to get tips on where to get your hometown pizza craving in New York City, Denver, and Los Angeles. foodandwine.com

Now Open

The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que: This vegan lunch café, opened by cooking blogger Quiana Broden, doubles as a classroom, offering cooking demonstrations that bring her online lessons into the real world. The café will focus on healthier options, like smoothies, salads, and vegan mac and cheese. The Kitchen, by Cooking with Que, 6529 Woodward Ave.; Detroit; 313-462-4184; cookingwithque.com

Hummus & Pita Co.: The popular New York chain opened the doors to its first Michigan location late last month. The fast-casual spot, which can be found in the food court at Great Lakes Crossing Outlet, serves Mediterranean-American fare, like pitas, laffa wraps, and gyro bowls, with freshly-baked pita and laffa bread. But the chain ‘s most iconic (and controversial) items are its hummus shakes. Hummus & Pita Co., 4418 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills; 248-791-1369; hummusandpitas.com


Anthology Coffee: After closing the doors to its original Corktown location in March, the coffee shop reopened in a larger space last month in the Eastern Market district. The new digs are bright and spacious, framed in places by floor-to-ceiling windows, while the exposed brick and duct-work add an industrial vibe. Anthology Coffee, 1948 Division St., Detroit; 313-355-4040; anthologycoffee.com

Fort Street Galley: News broke on Instagram last week that Allenby — the Mediterranean food stall helmed by former Selden Standard food staff members Michael Goldberg and Katie Nelson — will be leaving the food hall. Despite the hype surrounding Fort Street Galley, the owners attributed the decision to a lack of business. Allenby will close on June 29, making it the second Fort Street Galley food stall to make an early exit since May. Fort Street Galley, 160 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-230-0855; fortstreetgalley.org

On Our Radar

Michigan & Trumbull: In response to building delays, which have pushed back the opening of the pizzeria’s impending Corktown restaurant (it was originally slated for late-August or early-September), Michigan & Trumbull has decided to open temporarily at Fort Street Galley on July 5. The eatery will be serving its square, crispy-crusted, Detroit-style pies. Fort Street Galley, 160 W. Fort St., Detroit; 313-230-0855; fortstreetgalley.org

Plum Market: The upscale chain market has announced it will open its first Detroit location on the first floor of the Ally Detroit Center on July 3. The 8,000-square-foot store, which will house fast-casual dining, a hot bar, a Zingerman’s coffee bar, a patio, and an event space, will be the largest grocery store in the city. Plum Market, Ally Detroit Center, 500 Woodward Ave.; plummarket.com

New Releases

Atwater Brewery: The Detroit-based beer maker has released a new, custom brew to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s summer performance at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. The golden ale made its debut at the event on June 20. Atwater Brewery and Taphouse, 237 Joseph Campau Ave., Detroit; 313-877-9205; atwaterbeer.com


Tuesday Night Wine Tasting: Every Tuesday night, Papa Joe’s Market in Rochester will be hosting a different wine specialist, who will select up to 6 wines and light food pairings to be served at this social event. The next tasting night will be hosted by James Mihalis of Five O’Clock Brands. Tuesdays. $15+.  Papa Joe’s Market, 6900 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester; 248-853-6263; papajoesmarket.com

Vegan Summer Weekend: Amber Poupore and Bryan Nieradka, from Cacao Tree and The Clean Plate, respectively, will take over the Hazel Park event space Frame for a whole weekend. They will be serving sophisticated vegan dishes featuring summer produce. Options will include vegan cheese boards, red corn polenta, and plenty of wine. June 28 and 29. $55+. 23839 John R Rd. No. 2, Hazel Park; framehazelpark.com

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