Classic metro Detroit barbecue spots everyone should try

When the smoky, tempting smell of charred meats starts wafting through the air it can only mean one thing: it’s summertime, and…

By Metro Times Staff

Nunn’s Bar-B-Que II in Detroit.
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New Detroit-area restaurants and bars that have opened so far in 2023 [PHOTOS]

Metro Detroit’s dining scene is heating up in 2023, with a number of new bars, restaurants, and cafes opening already in the…

By Lee DeVito

Detroit Institute of Bagels
(4884 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-512-8292;
DIB is a local comeback story. The beloved bagel and coffee spot closed in 2020, but soon announced its return, moving into the Core City space formerly occupied by Ochre Bakery and Astro Coffee. Opened in February, its menu includes bagels, breakfast sandwiches, Challah loaves, and coffee.
Read more here.
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Detroit-area AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander)-owned restaurants should have tried by now [PHOTOS]

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans…

By Metro Times Staff

Trizest Restaurant
33170 Dequindre Rd., Sterling Heights; 586-268-1450;
While an Americanized take on cuisine from China’s Sichuan province (“Szechuan”) is common in the U.S., Trizest boasts the real deal. The restaurant opened in 2010 and is a favorite among metro Detroit’s Chinese community.
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Detroit-area restaurants that always hit the spot, according to Reddit users

There’s always a restaurant you head straight to when you are hungry but you don’t know what you’re craving. And it always.…

By Metro Times Staff

Motor City Brewing Works
470 W. Canfield St., Detroit | 313-832-2700;
"My list is mostly Midtown, but Motor City Brewing (Canfield location), Bronx Bar, Bucharest Grill, Pie Sci, Yum Village, Mudgies, Batch Brewing, Yemen Cafe, Shangri La, and it's a bit out there in Madison Heights but Lao Pot, never fail." — u/Hindendenny
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Michigan-based chain restaurants that are actually good [PHOTOS]

Dining at a chain restaurant might seem way uncool, especially when you could be spending your money at a small business instead.…

By Metro Times Staff

Olga’s Kitchen
Multiple locations,
Founded by entrepreneur Olga Loizon in 1970 in Birmingham, the Greek-American chain grew rapidly during the height of the shopping mall era. Headquartered in Livonia, the chain is known for its Olga bread and especially its Snackers, or triangular pieces of pita served with cheese spread. The eponymous Olga died in 2019 at age 92.
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Detroit area restaurants that taste amazing when you’re high [PHOTOS]

When talking about iconic combinations, most people might start with a classic like peanut butter and jelly or popcorn and a movie.…

By Metro Times Staff

Green Dot Stables
    2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-962-5588; 
    Nothing beats a $3 slider, and Green Dot is the perfect way to watch your pockets while satisfying your munchie cravings.
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The essential Detroit area ice cream shops you should have tried by now

There’s nothing better than a hot summer day and frozen treat to cool you down. While there are some great chain places,…

By Alex Washington

Wally’s Frozen Custard
    22501 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-552-5038;
Michigan loves Superman ice cream, but what about Superman frozen custard? If you’re lucky, it’s a treat you can get when you visit Wally’s Frozen Custard.
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Downtown Detroit restaurants near the stadiums [PHOTOS]

Parking in downtown Detroit can be a nightmare if you’re in the area for an event in the entertainment district, especially if…

By Alex Washington

Basement Burger Bar
1326 Brush St., Detroit;313-818-3708;
At Basement Burger Bar you can select one of their burger recipes or build your own. Not feeling a burger? You can build a salad, too.
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The essential Detroit area brunches you should have tried by now

Nothing says spring has sprung quite like brunch. Sure, you can technically brunch in the fall and winter, but it’s just something…

By Metro Times Staff, Alex Washington

298 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-283-4200;

It’s Ma-DAHM, and it’s one of the latest brunch spots to open up in metro Detroit. Located inside Birmingham’s Daxton Hotel, this new restaurant offers a luxe brunching experience.
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Metro Detroit bars with things to do other than just drinking [PHOTOS]

When it comes to bars in metro Detroit, there’s a lot more to do than throw back some drinks. From feather bowling…

By Steve Neavling

Eat, drink, and be merry: These bars offer more than food and booze.
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The best Detroit area restaurants when you have $10 or less

A delicious dish of food doesn't have to be an expensive one. With a plethora of dining options in the Detroit area,…

By Metro Times Staff

Yemen Cafe
    8740 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck; 313-871-4349;
    This no-frills, halal eatery has sandwiches under $5 and $1 cups of soup.
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20 places to get a damn good beer in the Detroit area

There’s something special about unwinding after a long day with a nice cold brew. The Michigan craft beer scene is still growing,…

By Metro Times Staff

Atwater Brewery
237 Jos Campau Ave., Detroit; 313-877-9205;

Atwater Brewery makes German-style lagers right in the city, with a variety of craft beers on tap.
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Detroit-area Irish pubs where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day [PHOTOS]

Everyone’s Irish on March 17, and these Irish-inspired pubs are ready to supply you with all the green and Guinness you can…

By Metro Times Staff

Detroit-area Irish pubs where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day [PHOTOS]
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The essential Detroit restaurants every tourist should visit when in town

Detroit has a culture all its own and when it comes to its dining scene, there are a few places that really…

By Alex Washington

Hygrade Deli
3640 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-894-6620;

Since 1955, Hygrade Deli has been delighting tastebuds with its famous corned beef sandwiches, which you can get for under $10.
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These metro Detroit spots serve delicious paczki for Fat Tuesday

Get your stretchy pants ready, Fat Tuesday, aka Paczki Day, is coming. This gluttonous tradition falls on Feb. 21 this year, and…

By Metro Times Staff

Crust — A Baking Company 
    104 W. Caroline St., Fenton; 810-629-8882; 
    This artisanal bakery in Fenton uses real butter, eggs, and whole milk to make their house-made paczki that come in glazed and non-glazed varieties.
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Detroit’s Black-owned restaurants everyone should’ve tried by now

Detroit is a city with a rich culture, a whole lot of soul, and great food. It's also one of the Blackest…

By Metro Times Staff

Krazy Kravings
20826 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit.; 954-839-7099
Krazy Kravings began as a food truck in 2021, and in 2022, chef Kourtney Coleman opened a brick and mortar restaurant on Detroit’s westside.
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The most romantic date night restaurants in Detroit

Depending on who you ask, they might say “love” and “romance” are not words used to properly describe Detroit’s dating scene. While…

By Metro Times Staff

Andiamo - Riverfront
400 Renaissance Center A-03, Detroit; 313-567-6700;
This local Italian chain has an amazing wine selection ranging from fruity and bubbly to rosé and foreign imports.
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30 essential Ferndale restaurants you should have tried by now

If metro Detroit had a brunch capital, it would be Ferndale. While mimosa towers and carefully curated benedicts and pancakes are amazing…

By Metro Times Staff

22871 Woodward Ave.; 248-543-9500;
Inyo is a Japanese fusion restaurant that specializes in sushi and traditional cuisine.
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18 new Detroit places to take visitors — or even yourself

Sometimes it feels that time has stood still the last three years, but that couldn’t be further from the truth as new…

By Metro Times Staff

Breadless2761 E. Jefferson, Suite A, Detroit; 313-474-2870;
Breadless is EXACTLY what you think it is, a breadless sandwich shop that uses leafy greens as a substitute for bread.
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15 Detroit-area hotspots to visit for a non-alcoholic cocktail

Sometimes all you want is the refreshing taste of a sophisticated and thoughtfully made fizzy and fruity concoction, without assaulting your liver.…

By Metro Times Staff

Republica1942 Grand River Ave., DetroitSometimes a night full of booze-infused sugary drinks isn't what you're looking for. Republica, a family-run gastropub in Berkley, recognizes this and is hosting an event where only mocktails will be served.
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The best things we ate in metro Detroit and beyond in 2022 [PHOTOS]

Once again, the fearless Metro Times restaurant reviewers spent another year eating our way across Michigan. These are the best things we…

By Tom Perkins, Jane Slaughter

Lamb chops at Bar Pigalle in Detroit’s Brush Park

2915 John R Rd., Detroit; 313-497-9200;

On this “playful French” menu — meaning Day-twah French, with license to invent — a star on the star-studded meat-centric menu is two umami-laden lamb chops with a crisp exterior plus a tenderloin wrapped in Savoy cabbage. They come with ratatouille and a creamy sauce made with sweet piquillo peppers. As a bonus, the French wines are affordable and there is no snooty-French-waiter vibe at all. (Read more in our review.) —Jane Slaughter
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20 metro Detroit bars with immaculate holiday vibes

Bars and breweries across metro Detroit are breaking out the tinsel and holly for some festive fun. Whether you’re in the mood…

By Lee DeVito

Last Chance Saloon
1830 Michigan Ave., Detroit;
This new new shot-and-a-bar located in Corktown’s old Casey’s Pub from the Detroit Optimist Society is in festive spirit, complete with a holiday menu and a cheeky “LE TITS NOW” sign in the window.
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The Detroit area restaurants that have closed in 2022

It seems the local dining industry is finally bouncing back after the harsh take down it suffered during the height of the…

By Metro Times Staff

Ready Player One 
407 E. Fort St., Detroit

The bar and arcade that served us nothing but nostalgia closed its downtown location earlier this year. The restaurant is now home to “weird” pizzeria chain, Pizza Cat.
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The 25 most beautiful metro Detroit restaurants and bars

It’s a common saying among chefs: you eat with your eyes first. While this usually applies to plating a dish, there is…

By Lee DeVito

400 Renaissance Center, Detroit; 313-877-9090;
You can’t beat the Highlands, with its breathtaking 360-degree views from the GM RenCen’s 71st and 72nd floors of the city, the Detroit River, and our neighbors in Canada. The sight is exceptional at night when the streetlights turn on and you can appreciate Detroit’s unique radial street layout, which resembles the spokes of a giant wheel.
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Metro Times’ Whiskey in the Winter returned to the Detroit Shipping Co. [PHOTOS]

On Friday, Metro Times readers warmed up by sampling whiskey, scotch, and other firewater at our annual tasting event Whiskey in the…

By Dontae Rockymore, Joe Maroon

Metro Times’ Whiskey in the Winter returned to the Detroit Shipping Co. [PHOTOS]
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30 Detroit-area restaurants that have been around over 50 years

They say some things get better with age. Case in point, these 30 metro Detroit restaurants that have been dishing out everything…

By Metro Times Staff

Buddy’s Pizza
17125 Conant St., Detroit; 313-892-9001; 
Now a chain, the original Buddy’s pizzeria is still kicking on Six Mile and Conant in Detroit. According to its website, in 1936, Buddy’s Rendezvous existed as a blind pig, skirting the state and federal laws. That was until owner August Gus Guerra decided to introduce a Sicilian-style square pizza in 1946, which was made using pans borrowed from local auto plants. At that moment, Detroit-style pizza was born.
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25 strip mall restaurants worth trying in the Detroit area

When we turn into the strip mall to do our grocery shopping, mail a package, or hit the salon, we tend to…

By Metro Times Staff

Starters Bar & Grille
    25242 Evergreen Rd., Southfield; 248-281-4538; 
A long-standing Detroit favorite that has opened additional locations, Starters opened its Southfield location after having to close the Dearborn outpost in Fairlane Mall during the pandemic. You can get all of your Starters favorites here like lamb chops, steak bites, and fried catfish.
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25 of the best lunch spots in downtown Detroit

For some people lunch time is another cup of noodles, bologna sandwich, or whatever snacks they can find in their desk drawers.…

By Metro Times Staff

800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-922-PARC;
Located in Campus Martius, lunch at Parc offers good food, drinks, and a great view of the city.
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30 metro Detroit restaurants that are open late

There’s nothing like a late-night bite, especially after an evening out at a nightclub or concert. While many restaurants and bars have…

By Lee DeVito

American Coney Island has served diner fare out of a flatiron building in Detroit since 1917.
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Where to find doughnuts, cider, and corn mazes in the metro Detroit area this fall

Just because the leaves are turning, doesn't mean the outdoor fun stops in Michigan. Yes, we spend our summers at the lake,…

By Metro Times Staff

Farmer J's World Record Corn Maze
    16405 Pherdun Rd., Dundee; 734-717-2376;
  This Dundee-based maze broke two Guinness World Records in 2010 for world's longest corn maze path and world's biggest, coming in at 10.5 miles.
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