20+ rooftop bars and restaurants to visit this summer in metro Detroit

When it comes to drinking and dining, nothing beats a rooftop patio. Thankfully, there are a growing number of places to enjoy…

By Metro Times editorial staff

Kamper's Rooftop Lounge - 1265 Washington Blvd., Detroit 
    Bedrock’s $400 million development of Detroit’s historic Book Tower features a rooftop bar, which opened in October 2023. Along with a new experience, Kamper's showcases a stunning view of the city alongside refreshing summer drinks.
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Ann Arbor’s Blue Llama now serves up Afro-Caribbean food through partnership with Chef JJ Johnson

Renowned restaurateur, TV host, and award-winning cookbook author Chef JJ Johnson has brought his Afro-Caribbean culinary style and expertise to Michigan as…

By Layla McMurtrie

Chef JJ Johnson.
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20 Detroit-area plant-centric restaurants that we love

Eating less meat can help cool the planet down and helping to save the environment can be delicious, too. When we’re craving vegan and…

By Metro Times editorial staff

The Kitchen by Cooking with Que

6529 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-462-4184; thekitchenbycwq.com

Quiana “Que” Broden opened Cooking with Que with a goal "to teach people to eat to live; by introducing more plant based meals into everyday living." Not only does Que serve up vegan meals, but it also offers cooking classes and other educational opportunities.
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The best food in metro Detroit according to Maryam Khan of Khana

Continuing our exploration of the best of Detroit’s cuisine, we hit up Maryam Khan, the chef and owner of Pakistani food pop-up…

By Layla McMurtrie

Maryam Kahn.
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Spanish-inspired restaurant Leña now open in Detroit’s Brush Park

Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood got a new restaurant this week. The Spanish-inspired Leña hosted its grand opening on Wednesday, offering a fusion of…

By Layla McMurtrie

Leña is holding its grand opening on May 8.
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Essential Detroit-area bars with food as good as their drinks

Sometimes going to the bar is so fun that you don't want to have to make another stop at a restaurant just…

By Metro Times editorial staff

Redcoat Tavern
    31542 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073
   A Royal Oak staple of British-American pub-style food since the early 1970s, Redcoat boasts some of the best burgers in the Detroit area. It’s a no-frills atmosphere with dim red lighting and a famous must-try appetizer: the beef tips and creamy peppercorn sauce. Locals already know this is the classic go-to burger spot.
    Photo with permission from @sandys_hungry
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New metro Detroit restaurants that have opened so far in 2024

The dining scene in metro Detroit is off to an impressive start to 2024, with many great new eateries that have opened…

By Layla McMurtrie

1040 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-246-8811; adelinadetroit.com
At the heart of downtown Detroit, Adelina fuses Italian and Mediterranean cuisine for unique and innovative flavors. The concept, which opened in March, is a collaboration with renowned celebrity chef Fabio Viviani.
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The delights of Dearborn’s Turkish Village

I of course googled “Turkish cuisine vs. Middle Eastern cuisine” and found commenters willing to call me and other inquirers “ignorant,” “arrogant,”…

By Jane Slaughter

Turkish Village was founded by Detroit-area Yemeni businessmen who went on vacation and liked what they found.
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The best African and Caribbean food in the Detroit area

In recent years, the amount of African and Caribbean eateries in the Detroit area has continued to increase, with spots such as…

By Layla McMurtrie

Baobab Fare
6568 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-265-3093; baobabfare.com
Burundi immigrants Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere opened Baobab Fare to bring East African cuisine, coffee, and fresh juices to Detroit. Their signature dish is Nyumbani, a slow-simmered beef dish served with fried plantains, peanut-stewed spinach, and coconut rice. Along with their Waka food truck and Soko African culture brand, owners are preparing to open a second Baobab location on the city’s east side.
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The best food in metro Detroit according to Chef Hamissi Mamba of Baobab Fare

To continue highlighting the best of Detroit’s cuisine after last month’s list from Chef James Rigato, we thought Chef Hamissi Mamba would…

By Layla McMurtrie

Hamissi Mamba (right) talking to Chef Masai May (left), a former cook at Baobab Fare who is now chef de cuisine of Hamilton’s in Corktown.
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The best hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the Detroit area

All foodies know that the most unassuming, no-frills spots often have the best dishes. In Detroit, there are plenty of restaurants where…

By Layla McMurtrie

Chef Greg’s Soul-N-The-Wall
10009 Curtis St., Detroit; 313-861-0331; facebook.com/chef-gregs-soul-n-the-wall
Chef Greg’s is known for its signature sandwich, the Boogaloo — a Detroit-style sloppy joe first created in the ’60s. The sandwich was brought back in 2007 at the current tiny brick storefront.
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Where to celebrate Detroit Tigers Opening Day

For many Detroiters, the Tigers’ Opening Day is an annual holiday, marking the start of the baseball season and the beginning of…

By Layla McMurtrie

Grand Circus Park
101-157 Witherell St., Detroit; downtowndetroit.org
From 9 a.m.-5 p.m., this free Opening Day Tailgate Party presented by the Downtown Detroit Partnership will feature food trucks, music, giveaways, and the game playing live.
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Detroit restaurants that are actually open on Monday

Navigating dining options in Detroit on Mondays can be tough. The first day of the work week is hard enough, so having…

By Layla McMurtrie

Grey Ghost
47 Watson Street; greyghostdetroit.com
Open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight.
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Photos from United We Brunch 2024

On Saturday, Metro Times held our annual brunch-tasting event United We Brunch at The Norwood, a new venue in Detroit’s New Center…

By Lee DeVito

Photos from United We Brunch 2024
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The best food in metro Detroit according to Chef James Rigato

We wanted to highlight the best of Detroit’s cuisine and thought Chef James Rigato would be a great person to advise on…

By Layla McMurtrie

Chef James Rigato.
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A sneak peek of what’s coming to the 2024 United We Brunch

United We Brunch is Metro Times’ celebration of the best in Detroit brunching! We’re bringing together a select group of the city’s…

By Metro Times editorial staff

A scene from a previous United We Brunch event.
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Detroit’s women-owned restaurants everyone should have tried by now

Detroit boasts a great culinary scene and an equally remarkable community of women. When these two elements mix, it results in some…

By Layla McMurtrie

The Kitchen by Cooking with Que
6529 Woodward Ave. (Suite A), Detroit; instagram.com/thekitchenbycwq
Even before opening this vegan-centric restaurant in 2015, Quiana “Que” Broden’s goal has always been to bring healthy food to the hood…and she did that. The New Center space serves as a culinary classroom of sorts where vegans and meat lovers can hone their culinary skills; a place for businesses and individuals to rent a shared commercial kitchen; and a place where visitors can rent private dining space. In August, Que announced that she plans to soon open a second location on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion.
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Our favorite metro Detroit coffee shops

For many of us, caffeine is a daily essential, but sometimes broadening your coffee or tea horizons can be hard. Plus, in…

By Layla McMurtrie

Trinosophes is one of our favorite local coffee spots.
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The most romantic restaurants in metro Detroit

Sure, romantic restaurants can be pricey, but you deserve to treat yourself and your partner sometimes, especially for Valentine’s Day. If you’re…

By Layla McMurtrie

1000 Brush St., Detroit; 313-962-9366; symposiadetroit.com
With a beautiful atmosphere and high-end menu options, this Greektown spot is perfect for a fancy date.
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Photos of Jollibee’s first Michigan location in Sterling Heights

With Jollibee opening its first location in Michigan this weekend, Jan. 12-14, the Philippines-based fast-food chain expects high traffic, long lines, and…

By Layla McMurtrie

Photos of Jollibee’s first Michigan location in Sterling Heights
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New Detroit-area restaurants to look forward to in 2024

In 2023, metro Detroit gained a bunch of new eateries, bars, and cafes — and we have plenty more to look forward…

By Layla McMurtrie, Lee DeVito

Little Liberia

6513 Woodward Ave., Detroit; instagram.com/little_liberia

The news that the Room Project, a co-working space for women and nonbinary people, was closing was painful news for many in the community. Looking on the bright side, however, this African-fusion pop-up plans to open a permanent location in its former space, with a grand opening expected to come in mid to late 2024.

Read more here.
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The best things we ate in metro Detroit in 2023

We're looking back at the best things we ate while reviewing restaurants and eateries in metro Detroit this year.

By Jane Slaughter, Tom Perkins

Pasta at Tiliani
1002 S. Military St., Dearborn; 313-444-8889; tiliani.com
It’s all made in-house, either on the extruder machine, soothing to operate, or folded by hand for the pocket pastas. Chef Hisham Diab makes mafaldine, a wide noodle with wavy edges, dark with squid ink, and stuffs it with shrimp and clams. He fills agnolotti with two sweet fall squashes, and he tops sage-infused tagliatelle Bolognese with comforting blobs of snowy, buttery stracciatella. (Read our full review.)—Jane Slaughter
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20 metro Detroit bars where you probably won’t run into anyone from high school

With the holidays approaching, you may need a spot to bring your out-of-town relatives for a drink. Or, you may be the…

By Layla McMurtrie

Northern Lights Lounge

660 W. Baltimore St., Detroit; 313-873-1739; northernlightslounge.com

This bar offers live music some nights and great happy hour specials. Plus, the nice outdoor patio provides a way to escape, just in case you do see anyone familiar.
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Photos from Metro Times Whiskey in the Winter 2023

Metro Times’s annual Whiskey in the Winter returned for its fourth year at the Detroit Shipping Company on Friday, Nov. 17 from…

By Dontae Rockymore

Photos from Metro Times Whiskey in the Winter 2023
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Some surprisingly good Detroit-area eats can be found in gas stations

Gas stations were gas stations when I was a kid. You drove in over a rubber hose that rang a service bell.…

By Robert Stempkowski

Gas stations have really stepped up their food options, like Taystee’s Burgers.
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The 25 best Indian restaurants in metro Detroit

Here at Metro Times, our team is full of foodies, and metro Detroit doesn’t fall short when it comes to diverse cuisine.…

By Layla McMurtrie

27707 Dequindre Rd., Madison Heights; 248-541-3562; phulkarikitchen.com
Formerly known as Indo Pak Restaurant, this spot recently changed its name and renovated its interior. The family-owned eatery has been at the same location for over 28 years, serving up their personal cooking style.
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Metro Detroit’s best bars, clubs, and drinks of 2023, according to our readers

The results are in for this year’s Best of Detroit reader’s poll. According to you, these are the best bars, clubs, and…

By Layla McMurtrie

Best New Bar (Detroit): The Upright
2921 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-270-9600; oakandreel.com
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Metro Detroit’s best restaurants and food of 2023, according to our readers

The results are in for this year’s Best of Detroit reader’s poll. According to you, these are the best spots for food…

By Metro Times readers

Best New Restaurant (Oakland): Coeur
330 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-466-3010; coeurferndale.com
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The best cheap breakfast options in Detroit

Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day, and sometimes cooking for yourself in the morning can be…

By Layla McMurtrie

The Clique
11326 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-259-0922; thecliquediner.com
From unique breakfast options to the diner classics, this small restaurant has got something for everyone. The cheapest morning option is an egg sandwich for just $4.
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15 hole-in-the-wall Detroit-area burger joints you need to visit

Some of the best culinary magic happens in the most unassuming places, and these hole-in-the-wall burger spots are the hidden gems of…

By Layla McMurtrie

10419 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-724-6535;  taysteesburger.com/locations/dearborn
While Taystee’s has a handful of metro Detroit locations now, it all started at an unassuming Dearborn gas station in 2014. The wider public is starting to learn that gas stations often have great food, and Taystee’s innovative burger creations helped prove that.
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Where to find the best Latin food in metro Detroit during Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, marks a celebration in honor of the anniversaries of independence for…

By Layla McMurtrie

Taqueria Lupitas
 3443 Bagley St., Detroit; 313-843-1105; taquerialupitas.com
 This Mexicantown staple claims to be “the house of the original Mexican taco,” serving up casual and authentic Mexican cuisine at great prices in a homey atmosphere.
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15 Ann Arbor food spots to satisfy every craving

While the streets of Ann Arbor are filled with plenty of places to eat and drink, the best food spots can only…

By Layla McMurtrie

Detroit Street Filling Station
300 Detroit St.; 734-224-8262;  thelunchrooma2.com/detroit-street-filling-station-1 
For the vegans and vegetarians specifically, this spot is for you. The restaurant provides nice outdoor patio seating and an array of plant-based appetizers and meals.
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