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Detroit — a city that’s survived bankruptcy, urban decay, and decades of population decline — is somewhat unrecognizable from its darker days, partially now because of its burgeoning dining culture.

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Detroit’s Coriander Kitchen & Farm aims for ethical, affordable farm-to-table dining BY MARKHAM HEID / PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SIMONOV A turkey sandwich seems like an unlikely flashpoint for an argument. But on a recent Saturday evening at Detroit’s Coriander Kitchen & Farm, a turkey …

A Swiss-born mother and son elevate Frankenmuth’s dining scene at The Station 100 BY MARKHAM HEID Barbara Romer may be the most unlikely restaurateur in America. The Swiss native is owner and culinary director at The Station 100, a fine-dining spot in Frankenmuth that specializes in prime-gr…

A brother and sister bring the flavors of their childhood in Mexico to Ferndale’s Mezcal Mexican Bar & Kitchen BY MARKHAM HEID / PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SIMONOV When Sandra Haro was a young girl, her parents owned a restaurant in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. The business was a modest …

How Detroit-based chef Sarah Welch brought her restaurant’s approach to Bravo’s popular cooking competition show BY MARKHAM HEID / PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SIMONOV The first time she auditioned to be a contestant on Top Chef, Sarah Welch’s career was in flux. It was 2018. Welch was between job…

The award-winning team behind Chartreuse serves up a fun and fancy multi-course culinary experience at their newly opened Freya. BY MARKHAM HEID / PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SIMONOV According to Norse mythology, Freya is the goddess of love. She’s also the goddess of sex, war, and gold. She ride…

Pearl’s Deep Dive brings fresh seafood — and a ton of 1920s glamour — to Royal Oak By Markham Heid  /  Photography by Rebecca Simonov At 39 years old, Adam Merkel has held almost every job in the restaurant industry, from dishwasher and busboy — roles he took on at the Detroit diner his pare…

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From Berlin to Detroit. An idea cooked up during a night out in Germany, Supergeil serves up “super cool” eats and drinks. BY MARKHAM HEID / PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SIMONOV Apart from their long, gray winters, Berlin and Detroit don’t have much in common. But the German capital provided the i…

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Inside the Great Commoner, Dearborn’s hippest new brunch spot. BY LEENA RAO / PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SIMONOV Everyone knows Dearborn for its delicious (and, in some cases, James Beard Award-winning) Middle Eastern cuisine. But with the Great Commoner, a hip, all-day café that opened last May…

Dinner with a view inside Union Assembly, Detroit’s ambitious new comfort-food hotspot BY MARKHAM HEID PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SIMONOV Philip Vernier was driving alone on a Colorado highway in 2002 when an encounter with a semi-truck changed his life. It was the summer after his junior year o…

With Barda, Chef Javier Bardauil brings a taste of Argentina to Detroit BY MARKHAM HEID PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SIMONOV The first thing you should know about Barda is that it’s not a steakhouse. “I know that steak is the thing that crosses the mind of people when they think about Argentinian …

Check out a few of our favorite restaurants in Metro Detroit by cuisine type. Metro Detroit is full of incredible restaurants that represent flavors from all over the world. From Indian and comfort food to fried chicken and caviar, your taste buds won’t be disappointed.   Indian NEEHEE’S 456…

Plant-based restaurants are popping up all across Metro Detroit. Here are 10 new(ish) ones to try BY NICOLE FREHSEE MAZUR ILLUSTRATION BY ROBBIE BIEDERMAN In a city known for its soul food, pizza, and coney dogs, it may seem rather surprising that restaurants focusing on plant-based fare are…

Inside the Hazel Park spot that’s ‘reframing’ what is means to dine out. BY JACLYN TROP // PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOE VAUGHN It almost sounds like a punchline: A food photographer renovates a commercial kitchen studio and ends up opening a restaurant instead. As a food photographer for national maga…

Partnerships between pop-ups and brick-and-mortar restaurants are everywhere you turn these days. Here’s a look behind the collective spirit of hospitality that’s defining Detroit’s dining scene. BY MARK KURLYANDCHIK // PHOTOGRAPHY BY DARREL ELLIS There’s a place in Ferndale where you can ge…

Metro Detroit’s hottest new restaurant is serving up local, sustainable fare from a 300-year-old barn. BY MARKHAM HEID PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA SIMONOV CLICK THE ARROWS ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO SCROLL THROUGH THE GALLERY OF IMAGES The first time Chef Chris Gadulka cooked for Nicole and Tim Ryan, …

Chef Hajime Sato makes a splash with Sozai, his new sustainable sushi restaurant in Clawson By Markham Heid Photograhy by Rebecca Simonov Tokyo. Vancouver. New York. Hong Kong. On the world’s culinary map, a handful of cities stand out as destinations for world-class sushi. As crazy as it so…

Soak up summer at these spots across Metro Detroit where the outdoor dining experience is *chef’s kiss* By Danielle Alexander  Whether it’s on a patio, rooftop, dock or even beside a fully restored 1940s-era gas station, there’s nothing like dining al fresco during a Michigan summer. Here ar…

Small size, big flavor: The best sliders in Metro Detroit are waiting for you at these restaurants By Nicole Grace Featured photo via @detroitfleat Hunter House Hamburgers 35075 Woodward Ave, Birmingham  Sidecar Slider Bar  2215 Haggerty Rd, Commerce Charter Township  117 Willits St, Birming…

How the Rugiero family continues to overcome the odds in the restaurant business “The restaurant business is one of the most difficult businesses to run and sustain in the business world,” says Anthony Rugiero, CEO, President, Antonio’s Cucina Italiana. The Rugiero family and their team have…

At Cucina Lab Torino, Chef Elisabetta Balzola brings a piece of her hometown to Metro Detroit By Markham Heid Photography by Darrel Ellis When Chef Elisabetta Balzola talks about her hometown of Turin, in northwest Italy, her pride is unmistakable. She describes the city’s history as a cente…

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Whether you’re craving something sweet or savory, enjoy a tasty slice (or the whole pie) from these local bakeries By Perry Haselden Featured photo via @achatzpies   1. Sister Pie 8066 Kercheval St, Detroit 2. Great Lakes Pot Pies 809 W 14 Mile Rd, Clawson 3. Sweet Potato Sensations 17337 La…

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Michelin-starred chef Jared Gadbaw aims to make Oak & Reel Detroit’s go-to seafood restaurant with a focus on contemporary Italian dishes By Markham Heid Photography by Darrel Ellis Launching a new restaurant is a risky enterprise during the best of times. And these are not the best of t…