The eclectic restaurants found in Detroit, Michigan, range from charming spots displaying comfort food menus, to modern hangouts that are serving upscale dishes. There’s no shortage of old favorites and hip new places to scope out in Motor City, with something for everyone. From quirky sandwiches to seafood taken seriously, we found ten of the best places to eat in Detroit for you to check out tonight.
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To get to well-hidden bar and restaurant Standby, you have to make your way through an alley and into an old elevator shaft. Their drinks are top-notch, with a food menu to match. Dishes include Moroccan steak, duck fat fried almonds, and milk-braised lamb with black trumpet mushrooms and mint.
Celebrity chef Michael Symon’s popular steakhouse Roast has a drool-inducing menu. With dishes like beef cheek pierogis, gnocchi with seasonal vegetables, dry aged ribeye, roasted bone marrow, filet mignon, and a seafood spaghetti with lobster, scallops, clams, asparagus, and peas, Roast is truly one of the great Detroit restaurants.
The hip vibe at unique Thai restaurant Katoi makes eating there an experience in itself but the food makes it memorable one. You’ll be transported to Thailand with menu items like wok steamed mussels, chickpea tofu, duck noodles, pork belly curry, stir fried ramps, smoked carrots, and coconut milk ice cream.
7. Savannah Blue
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Savannah Blue is putting a contemporary spin on soul food, serving it up in a comfortable setting amongst a cool clientele. Their menu features a roasted sweet potato bisque, braised oxtail, shrimp and grits, fried chicken with a maple pecan sauce, and cast-iron peach berry cobbler.
6. Stache International
Stache International is an upscale sandwich shop, smoking and curing their meats in house. Even though it’s a sandwich shop, Stache International is undoubtedly one of the great Detroit restaurants. ‘The Uncle Jesse’ is made up of wine and lemon marinated lamb, grilled onions, market fresh tomato, melted kasseri cheese and tzatziki sauce on spiced sourdough bread. ‘The Happy Drunk’ features sausage marinated in beer and butter.
5. Giovanni’s Ristorante
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Italian fine-dining establishment Giovanni’s Ristorante is as charming as it is ethical. The restaurant prides itself on utilizing farm grown vegetables, home made pasta, prime cuts of meat, and fresh fish. Their ‘Pesto al Pomodoro’ pasta contains sweet basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and tomato sauce.
Sandwich shop and beloved hangout spot Rubbed boasts a quirky décor and a killer menu. The ‘Purple Kid’ is made with smoked turkey, goat cream cheese, and beet slaw. The ‘Ol Smokey’ features an acme smoked whitefish spread, red onion, capers, sweet pepper, and cucumber.
3. Pop’s for Italian
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Wine bar and pizzeria Pop’s for Italian is a family affair, the owner’s grandparents were Italian immigrants. This love for Italy is apparent in every dish off of the restaurant’s delicious menu, including carbonara with crispy pancetta, parmesan breaded bone-in pork chop, potato pizza, and fried artichokes.
2. Huron Room
If the massive fish popping out of the restaurant’s roof didn’t tip you off, Huron Room is a seafood lover’s paradise. The menu features beer-battered fish tacos, freshwater hush puppies, an apple walnut friseé salad, fish and chips, and a fried white perch sandwich with smoked mayo on an onion roll.
1. La Rondinella
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La Rondinella is a quirky little corner restaurant, bright blue on the outside and warm and cozy on the inside. Their Italian menu boasts pasture-raised lamb shoulder with polenta, a squid and potato stew, meatballs in a marinara sauce, and salt cold fritters.
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