Detroit Top 25 Restaurants: August 2016

It’s a great time to be a foodie in Detroit. Thanks to low-cost real estate and urban farming, the Motor City is becoming a culinary mecca to rival even the most food-centric cities in the country. And with an average of one new and buzz-worthy restaurant opening each month, its no wonder the number one spot on the August 2016 Detroit Top 25 was snagged by a newcomer. Enter Standby.

Located in the heart of Detroit’s Belt Alley in Downtown, this cocktail-centric bar and restaurant offers a space that’s as creative and dynamic as their menu. From the brick exterior to its converted elevator shaft entrance, Standby’s cool neighborhood vibe pairs perfectly with locally-sourced menu items like Shrimp Escabeche, prepared with lemongrass, fresno, and cilantro, and Duck Salad, served with marcona almonds, blue cheese, and a Dijon vinaigrette. Equally as important: the Standby’s extensive cocktail list, which showcases ingredients like gin, agave, brandy and whiskey.

While social consumer data by Foodable Labs revealed many familiar names on this
quarter’s Detroit Top 25 (Selden Standard went from first to second; Roast went from second to third; and Wright & Co. went from third to fourth) there were two additional newbies that prove to be heating up the Detroit dining scene with Asian-inspired fare.

With the number five spot on the list, Katoi, which opened its doors in early 2016, calls itself, “Thai-ish,” with a menu that’s, “flavorful, balanced, medicinal, herbaceous expressive, vibrant, and loud.” Some options include like crispy spare ribs in fish sauce, caramel, apples, and pickled papaya; stir-fried water spinach; and thrice-cooked sweet potatoes sweetened with plan sugar and sherry.

The Chubby Duck, meanwhile, garnered the number 13 spot on the list, introduced Japanese street food to the Motor City, with an eclectic menu by Chef Ian Diem that includes cones, soups and salads, showcasing ingredients like eel, spicy cured salmon, quinoa and ginger.

Want to sink your teeth into the Detroit dining scene? Check out the full list below. 

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RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 The Standby and the Skip 183.48  
2 Selden Standard 182.34  
3 Roast 182.02  
4 Wright & Co 181.55 Play Video
5 Katoi 180.27  
6 The Fountain at Campus Maritus 179.66  
7 La Dolce Vita 179.62  
8 Bistro 82 179.39  
9 Townhouse 179.16  
10 Pegasus 178.93  
11 Gold Cash Gold 178.7 Play Video
12 Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall 178.47  
13 The Chubby Duck 178.31  
14 Central Kitchen + Bar 178.25  
15 Vertical Detroit 178.24  
16 London Chop House 178.12  
17 Craft Work 178.01  
18 La Dulce 177.71  
19 Chartruese 177.49  
20 Cuisine 177.27  
21 Johnny Noddle King 177.05  
22 Green Dot Stables 176.83  
23 Brooklyn Local 176.61  
24 Antietam 176.01 Play Video
25 Parks & Rec Diner 175.64  

Detroit Top 25 Restaurants: January 2016

Kicking off at No. 15 when we first launched the Foodable Top 25 for Detroit in June, Michael Symon’s downtown steakhouse, Roast, has been making its way up the ladder each month. And this month, according to Foodable Labs’ January 2016 data, it debuts at No. 1 with a Social Score of 181.92.

Wright & Company, which has held the No. 1 throne for the past few months, slips one spot to No. 2, followed by Selden Standard, Antietam, and La Dolce Vita to round out the Top 5, respectively. Joining the ranking for the first time this month are Pegasus Taverna, a Greek restaurant located downtown, and Rose’s Fine Food, known for its locally sourced, made-from-scratch dishes and team culture (Rose’s pays all of its employees a living wage and optional gratuities are spread evenly amongst front- and back-of-house staff members). 

Check out the full ranking below!

Rack of Lamb caponata, orange, olive almond at Roast  | Instagram @chef_char

Rack of Lamb caponata, orange, olive almond at Roast | Instagram @chef_char

Grilled kajiki marlin with carrot puree, veggies, and Meyer lemon at Selden Standard  | Instagram @seldenstandard

Grilled kajiki marlin with carrot puree, veggies, and Meyer lemon at Selden Standard | Instagram @seldenstandard

Paella Arancini: grilled shrimp, chorizo, saffron rice, garlic aioli at Wright & Company  | Instagram @wrightdetroit

Paella Arancini: grilled shrimp, chorizo, saffron rice, garlic aioli at Wright & Company | Instagram @wrightdetroit

Olive oil poached trout at Antietam  | Instagram @antietamdetroit

Olive oil poached trout at Antietam | Instagram @antietamdetroit

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Roast 181.92  
2 Wright & Company 179.56 Play Video
3 Selden Standard 179.34  
4 Antietam 178.30  
5 La Dolce Vita 178.23  
6 Bistro 82 176.39  
7 Townhouse 175.64  
8 Pegasus Taverna 175.43  
9 Gold Cash Gold 175.10 Play Video
10 Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall 174.13  
11 Vertical Detroit 173.29  
12 Craft Work 172.87  
13 Central Kitchen & Bar 172.56  
14 London Chop House 172.49  
15 La Dulce 172.45  
16 Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails  172.42  
17 Cuisine 172.35  
18 Johnny Noodle King 172.28  
19 Green Dot Stables 172.21  
20 Brooklyn Street Local 172.14 Play Video
21 Inn Season Cafe 172.07  
22 Marais 172.03  
23 Cadieux Cafe 172.00  
24 Rose's Fine Food 171.93  
25 Fountain Bistro 171.61