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: October 2015

There’s no doubt that Detroit’s dining scene continues to flourish. While it may not get the same amount of coverage that other, bigger cities get, locals know it to be a culinary haven with emerging chefs, independently cool concepts, and a city that views partnerships over competition for the greater good of culinary minds meshing together.

This month, Wright & Company stays on top at No. 1 with a Social Score of 180.29. The list welcomes not one, not two, but three new restaurants in the Top 10 — Townhouse, La Dolce Vita, and a wine bar, Vertical Detroit.

Outside of the Top 10, four additional restaurants appear in the rankings for the first time, including La Dulce, Marais, Parks & Rec Diner, and Central Kitchen + Bar. Remember, Foodable’s Top 25 Rankings are based on unstructured data across 17 social media platforms and are determined by what locals are discussing in regards to these restaurants online. We track not only their conversations involving the brand, but contextual clues involving sentiment, influence, and engagement as the core factors of determining a brand’s social score. 

Check out the full Top 25 ranking below!

Black & Bleu Sirloin Steak with Maytag bleu cheese & mustard seeds at Wright & Company  | Instagram, @mightyinthemitten

Black & Bleu Sirloin Steak with Maytag bleu cheese & mustard seeds at Wright & Company | Instagram, @mightyinthemitten

Tagliatelle with lobster, English peas, mustard seed, créme fraîche at Roast  | Instagram, @bucketlisteats

Tagliatelle with lobster, English peas, mustard seed, créme fraîche at Roast | Instagram, @bucketlisteats

Whipped goat cheese, smashed avocado, honey, toasted pepitas, chili flake on grilled toast at Townhouse  | Instagram, @itsbeals

Whipped goat cheese, smashed avocado, honey, toasted pepitas, chili flake on grilled toast at Townhouse | Instagram, @itsbeals

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

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Wright & Company 180.29 Play Video
2 Townhouse 179.88  
3 Roast 179.64  
4 Selden Standard 179.47  
5 Bistro 82 178.65  
6 Gold Cash Gold 178.33 Play Video
7 Antietam 178.24  
8 Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall 177.42  
9 La Dolce Vita 176.58  
10 Vertical Detroit 176.54  
11 Craft Work 175.74  
12 La Dulce 175.69  
13 Marais 175.43  
14 Fountain Bistro 174.90  
15 Parks & Rec Diner 174.12  
16 Rock City Eatery 174.06  
17 The Sugar House 173.56  
18 Central Kitchen & Bar 173.51  
19 London Chop House 173.22  
20 Chartruese Kitchen & Cocktails  172.44  
21 Cuisine 172.38  
22 Johnny Noodle King 171.54  
23 Green Dot Stables 171.32  
24 Brooklyn Street Local 170.20 Play Video
25 Cadieux Cafe 169.81