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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|1||The Standby and the Skip||183.48|
|4||Wright & Co||181.55|
|6||The Fountain at Campus Maritus||179.66|
|7||La Dolce Vita||179.62|
|11||Gold Cash Gold||178.7|
|12||Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall||178.47|
|13||The Chubby Duck||178.31|
|14||Central Kitchen + Bar||178.25|
|16||London Chop House||178.12|
|21||Johnny Noddle King||177.05|
|22||Green Dot Stables||176.83|
|25||Parks & Rec Diner||175.64|