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: May 2016

Not a lot has changed with the top three restaurants in the May 2016 Detroit Top 25, as revealed by the social consumer data by Foodable Labs. The tops are still the same, but have switched positions (Roast moves from first to second; Wright & Co. moves from second to third; and Selden Standard moves from third to first).

While little has changed in the top three, there are some newcomers to the list: Antietam, Parks & Rec Diner, Rock City Eatery and Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy.

In addition to the weekend tasting and brunch menus, Antietam’s dinner menu features such favorites as parsnip apple bisque, oxtail terrine, veal osso bucco, and rack of lamb.

Parks & Rec Diner, on the other hand, presents a more laid back dining experience in a cozy, sit-down diner, which features new twists on standard breakfast favorites. They keep it local with food from suppliers like Keep Growing Detroit, Recovery Park Farms, LaBrosse Farms, Grown in Detroit, Zingermans Bakery, and Rhulig Farm.

Rock City Eatery, touting “food, booze, pie,” prides itself on an ever-changing and locally sourced menu. On it, you might find everything from spicy Brussels sprouts and poutine to Korean bowls and Spanish octopus to lamb cheeseburgers.

At the other end of the spectrum, Café D’Mongo is described as an “eclectic hipster watering hole with quirky decor featuring classic drinks and live music.” The establishment’s Facebook page warns: “We're a cast of characters you won't want to miss!” Besides the cocktails and atmosphere, the food is an array of unique choices like the chickpea fritter, soy BLT, egg and eggplant plate, and barbecue seitan.

CROSTINI WITH THREE GREEN SALAD | Antietam

CROSTINI WITH THREE GREEN SALAD Antietam

SALMON WITH DILL CREME FRAICHE | Parks & Rec Diner 

SALMON WITH DILL CREME FRAICHE Parks & Rec Diner 

BEES NEES COCKTAIL | Café D’Mongo

BEES NEES COCKTAIL Café D’Mongo

NICOLE'S POUTINE |  Rock City Eatery

NICOLE'S POUTINE |  Rock City Eatery

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Selden Standard 182.34  
2 Roast 182.02  
3 Wright & Co 181.55 Play Video
4 La Dolce Vita 179.62  
5 Bistro 82 179.39  
6 Townhouse 179.16  
7 Pegasus 178.93  
8 Gold Cash Gold 178.70 Play Video
9 Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall 178.47  
10 Central Kitchen + Bar 178.31  
11 Vertical Detroit 178.24  
12 Craft Work 178.01  
13 London Chop House 178.01  
14 La Dulce 177.71  
15 Chartruese 177.49  
16 Cuisine 177.27  
17 Johnny Noddle King 177.05  
18 Green Dot Stables 176.83  
19 Brooklyn Local 176.61 Play Video
20 Antietam 176.01  
21 Parks & Rec Diner 175.64  
22 Inn Season Cafe 175.33  
23 Rock City Eatery 175.17  
24 Cafe d'Mongo's 174.08  
25 Marais 174.04  

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  

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  

Detroit Top 25 Restaurants: August 2015

Detroit's Top 25 Restaurant list returns this month with an entirely veteran list, although some shifts in position have occurred. 

Swapping first and second place were Wright & Company and Selden Standard, with the former coming in on top with a social score of 181.23 and the latter dropping to No. 2 with a close score of 180.09. The rest of the top 5 were rounded out by Gold Cash Gold, Bistro 82, and Antietam.

While the rest of the list remained relatively stagnant, Roast made an impressive leap this month from No. 15 all the way up to No. 6. We also welcome Rochester Tap Room to the list for the first time!

Check out the full list below!

Mussels at Selden Standard | Yelp, Shantel T.

Mussels at Selden Standard | Yelp, Shantel T.

Salad at Roast | Yelp, Michael U.

Salad at Roast | Yelp, Michael U.

Wright & Company's Crab Toast | Yelp, Lillian L.

Wright & Company's Crab Toast | Yelp, Lillian L.

Burrata and Toast at Gold Cash Gold | Yelp. Samantha J

Burrata and Toast at Gold Cash Gold | Yelp. Samantha J

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Wright & Company 181.28  
2 Selden Standard 180.09  
3 Gold Cash Gold 179.62  
4 Bistro 82 179.41  
5 Antietam 179.05  
6 Roast 178.09  
7 Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall 177.63  
8 Craft Work 176.92  
9 Fountain Bistro 175.50  
10 Rock City Eatery 174.79  
11 London Chop House 174.08  
12 Cuisine 173.37  
13 Johnny Noddle King 172.66  
14 The Sugar House 171.95  
15 Chartruese Kitchen & Cocktails  171.24  
16 Green Dot Stables 171.20  
17 Brooklyn Street Local 170.83  
18 Inn Season Cafe 169.82  
19 Cadieux Cafe 169.11  
20 Iridescense 168.40  
21 Slows BBQ 167.69  
22 Cliff Bells 166.98  
23 The Root Restaurant & Bar 166.27  
24 Small Plates 164.85  
25 Rochester Tap Room 163.19  

Detroit Top 25 Restaurants: June 2015

This month, we introduced Detroit to our 18 city blog lineup. And now, for the first time ever, we unveil The Motor City’s Top 25 restaurants!

Kicking things off at No. 1, with a Social Score of 178.94, is Selden Standard, a New American restaurant driven by Partner & Executive Chef Andy Hollyday. Located on 2nd Avenue, Selden Standard is known for its small plates, and offers seasonal, locally-sourced fare provided by trusted local vendors. Inside, a cozy, modern-rustic aesthetic lends a sense of comfort to compliment the dishes, and a wood-fired oven can be found at the core of the venue, a sight for diners with Selden’s open kitchen format.

Also rounding out the Top 5 for June are Wright & Company, Antietam, Bistro 82, and Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Hall.

Check out the full ranking below!

Lamb Ribs at Selden Standard | Yelp, Sonia Q.

Lamb Ribs at Selden Standard | Yelp, Sonia Q.

Entrecôte de Boeuf at Antietam | Yelp

Entrecôte de Boeuf at Antietam | Yelp

Scallops at Wright & Co. | Yelp, Skip D.

Scallops at Wright & Co. | Yelp, Skip D.

Croque Monsieur at Bistro 82 | Yelp, Isabella W.

Croque Monsieur at Bistro 82 | Yelp, Isabella W.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Selden Standard 178.94  
2 Wright & Company 177.09  
3 Antietam 176.94  
4 Bistro 82 176.87  
5 Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall 175.93  
6 Craft Work 175.82  
7 Gold Cash Gold 175.19  
8 Fountain Bistro 175.18  
9 Rock City Eatery 174.84  
10 London Chop House 174.53  
11 Cuisine Restaurant 174.09  
12 Johnny Noodle King 173.83  
13 Sugar House 173.75  
14 Chartruese Kitchen & Cocktails 173.63  
15 Roast 173.11  
16 Inn Season Cafe 172.78  
17 Cadieux Cafe 171.84  
18 Iridescence 171.72  
19 Slows BBQ 171.56  
20 Cliff Bell's 171.01  
21 The Root Restaurant & Bar 170.84  
22 Brooklyn Street Local 170.73  
23 Small Plates 170.64  
24 Green Dot Stables 169.87  
25 Torino 167.09