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A Culinary Eruption: New Detroit Restaurants

Posted on Monday, November 28 2016 in Dining

Rock City Eatery

If you've been keeping a list of buzzy new Detroit restaurants to try out, it's probably getting longer every week. The last few years have seen an explosion of metro Detroit dining options, from laid-back breakfast to comfort food and craft cocktails. Whatever your tastes or budgets, you'll find something to suit your appetite.

Here's a list of some of the newer restaurants the city has to offer:

Best For: Something Hip

1. Grey Ghost
Probably one of the most talked about openings of 2016, Grey Ghost's unique menu is getting plenty of praise — as is its cocktail menu.

2. Rock City Eatery
The name may not be new (it was quite popular in Hamtramck), but its location in Midtown with an industrial vibe is. Its brunch is getting great reviews, too.

3.Maru Sushi
This Michigan-based sushi chain just opened the doors to its stunning downtown Detroit location inside the Federal Building in November 2016, so it's as new as they come.

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Best For: A Quick-ish Bite

4. Pie-Sci
Over-the-counter pizzas and a casual (mostly carryout) atmosphere are proving to be a successful recipe for this pop-up turned permanent shop near Wayne State University.

5. Wahlburgers
Hopes of spotting a famous Wahlberg brother didn't hurt the popularity when it opened in August 2016, but the Boston-based burger joint is earning its crowds with food and spiked milkshakes.

6. Atomic Chicken
If there's such a thing as artisanal fried chicken, Atomic Chicken rightfully claims to be it. Its Clawson location is already a hit and foodies are clamoring for the opening of the Detroit restaurant — any day now.

Best For: Something Different 

7. Katoi
Founded as a food truck and just recently opened as a Corktown dining room, Katoi's flavorful Thai tastes definitely live up to all the almost cult-like hype.

Best For: Drinks

8. Rusted Crow Detroit
It's got a full menu of casual bar fare, but craft cocktails are the real pride of this distillery with a rustic feel.

That's our pick of the most recent openings — but there have been loads more in the past few years. Check out a full list of Detroit's new restaurants


By: Heidi Tiano

Photo credit: Rock City Eatery