The complete list: Detroit’s best new restaurants

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Sylvia Rector and Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press 1:48 p.m. EDT April 6, 2016
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Detroit added a new pastime to its rich sports culture last year, when keeping up with the flurry of new restaurant openings became something of a spectator sport.

The star center to watch was the city of Detroit itself, which claims the majority of the Free Press’ Best New Restaurants for the second year in a row.

Beginning at 9 a.m. we’re counting down the list. Come to freep.com for all the coverage.

10. Townhouse, Detroit

Best New Restaurant No. 10: Townhouse Detroit
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The G.O.A.T. appetizer of goat cheese, pureed avocado, local honey, pepitas and red chile on toast at Townhouse Detroit, located One Detroit Center in downtown Detroit. Mark Kurlyandchik, DFP
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The G.O.A.T. appetizer of goat cheese, pureed avocado,1 of 13 The Townhouse Detroit restaurant is located at One A platter of Townhouse sushi. The Townhouse Detroit restaurant at One Detroit Center The Townhouse burger features 28-day dry-aged beef Townhouse Detroit has its own separate sushi chef and The Obligatory Spicy Tuna roll at Townhouse Detroit The Townhouse Detroit restaurant is located at One Lights hang from the ceiling at the Townhouse Detroit A mole-spiced steak torta with vegetable escabeche, Townhouse owner Jeremy Sasson, left, and executive Townhouse Detroit features atrium seating. The bar area at Townhouse Detroit restaurant, located
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Best New Restaurant No. 10: Townhouse Detroit
“If there were awards for the year’s most extravagant new restaurant, the easy winner would be the 314-seat Townhouse Detroit.”

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No. 9: Central Kitchen + Bar, Detroit

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No. 9: Central Kitchen + Bar, Detroit
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The Central burger with fried pickles, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon and bistro sauce on brioche bun. The Central Kitchen + Bar is in the First National Bank Building in downtown Detroit. Mark Kurlyandchik, DFP
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The Central burger with fried pickles, American cheese,1 of 11 The mostly white interior of Detroit’s new Central Pickled beets salad with gorgonzola, red onion, pine The Central Kitchen + Bar is in the First National Crispy buttermilk-fried quail from Manchester Farms The Central Kitchen + Bar is in the First National Asian ribs in a sesame barbecue sauce are served with The Central Kitchen + Bar is in the First National Lemon pound cake comes with blueberry compote, Chambord Central Kitchen + Bar is in the First National Bank Central co-owner Dennis Archer Jr. meets with managing
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No. 9: Central Kitchen + Bar, Detroit
Owned by Dennis Archer Jr., Christopher Brochert and Ken Karam, Central has a great Detroit vibe, attracting guests of all ages, races and styles.

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8. Vertical Detroit, Detroit

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Best New Restaurant No. 8: Vertical Detroit
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A poached pear dessert with curried mascarpone, star anise, orange and pink peppercorn at Vertical Detroit wine bar and restaurant, located in the Ashley apartment building on Centre Street in downtown Detroit. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press
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A poached pear dessert with curried mascarpone, star1 of 12 Vertical Detroit wine bar and restaurant is located The “steak and eggs” features tenderloin topped with In addition to the restaurant, Vertical also features Pistachio chevre-crusted lamb chops with toasted orzo Vertical Detroit wine bar and restaurant is located Seared scallops with romesco and Marcona almonds. Vertical Executive Chef Alex Knezevic came back to metro Detroit Vertical Detroit wine bar and restaurant is located Vertical Detroit wine bar and restaurant is located Vertical Detroit wine bar and restaurant is located Remy Lutfy co-owns Vertical Detroit with her father,
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Best New Restaurant No. 8: Vertical Detroit
As a wine bar, Vertical gets bonus points for good beer and craft-cocktail lists and servers and bartenders who don’t sneer if you prefer bourbon to burgundy.

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7. La Dulce, Royal Oak

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The restaurant La Dulce in Royal Oak features unique decor. (Photo: Mark Kurlyandchik, DFP)
It’s strange but beautiful — a fascinating backdrop for an exciting array of Spanish tapas.

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6. Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, Detroit

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No. 6: Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, Detroit
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The “Big Red,” a Red Velvet waffle with a sweet cream-cheese1 of 12 Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles on Livernois in Detroit is The shrimp and grits at Kuzzo’s in Detroit features The dining room is seldom empty at Kuzzo’s Chicken The “Tender Love,” three chicken tenders and a waffle, “Kuzzo” is defined on the wall of Kuzzo’s Chicken & A side of collard greens at Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles Lines can be long at Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles on Livernois Bar manager Ttee Perry makes a Kuzzo’s Long Island, Mix and match Kool-Aid drinks at Kuzzo’s Chicken & The Kuzzo’s Long Island has a twist of Faygo and blue-raspberry The First Lady — a chicken breast battered and fried
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No. 6: Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, Detroit
After nine years in the NFL, Ron Bartell sought to make a difference in the Detroit neighborhood where he grew up.

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5. Republic, Detroit

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Best New Restaurant No. 5: Republic
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Ricotta gnocchi with Michigan peas, relish, garlic breadcrumbs and Dijon reduction. The Republic restaurant is in downtown Detroit at Cass and Grand River. Mark Kurlyandchik, DFP
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Ricotta gnocchi with Michigan peas, relish, garlic1 of 12 The Republic restaurant is in downtown Detroit at Cass Goat carpaccio with chimichurri, feta, turmeric cauliflower The bar at Republic restaurant in downtown Detroit Republic’s daily rotating Ploughman’s Plate features The dining room at Republic restaurant in downtown Republic’s Bare Necessities cocktail consists of Valentine Pork and beef sausage kielbasa is served with carrot The bar at Republic restaurant in downtown Detroit House-marinated feta from a Traverse City cheesemaker Artwork offers pops of color in the dining room at The Grand Army of the Republic building (G.A.R.) also
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Best New Restaurant No. 5: Republic
The handsome dining room, decorated with a blend of vintage items and contemporary art, is loud and lively on busy nights.

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4. Forest, Birmingham

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No. 4: Forest, Birmingham
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The elegant Baked Alaska dessert at the Forest in Birmingham.1 of 11 Now known simply as Forest, the restaurant is in Birmingham. The “farm egg” appetizer at Forest in Birmingham features Sous/pastry chef Neal Murakami torches a plate of Baked The short rib entree at Forest in Birmingham is rolled Executive Chef Nick Janutol works in the glass-enclosed Branzino is served with quinoa, pine nuts and pomegranate A server prepares a table for guests at Forest in The bar at Forest in Birmingham. Executive Chef Nick Janutol is framed in the porthole The dining room at Forest in Birmingham.
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No. 4: Forest, Birmingham
We’re smitten by the easy elegance of its white-tablecloth dining room, soft gray walls and contemporary paintings.

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3. Standby, Detroit

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No. 3: Standby
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The milk-braised lamb with black trumpet mushrooms,1 of 15 The sign outside Standby, a cocktail lounge and restaurant Beef tartare with poached egg, black garlic and parmesan, The dining room of Standby, a cocktail lounge and restaurant An amuse bouche of bacon jelly, Greek yogurt, honey Executive chef Brendon Edwards prepares the amuse bouche Jesse Knott runs dough through the pasta maker for Sturgeon wrapped in chicken skin with a side of spinach, The kitchen at Standby, a cocktail lounge and restaurant Executive chef Brendon Edwards in the subterranean The Doner sandwich, inspired by the popular Turkish The bar at Standby, a cocktail lounge and restaurant The Moroccan steak — hanger steak with tabbouleh couscous, A view of the dining room at Standby, a cocktail lounge From Standby, a cocktail lounge and restaurant on
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No. 3: Standby
Edwards’ modern, beautifully executed dishes will surprise you with their flavor and sophistication.

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2. Mabel Gray, Hazel Park

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No. 2: Mabel Gray
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Quail with mole, jicama, pepitas, cilantro and queso
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Quail with mole, jicama, pepitas, cilantro and queso fresco at Mabel Gray in Hazel Park. Mark Kurlyandchik, DFP
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Quail with mole, jicama, pepitas, cilantro and queso1 of 14 Executive chef and owner James Rigato serves guests The octopus a la plancha, with spicy romesco, saffron The exterior of Mabel Gray in Hazel Park. The local rabbit paprikash with Guernsey sour cream, The dining room of Mabel Gray in Hazel Park. The hand-printed menu changes daily at Mabel Gray in Crispy-skin Rushing Waters trout with couscous and Chef and owner James Rigato at work in the kitchen A tasting-menu portion of the spaghetti with milk-braised Toast with house-made ricotta, scrambled duck egg, The kitchen and dining room of Mabel Gray in Hazel Celery root soup with garlic, chile oil and za’atar The bar at Mabel Gray in Hazel Park.
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No. 2: Mabel Gray
Chef James Rigato’s 43-seat Mabel Gray opened not in oh-so-cool Midtown, but in a reborn diner in blue-collar Hazel Park.

Read the Mabel Gray review.

And the Detroit Free Press/Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Restaurant of the Year is…

Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, Detroit

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Chartreuse: Picture-perfect plates
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The twice-cooked egg at Chartreuse is poached, coated in panko breadcrumbs and deep fried. It comes served on a bed of frisee, pea tendrils and roasted Brussels sprouts and is topped with salty cheese and warm shallot vinaigrette. Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails is located inside the Park Shelton in Detroit. Mark Kurlyandchik, DFP
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The Twice Cooked Egg at Chartreuse is soft-boiled,1 of 13 Smoked Skuna Bay salmon with cornbread, pepper jelly Duck confit at Chartreuse is served with barley risotto, A seafood stew of lobster, mussels, potatoes, roasted Tantre Farms potatoes with tasso ham, winter squash, The mushroom Greek salad at Chartreuse in Detroit features Mushroom ricotta with chives and marinated onion on A lunchtime Caesar salad with grilled asparagus, broccolini, The Michigan shrimp with spring peas, beluga lentils, The lunchtime whitefish sandwich at Chartreuse is served Indian Brooks rainbow trout with smoked sweet potato, The decadent Madagascar vanilla pudding dessert with Strawberry mousse dessert with chocolate, Chartreuse-poached
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Chartreuse: Picture-perfect plates
The menu may change with the seasons, but at Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails in Midtown Detroit, spring is always in the air.

You could point to the green-colored walls, the produce display in the front window, the living wall of succulents or the curtain of dried flowers near the back of the dining room as reasons for the season.

But it’s more than that.To be sure, executive chef Doug Hewitt’s dignified rustic dishes — think earthy mushroom ricotta with preserved onion on toasted sourdough, or Michigan-farmed shrimp with andouille sausage, spring peas, black lentils and tangy pickled cabbage — are exceptionally fresh, even in the depths of a gray Detroit winter.

Read the Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails review.

How do we pick the top 10?

Restaurants considered for this year’s annual Top 10 list — chosen by former Free Press restaurant critic Sylvia Rector, who retired Dec. 30, and her successor, Mark Kurlyandchik — had to have opened no later than Dec. 5, 2015, in order to meet our selection deadline.

That timing and the sheer number of potential candidates made the selection process for this year’s Best New Restaurants list especially difficult; to pare the list, many worthy places with inviting menus, well-executed food and fine hospitality had to be eliminated.

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The octopus a la plancha, with spicy romesco, saffron aioli, black garlic, sorrel and radish. The restaurant, Mabel Gray, in Hazel Park. (Photo: Mark Kurlyandchik Detroit Free Press)

DETROIT FREE PRESS
Remembering previous Restaurant of the Year winners

The 10 restaurants that made our list represent a deliberately wide range of styles, cuisines and approaches, but within their genres, all are standouts for their atmosphere, food, service and menus.

From this deep and varied bench an MVP emerged, consistently scoring higher on all marks to earn the coveted title of 2016 Detroit Free Press/Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Restaurant of the Year.

Starting today at 9 a.m. we will count down the 10 Best New Restaurants from No.10 to No. 1, being the Restaurant of the Year.

Game on!

Article Source:
Detroit Free Press, April 6, 2016

Link:
http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/dining/restaurant-of-the-year/2016/04/05/best-restaurants-year-detroit/82259644/