|A pizza from Mani Osteria in Ann Arbor|
Ann Arbor's Frita Batidos serves Cuban street food, and is a new favorite of mine in Ann Arbor. Their fritas are creative variations of the traditional burger while the batidos are tropical-flavored milkshakes. For more, read my review from January 2015. I've been back a few times since, and it is still excellent.
Kitchen Hanzo and Sharaku
|Tempura from Kitchen Hanzo|
|Seafood hot pot|
|Sushi from Sharaku|
Saffron Indian Cuisine in Farmington Hills is right around the corner from my work, and I often pick it up on the way home on Friday evening. I have not had a dish I did not like. Some of my favorites are the Vindaloo, Rogan Josh, Jalfrazie, and Palak Panner.
Green Dot Stables
Green Dot Stables is one of those places that everyone insisted I try. I finally visited this past spring. Their sliders menu has something for just about everyone, including vegetarian options, at cheap prices. They even serve a Korean slider with kimchi and peanut butter that I loved. After devouring several sliders, I understood why people rave about this place.
Mr. Kabob is Middle Eastern restaurant in a gas station that lives up to the hype. Don't be a snob. Try this Berkley restaurant. The chicken shawarma is divine. They also opened a Troy location, but visit the original at least once.
Two recent additions to this list
I just wrote about Mudgie's Deli and Wright & Company, so all I will say is that these two vastly different Detroit restaurants are both amazing at what they do and that I highly recommend both to anyone who visits Detroit.
Mercury Burger Bar
Mercury Burger Bar is one of Corktown's many great restaurants. The Blue Apple burger (blue cheese, applewood bacon, and fresh ground pepper) and poutine that I tried were both phenomenal.
|Burger and poutine|
Berkley might have more excellent restaurants per square mile than any city in Michigan. To be a great food town, top-notch pizza is a necessity. Amici's Pizza ensures that Berkley is a first-rate dining destination.
My love affair with Berkley is almost over, but I have to mention Republica. This Berkley restaurant serves a tasty variety of dishes along with a good selection of craft beer. Their roasted cauliflower was a surprisingly good appetizer.
My last word on Berkley is Vinsetta Garage. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Metro Detroit. Even though I did not discover Vinsetta in 2015, I did discover their duck burger in 2015. I took a risk and tried the duck burger a few weeks ago. I love their regular burgers, but the duck burger might be my new favorite.
Traverse City's Red Ginger serves dishes influenced by various Asian cuisines. I tried a few of their smaller plates on my food and drink tour of Traverse City and wish I lived closer so I could visit more often.
Lake Superior Brewing Company
Grand Marais is about as far away as you can get from the Mexican border, but Lake Superior Brewing Company makes some mean fish tacos.
Cops and Doughnuts
|Doughnut paradise at Cops & Doughnuts|
|A view from Mani Osteria|
|Pickled Tomato Vasi|
If the Upper Peninsula were a country, the pastie would be its national dish. I tried Muldoons Pasties based on the recommendation of a former resident of Munising. I am not an expert on pasties, but Muldoons pasties definitely satisfied me and made me want to attempt a pasty tour of the U.P.
Birmingham's Toast is another new favorite in Oakland County. I first tried it for Mother's Day brunch. The wait was long, but the Eggs Benedict was worth the wait. They also have an excellent dinner menu and a small but cool bar with delicious cocktails.
|Eggs Benedict from Toast|
The Franklin was a stop on my Tour de Traverse City. The cheese and chartcuterie board was delicious, and they have an extensive wine list with several wines on tap, including local wines. It's a great place to have a drink and meal while watching the downtown Traverse City pedestrians walk by.
|The green glow of Green Lantern's bar|
|Green Lantern's pizza|
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