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Detroit Food Writers Reveal Their Favorite New Restaurants of 2018


As is tradition with Eater, we closed the year by interviewing local food writers and our own staff on various restaurant-related topics and publishing their responses over the course of the week. Here we asked about the best new openings for 2018. Reader, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts below.

Brittany Hutson, Contributor, Eater Detroit:

I have several I want to call. The first is folk. The all-day brunch atmosphere with fresh ingredients from farmers in the region is certainly a reason for frequent visits. But it is Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes’ dedication to the community to hire Detroiters and pay them fair wages that no doubt truly sets folk apart.

There are also Flowers from Vietnam 2.0, Bangkok 96 Street Food, Urban Ramen, Norma G’s and Chilli Mustard Onions.

Brenna Houck, Editor, Eater Detroit:

I was (obviously) very impressed with Eater Detroit’s Restaurant of the Year, Marrow. I also had a pretty great dinner in Albena. I couldn’t stop thinking about my meal at Bangkok 96 Street Food. The Trifecta New Seoul Garden Korean cuisine and Folk’s seasonal brunch were also great additions. I also loved the pizza at La Noria. It’s been a fun year eating out at restaurants around the Metro Detroit area.

Dorothy Hernandez, Contributor, Eater Detroit:

New Seoul Garden, Ima in Madison Heights, Mark, SheWolf, Bangkok 96 Street Food, Folk.

Nick Britsky, presenter, Nick Drinks at Night:

Albena, Marrow, SheWolf.

Serena Maria Daniels, Founder / Editor, Tostada Magazine:

Detroit people. From the interior design to the artfully prepared menu, ingredients from the region and the founders’ approach to a fair workforce, Folk stand out as a leading company in the city’s restaurant scene.

John Reyes, Ann Arbor Staff, Eater Detroit:

PoCai, Chef Frank Fejeran’s (Ricewood) new healthy eating spot, has attracted quite a few glances in Ann Arbor. The bright flavors of the avocado toast and the airy, whipped feta are a welcome addition to an everyday dish

Melody Baetens, Reporter, Detroit News:

SheWolf, Folk, Ima Madison Heights, La Noria (those Tacos Arabe!) And Adachi.

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