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Birmingham, Michigan

Metro Intelligencer is a periodic column about the vibrant and changing restaurant/dining scene in the metro Detroit area, reported/written by Dana Casadei.

October 24, 2019

Before landing on 1249 Griswold Street, Detroit, where Leila opened its doors in late October, co-owner Samy Eid and his father Sameer Eid said they had been looking for a spot in Detroit for years before finding the right fit. “It has a lot of character, a lot of history,”...

October 24, 2019

As of October, La Strada Dolci e Caffé is now La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar. The name change is one of many at Zharko Palushaj’s Birmingham hot-spot at 243 E. Merrill Street. A new menu now has multiple pasta, veal, fish, and poultry dishes, along with the addition of tabl...

October 24, 2019

When it came time to create the name for restaurateur Jeremy Sasson’s new restaurant he decided to bring it back to his childhood. “It’s always been a family, childhood nickname, so I decided to throw it out there,” he said about Sauce, which he hopes to open by next March....

October 24, 2019

Throughout October at BESA – 600 Woodward Avenue, in downtown Detroit – diners probably noticed some changes to the dinner menu. Actually, all of the dinner menu has been transformed. The lunch menu is also changing, just at a slightly slower pace.“What we wanted to do was p...

October 24, 2019

Just shy of their one-year mark, Birmingham’s Hazel, Ravines and Downtown launched a new fall menu. Said menu – coming from co-owners Beth Hussey and Executive Chef Emmele Herrold — has additions like shrimp toast, cauliflower steak, smoked pork chop with corn pudding, and A...

October 24, 2019

In early 2020, Green Dot Stables owners Jacques and Christine Driscoll – along with managing partner Niko Dimitrijevic – will turn on the lights and fryers at a new joint located at 14447 E. Jefferson, Detroit. Yellow Light Coffee & Donuts will specialize in what it’s name s...

October 24, 2019

People really like the bacon at Savant, which opened in late September at 51 W. Forest Avenue, in Midtown Detroit. Like, really love it. “We have a review on Yelp that says we ruined every other bacon experience ever,” laughed Dana Taucher, general manager. The infamous baco...

October 24, 2019

A handful of restaurants from past columns have finally opened. There’s the plant-focused menu at Magnet, at 4848 Grand River in Detroit, from Top Young Hospitality, the team behind Takoi. Chef Eve Aronoff’s second location of Frita Batidos already has lines around the block...

September 26, 2019

On September 10, the very highly anticipated Pernoi – 310 E. Maple Road, Birmingham – finally opened its doors. Once inside, guests found multiple dining experiences offered at the restaurant, owned by acclaimed chefs Luciano DelSignore and Takashi Yagihashi. There’s the Map...

September 26, 2019

James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain and his hospitality group, McClain Camarota Hospitality, know the views from the top of the GM Renaissance Center – in the former Coach Insignia location – are spectacular. It’s part of why they wanted to introduce four concepts t...

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