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

November 26, 2019

For those looking for a traditional steakhouse – think white table cloths, jazz playing in the background, and prime cuts of beef – look no further than No. Six Prime, 27000 S. Karevich Drive, Novi, in the former home of No. VI Chophouse. General Manager Tony Amann said whil...

November 26, 2019

Israeli Tal Sasson came to America with a dream: to own a restaurant and cook for friends. The first step of his journey began with the Pita Post food truck, which is often seen at festivals, during lunchtimes at office complexes and in downtown Detroit, and is often hired f...

November 26, 2019

In the former home of the short-lived Izakaya Katsu came a new restaurant in November with a similar concept, BASH Original Izakaya, at 5063 Trumbull Avenue near Warren in Detroit. Co-owner Harold Kim, who also co-owns Izakaya Sanpei in Canton, said the decor only needed a f...

November 26, 2019

The brunch menu at The Morrie Birmingham –  260 N. Old Woodward – just launched but Aaron F. Belen, of AFB Hospitality Group, already has a favorite dish – their chicken and waffles. “That dish is amazing,” he said. “I think we do that really, really well, and everybody is b...

November 26, 2019

When guests go to the recently opened Hammer and Nail, 3800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, they’ll find a mid-century vibe and a cocktail menu with drinks from the 1950s and 1960s. David Di Rita, founder of the Roxbury Group, knows these cocktails didn’t taste the best when they...

November 26, 2019

As of November 1, a new winter menu rolled out at The Republic Tavern, 1942 Grand River Avenue, Detroit. Chef Matt Baldridge – who worked closely with his staff, local farmers, and artisans to create the menu – said that the roasted orata, stout braised elk, and barbecue car...

November 26, 2019

Open less than a year, and Saffron De Twah, 7636 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, is already expanding to dinner and longer hours. The dinner menu offers more vegan options, like Potato Beignets with Taktouka (traditionally made with eggs), and Moroccan Ratatouille, while also keepi...

November 26, 2019

If you’re looking for international flavor in a bite-sized treat, Snack Camp owners Vanessa and Michael Canich have you covered. After living in New York, the married Detroit natives – who previously owned Yummy Town in Macomb Township – were inspired by their own travels, a...

November 26, 2019

Add a movie theater, full bar, and local pop-ups and you’ve got the trifecta for Film Lab, founded by Josh Gardner and Lara Sfire at 3105 Holbrook Avenue, Hamtramck. Since their October opening, things have been going great according to the duo. While the movies play a large...

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,”...

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