On the heels of Thrillist.com releasing their picks for Detroit’s 11 best new restaurants of 2014, Detroiters have more than a few options for their next night out. The restaurant scene in Detroit has really taken off the past coule years and regardless of what your taste buds crave there’s sure to be something that everyone in your circle can enjoy. I haven’t yet had the chance to try out all of the 11 new spots mentioned by Thrillist, but the few I have left me wanting more, more, and more.
Selden Standard is the newest of the bunch. After over a year of hype and anticipation it finally fired up its kitchen this month. Chef Andy Hollyday has created a unique farm-to-table style menu featuring a nice mix of season small plates. I was a huge fan of the steak frites (medium rare!) and lamb meatballs, paired it with the roasted cauliflower… boom. And don’t forget the drinks, if you’re a fan of Sugar House or Two James you’ll have found yourself a new go-to spot in midtown.
In the mood for a new take on Asian noodles? Head on over to Southwest Detroit on Fort Street for Johnny Noodle King. Old school diner meets hipster-cool lunch spot with a delicious menu of fancied up ramen noodles. And by delicious I mean the best ramen you’ve had since your dorm days. Make sure you plan ahead though, this kitchen has been cranking since day one and you’ll want to cancel that early afternoon meeting if you’re venturing out for a new lunch spot.
If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale and want to grab some plates to share, then head over to Wright & Co. Located right downtown off Woodward in the second story of the historic Wright-Kay building, this restaurant blew me away and had me coming back within a week to try the rest of the menu. Chef Marc Djozilja, who perfected his craft working for Wolfgang Puck in recent years, absolutely nailed the menu for this new spot. Sriracha chicken skewers, warm dates and smoked bacon, sautéed crab cakes, and an awesome selection of craft beers, this place will not disappoint. If you don’t have plans for this weekend, well now you do!
You can’t go wrong with any of these new spots. Grab your family and friends and check them out soon!