Dine, Cook, Beer in Metro Detroit: Your Guide to Summer 2022
Metro Detroit’s best new restaurants have hearts in the industry’s darkest hour
Detroit Free Press Dining and Restaurant reviewer Lyndsay Green discusses the theme of the 10 Best New Restaurants 2022 in Detroit.
Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press
More than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro Detroit’s dining scene could be on the cusp of its first “normal” summer since 2019.
Against all odds, an explosion of new restaurants has hit the region over the past year, bringing flavors from faraway destinations like Argentina, East Africa and Japan right to Michiganders’ doorsteps.
Whether you’re craving an alfresco table overlooking a scenic waterfront, a refreshing pint of Michigan-made beer, or a perfectly grilled burger in your own backyard, our guide to dining, cooking, and summer beer has you covered.
Metro Detroit Restaurant Highlights
Top 10 Best New Metro Detroit Restaurants in 2022
Baobab Fare, the East African restaurant run by husband-and-wife duo of Burundian descent Nadia Nijimbere and Hamissi Mamba, took first place in this year’s countdown of the top 10 new restaurants. Other highlights include Barda, an Argentinian-inspired spot in Detroit’s Core City neighborhood, and the farm-to-table concept Sylvan Table.
Clawson Sozai Sushi Bar Named 2022 Restaurant of the Year by Detroit Free Press
This unassuming sushi bar, tucked away in a nondescript strip mall in Clawson, has won the coveted Free Press Restaurant of the Year. Sourcing from sustainable fisheries from Alaska to Florida to Massachusetts and Washington, owner Hajime Sato has crafted a memorable menu of rolls, sashimi, nigiri and poké along with a variety of side dishes. authentic Japanese.
Opening a new no-bread sandwich with healthier offerings – minus the bread
One of the newest additions to the Rivertown District, this health-focused boutique wraps its signature sammies in leafy greens such as kale, cabbage, turnip greens and Swiss chard instead of bread. The menu caters to a variety of special diets, including vegan, gluten-free, keto, and Whole 30.
The pandemic ruined the debut of these 4 best metro Detroit restaurants, but they persevered
Four stellar newcomers to Detroit’s culinary scene received delayed applause this year after COVID-19 dampened their 2020 and 2021 grand opening celebrations. Taste Cajun and Creole cuisine at Bellflower in Ypsilanti, enjoy a prix-fixe dining experience overlooking the Renaissance Center’s Highlands, sample fresh, authentic tacos at Southwest’s La Palapa del Parian, or indulge in seafood with an Italian twist at Oak and Reel in the New Center .
Downtown Detroit Food Trucks Are Back: What’s New This Year?
The popular Downtown Street Eats food truck program at Detroit’s Campus Martius Park returns for its 10th season this summer. A rotating lineup of more than 80 food trucks and carts will provide lunch options from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Detroit Partnership and runs until mid-October.
10 outdoor dining spots with picture-perfect views of the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair
Michigan summers are too short and too precious to eat indoors. At Metro Detroit locations like Coriander Kitchen and Farm, Mike’s on the Water, and MacRay Harbor, patrons can enjoy an alfresco meal or cocktail overlooking the waterfront.
Michigan Craft Beer News
2022 is the year of craft beer, and Michigan’s breweries couldn’t be happier
Although beer snobs often pass beer snobs in favor of high ABV behemoths like IPAs, lager’s time to shine in the craft beer world might finally be upon us. Michigan favorites include the Wolverine Premium Lager from Wolverine State Brewing Co., the Mexican-style Cerveza Delray from Brew Detroit and the lightly hopped Fritts Lager from Old Nation Brewery.
Six Michigan breweries win medals at 2022 Beer World Cup, including gold
Triple Crown Brown from Grand Rapids-based Mitten Brewing Co. won first place in the English Sweet or Bitter category at this year’s World Beer Cup. Other Michigan breweries that have won medals include Schaendorf Brewing Co., Brewery Vivant, Territorial Brewing Co., Urbanrest Brewing Co., and Dragonmead Microbrewery.
The 5 Best Underrated Craft Beer Destinations in Michigan
While Grand Rapids holds a special place in the hearts of most Michigan beer lovers, the state is home to a number of fantastic brewing destinations. Mitten locals looking for a beer-centric getaway this summer should consider Mackinaw City, Marquette, Petoskey, Lower Lake Michigan, or St. Clair Shores.
Recipes and tips for the summer
Get ready for picnic, BBQ and potluck season with this Lemon Asparagus Pasta Salad
The lemony dish calls for orzo, a small type of pasta that resembles rice in size, shape and texture. Orzo is often fortified with vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, and B vitamins. In this recipe, the orzo soaks up a delicious lemon dressing. The longer it sits, the better it tastes.
Southwestern Chicken Salad Will Keep Sneaky Calories Off Your Plate
This salad made with grilled chicken, crunchy vegetables and a creamy sriracha dressing can be made ahead and packed for a picnic, potluck or work lunch.
Avocado and Greek yogurt replace mayonnaise and mustard in these deviled eggs
This new twist on deviled eggs replaces traditional mayonnaise with mashed avocado, making it a healthier snack. Garnish with paprika as directed in the recipe, or experiment with other toppings like diced jalapeño peppers, sliced green onions, or hot pepper rings.
10 tips for making perfect burgers
Americans consume some 50 billion hamburgers a year. Although grilling them seems like a simple task, we assure you that it is an art. Here are our tips to help you nail them every time.