Essential restaurants: Katoi, Gold Cash Gold, Bobcat Bonnie’s
With its cobbled streets and old-Detroit charm, it’s hard not to love Corktown. Pair that with its convenient location to bars, distilleries, music venues, cafes, and the picturesque train station, and you've found yourself in the No. 2 best neighborhood for dining out. Options in the area are vast despite its generally small geography. Michigan Ave hosts everything from pickled elegance at Gold Cash Gold, to classic burgers and fries at Mercury, and fresh breakfast options at Detroit Institute of Bagels. Stop into the UFO Factory for live music, or hit up Laika Dog, serving up classic hot dogs during the day and lesser-known brunch options on weekends. PJ’s Lager House is another venue touting surprisingly good eats including vegan po-boys. One of the most well-received openings in Detroit this year, Katoi, calls the block home. It's a central point in the city which makes it a cheap cab ride away from Downtown, Midtown, even Hamtramck, turning it into a quite a valuable area in recent years. This summer, two massive developers, including Dan Gilbert, announced major plans for apartment and townhome developments on the corner of Michigan Ave and Trumbull, which is expected to add hundreds of residential units. More businesses and eateries will surely follow. Although it’s Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, Corktown is anything but old news. If you’re craving it, you can most likely find it in this traditionally Irish neighborhood.