Remember when "sushi lounges" were all the rage in the early oughts? It seems like the sushi craze is finally behind us as a country (because ramen, and also pho) and, necessarily, only the strong have survived. Ronin is the strongest. Boasting an effortlessly cool and sexy space (thanks to impeccable-without-being-over-the-top design), Ronin also has one of the top sushi chefs in Michigan, Kaku Usui, who devises singularly unique rolls that are a far cry from the usual avocado/cream cheese/eel sauce permutations you find at other places. The full menu includes things like Ahi tuna pizza and hoisin-glazed baby back pork ribs, plus the wait staff looks like they all also work part time at Black the Salon down the street, which is to say they all have a vaguely punk-Goth-rockabilly look with lots of tattoos and really cool hair. It's an aesthetic experience as much as a culinary one.
Dearborn & Dearborn Heights
If it's good enough for Bourdain, it's good enough for you. There is an abundance of excellent Middle Eastern food to be found all over the tri-county area, but thanks to a large ethnic Arab population, some of the best Arabic restaurants to be found anywhere are in Dearborn, and Al-Ameer reigns supreme. You'll find Mediterranean and Middle Eastern favorites like shish kafta, shish kabob, shawarma, stuffed lamb, tabouli, fattoush, and raw and fried kebbeh, all served with warm, house-made pita bread. Al-Ameer is 100% halal so you won't find any alcohol here, but there is a premium juice bar serving smoothies and raw juices.