Brera Pizza & Salad Co
Ricewood
Bumbo's
Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
Iron Horse
Motor City Gas
Pulp Detroit
River Rouge Brewing Company
Sister Pie
Rochester Tap Room
The Triple Nickel
Treat Dreams
Bon Bon Bon/Michelle and Chris Gerard
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1. Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery 441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201 (Midtown)

Sour oak-aged ales and brews are the focal point here, but a hearty selection of salads, sandwiches, and pizzas with creative toppings like creamed shiitakes, hand-pulled mozzarella, and Korean short rib with scallions. In the spirit of roundtable pizza dineries, pies, as well as beers, can be consumed at communal picnic tables in a room lined with huge windows that lend the pub an airy and cafeteria-like social mood.

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2. Benstein Grille 2435 Benstein Rd, Commerce Charter Township, MI 48390

Benstein Grille is a welcome gift to the tucked-away lake community of Wolverine Lake, because instead of being the sort of dimly lit town bar with crusty pool tables and live rock/country bands on weekends found in most other northwestern Oakland County lake communities, this upscale American comfort foodery would feel right at home in Birmingham. That's thanks to a menu reminiscent of Zak Sklar's and Bill Roberts' restaurant groups, plus a Ron & Roman design that plays on the words "Ben" and "Stein."

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3. Brera Pizza & Salad Co 1002 S MILITARY ST, Dearborn, MI 48124

Brera Pizza and Salad Co. in Dearborn, helmed by Chef Justin Vaiciunas, is a casual pizza and salad shop. However, the fast-casual designation doesn’t mean it skimps on quality or creativity. The pizzas are well-priced and crazy good, but we're partial to the Wild Forest: wild mushrooms, red sauce, fresh basil, shaved garlic, truffle oil, and goat cheese.

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4. The Bridge 6470 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

In the spot once filled by the noble social experiment that was Sunday Dinner Company, the Bridge serves American comfort food that includes crab cakes and mac & cheese, along with cheap lunch specials, half-off wine happy hours, brunch (on Sundays), and liquor lockers for VIPs. There is also a stage purposed for live jazz and R&B, making this a great date night destination to boot.

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5. Ricewood 1449 Jorn Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (Ann Arbor)

Frank Fejeran, who was former chef at the Raven's Club, opened this Pacific Island-style barbecue trailer in Ann Arbor alongside his brother Gabe Golub. It's super close to Michigan Stadium (hello tailgating without all the hassle!), and serves 100% wood-smoked, no-nonsense BBQ over rice, topped with a spicy Chamorro sauce, keeping true to the brothers' Mariana Islands heritage.

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6. Bumbo's 3001 Holbrook St, Hamtramck, MI 48212 (Hamtramck)

Somewhere between old-school dive and classic cocktail bar, this spot is a local favorite. The repurposed 1930's tin ceiling is vintage but not stale, the jukebox is filled with recent tracks, and the black leather bucket seats lining the bar are somewhat timeless. Detroit natives can treat themselves to house cocktails served in thrifty glassware while perusing the menu of classic Polish eats, or chatting with the ever-present power couple who founded the joint. As with the atmosphere, the fare consists of updated versions of reliable Polish staples -- things like Gouda-Dijon pierogis and kielbasa served over chipotle sweet potato puree -- along with a handful of standard bar snacks. Typically populated with a crowd of Detroit natives, Bumbo's is reliably affordable, low-key, and somehow still pretty chic.

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7. Canton Brew Works 8521 N Lilley Rd, Canton, MI 48187

People who live in Canton have a microbrewery to call their own, and it's nothing to snort at -- a sweet mug club, frequently rotating taps, and even soda and coffee make this a great stop for locals.

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8. Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails 15 E Kirby Suite D, Detroit, MI 48202 (Midtown)

Located by the Detroit Institute of Arts, this large, lime-green hued restaurant sports glossy wooden tables, botanical touches, and a dried flower installation that makes you feel like you're part of the world's coolest garden party. The vegetable- and seafood-heavy menu aligns with the earthy theme as well, with entrees like grilled spanish octopus and Michigan shrimp served with polenta.

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9. Iron Horse 316 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067 (Royal Oak)

Iron Horse in Royal Oak is the place for any craving, with a variety of menu items that range from pizza and tacos to burgers and ribs. Chanderliers, dark wood and dim lighting give the space a surprisingly handsome quality, juxtaposing the gut-busting pub fare. Add an excellent craft cocktail program to the list and you've got a very unique, albeit confusing, dining and drinking venture.

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10. The Corner Taproom 2100 Woodward Ave, Detorit, MI 48201

Baseball enthusiasts can pick up some bistro menu items at The Corner Taproom. This place offers good food on top of a great selection of Michigan craft beer.

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11. Motor City Gas 325 E 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067 (Royal Oak)

This distillery houses a tasting room and cocktail bar. They serve up a variety of drinks but are known for their Royal Oak Rye and Belly Up Bourbon.

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12. GreenSpace Café 215 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48203 (Ferndale)

Marrying health-conscious cuisine with elegant presentation, this Ferndale spot attracts vegans and omnivores alike. Regulars rave about the Tamale Pie, a layered slice of masa, black beans, red bell peppers, finished with enchilada sauce, corn, avocado and a dollop of their signature cashew sour cream. The wellness kick carries over into the cocktail offerings, as specialty libations often include fresh-squeezed juices and eclectic liquors (house-infused cardamom and birch bark rum, anyone?). The ambience is hip, but the impeccable service makes for a lack of pretention; combined with the unfinished wood interior and the glow of hanging bulbs, it’s an ideal setting for a convivial dinner amongst friends.

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13. ROAK Brewing Company 330 Lincoln Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

This taproom and brewpub offers seven beers on draft as well as pizza and small plates.

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14. River Rouge Brewing Company 406 E 4th St, Royal Oak,, MI 48067

River Rouge Brewing Company produces great beer, pumping it out on a 3.5-barrel system. There is a tiny tasting room on site for casual sipping.

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15. Krema 531 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48124 (Greektown)

Krema offers a great selection of Greek pastries as well as hot items. Get a creme-filled pastry, a spinach pie, or a quiche

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16. Sister Pie 8066 Kercheval Ave, Detorit, MI 48214 (West Village)

West Village's Sister Pie is renowned for its unique pies whose thick and flaky crusts have a melt-in-your-mouth texture that can only be attributed to an indulgently high butter content. Options include salted maple, ginger peach, blueberry plum, and more seasonal flavors... good luck limiting yourself to one slice.

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17. Rochester Tap Room 6870 N Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085

This suburban bar in Troy boasts 60 taps, 100 wines, a cocktail menu, and an extensive list of savory food pairings. The largely Michigan-sourced beer might be the main attraction, but the space itself is a point of attraction: barrels, plush bar stools, exposed brick, and dim lighting all dress the room in a Prohibition-era vibe. It's enough to make you forget all 6,000 square feet are packed into the middle of a strip mall.

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18. The Whisky Parlor 608 Woodward Ave , Detroit, MI 48226

Located above the more baroque Grand Trunk Club, the Whisky Parlor is finished in cozier dimensions, with a carpeted floor and tableclothed tables that illuminate under candle lights. Guests here can choose from over 100 whiskeys, while sinking into a relaxed night backdropped by live jazz music.

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19. Triple Nickel 555 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009

Triple Nickel is a classic steak and seafood joint. Try the sauteed lake perch or frog legs smothered in garlic butter.

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20. Treat Dreams 4160 Cass Avenue, Detorit, MI 48201 (Midtown)

This is the second location of the popular Ferndale ice cream shop. This place is far from vanilla, offering crazy flavors like Macaroni & Cheese!

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21. The Wicked Table 38503 West 10 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Wicked Table serves up comfort food for lunch and dinner. It's a great spot to hit up for some late night grub.

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22. Bon Bon Bon 2756 Evaline St, Hamtramck, MI 48212 (Hamtramck)

Bon Bon Bon describes their coconut bonbon as "lightly toasted, just like us." It is an artisan chocolate and confection manufacturer with a tiny storefront in Hamtramck that's only open for their "Hot Mess" retail Saturdays. The "Hot Mess" is another bonbon flavor, only available in-store, but we can probably go ahead and assume it also describes some of the people you'll spot there on Saturdays.