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Jerk ribs from Max Hardy's first of three Detroit restaurants, River Bistro. Photo courtesy of Maxcel Hardy.

7 New Restaurants That Opened This Summer in the D


Look. As foodies, we know there are tons of new restaurants, cafes and more constantly opening their doors to fill our stomachs with new takes on familiar goodies. This summer has been no exception. Maybe you made new friends at an outdoor food truck park in Ferndale. Maybe you discovered a new take on a favorite Italian dish in Macomb Township. Maybe you were smitten by the decor found in Trumbull & Porter Hotel’s new eatery. Or maybe, just maybe, you have yet to try any of the following restaurants and cafes in metro Detroit. Venture on, fellow foodie. Venture on.

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Testa Barra Kitchen and Cocktails

This Italian/American restaurant from the Baldwin Restaurant opened in June in Macomb Township. The menu includes homemade pasta, lamb shank, short ribs, hand-tossed pizza, fish, salads and more.

Testa Barra Rigatoni Ala Vodka

Rigatoni ala vodka from Testa Barra Kitchen and Cocktails.

Narrow Way Cafe

Located on the Avenue of Fashion in Detroit, Narrow Way Cafe made its debut in July. Inside, you’ll find coffee from Zingerman’s, smoothies and baked goods from Avalon International Bread.

Detroit Fleat

The long-awaited food truck park in Ferndale finally arrived in July. Now, you can munch on goodies from Delectabowl, Pita Post, Mac Shack, Drifter Coffee and a slew of rotating trucks.

Photo courtesy of River Bistro.

Photo courtesy of River Bistro.

River Bistro

As the first of Maxcel Hardy’s three planned ventures (the other two being Coop and Detroit Shipping Co.) in Detroit, River Bistro opened on August 13th and serves Caribbean fare such as Jerk ribs, honey-spiced chicken wings, rock shrimp fritters and more.

New Order Coffee

I wrote about New Order Coffee earlier this summer and while the Ferndale location has yet to open, you can already enjoy micro-brewed coffee and cereal milk lattes at its flagship Brush Park location.

Red Dunn Kitchen

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Deviled eggs from Red Dunn Kitchen.

Chef Jay Gundy and general manager Dustin Walker’s Red Dunn Kitchen can be found within Trumbull & Porter Hotel in Detroit. On the menu, you’ll find items such as gras stuffed-quail, bacon-wrapped duck breast and fried chicken roulade. None of these items come as a surprise, considering “red dunn” is another word for chicken.

Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique

As the newest establishment on this list, Brix Wine & Charcuterie Boutique began a soft launch last week with free wine tastings from 4 p.m. ‘til 1 a.m., Thursday – Sunday. Wines from Michigan, Austria, Italy and France will be poured and diners can expect domestic and imported meats and cheeses.

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