Burgers, Pizza & More: Dine at One of Metro D’s Best New Restaurants

By: Amber Ogden | August 18, 2015

There’s never a shortage of venues when it comes to dining in Metro Detroit, and several new restaurants popped up throughout southeast Michigan this summer. Bring your appetite!

Central Kitchen + Bar opened in Detroit’s First National Building last week and offers a little something for everyone.

Executive chef Christina Stanco produces upscale bar food, from the signature Central Burger to calamari with snap peas, peppers, jalapeno, oranges, cashews, cilantro and sweet soy glaze. The chef focuses on classic, American fare with a sophisticated and modern upgrade, like house-blend ground beef and seasonally inspired salads.

“Detroit, and the surrounding areas as a whole, are ripe with opportunity as it pertains to hospitality investments… We are very pleased to be joining the list of recent entrants such as Wright and Company, Townhouse and Selden Standard. We hope to bring an equally as impressive level of service and food quality and to be a long-term participant in the downtown food scene,” Dennis Archer, Jr., co-owner, said.

The restaurant’s cocktails are handcrafted with freshly squeezed fruit juices, and it features one of the most extensive wine lists in the area.

Pizza @ Annabel Cohen Cooks Detroit

(Pizza @ Annabel Cohen Cooks Detroit photo courtesy of Raquel Cohen)

Pizza @ Annabel Cohen Cooks Detroit of West Bloomfield is caterer extraordinaire Annabel Cohen’s first restaurant.

“I just love, love pizza. I spent a lot of time in Italy… I’ve just always loved it,” Cohen said of her pizza passion.

That enthusiasm speaks for itself with clever specials like Greece Lightning (a Woodward Dream Cruise-inspired pie with feta cheese, banana peppers, white sauce, spinach and olives) and Grill-ty as Charred (topped with barbecue sauce, ground beef, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion).

The menu includes red and white pizzas, salads and sweets like Ray’s Ice Cream. The handmade, artisan pizzas are crafted with double zero flour and local ingredients like Rinaldi sausage.

“It’s not a production factory pizza, it’s made by hand,” Cohen said of the Neapolitan style pizza.

Bottom line: cancel whatever dinner plans you previously had and order one tonight!

Other new restaurants to consider: Townhouse BistroBobcat Bonnie’s and Parks & Rec, all in Detroit. Spend these precious summer nights the right way: at a new restaurant in Metro D.