Chow Down on New Eats in the D

By: Michael Fossbakk | April 3, 2017

Finding the next big thing in Detroit’s dining scene can be hard when there are so many new places opening all the time. Today we’re going to take a look at four new restaurants you can try right now and four that are scheduled to open sometime this spring.

Open Now…

Voyager

Having just opened its doors on 9 Mile in Ferndale just over two weeks ago, Voyager is a “raw bar with an oyster obsession,” as described by its proprietor Eli Boyer (formerly of Gold Cash Gold in Detroit). The space is a cozy 1,400 square-feet with a menu filled with all manner of shellfish from around the country. The best part? A $1 oyster happy hour that begins at 4 p.m. daily.

Ma Lou’s

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Photo courtesy of Ma Lou’s.

From the minds of Ricewood Barbecue in Ann Arbor comes Ma Lou’s Fried Chicken in downtown Ypsilanti. It’s southern cooking in the likeliest of ways. Fried chicken (as is or as a “sammy”) and classic sides (potato salad, coleslaw, friends and baked beans) in a dining space that uses outdoor picnic tables and has video game arcade cabinets nested in a small alcove make Ma Lou’s a place to check off your list.

La Pecora Nera

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Photo courtesy of La Pecora Nera.

This Italian deli opened in downtown Detroit last month and serves the Italian deli assortments of fresh meats and cheeses on Italian bread rolls with salads, espresso and, best of all, gelato. The menu is modestly priced at about $8.50 for most subs and salads.

Joebar

Joebar opened its doors almost three weeks ago in Hazel Park down the street from famed, new restaurant Mabel Gray. On the menu, you’ll find items that are complex and familiar all at once in the form of dip sandwiches, like grilled cheese with “bloody mary tomato soup.”

On the Horizon This Spring…

Detroit Sip

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Through a major grassroots effort to bring a local, communal coffee shop to Detroit, Jevona Watson raised the capital needed through crowd-lending program Kiva, a grant from Motor City Match and more.

The Apparatus Room

Set to open in the also-soon-to-open Detroit Foundation Hotel on Larned Street, The Apparatus Room will come from the culinary expertise of chef Thomas Lents, most recently known for Sixteen, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Chicago.

Eastern Market Brewing Company

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Photo courtesy of Eastern Market Brewing Company.

The brainchild of four college friends out of Chicago, Eastern Market Brewing Company is set to start selling its first batch of craft beer in the near future. To know exactly when EMBC will open, keep your eyes on their Instagram and Twitter pages.

Prime + Proper

Taking up residence in Capitol Park in Detroit, Prime + Proper from Townhouse owner Jeremy Sasson will include a bar, raw bar, lounge and butcher shop, the former being an apt inclusion given Peter Smith & Sons, a grocer and butcher, being the former tenant of this space.