Flavors of the World Are Finding a Home in Detroit

By: Michael Fossbakk | June 1, 2018

As Detroiters, we tend to gravitate towards things that are new almost as much as things that are familiar. As it turns out, there is no exception to this rule where food is concerned. We all have our favorite restaurants, but trying something new is always a little exciting, if not a little nerve-wracking, too. New restaurants opening this summer in metro Detroit are shaping up to offer a nice variety of worldly flavors. From Asian-Caribbean fusion to Irish-Italian-German combinations, metro Detroit continues to provide new ways to explore the flavors of the world.

Coop (Detroit Shipping Co.)

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Chicken sandwich available at Coop proprietor Max Hardy’s other Detroit restaurant River Bistro. Photo courtesy of Max Hardy.

Estimated arrival: As soon as DSC opens.

As chef Max Hardy’s contribution to Detroit Shipping Company, Coop will bring Asian-Caribbean chicken dishes to the Detroit food hall, which is made out of shipping containers stacked on top of one another. This is just one of three new eateries from the accomplished chef and cookbook co-author. Hardy opened his Caribbean-soul food restaurant, River Bistro, last year and has plans to open his third restaurant, Honey, in the new District Detroit.

Bangkok 96 Street Food (Detroit Shipping Co.)

Estimated arrival: As soon as DSC opens.

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Candied beef strips with a side of sticky rice from Bangkok 96 Street Food. Photo courtesy of Bangkok 96.

Also setting up shop in Detroit Shipping Company is a new location for Bangkok 96 from chef Genevieve Vang. Originally from Laos, Vang became a refugee in Thailand at a young age for two years before relocating again to Paris, France and then again to Dearborn, Michigan, where she and her spouse opened Bangkok 96 in 1996. Just as with its flagship Dearborn location, Bangkok 96 Street Food at Detroit Shipping Company will be serving some of the best Thai food in metro Detroit.

Jamaican Pot (New Center Location)

Estimated arrival: Early July

Well-known Caribbean carryout restaurant Jamaican Pot is opening a second location in the New Center One building on W. Grand Blvd. The new location will also primarily cater to carryout customers, but the owners haven’t ruled out one day opening a more traditional sit-down restaurant, too. Expect the same authentic Jamaican food, like the pepper steak and jerk chicken, when this new location opens this summer.

SheWolf

Estimated arrival: Late May/early June

With a focus on Roman recipes old and new, SheWolf will be serving Italian food by chef Anthony Lombardo, formerly of Bacco, using housemade pasta when it opens in the Selden building in Midtown. Originally planned for an early 2018 opening, the restaurant is now targeting a late May/early June opening.

Cork and Gabel

Estimated arrival: Originally planned for end of April, but construction delays have pushed back the opening to a TBA date.

Taking its name from its location (Corktown) and the German word for fork, Cork and Gabel will deliver a combination of Irish, Italian and German cuisine. The team settled on those three regional cuisines due to executive chef Matthew McGrail’s Irish and Italian heritage and owner Joe Mifsud’s “passion for German food,” according to Cork & Gabel’s website.

Urban Ramen

Estimated arrival: Spring 2018

With its flagship location in Los Angeles, Urban Ramen is planning a trip across the country to open its second location in Midtown Detroit. The Japanese ramen restaurant also serves salads, sushi and rice bowls. Originally planned for an October 2017 opening, this Midtown location was delayed till February 2018 and then delayed again to an unannounced date.