Reel in a Favorite: Whitefish in Metro Detroit

By: Michael Fossbakk | July 10, 2020

The great thing about seafood is that it’s so varied that you’re likely to find something you’ll enjoy. Maybe you prefer bite-size rolls of sushi or a nice salmon dinner. But, if you’re a fan of whitefish, Michigan is a good place to be.

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B-6 and B-12, whitefish feature prominently in restaurants across Michigan due to the fact that they can be found in all of The Great Lakes. This means they are not only a healthy option but are often prepared fresh and brought in from local suppliers.

So, from broiled fish dinners to shareable patés, here’s where to enjoy a delicious and healthy whitefish meal in Metro Detroit.

Joe Muer Seafood

A staple seafood restaurant in Detroit and Bloomfield Hills, Joe Muer Seafood features a wide-ranging menu with everything from lobster and oysters to a specific catch, like rainbow trout and Atlantic monkfish. When it comes to whitefish, the chefs at Joe Muer prepare a broiled Lake Superior whitefish that is served with fresh lemon and your choice of creamed spinach or stewed tomatoes.

Hazel, Ravines & Downtown

Whitefish Pate from Hazel, Ravines and Downtown

Whitefish Pate from Hazel, Ravines and Downtown. Photo courtesy of Hazel, Ravines and Downtown.

As one of the ten best new restaurants last year, Hazel, Ravines & Downtown is a hotspot for dining in Birmingham. Having just brought back their annual lobster event, “Lobster Pound,” Hazels has a great selection of “additionals” to round out your dinner, including whitefish paté served with a sleeve of saltine crackers. Just spread the paté on a cracker and enjoy the rush of whitefish flavor paired with the saltiness of a cracker.

Tom’s Oyster Bar

Contrary to its name, Tom’s Oyster Bar in downtown Royal Oak features a lot more than just oysters. From sushi to pan seared salmon, there’s something for everyone here. Yes, that includes the non-fish-loving folks in your party as they also feature plenty of salads and sandwiches on the menu. Whitefish fans should try the broiled whitefish served with roasted redskin potatoes and a seasonal vegetable.

Black Pearl

Whitefish Dip from Blackpearl in Ann Arbor

Whitefish Dip from Blackpearl in Ann Arbor. Photo courtesy of Blackpearl.

Like Hazel’s, Black Pearl in Ann Arbor features a great whitefish appetizer to share with friends and family. The whitefish dip is made from steamed whitefish, shallots, capers, micro arugula and served with wonton chips. It’s a perfect start to a seafood meal with entrees, like caramel apple salmon and Bayou pasta. Finish things off with desserts, like a flourless chocolate cake and carrot cake tres leches.

If you plan on dining in, call ahead to your favorite restaurants to find out what their COVID-19 safety regulations include.