Neighborhood Spotlight: Must-Visit Macomb Spots

By: Carolyn Hall | April 8, 2024
aspen restaurant's bar area in macomb

Photo courtesy of Aspen Restaurant

Macomb, Michigan, stands as a vibrant suburb of Metro Detroit, renowned for its diverse culinary scene, thriving community activities, and picturesque landscapes. Among the bustling streets and serene parks, a handful of local businesses shine, contributing to the city’s unique charm and inviting atmosphere. In this Neighborhood Spotlight, let’s embark on a journey through Macomb, featuring standout establishments that capture the essence of this beloved community.


48852 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb

Angela’s Italian Deli & Bakery has everything from fresh breakfast sandwiches served on house-made Focaccia bread and sandwiches made fresh to order for lunch to a rotating list of bakery items of bagels, pastries, homemade pies, and much more. Angela’s is named after the owner Mark’s mother, who prepared family recipes from her Sicilian family’s roots for her kids before passing. Visit Angela’s Italian Deli & Bakery for grocery items, frozen soups like cheddar ale or crushed red lentil, or a quick meal. Here, every bite tells a story of generations-old recipes and a passion for food that warms the heart. It’s not just a meal; it’s a place where every ingredient is cherished, and every dish is prepared with love.

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21912 23 Mile Road, Macomb

Scoop and Twist of Macomb brings joy one scoop of ice cream at a time. This beloved ice cream parlor is great for those looking to indulge in a sweet escape. With a variety of flavors that range from classic to innovative, and its welcoming atmosphere, Scoop and Twist is a testament to the simple pleasures in life. Some flavors I’d recommend include Eskimo kisses (chocolate and coconut), pistachio almond, and lemon cheesecake. It’s a place where the worries of the day melt away like the ice cream in your cone on a sunny day. 


54755 Broughton Road, Macomb

Suburban Ice complements the city’s recreational offerings with its ice-skating rinks, fostering a connection through sports. “We take great pride that Suburban Ice – Macomb has a strong community connection to Macomb Township and the surrounding communities,” said Tom Anastos, CEO of Suburban Sports Group. “We operate and host competitive and recreational ice-sport programs for everyone, including youth and adult hockey, high school hockey, figure skating, learn to skate, and public skating activities year-round. We also host a variety of events throughout the year that bring guests from all over the country that get to enjoy the warmth and friendly nature of the area as they participate in their event.” This is a great spot to learn a new skill or play a great game of hockey, no matter the outside weather. 

kids playing hockey in a rink at suburban ice of macomb
Photo courtesy of Suburban Ice of Macomb


48824 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb

Testa Barra Kitchen & Cocktails introduces an upscale dining experience, where modern twists on Italian classics meet exquisite cocktails, crafting memorable moments for its patrons. Housing an award-winning pizza program, Testa Barra also has locally sourced burgers and a fresh pasta selection, all prepared to excite your taste buds. Try out the Roman-style OO-Miami pizza, featuring Stoney Creek mushrooms, toasted pistachio, and Mike’s hot honey, or the lemon chicken ravioli, pork medallion marsala, or miso-glazed salmon. Coming in May to Testa Barra’s terrace is Oro, a casual small plate spot that is Latin-inspired with Californian vibes. This exclusive spot will be open Thursdays through Sundays by reservation only upon opening. 


21876 23 Mile Road, Macomb

Goblin Sushi presents a delicious take on traditional Japanese cuisine, catering to both sushi aficionados and novices with its creative rolls and warm ambiance. This sushi haven offers a menu that’s both a feast for the eyes but also the stomach. With masterfully crafted rolls, bowls, and nigiri, Goblin Sushi is a must-try. Popular sushi rolls are the chicken teriyaki roll with grilled chicken, cream cheese, and a sweet sauce, as well as the Goblin Caterpillar, featuring deep-fried shrimp, cream cheese, and jalapeño, while topped with crab salad, sliced avocado, eel sauce, and sriracha. As for the sushi rice bowls, options range from salmon and avocado to barbecue eel and more. Make sure you visit this casual Macomb spot for some outstanding sushi. 


20333 Hall Road, Macomb

Aspen Restaurant stands out not only for its American cuisine but also for its unique setting. “Aspen Restaurant is located in the heart of Macomb County on M-59…Recently celebrating 21 years, we offer casual dining in a log cabin atmosphere with all-American cuisine, a full-service bar, banquets, catering, and outside seating,” shares Scott Pinter, Chef/Owner. This establishment reflects the community’s spirit, blending traditional American fare with a cozy, welcoming environment. From Traverse City pecan salmon and sea scallop florentine to lamb chops and coconut chicken, Aspen has something for every taste. 

aspen restaurant outdoor patio area with a bar spanning the space with smaller tables surrounding the perimeter
Photo courtesy of Aspen Restaurant


48856 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb

Khom Fai transports diners to Southeast Asia with its authentic flavors and meticulous presentation, emphasizing the rich culinary diversity found in Macomb. Khom Fai offers a taste of Thailand with its spicy, savory, and sweet dishes. The vibrant flavors of Thai cuisine come to life in this cozy restaurant, where each dish on the award-winning menu is a symphony of taste and texture. Stick with the classic fried rice or drunken noodles, or explore a bit with the Devil Goons, a spicy version of the seafood Rangoon, green curry, or the house-made coconut ice cream. Continuing their family’s legacy, Chefs Isaiah and Chris Sonjeow have perfected traditional Thai dishes with fresh ingredients and a passion for cooking. 


49001 North Avenue, Macomb 

Hickory Hollow Golf Club has been providing an exceptional golfing experience amidst the beauty of mature trees and the Cliton River for over 50 years. This meticulously maintained golf course offers a challenging yet enjoyable game for golfers of all skill levels with 18 scenic holes. Beyond the fairways, Hickory Hollow has a great clubhouse for gathering or grabbing a post-game beverage or snack. For those with a golf league or wanting to plan an outing, Hickory Hollow Golf Club will be happy to host you.