The new year is in full swing, and you know what that means: it’s time to start plotting out all of your delicious food endeavors for 2018. Detroit has no shortage of fantastic places to eat — but we’ve compiled a list of 11 must-try dishes in and around the Motor City this year.
1. The Yardbird from Slows Bar BQ
If you haven’t yet tried the Yardbird, you’re certainly missing out. Slows offers up all sorts of hearty options, but the Yardbird is a classic — and your taste buds will go crazy with the first bite. This tasty sandwich features smoked chicken breast, cheddar cheese, mushrooms, mustard sauce, and delectable strips of crispy bacon.
2. Baklava from Shatila Bakery
You’ll have venture slightly outside of the city to Dearborn for a visit to Shatila Bakery, but this Middle Eastern eatery is sure to satisfy. Its baklava is perfectly prepared right on site, and its delightful combination of sweetness and thin phyllo dough make it absolutely unforgettable.
3. "The Monster" sandwich from Ernie’s Market
Ernie’s Market is a Metro Detroit favorite, and you’ll undoubtedly feel like family as soon as you set foot inside. While it’s tough to go wrong with anything on the menu here, we can’t help but recommend the famous "Monster" sandwich, which consists of seven — yes, SEVEN — tasty meats.
4. Grilled chicken from Taqueria El Rey
Sure, Taqueria El Rey is known for delicious tacos, but the grilled chicken is second to none in the Motor City. Whether you opt for a classic or barbecue option, one thing is for certain: you’ll never look at grilled chicken the same way again. Backyard cookouts will never live up to this tasty dish.
5. A coney dog from Lafayette Coney Island
We couldn’t create a list of amazing Detroit-centric dishes without featuring at least one coney dog restaurant. It’s nearly impossible to select a favorite Coney Island in the Motor City, but Lafayette is a true classic — and the experience of visiting is just as iconic as the tasty dogs themselves.
6. The Barrett from Mudgie’s
Mudgie’s Deli is a favorite spot for brunch in the city of Detroit, and it would be difficult to select just one item from the vast menu that stands out above the rest, but there’s undoubtedly something special about the beloved Barrett sandwich, which consists of delectable corned beef, swiss cheese, coleslaw, and thousand island dressing, all served on an onion roll. Mmm!
7. Sliders from Green Dot Stables
Green Dot Stables is the place to go in Detroit when you’re craving sliders, and it's impossible to eat just one. After all, the flavor variety is what makes Green Dot Stables’ slider menu so fantastic! With choices like Philly cheesesteak, Korean, catfish, and fried chicken ceasar, you might just opt to try one of each.
8. Lobster bisque from Joe Muer Seafood
Joe Muer is at the top of the list when it comes to must-try seafood restaurants in Detroit, but one of its simplest menu items is also its most delicious. Whether you order it as an appetizer or as part of your main course, the lobster bisque is frequently named as one of this iconic eatery’s tastiest options.
9. Gyro from the Golden Fleece
We Detroiters sure are lucky to have access to so many delectable and authentic Greek eateries. Our city’s large Greek population makes it an amazing spot to go when those gyro cravings hit, but it can be difficult to narrow the options down. Never fear! We’re here to offer our official seal of approval to the Golden Fleece, one of Greektown’s most fantastic dining destinations.
10. Chicken enchilada from Taqueria Mi Pueblo
Mexicantown seems to overflow with amazing and authentic eateries, but Taqueria Mi Pueblo often takes home top honors when it comes to satisfying diners young and old. There are countless items to choose from, including burritos, flautas, and chimichangas, but there’s something absolutely mouthwatering about the chicken enchilada. You’ll certainly be back for seconds.
11. French fries from Republica
Venture to the Metro Detroit community of Berkley for an amazing dining experience. Republica offers an entire menu full of tasty ingredients, but there’s something truly unique about its insanely delicious fries. When you order the "Plato’s Potatoes," you’ll receive a dish that’s topped perfectly with feta, lemon juice, and oregano. What’s not to love?
Did we leave any of your favorite dishes off our list? Please feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions with us in the comment section below. Happy dining!