Food and Drink

Detroit's friendly neighborhood Afro-Caribbean spot

Spicy jerk chicken and jollof rice with sweet plantains. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios
Spicy jerk chicken and jollof rice with sweet plantains. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Sam! New Center's Yum Village serves some of the best authentic Afro-Caribbean dishes in town.

The intrigue: Try the sweet plantains, jerk chicken, and jollof rice bowl if it's your first time. Branch out to the curry goat or jerk oxtail with truffle oil greens on your next visit.

Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week returns with food truck rally

A plate filled with food sits on a table.
Guisadillas from El Rancho. Photo courtesy of Featherstone

Southwest Detroit Restaurant Week is back in action this weekend after two years of pandemic shutdowns.

What's happening: About 20 Latin restaurants are offering exclusive heritage dishes from today through Oct. 9.

Local guide to the best diners in Metro Detroit

Nick's Grecian House in Royal Oak, Michigan
The Western omelette with a side of toast ($8.50) from Nick's Grecian House. Photo: Everett Cook/Axios

👋 Howdy, Everett here. I'm writing to you from Nick's Grecian House, my new favorite greasy spoon.

Flashback: I've lived in 15 different cities. So before moving to Michigan in the spring, stability was fleeting.

‘Tis the season to eat pumpkin baked goods in Detroit

A pumpkin muffin with raisins sits on an outdoor table.
Avalon International Breads' pumpkin muffin at its flagship shop at 422 W. Willis St. Photo: Annalise Frank/Axios

👋 Annalise here. I adore pumpkin baked goods, ranging back to the days when my dad would make several loaves of pumpkin bread at a time. I'd nab big hunks for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert … second dessert …

So here are some Detroit businesses where I — and you, dear readers — can sate those cravings this fall.

Freya earns spot on the New York Times' best restaurants list

Freya in Detroit
Freya's exterior. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

Freya was just named one of the 50 best restaurants in the country by the New York Times.

Driving the news: NYT's exclusive list is put together by food reporters, editors and critics traveling the country in search of the best restaurants.

Michigan's top craft breweries see resurgence

Credit: Data: Brewers Association; Table: Thomas Oide/Axios

Michigan's largest craft breweries mostly rebounded in 2021 after being crippled by the pandemic.

The state of beer: Williamston-based Old Nation Brewing — the state's fastest growing major craft brewery that produces at least 5,000 barrels — had an 18% increase in sales, according to an exclusive Axios analysis of data from the Brewers Association.

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Sep 19, 2022 - Food and Drink

Farm Club is Michigan's best new destination brewery

Farm Club brewery outside Traverse City, Michigan.
Farm Club brewery outside Traverse City. Photo: John Frank/Axios

Set among the rolling hills and farms just outside Traverse City, you'll find Michigan's best new destination brewery.

What to know: Farm Club's beers are a showcase of subtlety in a craft beer market gone crazy.

Big Bo's is Campus Martius' best food truck

Big Bo's chicken sandwich
Big Bo's big chicken sandwich. Photos: Samuel Robinson/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Sam. I just discovered Big Bo's Grill is the best food truck at Campus Martius' weekly Wednesday food truck rally.

The intrigue: I refused to eat inside the Huntington Center during the auto show yesterday, so I walked up Woodward and found one food truck still open: Big Bo's. There was a big line, but it didn't take long — the cashier told me they are a favorite among downtown employees.

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