Top 10 Takeover dinner series lineup
May 10, 2015 | Detroit Free Press
Metro Detroit's 10 Best New Restaurants are diverse in style and concept, and you can expect their takeovers to be as different as the venues themselves. Here's the schedule — subject to change — of the remaining dinners:
■ June 30: Selden Standard, Detroit. The Free Press 2015 Restaurant of the Year is THE place to go in Detroit. Dining here is relaxed and fun, and we never tire of his seasonal shared-plates menu, which always holds new delights and is never, ever boring. Every component is made in house with unrelenting attention to detail.
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■ July 13: Antietam, Detroit. Owner Gregory Holm's Art Deco dining room is a dreamy, one-of-a-kind creation; the innovative cocktails and French-inspired menu are equally artful.
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This is a reflection of the front room of Antietam restaurant at 1428 Gratiot in Detroit. (Photo: Regina H. Boone Detroit Free Press)
■ July 27: Gold Cash Gold, Detroit.Chef Josh Stockton's culinary craftsmanship and passion for local, seasonal ingredients shows in every plate. We love the setting in a former pawn shop whose Gold Cash Gold sign gave the restaurant its name.
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The Gold Cash Gold dining room is decorated simply with stained glass panels built with salvaged warehouse windows, a ceiling made of reclaimed wooden lathe from the restaurant’s old walls, and shelves holding cans of the chef’s homemade pickles. (Photo: Sylvia Rector Detroit Free Press)
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■ Aug. 10: Bistro 82, Royal Oak. Voted the Free Press Readers' Choice Best New Restaurant in online balloting, Bistro 82 has it all: sleek, contemporary style and a menu that knocks us out with flavor and finesse.
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Bistro 82 restaurant in Royal Oak is one of the top ten new restaurants to open in 2014. (Photo: Romain Blanquart Detroit Free Press)
■ Aug. 27: The Bird & The Bread, Birmingham. This handsome, casually upscale spot seems to fit all kinds of occasions and guests with a from-scratch menu that ranges from hearth-fired pizzas and pots of mussels to stout-braised lamb shanks and breast-and-ballotine of duck.
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The Bird and the Bread in Birmingham boasts a stylish, casual interior and an approachable, from-scratch menu that ranges from wood-fired pizzas and roasted chicken to seafood, hearty stews and sandwiches. (Photo: Sylvia Rector Detroit Free Press)
■ Sept. 8: Bill's, Bloomfield Hills. Named for owner Bill Roberts, who has the midas touch with neighborhood restaurants, Bill's satisfies both modern and old-school tastes with beautiful, unerringly delicious dishes.
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Brick Chicken at Bill’s in Bloomfield Hills is served with new potatoes, French beans and roasted cipollini onions. (Photo: Sylvia Rector Detroit Free Press)
■ Sept. 21: Ale Mary's Craft Beer Hall, Royal Oak. Can a chef-driven menu and house-made food succeed in a beer hall? Will customers appreciate the difference? Yes, and yes! The big, ever-changing craft beer list is one of the area's best, to boot.
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Beer flights at Ale Mary’s Craft Beer Hall in Royal Oak are served in wooden boxes with chalkboard fronts, where servers write each brew’s name. (Photo: Sylvia Rector Detroit Free Press)
■ Oct. 12: Johnny Noodle King, Detroit. Ramen shops popped up all over the U.S. last year, and Johnny's was the first in Detroit. You haven't tasted real ramen until you try it like this, with savory house-made broths, springy noodles and creative add-ins.
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Johnny Noodle King ramen shop in Detroit also serves Vietnamese pho, prepared with rare beef, beef-and-tendon meatballs, honeycomb tripe, scallions, cilantro, bean sprouts and other ingredients with rice noodles. (Photo: Sylvia Rector Detroit Free Press)