What Were the Top Restaurant Newcomers of 2014?

December, 29 2014 | Detroit Eater

It is a tradition at Eater to survey friends, industry types, and bloggers at the end of each year. Welcome to the second of these posts, where we ask them (and ourselves) what were the best new restaurant this year. Steve Wilke, Editor Hour Detroit: Another tough call. Wright & Co., certainly. Selden Standard, of course. Antietam (twice). Bistro 82, to name just a few. Courtney Ochab, Editor Detroit Beer Press: Every beer enthusiast was waiting in the cold for Hopcat's doors to open and I was no exception. Johnny Noodle King has also been a huge impact, especially when you're searching for something warm and filling in the upcoming cold months. Victoria Trudeau, Former Editor Eater Detroit: Antietam's new staff is incredible, by far my favorite meal at a new Detroit restaurant this year, I'm an escargot pâté convert, they've proven that grits aren't boring, and that oxtail is just blissfully good. Wright & Co., as mentioned (previously), is my new neighborhood favorite, the food is solid and the drinks are innovative, it's a safe bet that everyone will find something they like on the menu. And it's a bit of a drive, but every time I go to Rose's Fine Food I just want to go right back again, because they are the loveliest people serving food that is everything regular diner food wishes it could be. Brenna Houck, Editor Eater Detroit: So many places to eat, so little time. Again with the breakfast, I'd have to say Rose's Fine Food. "That Green Dude" is delicious and a little bit different every time. The donuts there are pretty spectacular and I like the relaxed diner feel. As far as popups, I really enjoyed my meal from Norma G's at Popupalooza and oxtail pho from Tuktuk-Tuktuk. I had an excellent meal at Antietam and one with Katoi, which introduced me to some exciting flavors.

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