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Forthcoming Mabel Gray signals new cool for Hazel Park

Hazel Park is "under construction," says chef James Rigato. And, thanks in no small part to his forthcoming second restaurant Mabel Gray, it stands to become the next cool metro Detroit neighborhood.

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Freewheeling in Windsor: A short journey to the deep south of Canada

Windsor, Ontario is closer to downtown Detroit than its suburbs, yet so few of us take the time to explore this charming city to our south. Last month, we decided to go there with open minds and virtually no plans to see what we've been missing.

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Daytripping from metro Detroit: Five amazing destinations less than a tank of gas away

What's a wanderlusty Detroiter to do this time of year, when mid-winter voyages feel forever ago, but summer vacations still lie months ahead? Time to pencil in a day trip—somewhere you've never been to or perhaps never even heard of.

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Madison Heights, the Asian food capital of metro Detroit

The small city in Oakland County is home to dozens of restaurants specializing in cuisine from practically every country in Southeast Asia, as well as a handful of specialty grocery stores offering spices, produce, and a variety of dried goods that can't be found anywhere else in the region. 

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From almost famous to truly famous: Metro Detroit's up-and-coming chefs have arrived

Back in 2012 Metromode ran a two-part story on metro Detroit's up and coming restaurant scene and the chefs who were striving to make a name for themselves. So, where are these culinary young guns now? As it turns out, each and every one has not only delivered on their promise but exceeded expectations.
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Dining Blogs

Joe Zainea

A peek at the playbills of the Majestic Theater and the Magic Stick live music venues shows that every day is a different act. How does Joe Zainea, longtime owner of The Majestic entertainment empire, keep things fresh from week to week? Follow on for his tales of revival and survival.

Torya Blanchard & Greg Lenhoff

On the menu at Detroit's Park Shelton are young neighboring entrepreneurs Torya Blanchard, chef and owner of Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes, and Greg Lenhoff, owner of Leopold's bookstore. Enjoy some food for thought this week as Torya and Greg discuss what sparks their artisanal ventures.
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Dining Videos

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An Early Morning Visit to Detroit's Eastern Market

Every weekday, Detroit's Eastern Market is buzzing with action while most of us are still sleeping. Cass Corridor Films got up early to follow Slow Jams, a producer of artisan jams, on a quest for locally grown herbs at the wholesale market.

Moo Moo's

Put the microwave pizza pocket down. Step away from corndog. Ferndale-based Moo Moo's Vegetarian Cuisine makes the things that make you go, "Yum." With the vegetarian food market expected to reach $2.5 billion this year, owner Michele Rastelli hopes her locally produced entrees-to-go make a little green of their own.

Toast

From Ferndale to Birmingham the Toast empire expands. If you haven't been to this one-of-a-kind... well, now two-of-a-kind eatery you really should. Who'd imagine that a place with Taco Tuesdays could be tres chic? That's the delicious conundrum that is Toast. Cool decor, surprising accoutrements and, always, yummy food.

The Loving Touch

It's a pool hall. It's a philosophy. Chris Johnston has helped shape downtown Ferndale's renaissance with The Emory, Woodward Avenue Brewers and now, The Loving Touch, a former massage parlor turned billiard nirvana.

PALAZZO di BOCCE

Where's the best Boccedrome in the world? If you said Italy you're only off by about 4000 miles. Palazzo di Bocce in SE Michigan is mecca for all things lawn bowling. Yeah, it's a bit outside the metro area but we'd be remiss not to point to you toward this one-of-a-kind sports venue. Drink, bocce and be merry.
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