And the winner is…
340 Town Center Blvd.White Lake, MI 48386
Handsomely presented seasonal American cuisine — showcasing Michigan and Midwestern ingredients such as Michigan-grown beef, pork and chicken and as much locally sourced produce as possible — put the Root in the top spot with Metromix readers. Sustainable fish and seafood, cocktails handcrafted with all-natural, house-made ingredients, an all-Michigan draft beer list and a four-course tasting menu make it a fresh new dining destination.
13905 Lakeside CircleSterling Heights, MI 48313
Sterling's Bistro has an extensive wine and cocktail list with an emphasis on martinis. The food is bistro style and includes items like as mussels, prime rib, fish, cheese platters, goat cheese fondue and more.
6830 N. Rochester Rd.Rochester Hills, MI 48306
A well-edited menu of fresh and dried pastas along with veal, beef, chicken and seafood entrees, including a grilled Mediterranean branzino - or sea bass - boned tableside are featured at this intimate, upscale Italian spot.
167 TownsendBirmingham, MI 48009
Neighborhood: Downtown Birmingham
Owner Mindy VanHellemont wanted a modern Italian restaurant with truly distinctive style, atmosphere and food, and Bella Piatti in Birmingham delivers all three. Chef Daniel Campbell's menu of mostly small dishes is rustic, sophisticated and intriguing, with starters like grilled Treviso (a kind of raddichio) with pork belly; whole wood-roasted sardines with pepperonata, and whole small tomatoes with fresh burrata cheese and basil. The small pastas are rich and deeply flavorful. EntrAes - most in the mid to upper $30s - include steaks, whole roasted fish and savory slices of porchetta (pork) with arugula and onion. Tables are closely spaced in the spare, softly lit room; it can feel and sound like a party. Adventurous diners seeking memorable food and a big-city feel will find them here.
400 Renaissance Center Suite 1404Detroit, MI 48243
Restaurateur Joe Vicari's new seafood destination has all the bells and whistles: A gorgeous interior, a high-profile location at the Renaissance Center downtown, striking views of the Detroit River and Windsor skyline - and the name Joe Muer, which resonates with at least three generations of diners. The two career restaurateurs have teamed up to offer some of the old Muer restaurant's best dishes, alongside contemporary offerings like spice-crusted Ahi tuna and Florida grouper with mango sweet chili glaze. Daily-changing chalkboard items add variety to the fixed menu. Service is professional, and the setting is memorable. Here's a place to bring out-of-towners, schedule a business lunch, celebrate an occasion or indulge your sushi cravings.