And the winner is…
344 W. Nine MileFerndale, MI 48220
Chef Rick Halberg's new Local Kitchen & Bar in Ferndale debuted in October 2012 with a casual, well-rounded menu that features everything from Sicilian meatballs, chicken-fried chicken, potpie, tacos and mac-and-cheese to an intriguingly named item called the Pig Platter. Readers overwhelmingly put this Ferndale eatery at the top of the list.
2200 W. Lafayette BlvdDetroit, MI 48216
Neighborhood: Mexican Town
At Detroit's new Green Dot Stables, the menu of $2 and $3 sliders, salads, sides and desserts includes 18 slider creations by chef Leslie Molnar. Owners Jacques and Christine Driscoll cleaned, restored and repaired the interior of the old-school bar, preserving much of its horseracing decor.
22828 WoodwardFerndale, MI
It's not often that an identity crisis is a good thing, but Imperial, Ferndale's new kid on the block, views the confusion over what it is -- Bar? Restaurant? Barstaurant? -- as a positive, not a problem. And the tacos are divine.
225 E. MapleBirmingham, MI 48009
Neighborhood: Downtown Birmingham
This stylish and contemporary Birmingham dining spot features approachable comfort food made from scratch. Each dish has something special, be it the caramelized cornbread in the strawberry salad, the grilled cheese delivered on onion-poppy naan or the diced chorizo in the mussels appetizer broth. Dishes come in brown bags, on rimmed baking sheets, in cast-iron skillets, even cookie jars.
340 S. MainPlymouth, MI 48170
Good drink, good food and a good time are featured at this new edition to downtown Plymouth, where a raw bar with fresh oysters and seafood are stars.
Last year's winner
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.