28 February 2011

Best of Detroit 2011

In the spirit of the Oscars, Metromix did it's yearly review of the best Detroit has to offer. A list like this makes me proud to be from this city. A diamond in the rough, with much more to offer than meets the eye. It's sneaky like that. I can't say I was too surprised by a lot of these, but there were a few major upsets. Here's the list before I fuck Metromix up with some truth.

Best of Awards 2011: Nominees and Winners
Best Coney -  Lafayette (no-brainer)
Best Casino - MGM Grand (see Before and After: MGM Grand Slam)
Best Local Boutique - Leon and Lulu (the fuck is a boutique?)
Best Bar - Centaur Bar
Best Brunch - Frittata
Best Burger - Red Coat Tavern
Best Pizza - Buddy's
Best Restaurant - Slow's BBQ
Best Sushi - Ronin
Best Sports Bar - Nemo's
Best Cupcake - Just Baked
Best Date Restaurant - La Dolce Vita
Best Festival - Arts, Beats, and Eats
Best Irish Bar - Old Shillelagh
Best Music Venue - The Magic Bag
Best New Bar/Club - The Hamilton Room
Best Club - V at MGM Grand (again see the MGM Grand Slam post)

Ok, Nemo's got robbed on Best Burger. The entire meal I smiled jubilantly, while love-soiling my pantaloons.

Now don't get me wrong, Slow's is impeccable, but Mon Jin Lau is one step above it. Every night of the week MJL is loaded with slam pieces nom nom-ing sushi. The atmosphere is unmatched. Slow's has great food, but after the meal everyone has the -itis from a pork overdose. Not much conversation when you're entire party is passing out with BBQ sauce smeared all over your face.

I could combine Best Sushi/Best Date Restaurant, and add another category of Best Happy Hour and give the trophy to Kona Grill in Troy. Great place for a Happy Hour date on a spring evening. $3 pints of premium beer, $3-5 rolls that taste like they're $10+, and one of the best patios/bar areas in Metro-Detroit.

Old Shillelagh is a great spot especially with St. Patty's day coming up. There's something to say about a place where you can projectile vomit on the floor and nobody even does a double take. I feel like I'm at Rick's in East Lansing. Definitely a wild time. The roof seems to rarely be open, but when it is it's pretty fucking intense. However, I've been to college, I've vomited on the floor(at Rick's), and expect more out of a bar than my potential to embarrass my family's name. For St. Patty's Day there is no place I'd rather be than Gus O'Connor's in downtown Rochester. Slam pieces for days.


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