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Summer Nights and Breezy Brunches: Detroit’s Top Rated Restaurants




As the summer is coming to a cool and dwindling close, most people’s reactions are the opposite of embracing fall. In fact, soaking in the last rays of summer has become priority. Here are some exciting ways to squeeze out the last drops of the season through everyone’s favorite activity: dining out. Detroit proper and Metro-Detroit have a bevy of highly rated restaurants, from celebrity chefs to chic, summery spots you can enjoy with your best pal. According to their ratings on Yelp and Open Table, these three restaurants are sure to satisfy any craving and will deliver not only delicious food, but also glamorous atmosphere and top-notch service.


For a date to impress just about anyone, Michael Symon’s ROAST is the perfect place to make a reservation. Gracing the main floor of the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Hotel with a whopping 8,000 square feet, ROAST is a charcuterie and meat enthusiasts dream. Featuring a wide selection of finely crafted beers and an endless array of wood fired and house smoked meats, there is a reason ROAST was given the James Beard Award for its excellence. Not only is the space itself beautiful, you can peer into the kitchen and see the meats they are roasting on display. This restaurant is an absolute treat for a date night, or even a foodies-night-out with friends.


Toasted Oak Grill & Market in Novi is, surprise, not only a restaurant but also a market. Giving you renowned options to dine in with, or perhaps to take to a picnic on the riverfront or Belle Isles, they focus primarily on charcuterie and local cooking in an American Brasserie style. Featuring a farm-to-table menu with an emphasis on utilizing local product, they serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, providing a wide array of choices for any palette. Pay special attention to their wine as well, which is also chosen in support of Michigan vendors and vineyards. They have tasting events and local specials, all of which are created with a Michigan flair, and were voted “2011 Top 10 New Restaurants of Detroit by Hour Magazine Readers.


Summer brunch outdoors is a widely sought out activity for these next few weeks, as we all want to take advantage of the good weather while it lasts. Social Kitchen and Bar, in Birmingham, provides a rooftop dining room that is perfect to enjoy a breezy brunch, or perhaps a boozy one if you’re looking for a little extra weekend fun. Their New American menu provides more than just brunch, but with a Bloody Mary bar and 8 exquisitely crafted champagne cocktails, they are the highest rated in the area to get your brunch on. Their contemporary menu is mouth-watering, and with a view of downtown Birmingham, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the sun’s rays before fall sets in.

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