5 new Metro Detroit eating places, bars to check out

Summer weather has arrived in Metro Detroit – and so there are a number of new restaurants to enjoy.

Several new restaurants have opened recently – some even during the height of COVID-19 restrictions and still found ways to stay open and serve.

More: Check out Dine in the D’s section for great local restaurants

There are lots of new spots to discover. Follow the COVID guidelines at each facility as they may vary.

Located behind a blue door in the back of Coffee Down Under in Detroit’s financial district, this almost literally hidden gem opened just a few months ago. Shelby is run by Head Bartender Desmond Oliver and Executive Chef Matt Tulpa, who found the vacant space in 2019 and restored it for two years. The cocktail menu here is of the highest standard and the food is real. Here you can view and reserve the menu.

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Address: 607 Shelby St, Detroit, MI, 48226

This family-run Italian restaurant in the West Village is growing as a hidden Italian gem. Carl Giordano opened the restaurant in honor of his late wife, who prepared all meals at home. Currently it’s only open until 8pm on Friday and Saturday, but more days will likely be added soon. Follow the updates on the Facebook page.

Address: 8122 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI, 48214

Located in a 300 year old barn, Sylvan Table was only opened on June 1st and offers a culinary experience from the farm to the table in your own garden. The open scratch kitchen has a 2.4-meter wood grill and a wood-burning pizza oven. The restaurant is located on a 3 hectare farm. They even have bees. The menu includes trout, monkfish, rabbits and more. Reservations and menu information can be found here.

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Address: 1819 Inverness St, Sylvan Lake, MI, 48320 (About 3 miles southwest of Pontiac)

New to the park, Alma offers a blend of flavors tailored to Metro Detroit’s diverse population. The menu features Chinese, Mexican, and American dishes – and they offer brunch all day. Sign me up! More information and reservations here.

Address: 15402 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

This East African restaurant and market recently opened in Detroit’s New Center. Baobab Fare is owned and operated by Nadia Nijimbere and Hamissi Mamba, a team of wife and husband who came to the United States from Burundi in 2014. Read about their history, check out the menu and order online here.

Address: 6568 Woodward Avenue, Suite 100, Detroit, MI 48202 (at Woodward and W. Grand Blvd)

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