Where Chefs Dine

Featured in Pure Michigan 2014 Spring/Summer Issue, beginning on page 34.

Scallops at Big Rock Chophouse, Birmingham. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living/Kevin J. Miyazaki/ReduxMore Places to Eat Detroit 

Angelina Italian Bistro
Floor-to-ceiling windows let customers enjoy the ideal location overlooking Grand Circus Park and the Detroit Opera House. Traditional Italian fare and an antipasti bar showcase house-smoked meats and fish.

Atlas Global Bistro
The Woodward Avenue eatery features a shorter menu that bursts with flavor and dynamic meals, paying homage to the different ethnicities in the city.

Buddys Original Pizza
For more than 65 years, locals have been clamoring to this former speakeasy for its signature deep-dish squares that combine a surprisingly thin crust with fresh toppings and hand-grated mozzarella.

Fishbones Rhythm Kitchen Cafe
A surprise among the Greektown restaurants, this New Orleans-style eatery serves classic selections with a Creole or Cajun twist. Delicious catfish beignets and a large sushi menu are highlights.

Gastronomy, Southfield (15 miles northwest of Detroit)
Diverse menu items and food sourced solely from the U.S. make this a truly American bistro. Wash down local flavors like walleye chowder and beet salad with American wines.

Joe Muer Seafood
Returning from a 12-year hiatus, the treasured Detroit staple blends signatures like white bean salad and sauteed perch with a sushi bar and sleek design in its Renaissance Center location.

 London Chop House
The legendary restaurant recently reopened with the same grandeurthink brass staircase and cigar humidors that made it famous. Chop House originals like Dover sole mingle with contemporary cuisine.

Iron Chef Michael Symons Westin Book Cadillac restaurant will satisfy the carnivorous with bacon-wrapped trout and a beast of the day, while vegetarians will delight in fried Brussels sprouts.

Roma Cafe
Tuxedoed waiters maintain the traditional feel at Detroits oldest operating restaurant. An extensive menu of Italian classics like eggplant Parmagiana and chicken scaloppini Marsala, and delicacies like frog legs and sauteed sweetbreads, continues to attract diners.

Nautical-themed dining pairs with views of the Detroit River at this family-owned restaurant. Drinks like the Grasshopper or Golden Cadillac compliment the simple, good-tasting plates of steak, seafood and sandwiches (313/822-8000).

Slows Bar-B-Q
Generous plates, an extensive beer and wine selection and options like the Yardbird, a sandwich of pulled smoked-Amish chicken in a mustard sauce, entice diners at the Corktown restaurant.

Sweetwater Tavern
Tucked in the historic downtown district, Sweetwater is loved by many locals for its wings and ribs, made with owner Jeffrey Cains secret recipes (313/962-2210).

The Rattlesnake Club
Locally-sourced cuisine comprises a course-based menu: the number of courses chosen determines the meal options. Summertime music on the patio and views of downtown make the most of Motor City.

Try Grove's creative farm-to-table dishes, Grand Rapids. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living/Charles WhitmanMore Places to Eat Grand Rapids 

Brewery Vivant
Housed in a restored former funeral-home chapel, this eco-friendly microbrewery features specially-designed menu items think duck nachos and oxtail raguto couple with one of the Belgian beers.

Gaia Cafe
This East Hills-neighborhood cafe combines creative options with a strictly vegetarian/vegan menu. The house-made salsa is delectable and lunch options like veggie hash showcase the restaurants fresh flavors (616/454-6233).

One Stop Coney Shop
Specialties like the GR (a coney topped with chili, dill-pickle shreds, onion, mustard and ketchup) are all served with Flint-made Koegel hot dogs. Add Belgian fries they're double-fried and delicious.

Real Food Cafe
The pancakes are stacked high and the scrambles are full of flavor at this homey cafe, where the waitress knows everyones names and the owner greets all with a wave (616/241-4080).

San Chez Bistro
Bold colors and artwork hint at what lies on the menu: tapas-style plates with everything from salmon and asparagus omelets to paella. Try the one-bite menu for exciting alternatives.

A fusion of Asian, French and American foods characterize the JW Marriot hotel restaurant. Executive chef Christian Madsen oversees the wide-ranging, including fun whenever meals and munchies in the lounge.

Stellas Lounge
A graffiti wall, arcade games and alt-rock jukebox help customers channel their inner 80s rockers while dining on Poor Mans Chicken Wings (hot-sauce dipped potato wedges) and Hot Stuff Burgers.

Sundance Grill and Bar
Southwestern flair extends from the restaurants decor to its margarita bar. Find omelets layered with avocado and chorizo and wet burritos on the breakfast menu available all day long.

With a focus on seasonal ingredients and handcrafted foods, this artisan restaurant features meatloaf made with organic ketchup, pickled crudite and wheat-free mac n cheese for the kids.

Uncle Cheetahs Soup Shop
The chalkboard outside the brightly-decorated shop announces the 12 made-from-scratch soups on the daily menu. Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches complete the comfort-food meal, along with ice cream and sundaes.Girl eating pizza outside at Martini's, Kalamazoo. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living/Johnny Quirin

More Places to Eat Kalamazoo 

Black Owl Cafe
A pressed-tin ceiling and mason jars of coffee depart from the cafes previous life, an electric motor shop. Breakfast options, pizza and sandwiches augment the locally-roasted coffee and drink menu.

Epic Bistro
The downtown Kalamazoo restaurant offers regionally-inspired cuisine, like grilled vegetable strudel and venison duo, created in the open-concept kitchen. Wash down dinner with one of 75-plus bottled beers.

Buzzing with an infectious energy, the casual eatery specializes in rustic European cuisine, crafted by Chef de Cuisine Chris Kidd and his assistant Scot Shattuck, both classically trained.

Sweetwaters Donut Mill
A 24-hour drive-thru lets you curb your craving for the massive, gooey confections anytime with more than 55 flavors, including Snickers, Dutch crumb and buttermilk.

Outdoor patio at The Cooks' House, Traverse City. Photo Courtesy of Midwest Living/Tony DeminMore Places to Eat Traverse City 

Bistro FouFou
Raised in both France and the West Indies, chef Guillaume Hazael-Massieux creates French-bistro selections with Caribbean accents. A Franco-centric wine list and luxe decor complete the dining experience.

Harbor 22 Bar and Grill
Taking inspiration from its dockside location, this restaurant features classic waterfront meals like crunchy fried perch with remoulade and other Great Lakes-inspired dishes.

Opa! Coney and Grill
The husband-wife owners of Opa! showcase their varied heritages Greek and Polish and shared love of Michigan (and exceptional food) with a menu that includes pierogies, falafels and Detroit-style Coneys.

Patisserie Amie/Chez Peres
Come in for breakfast or lunch at Patisserie Amie and indulge in beautiful pastries, fluffy omelets and tarts. Return in the evening for quality French fare at Chez Peres.

The Filling Station Microbrewery
Serving ales by the rails, a nod to the depot buildings past and neighboring train tracks, the brewery also serves flatbreads, made in the wood-fired oven.