Even with summer coming to a close, there is much to look forward to in the Detroit dining world. Between newcomers and a handful of old favorites, these promising venues are just heating up.
Brunch at Phoenicia
While snoozing late on Sunday mornings is a must for certain sleepyheads, there is one good reason to set your alarm this weekend — Birmingham’s Phoenicia is now serving Sunday brunch. Savory specialties range from Hashwi and eggs, featuring a lamb confit sprinkled with pine nuts, to a zesty potato hash. Diners can even indulge in Phoenicia’s famous ribs, which pair seamlessly with a warm side salad. Brunch is far from complete without a signature Bloody Mary or Mimosa from the diligent bartending staff. Be sure to reserve a table any time between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. phoeniciabirmingham.com
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in Downtown Royal Oak
After garnering huge success in Traverse City, Ann Arbor and Detroit, this Michigan-based Belgian beer bar and eatery has teamed up with the long-time Royal Oak staple Bastone Brewery. Bastone still occupies a small portion of the building, but the majority of the interior is now dedicated to Jolly Pumpkin. Fans can sip on a variety of Jolly Pumpkin, North Peak or Bastone beers on tap. Those who aren’t crazy about beer can opt for crisp cider, a glass or two of wine or even a refreshing cocktail. While the Royal Oak menu has its own unique eats, the famous cone of truffle fries and gourmet pizzas are still aplenty. www.jollypumpkin.com
Takoi (formerly Katoi) is Back in Action
After a complete shut-down due to vandals setting fire to the building this past February, this Corktown favorite eagerly reopened its doors on Aug. 28. According to Crain’s Detroit, the restaurant was rebuilt in the same location on Michigan Avenue, but with an impressive 300-square-foot expansion. Visitors can expect even more innovative Asian-inspired delicacies from the mind of Chef Brad Greenhill. Tickets are now available for purchase for an exclusive Takoi Experience tasting on Oct. 4. tocktix.com
October Opening for Urban Ramen
Fans of Los Angeles-based Urban Ramen can rejoice. As spotted by Eater Detroit, steaming bowls of broth filled with fresh noodles and tasty mix-ins will be slurp-ready in Midtown this October. Diners can indulge in meat, seafood and vegan/vegetarian-friendly ramen, plus tempting small plates like Ahi Poke tofu, Truffle Salmon and handmade sushi rolls at this quick-service spot. urbanramen.com.