With its constantly changing menu featuring fresh, local foods, Mabel Gray is the 2017 Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year.
The newspaper announced its pick last week. James Rigato, Mabel Gray’s chef-owner and Mark Kurlyandchik, Free Press restaurant critic, talked with Ann Delisi about the restaurant and other new area establishments that are changing the culinary scene in metro Detroit.
Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.
Kurlyandchik wrote in the Free Press,
“Rigato has raised Detroit’s national culinary profile from the unlikeliest of places, dishing up a daily changing menu out of a tiny former diner between a wrestling supply store and a funeral home in a blue-collar suburb that hasn’t had this much going for it in years.
Today, the restaurant is southeast Michigan’s most dynamic dining experience. You never know what you’re going to get, but you can be sure it’ll be impeccably sourced, carefully constructed, deliciously seasoned and delivered with fervent passion by a professional staff.”
What’s new? Overall, Kurlyandchik says there is an explosion of Asian flavors at new restaurants in metro Detroit. Even restaurants that aren’t considered “Asian” are influenced by the ingredients, including Rigato’s Mabel Gray.
Click on the icon on the map to learn more about the restaurant. Zoom to see more of the places in downtown Detroit:
The Restaurants, in order of discussion:
Savannah Blue in Detroit
Conserva in Detroit
Ima in Corktown
Otus Supply in Ferndale
Peterboro in Detroit
Chapman House in Rochester
Parc in Campus Martius
Flowers of Vietnam— in Detroit
Grey Ghost in Detroit
Katoi in Detroit
Since this conversation, a fire destroyed Katoi restaurant. Read more about that here.