It’s time for a 100 Places in the D highlight post!
Today I’ll be showcasing my top five visits of Blog Year Seven (which ran from February 8, 2020 to February 7, 2021). I usually do a top-ten post at the end of every blogging year. Because the total number of places I visited in Blog Year Seven (36) was half of what it typically is, I’m going with an abbreviated list. Part of me wants to showcase more of the gems I visited – but I’ll hold back and let these five really shine!
–Mutiny Tiki Bar (#466, Detroit): I fortuitously visited Mutiny a month before the pandemic hit – and wow, was it a good time! Good vibes, good people, and probably the best drink I’ve ever had in the form of its Banana Bread Shot. As I wrote of it in this post, “It truly tastes like the most luxurious banana bread you’ve ever eaten and is so, so YUMMMM.”
–Mexicantown Bakery (#470, Detroit): That coffee-flavored tres leches cake . . . my heart still thrills at the thought of it!
–E&L Supermercado (#471, Detroit): Not only does this grocery store sells a plethora of fresh produce and Mexican grocery goods, it also makes a KILLER Salsa a la Diabla that I still can’t stop thinking about.
–Chickpea Kitchen (#475, Sterling Heights): This was one my early pandemic carryout jaunts, and I’m still impressed with it. Chickpea Kitchen was holding it down on so many levels, from their sparkling-clean interior and on-point COVID protocol to their phenomenal food (that fattoush salad! That build-your-own rice bowl packed with steak, veggies, and flavor!).
–Zo’s Good Burger (#480, Detroit): The mac-‘n’-cheese bites sealed the deal. As I wrote after my visit to this halal burger joint, “How did hamburgers even exist before the mac-‘n’-cheese-bites add-on? The crispy-battered, creamy, and cheesy nuggets deliciously enhanced the juicy burger. They melded with the mustard, the Good Burger sauce, the pickles, and all the other ingredients I’d chosen to make one SPECTACULAR burger.” Just like that, Zo’s is one spectacular pick!