Former Free Press dining writer Mark Kurlyandchik has re-emerged with a top ten Detroit-area restaurant list to coincide with this summer's return to normal.
Put together in conjuction with reservation website Resy, the so-called "Hit List" features a number of pandemic-era newcomers, including ethnic restaurants and brewpubs.
On the list are:
Bunny Bunny, which opened nine months ago as an Asian and Southern fusion restaurant in Eastern Market.
Baobab Fare, an East African former pop-up that has found a more permanent home in New Center.
Ferndale Project, Eastern Market Brewing Co.'s 2020 expansion to the suburbs.
The Goblin, a sushi spot that gained popularity with its first location in Clinton Township.
Olin Bar & Restaurant, which managed to debut "a successful small plates restaurant with no outdoor seating in the middle of the pandemic."
The list will be released monthly. Only a portion of the restaurants featured appear to partner with the booking website.