Ajishin – No Website
Address: 42270 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375
Recommendation: Curry udon
Notes: Novi is home to Michigan’s largest Japanese community therefore there are Japanese restaurants abound, Ajishin being the most popular. How could I make such an assumption? Maybe it’s because nearly every day there is a line out the door to get a table at this place, even in the winter. People are willing to wait, and for good reason. The food is supremely affordable and authentically delicious, and the atmosphere is cozy and multilingual.
Bucharest Grill – Website
Address: 2040 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Notes: As a frequent concert goer in high school and college, Bucharest Grill was a default favorite for post-show eats. BG is located in the center of the entertainment district but on a backstreet so without research, you may never have known it was there. The restaurant doesn’t have the most functional layout and gets crowded very quickly, especially on the weekends. That’s a testament to the quality of their food. To describe BG with a rhyming slogan: Open late, food is great and worth the wait.
Green Cedar – No Website
Address: 19217 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, MI 48152
Recommendation: Chicken Ghallaba sandwich
Notes: My mother and I recently discovered this family-run joint near our house called Green Cedar. It is takeout only, and I say that because they only have two tables in their seating area. Customer service can be really hit or miss, but the dirt cheap prices and delicious food keep us going back for more. Try the chicken ghallaba sandwich! It’s $4, includes veggies, and is marinated in a creamy, tomato sauce.
Satay House – Website
Address: 31101 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Notes: It certainly is no street food fresh from the wok on the streets of Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, but it suffices. Though there are a plethora of Thai restaurants in the Metro-Detroit area, other S.E. Asian cuisine is poorly represented. Satay House is holding up the fort for Malaysian, Singaporean, and Chinese food in Metro-Detroit. The food is filling, affordable, and to be enjoyed as a casual outing with friends.