By Chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino

 Photograph courtesy of Grey Ghost Detroit

Photograph courtesy of Grey Ghost Detroit

The biggest misconception about Detroit is that there aren’t many places to eat. But it is flourishing. There are so many hidden gems in this city and surrounding areas.
— Chefs John Vermiglio & Joe Giacomino

 Photograph courtesy of Grey Ghost Detroit

Photograph courtesy of Grey Ghost Detroit

About Chefs John Vermiglio & Joe Giacomino

Chefs John Vermiglio and Joe Giacomino are partners in the Four Man Ladder Management group and co-owners of Grey Ghost Detroit and the newly opened Second Best. The menu at Second Best features elevated bar snacks like Fried Bologna Elote and Pulled Pork Hush Puppie.

Previously, Vermiglio and Giacomino worked together in Chicago at A10 Hyde Park Eatery and Bar. Vermiglio also worked with chef Art Smith at Table Fifty Two and chef Graham Elliott at his eponymous restaurant and GE Bistro. He was also the culinary director at Billy Sunday, A10, and Yusho.

 Photograph courtesy of Grey Ghost Detroit

Photograph courtesy of Grey Ghost Detroit

Grey Ghost Detroit

At Grey Ghost, we like to think we deliver Midwest hospitality and an elevated dining experience in a comfortable setting. Some of most popular dishes include: fried bologna with sharp cheddar fondue, smoked whitefish with everything bagel seasoning, and a dry-aged New York strip steak. Oh, and cocktails too.

47 Watson Street, Detroit, MI 48201
T: 313.262.6534
www.greyghostdetroit.com

 Seven Layer Deviled Egg | Photograph courtesy of Second Best

Seven Layer Deviled Egg | Photograph courtesy of Second Best

Second Best

It is named Second Best as a place that recognizes and celebrates that on some nights, you don’t need to be at the best or fanciest spot in town; sometimes the “Second Best” will do just fine. Drink cocktails and inspired shots from when Jager Bombs and Kamikazes were still cool. Snack on deviled eggs, pork rinds, popcorn, and chicken wings, as well as a fried chicken sandwich and a Chicago-style Italian beef.

42 Watson Street, Detroit, MI 48201
T: 313.315.3077
www.secondbestdetroit.com


CHEFS' DETROIT GUIDE

Coffee

 Photograph courtesy of New Order Coffee

Photograph courtesy of New Order Coffee

New Order Coffee

Their cold brew is killer and most definitely an essential coffee drink before a busy night of service.

3100 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
T: 313.784.9164
www.newordercoffee.com

Breakfast

Fly Trap

Order the Huevos Rancheros -- spicy!

22950 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48220
T: 248.399.5150
www.theflytrapferndale.com

Shopping

 Detroit souvenirs | Photograph courtesy of City Bird.

Detroit souvenirs | Photograph courtesy of City Bird.


Gifts @ City Bird

They have unique and locally-sourced gifts for wives, girlfriends, and family. 

460 West Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201
T: 313.831.9146
www.citybirddetroit.com

Mexican Food @ Honey Bee Market 

Come here for the best guacamole and Mexican food items.

2443 Bagley Street, Detroit, MI 48216
T: 313.237.0295
www.honeybeemkt.com

Farmer's Market

 Photograph courtesy of Eastern Market

Photograph courtesy of Eastern Market

Eastern Market

One of the biggest farmers' markets in the Midwest -- we pay a visit twice a week.

2934 Russell Street, Detroit MI 48207
www.easternmarket.org

Lunch

 Photograph courtesy of Mudgie's Deli & Wine Shop

Photograph courtesy of Mudgie's Deli & Wine Shop

Mudgie’s Deli

For a fried bologna sandwich in Corktown.

1300 Porter Street
Detroit, MI 48226
T: 313.9612000
www.mudgiesdeli.com

Al Ameer

Go to Dearborn and get chicken shawarma sandwiches (order a few).

12710 West Warren Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126
T: 313.582.8185
alameerrestaurant.com

Taqueria El Rey

It is located in southwest Detroit. Order the half chicken and steak burrito.

4730 Vernor Highway
Detroit, MI 48209
T: 313.357.3094
taqueria-elrey.com

Sweets

 Photograph courtesy of Tringali's Bakery

Photograph courtesy of Tringali's Bakery

Tringali's Bakery

We can't pass up a trip to Warren for their Edise (a Cannoli-filled pastry).

29100 Schoenherr Road
Warren, MI 48093
T: 586.777.9010
www.tringalisbakery.com

Detroit Cookie Co

We are really into this place. You have to get the blueberry donut cookies.

23421 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
T: 248.246.8060
www.detroitcookieco.com

Selden Standard

Pastry chef Lena Sareini is absolutely killing the dessert game here.

3921 2nd Avenue
Detroit, MI 4820
T: 313.438.5055
www.seldenstandard.com

Dinner

 Photographs courtesy of Scotty Simpson's

Photographs courtesy of Scotty Simpson's

 Fish & Chips at Scotty Simpson's

Fish & Chips at Scotty Simpson's

Scotty Simpson's Fish & Chips 

It's a Detroit staple -- their fried fish is incredibly tasty. It's a little off the beaten path but absolutely worth the trip. Must order: Scotty's famous 3 piece cod with potatoes, slaw, and tartar.

22200 Fenkell Avenue
Detroit, MI 48223
T: 313.533.0950
scottysfishandchips.com

Giovanni's Ristorante

Old school Italian red sauce joint that's unapologetically authentic and rustic. The owner, Fran, works the host stand every night and spends time chatting with every guest who walks in the door. Also, Sinatra paid a visit many moons ago. Order the Chicken Parm and a glass of red.

330 Oakwood Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48217
T: 313.841.0122
www.giovannisristorante.com

Bars

 Photograph courtesy of Standby | Photo Credit: Sal Rodriquez

Photograph courtesy of Standby | Photo Credit: Sal Rodriquez

Standby

Everything is second-to-none -- the location in The Belt, the drink list, and the decor and environment. We love the hospitality and consider owner Joe Robb a close friend of ours. They also have awesome cocktails. Must order: the Dog Days Negroni.

225 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
T: 313.736.5533
www.standbydetroit.com

Bumbo's Bar

We really like Bumbo’s Bar in Hamtramck. It's low lit, dark red, and unpretentious -- the best place in the city for a chill beer.

3001 Holbrook Avenue
Hamtramck, MI 48212
T: 313.285.8239
www.bumbosbar.com

Tony's Sports Bar

It's similar to Bumbo's with low key vibes. The bartenders are super friendly and it's conveniently found in our neighborhood, Ferndale. Order a High Life.

23500 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
T: 248.545.2920

Late Night

 Photograph courtesy of Lafayette Coney Island

Photograph courtesy of Lafayette Coney Island

Lafayette Coney Island

Hands down -- two coneys, cheese fries and a root beer or spring for a milkshake.

Open until 3am, 4am on weekends
118 W Lafayette Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226
T: 313.964.8198

Live Music

 Photograph courtesy of the Magic Stick

Photograph courtesy of the Magic Stick

Magic Stick

On many of our days off, you'll find us at a concert at the Magic Stick.

4120-4140 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
T: 313.833.9700
majesticdetroit.com/magicstick

Detroit Souvenirs

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Vernors Ginger Ale

It's a crisp, flavorful, quintessential ginger ale with Detroit roots.

www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com/brands/vernors

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Sanders Hot Fudge

This iconic ice cream topper has been around since 1875 with their first shop downtown Detroit. It's great warmed up over ice cream or straight from the spoon (or finger). 

www.sanderscandy.com/milk-chocolate-hot-fudge-dessert-topping.html


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