I am the Detroit Free Press restaurant critic. AMA.
MY BIO: Mark Kurlyandchik is the restaurant critic for the Detroit Free Press. Every February, he reveals his Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the Detroit area, as well as his overall Restaurant of the Year, based on his extensive experience in the Detroit dining scene. He makes documentaries, too, and is in production on a feature-length documentary about Lakeland Prison’s culinary program. He will be here at 2 p.m. Thursday answer your questions about all things Detroit-area food and dining.
THE STORY: Detroit’s best restaurants are being revealed this week. https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/dining/restaurant-of-the-year/2019/02/03/detroit-best-restaurants-year-new-2019/2648803002/
Honorable mentions for our Top 10 Best New Restaurants:
Mark's review of Empire in Detroit made Eater's list of Best Bad Restaurant Reviews of 2018:
More on the Lakeland Prison food program:
UPDATE 2:00 P.M. THURS: Whoa! Hey all. I'm here now and about to start answering questions. Thanks for your patience. We posted this a day in advance not knowing how much interest there'd be and wanting it to build momentum, but this thing sort of took off. Here we go!
UPDATE 5:00 P.M. THURS: That was a lot of fun. Thanks for all the great questions. Sorry I couldn't get to every single one of them but I've gotta run now and do a final edit on my big Restaurant of the Year piece, which goes live tomorrow at 10 a.m. on Freep.com.
We've already announced the 10 Best New Restaurants and you can read about all of them now at freep.com/roy.