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The James Beard Foundation has announced its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists for the James Beard Awards presented by Capital One, and some Michigan names are on the list. Nominees will be announced on Wednesday, March 29, and winners will be honored at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

“The James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards—established in 1990 and first awarded in 1991—are one of five separate recognition programs of the Awards,” they explain on their official website. “The 2023 Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists are recognized across 23 categories, including the new Award for Outstanding Bakery.”

Here are the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists from Michigan:

Outstanding Restaurateur

• Sandy Levine, Freya, Chartreuse, and The Oakland, Detroit

Outstanding Chef

• Hajime Sato, Sozai, Clawson

Emerging Chef

• Amado Lopez, Casa Amado Taqueria, Berkley

Outstanding Bakery

• Good Cakes and Bakes, Detroit

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program

• Spencer, Ann Arbor

Best Chef Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

• Omar Anani, Saffron De Twah, Detroit

• Abra Berens, Granor Farm, Three Oaks

• Norberto Garita, El Barzon, Detroit

• Andy Hollyday, Selden Standard, Detroit

• Ji Hye Kim, Miss Kim, Ann Arbor

• Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere, Baobab Fare, Detroit

• Michael Ransom, Ima Izakaya, Detroit

• Sarah Welch, Marrow, Detroit

10 Best Michigan Restaurants for 2023

  • BARDA Detroit - Detroit

    The highest-rated restaurant on Yelp in Detroit is BARDA Detroit. Their description on Yelp says, “BARDA Detroit is the first and only authentic Argentinian-inspired Restaurant in Detroit. Using ancestral methods of Patagonian cooking, BARDA’s open fire is the very soul of the restaurant’s dining experience. BARDA specializes in simple yet bold dishes, combining techniques and ingredients that reach far across vast geographical terrains.”

    Argentinian Restaurant BARDA Detroit - Barda

    Our Menu Our Menu Reservations Reservations Gift Cards Purchase Our Menu Our Menu Reservations Reservations Gift Cards Purchase Instagram BARDA Detroit. 4842 Grand River Ave. | (313) 952 5182 | BARDA Detroit. 4842 Grand River Ave. (313) 952 5182

  • One Twenty Three Tavern - Grand Rapids

    Their description on Yelp says, “Comfort food available for takeout or delivery. Featuring daily specials, incredible burgers, and meatloaf that’ll rival your mother’s. You can find us on Uber Eats or call 616-900-9123 for pick-up.”

  • 501 Bar and Grill - Flint

    Their description on Yelp says, “Art Deco. Modernistic. Inviting with stylish sophistication and flair. 501 offers a unique menu delivering an array of tastes, including full-sized entrees and an assortment of small plates that are perfect for sharing amongst friends. Our full-service bar boasts plenty of craft beer on draught, a variety of fine wines, and carefully crafted cocktails.”

  • The Ocean Crab - Lansing

    Their description on Yelp says, “Juicy seafood never tasted so delicious.”

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  • The Filling Station Microbrewery - Traverse City

    Their description on Yelp says, “The Filling Station Microbrewery specializes in wood fired flatbreads and hand-crafted microbrews. Both our flatbreads and microbrews use the freshest ingredients available. We brew using both a 10 bbl and a 3 bbl brewing system. This allows us the freedom to create small batches of craft beer, in a variety of styles.”

  • Rare Earth Goods and Cafe - Marquette

    “This is an art co op and natural food store. Classes hosted to learn all types of crafts. Open mic,” according to their official Facebook page. They got great Yelp reviews!

    Rare Earth Goods & Café

    Natural Foods & Art Gallery

  • The BoardRoom - Saginaw

    Their description on Yelp says, “Bistro in Historic downtown Riverfront Saginaw featuring an upscale seasonal menu; curated wine, beer, and cocktails lists; and beautiful indoor and patio dining spaces.”

    The BoardRoom

    The BoardRoom - Located in the SVRC Marketplace

  • Union Rec - Ann Arbor

    Their website states, “From the moment the baristas unlock the doors for coffee and pastries, through service when the kitchen crew is crafting comfort food from three Americas (North, Central and South, to be precise) straight to the moment the bartenders turn off the TVs and lock the doors; this is game for anything. This joint was built to be fun like the upper bunk… where the stories and snickers from the fellow campers mean that sleep is the last thing on your mind… and the counselors are dedicated to making sure you’re having a time of it. It’s like that: a bit throwback and a bit forward at the same time. And it’s right at home here on Main Street between the Big House and downtown in Ann Arbor.”

  • Carlisle's - Muskegon

    Their website states, “Carlisle’s in downtown Muskegon offers your favorite classic gastropub dishes that tailor’s to any of your leisurely occasions. Take part in our good eats, our fun food and drink specials, live sports and fun entertainment, all in our warm, welcoming atmosphere. Kick back with family and friends before heading off to one of our many downtown happenings. Or, stay a while and enjoy the Carlisle’s experience.”

  • Kingston Kitchen at the Village Inn - Mackinac Island

    Their description on Yelp says, “Welcome to our kitchen! A Mackinac Island tradition continues on, serving up traditional American fare with Jamaican influences. Enjoy renowned planked whitefish from the Straits of Mackinac alongside scratch-made dishes with vibes of the Islands.”

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