Photo courtesy of The Sugar House
Photo courtesy of The Sugar House

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The October Hit List: Miss Kim, M Cantina, The Sugar House, and More


October marks the hard shift from balmy summer days and warm nights in Michigan to the cold, gray, wet season ahead, sending diners to seek cover inside. The larger patio footprints many restaurants expanded into to survive last year’s strict COVID capacity limits remain, but few operators are able to staff them sufficiently. Still, despite lingering uncertainty over the Delta variant and the morphing challenges of running a restaurant right now, plenty of bright spots offer hope — in the form of a life-affirming meal or a drink artfully made with the utmost care.

This month, a benchmark-setting craft cocktail temple in Corktown turns 10, Ann Arbor celebrates a newly crowned Food & Wine Best New Chef, and a tour through the suburb of Dearborn reveals a Mexican mixology master flexing his skills again among the vast diversity of next-gen Lebanese-American fare that dots the area.

All that and more in your October Hit List.