Best Chef

Brandon Schatko at Top of the Pontch

Readers' Choice

2 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-782-4313; topofthepontch.com

Since the Crowne Plaza Pontchartrain Hotel reopened in 2014, it has seen its share of changes in its two restaurants: Top of the Pontch and Jefferson House. First, with the departure of chef Justin Vaiciunas (last year's Best Chef), then with the closure of the Jefferson House. If there has been one constant, it's the hard work of chef Brandon Schatko. He was appointed executive chef at the Pontch last fall when the Jefferson House shuttered. With that, he's designed a menu that offers a fun mix of Americana, Italian, and Asian cuisine – all aspiring to compete with that stellar view on the 25th floor.

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