How do you find the best in metro Detroit?

Well, if you're an MT staffer or fellow traveler, you keep your eyes peeled through the year for the new shop, the new trend, the odd observation, the old corner of our four-county neighborhood that could use a little more attention. And you ask your friends. In fact, you pester your friends to let you in on the little discoveries that they share with their closest friends. That's how many of our staff picks come about. And they're often about the little discoveries.

And then we ask you to add in what you know. And you give us a piece of your mind and share your finds. We thank you — more than 1,000 of you. And your fellow readers thank you.

This year, in our effort to continually uncover the area's absolute best, we pumped up the ballot; we asked for your opinions in eateries and in some other new categories across the four counties that we serve — Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw — from shores of Lake St. Clair to downriver, from downtown Detroit to Ann Arbor. This year's readers ballot adds more than 100 new discoveries.

And then we called in assistance, from our luchador pal, Bubba. Because in Detroit, the best doesn't come easy. You've got to wrestle for it.

Public Square - Readers' Picks
You chose these civic treasures as metro Detroit's best

Public Square - Staff Picks
We at MT pick our top cultural assets

The Real Deal - Readers' Picks
You gave us your ultimate shopping experiences

The Real Deal - Staff Picks
We hazard the best in buying and selling

Nutritional Value - Readers' Picks
You told us what topped your menus

Nutritional Value - Staff Picks
We select the spots we hunger for

Nightlife - Readers' Picks
You told us where to stick it when the sun don't shine

Nightlife - Staff Picks
We pin down what blows up our skirts at night

Best of Detroit Map
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