While Novi didn’t officially become a city until 1969, it does have a long history and features several historic sites, including the Novi Depot and the Colonel Samuel White Homestead. Plus, this small city has a thriving culinary scene sure to please any palate. From Asian delights to American eats, from fine-dining to laid-back eateries, here is a list of some of the best restaurants that Novi, Michigan, has to offer.
Here is a list of some of the best restaurants that Novi, Michigan, has to offer / Pixabay
Located in an unassuming strip mall, Ajishin is a popular venue offering generous portions of Japanese fare. A cozy venue, the interior does not hold many people, so be prepared for a wait — indeed, there is often a line of people outside. While you’ll find the typical sushi rolls on the menu, you’ll also be presented with a variety of hot udon dishes. Popular choices include the Maiko udon with shrimp and vegetable tempura and the eponymous Ajishin, topped with shrimp, vegetable tempura, fried tofu, and eggs.
If you have a craving for authentic Greek cuisine, be sure to try Big Tommy’s Parthenon. The culinary team seeks out the freshest ingredients available for the appetizing dishes, which include breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections. For breakfast there are both sweet and savory options. The lunch and dinner menu offers a wide variety of dishes, like moussaka, lamb and spaghetti, and pastitsio. Big Tommy’s is also a comedy club, so if you’re looking to add even more excitement to your night, try a dinner and show combo.
Bottlz is an upscale yet casual venue featuring New American fare along with an impressive wine list. Located inside the clubhouse of the Maples of Novi golf course, this venue is a great place to enjoy a night out with friends. Bottlz offers diners a varied menu, with highlights including the filet mignon served with scalloped potatoes, broccolini, and Bottlz zip sauce; the Chef’s pasta dish, which varies day to day; and the pan-seared barramundi with Fontina cheese, herb risotto, and braised greens. They also have a happy hour.
South Korea-native Kelly Chang and his wife Susana, followed their dream and opened China Cafe in 1996, a contemporary establishment offering changing, modern menu items. As the name suggests, Chinese cuisine is served, but so is Korean fare, and everything is made with the freshest ingredients available. House specialties include the lightly battered filet of fish, served with fresh vegetables and rice wine sauce; the Szechuan eggplant with pork in a spicy garlic sauce; and the tofu and green beans in a Thai curry sauce. To complement the meal, the cafe offers cocktails, beer, and wine.
Michigan Beer Company is proud to offer over 100 Michigan-brewed craft beers, alongside scrumptious ‘Michigan Comfort Food.’ The craft brews come either on tap or in cans or bottles, while the food highlights the best of Michigan’s bounty. The restaurant features a chic-rustic interior, complete with purple-blue walls adorned with art, providing a fun, casual environment to enjoy with family and friends. The menu has tempting options such as Mount Arvon meatloaf with whiskey glaze, garlic whipped potatoes, crispy onions, cheddar, and green onions. You’ll also find burgers, flatbread, salads, pizza, and more.
Nestled inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Novi Chophouse is a fine-dining restaurant serving succulent steaks, chops, seafood and more. With an elegant dining room, this is a great restaurant for a special occasion. Start with the truffle polenta and grilled portobello mushrooms before savoring the 24-ounce porterhouse steak with roasted tomato and haricot vert. Vegetarians are not left out, with options such as the acorn squash gnocchi with crispy kale, spicy squash seeds plus basil cream and many side dishes. Pair your meal with a selection from the award-winning wine list.
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Yes, One World Market is a supermarket, one that specializes in Japanese products; however, the establishment also features a sushi bar brimming with fresh, flavorful options that will delight anyone in search of Japanese delicacies. The menu has mostly sushi options, with nigiri, cooked fish, and a variety of rolls. Highlights include the rainbow roll, which is described as a special California roll with tuna, salmon, talapia, and shrimp, and the shrimp cheese roll, a tasty combination of a spicy shrimp roll with cream cheese, plum sauce, and cucumber. For those wanting something besides sushi, try the udon tempura or curry rice.
A family-owned and operated venue with two locations in the area, Phở Lucky attracts customers with its tasty Vietnamese delicacies. With gold-colored walls, the interior space is a warm one, a great place to savor comforting dishes like phở and rice plates. In winter, warm up with one of many varieties of a hot bowl of phở: choose from version with meatballs, or tendon and round eye steak, or tuck into a plate of rice, vegetables, lemon grass, and a grilled pork chop.
Striving to create an environment that feels like a ‘good friend’s home,’ Steve and Rocky’s is a friendly restaurant serving delicious Contemporary American cuisine made with the freshest ingredients, including those from local sources like the chef’s garden. Established in 1998, this restaurant boasts a spacious dining area adorned with paintings, copper, porcelain, and more, creating a warm atmosphere. Featuring many daily specials, the menu also offers regular items such as fried frog legs with tomato, garlic, herbs, spinach, and basmati rice and the filet mignon with cognac sauce. Steve and Rocky’s is open daily.
Tucked inside the Marriott Hotel, Toasted Oak Grill and Market is all about showcasing the local bounty every day. Executive Chef Brian Kanak is at the helm creating, along with his kitchen crew, American dishes with a French spin, all of which are bursting with local goodness. The interior space is beautiful with a splash of sophistication, perfect for sampling a wide range of dishes from appetizers to sandwiches, pizzas, salads and entrées. The ‘garden variety’ entrée with quinoa, butternut squash, apple, fig, portobello mushrooms, kale, chickpeas, and much more will satisfy any vegetarian. Meat lovers will enjoy the venison served with purple mashed potatoes, honey-braised cabbage, and huckleberry demi. There is also a more casual market that sells baked goods, cheese, charcuterie, and much more.