Nina & Rafi’s Margherita in Detroit is a Detroit pie made as the Super Margherita. CONTRIBUTED BY MIA YAKEL
"The bad news? Spina opted not to bring the Grandma Pie with him," AJC food writer Wendell Brock wrote in a review of Nina + Rafi earlier this year. "The good news? He's outdone himself with a pan pie called the Detroit Red Top, another study in simplicity distinguished by its singular edge."
As for Root Baking Co., Kramer writes, “because if you’re milling your own heirloom grains, you should definitely be turning them into lamb shawarma pizza and morning buns.”
Husband and wife Chris and Nicole Wilkins are behind the Ponce City Market venture, which was previously located in Charleston. Root features daily artisan and heritage grain breads, plus pastries, breakfast items, toasts, snacks, salads, soups and sandwiches.
Chris Wilkins was a semifinalist in the Outstanding Baker category for this year's James Beard Foundation Awards.
"For a multitude of reasons (parking, tourists, price point), I've been loath to frequent Ponce City Market," Brock wrote in a glowing review earlier this year. "With Root Baking Co. in the house, I may become a stalker."
Root Baking Co. and Nina + Rafi are the latest new restaurants to be recognized by Bon Appetit. Talat Market, a pop-up that's slated to open a brick-and-mortar location in Summerhill this year, was a nominee last year.
In 2017, Brian So's Marietta eatery Spring was named to the list and was eventually ranked in the top 10 new restaurants, while Staplehouse was named to the list in 2016 and was ultimately named Best New Restaurant in the country (Inman park restaurant Bread & Butterfly was also named in the top 50 that year).
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