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Michigan Has One of the Best Independent Restaurants in the U.S.

There's something so special about a local, independent restaurant. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy going to chains, too. But, nothing beats going to eat at a favorite local eatery. Thankfully, here in Michigan, we have lots of fantastic local places to get your grub on. I've found some delicious spots all across the state, from small towns to the big metros. Michiganders just love our food, and we have the restaurants to show for it. Now, one Michigan restaurant has been named the best independent restaurant in the state. Ondeck.com has released a study about the best indie restaurants in America. In it, they note that the average person in the U.S. goes out to eat at a restaurant three times a month, according to USfoods.com. Does three times a month seem low to you? Perhaps they aren't counting takeout. To me, going out to eat three times a month seems like a low number. But, I'm also the girl who grew up with parents who went out to eat all the time. Anyway, Ondeck.com states, "Grabbing a bite at a fast food chain is a popular go-to — indeed, we're the world's biggest consumers of fast food — but you may not know that over half of the restaurants in the U.S. are independent." To come up with the winners, they used Yelp data in each state. "We used Yelp.com to retrieve publicly available ratings and review numbers for 149,099 independent restaurants within the most populated cities in every state and across the following categories of cuisine served: pizza, vegan, burgers, breakfast and international cuisine (e.g., Chinese food)." So, what's the best independent restaurant in Michigan? It's Ernie's Market in Detroit. They received 4.8 stars, according to Ondeck.com. So, next time you're in the Motor City, you might want to stop there for some grub. Find the full list of the best independent restaurants in the U.S. here. [select-listicle listicle_id="444914" syndication_name="get-ready-to-eat-restaurant-openings-in-the-coming-year" description="no"]

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