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The Root Named Restaurant of the Year

The White Lake restaurant captures the annual Free Press award from longtime restaurant critic Sylvia Rector. Birmingham's Forest Grill won in 2010.

The Root Restaurant & Bar in White Lake is Metro Detroit best restaurant, according arguably Detroit's most well-known restaurant critic.

"With its local-seasonal philosophy, moderate prices, pitch-perfect blend of casual and upscale styles, and faith that great dining places can succeed anywhere, the Root could be a template for the ideal modern Michigan restaurant," writes longtime Detroit Free Press critic Sylvia Rector in naming the Root the Free Press' 2012 Restaurant of the Year.

Two years ago, Birmingham's was the pick, with Rector writing in the review: "The restaurant's focus on quality ingredients and classic techniques has never wavered. And neither has its belief in accessible, approachable food."

With an emphasis on modern American cuisine, the Root sits in a 4,700-square-foot building in the Village Lakes Shopping Center next to . Its original plans called for 111 interior seats and 28 outside. It serves lunch and dinner and is open every day but Sunday.

The restaurant's chef, James Rigato, described the food as modern American. He also said he wants the atmosphere in the restaurant to have a casual feel.

“We don’t want a restaurant that people are afraid to come in because of the dress code,” Rigato told White Lake Patch a year ago.

White Lake Local Editor Brooke Tajer will be beside herself with this news. She has she's been touting the restaurant's flavorful food, its ambience and friendliness of the chef. She learned about the impending restaurant last spring and couldn't wait for it's grand opening, which she reviewed in June.

 

Art Aisner (Editor) February 05, 2012 at 02:53 PM
How about Larco's in WB. Who else does filet like that?
Nancy Hanus February 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I'm going to cast my vote for Morels. I was so upset when it closed, and so glad to know it's coming back in a new location.
I love the Root; went there when it opened and again on our anniversary. It is yummy and fresh. The food is amazing, and the service is great.
Linda P March 09, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Thanks for honoring a small, quality, new restaurant....... I was so displeased to see Hour Mag select, the new Joe Muer's as their restaurant of the year which was most undeserving in my opinion.

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