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Food & Wine has named the Ferndale-based seafood restaurant Voyager in its top 10 list of restaurants of the year.

In its write-up of the 39-seat restaurant, which just celebrated its first birthday, Food & Wine writes that "Voyager breaks the mold of your classic oyster bar (the usual shucked suspects; a musty imperial vibe) and looks good doing it. Restaurateur Eli Boyer built the place on his own terms, in a way that felt right for his hometown. A color-blocked, airy interior makes it the ultimate hangout, and Tootla and Jackson’s menu makes it a compelling destination."

Justin Tootla and Jennifer Jackson are co-chefs at the restaurant.

Boyer is a graduate of West Bloomfield High School, whose newest restaurant, Lovers Only, opened in March in Capitol Park in downtown Detroit. Once upon a time, he was also a partner in Corktown's Gold Cash Gold.

Molly Abraham, The News' food critic, wrote in a 2017 review that Voyager's "menu is small and focused, and it is based on the availability of the fresh seafood, as is the separate list of oysters that might have as many as 20 choices on a given day, from Moonstones and Malabars to Spencer Coves."

On Voyager's Facebook page, a brief announcement of the award says "If you've ever stepped foot in our 39-seat shoebox, you share in this award. We're humbled. We're honored. We're excited to show you what's next!"

Voyager, 600 Vester, Ferndale, is the only Michigan restaurant named on the list. Voyager management could not immediately be reached for comment.

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