Southfield's Beans & Cornbread named a 'new classic' American restaurant by GQ

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Detroit restaurants are being named more and more frequently in national publications in travel pieces and best-of lists. 

They're largely the city's shiny, new spots, and not so much places that have stood the test of time and don't have local media and a marketing team lifting them up. 

Beans & Cornbread in Southfield.

Not the case in GQ's story this week, highlighting 20-something restaurants that they deem to be "new classics." Among them is Southfield's Beans & Cornbread. 

Serving the area with Southern comfort food since 1997, the local mainstay was included in a list that also name-dropped Gramercy Tavern and Momofuku Noodle Bar of New York City, New Orleans' Herbsaint and others. 

GQ food critic Brett Martin enlisted Detroit author Aaron Foley to write the blurb on Beans & Cornbread, which he describes as a place where Detroit residents and Southfield residents find common ground along with the country-seasoned and smothered pork chops, fried chicken, catfish and red beans and rice. 

"It's been running in a strip mall since 1997, near the peak of when Southfield's population flipped from a white farming community to a middle-class black enclave," writes Foley, author of the book "How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass." "Suburbs aside, you'll see photographs of all of Detroit's black heroes — Joe Louis, Diana Ross, especially Aretha Franklin — while Motown plays in the background."

A plate of "Swamp Thing", (catfish, cajun shrimp, gumbo, collard greens and rice.)

Martin writes that he wanted to craft a list that shines a light on restaurants that are a bit older and often get overlooked, but that deserve some kind of recognition for sticking around so long. 

"In other words, the middle-aged," he wrote. "In other other words, the places where you actually want to eat." 

Beans & Cornbread, which also has a food truck as well as a brick and mortar restaurant, serves lunch and dinner daily at 29508 Northwestern Highway in Southfield. Call (248) 208-1680 or visit 

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