If you’re like us, it’s been a long year-plus dealing with this pandemic, and you are about ready to be done with it. We’re as eager as anyone to get things back to normal, but the fact is we’re not there, yet. In the meantime, we’ve lost a lot of Detroit metro area businesses already, and we know there are plenty of businesses that need our continued support.
As close as we are to kicking this thing, it’s still possible that even more of our favorite restaurants might not make it. Can you imagine fighting this long only to go under at the eleventh hour?
We at Goodman Acker cannot, and we want to do a little something to help support local businesses. In that spirit, we’re excited to present to you the Good Food, Good Decision Contest.
We’ve collaborated with some of our favorite local restaurants for some friendly competition and local promotion—and you stand to get a meal at half the price.
How the Good Food, Good Decision Contest Works
The concept is pretty simple. Vote below for your favorite restaurant between May 10th and May 24th. Votes before May 10th will not be tabulated.
The winner will be announced on May 26th.
Then, on June 3rd, dine in or carry out at the winning restaurant, and Goodman Acker will pick up half your tab.
That’s right: We’re covering half of all food orders up to $2,000, meaning together we can drive up to $4,000 in sales to the restaurant with the most supportive and loyal customers.
Vote below for your favorite, and then campaign for your pick by sharing this page with your friends and family and on all your social media feeds.
Dates to Remember
- Beans & Cornbread, Southfield – Award-winning, much-lauded soul food served with style. Appeared in the film Sparkle!
- Ernie’s Market, Oark Park – Ernie Hassan has been making gargantuan sandwiches for 65-plus years, and there’s no slowing him down. With delectable pastrami and corned beef on each sandwich offering, Ernie’s specializes in the simple.
- Red Knapps, Oxford – Mouth-watering American food and a wide-ranging cocktail menu. Small portions not allowed. Grab a spot on their patio!
From the Owner:
The Knapp name has been associated with Oakland County restaurants since 1936 when Red Knapp opened his first restaurant in Rochester. In 1950, Red opened Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar, which he ran with his wife and children. The Dairy Bar still operates today and remained in the Knapp family until just recently.
In 1996, Brett Knapp opened Red Knapp’s American Grill in Oxford. It offers some of the classic favorites enjoyed for so many years at the Dairy Bar but expanded the menu to offer steaks, fish, pizza and much more, including the famous “Nap Burger”.
Red Knapp’s American Grill in Oxford has continued to operate as a family business. Brett and his wife, Jennifer, run the establishment together. Their oldest daughter, Liliana, often makes an appearance as a hostess on the weekends, while their son, Lido, helps his dad with cleaning and maintenance when he joins his parents at work.
- The Block, Detroit – Casual midtown gastropub with a popular happy hour. With decadent dishes such as chicken and waffles, The Block ain’t your normal pub.
- Go! Sy Thai, Detroit – Enjoy Thai favorites such as curries and Pad Pak in a hip and casual dining atmosphere. Cool down with one of their mango or coconut juices.
- Yum Village, Detroit – West African and Caribbean dishes served up for easy eating. With an operational focus on sustainable social change, Yum Village is a local business worth supporting for a variety of reasons. Featured in Eater Detroit.
- El Nacimiento, Detroit – Celebrating 20 years in business this year, El Nacimiento serves up flamin’ favorites such as fajitas and flautas. Try out some of their traditional Mexican dishes! Featured in the Michigan Chronicle for their generous contributions to the community.
- Da Francesco’s, Shelby Township – Maybe as close as you can get to homemade Italian food and hospitality. With an extensive menu of pasta dishes, Da Francesco’s won’t leave you hungry. Make sure you leave some room for tiramisu, though. Plenty of outdoor seating options are available–we’re confident you’ll enjoy soaking up the sun in warm company with good food here.
- Cloverleaf, Eastpointe – Bite into a slice at one of the restaurants that made Detroit an iconic spot on the pizza lover’s map. Family-owned and -operated, Cloverleaf is yet another local restaurant we love.
Other Rules, Restriction, and Recommendations
One vote per person. You can try gaming the system, but we’ve got a pretty good database, so only your first vote will count. Anyways, this is a friendly neighborhood kind of contest designed to get people excited about local restaurants; we ask you to participate in that spirit. The better strategy is to share the link and tell all your friends, family, and followers to vote.
This promotion applies to the first $4,000 in sales at the winning restaurant, half of which Goodman Acker will pay. If you’re the next customer in line after that $4,000 mark, well, it isn’t your lucky day. The good news is that you’re about to have a delicious meal and to support a great local business.
Sorry, this promotion does not cover alcoholic beverages. You’re welcome to imbibe—responsibly—but you’ll have to cover the cost yourself.
If your favorite restaurant did not win the Good Food, Good Decision Contest, please don’t take it personally. Instead, show them some love by ordering from them the next time you’re looking for a place to eat.