Our Around Town writer, Laura Cassar, enjoyed telling Rochester Patch readers all about the new places to dine in Rochester and Rochester Hills this year.
Have you tried these restaurants that opened in 2012? Which were your favorites? Which ones do you plan to check out in 2013?
From Beer and Burgers to Tigers Bats, New Clubhouse BFD Has Flair: With a moose over the bar, a shrine to Johnny Cash and a menu of favorites, newest Rochester Hills restaurant is open for business.
The Meeting House
The Meeting House: Contemporary and Cozy in Downtown Rochester: The new restaurant on the corner of Third and Main opened Tuesday, and Patch was there to check it out.
It's Fresh and Has 'The Juice;' Are You Ready for Jersey Mike's?: We had a sneak preview of Jersey Mike's, which opens Wednesday in Rochester Hills.
Let Me Stand Next to Hibachi House Fire (It's My One Burning Desire): New restaurant open in downtown Rochester.
I Finished the Folded Crust of My Smackwater Jack's Pizza: Our Around Town columnist discovers how attention to detail makes downtown Rochester's newest cafe a hit.
Holy Cannoli's! Here They Are, to Stay, in Downtown Rochester: Family-owned-and-operated Main Street shop offers cannoli like your grandma used to make.
Where's the Beef in Rochester Hills? At the New Luca's Chophouse: Here's your first look at the newest fine dining experience in town.
Dublin Fish and Chips
Fish, Chips and a Taste of Dublin in the Middle of Downtown Rochester: We tried out the newest downtown restaurant and fell in love with the flaky freshness.
Noodles & Company
Noodles & Company Celebrates Grand Opening by Giving Back: All of today's sales at the new Rochester Hills restaurant will be donated to The Rainbow Connection.
112 Pizzeria Bistro
Newest Pizzeria in Rochester Hills Was Inspired By Detroit's Eastern Market: The menu at 112 Pizzeria Bistro is small but brilliant, the owner is a lifelong foodie and the pizza — well, you'll just have to read the review.
Downtown's New Mamma Mia Offers Pure Italian Comfort: The restaurant opened last week at University and Main.
Bloomberry Frozen Yogurt Offers a 'Mom Approved' Treat:We tried out the self-serve yogurt shop that opened this summer in the Papa Joe's plaza.
Paint Creek Cider Mill
It's Not Just Cider and Donuts Anymore: A former manager of downtown Rochester's Mind, Body & Spirits takes over the Oakland Township landmark, expanding the menu and staying open for business all year-round.
You Can Still Get Your Tower Pizza at Downtown's Blackbird Bistro: The name has changed, the decor is new but the pizza has remained the same; a new menu debuts today at the former Tower Pizza.
Sweet Island Yogurt
Self-Serve Yogurt Shop Coming Soon to Downtown Rochester: You'll pay by the ounce at Sweet Island Yogurt on Main Street.