2015 DXF Challenge Winner

Why did you want to participate in the DXF Challenge?

The DXF Challenge was perfect for me because it allowed me to track what I was already doing. I love going out for a meal, and checking out all the new restaurants &  bars every week. I’m also a super competitive person by nature.

What are some of your favorite bars & restaurants from the checklist?

New spots that you found on the checklist: Greenwich time, Z- Villa Patio and Volleyball, Cilantro, Corktown Tavern – the staff there was super friendly; it was such a  good find. Love the dive bars  and small businesses.

Any memorable experiences or anecdotes?

Two friends of mine became my #DXFchallenge wingmen. They kept me going and the three of us met so many people through the challenge. [Also they were less familiar with the city so] The DXF Challenge really gave me a chance to introduce them to many new spots and welcome them to the area.

Early on in the challenge, we crossed off almost 20 places in a single day. We went to Grand Trunk  to start for dinner and when the waiter saw the list, he highlighted his favorite spots-- then met up with us after his shift for an impromptu tour.

What’s next on the list?

Top of the Pontch as a last hurrah, and more riverfront area exploration. Andrew’s, They Say, music venues like St. Andrews.

Any challenge tips?

Find wingmen to motivate you and keep you going throughout the challenge, keep it fun! Selfie Tips—I’m not a natural selfie taker, so standing the middle of restaurant taking a was hard...sometimes, you just have to suck up your pride and do it.

Merissa visited 192 locations during the #DXFchallenge and won a night stay at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center with breakfast package, a $50 gift card to Traffic Jam & Snug, and a private bar tour for 8 people from Detroit Experience Factory


Check out our challenge for Dine Drink Detroit from October 1 - 10, share photos from the 27 participating restaurants and you could win gift cards and prizes!