One of the biggest secrets in life is how great the food is in Detroit. Everybody knows that New York City and Chicago have a lot of different restaurants to choose from, but Detroit may blow them both away. In its prime, people were flocking from all over the globe to live and work in Detroit, which has brought in many different cultures and, therefore, different foods to choose from. From pizza and burgers to seafood and Mexican, you’ll be wanting to travel to Detroit for every meal.
1. Small Plates
Small Plates brings you a uniquely communal dining experience. Serving all tapas and pizza, including seafood, sliders, greens and veggies, this well-known Detroit hotspot will fill your stomach without draining your wallet. Open for all meals of the day, including brunch and dessert, and featuring a gourmet cocktail bar, Small Plates has cuisine that is as diverse as Detroit itself.
Address: 1521 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:30 am to 10 pm, Friday 11:30 am to 12 am, Saturday 12 pm to 12 am
Contact: +1 313-963-0702
Website: Small Plates
2. Sweet Water Tavern
Famous for its marinated wings and sauces, Sweet Water Tavern takes pride in every dish they make. The menu is full of mouth-watering choices that will meet everybody’s desires, such as grilled steaks, hand-crafted sandwiches and burgers and even fresh crisp salads. To make things even better, Sweet Water Tavern is walking distance from Downtown Detroit and provides shuttles to and from sport and concert events in the city. So there is absolutely no reason not to visit Sweet Water Tavern.
Sweet Water Tavern
Address: 400 E Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226
Opening Hours: 11 am to 2 am
Contact: +1 313-962-2210
Website: Sweet Water Tavern
3. Hockeytown Cafe
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Just around the corner from the Fox Theater, Ford Field, Commercial Park and Little Caesar’s Arena, the Hockeytown Cafe is the perfect and most convenient stop for anybody that is in town for a sporting event or concert. You can also just stay there and enjoy delicious food and drinks with fellow fans that, like you, were unable to get tickets to the game and are forced to watch on tv. But let’s be honest, Hockeytown Cafe is a great second option. Upstairs you can see old Detroit Red Wings memorabilia on display and for sale to the general public. With indoor and outdoor seating available, it’s easy to see how Hockeytown Cafe has become a staple of Detroit.
Address: 2301 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
Opening Hours: 11 am to 11 pm; times may vary based on sporting events
Contact: +1 313-965-9500
Website: Hockeytown Cafe
4. Buddy's Pizza
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Many don’t know that, like New York and Chicago, Detroit also has its own famous style of pizza, and no place has done it better than Buddy’s Pizza. An iconic pizza chain since 1946, Buddy’s serves up Detroit Sicilian style square deep-dish pizza. They have many different types of pizza to choose from, such as meat lovers, Greek, vegetarian, and even gluten free. In addition to the delicious pizza, they serve salads, pasta, wings and other Italian dishes. One stop at Buddy’s and you’ll be saying “New York what?”
Address: 17125 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 9 pm, Friday to Saturday 11 am to 11 pm
Contact: +1 313-892-9001
Website: Buddy’s Pizza
5. El Asador Mexican Steakhouse
Chef Louis Garza has infused steak and Mexican seafood to make El Asador Mexican Steakhouse into one of the best places for top-notch Mexican cuisine in Detroit. With a slimmed down lunch menu, including lobster and scallop tacos, and a larger dinner menu including fajitas, ribeye, quesadillas and enchiladas, this place is perfect for the Mexican food lover and even that pesky person that just wants steak. The thing that sets El Asador apart from the others, though, is the guacamole that is prepared table-side, just for you.
El Asador Mexican Steakhouse
Address: 1312 Springwells St, Detroit, MI 48655
Opening Hours: 11 am to 10 pm
Contact: +1 313-297-2360
Website: El Asador Mexican Steakhouse
6. El Barzon Restaurante
Another Mexican fusion restaurant, El Barzon fuses Mexican with Italian. This upscale restaurant will give you a top-notch experience with a dimly-lit, romantic atmosphere and homemade pasta and Mexican in the same dish. Pair that with a glass or bottle of wine from their large wine list and enjoy a great night out with your favorite person. And with its convenient location, surrounded by so much other great things to experience in Detroit, this is the perfect start to a wonderful night.
El Barzon Restaurante
Address: 3710 Junction St, Detroit, MI 48210
Opening Hours: 11 am to 2:30 am, 5 pm to 9 pm
Contact: +1 313-894-2070
Facebook: El Barzon Restaurante
7. Duly's Place Coney Island
Nothing says Michigan like Coney Island. Yes, technically Coney Island is located in New York, but Coney Island the restaurant is strictly a Michigan thing. Opened over 90 years ago, Duly’s Place still has that old-time ambiance, along with the classic coney dogs and bacon, egg and pancake breakfast that only Coney Island can provide. Plus, breakfast is served all day long. If you’re in Detroit from somewhere besides Michigan, then be sure to stop in to Duly’s Place and experience pure Michigan.
Duly's Place Coney Island
Address: 5458 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Contact: +1 313-554-3076
Facebook: Duly’s Place
8. Green Dot Stables
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A hot-spot for Detroiters, Green Dot Stables has a wide-array of mouth-watering sliders and fries. In fact, there are over 22 different kinds of sliders and fries to choose from, and all UNDER 5 USD! In addition to the sliders, Green Dot Stables also serves fresh salads and locally brewed beers that you won’t find anywhere else but Detroit. So if you’re in town but blew all of your money at the casino, then stop by Green Dot Stables and fill up for practically nothing.
Green Dot Stables
Address: 2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216
Price: 5 USD
Opening Hours: 11 am to 1 am
Contact: +1 313-962-5588
Website: Green Dot Stables
9. Batch Brewing Company
Experience a taste of Detroit’s brewing renaissance at Batch Brewing Company. Here they serve micro-batch beers that you can only get in the Detroit area, making it a great place for beer enthusiasts. On top of that, you can enjoy top-notch dishes, from nachos to salads. And with the communal tables, who knows, you might even make some new friends; beer will do that to ya.
Batch Brewing Company
Address: 1400 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48216
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 10 pm, Friday to Saturday 11 am to 12 am
Contact: +1 313-338-8008
Website: Batch Brewing Company
10. Wright & Co.
Chef Marc Djozlija gained his experience from Wolfgang Puck’s MGM Grande restaurants, so you know the food at Wright & Co. is going to be delicious. Somewhere between casual and fine dining, the plates here are small in order to create a shared plates concept. But what you won’t want to share is one of their hand-crafted cocktails or international beer and wine. Wright & Co. is the perfect place for a group of friends who can’t decide on what to eat but know they want something unforgettable.
Wright & Co.
Address: 1500 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Opening Hours: 4 pm to 12 am
Contact: +1 313-962-7711
Website: Wright & Co.
America's secret food capital
Detroit is hiding a very important secret from the rest of the country when it comes to how great their restaurants and food are. From Sicilian style deep-dish pizza, coney dogs, Mexican fusion, locally-brewed beers and much much more. You’ll be asking yourself why you haven’t heard of Detroit’s food before. Well now you have — so spread the word.
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