Where to Eat in Detroit
Collected by Shandana A. Durrani , AFAR Local Expert
Detroit has long been home to great eateries, most notably for Greek and Middle Eastern food. Thanks to an influx of chefs and entrepreneurs from around the world, a crop of diverse restaurants has opened in the last few years. With James Beard–winning restaurants popping up in Hazel Park and Detroit-style pizza finally getting its due on the national stage, it’s no wonder Detroit has become a mecca for discriminating gourmands.
1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Probably not one for vegetarians, Roast celebrates animal proteins in all their meaty marvelousness. Be bold and try cuts like tongue, ear, and cheek—in the hands of a great chef, you’ll be amazed at how delicious they can be. Even diners on a...
2601 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
Reimagined Motor City is now relying less on the automobile and more on the energy and vision of entrepreneurs who are taking the city in new directions while building on its remains. Johnny Noodle King, a ramen bar in an old industrial...
2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
On a Saturday during the summer, the line for Supino Pizzeria can stretch around the block. The nearby Eastern Market can draw a crowd of 30-40,000 people and most of those have heard just how legendary the pizza is at this artisan outpost. Brave...
2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Pair a Wine Spectator Award–winning wine list with the menu of the only Four-Diamond restaurant in the city of Detroit, and the stunning views from the dining room's plush booths and cozy tables are really just a bonus. (It's perfect for a group...
22148 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA
Behold a pizza place worth the wait—Buddy’s Pizza is praised for its take on Detroit-style pizza: a square-shaped, deep-dish pie topped with marinara, and cooked to chewy perfection. Health-watchers rejoice—their pizza also comes gluten-free. With...
4620 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Nestled in the heart of Detroit's Cultural District—adjacent to Wayne State University, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the College of Creative Studies—sits Cass Café, a restaurant, bar, art space, and music venue. A cornucopia of vegan,...
2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
Detroit's foodie scene is something that took me completely by surprise during my visit there. The legendary Slow's Bar-B-Q restaurant located on Michigan Avenue attracts foodies and locals alike who want to sample unique foods as well as craft...
114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Philly has its cheesesteaks; New York, its bagels with lox. Locals in these places are seemingly born with a precise vernacular and ingrained cultural etiquette on how to order these food items. Detroiters are not left without their regional...
12710 W Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA
Al-Ameer restaurant has one of the finest reputations in the metro Detroit area for Middle Eastern cuisine. And that's saying something in a neighborhood that's home to America's largest Arab American community! Owners recommend visitors order the...
4430 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209, USA
One of the most buzzed about restaurants in recent years, Flowers of Vietnam has been packing them in since its debut in 2016. The pop-up restaurant, located inside Vernor Coney Island, features Vietnamese street food such as braised beef with...
420 Peterboro St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Situated in historic Chinatown, The Peterboro serves elevated Chinese food with an American twist. Expect egg drop soup and Mongolian hanger steak with charred scallions. The cocktail and sake list offers some inventive takes on classics.
23825 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030, USA
No other restaurant in the Motor City is as celebrated as Mabel Gray. Earning a James Beard nomination in its first year of operation, the Hazel Park eatery is known for an ever-rotating menu of modern American cuisine. Guests rave about the...
4301 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323, USA
In a city where Greek food is as ubiquitous as a Red Wing jersey, you might find yourself at a loss for where to eat authentic Hellenic cuisine. But Uptown Parthenon, in the tony suburb of Bloomfield Hills, earns accolades from Greek Americans for...
118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
"Oh my God, we have to take you into town to get a Coney. It's a taste of pure Michigan," exclaimed one of my friends who I visited for a summer weekend. Take a hot dog on a steamed bun from New York's famed Coney Island, throw in a bunch of Greek...
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