Drink some fantastic coffee
If there’s one thing to thank the hipster invasion for, it’s the flood of ridiculously good coffee spread across the city. Sure, there’s always been good coffee in Detroit, but the scene has exploded in recent years, and these places typically have some excellent eats as well. Places like Trinosophes, Astro, Germack, Motor City Java House, Chazzano, Red Hook, and Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company have upped the game of coffee drinkers to the point that there is almost no part of Detroit these days where you can’t find caffeinated gold easily.
Food-wise, Detroit is known for its hot dogs and pizza, and we’ve already covered the pizza -- you can’t visit (or live in) Detroit without downing a luscious, loaded, and cheap Coney dog. Unless you’re vegetarian or vegan, I guess. Barring that, you can have an impromptu Coney judging contest by visiting American, Lafayette, Red Hots and Anthony Bourdain’s favorite, Duly’s Place, though there are many, many Coney Islands to check out around the city.
Detroit has always had great restaurants, but times have changed and many closed. Years later, during what some call the city’s renaissance and others call gentrification, we have been witnessing a lot of new restaurants with relatively high price points opening up. And they’re really, really good. There’s Lady of the House, Grey Ghost, Wright & Co., The Dime Store, The Apparatus Room, etc.