Jeff Waraniak
Slows Bar Bq
Mae's
Roast
Jeff Waraniak
Noble Fish
La Dolce Vita
Jeff Waraniak
Rodin
Centaur Bar
Ye Olde Tap Room
Salvador Rodriguez
Foran's Grand Trunk
Town Pump Tavern
Woodbridge Pub
Jacoby’s German Biergarten
Jeff Waraniak
National Coney Island
Jeff Waraniak
Jeff Waraniak
Jeff Waraniak
Jeff Waraniak
Jeff Waraniak
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1. Lafayette Coney Island 118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

While no one knows for sure where the Detroit coney dog originated, what's clear is that Lafayette is one of two establishments serving the premier version. Grab your own plate with a side of chili cheese fries, and ignore the sassy cooks and the dinginess of the space. You're here for the coney.

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2. American Coney Island 114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Located besides archrival Lafayette Coney Island, American Coney Island has been serving paper platefuls of the crispy fries-and-chili covered hot dog meal since 1917. The spot continues to be family-owned and -operated, and the only way you can get your hands on their secret Detroit chili sauce is by ordering your own dog, or a Coney Kit, which comes complete with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand special recipe hot dogs, buns, a sweet onion, American's famous family-owned Detroit chili sauce, instructions, and a hat.

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3. Detroit One Coney Island 3433 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 (Midtown)

Detroit One Coney is an iconic institution that also happens to have tons of pitas, sandwiches, and even breakfast. Though, if you stick with the coneys for long enough (make it through 20), they're only 95 cents each.

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4. Joe's Top Dog Coney Island 13342 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126

Joe's Top Dog has a full breakfast menu, plus burgers, sandwiches, salads, and dinner entrees, but the real star of the show here is the coney, especially when it's only 99 cents on Wednesdays.

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5. Supino Pizzeria 2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207 (Eastern Market)

Supino bustling Pizzeria, located in Eastern Market, serves thin crust New York style pizza pies. This spot makes Detroit's most famous not-Buddy's pizzas, and while some people might come to blows championing the Bismarck as their Supino pie of choice, our money is on the Smoky, with smoked prosciutto, smoked Gouda, and the roasted garlic.

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6. Noble Fish 45 E 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017

Tucked in the back of a Japanese grocery and adorned with only a handful of tables, this place has the size and spirit of a traditional Japanese sushi bar. Choices are somewhat typical, but the fresh fish and genuine Japanese beers and sakes make this the greatest sushi spot in metro Detroit.

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7. Mae's 24060 Woodward Ave, Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069 (Pleasant Ridge)

Out of its miniscule 7ft-wide kitchen comes the diner-style breakfasts and lunches you’ve been dreaming about ever since the first time you had them. Consider the Hillbilly Bennie (poached eggs and oven-fried chicken), the coffee cake pancakes, the Butter Burgers, the Portland Special sandwich (with Cap’n Crunch-breaded chicken tenders!)... basically consider bringing friends so you can try more stuff.

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8. La Dolce Vita 17546 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203

A double-threat, La Dolce Vita is equally capable of satisfying you with bottomless mimosas and shrimp benedicts in the early hours or wowing your date with lobster-stuffed ravioli and house-made gnocchi in the evening. When the weather allows, don't settle for anything less than a spot on the patio as you fatten up to jazz music.

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9. Mudgie's 1300 Porter, Detroit, MI 48226 (Corktown)

This artisanal deli is a source of pride for Detroit natives, and it should be: nearly all the meats are roasted in-house and everything from soups, salad dressings, and ketchup is made from scratch. What isn't homemade is sourced from local vendors, and the result is hearty sandwiches like a Reuben on onion bread and the multi-meat Gutty packed with salami, pastrami, corned beef, bacon, and beef brisket. A formidable selection of craft beer, including local and imported bottles, makes Mudgie's a veritable Corktown hot spot for locals on the lunch prowl.

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10. Roast 1128 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226-1907

Headed by Iron Chef Michael Symon, Roast is a massive, highly decorated, 200-seat steakhouse. Its bar/lounge is also known for dishing out some of Detroit's best cocktails, each made with fresh ingredients. Located within the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, the bar’s Renaissance-style ambiance will make your night out feel classy as can be.

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11. Slows Bar BQ 2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 (Corktown)

From the award-winning and rightfully TV-famous Yardbird sandwich to the 100+ beer selection, this pork-packed mainstay has thoroughly earned all the attention it gets. The Cooley’s (who own the place) have done almost as fine a job boosting other businesses in Corktown as they have boosting the average local waist size.

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12. Centaur Bar 2233 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Centaur Bar is your new best friend: aside from serving you small plates until 2am and giving you a free ride to all the Red Wings home games, they have 1/2 off wine Wednesdays and a killer 5$ martini (they have over 25 kinds) happy hour every day.

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13. Rodin 15 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202 (Midtown)

This bar & bistro is named after the sculptor of The Thinker, and mixes enough Parisian-inspired cocktails to ensure that no one will mistake you for him.

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14. Sugar House 2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48026 (Corktown)

One of Detroit's leading mixology bars, this hip Corktown spot uses eclectic spirits and mixers to make inventive and delicious drinks. Bartenders clad in tiki shirts or vests shake and stir creative concoctions with off-the-beaten-path liquors -- cacaçha, mezcal, absinthe, madiera, and chartreuse, to name a few -- and homemade infusions and syrups. While the specialty menu rotates seasonally, the staff's encyclopedic knowledge of classics from Aperol Spritzes to Zombies ensures a constant flock of regulars, aided by the antique hunting lodge décor (taxidermy animals mounted throughout, vintage bar stools, original brick facade from 1888) and dim, sultry ambience.

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15. Woodbridge Pub 5169 Trumbull St, Detroit, MI 48208 (Midtown)

Woodbridge keeps a well-curated lineup of 80 brews on hand to accompany its locally sourced menu of sophisticated bar fare (like a Michelada burger topped with a fried egg and avocado cream on brioche). As a result, it's a go-to for Midtowners, Wayne Staters, and anyone looking to enjoy a good brew with a little class.

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16. Jacoby's German Biergarten 624 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226

It was just after the turn of the century when German immigrant Albert Jacoby opened Jacoby’s German Biergarten in 1904, and the sudsy legacy continues on Brush Street today. The Bricktown bar flags down drinkers with an old-time sign hanging on its brick facade, heralding the sizable selection of some 100 bottled and draft beers on offer. A classic tavern-style dining room decked out in dark woods makes a cozy station for German reliables like meatballs, sausage soup and wiener schnitzel. Modern ways make themselves heard in the historic haunt via live music from local bands in the upstairs lounge.

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17. Ye Olde Tap Room 14915 Charlevoix St, Detroit, MI 48215

Some things have longevity, and a beer-and-shot combos are one of them: Ye Olde Tap Room on Grosse Pointe Park’s edge is proof. The place has been around since 1912, when it transformed from a trolley repair garage into the local favorite it is today. You can see relics of its duration in the decor, with a wall displaying vintage beer taps and booze adverts from eras past. The beer bar doesn’t rest on its laurels, however: some 285 suds are available bottled or on draft, in addition to a scotch menu, which make a perfect pair with free peanuts in their shells. Feel free to just toss the cracked shells on the floor, as long as you don’t end up on it too.

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18. Grand Trunk Pub 612 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Detroit's Grand Trunk Pub, sometimes referred to as Foran's, has a storied history as home to a variety of random local businesses. This place was once a jewelry store, a railway ticket office, and possibly the home of a Harry Houdini magic shop. Nowadays, it offers over 170 craft beers, killer deep-fried pub food platters, and an Irish pub good-time atmosphere. They also host regular beer dinners and one of the best brunches in the city.

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