The History of the Bloody Mary
Cozy, casual neighborhood favorite serving breakfast and lunch exclusively
Thanks to this place, you don't have to cross the river to get some decent poutine. Calorie-laden northern delicacies aside, though, the brunch lineup also includes banana pancakes with caramelized walnuts, a reliably delicious quiche-of-the-day, and the Hangover Special: a platter of eggs, toast, breakfast meats, and (why not?!) poutine. Bonus: True to its name, BSL sources just about everything on its organic menu from local spots.
Classic Italian eatery known for their eclectic brunch menu and picture-perfect patio
LDV considers itself Detroit's best-kept secret, and although the place is certainly well-kept and tucked away like a precious gem, it ain't no secret. In the spring and summer, the classy outdoor patio is hopping with smooth jazz, salmon hash, and decadent selections like the shrimp Benedict -- easily the best brunch to be found north of Midtown. Guests are also invited to wear their pajamas the second Sunday of every month. Does it get much better than that?
A classic vegetarian outpost boasting a full bar and a rustic interior
If you're aiming to do casual brunch the vegan or vegetarian way (note: you don't need to BE vegetarian or vegan to do this), then Seva's what you're looking for. Sweet tooth? Opt for the vegan strawberry French toast made on Avalon cinnamon-raisin bread. Or try a vegan twist on a brunch classic with the California tofu scrambled made with spinach, tomatoes, green onions, vegan Daiya cheese, and avocado. The lineup of mimosas is also very much on point.
An “Old Detroit” institution known for its swanky style and classic fare
Here's what you need to know about brunch at Cliff Bell's: It includes bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, fancy stuff like a croque-madame with Dearborn smoked ham and Gruyere, and classics like chicken and waffles with jalapeño maple syrup. The live jazz also helps, if you can hear it over the "Hallelujah" chorus that's playing in your head.
Few-frills bar and grill that dishes out impeccable breakfast options all day
After a night of debauchery, brunch is often the only thing that can bring you back to life, and there's no better place to do that than Honest John's. Even if you were just there the night before throwing back some Short's, you'll find a comforting and restorative selection of omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and some much-needed hair of the dog… starting at 7am.
Centrally located breakfast and lunch hot spot right outside Capitol Park
It's always a good sign if the brunch place you're considering keeps proper brunch hours, and at Hudson Café, the red velvet pancakes, graham cracker-crusted French toast, and Voodoo eggs Benedict are all on deck from 8am 'til at least 3pm every day. And although Sunday can mean an hour-long wait for a sweet and/or savory brunch, that graham cracker French toast DOES come with cream cheese drizzle…
Waterfront mainstay known for consistently great cuisine over almost 70 years
Sindbad's is an old-school Detroit classic that still delivers a mean buffet-style Sunday brunch. The eggs Benedict is timeless, the opportunity to load up your plate with a borderline insane amount of seafood is never to be passed up, and the riverside location makes the whole experience feel all the more classy.
Sustainably sourced and eclectic cuisine served inside a restored pawn shop
This Corktown original serves up a brunch as unique as its evening menu. Highlights include a French toast “panzanella” made on brioche and topped with spiced apples and orange ricotta, pickle-brine fried chicken and cornbread waffles, and regularly rotating house-made donuts. Pro tip: Sidestep away from the classic Bloody and opt for a “dealer’s choice” breakfast daiquiri.
Neighborhood gastropub serving reimagined American cuisine
When it comes to bar brunches, Bobcat Bonnie’s is ahead of the pack. The Cap'n Crunch French toast is an absolute must-try, made on luscious house-made apple bread and served with homestyle potatoes. The real stars of the brunch hour though are the build-your-own Bloody Marys and mimosas: Get creative for only $3 with a glass half-filled with vodka or Champagne, plus a variety of of garnishes, sauces, and juices.
Former '90s train station known for its house-made corned beef
This Downtown eatery serves easily one of the most underrated brunches in the city. Massive Bloody Marys garnished with pickles, cheese, bacon, and shrimp perfectly complement a massive menu of sandwiches, Benedicts, and sweet sides like basic buttermilk pancakes. Stop in for specials like the house-cured gravlax served with red onions, capers, tomato slices, and cream cheese on a fresh Detroit Institute of Bagels bagel.
Inviting hot spot specializing in breakfast and brunch options made from scratch
The daily brunch menu at Dime Store features sicker-than-average selections such as the duck bop hash, combining house-made breakfast potatoes and two eggs with confit duck leg, spinach, onion, bulgogi, pickled vegetables, and Sriracha. Feeling sweet? Try the thick malted waffles served with fresh fruit (which makes them healthy, right?).
A modern diner located inside the regal Grand Army of the Republic Building
While this cafe's menu rotates seasonally, you can always count on its star dish to make the cut; served in a personal cast-iron skillet, the Cinnafetti is a sight to behold. This massive, house-made cake batter roll is generously topped with buttercream icing and sprinkles -- definitely not for the faint of heart. No sweet tooth? No problem. Savory selections are sure to satisfy, like Tunisian eggs made with spicy tomato sauce, smoked eggplant, poached eggs, feta, spicy olives, and nutty gremolata on house black-pepper bread.
A well-known market destination highly praised for its Bloody Marys and casual eats
This Eastern Market institution has long been known for its award-winning Bloody Marys, so much so that they have their own dedicated menu. Favorites include the Morning After, which gets a kick up from a splash of Red Bull, and the appropriately named Insanity habanero Bloody Mary. The rest of the Saturday menu is composed of savory sandwiches, burgers, and mussels, although anything paired with a Bloody Mary is considered brunch in our book.
A new neighborhood favorite with a meat-centric menu
Although still somewhat new to the Detroit restaurant scene, Grey Ghost is already winning over diners with dinner and brunch menus alike. The weekend menu is defined by both classic and refined dishes, like a fried bologna sandwich (topped with jalapeños, a sunny-side-up egg, and cheese), and decadent gingerbread waffles. Pair any of the dishes with craft brunch cocktails like the Carlsyle, made with rum, cold-brew coffee, Ancho Reyes, Tia Maria, Frangelico, and smoked maple cream.
Consistently impressive, New American spot emphasizing local ingredients
We can pretty much all agree at this point that Selden Standard is good, so it comes as no surprise that its small, yet refined, brunch menu is just as spectacular. Even seemingly simple dishes like buttermilk pancakes are taken to the next level, served with brown butter apples, milk jam, and maple whipped cream. Less common dishes like the chickpeas and toast are just as delicious, plated with fried eggs, an herb salad, and soffritto. Just like dinner service, menus change seasonally, so you'll want to check the website for details before showing up -- or don't, if you're cool with surprises.
Beloved bakery and pie shop featuring quick bites and grab-and-go offerings
While this bakery doesn't technically serve brunch, its pastries, pies, and salads are perfect for weekend indulgences -- pick up thick slices of fresh pie (for $4 each) in mainstay flavors like salted maple and chocolate coconut. Rotating and limited-time specials have included specialty sweet and savory scones, hand pies, and muffins; follow Sister Pie on Instagram for daily updates on the menu.
Revered bakery and restaurant known for its niche selections and weekend specials
The weekends are the only time you can enjoy the full savory menu at Sweet Potato Sensations. Dishes like J.T.'s Special (a thick Belgian sweet potato waffle and three fried Amish chicken wings) or the Daddy-O, made with three massive sweet potato pancakes and house-spiced turkey patties, are perfect for brunch-time cravings.
Sophisticated New American eatery located directly outside Campus Martius
Since opening in 2017, Campus Martius’ newest tenant has been impressing diners with its “redefined Detroit cuisine.” Parc’s lesser known brunch menu is unlike any other in the city, boasting reimagined dishes like shrimp and polenta, pancetta and egg poutine, and cinnamon roll bread pudding. Paired with $6 mimosas and $9 Bloody Marys, you’ll be hard-pressed to find to find a better brunch in downtown.
Low-key watering hole known for locally sourced pub fare
If you haven’t made it over to this Detroit mainstay for brunch, you’re more than missing out. Every Sunday the pub churns out brunch favorites without the fuss, including pulled pork hash, seriously meaty omelets, and deviled eggs served with a flight of savory jams. Be sure to try one of the newest brunch additions: a portobello eggs Benedict served with house-made tomato jam.
Micro-sized French cafe featuring delectable small plates, pastries, and hot teas
While seating is certainly scarce at this micro cafe in West Village, the French-inspired selections are well worth the squeeze. Founded by Parisian expats, the menu is highlighted by a curated selection of breakfast pastries, simple sandwiches, and a lengthy list of hot teas. Opt for the croque madame for a brunch worthy of the Champ de Mars.
Classic counter-seating diner with homestyle dishes and desserts
Located just far enough out of downtown to avoid the crowd, this diner is a favorite among Eastsiders looking for down-home, just-plain-good food. Just about everything on the menu is made from scratch, utilizing fresh and local ingredients, with favorites including Grandpa Richard’s pancakes topped with Michigan-made syrup and the classic egg sandwich served with grits.
Casual fine dining located in a terrarium-inspired building in the heart of the city
Much like the rest of their menu, Townhouse’s brunch offerings are certainly unique with an upscale twist. Highlights like the short rib breakfast quesadilla and sourdough French toast steal the spotlight. The location also serves a full selection of freshly squeezed juices and brunch cocktails beyond the standard provisions. Be sure to try the Great White Buffalo, made with single-barrel whiskey, bourbon cream, cold brew coffee, and crème de cacao.
Highly praised West Side newcomer known for its Caribbean and low-country cuisine
While still new to the Detroit dining scene, chef Max Hardy’s newest venture has earned an impressive reputation in only a few short months. Unsurprisingly, the weekend brunch menu easily follows suit, with only a handful of thoughtful selections. Every dish is flavorful and comforting, with highlights like the Kick Ass Biscuits and Gravy, made with turkey sausage, and skillet-fried fish served with Cheddar grits. Wear the stretchy pants -- you’ll thank us later.
New neighborhood addition featuring seasonal American fare
It’s hard not to love Red Dunn with chef Jay Gundy at the helm. The no-nonsense chef goes beyond the somewhat cliché dining trends seen throughout the city and focuses on serving fresh, seasonal cuisine. While there is no designated brunch menu per say, the location opens every morning at 7am with offerings like crab and artichoke potato hash, almond-ricotta pancakes, and, of course, avocado toast.