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1. Onassis Coney Island1501 Michigan Ave, Detroit
2. Vivio's Food & Spirits2460 Market St, Detroit
3. The Hudson Cafe1241 Woodward Ave, Detroit
4. Honest John's Bar & Grill488 Selden St, Detroit
5. Brooklyn Street Local1266 Michigan Ave, Detroit
6. Evie's Tamales3454 Bagley St, Detroit
7. Bronx Bar4476 2nd Ave, Detroit
8. Drought441 W Canfield St, Detroit
9. Cliff Bell's2030 Park Ave, Detroit
Onassis Coney Island is certainly a destination to grab yourself a coney -- you will not be disappointed -- but Onassis has an added trick up its sleeve: breakfast. Grand Slams and Grecian Skillets are there to soak up your indiscretions the morning after some boozy revelry.
Vivio's is located in Eastern Market, serving up delicious American cuisine and their signature Bloody Marys, replete with pickle, lime wedge, and a beer back. They are huge, perfectly spiced, and Vivio's will even turn things up with a habañero vodka upon request.
Once you get past the cafe and the comfy lounge area with its stone-hearth fireplace, you'll see that The Hudson Cafe is a modern take on an American diner serving hearty breakfast and lunch options in its bright, minimalist restaurant. Hudson offers an overwhelmingly large menu of standard options like pancakes, waffles, french toast, omelets, sandwiches, and salads that are equally as overwhelmingly large. But variety is the name of the game here: there are 6 types of Eggs Benedict (Voodoo made with corn cakes and chorizo is a must-try) and inventive options like a thanksgiving omelet with cranberries and turkey sausage, red velvet pancakes with a cream cheese drizzle, house-made corned beef hash, and fried catfish and waffle.
Honest John's is open 7am-2am every day (save 9am-2am on Sunday's) to serve you delicious omelets, burgers, and Hoovers -- a combination of cranberry, orange, pineapple juice, and vodka.
Founded in 2012 by a Canadian couple, Brooklyn Street Local is a homey Corktown lunch destination for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Ingredients are sourced fresh from Detroit's urban farms and are used to create an array of flavorful favorites, such as The BSL, traditional poutine made with organic cheese curds and beef gravy (can be adapted to vegan appetites), The Works, a thick, organic beef patty topped with cheddar, bacon, and a fried egg, the Vegan Reuben served on rye, and rich banana walnut pancakes. The interior has all the marks of an American diner (banquette seating, warm hanging lamps, framed photographs on the walls), but the stylish outdoor patio calls to mind the industrial cityscape of Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Although you can find really good chilaquiles and huevos rancheros at this unassuming Mexican eatery, their claim to fame are the 99 cent breakfast burritos. Load one or 15 up with chorizo, ham, potatoes, and anything else you like. Other cheap eats include half a dozen tamales -- for under $5!
Dimly lit, graffitied, and complete with a shot board and pool table, the Bronx bar is everyone's favorite dive. Sure, the staff is exceptionally cranky in a city where "cranky" is often a best-case scenario, but with juicy burgers, and a make-your-own-Bloody Mary bar on weekends, they've gotta make concessions somewhere.
Drought has raw juice made from all organic fruits and vegetables -- grab a single juice or shot, or try one of their multi-juice routines called The Rinse or The Wash.
Hands-down Detroit's finest cabaret club, Cliff Bell's is a cocktail bar, restaurant, and entertainment destination with dramatic Art Deco décor that includes a curved wood ceiling, mahogany leather banquettes, and a vintage Steinway grand piano. Stop by to wash down great jazz and burlesque with quality martinis and other beverages mixed by well dressed and professional bartenders.