Food & Drink

The Best Brunches in Detroit, According to Your Favorite Chefs

Published On 09/11/2015 Published On 09/11/2015
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1. Brooklyn Street Local 1266 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 (Corktown)

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.

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2. Dime Store 719 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226

This American brunch bar, located inside the Chrysler house, offers a trendy downtown meal at an affordable price, packed with gourmet ingredients. The space is high-ceilinged and festooned with eclectic wall art, neon lights, and a bright color palette that evokes mimosas. As if the menu of omelettes and sandwiches weren't telling enough, the meal du jour here is breakfast and lunch, with a side of booze (even beermosas!), and it's all by way of Detroit. If you're curious where any of your courses come from, look to the last page of the menu, which lists all of its midwestern sources. Midwestern gastropub fare

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3. Bronx Bar 4476 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

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.

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4. The Chocolate Gallery Cafe 3672 Chicago Rd, Warren, 48206

If there was ever an excuse to have dessert for breakfast, this is it. From a mascarpone french toast to ricotta pancakes, put that eggs Benedict out of your mind and opt for the sweet tooth brunch this time.

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5. Yemans Street 2995 Yemans St, Hamtramck, 48212 (Hamtramck)

A host of a variety of different cuisines, this trendy food destination has brought renewed flavor and drama to the area.

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6. Cafe Muse 418 S. Washington Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067 (Royal Oak)

Made with harvarti, fontina & fresh mozzarella, organic bread, and a smear of honey (all locally sourced), Muse's grilled cheese was unsurprisingly recognized by Esquire as one of the "best sandwiches in America". Snag this and other awe-inspiring creations for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or boozy dinner.

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7. Parks & Rec 1942 Grand River Ave, Detroit, 48226

Parks & Rec Diner is not the quintessential, old-school Detroit diner that the city knows so well. While it does have classic diner tendencies (open every day at 8am to feed Motor City's early morning masses), the menu is not one of them. While plenty of standard diner dishes still remain, like biscuits and gravy, omelettes, and a bologna sandwich, you’ll find elevated outliers, as well. Think coconut milk yogurt parfait, a house-cured salmon plate, and a cinnamon roll with orange-Chevre icing.

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8. Gold Cash Gold 2100 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 (Corktown)

Gold Cash Gold, named for the pawn shop that previously occupied the space, serves up farm-fresh American fare in the cleverly repurposed space. GCG kept the shop’s iconic exterior murals and signage and even used salvaged wood from the old shop, along with warehouse windows re-welded and set with stained glass, and serves a menu just as timeless and unique. Whether you stop in for brunch or dinner, expect to find upscale dishes like Buttermilk Soup au Lait (pistachio dumplings with a pecorino crisp), dry-aged duck with tequila red beans, pork sausage, sweet potato purée, and chilis, and pickle-brine fried chicken and waffle with homemade ranch. Keep an eye out for the fresh-baked daily doughnut that’s definitely worth the calories.

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9. Connor's Family Dining 15356 Haggerty Rd, Northville, MI 48170

Head here for meals that still value American portion sizes. Hunger? By the end of your meal you won't even remember the meaning of such a word.

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10. Rose's Fine Food 10551 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

The small building that Rose’s Fine Food inhabits has been a diner for decades and has retained all of its original, crusty East Detroit charm. But by making everything from scratch from locally-sourced products, Rose’s delivers an "ultimate" gourmet twist on typical American diner food. For breakfast it serves options like decadent, gluten-free buckwheat pancakes and the Poodle Platter (2 poached eggs, sautéed greens, potatoes, and homemade toast with homemade ricotta cheese and jam); lunch is more savory with options like buttery lamb tacos with homemade turmeric yogurt on homemade tortillas. The owner’s believe in paying their employees a living salary, as in they don’t need tips to survive but they are still appreciated and part of those proceeds go to local charities.

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11. Beverly Hills Grill 31471 Southfield Rd, Beverly Hills, MI 48025 (Beverly Hills)

Jumping brunch spot serving New American food. The place to go if you appreciate the bustling clamor of busy kitchens and cacophonies of merry, tipsy diners.

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12. 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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13. Selden Standard 3921 Second Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 (Midtown)

Made moody and proper with charcoal black tables and seats, and a white-tiled full-service bar that intimidates with its wide liquor selection, Selden Standard marries the upscale with fresh, rustic fare usually seen in more whimsical settings. The menu is brought to you with the help of partnerships with michigan farms, and features simply dressed courses like charred octopus, chicken and ricotta campanelle, and half grilled chicken.

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