50 Things to Eat in Detroit Before You Die


50 Things to Eat in Detroit Before You Die
50 Things to Eat in Detroit Before You Die

Katie Gluth

The bad news: you’re gonna die. The good news: there’s a shton of sweet Detroit foods to eat before you do, which is why we’ve created the ultimate Detroit food bucket list -- a round-up of 50 local dishes you must eat before… well, you know. Just do us a favor, and don’t eat ‘em all at once... we don’t want said list being the (ironic) reason you kick said bucket.

1. Baklava

Astoria Pastry Shop (address and info)

Greek food is as easy to find in Detroit as the ubiquitous coney dog -- actually, technically, the coney dog IS a Greek in origin -- and there's good baklava to be found in damn near every bakery. But Astoria Pastry Shop is the OG of local Greek bakeries, and certainly the most popular.

2. Ball Park Franks

Comerica Park (address and info)

Ball Park Franks were created in Detroit specifically for the Detroit Tigers, and they have since become synonymous with all things baseball, backyard barbecues, and summer. Eat it with just the mustard as the meat gods intended, and wash it down with something from Comerica Park's stellar Michigan craft beer selection, because it's 2015 and we don’t have to live like savages anymore.

Detroit Vegan Soul

3. "Catfish" tofu

Detroit Vegan Soul (address and info)

West Village
Detroit? Vegan? Soul? These three words did not go together in the same sentence until just a few short years ago, when Detroit Vegan Soul came on the scene to show us all that a 100% plant-based diet can be 100% delicious. Their cornmeal-battered tofu will definitely NOT having you missing catfish.

4. Cheese

Traffic Jam & Snug (address and info)

Traffic Jam is the most hyper-local restaurant in the city with their own bakery, garden brewery, and creamery all on their property. The latter is kicking out one of the best Michigan-made cheeses out there: the award-winning blue asiago cheese. It's not available all the time, but when it is, buy up every single wedge of it; it's one of the few cheeses made locally that can compete on a national level.

New Center Eatery

5. Chicken and waffles

New Center Eatery (address and info)

New Center
There are several places that specialize in chicken and waffles, but New Center Eatery is the tried-and-true long-time favorite, even pre-dating the Columbusing.

6. Chocolate chip sea salt cookies

Avalon Bakery (address and info)

Even though Avalon's organic and socially conscious thunder has been stolen by many other food businesses implementing the same practices, those chocolate chip sea salt cookies have stood the test of time as something worth waiting in that stupid line for.

American Coney Island

7. Coney dog

Mudgie's Deli (address and info)

Detroit is corned beef country, being the home of Sy Ginsberg's famed corned beef and all. There are lots and lots of places to get an authentic Sy Ginsberg corned beef sandwich in town, but we like to stick with Detroit's favorite deli, Mudgie's, and order up a Barrett with that famous corned beef, creamy coleslaw, Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing on an onion roll, served warm. Pro tip: Mudgie's also has one of the best bottled beer selections in the city.

8. Corned beef sandwich

Mudgie's Deli (address and info)

Detroit is corned beef country, being the home of Sy Ginsberg's famed corned beef and all. There are lots and lots of places to get an authentic Sy Ginsberg corned beef sandwich in town, but we like to stick with Detroit's favorite deli, Mudgie's, and order up a Barrett with that famous corned beef, creamy coleslaw, Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing on an onion roll, served warm. Pro tip: Mudgie's also has one of the best bottled beer selections in the city.

9. Corridor Sausage

Ford Field (address and info)

Detroit's one and only artisan sausage-maker is also a vendor at Ford Field, and while you can buy Corridor Sausage products to make at home, nothing beats trying them the way their creator intended: at a major sporting event with an overpriced beer.

Le Petit Zinc

10. Crepes

Le Petit Zinc (address and info)

Le Petit Zinc in Corktown is about as close to a French-style bistro as you'll find here in the Paris of the Midwest. A coffee and a crepe here is a must, but resist the urge to order up a chocolate-covered confectionary crepe and try something savory, like the olive oil and rosemary marinated goat cheese with spinach and pine nuts.

11. Deep-dish pizza

Buddy's Pizza and Jet's Pizza
Various locations
It's not called "Detroit-style deep dish" for naught – the dense squares of caramelized cheese-coated delights makes Chicago's glorified casseroles look like…well, glorified casseroles. Buddy's Pizza is the original, but Jet's is the truth.

Jeff Waraniak/Thrillist

12. Donuts

Dutch Girl Donuts (address and info)

Chaldean Town
You have not earned your Detroit badge until you have ordered glazed blueberry doughnuts through bulletproof glass. Dutch Girl Donuts is a Detroit institution, open since 1947.

13. Egg sandwich

Astro Coffee (address and info)

It's a new Detroit classic, it's under $5, and it's awesome. Pair  with Astro's flat white, and it becomes divine.

14. Fish and chips

Scotty Simpson's (address and info)

Scotty Simpson's fish and chips are a timeless dish served in a place that time hasn't touched. Made with fresh cod flown in daily from Nova Scotia and hand-cut Idaho potatoes, these fish and chips are the real deal.

Chez Chloe

15. French lava cakes

Chez Chloe (address and info)

Eastern Market
Fairly new to the local food scene, the authentic -- made by a French person! From France! -- lava cakes from Chez Chloe are hands-down the richest, most decadent, most transcendent dessert in Detroit.

16. Fried chicken

Pollo Chapin (address and info)

Southwest Detroit
Pollo Chapin is Southern soul food meets Mexico, and no, that doesn't need to make sense for them to make the best damn fried chicken in Detroit. Which they do.

17. Garlic bread

Giovanni's Ristorante (address and info)

Southwest Detroit
There are many, many homemade items to recommend at Giovanni's, including all of the pasta -- but that garlic bread, tho. If you should never eat another carb again, let this one be your last to forever remember them by.

Leo's Coney Island

18. Greek salad

Leo's Coney Island (address and info)
Various locations
Leo's "famous" Greek salad is a heaping bowl of iceberg non-lettuce (though you can get it with spinach instead!), tomato, cucumber, pepperoncini, Greek olives, beets, chickpeas, and Leo's own Greek dressing, which you can also take home by the bottle.

19. Gyros

Golden Fleece Restaurant (address and info)

We could all argue all day about which gyro is the best, but the obvious and definitive answer is Golden Fleece, where the lamb meat is cooked on a spit at the front of the restaurant and hacked off for your eating pleasure when you order.

20. Ham sandwich

Mike's Famous Ham Place (address and info)

Southwest Detroit
At Mike's Famous Ham Place, you can get ham, or ham, or ham. Or ham. And you know when a place does only one thing, and has done that  one thing for decades, that one thing has got to be pretty damn good.

National Coney Island

21. Hani

National Coney Island (address and info)
Various locations
The hani is basically a chicken finger sandwich wrapped in a fluffy pita with American and Swiss cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and mayo. There is nothing remarkably cutting edge about this dish, except for that it always seems to hit the spot and it's all ours. For proof, trying ordering a "hani" anywhere else in the country. Oh right, you can’t.

22. Lamb Pizza

Motor City Brewing Works (address and info)

There is a disproportionately awesome amount of good pizza in Detroit, and Motor City Brewing Works is the proud purveyor of some of it. You really can't go wrong with any of their brick oven pizza creations, but "Mary Did Have," their Mediterranean flavor-inspired lamb pizza, is everything you love about our local abundance of Mediterranean food (Greek, Lebanese) on a pizza instead of a pita. The pizza crust is an even better delivery mechanism for the lamb, tbh.

Selden Standard

23. Lamb Ragu

Selden Standard (address and info)

The "newest" item on this list, Andy Hollyday's lamb ragu is already legendary in Detroit. He first introduced it during his tenure at Roast, and in the opinion of certain circles (cough) it was the best thing on the menu there. He has kept it alive on the menu at the heavily Italian-inspired Selden Standard, and we can all rejoice.

Coach Insignia

24. Lobster corn dog

Coach Insignia (address and info)

Renaissance Center
Once upon a time one of the best/trendiest restaurants in Detroit was Coach Insignia, and once upon a time one of the most exciting dishes in the city was their fried lobster corn dog with Asian cabbage slaw and stone-ground honey mustard. Back in the days of CityFest (remember that????), this lobster corn dog would get a line an hour long and people would talk about it all year in anxious anticipation of the next CityFest. Of course they could have just gone to the restaurant… and 10 years later, so can you.

25. Mac and cheese

SLOWS BAR BQ (address and info)

Slows is a barbecue restaurant most famous for its mac and cheese, and that’s fine, because that fame kickstarted everything that we know Corktown -- and, by extension, the rest of Detroit -- to be today. It has been written up in Bon Appetit and the New York Times and everywhere else and, you know, despite the Detroit instinct to disparage anything that gets a little TOO big, it really is pretty damn tasty, celery salt and all.

26. Mussels

Cadieux Café (address and info)

East Detroit
What do you eat when you're on Detroit's east side at a Belgian bar drinking Belgian beer and playing a Belgian version of bowling? You eat mussels by the bucket, obviously. Available in multiple preparations including the classic white wine and vegetables, Italian marinara sauce, and garlic with white wine and olive oil, mussels and feather bowling at Cadieux Café is a quintessential Detroit experience.

27. Mystery meat sliders

Green Dot Stables (address and info)

Obviously you don't really need us to tell you about Green Dot's famed $3 "mystery meat" sliders, so we'll just go ahead and reiterate: from beef heart to bull testicles, the mystery meat can be just about ANYTHING, and is yet another mandatory Detroit food checklist item.

Jeff Waraniak/Thrillist

 28. Paczki

New Palace Bakery (address and info)

They're available year-round at New Palace -- really! -- so you don't have to line up on that ONE day for three hours, in order to get in on a phenomenon that most of the rest of the country has never even heard of.

29. Pierogi

Polish Village Café (address and info)

Hit up Polish Village Café for a pierogi platter with potato, kraut, sweet cheese, potato and cheese, blueberry, and/or strawberry pierogi.

30. Pizza slice special

Supino Pizzeria (address and info)

Eastern Market
You never know what you're going to get with Supino's daily slice special, but you can bank that it's probably going to be something awesome -- this is, after all, one of the best pizzerias in America. With locally-made ingredients, and ingredients sourced fresh from Eastern Market, the special is ever-changing and always worth ducking in for.

31. Pocket sandwich

Goodwell's Natural Foods Market (address and info)

The hearty and healthy pocket sandwich at Goodwell's has long been a favorite among Detroiters who know. Made from a vegetarian soy patty and a whole garden stuffed into a whole wheat pita pocket, if you're looking for something healthy but filling, high-quality but low-cost, look no further.

Nicole Rupersburg/Thrillist

32. Poutine

Rock City Eatery (address and info)

They were already winning with Nicole's Poutine (made with duck gravy), and then they upped the ante by offering a fried egg on it, and now there's Nicole's Poutine Part Two, a ramped-up adrenaline fueled sequel to the already terrific traditional version, turned up to 11 with the addition of brisket and bleu cheese.

33. Pupusas

Pupusería y Restaurante Salvadoreño (address and info)

Southwest Detroit
Pupusas! Ah hahahahahahaha…hahahahahaha!!!!! Ahhhhhh it's a funny word. They're also really tasty, and really cheap. Get the pork, beans and cheese.

34. Salted caramel ice cream

Treat Dreams (address and info)

Midtown; Ferndale
Scott Moloney's artisan ice cream shop has always been known for kooky experimental flavors, but one mainstay that has been around since the beginning is the salted caramel ice cream, and it's his biggest seller.

35. Scotch duck eggs

St. Cece's Pub (address and info)

Take a duck egg. Wrap it in sausage. Deep-fry it. That is the Scotch duck egg at St. Cece's, and also it pairs really well with Michigan beer and a wood-burning fireplace, just so you know.

Susan Lynne Beckwith/Hudson Cafe

36. Red velvet pancakes

Hudson Café (address and info)

These red velvet pancakes have been often imitated since Hudson Café first opened its doors, but make no mistake: these are the original, and the best.

37. Ribs

Bert's Marketplace (address and info)

Eastern Market
That cloud of smoke you see hovering over the western edge of Eastern Market on Saturdays comes from ribbers' row, all those dudes you see standing out there with grills cooking up delicious meats while people sing karaoke surprisingly well every week. There are other places you can ORDER barbecue, but there are no other places where you can EXPERIENCE barbecue.

38. Roasted bone marrow

Michael Symon's Roast (address and info)

The roasted bone marrow at Roast marked a turning point for Detroit food (as did pretty much everything else at Roast, including the burger). This meat butter is served on a sawed off bone, so you can shoot it like a beef oyster if that's what you really wanted to do.

39. Saganaki

Little Daddy's Family Restaurant (address and info)
Various locations
Doused heavily with brandy and lemon, diner saganaki is THE saganaki to experience in metro Detroit, and Little Daddy's is a great place to start.

Bucharest Grill

40. Shawarma

Bucharest Grill (address and info)

Downtown; Corktown
GARLIC. That is all. Okay, that's not all -- Bucharest Grill makes the most famous sandwich in Detroit, and that is because of GARLIC.

41. Sliders

Telway Hamburger System (address and info)

Southwest Detroit
For as long as Detroiters have been eating, we've been eating sliders. It sure seems that way, anyway. We certainly have a lot of historic old white box slider joints that we're all very partial to, but Telway beats all for nostalgic purposes and for $3 sacks of sliders.

42. Sweet potato pie

Sweet Potato Sensations (address and info)

New Redford
They've been in business since 1988 serving every kind of sweet potato concoction imaginable, from cakes to cookies to cobblers. In this case, though, stick with a classic -- the sweet potato pie. Top it off with some of their sweet potato ice cream just for funsies.  

43. Steak tartare

London Chop House (address and info)

Back when the London Chop House was the grand dame of Detroit dining, drawing in power players and celebrities from all over the country, the kind of fussy quasi-French high-end steakhouse fare that it specialized in was considered de rigueur, from Oysters Rockefeller to full caviar service. A visit here is a throwback in the best possible kind of way, as is the steak tartare, made with porcini vinaigrette, truffle, and a soft-poached egg, this is early-to-mid-19th century decadence at its finest.

44. Stuffed burger

Cutter's Bar & Grill (address and info)

Eastern Market
We don't have a Shake Shack, and quite frankly, we don't need one. Why? Because the best thing at Shake Shack is the burger stuffed with molten cheese, and we already have that at Cutter's for half the price. Try it stuffed with cheddar cheese and bacon.

45. Stuffed French toast

La Dolce Vita (address and info)

Highland Park
La Dolce Vita is an Italian restaurant, but people really aren't going there for the French food. They're going for the incredible patio, called an "urban oasis" so many times there is no longer any need to, and for the bottomless mimosa brunch with the mascarpone-stuffed French toast topped with sautéed bananas.

Taqueria El Rey

46. Tacos

Taqueria El Rey (address and info)

Southwest Detroit
There are lots and lots of tacos -- SO many tacos, in fact, that it's not even possible to name which are THE best. You can't really go wrong with most Southwest Detroit taquerias (heck, even the trucks set up in gas station parking lots are pretty great), but Taqueria El Rey certainly doesn't disappoint with its diversity of offerings, which include the standard al pastor and carnitas as well as the less-standard cabeza and barbacoa.

47. Tamales

Evie's Tamales (address and info)

Southwest Detroit
As previously noted, when one goes to a place with "tamales" in the name, one orders the tamales. Conversely, when one desires tamales, one goes to the place with "tamales" in the names. Evie's Tamales are a local favorite, and not just because they are 85 cents each or six for $4.50. Be sure to pre-order for the holidays!

48. Turkey leg

Turkey Grill (address and info)

You can get a giant smoked turkey leg in Detroit. And therefore should. You can also get turkey bites and turkey dinners, but the giant smoked leg is where it's really at.

Susie Alvarez/Sheila's Bakery

49. Tres leches cake

Sheila's Bakery (address and info)

Southwest Detroit
Tres leches = sponge cake soaked in evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. We're lucky here that we have so many great Mexican bakeries with so many great Mexican desserts, but tres leches beats all, and Sheila's Bakery makes the best.

50. Wings

Sweetwater Tavern (address and info)

Sweetwater Tavern serves the most famous chicken wings in Detroit: big, meaty, Amish wings sourced fresh from Eastern Market daily and then marinated overnight, dredged in their secret blend of spices, and fried for your eating pleasure.

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1. Astoria Pastry Shop 541 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226 (Greektown)

Astoria Pastry Shop is the OG of Greek bakeries in Detroit and their baklava is some of the best around.

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2. Detroit Vegan Soul 8029 Agnes St, Detroit, MI 48214 (West Village)

Marrying vegan cuisine with soul food flair, this cozy West Village spot serves up some serious flavor. You’d think it’s impossible to create authentic Southern barbecue fare using 100% plant-based, organic ingredients devoid of trans-fat, but Detroit Vegan Soul executes it perfectly -- for example, take the signature “Catfish” tofu sandwich, a gluten-free option with cornmeal-battered tofu, broccoli-corn slaw, redskin potatoes, and onions. Combined with the cute, contemporary digs and friendly staff, it’s a neighborhood staple.

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3. Traffic Jam & Snug 511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201 (Midtown)

Traffic Jam & Snug was established in 1965 (though the building dates back to the 1880s), and has been a Wayne State University staple, and hyper-local destination ever since. Equal parts bakery, garden brewery, and creamery that produces award-winning blue asiago cheese, it's one of the coziest all-in-one places to hang in Midtown. On weekends, $15 bottomless mimosas will ensure your return.

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4. New Center Eatery 3100 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

This American eatery has some of the BEST chicken and waffles in Detroit.

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5. Avalon Bakery 422 W Willis St , Detroit, MI 48201 (Midtown)

Avalon's organic and socially-conscious pastries have stood the test of time, and the chocolate chip sea salt cookies are truly fantastic.

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6. 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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7. 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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8. Duly's Place 5458 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209 (Mexicantown)

There are many places in Detroit to get a Coney Dog, like Lafayette and American but Duly's, found off of Vernor Highway in Mexicantown, deserves a place on the list of Detroit coney greatness. It has the advantage of not only being just as good as the rest, but it's also the cheapest.

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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 everything at Mudgie’s is house-made, be it the charcuterie, marinated deli meat, soups, salad dressings, and even ketchup. The old school approach ensures a freshness of flavor which, when combined with the formidable selection of craft beers -- ranging from local drafts to imported bottles from Italy, Belgium, and beyond -- and classic cocktails, make it a veritable Corktown hot spot for neighborhood locals and hipsters alike.

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10. Le Petit Zinc 1055 Trumbull St, Detroit, MI 48216 (Corktown)

Le Petit Zinc is as close to a French-style bistro as you'll get in this part of the Midwest. Expect all the classic French dishes (crepes, quiche), served in a friendly neighborhood venue that encourages repeat visits. In warm weather, the beauty of the backyard patio is a fine complement to the delicacy of the food and a wonderful place to take a date you want to impress.

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11. Dutch Girl Donuts 19000 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203 (Ferndale)

If raisins aren't your thing, go with a classic Detroit glazed donut right out of the fryer. The earlier, the better. Always.

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12. Astro Coffee 2124 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 (Corktown)

Astro Coffee is a small and cozy cafe best known as the first place in Detroit to get a proper pour-over, but it is also known as the place with the kick-ass egg sandwich, which comes with soft-scrambled eggs, fresh herbs, and an extra-garlicky aioli on a Zingerman's rustic Italian roll. Flat whites are also exceptional here.

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13. Scotty Simpson's Fish & Chips 22200 Fenkell St, Detroit, MI 48223

Scotty Simpson's fish and chips are made with cod that is flown in daily from Nova Scotia and hand-cut Idaho potatoes, so you know it's the real deal.

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14. Chez Chloe Eastern Market, Shed 2, Detroit, MI 48207 (Eastern Market)

Located in Shed 2 of Detroit's Eastern Market, Chez Chloe's French lava cakes are hands-down the richest, most decadent, most transcendent dessert in Detroit.

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15. Pollo Chapin 2054 Junction St, Detroit, MI 48209

At Pollo Chapin, Southern soul food plus Mexican style equals the best damn fried chicken in Detroit. Don't try to make sense of it, just enjoy.

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16. Giovanni's Ristorante 330 S Oakwood, Detroit, MI 48217

This mom-and-son establishment is famous for their handmade pastas and rustic Italian fare. They bring a farm-to-table element to their old school style and serve food mostly from the San Marino region. Frank Sinatra even stopped in once for a taste of their authentic food.

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17. Golden Fleece Restaurant 525 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226 (Greektown)

Despite the influx of changes in Greektown, The Golden Fleece remains an unfussy, family style Greek eatery where the gyro meat is carved off a spit in the front and in full view of the restaurant.

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18. Mike's Famous Ham Place 3700 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216 (Mexicantown)

Mike's Famous Ham Place is doling out fresh ingredients, stellar combinations, and mouth-watering ham... hence, uh, the name...

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19. Motor City Brewing Works Inc 470 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201 (Midtown)

This is where Ghettoblaster was born and (arguably) where the golden age of Michigan microbrewing first started to take hold. True Detroiters will gather here to munch on brick oven pizzas and enjoy a pint on the rooftop terrace.

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20. 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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21. Coach Insignia 100 Renaissance Ctr, Detroit, MI 48243

This steakhouse is located on the 71st & 72nd floors of the GM Renaissance Center and has great views of the city. The menu is (suprise) a lot of steak, but unique standouts like lobster corndogs give specialty options.

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22. 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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23. Cadieux Cafe 4300 Cadieux Rd, Detroit, MI 48224

Flemish culture thrives at this Motor City staple, as evidenced by the robust collection of Belgian beers, the frequent crowd of “featherbowlers,” -- the equivalent of Belgian bocci, essentially -- and, like any self-respecting Belgian-themed bar, fresh steamed mussels, served daily. The Cadieux Café started as a Prohibition-era speakeasy, and it’s still kicking today, supported by community veterans who come for the culture and young folk who swing through to enjoy live entertainment until the wee hours of the morning.

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24. Green Dot Stables 2200 W Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48216 (Corktown)

With the simple pairing of cheap fancy sliders, and cheap craft beer, Green Dot got national press from pretty much the start and quickly catapulted to the top of Detroit's must-eat restaurants. Having taken over the old joint of the same name, the American restaurant enhanced most of the former venue's stable- and track-related decor, but fortunately revamped a delicious poutine- and booze-containing menu that's served until 5am.

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25. New Palace Bakery 9833 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI 48212 (Hamtramck)

Whether you're going on Fat Tuesday for some authentic Polish treats or are just a fan of sweets anytime, the New Palace Bakery is the place for you.

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26. Polish Village Café 2990 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212 (Hamtramck)

Everything about this Hamtramck restaurant is authentically Polish: the interior feels like a real Eastern European pub with an emphasis on dark mahogany fixtures and stained glass, while white Christmas lights hang overhead, intersecting strings of faux ivy. Whether stuffed with potato, cabbage, cheese, or beef, the pierogies here are absolutely amazing -- and the rest of the menu is just as solid, boasting traditional fare like kielbasa, golabki (stuffed cabbage), and the ever popular dill pickle soup. The family-owned eatery has a huge following, and even the most dedicated of regulars often have to wait for a table at this walk-ins and cash-only spot.

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27. 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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28. Goodwell's Natural Foods Market 418 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201 (Midtown)

This healthy spot is best know for its "Famous Pocket Sandwich," and it lives up to its rep: a vegetarian soy patty topped with baby spinach leaves, Romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, and Goodwells' super-secret sauce all stuffed into a whole wheat pita pocket for $4.25.

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29. Rock City Eatery 11411 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI 48212 (Hamtramck)

Food, booze, and pies are the pillars upon which Rock City Eatery rests, and the industrial-chic eatery in Hamtramck has entertained a steady flock of regulars because of it. The breadth of the globally-inspired menu attests to the culinary skill of owner Nikita Santches, who proves that it's totally possible to excel at everything from duck fat-fried poutine to Spanish octopus. here's a big emphasis on local solidarity, ranging from regional microbrews behind the bar to the ingredients used in the kitchen, so don't be surprised if certain items on this focused, market-driven menu run out towards the end of the day.

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30. Pupusería y Restaurante Salvadoreño 3149 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

This Detroit pupuseria is super cheap and delicious. Most pupusas are $2.25 each and we like to stick with the classic pork, beans and cheese.

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31. Treat Dreams 4160 Cass Avenue, Detorit, MI 48201 (Midtown)

This is the second location of the popular Ferndale ice cream shop. This place is far from vanilla, offering crazy flavors like Macaroni & Cheese!

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32. St. CeCe's 1426 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216 (Corktown)

This casual gastropub serves up delicious burgers, a make-your-own noodle bowl, and plenty of local craft beers and spirits. Though anything but austere, the woodwork, stone, and stained glass that deck out this pub make for a composed ambiance, a casualness continued in the patio in the summer and in the colder months, by the live fireplace placed smack-dab in the middle of the dining room for all to enjoy.

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33. The Hudson Cafe 1241 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

If you want breakfast, The Hudson Cafe's got what you are looking for -- pancakes, French toast, design-your-own waffles, crepes, four types of eggs benedict, tons of omelets, and more.

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34. Bert's Marketplace 2727 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207 (Eastern Market)

Bert’s Market Place is your all-in-one spot for food and entertainment. The restaurant is known for their juicy smoked BBQ ribs served with an original (secret) recipe sauce. The homestyle South food is seasoned to perfection and slow cooked on the spot. The family-friendly restaurant is perfect for lunch or dinner, or for late nights out (Bert’s is open until 3am on the weekends). For entertainment, there are weekly events including Monday Jazz performances, Friday ballroom dance lessons, and Saturday karaoke shows.

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35. 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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36. Bucharest Grill 2040 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 (Rivertown)

Just a quick walk from the ballpark, Bucharest is a great spot for both lunch and late-night shawarma. BG is open until about 2am on weekends, so you can get your spiced beef or chicken (or vegetarian venison, which they have) fix on your way home from a night out. Best of all, this location includes plenty of seating and free parking.

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37. Telway Hamburger System 6820 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

The Telway Hamburger System is open 24 hours, serving you sliders, fries, and coneys for ridiculously cheap prices (a slider is less than a dollar). While you're there, keep yourself awake with some of their famously delicious coffee -- also for under a buck!

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38. London Chop House 155 W. Congress, Detroit, MI 48226

Returning to its original location in the basement of the Murphy-Telegraph Building after a 20yr absence, London actually IS your grandfather's chop house (it first opened in 1938 as a power dining staple), so pay homage at the restored oak bar or polished classic red leather banquettes to devour meat and live jazz. Then, step into one of two working OG phone booths, and excitedly text everyone that you’re in a working phone booth. Seriously, the London Chop House is as old school as it gets, a throwback to a former era rich with sumptuous design and cuisine.

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39. Cutter's Bar & Grill 2638 Orleans St, Detroit, MI 48207 (Eastern Market)

Cutter's Bar & Grill has an awesome happy hour (10a-6p!), strong and cheap drinks, and one of Detroit's favorite hamburgers. The greatest -- and most dangerous -- part? You can have a 2lb burger for just over $10. Your self-control is optional.

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40. 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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41. Sweet Potato Sensations 17377 Lahser, Detroit, MI 48219

The menu at this New Redford spot has almost all dishes involving sweet potato. Everything from sweet potato grits, sweet potato pancakes, sweet potato belgian waffles, to classic sweet potato pies are included.

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42. Taqueria El Rey 4730 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

Taqueria El Rey is a true standout in an area overpopulated with taco shops. Get the chorizo torta, a Mexican sub with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avocado and dressing, for only $5.00.

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43. Evie's Tamales 3454 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216 (Mexicantown)

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!

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44. The Turkey Grill 8290 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202 (Midtown)

The menu here is, well, almost all turkey. Pitas, sandwiches, and event Cajun Fried Turkey Wings are all on the menu. Also, you have the option to order an entire Turkey Leg -- so you absolutely should.

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45. Sheila's Bakery 2142 Springwells St, Detroit, MI 48209 (Mexicantown)

This bakery and cake shop focuses on Hispanic treats, like the customer favorite Tres Leches cake. They also make cookies, small pastries, breads, muffins and even donuts.

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46. Sweetwater Tavern 400 E Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226 (Midtown)

This Bricktown spot has become famous for their wings—which they source from Eastern Market, marinade, batter, fry, and serve with housemade sauce. The building itself is original 1800s structure that Sweetwater has occupied for over 30 years. Come for the food and stay for the old-time atmosphere.