Food & Drink

Detroit’s 9 best bets for after-hours eats

Published On 12/18/2013 Published On 12/18/2013
Courtney Ochab
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Loco's Tex-Mex Grille
Bert’s Marketplace
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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. Xochimilco 3409 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216 (Mexicantown)

Xochimilco is a great spot for a late night taco and a margarita. It's open until 2a, so after a night at the bar you can make a game out of trying to pronounce the name (so-she-mil-co).

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4. 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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5. 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. This counter serve takeout joint is the type of place that sells burgers by the bag from it's unapologetic, squat home in the middle of a parking lot. Nothing about Telway is about fine presentation, especially its uniquely thin patties that pack a fat flavor wallop, but they still make one hell of an impression. While you're there, keep your motor running with some of their famously delicious and equally cheap coffee.

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6. Plaka Cafe 535 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226 (Greektown)

Plaka cafe is a full-service diner that's reliable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They have a Greek twist (check out a gyro breakfast platter), and are open 24hrs so you can satisfy your cravings at any hour.

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7. Sgt. Pepperoni's Pizzeria & Deli 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 (Midtown)

Located inside the Garden Bowl, Sgt. Pepperoni's will sell you their signature specialty pizzes by the pie or by the slice. They're open until 2a, so whether you want to grab a slice or a sandwich on your way home from the bar or a show, you're in good hands.

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8. Loco's Tex-Mex Grille 454 Lafayette St E, Detroit, MI 48226 (Greektown)

Open until 4a on Friday and Saturday (2a the rest of the week), Loco's has an extensive menu of all your favorite Mexican classics (tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas) alongside burgers, hot dogs, and grilled cheeses. Also -- the strong, well-made margaritas won't disappoint.

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9. 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.