We've seen several new restaurants pop-up over the last few years, so it wouldn't be fair to say we've listed ALL of our *favorites*, however it is safe to say we've chosen places we dine at frequently and highly recommend to all Detroit-newcomers. 

Next up, where to grab a bite in Detroit! 

(Looking for a place to drink instead, don't worry we have you covered: Where to Drink in Detroit for Movement)


Brooklyn Street Local

One of Corktown’s beloved diners where fresh ingredients are organic and sourced locally. Some even say they’ve got the best Poutine in Detroit, and it comes in mushroom too!

Detroit Institute of Bagels

Located on the same block as Brooklyn Street Local, DIB has a small selection of bagels including sea salt and rosemary, jalapeño and poppy all of which are made fresh in house every morning. They also offer soups and sandwiches made-to-order.

Green Dot Stables

$3 drinks, $3 sliders, salads and soups. While the cheeseburger, buffalo chicken and truffle fries are some of our favorite menu items; it’s the ‘Mystery Meat’ that adventure seekers come for! Ever try a kangaroo?

Johnny Noodle King

One of our favorite ramen joints in Detroit. Bowls are heavily inspired by Japanese cuisine, from traditional shoyu to Southwest and can even be customized to your liking.


An artisanal deli with soups to dressings made from scratch, with all ingredients sourced locally and an incredible beer selection.  

The Farmer's Hand

The Farmer's Hand is a woman-owned artisanal Pantry, Market & Kitchen that specializes in all-local, Michigan-made food, beverage and specialty gift ware products.


Ottava Via

Pasta, Panini’s, thin-crust pizza and a delicious selection of cured meats and cheeses. Additionally, there’s a big patio and bocce ball court where you could (and should) enjoy a glass of Rose.


One of Corktown’s latest additions, featuring Japanese comfort food such as noodle soups, rice bowls, small plates and more.


Selden Standard

A new American small plates restaurant with ingredients from local farms. Our favorite menu items currently consist of the Mushroom Ragu, Grapefruit and Avocado salad and the Ricotta Agnolotti.

The Peterboro

Chinese-American menu including soups and salads, small plates, rice and noodles and entrees.

Bronx Bar

Deli-style menu with burgers and veggie options. However, the fried pickles and cheese sticks with dill ranch is a must-eat.

Honest John’s

A bar that opens at 7 a.m. and a kitchen that serve’s until 2 a.m. One of our favorite midtown spots to grab a Bloody Mary or two…or three. Pretty standard, yet great quality breakfast and lunch options.



If you're looking for a solid thin crust pizza, Supino's is where you need to be. 


Hands down one of the most beautifully decorated restaurants in Detroit, and the menu does not disappoint.

Beyond Juice

A little on the pricier side, but if you’re looking for fresh pressed juice and a morning reset, check this spot out.


Known for its Bloody Mary’s, this spot is definitely one to check out. The Reuben and the muscles are a go-to favorite.

Russell Street Deli

Quick service, high-quality deli offering soups, salads and sandwiches, all of which ingredients are sourced locally.

Louisiana Creole Gumbo 

Old-style Southern comfort food featuring items like Creole, Gumbo, Jambalya and Po’Boys. Dine-in or take-out.


Great spot to brunch with a group, or grab a coffee solo. A coffee shop, gallery and performance venue in one offering killer veggie sandwiches with local ingredients.





Hidden away in the Belt, right near Library Street Collective, Standby serves up a New American-style menu with twists on classic dishes like Risotto and Pierogis.

Wright & Co.

Located above John Varvatos, Wright & Co. is an upscale New American spot with small plates and an eclectic variety of seasonal cocktails.

Central Kitchen & Bar

Contemporary American menu featuring items such as buttermilk chicken, cheese curds and a crawfish burger.


The patio rules and so does their burgers.


Finally, a sushi spot in Detroit. Located on the first floor of the Federal Building, Maru offers traditional options like sashimi, nigiri and hand rolls, but if you’re feeling saucy you can even order a bacon roll.


With a menu crafted by Michael Symon, you know you’re in for a treat. This upscale steakhouse opened in 2008 and has been consistently delicious since. The menu features options like steaks and chops to Halibut and chilled lobster and even veggie options!

Sweetwater Tavern

Known for its house-made sauces, Sweetwater definitely take home the award for best wings in the city.

Lafayette Coney Island

A Detroit staple and a great spot to grab a dog after hours. Lafayette Coney Island’s come with a steamed bun, natural-casing hot dog, home-made beef chili, yellow mustard and Spanish onions. You can order fries too!


El Barzon

Ever heard of a Mexican-Italian restaurant? Well, here you go. You can order Lasagna and Enchiladas in the same sitting, both of which are equally delicious.

Evie’s Tamales

Best known for its signature cornhusk-wrapped tamales, they also offer one of the best breakfast burritos you might ever taste.

Taqueria El Ray

El Rey offers generous portions of taco fillings, served with homemade salsas for that extra flavor.

Taqueria Nuestra Familia

There are plenty of solid taco options in Southwest, however Taqueria Nuestra Familia stands out with its handmade tortillas.




Yemen Café

Cheap traditional Yemeni cuisine featuring specialties like Gallaba and Agaddah.

Polish Village Café

Authentic Polish from the menu to the décor. The Dill Pickle Soup, Pierogies and Kelbasa are definitely our go-to’s.

Buddy’s Pizza

Buddy’s introduced its Detroit-style pizza in the ‘40s, a square deep dish cooked in a steel pan. Buddy’s has also ranked as one of the best pies in the nation.



Craft Work

Craft Work offers modern American comfort food with a focus on local ingredients. Our favorite entre is the Fried Chicken served with bacon-braised greens, mashed potato and Tabasco honey.


Roses Fine Foods

A small diner serving breakfast and lunch located on Detroit’s east side, featuring a made-from-scratch menu with all locally sourced products.

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