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Best Local Cuisine in Detroit

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Dime Store

Celebrate the start to beautiful day with a delicious breakfast at Dime Store. This Chrysler House eatery serves up a delectable selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch items in a laid-back urban setting, with a hint of retro flair. Tuck into fluffy omelets, Belgian waffles and brioche French toast for breakfast, or gourmet sandwiches like the duck Reuben with confit duck leg and red cabbage, grilled chicken with smoked Gouda, and Korean BBQ with pickled onions for a flavorful lunch from the open kitchen. Salads, snacks and a daily chef's special soup are served as well, alongside local craft beer, Zingerman’s coffee, Rishi organic teas, wine and cocktails. Dime Store is a true Michigan eatery, with everything from the bread, cheese, oil and produce to the beer, cider and coffee sourced from local vendors of the highest quality. Hand-crafted from scratch daily, every dish is a delicious surprise, both familiar and excitingly different.

Detroit, MI, United States
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American Coney Island

American Coney Island is one of Detroit's iconic Coney joints. American Coney has been featured on many television programs and has been voted number one several times. The menu is classic Coney with the iconic Coney Dogs, chili, Greek salad, pitas and fries. The classic diner decor makes it perfect if you're looking for a little bit of Detroit-oriented Americana.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Lafayette Coney Island

Hot dogs, hot dogs and more hot dogs! That's what this popular restaurant is known for. Lafayette Coney Island is somewhat of an institution in Downtown Detroit. It's the perfect place to stop for a snack or a cheap but filling meal. The place has a bit of a hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, which is decidedly a part of its charm. Aside from Detroit's famous Coney dogs, you will also find gyros, pita sandwiches and Greek salads as refreshing alternatives on the menu. Lafayette Coney Island is also one of the few diners in Downtown that stays open till 3a. So, if you are burning the midnight oil and desire a snack, you know where to go. Plastic money is not accepted, only cash payment will do.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Pegasus

One of the most recognizable restaurants in Greektown, Pegasus is great place to devour Greek cuisine. Offering Greek staples like eggplant, spinach with feta cheese and flaming cheeses. And of course no Greek joint would be complete without the ubiquitous Greek Salad. Pegasus also provides a range of dishes to cater to the vegetarian palate.

Detroit, MI, United States
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People's Pierogi Collective

Tucked away in Detroit's Eastern Market is this small stand serving up pierogis with big flavor. The People's Pierogi Collective makes these delightful little Polish pillows of food with all kinds of fillings, from the traditional potato to others like spinach and artichoke or Michigan cherry. The pierogis are served with sauerkraut and caramelized onions. In a city full of pierogis, you will find the most creativity at the People's Pierogi Collective.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Slows Bar BQ

A Detroit favorite, Slows Bar BQ serves up delectable dishes like Carolina Pulled Pork and St. Louis Spareribs in an ambiance that is warm, cozy and inviting. With wood-paneled and furnished interiors and dull-lighting, this eatery is a great place for a meal with family or friends. The mouthwatering menu here also features the loaded sandwiches and delicious melt-in-your-mouth pork belly. To quench your thirst, choose from the wide craft beer selection available for your enjoyment.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Evie's Tamales

Easily the best food bargain in Detroit is this thoroughly unpretentious diner in the heart of Mexicantown. The best tamales in the state are churned out here. The choice of what you can put inside the steamed corn husk of the tamales includes spiced-just-right pork or chicken, beans or even fruit. The decor has only the bare essentials, but that deficiency is counter-balanced by solicitous service and an extensive menu beyond tamales, including steak and eggs, short ribs, menudo and botanas (generous chips, cheese and vegetables platters).

Detroit, MI, United States
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Taqueria El Rey

Taqueria El Rey is one of Detroit's favorite taquerias. Although El Rey cooks up all your classic Mexican favorites like burritos and quesadillas, what they are really known for are their whole grilled chickens. You can also get the famous chicken in the tacos, burritos, tortas and pretty much anything else on the menu. Make sure you get there before they run out! Taqueria El Rey is also a favorite for tacos, with about 15 different varieties.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Polish Village Cafe

Head down the stairs and into this cozy and popular basement restaurant serving up traditional, hearty Polish cuisine. Old-world favorites like stuffed cabbage, pierogi, schnitzel and kielbasa round out the mouthwatering menu. The atmosphere is comfortable and family friendly and warm, making it perfect for cold Detroit days. Polish Village Cafe is on the small side so be prepared to stand in queue for a seat, but the wait is well worth it.

Hamtramck, MI, United States
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Buddy's Restaurant Pizzeria

A Detroit tradition, Buddy's Pizzeria has grown from a little-known bar and pizza joint to an institution. There are now Buddy's outlets in multiple suburbs, but the authentic experience is at the original, crowded, multi-roomed eatery. Buddy's was the first spot in Detroit to offer square pizzas, in 1946. The pizza is thick and the filling comes with plenty of cheese and sauce, and it is repeatedly voted the best in Detroit in local surveys. Salads, pastas, burgers, sandwiches and home-made soups are also on the menu. There is always a bustling party atmosphere.

Detroit, MI, United States
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New Yasmeen Bakery

Bakery, deli and restaurant all in one, this is a no-frills, low cost, traditional Lebanese establishment with a surprisingly large menu. Choose from baba ghanoush, stuffed grape leaves, chicken shwarma, artichoke salad, eggplant or numerous other dishes, enjoyed with fresh bread prepared on the premises. At the bakery counter you will find a wide array of both Lebanese and Western pastries as well as delicate and elaborate chocolate creations.

Dearborn, MI, United States
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Shatila

Located in Dearborn, people flock to this popular bakery for a taste of one of their delicious desserts. Featuring both European-style pastries and traditional Middle Eastern treats, you cannot leave without trying the pistachio baklawa or cheese katayif. Shatila also produces a line of well-loved Middle Eastern ice creams. Be prepared though - because this place is very popular, there's no way to avoid the long lines.

Dearborn, MI, United States
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