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Best Diners in Detroit

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Cadillac Square Diner

Conveniently located in Downtown Detroit, Cadillac Square Diner serves up hearty breakfasts and American classics in a casual and comfortable ambiance. It is a favorite breakfast and lunch spot with busy professionals working in the area. Popular menu items include Eggs with Corned Beef Hash, Cadillac Skillet and traditional Biscuits & Gravy. It also has a large selection of omelets, a separate children's menu, and a good selection of steaks and chops. Wraps, pita breads and stir-fry dishes are also popular for a quick working lunch or takeaway.

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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Duly's Place

Duly's Place is a legendary, classic diner that has been serving up everything from breakfast to chili dogs for over 90 years. Duly's faithful swear that they serve the best Coney in Detroit, and is also first choice for breakfast. Low prices and friendly staff round out the reasons that Duly's has been around for so long, and still going strong. They accept payments through cash only.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Motz's Hamburgers

In the search for the best burger in Detroit, a stop at Motz's is obligatory. Thought to be the best by many a Detroiter, Motz's has been serving up practically the same classic burger joint menu since 1929. In addition to their Famous Original Slider they also have their specialty burgers, breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs and Coney dogs and of course sides like onion rings and fries. The old fashioned diner atmosphere and look also seem unchanged since 1929, adding to the nostalgic love loyal diners have for Motz's.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Rose's Fine Food

Rose's Fine Food has a rustic and homely feel that makes you feel comfortable immediately. This fabulous breakfast and lunch spot has a locavore philosophy, using only fresh local ingredients. Everything is made from scratch on-site, and at prices that won't pinch your wallet. Their seasonal menu showcases the region's natural bounty, and offers interesting creations. Kick-start your day with their breakfast specials, while the lunch menu offers lighter fare, with quirkily named dishes.

Detroit, MI, United States
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National Coney Island

For a nostalgic slice of Americana, head to this popular diner chain. The Coney Hot Dog is the most famous item on the menu and the clear star of the show. It comes enveloped in a steamed bun and is topped with chili, mustard and onions. The menu also features other classic American diner fare such as burgers, fried chicken, sandwiches and cheese fries.

Grosse Pointe, MI, United States
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Fly Trap

In 2004 when The Fly Trap opened, the goal was to have a 'finer diner', and they most certainly have succeeded. The Fly Trap serves up classic American diner breakfast and lunch dishes with a twist as well as some globally influenced dishes, and the whole menu is available any time, so you can order breakfast for dinner if you want. Examples of items found on the menu include waffles, omlettes, grinders, burgers and salads. There are a good number of vegetarian items on the menu for non-meat eaters.

Ferndale, MI, United States
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