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Best American 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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24Grille

Experience upscale dining featuring classic American cuisine at 24Grille. Tucked away in downtown Detroit, this modern restaurant is a welcome addition to the New American dining scene of the city. The plush and elegant interiors present an idyllic venue for romantic dinners, casual dining, formal luncheons and night-outs. The dining space includes an exclusive champagne bar and a lovely patio area for summer dining. Seafood and meat creations dominate the well-conceived menu, featuring local favorites and traditional standbys, highlights being Seared Salmon, Crab Benedict and Veal Meatloaf. A hand-picked wine and cocktail list complements the menu selections, adding a finesse to the whole experience.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Firebird Tavern

Somewhere between a laidback local joint and a lively Greektown gem, Firebird Tavern is the place to be for all-American brews and mouthwatering bar bites. Get acquainted with the Detroit craft beer scene with a Lake Brothers Lager or opt for a specialty cocktail like the Firebird Shandy. Pair any order with elevated pub fare like wild game meatballs with bourbon gravy, Moroccan-spiced steak frites, and perfectly messy poutine. You're guaranteed a warm welcome at Firebird Tavern whether you come for a mellow meal or swing by spirited event, which regularly includes festivities like game-day celebrations and DJ-led dance parties. Come check it out!

Detroit, MI, United States
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Green Dot Stables

Look for the giant horse on the roof and you'll know you've found Green Dot Stables. This horse-racing themed restaurant is a true delight to see with its brick walls and equestrian paraphernalia adorning the walls. Nowhere else will you find such an extensive selection of sliders of all kinds. Green Dot Stables also serves up six different types of fries and a good number of salads. The full bar offers any number of cheap and delicious cocktails and beers.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Gold Cash Gold

Gold Cash Gold is a charming Southern eatery located at the bend of Wabash and Michigan streets in Corktown area. It occupies a time-honored structure which functioned as a pawn store previously. The exteriors have been wonderfully retained, with the lemon yellow doorway decorated with a signage that reminds locals of cheap stuff sold here. Chef Josh allures gourmands with the restaurant's open-kitchen layout, even as he displays his amazing culinary skills with every preparation. The Chef's Table at Gold Cash Gold inside the restaurant is an idyllic choice for private dinners.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Rock City Eatery

Variety is the spice of life and there's plenty of it at the Rock City Eatery. This local restaurant serves up an ever-changing selection of contemporary American fare, with a little bit of international flavor thrown in. The food is seasonally inspired and packed with the goodness of locally-sourced, fresh ingredients. While the menu changes often, giving the chef free rein to go where inspiration leads, expect to find all-time favorites like Nicole's Poutine with duck fat fries, and the lamb cheeseburger on the menu. The mac and cheese is especially popular and owes its fame to the bowl made of cheese it is served in. The mains are rivaled only by dessert, so be sure to leave room for some pie! Paired with cocktails, both classic and original, wine and beer, the Rock City Eatery promises a flavorful night on the town.

Detroit, MI, United States
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The Whitney

The venue alone makes this an unforgettable dining experience. Placed in a 52-room pink mansion decorated with delicate woodcarvings, huge signed Tiffany windows and a grandiose central staircase, this is a restaurant that oozes opulence from a bygone era, yet with a menu that is up-to-date and innovative. The food matches the decor with eye-popping entrees, beautifully presented if a little excessive. The wide array of seafood is fresh and the atmosphere is congenial, with a price befitting the surroundings. Tours of the mansion are available to patrons, while group and business bookings, as well as private dining room options are offered.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Traffic Jam & Snug

Eclectic, tongue-in-cheek and enterprising, this rambling, multiple-roomed, oft-expanded corner eatery is like a fern bar gone mad. The eccentric menu features prize-winning cheeses, breads, beer and ice cream made on the premises. It's Michigan's first licensed brew pub. In the late 1960s, the Snug was an ice cream parlor and the Traffic Jam a bar, then they combined into a Wayne State University/Medical Center hangout and went a bit upscale without losing their sense of anarchistic humor. The food features adventurous embellishments on American standard soups, sandwiches and salads. Inside the plain brick exterior are plenty of distractions and surprises in the pseudo-trendy decor.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Lunch Box Deli

Lunch Box Deli is located in Grosse Pointe and specializes in all things sandwich. The menu is full of salads, soups and entrees but the real star are the sandwiches. There are so many on the menu, they're divided up by type of meat or the veggie section. Examples of their signature sandwiches include a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Cordon Bleu, Turkey Cranberry and the pop culture favorite Dagwood to name just a few. No matter what type of food is your favorite, you're sure to find something between two pieces of bread that suits your fancy.

Grosse Pointe, MI, United States
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TRIA - An American Brasserie

Experience a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere featuring contemporary American cuisine at TRIA Restaurant. Tucked inside the iconic Henry Hotel, the bistro-style dining room is decorated in chic furnishing, and features an elegant bar that stocks some of the choicest wines. The ambiance is just right for casual dining as well as special occasions, romantic dinners and early breakfasts. TRIA's menu incorporates inventive creations and classic standbys, focusing on organic and sustainable ingredients. Post-dining patrons can relax in the bar area while sipping their favorite cocktails. Private dining is available; reservations are recommended.

Dearborn, MI, United States
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Motor City Soul Food

Don't let the bulletproof glass deter you, Motor City Soul Food has been a major destination for down home southern food for over 10 years. In the kitchen, co-owner and Mississippi native Martha Clay works her magic. Order up southern staples like mac 'n cheese, yams, cornbread, meatloaf, pork chops and roast beef to name a few. Don't miss out on the freshly made desserts like cobblers and pies. Be prepared, however, for the potential traffic jam of both cars and people that Motor City is known to inspire.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Howe's Bayou

The whimsical name alone should attract customers. Howe's Bayou is a restaurant from the owners of Tom's Oyster Bar, emphasizing a Cajun atmosphere and menu to supplement the oysters and seafood. Cajun entrees include Gumbo, okra, Crawfish Etouffee' and Shrimp Etouffee'. Besides great wines and bottled beers, the bar offers a choice of bourbons and appropriate mixed drinks such as Mint Juleps. You can even get a Chocolate Brownie Sundae with melting chocolate for dessert.

Ferndale, MI, United States
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