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.
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.
Renowned Chef Michael Symon brings his passion and culinary expertise to downtown Detroit with Roast. Located at the iconic Westin Book Cadillac, Roast is one of the finest steakhouses in the city. Decorated in warm hues, modern accents and plush banquettes, it presents an ideal venue for enjoying delicious meats with friends and family on special occasions. Roast's menu focuses on superior and fresh ingredients, locally-sourced produce and authentic flavors. The bar menu is just as great as the food menu with a variety of wines, beer and cocktails. Although the entire selection is impressive, it is the beer menu which takes the cake with its variety of craft brews which are also available on tap.
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.
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.
La Dole Vita is a little piece of Italy nestled in the heart of the scenic Palmer Park district. The restaurant's decor is reminiscent of an Italian trattoria, featuring chandeliers, flagstone walls and vintage accents. Patrons can even dine in the lovely patio area amidst floral gardens and live music. Rustic Italian cuisine is the highlight of the menu and brings together flavors from North and South in form of exquisite dishes. An excellent wine list and decadent desserts perfectly round off the dining experience. Reservations are recommended.
A Thai restaurant, Bangkok Crossing is one of the popular budget eateries for Oriental fare in Downtown. At low to moderate prices, one can enjoy full-portioned meals comprising appetizers such as Chicken Satay and Nong Tong, and mains like Pad Cashew and Pineapple Fried Rice. Seafood lovers should try Choo Chee Pla, a fried fish preparation soaked in coconut milk curry. Rice and noodle lovers will have plenty to pick from, while those on a diet can go for their flavorful soups and salads. Bangkok Crossing's food is good for both a leisurely sit-down meal and for a take-out.
Townhouse Detroit is chic and classy New-American cuisine restaurant and bar located in Downtown Detroit, with a beautiful garden patio and a warm cozy interior seating. Dine on items like the Townhouse Truffle Fries, Smoked Trout, Crispy Duck Wings and the award-winning Townhouse Burger. This burger masterpiece is made with steak aged for 28 days, then cooked-to-order and topped with Bourbon glazed onions, aged White Cheddar and Townhouse Fries in a brioche bun. It is nothing short of spectacular.
Lunchtime Global is one of the best places in Downtown Detroit to grab a quick lunch, without compromising on one's health. Especially, those working at GM Renaissance Center or around Campus Martius Park find it a convenient spot for a quick midday meal. They serve comforting soups in varieties like Broccoli Cheese and Vegan Split Pea, with aromas that make you feel right at home. This eatery is also known for its healthy salads, lunchtime sandwiches, and good vegetarian and vegan options. The wallet-friendly prices are the added bonus.
If you need food in the nick of time, Jimmy John's will definitely turn out to be a savior. Though it has many locations in Detroit, the one at Griswold is known for its negligible waiting lines and super-quick staff. This sandwich shop is thronged by office goers who usually opt for a takeaway and enjoy the delicious sandwiches in the comforts of their workplaces. The gourmet sandwiches served at Jimmy John's are delectable, filled with fresh ingredients and sauces of your choice. If you are too busy to get out of the house, just give them a call and they will deliver the sandwiches to your doorstep.
Carnival Fresh Mex works only on weekdays and caters mainly to professionals working in Downtown Detroit. Its tacos, quesadillas and burritos are both delicious to taste and low in price. The extensive menu includes choices like Avocado Bowl, Carne-Asada Fries, California Burrito and Quesadilla with sour cream. Choose from various meats such as marinated ground beef, chorizo and spicy shredded pork to go with your main course. Carnival Fresh Mex is a good lunch spot but it is also frequented by many for breakfast. If you work around Downtown, it will happily deliver food to your office.
Roasting Plant is a cafe in Detroit, that takes the process of coffee-making quite seriously, with its beans coming from some of the best plantations across the world, which are then roasted to perfection using a mixture of science and coffee-making art. The staff is attentive, and you might even end up getting a customized coffee for yourself. The prices are at par with other coffee places in the area, and one can enjoy the coffee inside the shop, or by their patio.