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.
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 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.
There’s nothing quite like a night at Detroit’s own Cliff Bell’s: amazing cocktails, live jazz, and award-winning cuisine. The jazz and supper club is all vaulted ceilings, leather booths, and burnished Mahogany. It originally opened in the 1930s, and after it shut its doors in 1985, was reopened in 2005 after painstaking renovations. It’s once again part and parcel of Detroit’s remarkable Jazz scene, which predates and influenced the Motown explosion. Grab a Detroit Dirty Martini and settle down for a sultry evening of great music.
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.
Ronin restaurant and a sushi bar is home to some mighty fine deishes. As with any popular restaurant, you will likely have to endure some time and wait to be seated. However, be rest assured that it will all be worth it. A wide selection of sushi rolls include vegetarian rolls among the fish specials. Great service by the wait-staff round out an exquisite experience.
Located in the building that once housed the ticket office of the Grand Trunk Railroad in the 1900s, the Grand Trunk Pub makes for a unique dining experience in Detroit. Featuring beautiful 25-foot high-vaulted ceilings, wooden facades and elegant brass chandeliers, the bar offers great meals and drinks in an antique atmosphere. It features over 100 varieties of bottled craft beers from around the world along with a variety of creatively crafted cocktails. Apart from the crisp beers and delicious drinks, Grand Trunk also boasts a full menu of delicious sandwiches, burgers and brunch options, and desserts.
Townhouse Detroit is a chic and classy New-American cuisine restaurant and bar located in the heart of Detroit featuring a beautiful garden patio and a warm cozy interior seating. Relish dishes 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.
Located in the bustling center of Downtown Detroit is the Central Kitchen + Bar, a chic and casual New-American cuisine restaurant and cocktail bar. The spacious, airy and dimly lit interiors here are great to enjoy a meal with family or friends, while the breezy outdoor seating has a relaxed and intimate ambiance. Dig into items like the Duck Rillette, Ahi Tuna Salad, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger and the Lamb Loin Chops. Finish off the meal with an indulgent Cheesecake Crepe with lemon, blueberry and lavender compote.
The Fountain Detroit brings a bit of the beach to the Downtown. Open seasonally, this lively, open-air eatery and bar is arguably the best outdoor dining experience in the heart of the metro. The operating base is set in shipping containers while the enclosing area is decked with beach furniture, sand and umbrellas for shade. Situated right in the middle of Campus Martius Park, with the lovely Woodward Fountain as a backdrop, it is a fantastic place to nosh on casual fare, tipple on drinks and indulge in some people-watching.
Mike's Kabob Grille offers extensive menus for breakfast and lunch and very good catering packages. This Lebanese restaurant features the best of Levantine cuisine in a variety of appetizers, pita wraps and combo meals. Its convenient location in Downtown has attracted several professionals working in the area. Start your meal with a dish like Baba Ghanoush made from eggplant, garlic, lemon and sesame oil. Enjoy Shrimp Gallaba, Mixed-Shawarma Combo or Shish Kafta Pita for the main course. Round off the meal with a fruit smoothie like Tropical Papaya Peach or Pina Colada. If in a hurry, this eatery also has a good selection of salads and burgers as well as quick takeaway service.
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.