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.
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.
Want options? Mudgie's Deli has them. This neighborhood deli, set in a 19th-century building, specializes in customization. A sandwich, for example, can be put on anything from sourdough rye to lavash. And that's just the beginning. Choices of cheese range from Parmesan to Harvarti, and condiments for it can be anything from yellow mustard to wasabi mayo. Salads can be customized with anything, from bacon to eggs, and seemingly everything in between. There's a soup of the day, ranging from bean to clam chowder. But it's not just the customization that brings people back, it's the unique touches, like their creative sandwich combos and serving Mexican Coca-Cola, that does the trick.
If you are looking for an authentic German dining and drinking experience in Detroit, look no further than Jacoby's German Biergarten. Established in 1904 in downtown Detroit, it happens to be one of the oldest bars in the city, and serves up great German food like sausage soup and Jager Schnitzel. There is also an amazing selection of nearly one hundred different varieties of beer from around the world, with new selections being added often. The wood-dominated interiors, exposed-brick walls and subtle lighting choices create a cozy atmosphere in the bar. The space is available for private events as well.
When it opened, Windsor Seoul was the only Korean restaurant in town and its surrounding areas. Today it is one of the best places in the area to relish delightful Korean and Japanese fare. Buttercup yellow walls adorned with floral artwork and photo frames, hanging lampshades and travel souvenirs, give it a pleasant look. Everything is prepared fresh on-site as per order. Their menu includes soups, Korean BBQ buffet, Japanese fusion, noodles, combo dishes, hot pot and rice dishes. Vegetarians also have a variety to choose from. Savor their dishes like the soft tofu soup, Sizzling Bibimbab, Military Stew, Spicy Pork (Jae Yook Bok Eum), Vegetable Kim Bab, stir-fried squid and Kimchi Stew. Please bring cash along as credit cards are not accepted.
Set in a cozy place, The Squirrel Cage is one of the popular soup spots in the city. Set in a hip ambience, the decor here is fancy and is suitable for a great dining experience. The food served here is cooked daily using fresh local ingredients while the service is quick with attentive staff members. The Squirrel Cage Caesar Salad, The Italian Panini and Croque Monsieur are some of the delicacies served here. Don’t forget to compliment the meal with some great pastry options from menu. The brunch menu, though available only during the weekends, is the reason for this restaurant’s popularity. If you are in the mood for a memorable meal, then head to the Squirrel Cage for a great time.
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.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop has a number of outlets throughout Detroit but the locals were ecstatic when their favorite sandwich shop opened a branch in Downtown. The place is thronged with hungry patrons waiting to get their hands on some of the most delectable sandwiches served in the neighborhood. The Woodward Avenue outlet sees so many customers that sometimes the line extends almost out of the restaurant's door. But the staff here is swift and patient at the same time. Along with delightful vegetarian, meat, chicken, turkey and tuna sandwiches, this eatery also serves fresh salads, comforting soups and fruit-flavored milkshakes and smoothies. It also has a complete catering menu for those hosting fun parties.
Woodward Avenue's crown jewel, Parc's stunning glass facade compels one to take a step inside. The place has an elegant interior that's brought to life with vintage posters of Hollywood legends while quaint yellow lights accentuate the place. Furnished to accommodate larger parties with ease, the place creates a perfect setting for the culinary bliss that is about to commence. The menu covers most of the brunch classics, and their lunch and dinner menu dictate a number of seafood dishes in addition to delectable steaks. There's a full bar to quench your thirst. Parc's happy hours allow patrons to sample small plates, cocktails and wines at attractive prices.
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.