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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.
Hockeytown Cafe is garish and gaudy, with the one of the brightest video screen and ticker scroll outside, along with a gigantic hockey puck and images of Wings legends. The inside is massive, memorabilia-choked and always crowded. The beer is cooled by a seven-inch-wide "ring of ice" and the food is more varied than the usual sports bar fare.
Supino Pizzeria in Detroit's Eastern Market is some of the city's favorite pizza, and has even won several "Best Pizza" awards in the Metro Detroit area. The menu consists mainly of pizzas divided into two categories: red and white. Classic combinations like the Quattro Formaggio (four cheese) and Margherita mix with modern ones like the City Wing Thing with smoked turkey, smoked Gouda, chevre, feta and parsley to form a well rounded pizza menu. Customers can also choose to create their own pizza from a selection of toppings. Pies are available in 12 inch or 18 inch sizes as well as slices. To round out the menu they also have a house salad, house lasagna and cannolis.
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.
You'll be hard pressed to find a better burger place than Mercury Burger Bar. Located on Michigan Avenue, this restaurant is known for serving flavorful loaded burgers. They also offer small bites to perfectly complement your burgers. Their turkey special California turkey burger, salmon burger and shroom burger are quite big hits among loyal patrons. Apart from their trademark burgers, they also serve salads, hot dogs and sandwiches. Beverages include delicious milkshakes and draft beers. Locally owned and operated by David Stiekne and Dennis Fulton, this place has an artistic decor, designed by famous artists Jerome Ferretti and Dan Gilbert.
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.
Easily the best food bargain in Detroit is this thoroughly unpretentious diner in the heart of Mexicantown. The best tamales in the state are churned out here. The choice of what you can put inside the steamed corn husk of the tamales includes spiced-just-right pork or chicken, beans or even fruit. The decor has only the bare essentials, but that deficiency is counter-balanced by solicitous service and an extensive menu beyond tamales, including steak and eggs, short ribs, menudo and botanas (generous chips, cheese and vegetables platters).
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.
The highlight of this bakery and cafe is without a doubt the ever-changing selection of sweet and savory pies and cookies. They’re made using only local, seasonal produce and French butter, and are truly artistic creations: one day the menu might have buckwheat chocolate cookies, grapefruit black pepper meringue, and black bean & green chili pie. Sister has a reputation among locals that extends beyond the suburbs. It's not unusual for the pies to sell out before closing time.
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.
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.
Located in Dearborn, people flock to this popular bakery for a taste of one of their delicious desserts. Featuring both European-style pastries and traditional Middle Eastern treats, you cannot leave without trying the pistachio baklawa or cheese katayif. Shatila also produces a line of well-loved Middle Eastern ice creams. Be prepared though - because this place is very popular, there's no way to avoid the long lines.