You’ve partied like tomorrow will never come, but now it has. New Year, new hangover, new need for all the greasy, sugary, carb-laden eats to soak up the remainder of last night’s champagne. The last thing anyone wants when nursing a hangover, though, is to spend precious minutes looking all over for someplace that’s actually open on New Year’s Day.
Many metro Detroit bars and restaurants are shut down on the first of the year in order to give staff a much-needed break from all the holiday hubbub. Fortunately, there are plenty of spots in and around town serving up chicken and waffles, beastly Bloody Marys, and burritos to get diners back on track.
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- Los Galanes (3362 Bagley Ave.) — Sometimes all that’s needed to restart the engines is a well-plated chorizo and egg burrito and a hair-of-the-dog Margarita. If that’s the case, look no further than Mexicantown staple Los Galanes. They’ll be open New Year’s Day during from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. serving classic botanas, tacos, ceviche, and more.
- See You Tomorrow (7760 Woodward Ave.) — If the thought of being within 100 yards of an alcoholic beverage is enough to cause nausea, here’s a booze-free option. Instant favorite brunch spot See You Tomorrow opened in New Center in November, serving up egg scrambles, chicken and waffles, and bagels with lox. They’re open New Year’s Day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Honest Johns (488 Selden St.) — This Cass Corridor hangout has long been the go-to place for a hungover morning meal, loved for its full bar, strong coffee, and no-nonsense service. Eater has confirmed that New Year’s Day will be no different. The Early Bird menu is extensive and has all the usual breakfast fare plus new classics like Fruity Pebble French Toast. Honest John’s is open from at least 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. every day, including New Year’s Day.
- Dime Store (719 Griswold St.) — Downtown’s Dime Store features a rotating selection of decadent and creative brunch options. The duck bop hash will surely chase away any hangover, with house confit duck leg, Korean BBQ sauce, pickled veggies and Sriracha sauce. Hashes, bennies, omelettes and more round out the menu. Dime Store will be open on New Year’s Day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Grand Trunk Pub (612 Woodward Ave.) — Brunch at Grand Trunk is a raucous, festive affair, and New Year’s Day won’t be any different. With accommodations for large groups (reservations strongly recommended), this is the spot to nurse a craft beer and ponder your life choices over a pile of Wigley’s corned beef hash with eggs. Grand Trunk will serve brunch during its usual Sunday hours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Olin (25 East Grand River Ave.) — Chic, low-key Olin is accepting reservations for its first New Year’s Day brunch, served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The restaurant’s menu changes regularly and features items like hearty shakshuka, fried paella rice with chorizo and eggs, and smaller bites like deviled eggs and smoked trout crostini with carrot yogurt.
- The Hudson Cafe (1241 Woodward Ave.) — Decadent breakfasts, from savory to sweet and everything in between, are the highlight of Hudson Cafe’s elevated diner menu. There’s a lot to love on this extensive list, including red velvet pancakes, banana Nutella crepes, pesto eggs benedict, Thanksgiving omelets, and so, so much more. Hudson Cafe is open on Sunday, Jan. 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and encourages reservations.
- Madam at the Daxton Hotel (298 South Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham) — Birmingham’s California-inspired Madam restaurant at the Daxton Hotel is pulling out all the stops for its New Year’s Eve packages, and we should expect no less for their New Year’s Day brunch. Overnight stays include access to the brunch buffet, as well as other goodies like Countdownt to 2023 accessories and a hangover kit. Reservations for the brunch can be made separately by calling the hotel at 248-283-4200.
- Urbanrest Brewing Company (2615 Wolcott St., Ferndale) — On New Year’s Day, Ferndale’s Urbanrest will host a collaboration between the brewery and Chef Jake Williams. The Wrapper’s Delight Burrito Brunch features two burritos: smoked chicken and cheese or vegan tofu scramble. From there, diners can choose their own toppings from a long list of options, including vegan umami gravy, habanero salsa, eggs, bacon and more. Think of it as a “Build a Bear,” but with burritos. The event starts at 12:00 noon and goes until 9:00 p.m., or until food runs out.
- The Emory (22700 Woodward Ave., Ferndale) — The Emory has been dishing out solid brunch fare for more than a decade and plans to keep the doors open on Sunday, Jan. 1 for its usual hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. reservations are recommended for large groups, as the place can get pretty busy.
- Lao Pot (32707 John R. Road, Madison Heights) — Soaking up the glorious scents from a steaming bowl of Chinese-style hot pot will give just about anyone a new reason to live. At Lao Pot, the communal experience of selecting from dozens of meats, vegetables and noodles, then simmering them in the pot of cooking broths in the center of the table is one to be savored. Lao Pot is open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day and has a full bar, sake and bubble tea list.
Where can I pick up provisions for a home-based brunch adventure?
If the thought of leaving the house is absolutely agonizing, these spots have you covered.
- Folk (1701 Trumbull St) — Ever the masters of curated boxed meals, Corktown’s Folk has several options for an upscale brunch from the comfort of home. Diners can choose from an array of meals for two, including quiche with berries, yogurt and salad, or a pair of waffle breakfast sandwiches. Add on a canned cocktail or a bottle of wine if last night’s revelries haven’t precluded it. Orders can be placed online, and picked up Friday, Dec. 30 or Saturday, Dec. 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Brooklyn Street Local (1266 Michigan Ave.) — Detroiters rejoiced when long-shuttered Brooklyn Street Local reopened in November with streamline service but the same great food. This year, they’re offering brunch boxes, a variety of quiches, scones, salads and coffee, and even a make-your-own mimosa kit. Accepting orders (scroll down past the Christmas options) until December 23rd. Orders can be picked up Friday, Dec. 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 31, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.