Some days call for a big sit-down breakfast and other days a quick bite to go. Detroit’s got it all, from fluffy egg sandwiches to egg-topped poutine. From the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall to the retro downtown diner, here’s where to fill up with a hearty breakfast right now. There’s plenty in the Motor City when it. comes to brunch, too.Read More
Where to Get a Fulfilling Breakfast in Detroit Right Now
Egg-topped poutine, French pastries, and much more to start the day
Sweet Potato Sensations
This family-owned staple in Old Redford is one of the best places to go for sweet potato pies and cookies, but it’s also a great spot for a hearty brunch. Dishes such as the J.T.’s Special (Belgian sweet potato waffle with chicken wings), the Daddy-O (sweet potato pancakes with turkey sausage), and the Chop Meal (turkey chop with grits and sweet potato pancakes) are so filling it might be hard to make room for sweet potato pie.
Al Tayeb, “the delicious” in Arabic, serves Detroit’s most notable Lebanese breakfast. The restaurant, which got its start as a sub shop in Garden City in 2017, has two locations in Dearborn. The restaurant serves staples like hummus, foul (fava beans), mshawasheh (chickpeas in tahini-based lemon-garlic sauce, and fatteh (yogurt with chickpeas).
Paradise Biryani Pointe
Sure, Paradise is a chain restaurant known for its biryani, but its Dearborn location offers what it claims is the first South Indian breakfast in the metro area. A weekend-only offering, made-to-order menu items include chana chaat, cold chickpea “salad,” dahi puri, dahi vada, and samosas.
The Great Commoner
The folks behind Brome Modern Eatery and Cannelle bring the residents of Dearborn a stylish all-day brunch option in the Great Commoner. Expect the pastry selection to lean deep into French influence and technique, while the food menu offers traditional American fare. Brunch includes toast (ricotta, avocado, labneh, and salmon), sweet selections (beignets, chocolate praline French toast, and brown butter pancakes), and savory items (shaksuka, ful mudammas, and steak and eggs).
Detroit Institute of Bagels
DiB, as it’s affectionately known, is now open in Core City, offering harried commuters an option for noshing on the run, from bagels by the dozen, a variety of flavored schmear, roasted coffee, house-made brisket, pastrami, matzo ball soup, loaves of rye and challah, and cold salads.
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The north side of Detroit recently welcomed this all-day breakfast spot, featuring options suitable for folks on the way to work in the morning, to full-scale brunch, and lunch. Expect bagels and nova lox, smoked salmon croquettes, pecan smoked bacon, kale quinoa tossed salad, and a variety of soups and chili.
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Joe Louis Southern Kitchen
Named for the famous Detroit boxer, this restaurant serves all-day brunch seven days a week. The menu features Southern favorites, including cinnamon roll flapjacks, bananas foster French toast, bread pudding, key lime pie flapjacks, shrimp and grits, and, Joe Louis’s favorite — country-fried steak and cheese grits.
An homage to owner Kris Lelcaj’s father, Babo (slang for Dad in Albanian) is an all-day diner in Midtown. The menu comprises creative, artisanal takes on comfort food classics. The lemon ricotta pancakes are a sweet way to start the day; kimchi fans may favor the kimchi patatas bravas, which deliver a nice, subtle heat.
Avalon on Canfield
This iconic bakery has been a favorite spot of the Cass Corridor for its pastries, breakfast sandwiches served on naturally leavened bread, and coffee for decades. Now sharing a space with Jolly Pumpkin a block north of its original flagship store on Willis Street, customers can grab a quick slice of quiche to-go or spread out for weekend brunch, thanks to more seating in the new digs.
Honest John's Bar & No Grill
This low-key, divey Midtown pub is popular at night, but it's also a great first-thing-in-the-morning option for breakfast starting at 9 a.m. daily. The menu features classic breakfast dishes such as omelets and corned beef hash alongside smothered hash browns and Fruity Pebbles french toast. Everything is available for carryout, but customers may also choose to dine-in or sit on the patio.
The Brooklyn Street Local LLC
Brooklyn Street Local is a beloved all-day breakfast spot in Corktown where Detroiters can indulge in a plate of poutine — available with vegan gravy — an espresso drink, quiche, and pastries.
Mudgie's Deli and Bar
The breakfast sandwiches at this timeless restaurant come atop croissants, English muffins, and even within a flour tortilla (aka a breakfast burrito). There are vegan options, too, but make sure to come before 11 a.m. when the restaurant swaps over to lunch.
This hip, airy, all-day brunch spot gets high marks in Detroit for its tasty and creative spins on classics. Made-from-scratch breakfasts include omelets (bacon avocado, housemade sausage), sweet stuff (brioche French toast, malted Belgian waffles), and hashes.
The Hudson Cafe
Named for the former department store, this downtown breakfast hotspot has a reputation for its mountain of luxuriant savory and sweet breakfast meals. The red velvet pancakes with cream cheese drizzle and the voodoo eggs benedict corn cakes, Spanish chorizo, cheddar cheese, and ranchero sauce are legendary. Diners can make a reservation or place brunch orders for carryout or delivery with Seamless, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Doordash with the option of cocktails like mimosas and bloody marys.
This French-style pastry shop serves a resplendent selection of breads and pastries reminiscent of a Parisian cafe. Choose from options like rustic loaves of sourdough, golden croissants, chocolate eclairs, well-seasoned ham and cheese quiche, or a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich complete with lettuce, tomato, and a special sauce. Finish things off with a coffee or espresso.
Grab a hot egg sandwich to-go at this walk-up window in Capitol Park. Iggy’s serves build-your-own breakfast sandwiches, grass-fed burgers, and crispy hash browns daily from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Le Petit Dejeuner
This East Jefferson Avenue restaurant offers “chicken and waffles Thursdays” where the eponymous dish goes for just $10. Does it get any more enticing than that? Well, if you need more convincing: the restaurant makes its own sweet mint tea that sells by the jug, always includes fresh fruit with its waffles, and makes powerful shrimp and grits.
Yellow Light Coffee and Donuts
This Jefferson Chalmers has a drive-thru window for easier takeout service. Customers can choose from a dozen flavors of cake doughnuts ranging from plantain to hibiscus. The shop also sells coffee and beans. Don’t sleep on the frozen coffee slushies or the biscuit sandwiches featuring fried chicken, eggs, and other toppings.