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A flight of mini waffles topped with berries and fruit and cream from Waffle Cafe in Detroit, Michigan. Fatima Syed

Where to Get a Fulfilling Breakfast in Detroit Right Now

Savory waffle flights, chewy, flaky croissants, and much more to start the day

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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.

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Waffle Cafe Detroit

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Featuring vibrant murals and a Motown soundtrack humming in the background, as the name suggests, waffles are the star of the show at this Avenue of Fashion destination. Customers can select from 43 varieties of waffles, from classic Belgian-style waffles that can be dressed up sweet or savory, with toppings like Buffalo chicken tenders (available fried or grilled); mini waffle flights; wraps are made with crepe-thin waffles that are stuffed with breakfast staples like bacon, egg, and cheese or shrimp, chicken, or veggies. Even salads are served in waffle shell bowls.

A flight of mini waffles topped with berries and fruit and cream from Waffle Cafe in Detroit, Michigan. Fatima Syed

Sweet Potato Sensations

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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.

The Great Commoner

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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).

AlTayeb Restaurant

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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).

Antojitos El Catracho Restaurant

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This Honduran diner serves a range of filling comfort foods from pupusas with loroco flower, pork tamales, and fried yucca. And for breakfast, diners can enjoy the quintessential Central American-style a.m. pick-me-up of platanos, savory refried black beans with crema and queso fresco. Round out a hearty meal with a plate of pupusas, fluffy tamales, or baleadas. To drink, find regionally-relevant beverages like Banana Tropical and Kolashampan sodas and warm atol de elote — ideal on a chilly day in Detroit.

La Jalisciense Supermercado Y Taqueria

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It’s a supermarket with a bountiful butcher’s counter on one side and a full-service restaurant on the other, featuring one of the best Mexican breakfast options in town. Chilaquiles in salsa verde, huevos rancheros, birria de chivo, weekend-only menudo and coffee, a variety of agua frescas, or margaritas and micheladas make for the ideal morning destination — whether for a morning meeting or the weekend hangover cure.

Detroit Institute of Bagels

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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.

See You Tomorrow

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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.

Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

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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.

Four half-slices of peach cobbler French toast with peach on top of the bread, with two dollops of whipped cream.
Peach cobbler French toast.
Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

An homage to owner Kris Lelcaj’s father, Babo (Albanian shorthand for dad) 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. The spot’s challah bread is nothing to sleep either and and its thick, buttery edges make for the perfect vessel for a breakfast sandwich.

a greek salad, two pieces of avocado toast, chilaquiles, an Orangina, and a latte on white china with a babo menu next to it. Babo

Avalon on Canfield

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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

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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 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. on weekends. 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

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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

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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.

Iggy's Eggies

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Grab a jammy 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 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fans will soon be able to indulge when the spot expands with a location in Ann Arbor.

Cannelle Detroit

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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.

The eclair and croissant are sitting side by side on a plate next to a window. The eclair has glossy chocolate on top and is sitting in a pink and white paper boat.
The pastry shop’s extensive selection of breads and pastries includes rustic loaves of sourdough, golden croissants, and chocolate eclairs.
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The Hudson Cafe

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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. Now with a location in Northville.

Dime Store

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This 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.

Le Petit Dejeuner

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This East Jefferson Avenue restaurant offers “chicken and waffles Thursdays” where the eponymous dish goes for just $13. The restaurant makes its own sweet mint tea that sells by the jug, always includes fresh fruit with its waffles, and makes a powerful shrimp and grits.

Yellow Light Coffee and Donuts

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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.

A vibrantly colored box of cake doughnuts from Yellow Light. Brenna Houck

Waffle Cafe Detroit

Featuring vibrant murals and a Motown soundtrack humming in the background, as the name suggests, waffles are the star of the show at this Avenue of Fashion destination. Customers can select from 43 varieties of waffles, from classic Belgian-style waffles that can be dressed up sweet or savory, with toppings like Buffalo chicken tenders (available fried or grilled); mini waffle flights; wraps are made with crepe-thin waffles that are stuffed with breakfast staples like bacon, egg, and cheese or shrimp, chicken, or veggies. Even salads are served in waffle shell bowls.

A flight of mini waffles topped with berries and fruit and cream from Waffle Cafe in Detroit, Michigan. Fatima Syed

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.

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).

AlTayeb Restaurant

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).

Antojitos El Catracho Restaurant

This Honduran diner serves a range of filling comfort foods from pupusas with loroco flower, pork tamales, and fried yucca. And for breakfast, diners can enjoy the quintessential Central American-style a.m. pick-me-up of platanos, savory refried black beans with crema and queso fresco. Round out a hearty meal with a plate of pupusas, fluffy tamales, or baleadas. To drink, find regionally-relevant beverages like Banana Tropical and Kolashampan sodas and warm atol de elote — ideal on a chilly day in Detroit.

La Jalisciense Supermercado Y Taqueria

It’s a supermarket with a bountiful butcher’s counter on one side and a full-service restaurant on the other, featuring one of the best Mexican breakfast options in town. Chilaquiles in salsa verde, huevos rancheros, birria de chivo, weekend-only menudo and coffee, a variety of agua frescas, or margaritas and micheladas make for the ideal morning destination — whether for a morning meeting or the weekend hangover cure.

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.

See You Tomorrow

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.

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.

Four half-slices of peach cobbler French toast with peach on top of the bread, with two dollops of whipped cream.
Peach cobbler French toast.
Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

Babo

An homage to owner Kris Lelcaj’s father, Babo (Albanian shorthand for dad) 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. The spot’s challah bread is nothing to sleep either and and its thick, buttery edges make for the perfect vessel for a breakfast sandwich.

a greek salad, two pieces of avocado toast, chilaquiles, an Orangina, and a latte on white china with a babo menu next to it. Babo

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 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. on weekends. 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.

Iggy's Eggies

Grab a jammy 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 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fans will soon be able to indulge when the spot expands with a location in Ann Arbor.

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Cannelle Detroit

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.

The eclair and croissant are sitting side by side on a plate next to a window. The eclair has glossy chocolate on top and is sitting in a pink and white paper boat.
The pastry shop’s extensive selection of breads and pastries includes rustic loaves of sourdough, golden croissants, and chocolate eclairs.
Michelle Gerard

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. Now with a location in Northville.

Dime Store

This 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.

Le Petit Dejeuner

This East Jefferson Avenue restaurant offers “chicken and waffles Thursdays” where the eponymous dish goes for just $13. The restaurant makes its own sweet mint tea that sells by the jug, always includes fresh fruit with its waffles, and makes a 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.

A vibrantly colored box of cake doughnuts from Yellow Light. Brenna Houck

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