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The Hottest New Brunch Spots Around Detroit Right Now

Weekend buffets, shrimp and grits, shakshuka, or mimosas

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Brunch is back in metro Detroit. Weekend mornings are the best time for spending time over flapjacks and a mimosa or bellini with friends or family. Whether kicking off the weekend or reminiscing about the previous evening’s night out, brunch is a great time to unwind before the start of the week. From a “boujee” buffet brunch in Royal Oak to shrimp and grits on the east side, here now are the nine hottest brunch spots in the area.

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1. The Great Commoner

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22001 Michigan Ave Suite 100
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 403-1200
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Brome Modern Eatery executive chef Zane Makky and operator Sam Abbas teamed up with Cannelle owner and pastry chef Matt Knio on this stylish all-day brunch café in downtown Dearborn. That means Knio’s French influence and technique artfully finds its way into 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).

2. Olin Bar & Kitchen

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25 E Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 774-1190
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An American-Mediterranean brasserie, Olin features a seasonal celebration of curated ingredients blended with Mediterranean and Spanish influences. For brunch, that includes challah French toast, fried paella rice, and shakshuka. Pair your selection with a cocktail such as a mimosa, a bloody Mary, or the gin- or vodka-based Gemini.

3. Bunny Bunny

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1454 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 974-6122
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Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla — who cooked Chinese food for a while at Chicago restaurant Thank You and later helmed the kitchen at seafood restaurant Voyager in Ferndale — have recently opened the dining room and are serving dishes inspired by the American South, India, and South Africa. Think fried oysters, biscuits and gravy, and shrimp rolls with brown butter mayo.

4. EastEats

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1018 Navahoe St
Detroit, MI 48215

Billed as a “tiny dining experience,” East Eats consists of a dozen geodesic domes on the east side. Sunday brunch includes shrimp and grits, porterhouse steak bites with eggs and homestyle potatoes, salmon croquettes, and smoked brisket.

A geodesic dome is half open and filled with furniture. The interior glows at twighlight. East Eats [Courtesy photo]

5. Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

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6549 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 788-8338
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Named for the famous late Detroit boxer, this restaurant by his namesake serves all-day brunch seven days. 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 cheese grits.

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6. The Congregation

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9321 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit, MI 48206
(313) 307-5518
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After several years of disuse, this circa 1920s church in Detroit’s Boston-Edison was revived as a coffee shop, cocktail, and community event space with a name that honors its edifice. The owners kept a Casavant Freres pipe organ and set up an outdoor deck that overlooks Gordon Park. For brunch, there’s toasted sourdough bread topped with ricotta, seasonal fruit compote, toasted almonds, and orange zest; and a prosciutto apple sandwich with cheddar, arugula, and honey mustard on a toasted baguette.

7. ImaginATE Restaurant

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401 S Lafayette Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 633-8899
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Chef Omar Mitchell returns to the fine-dining scene after the closing of his short-lived but much-loved Table No. 2 restaurant on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion. Sunday’s “boujee brunch” in Royal Oak includes avocado toast, home-fried potatoes, barbecue chicken, smoked turkey leg hash, sausage and bacon, pad Thai, khao pad, fruits, and desserts. There’s also entertainment from a musician or DJ.

8. Madam

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298 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 283-4200
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One of the hottest, upscale, restaurant openings of 2021, Madam makes its home inside the new Daxton Hotel in Birmingham. The ground-floor restaurant has a sleek, contemporary design. The weekend brunch menu from chef Garrison Price features buttermilk pancakes flavored with candied almonds, Michigan cherries, and a Korean-fried crispy chicken sandwich.

A rendering of Madam at the Daxton Hotel features long plants hanging across the ceiling next to a large window. Aparium Hotel Group [Courtesy image]

9. Haus of Brunch

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3315 Auburn Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 606-4870
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This all-day brunch place opened in fall 2021 with a mix of traditional favorites and new, creative dishes such as the popular blueberry poppyseed pancakes. There’s also a broad selection of French toast, omelets, sandwiches, salads, and build-your-own skillet dishes.

1. The Great Commoner

22001 Michigan Ave Suite 100, Dearborn, MI 48124

Brome Modern Eatery executive chef Zane Makky and operator Sam Abbas teamed up with Cannelle owner and pastry chef Matt Knio on this stylish all-day brunch café in downtown Dearborn. That means Knio’s French influence and technique artfully finds its way into 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).

22001 Michigan Ave Suite 100
Dearborn, MI 48124

2. Olin Bar & Kitchen

25 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

An American-Mediterranean brasserie, Olin features a seasonal celebration of curated ingredients blended with Mediterranean and Spanish influences. For brunch, that includes challah French toast, fried paella rice, and shakshuka. Pair your selection with a cocktail such as a mimosa, a bloody Mary, or the gin- or vodka-based Gemini.

25 E Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

3. Bunny Bunny

1454 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla — who cooked Chinese food for a while at Chicago restaurant Thank You and later helmed the kitchen at seafood restaurant Voyager in Ferndale — have recently opened the dining room and are serving dishes inspired by the American South, India, and South Africa. Think fried oysters, biscuits and gravy, and shrimp rolls with brown butter mayo.

1454 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

4. EastEats

1018 Navahoe St, Detroit, MI 48215
A geodesic dome is half open and filled with furniture. The interior glows at twighlight. East Eats [Courtesy photo]

Billed as a “tiny dining experience,” East Eats consists of a dozen geodesic domes on the east side. Sunday brunch includes shrimp and grits, porterhouse steak bites with eggs and homestyle potatoes, salmon croquettes, and smoked brisket.

1018 Navahoe St
Detroit, MI 48215

5. Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

6549 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
A stack of cinnamon roll flapjacks is drizzled with vanilla glaze and sitting on a plate
cinnamon roll flapjacks
Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

Named for the famous late Detroit boxer, this restaurant by his namesake serves all-day brunch seven days. 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 cheese grits.

6549 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

6. The Congregation

9321 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206

After several years of disuse, this circa 1920s church in Detroit’s Boston-Edison was revived as a coffee shop, cocktail, and community event space with a name that honors its edifice. The owners kept a Casavant Freres pipe organ and set up an outdoor deck that overlooks Gordon Park. For brunch, there’s toasted sourdough bread topped with ricotta, seasonal fruit compote, toasted almonds, and orange zest; and a prosciutto apple sandwich with cheddar, arugula, and honey mustard on a toasted baguette.

9321 Rosa Parks Blvd
Detroit, MI 48206

7. ImaginATE Restaurant

401 S Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Chef Omar Mitchell returns to the fine-dining scene after the closing of his short-lived but much-loved Table No. 2 restaurant on Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion. Sunday’s “boujee brunch” in Royal Oak includes avocado toast, home-fried potatoes, barbecue chicken, smoked turkey leg hash, sausage and bacon, pad Thai, khao pad, fruits, and desserts. There’s also entertainment from a musician or DJ.

401 S Lafayette Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067

8. Madam

298 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
A rendering of Madam at the Daxton Hotel features long plants hanging across the ceiling next to a large window. Aparium Hotel Group [Courtesy image]

One of the hottest, upscale, restaurant openings of 2021, Madam makes its home inside the new Daxton Hotel in Birmingham. The ground-floor restaurant has a sleek, contemporary design. The weekend brunch menu from chef Garrison Price features buttermilk pancakes flavored with candied almonds, Michigan cherries, and a Korean-fried crispy chicken sandwich.

298 S Old Woodward Ave
Birmingham, MI 48009

9. Haus of Brunch

3315 Auburn Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

This all-day brunch place opened in fall 2021 with a mix of traditional favorites and new, creative dishes such as the popular blueberry poppyseed pancakes. There’s also a broad selection of French toast, omelets, sandwiches, salads, and build-your-own skillet dishes.

3315 Auburn Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

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