The long days of summer are beginning to wind down, so make the most of it with brunch. Whether it’s a savory dish of shrimp and grits, a vegan breakfast sammy, or caviar and a truffled omelet, brunch versatility by nature. From the addition of brunch at Prime + Proper downtown, breakfast pizza at Brass Rail Pizza, or meat-free options at Public House, here are 19 fresh and fun brunch spots to check out in the Detroit area right now.Read More
The Hottest New Brunch Spots Around Detroit Right Now
Caviar service, breakfast pizzas, and vegan spins on fast-food favorites are the latest in Detroit area brunch
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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 cafe 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).
Al Tayeb means “the delicious” in Arabic and that’s exactly what the menu is at this breakfast-only eatery. The restaurant has locations in Garden City and Dearborn and has since its launch in 2017 has garnered critical acclaim with a nod from the James Beard Foundation. Half of the Lebanese menu contains chickpeas prepared in all manners.
La Jalisciense Supermercado Y Taqueria
It’s a supermarket with a bountiful butcher’s counter and house-made chicharrones. But La Jalisciense has also made a name for itself as a dining destination. The restaurant features standbys like tacos, quesadillas, and tortas, along with a decent breakfast menu with Mexican favorites like huevos rancheros, birria de chivo (goat), and a full-service bar.
Corktown restaurant and bar Supergeil specializes in Berlin-style döner kebabs, tinned seafood (sardines, tuna, mackerel, and mussels), and cocktails made with spirits from Two James. But every Sunday, the spot turns to brunch, with twists on traditional breakfast fare like its döner Benedict, feta and toast with olives, or sesame rolls with honey.
Prime + Proper
A fancy downtown brunch experience can be had at Prime + Proper 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Diners will find classic breakfast staples like Dutch baby pancakes, bagels and lox, and an assortment of pastries. The menu also features some luxe twists such as the Crab Oscar Benedict with blue crab, an omelet infused with black truffle, and a caviar bar. Reservations are highly encouraged.
Olin Bar & Kitchen
An American-Mediterranean brasserie, Olin features a seasonal blend of ingredients with Mediterranean and Spanish influences. For Sunday 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.
Brass Rail Pizza Bar
Beginning August 13, Brass Rail Pizza Bar in the Grand Circus Park area will begin serving Saturday brunch. In addition to standard brunch items like buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, French toast, and shrimp and cheddar cheesy grits, expect some unique offerings like the new Brass Rail Breakfast Pizza, Philly steak breakfast burrito, and the grilled veggie breakfast sandwich, just to name a few.
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Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla (of Thank You in Chicago and Voyager in Ferndale) — have recently opened the dining room and are serving dishes inspired by the American South, India, and South Africa. Think sweet biscuits and black pepper sausage gravy, plum pancakes, and breakfast fried rice with sausage, egg, and mushroom.
Detroit House of Pancakes
A quarter century ago, IHOP made national headlines when it opened downtown’s first family sit-down restaurant in decades and since then, the Jefferson Avenue eatery became a hot spot for both out-of-towners flocking to Movement and the city’s political elite alike. Alas, the location shuttered in 2019, but just a few months ago, the Detroit House of Pancakes quietly took its place. Billing itself as a an upscale brunch destination, expect to find a variety of breakfast classics, like pancakes, filling omelets, mimosas, eggs Benedict, and more.
Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails
For an elegant experience on the east side with the girls, Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails has it all: beautiful interior design, breakfast classics with a twist (fried chicken and waffles with bourbon maple syrup, French toast with berry compote and whipped mascarpone, whipped cheesy shrimp and grits), and a variety of cocktails and mocktails. Plus, brunch is also available on Fridays, for those who like to give their weekends a little kickstart.
Coriander Kitchen and Farm
Yes, springtime in Detroit can be hit or miss weather-wise, but when the sun is shining, there’s no better way to brunch than alfresco. This far east side restaurant sits right next to the Detroit River and boasts a veggie-forward brunch menu. Try to the Turkish eggs with feta, olives, toasted pine nut, drizzled with roasted pepper sauce, and served with Rose’s sourdough or if time is no object, the Dutch Baby, with slightly sweetened puffy, eggy pancake baked with apples caramelized in
brown sugar and butter — just allow about 25 minutes to bake. To drink, there’s a cocktail menu, plus ample beer and wine offerings.
This east side establishment was born out of a blend of Asian and Latino culture and the menu reflects that. The globally-influenced menu features sections for all-day brunch offerings and weekend brunch. Try the chilaquiles with shredded chicken, red sauce, and melted chihuahua cheese or the Hawaiian-style Loco Moco with a beef patty, jasmine rice, gravy, chili sauce, onion strings, and an over easy egg. To drink, on top of its boozy bar selection, Alma features an incredible vegan horchata.
Joe Louis Southern Kitchen
Named for the famous 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, Creole shrimp and grits, and Cajun fried turkey leg.
With the addition of Street Beet alumna Meghan Shaw in the kitchen, Public House now offers vegan brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekend. Menu items include birthday French toast, a tempeh-bacon Monte Cristo, crispy shrimp and grits, a “crab” cake bene, and wet breakfast burrito. A few of the types of fast-food inspired creations that Shaw in known for are also on hand, such as the Griddler Sammy, made with just egg and faux cheddar, and pancake buns and the Chik’n in a Biscuit with a thick, vegan chicken breast and pickles served on a jalapeno-cheddar biscuit, and topped with a hot honey sauce. New vegan brunch plates also include Chickn’ & Waffles; ; crispy shrimp and grits; a “crab” cake bene; and wet breakfast burrito.
The Fly Trap
This beloved breakfast spot in Ferndale closed temporarily last fall with no end in sight. Luckily for fans, the operators behind Bobcat Bonnie’s stepped in to get the diner back up and running. The kitschy, casual destination will continue to include its favorites, like the green eggs and ham with poblano pesto; the Cowboy Curtis with seared flank steak, “Wildwest” sauce and fried eggs; or the house-made granola.
Chef Omar Mitchell puts the boujee in Sunday brunch with a generous breakfast buffet with rotating breakfast tarts, candied bacon and maple sausage, barbecue grilled chicken, smoked turkey leg hash, home fried potatoes, pad Thai, khao pad, fruits, and desserts. There’s also entertainment from a musician or DJ.
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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 Rece Hogerheide features buttermilk pancakes with apple jam, spiced creme fraiche, and maple syrup, and a Korean-fried crispy chicken sandwich.
Haus of Brunch
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.
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New Age Noodles
One can’t go wrong with a steamy bowl of noodles for brunch. At this Mount Clemens destination, the brunch menu changes weekly with noodle soups available alongside options like spam masubi, pineapple fried rice, a teriyaki burger, and tropical cocktails.