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Vital Breakfast Spots To Know in Detroit

From grab-and-go egg sandwiches to chicken and waffles.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Detroit is full of options to suit every taste. From classic no-fuss diners to decadent breakfast destinations to grab-and-go, these are the quintessential breakfasts both old and new that make Detroit get out of bed every morning.

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*Restaurants are arranged geographically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Hudson Cafe

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1241 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 237-1000
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Downtown’s breakfast hot spot has built a reputation on decadent savory and sweet morning eats. The red velvet pancakes and the voodoo eggs benedict are legendary.

2. Dime Store

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719 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-9106
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Putting a twist on classic dishes like hash is what sets Dime Store apart from other breakfast places in the city. They’re not afraid of bold flavors, and the payoff is huge. Try the duck bop hash and prepare to be amazed.

3. Clique Restaurant

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1326 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 259-0922
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The East Jefferson motel location might make novices wonder if they're in the right place, but Clique's inviting booth filled interior and delicious wallet-friendly menu makes it an essential breakfast gem. Diners swear the omelettes are the best in town.

4. Rose's Fine Foods

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10551 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 309-7947
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Locally-sourced ingredients and a seasonally changing menu with lots of vegetarian options might sound unusual for a diner, but Rose’s manages to elevate the genre. The eatery's creative food and incredible baked goods have won fans from all over the city, and the country. Don't miss the crybaby doughnuts.

5. Le Petit Zinc

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1055 Trumbull St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 963-2805
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This French-style cafe delivers vats of coffee and espresso drinks alongside tartines and jam, delicate sweet and savory crepes, and croissants. In the spring and summer, it's hard to beat breakfast on Zinc's garden patio.

6. Detroit Institute of Bagels

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1236 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 444-9342
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Sometimes a quick morning meal is in order, and DIB’s filling assortment of bagels, spreads, toppings, and even egg sandwiches will do the trick every time. They make bagels the right way: fresh, chewy, and satisfying.

7. The Brooklyn Street Local

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1266 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 262-6547
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Brooklyn Street offers locally-sourced ingredients, vegetarian and vegan friendly options, and the best poutine in Detroit. They can have a bit of a wait on weekends, but it’s well worth it, as the waitstaff will happily serve coffee to those braving the elements for a table.

8. Astro Coffee

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2124 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 638-2989
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The name says coffee, and they make a fine cup of joe to be sure, but the egg sandwich is what really sets Astro apart. It’s nothing fancy, just egg, ciabatta bread, and aioli with herbs, but devotees insist that it’s the perfect start to a weekday.

9. Duly's Place

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5458 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 554-3076
One of Detroit's oldest restaurants, fans swear by Duly's Coney dogs, but the 24-hour diner also features a hearty and reliable gut-busting hot breakfasts that taste as good in the morning as they do for dinner.

10. Louie's Ham & Corned Beef

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3570 Riopelle St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 831-1800
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Close to Eastern Market, Louie's gets a rush on Saturday mornings, but the classic food (they do their own ham and corned beef), large portions, and great prices keep people coming back.

11. New Center Eatery

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3100 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 875-0088
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Detroit’s favorite classic fried chicken and waffles location started making the dish and serving it to locals years before it was cool. The waffles are light, and the chicken is flavorful. Another plus: They're open late. Just don’t forget that it’s cash-only.

12. Dutch Girl Donuts

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19000 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 368-3020
Breakfast is not always a sit down affair, nor should it be when old-school glazed donuts made fresh daily are available six days a week a Dutch Girl. Grab a bottle of milk or cup of coffee and a bag full to-go. Don’t forget to bring cash.

13. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

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19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 861-0229
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Livernois eatery Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles serves up Southern comfort food including 10 versions of its namesake dish, shrimp & grits, and mugs of Great Lakes Coffee.

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1. The Hudson Cafe

1241 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Downtown’s breakfast hot spot has built a reputation on decadent savory and sweet morning eats. The red velvet pancakes and the voodoo eggs benedict are legendary.
1241 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

2. Dime Store

719 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226
Putting a twist on classic dishes like hash is what sets Dime Store apart from other breakfast places in the city. They’re not afraid of bold flavors, and the payoff is huge. Try the duck bop hash and prepare to be amazed.
719 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

3. Clique Restaurant

1326 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
The East Jefferson motel location might make novices wonder if they're in the right place, but Clique's inviting booth filled interior and delicious wallet-friendly menu makes it an essential breakfast gem. Diners swear the omelettes are the best in town.
1326 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207

4. Rose's Fine Foods

10551 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214
Locally-sourced ingredients and a seasonally changing menu with lots of vegetarian options might sound unusual for a diner, but Rose’s manages to elevate the genre. The eatery's creative food and incredible baked goods have won fans from all over the city, and the country. Don't miss the crybaby doughnuts.
10551 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

5. Le Petit Zinc

1055 Trumbull St, Detroit, MI 48216
This French-style cafe delivers vats of coffee and espresso drinks alongside tartines and jam, delicate sweet and savory crepes, and croissants. In the spring and summer, it's hard to beat breakfast on Zinc's garden patio.
1055 Trumbull St
Detroit, MI 48216

6. Detroit Institute of Bagels

1236 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Sometimes a quick morning meal is in order, and DIB’s filling assortment of bagels, spreads, toppings, and even egg sandwiches will do the trick every time. They make bagels the right way: fresh, chewy, and satisfying.
1236 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

7. The Brooklyn Street Local

1266 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Brooklyn Street offers locally-sourced ingredients, vegetarian and vegan friendly options, and the best poutine in Detroit. They can have a bit of a wait on weekends, but it’s well worth it, as the waitstaff will happily serve coffee to those braving the elements for a table.
1266 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Astro Coffee

2124 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
The name says coffee, and they make a fine cup of joe to be sure, but the egg sandwich is what really sets Astro apart. It’s nothing fancy, just egg, ciabatta bread, and aioli with herbs, but devotees insist that it’s the perfect start to a weekday.
2124 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

9. Duly's Place

5458 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
One of Detroit's oldest restaurants, fans swear by Duly's Coney dogs, but the 24-hour diner also features a hearty and reliable gut-busting hot breakfasts that taste as good in the morning as they do for dinner.
5458 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

10. Louie's Ham & Corned Beef

3570 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207
Close to Eastern Market, Louie's gets a rush on Saturday mornings, but the classic food (they do their own ham and corned beef), large portions, and great prices keep people coming back.
3570 Riopelle St
Detroit, MI 48207

11. New Center Eatery

3100 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202
Detroit’s favorite classic fried chicken and waffles location started making the dish and serving it to locals years before it was cool. The waffles are light, and the chicken is flavorful. Another plus: They're open late. Just don’t forget that it’s cash-only.
3100 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

12. Dutch Girl Donuts

19000 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203
Breakfast is not always a sit down affair, nor should it be when old-school glazed donuts made fresh daily are available six days a week a Dutch Girl. Grab a bottle of milk or cup of coffee and a bag full to-go. Don’t forget to bring cash.
19000 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203

13. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

19345 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221
Livernois eatery Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles serves up Southern comfort food including 10 versions of its namesake dish, shrimp & grits, and mugs of Great Lakes Coffee.
19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

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