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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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The Hudson Cafe

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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.

Dime Store

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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.

Clique Restaurant

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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.

Rose's Fine Foods

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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.

Le Petit Zinc

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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.

Detroit Institute of Bagels

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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.

The Brooklyn Street Local

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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.

Astro Coffee

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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.

Duly's Place

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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.

Louie's Ham & Corned Beef

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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.

New Center Eatery

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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.

Dutch Girl Donuts

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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.

Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

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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.

The Hudson Cafe

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.

Dime Store

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.

Clique Restaurant

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.

Rose's Fine Foods

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.

Le Petit Zinc

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.

Detroit Institute of Bagels

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.

The Brooklyn Street Local

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.

Astro Coffee

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.

Duly's Place

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.

Louie's Ham & Corned Beef

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.

New Center Eatery

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.

Dutch Girl Donuts

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.

Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

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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