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7 Greens in downtown Detroit.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Where to Pick Up a Fast, Filling Lunch in Downtown Detroit

From pizza-by-the-slice to build-your-own salads, these are the best bets for a quick meal on a lunch break

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7 Greens in downtown Detroit.
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

Downtown Detroit is buzzing with activity these days. A big influx of workers from companies moving offices to the central business district has created an opportunity and demand for new restaurants including several mid-range and high-end spots catering to business lunches and dinners. But for average days when leftovers from last night’s dinner just won’t do, it’s also important to have options for an affordable, fast meal during a lunch break.

Downtown has ample choices for this type of everyday customer, whether the occasion calls for a big cheeseburger or a refreshing falafel and hummus bowl. Below find a guide to some of the best options, including a handful with online pre-ordering for even faster carryout. Don’t get stuck with a sad desk lunch.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. AKtakeaway

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150 W Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 771-3030
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Ferndale’s Mediterranean favorite Anita’s Kitchen operates a fast-casual location in downtown Detroit that serves both breakfast and lunch items. The menu ranges from options like Greek salad to lamb burgers to chicken shawarma bowls with gluten-free quinoa tabbouleh. AK Takeaway even offers online ordering for faster pick-up.

2. Brome Modern Eatery

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607 Shelby St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 403-1200
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The Financial District location of metro Detroit halal chain Brome Modern Eatery specializes in big burgers, salads, and loaded french fries. Upstairs on the pedestrian bridge, customers can find the Balence Bar serving fresh juices and smoothies. Brome accepts online pre-orders that help expedite service during the lunch rush.

3. The Green Room

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500 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

Now located inside the Guardian Building, this popular downtown lunch spot has returned with an extensive menu of soups and build-your-own salads sold by the pound. The turkey chili soup is the most popular on the menu, though there are lots of vegan and gluten-free options, too.

a green lettered sign for the green room on a window above a slatted wood table The Green Room [Official photo]

4. Plum Market Downtown Detroit

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500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 635-1200
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Downtown’s new Plum Market outpost is designed with workers and apartment residents in mind. The store devotes a huge portion of its footprint to a hot and cold bar with build-your-own salads, nachos, and items like vegetarian samosas. From the deli area, customers can pick up chicken pot pies, fresh sandwiches on baguettes, and grab-and-go sushi. Dine-in seating is available and there’s even a cafe and bar.

5. Lunchtime Global

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660 Woodward Ave #110
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-4871
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This cafeteria-esque spot in downtown Detroit is geared towards office workers grabbing a quick, inexpensive bite on their lunch break. The restaurant offers a variety of choices including Caesar salad, Indian butter chicken soup, and oven roasted turkey sandwiches with bacon and cheese on a pretzel roll.

a deli meat sandwich with tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese Lunchtime Global [Official photo]

6. Shake Shack

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660 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 672-0501
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The Campus Martius-area outpost of this beloved New York chain serves all the menu highlights from griddled burgers on Martin’s Potato Rolls to chicken sandwiches to hot dogs. The restaurant’s app makes it easy to pre-order for pickup.

7. Nathan's Deli

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581 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-3354
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This Bricktown-area deli located just off Jefferson Avenue is a good bet during the downtown lunch hour for dine-in or carryout. The restaurant serves deli menu standard bearers such as chicken salad to roast beef on a choice of white, wheat, or rye bread. For a little extra customers can add an onion or kaiser roll.

8. Lafayette Coney Island

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118 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-8198
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Efficiency is the game at Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit where it’s not uncommon to see waiters carrying multiple plates of coney dogs in their arms. Hot dogs are always grilling near the window, ready for the next customer to drop in for a quick meal.

9. American Coney Island

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114 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-7758
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Downtown icon American Coney Island has been serve hot dogs topped with chili, mustard, and onions to working-class Detroiters for 102 years and counting. The flat-iron shaped restaurant serves up affordable meals fast.

10. Freshii

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1001 Woodward Ave #105
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 237-0700
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Fast-casual chain Freshii serves a variety of smoothies, grain bowls, and burritos, and wraps out of its bustling location near Campus Martius. To avoid the line, place an order before heading out of the office.

11. Avalon Café and Bakery

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1049 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 285-8006
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Whether the day calls for a pizza, avocado toast, or a Reuben sandwich, Avalon’s downtown outpost has the bases covered. This pastry and espresso shop offers an extensive fast-casual menu with beer and wine available from the bar.

12. Mr. Kabob Xpress Grille

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119 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 496-6666
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Mr. Kabob’s original restaurant in Berkley gained a loyal following for serving high-quality Mediterranean food at a gas station. The Gulli family has since grown the business to multiple locations including an Xpress outpost in downtown Detroit where customers can order build-your-own bowls and pita sandwiches with toppings like jalapeno-cilantro hummus, foo foo fries, and pickled veggies. The restaurant accepts orders online for faster pickup.

a bowl with grilled chicken, pink and bright yellow pickled veggies, kalamata olives, cubed beets, and onion Mr. Kabob Xpress [Official photo]

13. 7 Greens Detroit Salad Co.

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1222 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-9005
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Library Street’s homegrown fast-casual salad chain 7 Greens specializes in lighter lunch options. Customers can build-their-own meal of choose from a variety of signature salads, wraps, and grain bowls such as the Umami Bomb with spinach, kale, kimchi, quinoa, carrots, mushrooms, edamame, bean sprouts, a fried egg, and Korean spicy sauce. The restaurant also serves smoothies.

14. Mootz Pizzeria and Bar

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1230 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 243-1230
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This New York-style pizzeria on Library Street offers a full service, dine-in menu, but for folks just looking to grab a slice it also offers a quick-service, carryout area called Side Hustle. Choose from pre-made pizza slices like classic pepperoni and Philly Cheesesteak, warmed up in a conveyor belt oven.

15. Go! Sy Thai

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1226 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 638-1467
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Head to Go! Sy Thai in Capitol Park for big plates of fried rice, pad thai, and drunken noodles. The restaurant offers an online ordering option, so customers can efficiently grab a meal without wasting time waiting for food on their lunch hour.

16. Cannelle Detroit

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45 West Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 694-9767
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While Cannelle is certainly good for satisfying a sweet tooth or picking up a loaf of bread on the way home, it’s also a great spot to grab lunch. The cafe serves fresh paninis and savory croissants in addition to its many impressive French pastries.

17. Chickp Detroit

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110 Clifford St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 315-3042
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This larger, fast-casual version of longtime walk-up window Chickpea in the D serves quick meals perfect for taking back to an office or grabbing a quick bite at one of the dine-in tables. Choose from options like chicken shawarma wraps, falafel rice bowls, and chicken fattoush salads. Many of the items are gluten-free or vegan.

a falafel bowl with hummus, pickles, red onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, and garlic sauce in a brown bowl Brenna Houck

18. La Pecora Nera

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1514 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 315-3040
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This pint-sized Italian deli off Washington Boulevard is geared towards lunch crowds with made-to-order sub sandwiches, salads, espresso, and gelato. Grab a PLT with pancetta, lettuce, tomato and dine-in at one of the communal tables or pick up an antipasto salad to-go.

a sandwich sliced in half with several types of meat, lettuce, and tomato La Pecora Nera [Official photo]

19. Jose's Tacos

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218 E Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-9992
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Tiny, family-owned Mexican restaurant Jose’s Tacos serves up big plates of burritos and tacos with soft flour, soft corn, or fried shells for customers on the go. Pick up an order for carryout or dine-in at one of the tables inside or on the small patio.

20. Bucharest Grill

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436 West Columbia Street
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 965-3111
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Located on the outskirts of downtown, Bucharest Grill is serving some of Detroit’s favorite chicken shawarma. The local chain is often busy during peak lunch and dinner hours, so call ahead to ensure a shorter wait.

1. AKtakeaway

150 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Ferndale’s Mediterranean favorite Anita’s Kitchen operates a fast-casual location in downtown Detroit that serves both breakfast and lunch items. The menu ranges from options like Greek salad to lamb burgers to chicken shawarma bowls with gluten-free quinoa tabbouleh. AK Takeaway even offers online ordering for faster pick-up.

150 W Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

2. Brome Modern Eatery

607 Shelby St, Detroit, MI 48226

The Financial District location of metro Detroit halal chain Brome Modern Eatery specializes in big burgers, salads, and loaded french fries. Upstairs on the pedestrian bridge, customers can find the Balence Bar serving fresh juices and smoothies. Brome accepts online pre-orders that help expedite service during the lunch rush.

607 Shelby St
Detroit, MI 48226

3. The Green Room

500 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226
a green lettered sign for the green room on a window above a slatted wood table The Green Room [Official photo]

Now located inside the Guardian Building, this popular downtown lunch spot has returned with an extensive menu of soups and build-your-own salads sold by the pound. The turkey chili soup is the most popular on the menu, though there are lots of vegan and gluten-free options, too.

500 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

4. Plum Market Downtown Detroit

500 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Downtown’s new Plum Market outpost is designed with workers and apartment residents in mind. The store devotes a huge portion of its footprint to a hot and cold bar with build-your-own salads, nachos, and items like vegetarian samosas. From the deli area, customers can pick up chicken pot pies, fresh sandwiches on baguettes, and grab-and-go sushi. Dine-in seating is available and there’s even a cafe and bar.

500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

5. Lunchtime Global

660 Woodward Ave #110, Detroit, MI 48226
a deli meat sandwich with tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese Lunchtime Global [Official photo]

This cafeteria-esque spot in downtown Detroit is geared towards office workers grabbing a quick, inexpensive bite on their lunch break. The restaurant offers a variety of choices including Caesar salad, Indian butter chicken soup, and oven roasted turkey sandwiches with bacon and cheese on a pretzel roll.

660 Woodward Ave #110
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Shake Shack

660 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

The Campus Martius-area outpost of this beloved New York chain serves all the menu highlights from griddled burgers on Martin’s Potato Rolls to chicken sandwiches to hot dogs. The restaurant’s app makes it easy to pre-order for pickup.

660 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Nathan's Deli

581 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

This Bricktown-area deli located just off Jefferson Avenue is a good bet during the downtown lunch hour for dine-in or carryout. The restaurant serves deli menu standard bearers such as chicken salad to roast beef on a choice of white, wheat, or rye bread. For a little extra customers can add an onion or kaiser roll.

581 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Lafayette Coney Island

118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Efficiency is the game at Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit where it’s not uncommon to see waiters carrying multiple plates of coney dogs in their arms. Hot dogs are always grilling near the window, ready for the next customer to drop in for a quick meal.

118 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

9. American Coney Island

114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Downtown icon American Coney Island has been serve hot dogs topped with chili, mustard, and onions to working-class Detroiters for 102 years and counting. The flat-iron shaped restaurant serves up affordable meals fast.

114 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

10. Freshii

1001 Woodward Ave #105, Detroit, MI 48226

Fast-casual chain Freshii serves a variety of smoothies, grain bowls, and burritos, and wraps out of its bustling location near Campus Martius. To avoid the line, place an order before heading out of the office.

1001 Woodward Ave #105
Detroit, MI 48226

11. Avalon Café and Bakery

1049 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Whether the day calls for a pizza, avocado toast, or a Reuben sandwich, Avalon’s downtown outpost has the bases covered. This pastry and espresso shop offers an extensive fast-casual menu with beer and wine available from the bar.

1049 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

12. Mr. Kabob Xpress Grille

119 Monroe St, Detroit, MI 48226
a bowl with grilled chicken, pink and bright yellow pickled veggies, kalamata olives, cubed beets, and onion Mr. Kabob Xpress [Official photo]

Mr. Kabob’s original restaurant in Berkley gained a loyal following for serving high-quality Mediterranean food at a gas station. The Gulli family has since grown the business to multiple locations including an Xpress outpost in downtown Detroit where customers can order build-your-own bowls and pita sandwiches with toppings like jalapeno-cilantro hummus, foo foo fries, and pickled veggies. The restaurant accepts orders online for faster pickup.

119 Monroe St
Detroit, MI 48226

13. 7 Greens Detroit Salad Co.

1222 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226

Library Street’s homegrown fast-casual salad chain 7 Greens specializes in lighter lunch options. Customers can build-their-own meal of choose from a variety of signature salads, wraps, and grain bowls such as the Umami Bomb with spinach, kale, kimchi, quinoa, carrots, mushrooms, edamame, bean sprouts, a fried egg, and Korean spicy sauce. The restaurant also serves smoothies.

1222 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226

14. Mootz Pizzeria and Bar

1230 Library St, Detroit, MI 48226

This New York-style pizzeria on Library Street offers a full service, dine-in menu, but for folks just looking to grab a slice it also offers a quick-service, carryout area called Side Hustle. Choose from pre-made pizza slices like classic pepperoni and Philly Cheesesteak, warmed up in a conveyor belt oven.

1230 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226

15. Go! Sy Thai

1226 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226

Head to Go! Sy Thai in Capitol Park for big plates of fried rice, pad thai, and drunken noodles. The restaurant offers an online ordering option, so customers can efficiently grab a meal without wasting time waiting for food on their lunch hour.

1226 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226

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16. Cannelle Detroit

45 West Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

While Cannelle is certainly good for satisfying a sweet tooth or picking up a loaf of bread on the way home, it’s also a great spot to grab lunch. The cafe serves fresh paninis and savory croissants in addition to its many impressive French pastries.

45 West Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

17. Chickp Detroit

110 Clifford St, Detroit, MI 48226
a falafel bowl with hummus, pickles, red onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, and garlic sauce in a brown bowl Brenna Houck

This larger, fast-casual version of longtime walk-up window Chickpea in the D serves quick meals perfect for taking back to an office or grabbing a quick bite at one of the dine-in tables. Choose from options like chicken shawarma wraps, falafel rice bowls, and chicken fattoush salads. Many of the items are gluten-free or vegan.

110 Clifford St
Detroit, MI 48226

18. La Pecora Nera

1514 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
a sandwich sliced in half with several types of meat, lettuce, and tomato La Pecora Nera [Official photo]

This pint-sized Italian deli off Washington Boulevard is geared towards lunch crowds with made-to-order sub sandwiches, salads, espresso, and gelato. Grab a PLT with pancetta, lettuce, tomato and dine-in at one of the communal tables or pick up an antipasto salad to-go.

1514 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

19. Jose's Tacos

218 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Tiny, family-owned Mexican restaurant Jose’s Tacos serves up big plates of burritos and tacos with soft flour, soft corn, or fried shells for customers on the go. Pick up an order for carryout or dine-in at one of the tables inside or on the small patio.

218 E Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

20. Bucharest Grill

436 West Columbia Street, Detroit, MI 48201

Located on the outskirts of downtown, Bucharest Grill is serving some of Detroit’s favorite chicken shawarma. The local chain is often busy during peak lunch and dinner hours, so call ahead to ensure a shorter wait.

436 West Columbia Street
Detroit, MI 48201

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