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Where to Eat in Downriver: An Essential Guide

From burgers and brews to sushi, sauerkraut, and shawarmas, you can find a bit of everything south of the city

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If you find yourself south of the city, consider yourself lucky. The restaurant scene is much more expansive than Coney islands and franchises. Most options Downriver are not only affordable, but also family-friendly. From burgers and brews to sushi, sauerkraut, and shawarmas, here is the essential guide to Downriver eats according to this Downriver native.

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1. Fort Street Brewery

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1660 Fort St
Lincoln Park, MI 48146
(313) 389-9620
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This Lincoln Park brewery prides itself on its affordable food and drinks and immaculately clean environment. Nothing on the menu breaks $10 and beers masterminded in small batches by brewer Ryan Walker, previously of Granite City Brewery. Some brews on tap top 9 on the IBU scale, so it's safe to say you'll find something satisfyingly bitter and while getting some bang for your buck.

2. Griff's

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14595 Southfield Rd
Allen Park, MI 48101
(313) 724-6878
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This gastropub is still relatively new in the area, but wowing regulars with its craft cocktails and high-quality cuisine. Selections like Cottage Pie and Scotch Eggs are downright delicious.

3. Major Tomato

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6547 Allen Rd
Allen Park, MI 48101
(313) 254-9146
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A healthy(er) pizza option has arrived. Made with no chemical additives, GMOs, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners, this pizza is a far cry from its local competition. Even the Coke is made with real sugar cane. Major Tomato matches its quality ingredients with clever names and topping combinations like the Killer Tofu — a vegetarian pie topped with tofu, jalapenos, roasted red peppers, and Sriracha.

4. Bierkeller

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20085 Goddard Rd
Taylor, MI 48180
(734) 250-7358
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Featuring a daily spätzle and a rotating tap takeovers, the Bierkeller Tavern and Eatery combines American classics with German flair. Crispy potato pancakes served with a cucumber wasabi ranch and German corned beef tacos are a far cry from their traditional European recipes, but delicious none the less.

5. Peepo's Subs

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10890 Beech Daly Rd
Taylor, MI 48180
(313) 299-9992

Huge portions and beautifully presented, fresh fruit smoothies are the mainstays of Peepo’s. Fan favorites include the signature Africano fries, topped with smoky and succulent spicy chicken.

6. Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar

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19400 Northline Rd
Southgate, MI 48195
(734) 287-0800
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Known for their the Guinness Book of World Record-setting “Absolutely Ridiculous Burger” and an impressive "Man vs. Food"-style challenges, Mallie’s is hometown famous. The appropriately-sized portions are just as delicious, and way less daunting.

7. Hop Sheing Noodle House

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4232 Fort St
Lincoln Park, MI 48146
(313) 382-1688

Featuring a fully customizable menu, fresh ingredients, and bubble tea, it’s hard to go wrong at this Lincoln Park noodle house. Mix and match with seven types of noodle dishes, a protein option, and an unlimited number of veggies: the combinations are endless.

8. The Hungarian Rhapsody

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14315 Northline Rd
Southgate, MI 48195
(734) 283-9622
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This Downriver staple serves up some of the best comfort food around. With Hungarian classics like goulash, stuffed cabbage, chicken paprikas — it's hard to go wrong.

9. Galindo's

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13754 Fort St
Southgate, MI 48195
(734) 324-1141
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Outside of Southwest, some of the best Mexican cuisine in the area can be found at this Southgate eatery. Chef Erik Galindo grew up in Mexico City and draws on his experiences to inspire the menu’s wide variety of hearty tortas, served on large rolls.

10. Oak Cafe

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1167 Oak St
Wyandotte, MI 48192
(734) 283-8380
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Downriver's original craft beer bar keeps regulars coming back. With the staple Oak Burger — an old fashion, handmade bar burger served with an array of garnishes and toppings — it's easy to see why. .

11. Sports Brew Pub

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166 Maple St
Wyandotte, MI 48192
(734) 285-5060
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Good beer, a wonderfully cheesy '50s theme, arcade games: does it get much better than this? Wyandotte's only brew pub is a decade old institution, with a little of everything on the menu.

12. Coastal Thai

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140 Sycamore St
Wyandotte, MI 48192
(734) 282-3885

Some of the best Thai food Downriver can be found at Coastal Thai. This has excellent service and a menu featuring favorites like pineapple fried rice and curry duck.

13. Joe's Hamburgers

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3041 Biddle Ave
Wyandotte, MI 48192
(734) 285-0420
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Specialty selections like the Sticky Slider, topped with bacon, cheese, and melted peanut butter, or a hot dog wrapped in onion rings, cheese, and BBQ sauce make this downtown Wyandotte slider destination worth the drive. Pair your meal with one of the many craft brews on tap and still get out at a steal.

14. Black Pine Tree

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18700 Eureka Rd
Southgate, MI 48195
(734) 284-8700
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With a cool setting and downright massive menu, Black Pine Tree is a Downriver classic. Go presidential with the Obama roll, made with Kanikama (krab with a "k,") cucumber, and avocado covered in a sweet signature sauce, and topped with fried potato shavings. Pair it with a pineapple saki or custom cocktail.

15. Mandarin Kitchen

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15241 Dix Toledo Rd
Southgate, MI 48195
(734) 285-8840
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The Southgate hole-in-the-wall serves up consistently good, massively portioned Chinese food, with the friendliest staff around. Every family has there go-to Chinese place — this was most definitely ours.

16. Sibley Gardens

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1060 W Jefferson Ave.
Trenton, MI 48183
(734) 285-1707
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The quality of this restaurant's food is as surprising, given it's hidden location across from the long vacant McLouth Steel. The decor is old-school Italian drama, with a menu to match. Truly a Downriver icon.

17. Round House BBQ

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2760 W Jefferson Ave
Trenton, MI 48183
(734) 671-6100
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This Trenton barbecue joint is anything but ordinary with options like mac and cheese eggs rolls and brisket burritos. Get there earlier and try the full breakfast menu including a brisket hash omelette.

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1. Fort Street Brewery

1660 Fort St, Lincoln Park, MI 48146

This Lincoln Park brewery prides itself on its affordable food and drinks and immaculately clean environment. Nothing on the menu breaks $10 and beers masterminded in small batches by brewer Ryan Walker, previously of Granite City Brewery. Some brews on tap top 9 on the IBU scale, so it's safe to say you'll find something satisfyingly bitter and while getting some bang for your buck.

1660 Fort St
Lincoln Park, MI 48146

2. Griff's

14595 Southfield Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101

This gastropub is still relatively new in the area, but wowing regulars with its craft cocktails and high-quality cuisine. Selections like Cottage Pie and Scotch Eggs are downright delicious.

14595 Southfield Rd
Allen Park, MI 48101

3. Major Tomato

6547 Allen Rd, Allen Park, MI 48101

A healthy(er) pizza option has arrived. Made with no chemical additives, GMOs, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners, this pizza is a far cry from its local competition. Even the Coke is made with real sugar cane. Major Tomato matches its quality ingredients with clever names and topping combinations like the Killer Tofu — a vegetarian pie topped with tofu, jalapenos, roasted red peppers, and Sriracha.

6547 Allen Rd
Allen Park, MI 48101

4. Bierkeller

20085 Goddard Rd, Taylor, MI 48180

Featuring a daily spätzle and a rotating tap takeovers, the Bierkeller Tavern and Eatery combines American classics with German flair. Crispy potato pancakes served with a cucumber wasabi ranch and German corned beef tacos are a far cry from their traditional European recipes, but delicious none the less.

20085 Goddard Rd
Taylor, MI 48180

5. Peepo's Subs

10890 Beech Daly Rd, Taylor, MI 48180

Huge portions and beautifully presented, fresh fruit smoothies are the mainstays of Peepo’s. Fan favorites include the signature Africano fries, topped with smoky and succulent spicy chicken.

10890 Beech Daly Rd
Taylor, MI 48180

6. Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar

19400 Northline Rd, Southgate, MI 48195

Known for their the Guinness Book of World Record-setting “Absolutely Ridiculous Burger” and an impressive "Man vs. Food"-style challenges, Mallie’s is hometown famous. The appropriately-sized portions are just as delicious, and way less daunting.

19400 Northline Rd
Southgate, MI 48195

7. Hop Sheing Noodle House

4232 Fort St, Lincoln Park, MI 48146

Featuring a fully customizable menu, fresh ingredients, and bubble tea, it’s hard to go wrong at this Lincoln Park noodle house. Mix and match with seven types of noodle dishes, a protein option, and an unlimited number of veggies: the combinations are endless.

4232 Fort St
Lincoln Park, MI 48146

8. The Hungarian Rhapsody

14315 Northline Rd, Southgate, MI 48195

This Downriver staple serves up some of the best comfort food around. With Hungarian classics like goulash, stuffed cabbage, chicken paprikas — it's hard to go wrong.

14315 Northline Rd
Southgate, MI 48195

9. Galindo's

13754 Fort St, Southgate, MI 48195

Outside of Southwest, some of the best Mexican cuisine in the area can be found at this Southgate eatery. Chef Erik Galindo grew up in Mexico City and draws on his experiences to inspire the menu’s wide variety of hearty tortas, served on large rolls.

13754 Fort St
Southgate, MI 48195

10. Oak Cafe

1167 Oak St, Wyandotte, MI 48192

Downriver's original craft beer bar keeps regulars coming back. With the staple Oak Burger — an old fashion, handmade bar burger served with an array of garnishes and toppings — it's easy to see why. .

1167 Oak St
Wyandotte, MI 48192

11. Sports Brew Pub

166 Maple St, Wyandotte, MI 48192

Good beer, a wonderfully cheesy '50s theme, arcade games: does it get much better than this? Wyandotte's only brew pub is a decade old institution, with a little of everything on the menu.

166 Maple St
Wyandotte, MI 48192

12. Coastal Thai

140 Sycamore St, Wyandotte, MI 48192

Some of the best Thai food Downriver can be found at Coastal Thai. This has excellent service and a menu featuring favorites like pineapple fried rice and curry duck.

140 Sycamore St
Wyandotte, MI 48192

13. Joe's Hamburgers

3041 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte, MI 48192

Specialty selections like the Sticky Slider, topped with bacon, cheese, and melted peanut butter, or a hot dog wrapped in onion rings, cheese, and BBQ sauce make this downtown Wyandotte slider destination worth the drive. Pair your meal with one of the many craft brews on tap and still get out at a steal.

3041 Biddle Ave
Wyandotte, MI 48192

14. Black Pine Tree

18700 Eureka Rd, Southgate, MI 48195

With a cool setting and downright massive menu, Black Pine Tree is a Downriver classic. Go presidential with the Obama roll, made with Kanikama (krab with a "k,") cucumber, and avocado covered in a sweet signature sauce, and topped with fried potato shavings. Pair it with a pineapple saki or custom cocktail.

18700 Eureka Rd
Southgate, MI 48195

15. Mandarin Kitchen

15241 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate, MI 48195

The Southgate hole-in-the-wall serves up consistently good, massively portioned Chinese food, with the friendliest staff around. Every family has there go-to Chinese place — this was most definitely ours.

15241 Dix Toledo Rd
Southgate, MI 48195

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16. Sibley Gardens

1060 W Jefferson Ave., Trenton, MI 48183

The quality of this restaurant's food is as surprising, given it's hidden location across from the long vacant McLouth Steel. The decor is old-school Italian drama, with a menu to match. Truly a Downriver icon.

1060 W Jefferson Ave.
Trenton, MI 48183

17. Round House BBQ

2760 W Jefferson Ave, Trenton, MI 48183

This Trenton barbecue joint is anything but ordinary with options like mac and cheese eggs rolls and brisket burritos. Get there earlier and try the full breakfast menu including a brisket hash omelette.

2760 W Jefferson Ave
Trenton, MI 48183

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