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Where to Grab a Bite in Detroit Before Hitting the Road

Quick and easy meals to satisfy cravings on the go

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What makes the ultimate road trip food? It should be fast, easy to hold, not too messy, filling, and above all delicious. The destination is all the better if it’s in close proximity to a freeway (let’s not extend the car trip too long) and has great drinks.

In honor of Eater’s inaugural Road Trip Week, here find a guide to some of the best bets in metro Detroit for homegrown fast food, gas station cuisine, and carryout. Many of these spots serve sandwiches, wraps, and burgers because they’re naturally a little easier to eat in transit. For vegetarians and vegans, there are options here for you too. The only thing left to do is plan your next out of town excursion.

Did we miss your favorite quick-grab? Drop a note at the tipline or in the comments. Map points are organized north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mr. Kabob

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3372 Coolidge Hwy
Berkley, MI
(248) 545-4000
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Fill up your gas tank and grab a bite while you wait at this hidden gem in Berkley. Mr. Kabob delivers formidable road trip fuel in the form of Mediterranean dishes like beef kafta wraps and raw juices that are designed primarily for carryout.

2. Ernie's Market

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8500 Capital St
Oak Park, MI
(248) 541-9703
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While it’s not necessarily a “quick grab,” Oak Park icon Ernie’s Market’s monster carryout-only sandwiches are worth a stop ahead of a long trip. Proprietor Ernie Hassan addresses everyone with a friendly “Hey baby” before taking their order while tucking Hershey’s kisses into palms. The store also sells chips, sandwiches, sodas, and other road-worthy snacks and is close to Eight Mile and Woodward Avenue. Plan to spend a little time in line and bring cash.

3. Bigg Burger

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19055 Farmington Rd
Livonia, MI 48152

Homegrown fast food restaurant Bigg Burger serves fresh burgers with a selections of toppings and spreads that rivals Five Guys, plus breakfast croissants, grilled cheeses, and shakes. A drive-thru makes it easy to grab a bite before hitting the highway, though being made-to-order you’ll probably have to wait a little longer for your meal.

4. Boostan Cafe

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3470 Holbrook St
Hamtramck, MI
(313) 456-8100
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Choose from an assortment of subs, sandwiches, and burgers ideal for eating on the go at this Middle Eastern restaurant in Hamtramck. Service is fast — even quicker if you call ahead — and don’t forget to order a smoothie.

5. Asian Corned Beef

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13660 Wyoming St
Detroit, MI
(313) 834-1819
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Close to M10 and I-96, Asian Corned Beef is a quick stop on the way out of town. This takeout-only mini chain fries up extra large “egg rolls” stuffed with a variety of meats, cheeses, and veggies. Service is fast and the tightly wrapped pockets make easy eating on the go. Don’t forget your cash.

6. Avalon Bakery

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422 W Willis St
Detroit, MI
(313) 832-0008

Every road trip inevitably requires a shot of caffeine — even more so if you’re leaving early. Avalon’s original Cass Corridor cafe is relatively close to the M10 and I-75 and offers plenty of coffee to fuel your travel alongside fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and other snacks to munch on in the car.

7. Beyond Juicery + Eatery

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2501 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

A healthy option close to I-75, this metro Detroit juice bar chain offers plenty of fresh drinks for the road plus build-your-own wraps with fillings like turkey, chicken, and veggies. Service is fast, which makes it easy to grab a meal and get out of town.

8. Hamido

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13251 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI
(313) 582-0660
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One of the best spots in Dearborn, Hamido does a high-volume carryout business. For something quick on the go, call ahead and pick-up one of the restaurant’s shawarma sandwiches. The garlicky falafel is also a good bet.

9. Detroit Institute of Bagels

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1236 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI
(313) 444-9342
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Sandwiches can be messy car foods at times, but chewy bagels held fast with schmear are a hearty, easy-to-eat option. DIB also offers plenty of snacks, drinks, and coffee to help fuel a road trip.

10. Telway Hamburgers

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6820 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI
(313) 843-2146
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Sometimes you just want a bag of greasy, meaty burgers during a long drive. For that, bypass Mickey D’s and head to Telway. Grab a cup of coffee to stay alert on the road and don’t forget your cash.

11. Bucharest Grill

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1623 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI
(313) 965-3111
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Few things are better suited to a carryout meal than shawarma empire Bucharest Grill’s pita sandwiches. The locations are perched beside Detroit’s major arteries — Eight Mile, East Jefferson, Michigan Avenue, and Woodward — for quick stop on the way to the highway.

A box of Bucharest shawarma wrapped in tin foil to-go. Courtesy of Bucharest

12. Taystee’s Burgers

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10419 Ford Rd
Dearborn, MI 48126

Another filling station destination close to I-94, Taystee’s offers one of the best burgers in town. The juicy, halal patties come topped with everything from seasoned french fries to fried eggs to nachos cheese. More toppings, of course, means things can get messy. If your planning to eat in the car, consider going with one of the simpler (but no less delicious) burgers and fries.

13. Taqueria El Rey

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4730 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI
(313) 357-3094
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While tacos aren’t ideal road trip fare, El Rey’s burritos satisfy a similar craving in a package more suitable for in-vehicle consumption. The “big burrito” comes filled with rice, beans, onions, cilantro, and cheese, plus house salsa for extra spice. Choose from a variety of meats including marinated pork, chicken, steak, and more.

14. Detroit 75 Kitchen

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4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI

Located near the Ambassador Bridge and freeway entrances for I-75, this gas station parking lot fixture makes it easy to refuel while grabbing a bite to-go. McDonald’s fries have nothing on the cilantro garlic spuds served here and the sandwiches and wraps are suitable for eating on the go. Call ahead for a faster pick-up.

1. Mr. Kabob

3372 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, MI

Fill up your gas tank and grab a bite while you wait at this hidden gem in Berkley. Mr. Kabob delivers formidable road trip fuel in the form of Mediterranean dishes like beef kafta wraps and raw juices that are designed primarily for carryout.

3372 Coolidge Hwy
Berkley, MI

2. Ernie's Market

8500 Capital St, Oak Park, MI

While it’s not necessarily a “quick grab,” Oak Park icon Ernie’s Market’s monster carryout-only sandwiches are worth a stop ahead of a long trip. Proprietor Ernie Hassan addresses everyone with a friendly “Hey baby” before taking their order while tucking Hershey’s kisses into palms. The store also sells chips, sandwiches, sodas, and other road-worthy snacks and is close to Eight Mile and Woodward Avenue. Plan to spend a little time in line and bring cash.

8500 Capital St
Oak Park, MI

3. Bigg Burger

19055 Farmington Rd, Livonia, MI 48152

Homegrown fast food restaurant Bigg Burger serves fresh burgers with a selections of toppings and spreads that rivals Five Guys, plus breakfast croissants, grilled cheeses, and shakes. A drive-thru makes it easy to grab a bite before hitting the highway, though being made-to-order you’ll probably have to wait a little longer for your meal.

19055 Farmington Rd
Livonia, MI 48152

4. Boostan Cafe

3470 Holbrook St, Hamtramck, MI

Choose from an assortment of subs, sandwiches, and burgers ideal for eating on the go at this Middle Eastern restaurant in Hamtramck. Service is fast — even quicker if you call ahead — and don’t forget to order a smoothie.

3470 Holbrook St
Hamtramck, MI

5. Asian Corned Beef

13660 Wyoming St, Detroit, MI

Close to M10 and I-96, Asian Corned Beef is a quick stop on the way out of town. This takeout-only mini chain fries up extra large “egg rolls” stuffed with a variety of meats, cheeses, and veggies. Service is fast and the tightly wrapped pockets make easy eating on the go. Don’t forget your cash.

13660 Wyoming St
Detroit, MI

6. Avalon Bakery

422 W Willis St, Detroit, MI

Every road trip inevitably requires a shot of caffeine — even more so if you’re leaving early. Avalon’s original Cass Corridor cafe is relatively close to the M10 and I-75 and offers plenty of coffee to fuel your travel alongside fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and other snacks to munch on in the car.

422 W Willis St
Detroit, MI

7. Beyond Juicery + Eatery

2501 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

A healthy option close to I-75, this metro Detroit juice bar chain offers plenty of fresh drinks for the road plus build-your-own wraps with fillings like turkey, chicken, and veggies. Service is fast, which makes it easy to grab a meal and get out of town.

2501 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

8. Hamido

13251 W Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI

One of the best spots in Dearborn, Hamido does a high-volume carryout business. For something quick on the go, call ahead and pick-up one of the restaurant’s shawarma sandwiches. The garlicky falafel is also a good bet.

13251 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI

9. Detroit Institute of Bagels

1236 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI

Sandwiches can be messy car foods at times, but chewy bagels held fast with schmear are a hearty, easy-to-eat option. DIB also offers plenty of snacks, drinks, and coffee to help fuel a road trip.

1236 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI

10. Telway Hamburgers

6820 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI

Sometimes you just want a bag of greasy, meaty burgers during a long drive. For that, bypass Mickey D’s and head to Telway. Grab a cup of coffee to stay alert on the road and don’t forget your cash.

6820 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI

11. Bucharest Grill

1623 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI
A box of Bucharest shawarma wrapped in tin foil to-go. Courtesy of Bucharest

Few things are better suited to a carryout meal than shawarma empire Bucharest Grill’s pita sandwiches. The locations are perched beside Detroit’s major arteries — Eight Mile, East Jefferson, Michigan Avenue, and Woodward — for quick stop on the way to the highway.

1623 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI

12. Taystee’s Burgers

10419 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126

Another filling station destination close to I-94, Taystee’s offers one of the best burgers in town. The juicy, halal patties come topped with everything from seasoned french fries to fried eggs to nachos cheese. More toppings, of course, means things can get messy. If your planning to eat in the car, consider going with one of the simpler (but no less delicious) burgers and fries.

10419 Ford Rd
Dearborn, MI 48126

13. Taqueria El Rey

4730 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI

While tacos aren’t ideal road trip fare, El Rey’s burritos satisfy a similar craving in a package more suitable for in-vehicle consumption. The “big burrito” comes filled with rice, beans, onions, cilantro, and cheese, plus house salsa for extra spice. Choose from a variety of meats including marinated pork, chicken, steak, and more.

4730 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI

14. Detroit 75 Kitchen

4800 W Fort St, Detroit, MI

Located near the Ambassador Bridge and freeway entrances for I-75, this gas station parking lot fixture makes it easy to refuel while grabbing a bite to-go. McDonald’s fries have nothing on the cilantro garlic spuds served here and the sandwiches and wraps are suitable for eating on the go. Call ahead for a faster pick-up.

4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI

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