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Where to Dine and Drink in Hamtramck

Yemeni, Bangladeshi, and Polish dining all in one neat town

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Despite its diminutive size, there’s a whole lot to love about Hamtramck. This independent town nestled within the city limits of Detroit has an outsized reputation, thanks to its active nightlife and eclectic restaurant scene that reflects cuisines from around the globe. Within just 2.1 square miles, people can dine on Bosnian, Yemeni, Bangladeshi, and Polish food reflective of the many immigrant communities that settled here. Hamtramck also boasts a vibrant bar and entertainment scene. The pandemic hit businesses in the area hard, but many restaurants pivoted to continue serving the community as safely as possible. From taco joints to European bakeries, here are some of the best spots to check out in Hamtramck right now.

Remember, despite restaurants allowed to reopen with limited seating capacity inside, takeout or outdoor dining are generally considered by health experts to be lower-risk options.

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A number of metro Detroit restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the state of Michigan’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Yemen Cafe

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8740 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 871-4349

This local favorite is known for its Yemeni cuisine in a diner-style atmosphere. Expect platter-sized pieces of fresh flatbread and fiery zhug sauce paired with dishes like chicken ghallaba and tender lamb.

Lamb on saffron rice, a plate of rice mixed with chicken and vegetables, and a large piece of Yemeni flatbread next to a silver dish of garlic paste. Brenna Houck

2. Motor City Sports Bar

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9122 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 875-4710

This easygoing pub keeps customers entertained with pool, darts, and a jukebox. But Motor City is also known for serving some really solid bar food, including one of the best cheeseburgers around and Balkan ćevapi, a house specialty.

3. Bumbo's

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3001 Holbrook Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 285-8239
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Bumbo’s is a welcoming neighborhood bar, complete with affordable, well-made cocktails and a kitschy, retro-rockabilly vibe. The bar, which was built in 1928, has an enclosed patio, perfect for outdoor seating.

4. Boostan Cafe

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3470 Holbrook Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 456-8100
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Hamtramck offers a plethora of Middle Eastern cuisine, thanks to the community’s ever-growing immigrant community, largely from Yemen. At this takeout and delivery spot, diners can find Yemeni-style breakfast sandwiches and Egyptian rice-based comfort foods, in addition to more common items like shawarma and shish tawook.

5. Le detroit macaron

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2756 Evaline St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 338-8006
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With its colorful macarons and equally colorful personality, Le Detroit Macaron puts playful twists on the classic French treats, with creative flavors from cinnamon toast crunch to Samoas (a take on the popular Girls Scout cookie). Equally as popular here is the cinnamon roll, created using the owner’s mom’s recipe. In the past, customers lined up down the street when the cinnamon roll hit the menu as a special.

6. New Palace Bakery

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9833 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 875-1334
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People from across the region gather in Hamtramck annually on Fat Tuesday to indulge a dozen or more paczki — a type of Polish doughnut. Several bakeries specialize in these filled and fried treats, including New Palace Bakery, which introduces new flavors into its filling rotation annually. While it doesn’t attract the same intimidating lines the rest of the year, New Palace is still worth a visit for its flaky strudels, babka, tarts, and other sweet pastries.

7. Polonia Restaurant

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2934 Yemans St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 873-8432
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Hamtramck mainstay Polonia serves all the Polish favorites in a kitschy atmosphere filled with decorative plates and folk art. Start with a tart cup of dill pickle soup before moving on to comforting plates of pierogi, fried potato pancakes, and a Midwestern staple — city chicken. The restaurant features a full bar.

8. Whiskey In the Jar

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2741 Yemans St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 873-4154

Whiskey in the Jar may have craft beers and a Detroit City FC banner, but it maintains a quintessential Hamtramck dive bar feel with a pool table, plenty of mirrored beer signs, and old-school movies playing on the television.

9. Dos Locos Tacos

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10337 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 872-6838
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Dos Locos Tacos is the latest restaurant to take over the iconic counters at the old Campau Tower. The restaurant serves up a simple lineup of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and fresh-to-order guacamole. Customers can count on vegetarian and halal-friendly options.

10. Balkan House

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3028 Caniff St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 262-6234
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This casual restaurant offers homestyle Eastern European fare in the lower half of a two-flat on Caniff. Customers can count on Bosnian dishes like ćevapi and cream cheese-stuffed hamburgers, as well as trays of Turkish coffee and the restaurant’s most talked-about dish — döner kebab. Thin-sliced gyro meat, crisp lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion stuffed inside soft on the inside, crispy on the outside lepinja flatbread with sauce drizzled over the top. The menu is halal.

A close up of a döner sandwich with veggies and meat stuffed in a pocket of soft white bread and drenched with creamy white sauce. Brenna Houck

11. Fat Salmon Sushi

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11411 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 305-4347

This casual sushi spot serves a variety of affordable rolls and nigiri as well as teriyaki chicken meals and Ramune Japanese sodas. Fans of Korean bibimbap will also find the dish well represented at Fat Salmon.

12. Remas Restaurant

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11444 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 707-0920
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Remas replaced the old Clock diner in 2017, bringing another wonderful Middle Eastern dining option to Hamtramck. The restaurant serves many Yemeni dishes in a sleek, efficient space. The fasolia (white beans) and saltah (a popular Yemeni stew) are excellent. There’s also no going wrong with the haneeth — slow-roasted chicken or lamb.

13. Ali's Pizza

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11608 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 826-1403
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This certified halal Bangladeshi-American restaurant is home to the chicken 65 “burger,” a top-notch fusion sandwich that landed on Eater Detroit’s list of crispy fried chicken sandwiches last year. The burger is inspired by the spicy bright red chicken dish widely served at Bangladeshi restaurants. Ali’s marinates its bird in spices before dredging and frying and then topping the crispy chicken with more spicy sauce and sauteed veggies. Other dishes worth checking out are the equally creative pizzas, such as the chicken shawarma or nacho supreme. Call in orders for carryout or order on the Slice app.

14. Amar Pizza

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12195 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 366-0980
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With so many cultures communing in one city, the lines between cuisines sometimes blur in wonderfully American ways. Amar Pizza is a product of this crossover with pizzas and hot dogs featuring Bangladeshi flavors. Try options like the dry fish with shrimp, garlic, onions, cilantro, and fish paste sauce or the famous (and very spicy) ghost pepper pizza in the form of a round pie or a Detroit-style square.

15. Reshmi Sweets & Cafe

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12170 Conant St
Detroit, MI 48212
(313) 366-2425
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This homey restaurant boasts many Bangladeshi staples, such as aloo chop, chicken korma, and fish curry, which is available in several styles such as rupchanda, also known as Chinese silvery pomfret fish. Finish off the meal with an order of pistachio and cardamom-flecked barfi and malai curry sweets, two milk and sugar-based desserts. Order online or call for takeout. Currently not open for indoor dining.

1. Yemen Cafe

8740 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Lamb on saffron rice, a plate of rice mixed with chicken and vegetables, and a large piece of Yemeni flatbread next to a silver dish of garlic paste. Brenna Houck

This local favorite is known for its Yemeni cuisine in a diner-style atmosphere. Expect platter-sized pieces of fresh flatbread and fiery zhug sauce paired with dishes like chicken ghallaba and tender lamb.

8740 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

2. Motor City Sports Bar

9122 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

This easygoing pub keeps customers entertained with pool, darts, and a jukebox. But Motor City is also known for serving some really solid bar food, including one of the best cheeseburgers around and Balkan ćevapi, a house specialty.

9122 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

3. Bumbo's

3001 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Bumbo’s is a welcoming neighborhood bar, complete with affordable, well-made cocktails and a kitschy, retro-rockabilly vibe. The bar, which was built in 1928, has an enclosed patio, perfect for outdoor seating.

3001 Holbrook Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

4. Boostan Cafe

3470 Holbrook Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Hamtramck offers a plethora of Middle Eastern cuisine, thanks to the community’s ever-growing immigrant community, largely from Yemen. At this takeout and delivery spot, diners can find Yemeni-style breakfast sandwiches and Egyptian rice-based comfort foods, in addition to more common items like shawarma and shish tawook.

3470 Holbrook Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

5. Le detroit macaron

2756 Evaline St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

With its colorful macarons and equally colorful personality, Le Detroit Macaron puts playful twists on the classic French treats, with creative flavors from cinnamon toast crunch to Samoas (a take on the popular Girls Scout cookie). Equally as popular here is the cinnamon roll, created using the owner’s mom’s recipe. In the past, customers lined up down the street when the cinnamon roll hit the menu as a special.

2756 Evaline St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

6. New Palace Bakery

9833 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

People from across the region gather in Hamtramck annually on Fat Tuesday to indulge a dozen or more paczki — a type of Polish doughnut. Several bakeries specialize in these filled and fried treats, including New Palace Bakery, which introduces new flavors into its filling rotation annually. While it doesn’t attract the same intimidating lines the rest of the year, New Palace is still worth a visit for its flaky strudels, babka, tarts, and other sweet pastries.

9833 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

7. Polonia Restaurant

2934 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Hamtramck mainstay Polonia serves all the Polish favorites in a kitschy atmosphere filled with decorative plates and folk art. Start with a tart cup of dill pickle soup before moving on to comforting plates of pierogi, fried potato pancakes, and a Midwestern staple — city chicken. The restaurant features a full bar.

2934 Yemans St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

8. Whiskey In the Jar

2741 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Whiskey in the Jar may have craft beers and a Detroit City FC banner, but it maintains a quintessential Hamtramck dive bar feel with a pool table, plenty of mirrored beer signs, and old-school movies playing on the television.

2741 Yemans St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

9. Dos Locos Tacos

10337 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Dos Locos Tacos is the latest restaurant to take over the iconic counters at the old Campau Tower. The restaurant serves up a simple lineup of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and fresh-to-order guacamole. Customers can count on vegetarian and halal-friendly options.

10337 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

10. Balkan House

3028 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
A close up of a döner sandwich with veggies and meat stuffed in a pocket of soft white bread and drenched with creamy white sauce. Brenna Houck

This casual restaurant offers homestyle Eastern European fare in the lower half of a two-flat on Caniff. Customers can count on Bosnian dishes like ćevapi and cream cheese-stuffed hamburgers, as well as trays of Turkish coffee and the restaurant’s most talked-about dish — döner kebab. Thin-sliced gyro meat, crisp lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion stuffed inside soft on the inside, crispy on the outside lepinja flatbread with sauce drizzled over the top. The menu is halal.

3028 Caniff St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

11. Fat Salmon Sushi

11411 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

This casual sushi spot serves a variety of affordable rolls and nigiri as well as teriyaki chicken meals and Ramune Japanese sodas. Fans of Korean bibimbap will also find the dish well represented at Fat Salmon.

11411 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

12. Remas Restaurant

11444 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Remas replaced the old Clock diner in 2017, bringing another wonderful Middle Eastern dining option to Hamtramck. The restaurant serves many Yemeni dishes in a sleek, efficient space. The fasolia (white beans) and saltah (a popular Yemeni stew) are excellent. There’s also no going wrong with the haneeth — slow-roasted chicken or lamb.

11444 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

13. Ali's Pizza

11608 Conant St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

This certified halal Bangladeshi-American restaurant is home to the chicken 65 “burger,” a top-notch fusion sandwich that landed on Eater Detroit’s list of crispy fried chicken sandwiches last year. The burger is inspired by the spicy bright red chicken dish widely served at Bangladeshi restaurants. Ali’s marinates its bird in spices before dredging and frying and then topping the crispy chicken with more spicy sauce and sauteed veggies. Other dishes worth checking out are the equally creative pizzas, such as the chicken shawarma or nacho supreme. Call in orders for carryout or order on the Slice app.

11608 Conant St
Hamtramck, MI 48212

14. Amar Pizza

12195 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

With so many cultures communing in one city, the lines between cuisines sometimes blur in wonderfully American ways. Amar Pizza is a product of this crossover with pizzas and hot dogs featuring Bangladeshi flavors. Try options like the dry fish with shrimp, garlic, onions, cilantro, and fish paste sauce or the famous (and very spicy) ghost pepper pizza in the form of a round pie or a Detroit-style square.

12195 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

15. Reshmi Sweets & Cafe

12170 Conant St, Detroit, MI 48212

This homey restaurant boasts many Bangladeshi staples, such as aloo chop, chicken korma, and fish curry, which is available in several styles such as rupchanda, also known as Chinese silvery pomfret fish. Finish off the meal with an order of pistachio and cardamom-flecked barfi and malai curry sweets, two milk and sugar-based desserts. Order online or call for takeout. Currently not open for indoor dining.

12170 Conant St
Detroit, MI 48212

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