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Detroit-style pizza at Loui’s Pizza in Hazel Park.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Where to Eat and Drink in Hazel Park

From late-night eats at dive bars to finer dining at award-winning restaurants

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Detroit-style pizza at Loui’s Pizza in Hazel Park.
| Photo by Michelle and Chris Gerard

For a long time, the inner-ring, blue-collar suburb Hazel Park was known for not much else other than being the home of a race track and a handful of old-school restaurants. But in recent years, new restaurants and bars have moved in, spurring even more development and attracting visitors who may never have given the city east of Ferndale a second thought. Now Hazel Park is hot, but don’t call it a comeback — it’s been here for years. From the best Detroit-style pizza around to Thai food and burgers, here are eight great places to try in Hazel Park.

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1. Pi's Thai Cuisine

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24940 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 545-4070
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This family-run restaurant features some of the freshest and tastiest Thai food around with friendly service. Aside from the usual takeout suspects such as pad thai and drunken noodles, there are options like deep-fried catfish in spicy red chili sauce. Spice lovers, beware: When they say extra hot, they mean EXTRA HOT. As in Pi’s comes with a warning label: “Pi’s Thai will not be held responsible for dishes ordered too spicy.”

2. Kozy Lounge

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150 E 10 Mile Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 547-5017
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This family-owned neighborhood bar has been satisfying late-night munchies for more than 50 years. Kozy Lounge serves up big, juicy burgers and sandwiches like the One Night Stan (rib-eye, green pepper, mushroom, onion, Swiss cheese, and two fried eggs on a bun) that are perfect for those after midnight cravings. Work off the late-night snack by playing darts, pool, or shuffleboard and don’t miss the award-winning Kat Burger with jalapeños, bacon, Swiss cheese, and a touch of honey to balance the spice.

3. Doug's Delight

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1108, 24110 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

Chef James Rigato and pastry chef Kristina Conger teamed up to revive this John R. Road snack shack. The seasonal neighborhood hangout serves fun, lowbrow foods with subtle upgrades. Think: hot dogs with housemade kimchi or sauerkraut and Guernsey ice cream smashed between fresh cookies and cream puffs.

4. Latido

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23839 John R Rd #1
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 291-5711
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Latin American restaurant Latido filled the Joebar space last winter, trading dipped sandwiches for picadillo beef empanadas and tuna ceviche. Round out the meal with dulce de leche pudding or a strawberries and cream flan. The restaurant features a whole complement of cocktails with an emphasis on South and Central American spirits.

5. Frame

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23839 John R Rd #2
Hazel Park, MI 48030

This restaurant within a restaurant plays host to visiting chefs for pop-ups and longer residencies. Customers enter through a hidden door inside Latido into the the small, relatively raw space filled with communal seating. Diners can get a full view of the cooking and plating in the open kitchen before their meals hit the table. Keep track of ticket releases on social media and at the Frame website.

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6. Mabel Gray

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23825 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 398-4300
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Chef James Rigato hasn’t been shy about his affection for Hazel Park, where he opened this Michigan-focused, new American restaurant in 2015. The food at this Midwest 38 member is expertly executed, highlighting locally grown and seasonal ingredients, but it’s far from stuffy. Feast on dishes such as baked oysters, ahi tuna crudo, and clams in green curry while sipping on perfectly paired wines and listening to Tupac. Reserve a seat in advance for larger groups or try for a seat at the bar, which is always open to walk-ins.

7. Loui's Pizza

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23141 Dequindre Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 547-1711
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Not much seems to have changed at this Hazel Park staple, and that’s okay because why mess with a classic? This Detroit-style square pizza is hearty (diners might require that knife and fork) with a perfectly charred yet buttery crust, melted cheese, and robust sauce. Pair it with a bottle of Chianti (customers can sign and hang the finished bottles) and some antipasto salad for the quintessential Loui’s experience.

8. Brayz Hamburger

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22941 Dequindre Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 542-8878

After a night out on the town — or perhaps to start off your day — 24/7 burger shack Brayz hits the spot. Aside from old-school sliders, there’s also the Belly Buster burger with Thousand Island dressing and interesting shake flavors such as pineapple. Make sure to bring cash.

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1. Pi's Thai Cuisine

24940 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

This family-run restaurant features some of the freshest and tastiest Thai food around with friendly service. Aside from the usual takeout suspects such as pad thai and drunken noodles, there are options like deep-fried catfish in spicy red chili sauce. Spice lovers, beware: When they say extra hot, they mean EXTRA HOT. As in Pi’s comes with a warning label: “Pi’s Thai will not be held responsible for dishes ordered too spicy.”

24940 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

2. Kozy Lounge

150 E 10 Mile Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

This family-owned neighborhood bar has been satisfying late-night munchies for more than 50 years. Kozy Lounge serves up big, juicy burgers and sandwiches like the One Night Stan (rib-eye, green pepper, mushroom, onion, Swiss cheese, and two fried eggs on a bun) that are perfect for those after midnight cravings. Work off the late-night snack by playing darts, pool, or shuffleboard and don’t miss the award-winning Kat Burger with jalapeños, bacon, Swiss cheese, and a touch of honey to balance the spice.

150 E 10 Mile Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

3. Doug's Delight

1108, 24110 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

Chef James Rigato and pastry chef Kristina Conger teamed up to revive this John R. Road snack shack. The seasonal neighborhood hangout serves fun, lowbrow foods with subtle upgrades. Think: hot dogs with housemade kimchi or sauerkraut and Guernsey ice cream smashed between fresh cookies and cream puffs.

1108, 24110 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

4. Latido

23839 John R Rd #1, Hazel Park, MI 48030

Latin American restaurant Latido filled the Joebar space last winter, trading dipped sandwiches for picadillo beef empanadas and tuna ceviche. Round out the meal with dulce de leche pudding or a strawberries and cream flan. The restaurant features a whole complement of cocktails with an emphasis on South and Central American spirits.

23839 John R Rd #1
Hazel Park, MI 48030

5. Frame

23839 John R Rd #2, Hazel Park, MI 48030
Frame Joe Vaughn/Facebook

This restaurant within a restaurant plays host to visiting chefs for pop-ups and longer residencies. Customers enter through a hidden door inside Latido into the the small, relatively raw space filled with communal seating. Diners can get a full view of the cooking and plating in the open kitchen before their meals hit the table. Keep track of ticket releases on social media and at the Frame website.

23839 John R Rd #2
Hazel Park, MI 48030

6. Mabel Gray

23825 John R Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

Chef James Rigato hasn’t been shy about his affection for Hazel Park, where he opened this Michigan-focused, new American restaurant in 2015. The food at this Midwest 38 member is expertly executed, highlighting locally grown and seasonal ingredients, but it’s far from stuffy. Feast on dishes such as baked oysters, ahi tuna crudo, and clams in green curry while sipping on perfectly paired wines and listening to Tupac. Reserve a seat in advance for larger groups or try for a seat at the bar, which is always open to walk-ins.

23825 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

7. Loui's Pizza

23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

Not much seems to have changed at this Hazel Park staple, and that’s okay because why mess with a classic? This Detroit-style square pizza is hearty (diners might require that knife and fork) with a perfectly charred yet buttery crust, melted cheese, and robust sauce. Pair it with a bottle of Chianti (customers can sign and hang the finished bottles) and some antipasto salad for the quintessential Loui’s experience.

23141 Dequindre Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

8. Brayz Hamburger

22941 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030

After a night out on the town — or perhaps to start off your day — 24/7 burger shack Brayz hits the spot. Aside from old-school sliders, there’s also the Belly Buster burger with Thousand Island dressing and interesting shake flavors such as pineapple. Make sure to bring cash.

22941 Dequindre Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030

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