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A burger at Honest John’s.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

18 Vital Late-Night Restaurants in Metro Detroit to Know

For those urgent after-hours cravings

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A burger at Honest John’s.
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

Most restaurant kitchens close up around 11 p.m. in Detroit leaving night owls and folks just getting off work without a lot of options for food. For a long time coney islands and their chili-slathered hot dogs were really some of the only meals available after-hours. However, lately local restaurants have started shifting towards better midnight snacks.

In this guide, find restaurants with kitchens that stay open until midnight or later (though, not necessarily seven days a week). Walk, Lyft, or ride to one of these 18 late-night dining spots and prepare to fill up on everything from chilaquiles to doughnuts to fried chicken.

Did we miss your favorite late-night snack? Drop a note in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Telway Hamburgers

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6820 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210
(313) 843-2146

Slider staple Telway can be had 24/7 at its locations on Michigan Avenue in Detroit and John R Road in Madison Heights. For around $3.50 hungry Detroiters can throw down four of these greasy little burger bombs. That’s good news, especially if you just dropped a small fortune at the casino or club. Don’t forget to bring cash.

2. Taqueria El Nacimiento

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7400 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 554-1790
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Open 'til 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday (Sunday through Thursday until midnight), Nacimiento serves plenty of hangover-busting plates including chimichangas, burritos, and bowls of menudo.

3. Duly's Place

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5458 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 554-3076

West Vernor’s Detroit's reigning coney island Duly's Place is an enduring neighborhood favorite that operates 24/7. Drop in for a coney and a cup of diner coffee or stuff yourself with breakfast for dinner. Lucky customers get treated to impromptu, late-night mandolin performances.

4. Armando's Mexican Cuisine

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4242 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 554-0666
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Southwest Detroit’s go-to for a late-night dinner run is Armando's. This spot keeps customers in tacos and botana until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 2 a.m. on Sundays and Thursdays; and midnight the rest of the week.

5. Lafayette Coney Island

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118 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-8198

Lafayette is a classic coney island diner that’s beloved for its no muss, no fuss ambiance. Walk by the window on any given day and see dozens of hot dogs sizzling on the flat top grills. It's open all-day long, seven days a week with coneys and chili fries.

6. American Coney Island

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114 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-7758
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Coney islands are that anytime of day spot that Detroiters count on for a cheap meal. American Coney Island is open 24/7 nearly every day of the year with chili-slathered hot dogs and fries to satisfy late-night hunger pangs.

7. Checker Bar

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124 Cadillac Square
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-9249
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The Checker Bar is a popular downtown destination at anytime of day, but it’s particularly favored for its late-night hours. The kitchen stays open until 2 a.m. daily serving favorites like the Blues burger with blue cheese, pepper bacon, and barbecue sauce.

8. Sweetwater Tavern

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400 E Congress St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-2210
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This Bricktown staple has some of the best wings around and conveniently keeps the kitchen open until 2 a.m. daily. The wings here are a house recipe that’s marinated overnight, covered in spices, and fried to finger lickin’ perfection. Customer’s can also look out for other classic bar food like barbecued rib tips, reuben sandwiches, and burgers.

9. The Standby

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225 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 736-5533
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Belt Alley bar and restaurant Standby serves a regular menu throughout the evening until midnight with options like dry-aged New York strip and cheeseburgers. After that, the menu is paired down late-night “snacks” until 2 a.m. Count on options like short rib tacos, duck confit gyoza, and charcuterie plates.

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10. Penny Red's

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1445 Farmer St
Detroit, MI 48226

This fancy fried chicken stand inside the Shinola Hotel stays open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for bar patrons. Order a bucket of chicken or a fried chicken sandwich and customize it with the restaurant’s special sauces.

11. Second Best

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42 Watson St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 315-3077
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This Brush Park bar slings hot dogs — two for $5 — from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly. It’s a good way to take the edge off after a long night of drinking.

12. Honest John's Bar & Grill

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488 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-5646
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Popular for its brunch scene, this Cass Corridor spot is also a favorite amongst late-night crowds. Honest John’s kitchen stays open until 2 a.m. serving everything from cereal-crusted french toast to patty melts to nachos.

13. Bronx Bar

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4476 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-8464

Round off a long night of bar crawling in Cass Corridor at this corner bar. The Bronx is known for a no-frills beers and well cocktails along with its menu, available late into the night with some of the best burgers in town.

14. Dos Locos Tacos

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10337 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 872-6838
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Located inside the former Campau Tower diner, Dos Locos Tacos is slinging halal and vegetarian-friendly tacos for bar crowds in Hamtramck. Drop in until midnight Tuesday through Thursday and 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for a snack.

15. Dutch Girl Donuts

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19000 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 368-3020

For odd-hour weeknight hunger pangs, Dutch Girl is open 24 hours (closed Sunday). Indulge in a few of the fresh glazed and fried treats. Even better: Dutch Girl has joined the age of plastic and now accepts cards for larger purchases.

16. Imperial

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22828 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 850-8060
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Ferndale’s hub for tacos and bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dogs wisely keeps a late-night menu on tap for busy bar nights. On Fridays and Saturdays, diners can fill up on nachos, bacon and egg hot dogs, and Mexican-style arancini with chipotle aioli and poblano-lime cream until 2 a.m.

17. O.W.L.

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27302 Woodward Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 808-6244
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Mexican-American diner O.W.L. offers an eclectic menu that’s conveniently available 24 hours a day (with the exception of Sunday and Monday). Fill up on chilaquiles, fried chicken sandwiches, and breakfast patty melts on cemita rolls at any time of day.

18. 168 KTV

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32415 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 616-0168
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This karaoke bar offshoot of 168 Asian Mart in Madison Heights specializes in Chinese dishes. The kitchen stays open late for crooners in need of numbing Szechuan dishes like spicy shrimp and cumin beef to balance out the alcoholic beverages.

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1. Telway Hamburgers

6820 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

Slider staple Telway can be had 24/7 at its locations on Michigan Avenue in Detroit and John R Road in Madison Heights. For around $3.50 hungry Detroiters can throw down four of these greasy little burger bombs. That’s good news, especially if you just dropped a small fortune at the casino or club. Don’t forget to bring cash.

6820 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48210

2. Taqueria El Nacimiento

7400 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

Open 'til 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday (Sunday through Thursday until midnight), Nacimiento serves plenty of hangover-busting plates including chimichangas, burritos, and bowls of menudo.

7400 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

3. Duly's Place

5458 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

West Vernor’s Detroit's reigning coney island Duly's Place is an enduring neighborhood favorite that operates 24/7. Drop in for a coney and a cup of diner coffee or stuff yourself with breakfast for dinner. Lucky customers get treated to impromptu, late-night mandolin performances.

5458 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

4. Armando's Mexican Cuisine

4242 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209

Southwest Detroit’s go-to for a late-night dinner run is Armando's. This spot keeps customers in tacos and botana until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 2 a.m. on Sundays and Thursdays; and midnight the rest of the week.

4242 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

5. Lafayette Coney Island

118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Lafayette is a classic coney island diner that’s beloved for its no muss, no fuss ambiance. Walk by the window on any given day and see dozens of hot dogs sizzling on the flat top grills. It's open all-day long, seven days a week with coneys and chili fries.

118 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

6. American Coney Island

114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Coney islands are that anytime of day spot that Detroiters count on for a cheap meal. American Coney Island is open 24/7 nearly every day of the year with chili-slathered hot dogs and fries to satisfy late-night hunger pangs.

114 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Checker Bar

124 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226

The Checker Bar is a popular downtown destination at anytime of day, but it’s particularly favored for its late-night hours. The kitchen stays open until 2 a.m. daily serving favorites like the Blues burger with blue cheese, pepper bacon, and barbecue sauce.

124 Cadillac Square
Detroit, MI 48226

8. Sweetwater Tavern

400 E Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226

This Bricktown staple has some of the best wings around and conveniently keeps the kitchen open until 2 a.m. daily. The wings here are a house recipe that’s marinated overnight, covered in spices, and fried to finger lickin’ perfection. Customer’s can also look out for other classic bar food like barbecued rib tips, reuben sandwiches, and burgers.

400 E Congress St
Detroit, MI 48226

9. The Standby

225 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
Standby [Courtesy photo]

Belt Alley bar and restaurant Standby serves a regular menu throughout the evening until midnight with options like dry-aged New York strip and cheeseburgers. After that, the menu is paired down late-night “snacks” until 2 a.m. Count on options like short rib tacos, duck confit gyoza, and charcuterie plates.

225 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

10. Penny Red's

1445 Farmer St, Detroit, MI 48226

This fancy fried chicken stand inside the Shinola Hotel stays open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for bar patrons. Order a bucket of chicken or a fried chicken sandwich and customize it with the restaurant’s special sauces.

1445 Farmer St
Detroit, MI 48226

11. Second Best

42 Watson St, Detroit, MI 48201

This Brush Park bar slings hot dogs — two for $5 — from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly. It’s a good way to take the edge off after a long night of drinking.

42 Watson St
Detroit, MI 48201

12. Honest John's Bar & Grill

488 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201

Popular for its brunch scene, this Cass Corridor spot is also a favorite amongst late-night crowds. Honest John’s kitchen stays open until 2 a.m. serving everything from cereal-crusted french toast to patty melts to nachos.

488 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201

13. Bronx Bar

4476 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Round off a long night of bar crawling in Cass Corridor at this corner bar. The Bronx is known for a no-frills beers and well cocktails along with its menu, available late into the night with some of the best burgers in town.

4476 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

14. Dos Locos Tacos

10337 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Located inside the former Campau Tower diner, Dos Locos Tacos is slinging halal and vegetarian-friendly tacos for bar crowds in Hamtramck. Drop in until midnight Tuesday through Thursday and 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for a snack.

10337 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212

15. Dutch Girl Donuts

19000 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203

For odd-hour weeknight hunger pangs, Dutch Girl is open 24 hours (closed Sunday). Indulge in a few of the fresh glazed and fried treats. Even better: Dutch Girl has joined the age of plastic and now accepts cards for larger purchases.

19000 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48203

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16. Imperial

22828 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220

Ferndale’s hub for tacos and bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dogs wisely keeps a late-night menu on tap for busy bar nights. On Fridays and Saturdays, diners can fill up on nachos, bacon and egg hot dogs, and Mexican-style arancini with chipotle aioli and poblano-lime cream until 2 a.m.

22828 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220

17. O.W.L.

27302 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Mexican-American diner O.W.L. offers an eclectic menu that’s conveniently available 24 hours a day (with the exception of Sunday and Monday). Fill up on chilaquiles, fried chicken sandwiches, and breakfast patty melts on cemita rolls at any time of day.

27302 Woodward Ave
Royal Oak, MI 48067

18. 168 KTV

32415 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071
168 KTV [Official photo]

This karaoke bar offshoot of 168 Asian Mart in Madison Heights specializes in Chinese dishes. The kitchen stays open late for crooners in need of numbing Szechuan dishes like spicy shrimp and cumin beef to balance out the alcoholic beverages.

32415 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

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