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Michelle and Chris Gerard

17 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, many local restaurants offer breakfasts anytime, flavorful plates of tacos, sliders, wings, and other midnight snacks.

No thanks to the havoc that the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath wreaked on the restaurant industry, many restaurants have tightened up their operating hours. We’ve fact-checked this guide to ensure an accurate representation of spots to walk, Lyft, or ride to for late-night dining.

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Telway Hamburgers

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Slider staple Telway can be had 24/7 at its location at John R Road in Madison Heights and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Michigan Avenue in Detroit. Detroiters can throw down four of these greasy little burger bombs for not a lot of money. That’s good news, especially if you just dropped a small fortune at the casino or club. Don’t forget to bring cash.

Taqueria El Nacimiento

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Open 'til 11 p.m. on weeknights and 11:30 pm. on weekends, Nacimiento serves plenty of hangover-busting plates including chimichangas, burritos, and bowls of menudo.

Duly's Place

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West Vernor’s Detroit's reigning coney island Duly's Place is an enduring neighborhood favorite that operates 24/7 (except for Mondays). 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. Don’t forget to bring cash.

Armando's Mexican Cuisine

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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 10 p.m. nightly. On Fridays and Saturdays, takeout options are available until midnight.

Lafayette Coney Island

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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 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily with coneys and chili fries.

American Coney Island

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Coney islands are that anytime of day spot that Detroiters count on for a cheap meal. American Coney Island used to be open 24/7 nearly every day of the year with chili-slathered hot dogs and fries to satisfy late-night hunger pangs. These days, the coney closes at 7 p.m. most nights but you can still grab a late-night snack as the place closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Checker Bar

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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 1 a.m. daily serving favorites like the Blues burger with blue cheese, pepper bacon, and barbecue sauce.

Sweetwater Tavern

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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.

The Standby

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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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Penny Red's

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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.

Second Best

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This Brush Park bar slings hot dogs — two for $5 — from 11 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s a good way to take the edge off after a long night of drinking.

Honest John's Bar & Grill

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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.

Bronx Bar

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Round off a long night of bar crawling in Cass Corridor at this corner bar. The Bronx stays open until 2 a.m. daily and 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.

Dos Locos Tacos

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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 Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for a snack.

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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 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Mexican-American diner O.W.L. offers an eclectic menu that’s conveniently available 24 hours a day (with the exception of Sundays, which is open until 11 p.m.). Fill up on chilaquiles, fried chicken sandwiches, and breakfast patty melts on cemita rolls at any time of day.

168 KTV

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

168 KTV [Official photo]

Telway Hamburgers

Slider staple Telway can be had 24/7 at its location at John R Road in Madison Heights and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Michigan Avenue in Detroit. Detroiters can throw down four of these greasy little burger bombs for not a lot of money. That’s good news, especially if you just dropped a small fortune at the casino or club. Don’t forget to bring cash.

Taqueria El Nacimiento

Open 'til 11 p.m. on weeknights and 11:30 pm. on weekends, Nacimiento serves plenty of hangover-busting plates including chimichangas, burritos, and bowls of menudo.

Duly's Place

West Vernor’s Detroit's reigning coney island Duly's Place is an enduring neighborhood favorite that operates 24/7 (except for Mondays). 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. Don’t forget to bring cash.

Armando's Mexican Cuisine

Southwest Detroit’s go-to for a late-night dinner run is Armando's. This spot keeps customers in tacos and botana until 10 p.m. nightly. On Fridays and Saturdays, takeout options are available until midnight.

Lafayette Coney Island

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 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily with coneys and chili fries.

American Coney Island

Coney islands are that anytime of day spot that Detroiters count on for a cheap meal. American Coney Island used to be open 24/7 nearly every day of the year with chili-slathered hot dogs and fries to satisfy late-night hunger pangs. These days, the coney closes at 7 p.m. most nights but you can still grab a late-night snack as the place closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Checker Bar

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 1 a.m. daily serving favorites like the Blues burger with blue cheese, pepper bacon, and barbecue sauce.

Sweetwater Tavern

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.

The Standby

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.

Standby [Courtesy photo]

Penny Red's

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.

Second Best

This Brush Park bar slings hot dogs — two for $5 — from 11 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s a good way to take the edge off after a long night of drinking.

Honest John's Bar & Grill

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.

Bronx Bar

Round off a long night of bar crawling in Cass Corridor at this corner bar. The Bronx stays open until 2 a.m. daily and 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.

Dos Locos Tacos

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 Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for a snack.

Imperial

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 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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O.W.L.

Mexican-American diner O.W.L. offers an eclectic menu that’s conveniently available 24 hours a day (with the exception of Sundays, which is open until 11 p.m.). Fill up on chilaquiles, fried chicken sandwiches, and breakfast patty melts on cemita rolls at any time of day.

168 KTV

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

168 KTV [Official photo]

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