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A cinnamon roll dripping with white icing on a plate next to a cup of coffee in the dimly lit dining room at Karl’s.
A cinnamon roll from Karl’s.
Michelle Gerard

8 Metro Detroit Brunches to Try Right Now, Winter 2020

Soft cinnamon rolls, spicy michelada bars, brioche bread pudding, and more reasons to wake up this weekend

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A cinnamon roll from Karl’s.
| Michelle Gerard

Ready to break out of that standard brunch routine? Behold the Detroit brunch heatmap, a roadmap to exploring the most exciting new brunches in town. Whether it’s a new restaurant or an old favorite with a fresh service, this guide updates regularly to highlight spots where the crowds are flocking to at the moment.

In this most recent update find a mixture of casual spots and upscale eateries serving excellent midday meals from the huevos rancheros at Peso Bar to the cheese-stuffed German breakfast roll at Karl’s. Hours are included, but it's always recommended that customers check social media or make a call for the most up-to-the-minute menus and hours.

Did we miss your favorite new brunch spot? Let us know in the comments or at the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Peso Bar

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2547 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 974-6197
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Hubbard-Richard neighborhood Mexican restaurant Peso is now serving Sunday brunch complete with refreshing hibiscus mimosas and a michelada bar. Pair the cocktails with options like pozole, chorizo hash, and huevos rancheros.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday

2. UFO Factory

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2110 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

After a long hiatus, UFO Factory’s in-house kitchen Laika Dog is reviving weekend brunch. The new menu is a little more grown up than before featuring not only waffle dogs, but also options like vegan hangover fried rice, bloody mary grilled cheeses, tuna tartines, and fluffy corn cakes. Pair the meal with cocktails like the ‘Lizarita with tequila, Aperol, lime, and orange juice.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

3. Ochre Bakery

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4884 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48208

Customers won’t find any brunch cocktails at this Core City cafe, but they can count on plenty of hot coffee and pastries. Ochre Bakery’s menu changes regularly with stellar salads, fluffy egg breakfast sandwiches, and colorful dips served with an ample supply of fresh bread and a flavorful seasoned salt mix.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (Kitchen closes at 3 p.m.)

4. Smith & Co.

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644 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 974-7100
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Cass Corridor’s sprawling new beer hall and restaurant serves Sunday brunch with options like corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, and chorizo omelets. Pair the meal with a build-your-own bloody mary or mimosa from the bar.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday

5. Frita Batidos Detroit

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66 W Columbia St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 725-4100
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Frita Batidos is now putting eggs on breakfast sandwiches in addition to burgers. The restaurant debuted a brunch menu in February with enticing options like brioche bread pudding with apricot ginger jam, black bean omelettes, and ham, bacon, and cheese-topped egg sandwiches. Diners can pair their meal with coffee and mimosas served by-the-glass or bottomless for $25.

6. Karl’s

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1509 Broadway St
Detroit, MI 48226

This retro diner and bar inside the Siren Hotel serves up breakfast late into the afternoon seven days a week. Sip boozy milkshakes and boilermakers while filling up on fluffy pancakes, cheese-filled German breakfast rolls, and Maurice salad.

Hours: Breakfast is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily

7. Anthology Coffee

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1948 Division St
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 355-4040
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For a low-key brunch that really does right by its coffee, head over to Anthology in Eastern Market. The cafe and roastery is now serving gluten-free waffles on Sundays with toppings like berry compote. There’s even a savory hash brown waffle. While the shop doesn’t serve booze, there is a non-alcoholic coffee tonic and other special .

Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday

8. Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails

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9215 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 332-0607
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East Village restaurant Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails introduced a new brunch service in February with dishes like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, french toast, and smoked salmon crostini on the menu. As the name implies, the restaurant also offers a full fleet of cocktails.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

1. Peso Bar

2547 Bagley St, Detroit, MI 48216

Hubbard-Richard neighborhood Mexican restaurant Peso is now serving Sunday brunch complete with refreshing hibiscus mimosas and a michelada bar. Pair the cocktails with options like pozole, chorizo hash, and huevos rancheros.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday

2547 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216

2. UFO Factory

2110 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

After a long hiatus, UFO Factory’s in-house kitchen Laika Dog is reviving weekend brunch. The new menu is a little more grown up than before featuring not only waffle dogs, but also options like vegan hangover fried rice, bloody mary grilled cheeses, tuna tartines, and fluffy corn cakes. Pair the meal with cocktails like the ‘Lizarita with tequila, Aperol, lime, and orange juice.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

2110 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

3. Ochre Bakery

4884 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48208

Customers won’t find any brunch cocktails at this Core City cafe, but they can count on plenty of hot coffee and pastries. Ochre Bakery’s menu changes regularly with stellar salads, fluffy egg breakfast sandwiches, and colorful dips served with an ample supply of fresh bread and a flavorful seasoned salt mix.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (Kitchen closes at 3 p.m.)

4884 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48208

4. Smith & Co.

644 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201

Cass Corridor’s sprawling new beer hall and restaurant serves Sunday brunch with options like corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, and chorizo omelets. Pair the meal with a build-your-own bloody mary or mimosa from the bar.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday

644 Selden St
Detroit, MI 48201

5. Frita Batidos Detroit

66 W Columbia St, Detroit, MI 48201

Frita Batidos is now putting eggs on breakfast sandwiches in addition to burgers. The restaurant debuted a brunch menu in February with enticing options like brioche bread pudding with apricot ginger jam, black bean omelettes, and ham, bacon, and cheese-topped egg sandwiches. Diners can pair their meal with coffee and mimosas served by-the-glass or bottomless for $25.

66 W Columbia St
Detroit, MI 48201

6. Karl’s

1509 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

This retro diner and bar inside the Siren Hotel serves up breakfast late into the afternoon seven days a week. Sip boozy milkshakes and boilermakers while filling up on fluffy pancakes, cheese-filled German breakfast rolls, and Maurice salad.

Hours: Breakfast is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily

1509 Broadway St
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Anthology Coffee

1948 Division St, Detroit, MI 48207

For a low-key brunch that really does right by its coffee, head over to Anthology in Eastern Market. The cafe and roastery is now serving gluten-free waffles on Sundays with toppings like berry compote. There’s even a savory hash brown waffle. While the shop doesn’t serve booze, there is a non-alcoholic coffee tonic and other special .

Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday

1948 Division St
Detroit, MI 48207

8. Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails

9215 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214

East Village restaurant Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails introduced a new brunch service in February with dishes like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, french toast, and smoked salmon crostini on the menu. As the name implies, the restaurant also offers a full fleet of cocktails.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

9215 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214

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