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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.

Peso Bar

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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

UFO Factory

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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

Ochre Bakery

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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.)

Smith & Co.

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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

Frita Batidos Detroit

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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.

Karl’s

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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

Anthology Coffee

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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

Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails

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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

Peso Bar

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

UFO Factory

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

Ochre Bakery

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.)

Smith & Co.

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

Frita Batidos Detroit

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.

Karl’s

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

Anthology Coffee

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

Ivy Kitchen and Cocktails

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

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