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A lamb tagine with pita chips at Saffron De Twah.
A lamb tagine with za'atar pita chips at Saffron De Twah.
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The 38 Essential Restaurants in Detroit

Where to find outstanding Detroit-style pizza, cheeseburger pierogi, and Lebanese food

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A lamb tagine with za'atar pita chips at Saffron De Twah.
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Before the pandemic, the Eater 38 was an attempt to answer the question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” It was a curated list covering metro Detroit, spanning myriad cuisines and price points. While the premise behind the list remains intact, the ongoing health crisis has shifted priorities for restaurants now tackling the extraordinary service and financial challenges created by the health crisis. In the last year, restaurants have established in-house delivery services, installed takeout windows, and expanded into online ordering.

With these factors in mind, we’ve updated the Eater 38 to include longtime Detroit staples, restaurants with loyal followings, and those creatively stepping up to the challenges of serving during a health crisis. Some restaurants have been added to reflect the changes the pandemic has created. Removal from the Eater 38 does not mean a restaurant isn’t still great and won’t return, but allows for new entries, keeping the 38 a fresh, inclusive, and representative list.

Above all, no matter how normal it may feel to go out and eat again, dining right now is still not the same. This is a tough time for the restaurant industry and its staff, too, so please, if you choose to go out to grab a bite, be kind, be patient and remember to tip well.

Not satisfied with the list we’ve assembled? Make your case for your favorite restaurant in the comments on Twitter, Facebook, or by emailing us at detroit@eater.com.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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1. El Asador Steakhouse

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1312 Springwells St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 297-2360
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This southwest Detroit gem is a great spot to splurge on a steak flavored with poblano pepper or savor a plate of grilled fish tacos. Reservations are a must for indoor dining or for seating — parties of four or more — in one of the all-season, enclosed outdoor luminaria. Trays to go are perfect for large parties.

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The steak at El Asador is flavored with poblano pepper
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2. Detroit 75 Kitchen

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4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 843-3215
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It’s almost impossible to go astray with this food truck’s menu, but it’s always wise to order the 3rd Street Philly with a side of cilantro fries. Sautéed bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, banana peppers, chopped steak, and provolone are layered between two fresh slices of sesame seed-topped bread and pressed. It’s crispy, spicy, and saucy in all the right ways. The chicken tenders here are also a worthy comfort food.

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Reservations are a must for indoor dining or for seating in one of the luminaria at the restaurant
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3. Duly's Place

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5458 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 554-3076
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For a late-night taste of Detroit’s famous coney dog — a chili dog with mustard and onions on a steamed bun — there’s no better place to indulge than Duly’s Place. It’s open 24-7 for dogs with a satisfying snap or a wallet-friendly breakfast of bacon, eggs, and pancakes. After 11 p.m., it’s carryout only for now. With more than 90 years under its belt, the diner is still a go-to spot for coney island classics with consistency and an ambience worthy of an essential greasy spoon. Be prepared: Duly’s takes cash only, so hit up an ATM on the way.

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Duly’s is open 24-7 for coney dogs
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4. Tamaleria Nuevo Leon

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2669 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-8066
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Carryout-only fave Tamaleria Nuevo Leon has been serving handmade tamales to Detroiters since the 1950s. The restaurant keeps the menu simple with fast, friendly service. Expect fillings like pork and chicken alongside rotating specials such as cheese-jalapeño tamales. Don’t forget to take cash and call in large orders ahead of time.

The brick exterior of the white and red Tamaleria Nuevo Leon restaurant.
Tamalera Nuevo Leon has been serving handmade tamales since the 1950s.
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5. Takoi

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2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 855-2864
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Thai-inspired Takoi has shareable offerings like crispy spare ribs, a sea scallops salad, a Thai fried chicken sandwich, and craft cocktails that are almost too pretty to drink. Takoi is a hot commodity, but there are a few options: dine-in, carryout, delivery, or eating on the patio.

2015 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 502-5959
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Chef Mike Ransom’s Eater Award-winning izakaya-influenced restaurants in Corktown, Midtown, and Madison Heights are known for their rich earthy broths swimming with udon noodles and karaage fried chicken or tofu sandwiches. At Corktown, there’s a heated tent and patio that’s ventilated.

Hands hold a karaage hot tofu sandwich over a basket filled with potato chips at Ima.
Ima serves a karaage hot tofu sandwich over a basket filled with potato chips.
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7. Folk

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1948, 1701 Trumbull Ave suite b
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 290-5849
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Bobbing and weaving to meet the changing needs of the neighborhood, Folk has become a go-to during the pandemic for everything from sausage rolls to rolls of toilet paper. The cafe and micro market has installed a walk-up window for safer, more convenient service and features an online shop for pre-ordering groceries, beer and wine, as well and a rotating menu of breakfast and lunch items. Limited outdoor seating is also available.

8. Batch Brewing Company

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1400 Porter St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 338-8008
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Batch Brewing Company’s New Orleans-influenced menu is available for curbside pickup as are its brews in bottles and cans. The brewery currently offers lots of outdoor seating under an open-air pavilion. Orders may be placed online.

Customers sit at distanced picnic tables inside a partially enclosed pole barn in the Batch Brewing Company parking lot. The picnic tables are on top of astro turf.
The brewery currently offers lots of outdoor seating under an open-air pavilion.
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9. Mudgie's Deli and Bar

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1413 Brooklyn St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-2000
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Mudgie’s Deli has stepped up to meet the needs of the Corktown neighborhood during the pandemic and bringing a little joy, too. In addition to offering great beer, wine, and reheatable comfort food meals to go, the deli continues to serve excellent sandwiches like the Beefy Bleu — a hoagie stuffed with hot and tender smoked beef brisket, pickled red onions, blue cheese, tangy balsamic vinaigrette, and fire-roasted tomatoes. 

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Mudgie’s Deli has room for outdoor dining
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10. Leila

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1245 Griswold St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 816-8100
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Father-and-son restaurateurs Sameer and Samy rolled out Leila as an homage to the matriarch of their Lebanese family. While their restaurant Forest offers Italian dining, Leila brings sophistication and a more modern feel to downtown Detroit. The focus here is on small plates (think grilled kibbeh, makanek (spicy lamb sausage) to be shared and paired with a Lebanese pilsner. Make a reservation for dinner Wednesday to Sunday evening.

A view of the interior at Leila looks over the lounge area toward the rectangular bar and an open kitchen at the back of the restaurant.
The elegant Leila makes its home in a historic spot in downtown Detroit.
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11. Mink Detroit

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1701 Trumbull
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 379-6465
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The driving focus at the tiny hotspot Mink is oysters, with a rotating menu of various varieties. Reservations are now being accepted for a four-course tasting menu ($65). In the third week of July, that included crab cholodnik, smoked watermelon, king prawn, clams and rice, grape-leaf wrapped halibut, and tahini ice cream.

A spread of oysters, steamed clams, squash, shrimp rolls, and other items at Mink.
A spread of oysters, steamed clams, squash, shrimp rolls, and other items at Mink.
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12. Pietrzyk Pierogi

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1429 Gratiot Ave Suite 109
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 614-9393
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Owner Erica Pietrzyk is known for her non-traditional takes on Polish dumplings like the Holiday Special, a pierogi packed with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and green beans. It’s those kinds of fun flavors that turned Pietrzyk Pierogi into a hit pop-up restaurant and now a food stall inside Gratiot Central Market. Early in the pandemic, Pietrzyk jumped to action and transitioned her business to curbside service and in-house delivery with an online shop, where customers can order packages of pierogi, meal kits with Polish staples, and even pay-it-forward meals to help people in need.

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Erica Pietrzyk is known for her non-traditional takes on Polish dumplings like the Holiday Special, a pierogi packed with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and green beans
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13. Louisiana Creole Gumbo

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2051 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-1200
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Gumbo is the main event at this 50-year-old Eastern Market carryout restaurant and it’s served with loads of shrimp, sausage, and vegetables. The eponymous dish is offered alongside bayou favorites red beans and rice, jambalaya, and shrimp po’boys. This joint is snug and often crowded, but there’s a second location on Seven Mile and one that opened in October 2021 in Farmington Hills.

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Gumbo is the main event at this 50-year-old Eastern Market carryout restaurant and it’s served with loads of shrimp, sausage, and vegetables
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14. Marrow

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8044 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 652-0200
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Named one of Eater’s best new restaurants in 2019, Marrow has been a crucial source for everything from local meats and cheeses to flour to beer and wine during the pandemic. The West Village butcher shop and restaurant is currently offering limited dinner service inside and on the heated patio. Reservations are required for the five-hour prix-fixe chef’s tasting menu. Among the prepared food options, customers can place orders for dumplings, crab pot pie, and cacio e pepe, and more.

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Marrow has been a crucial source for everything from local meats and cheeses to flour to beer and wine during the pandemic.
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15. Sister Pie

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8066 Kercheval Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 447-5550
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Sister Pie is a nationally renowned Detroit destination with a fresh rotation of pie flavors rolling out monthly, The shop helmed by Eater Young Gun Lisa Ludwinski has been motivated by the pandemic to find new ways to serve its community like providing groceries and delivery service to neighbors in need. The bakery currently is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for orders online, or for sidewalk sales.

16. Rose's Fine Food and Wine

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10551 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 822-2729
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Charming East Jefferson restaurant Rose’s Fine Food and Wine puts a fresh, seasonal twist on the diner genre with options like buckwheat pancakes, beans and greens, and potato doughnuts. As a bonus, many of the dishes are vegan and gluten-free without skimping on flavor. Currently, Rose’s is doing carryout with online ordering and allowing shoppers to browse the deli case for bread, cheeses, and condiments. Rose’s also offers a wide selection of wines. Delivery is available to select ZIP codes.

17. Grey Ghost Detroit

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47 Watson St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 262-6534
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New American favorite Grey Ghost remains one of the few committed seven-day-a-week dinner options in town. Purchase entrees like duck pot pie, cheeseburgers, and dry-aged New York strip steak to-go as well as cocktails, beer, and wine.

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New American favorite Grey Ghost offers seating on an enclosed patio
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18. Detroit Shipping Company

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474 Peterboro St
Detroit, MI 48201

This shipping container food hall in the Cass Corridor neighborhood is keeping diners fed with curbside pickup, delivery, and outdoor dining during the pandemic. Detroit Shipping Co. is a hub of international cuisines including Bangkok 96’s Thai street food, Nepalese dumplings from Momo Cha, jerk chicken from Coop, and more. Place orders online with the individual restaurants.

The ribs are on a plate slathered in a dark guava barbecue sauce with grilled corn covered in cheese and sprinkled with purple cabbage slivers and cilantro.
Detroit Shipping Co. is a hub of international cuisines including Bangkok 96’s Thai street food, Nepalese dumplings from Momo Cha, ribs (above), and a more
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19. Rocco's Italian Deli

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3627 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 315-3033
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Modern Italian deli Rocco’s in Cass Corridor has been safely feeding its guests during the pandemic with online ordering and curbside pick-up for a range of products including dry pasta, coffee, bread, and options like take-and-bake rigatoni. Don’t overlook the sandwiches here. The Zio Freddo’s Got Serious Beef is a popular option with melting provolone over a crusty hoagie roll stuffed with fragrant beef braised and spicy giardiniera.

The brick exterior of Roccco’s Italian Deli on a cloudy day.
Don’t overlook the sandwiches at Rocco’s
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20. Selden Standard

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3921 2nd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 438-5055
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This stylish dinner spot for New American cuisine focuses on seasonal small plates such as halloumi, octopus, roasted carrot salad, and rigatoni. The craft cocktails are just as creative and important. Patio reservations are available online “day of” as weather allows.

21. Shangri-La

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4710 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 974-7669
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This beloved Cantonese restaurant in the Cass Corridor is a popular destination for all-day dim sum, and is a great spot for takeout, too. Call in to order rich duck noodle soup, warming congee with preserved egg and pork, almond boneless chicken, and more.

22. Pie-Sci Pizza

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5163 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 818-0290
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Neighborhood pizzeria favorite Pie-Sci serves an eclectic selection of rotating pizza specials with punny names. Customers can order a round pizza here, but the square slices with crunchy corners and a buttery crust are particularly excellent. Choose from options like the Weird Al Pastor with white sauce mozzarella, al pastor pork, red onion, pineapple, and a helping of cilantro and lime. Pie-Sci is also vegan-friendly. Call ahead (and keep calling if you don’t get through the first time) to place an order for pickup or to dine on the patio.

23. Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails

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15 E Kirby St D
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 818-3915
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A bright-green jewel just across the street from the Detroit Institute of Arts, Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails offers meals for sale online for curbside pick-up. The menu features options like grill kits, caesar salads, and its famous twice-cooked egg alongside beer, wine, and to-go cocktails. Reservations are available for the patio, weather permitting. 

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24. Hamido

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13251 W Warren Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 582-0660
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Hamido, a bustling Lebanese diner, runs a brisk carryout business in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights with family platters that are ideal for a big feast at home. Start here with Lebanese breakfast or entrees like a crisp, refreshing fattoush salad; falafel rich in pungent garlic flavor; shawarma; and kibbeh.

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Hamido, a bustling Lebanese diner, runs a brisk carryout business with options like shawarma
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25. Baobab Fare

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6568 Woodward Ave Suite 100
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 265-3093
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Baobab Fare is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Nadia Nijimbere and Hamissi Mamba, who fled Burundi for the United States in 2014, bringing tasty recipes from their home country. Since opening its doors, Baobab Fare has drawn in throngs of diners, who are encouraged to eat outside of their comfort zone.

26. Saffron De Twah

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7636 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48213
(586) 359-6138
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Eater Detroit’s 2019 restaurant of the year has proved itself to be not only a great spot for takeout during the pandemic but also an advocate for its community, feeding people in need through a variety of Saffron Community Kitchen programs. Saffron is offering several monthly subscriptions so customers can cook with chef Omar Anani or enjoy Moroccan-influenced cuisine, desserts, and non-alcoholic cocktails to-go. After a long hiatus, the restaurant reopens Thursday, November 4.

27. Yemen Cafe

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8740 Joseph Campau Ave
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 871-4349
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This local favorite is known for its Yemeni and Mediterranean cuisine served until 1 a.m. daily in a diner-style atmosphere. Expect platter-sized pieces of fresh flatbread and fiery zhug sauce paired with dishes like chicken ghallaba and tender lamb. The restaurant accepts orders for takeout and offers delivery via Postmates, DoorDash, and Grubhub.

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28. Balkan House

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3028 Caniff St
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 262-6234
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This casual Eastern European eatery makes its home in the lower half of a two-story flat. Customers can count on Bosnian dishes like cevapi and cream cheese-stuffed hamburgers, Turkish coffee, and the restaurant’s claim to fame — döner. Thin-sliced gyro meat, crisp lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion are stuffed inside soft on the inside, crispy on the outside lepinja flatbread with sauce drizzled over the top. The menu is halal and available for takeout or delivery.

A close up of a döner sandwich with veggies and meat stuffed in a pocket of soft white bread and drenched with creamy white sauce.
Döner sandwiches are the restaurant’s claim to fame
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29. Joe Ann's Bar B-Q

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3139 Jerome St
Detroit, MI 48212
(313) 366-3775

Founded by Grace Owens, Joe Ann’s BBQ has been carrying on the tradition of open charcoal pit barbecue since 1951. These days, Owens’ daughter Joe Ann Proctor is keeping the family tradition alive. Customers can expect options like whole barbecued chicken, tender ribs, and pigs feet. The fried shrimp paired with Joe Ann’s tangy, spicy sauce and the tropical shakes are must-try items. Call ahead to order carryout.

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Joe Ann’s serves whole barbecued chicken, tender ribs, fried shrimp, and pigs feet in takeout containers.
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30. Sweet Potato Sensations

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17337 Lahser Rd
Detroit, MI 48219
(313) 532-7996
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Sweet potato ice cream, chicken and sweet potato waffles, sweet potato cookies and cornbread — Sweet Potato Sensations does it all, working hard to preserve the legacy of George Washington Carver. Headed to the Old Redford neighborhood eatery? Try the pie first. Etta Mae’s salmon croquettes, the Jive Turkey sandwich, and the black-eyed pea and collard green soup are tasty too. 

31. Detroit Vegan Soul

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19614 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48223
(313) 766-5728
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A haven for vegetarians and carnivores alike, Detroit Vegan Soul offers animal product-free twists on traditional soul food dishes such as macaroni and cheese, seitan pepper steak, and smothered almond tempeh. Currently, only the Grandmont-Rosedale location is open while the West Village restaurant is on break. Orders can be placed online for pickup or delivery.

The colorful painted exterior of Detroit Vegan Soul in Grandmont Rosedale.
Detroit Vegan Soul’s colorful exterior in Grandmont Rosedale
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32. Chef Greg’s Soul-N-the Wall

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10009 Curtis St
Detroit, MI 48221

When it comes to Detroit sandwiches, few have achieved the legendary status of the Boogaloo Wonderland at Chef Greg’s Soul-N-the Wall: a hoagie topped with beef, tangy red sauce, American cheese, and caramelized onions. This carryout spot’s signature dish pays tribute to an original recipe at the now-shuttered Brothers Bar-B-Q and to the late “Boogie Wonderland” songwriter Allee Willis, who happened to be a big fan of proprietor Greg Beard’s food.

33. The Jamaican Pot

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14615 W 8 Mile Rd
Detroit, MI 48235
(313) 659-6033
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Good things come in small packages, like the city’s best jerk chicken served up in a strip mall off Eight Mile. While the Jamaican Pot is exclusively carryout, expect to wait a bit while the busy kitchen carefully prepares each order of curried goat and pepper steak. Call ahead for faster pick-up or place an order online. Delivery is also available through Postmates, DoorDash, Caviar, and Black & Mobile. The restaurant added a truck in July 2021.

34. Good Cakes and Bakes

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19363 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 468-9915
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Pastry chef April Anderson recently remodeled the pretty-in-pink bakery and cafe, but baked goods are only available for delivery and pickup. Find treats here like St. Louis-style gooey butter cake, cupcakes, caramel cakes, vegan carrot cake and cookies as well as black-eyed pea soup and birthday cards. Good Cakes and Bakes is also available through DoorDashPostmates, and UberEats.

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35. Loui's Pizza

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23141 Dequindre Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 547-1711
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Detroit-style square pizza is all the rage right now. Get it in the city of origin. Founded by a former pizza chef from Buddy’s and Shield’s, Loui’s in Hazel Park serves a hearty version of Detroit-pizza with a perfectly charred yet buttery crust, melted cheese, and robust sauce. This slice of pure Americana is currently accepting orders for weekend curbside pick-up (noon to 9:30 p.m.) to enjoy slices with antipasto salad at home.

36. Mabel Gray

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23825 John R Rd
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 398-4300
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James Rigato, of Top Chef fame, shifted service drastically at his acclaimed Hazel Park restaurant early in the pandemic to ensure customers continued to receive a high level of hospitality even when eating at home. Make a reservation for indoor or patio dining or place an order for curbside carryout of splurgy snacks like caviar and chips, at-home steak kits, and spiced carrot cake and reservations for indoor and patio dining. There’s also a selection of wine and to-go cocktails.

37. Noble Fish

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45 E 14 Mile Rd
Clawson, MI 48017
(248) 585-2314
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The beloved Noble Fish offers sushi to go (a practice established pre-pandemic) and a variety of snacks as well as Japanese beverages. The prices are reasonable and the fish is incredibly fresh. Go for the sashimi or splurge on a large specialty roll like the Michigan.

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Clawson’s sushi destination Noble Fish offers sushi to go (a practice established pre-pandemic) and a variety of snacks as well as Japanese beverages.
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38. Hazel, Ravines and Downtown

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1 Peabody St
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 671-1714
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This sprawling Birmingham restaurant has embraced its seafood leanings during the pandemic with a seasonal menu that focuses on different coastal favorites like Maine and Connecticut-style lobster rolls, peel-and-eat shrimp, and fish and chips. There’s also fried chicken and Moroccan French tacos. Place orders online for curbside pick-up or delivery.

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1. El Asador Steakhouse

1312 Springwells St, Detroit, MI 48209
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The steak at El Asador is flavored with poblano pepper
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This southwest Detroit gem is a great spot to splurge on a steak flavored with poblano pepper or savor a plate of grilled fish tacos. Reservations are a must for indoor dining or for seating — parties of four or more — in one of the all-season, enclosed outdoor luminaria. Trays to go are perfect for large parties.

1312 Springwells St
Detroit, MI 48209

2. Detroit 75 Kitchen

4800 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209
A customer orders food outside of the Detroit 75 Kitchen food truck on a sunny day during summer 2020.
Reservations are a must for indoor dining or for seating in one of the luminaria at the restaurant
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It’s almost impossible to go astray with this food truck’s menu, but it’s always wise to order the 3rd Street Philly with a side of cilantro fries. Sautéed bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, banana peppers, chopped steak, and provolone are layered between two fresh slices of sesame seed-topped bread and pressed. It’s crispy, spicy, and saucy in all the right ways. The chicken tenders here are also a worthy comfort food.

4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

3. Duly's Place

5458 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209
The exterior of Duly’s Place is shown in an old brick building next to barbershop Southwest Styles. Duly’s has a green and red sign with an arrow pointing towards the restaurant that says “24 Hours” and a red awning.
Duly’s is open 24-7 for coney dogs
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For a late-night taste of Detroit’s famous coney dog — a chili dog with mustard and onions on a steamed bun — there’s no better place to indulge than Duly’s Place. It’s open 24-7 for dogs with a satisfying snap or a wallet-friendly breakfast of bacon, eggs, and pancakes. After 11 p.m., it’s carryout only for now. With more than 90 years under its belt, the diner is still a go-to spot for coney island classics with consistency and an ambience worthy of an essential greasy spoon. Be prepared: Duly’s takes cash only, so hit up an ATM on the way.

5458 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48209

4. Tamaleria Nuevo Leon

2669 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48216
The brick exterior of the white and red Tamaleria Nuevo Leon restaurant.
Tamalera Nuevo Leon has been serving handmade tamales since the 1950s.
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Carryout-only fave Tamaleria Nuevo Leon has been serving handmade tamales to Detroiters since the 1950s. The restaurant keeps the menu simple with fast, friendly service. Expect fillings like pork and chicken alongside rotating specials such as cheese-jalapeño tamales. Don’t forget to take cash and call in large orders ahead of time.

2669 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI 48216

5. Takoi

2520 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Thai-inspired Takoi has shareable offerings like crispy spare ribs, a sea scallops salad, a Thai fried chicken sandwich, and craft cocktails that are almost too pretty to drink. Takoi is a hot commodity, but there are a few options: dine-in, carryout, delivery, or eating on the patio.

2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

6. Ima

2015 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Hands hold a karaage hot tofu sandwich over a basket filled with potato chips at Ima.
Ima serves a karaage hot tofu sandwich over a basket filled with potato chips.
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Chef Mike Ransom’s Eater Award-winning izakaya-influenced restaurants in Corktown, Midtown, and Madison Heights are known for their rich earthy broths swimming with udon noodles and karaage fried chicken or tofu sandwiches. At Corktown, there’s a heated tent and patio that’s ventilated.

2015 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

7. Folk

1948, 1701 Trumbull Ave suite b, Detroit, MI 48216

Bobbing and weaving to meet the changing needs of the neighborhood, Folk has become a go-to during the pandemic for everything from sausage rolls to rolls of toilet paper. The cafe and micro market has installed a walk-up window for safer, more convenient service and features an online shop for pre-ordering groceries, beer and wine, as well and a rotating menu of breakfast and lunch items. Limited outdoor seating is also available.

1948, 1701 Trumbull Ave suite b
Detroit, MI 48216

8. Batch Brewing Company

1400 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48216