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Where to Eat in Madison Heights

Hand-pulled noodles, steak, Chinese pastries, and, of course, the best pho around

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Roti canal at Satay House.
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For many metro Detroiters, Madison Heights is considered a destination for Vietnamese food, but it’s also home to so much more. With spots offering everything from from hand-pulled noodles to made-to-order ice cream and Chinese red bean buns, it’s not hard to find something delicious and filling in this Oakland County ‘burb. Whether its dessert or dinner, don’t miss these 11 tasty restaurants, bakeries, and shops.

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1. Tienda Mexicana

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John R Square, 31642 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 589-1607
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Satisfy taco cravings at this restaurant located within a grocery store. The menu is quite expansive, featuring tacos, tortas, burritos, fajitas, and huaraches (fried tortillas with beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa and other fixins). On the weekends, warm up with a bowl of pozole or menudo.

2. Satay House

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31101 Dequindre Rd A
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 588-1738
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There's a lot going on with this menu, which spans several Asian cuisines including Chinese and Thai. However, it’s impossible to go wrong with the Malaysian and Indonesian choices. Must haves include the roti canai, a crispy style pancake with curry chicken and potato dipping sauce, and the beef rendang, tender meat cooked in coconut milk.

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3. Milkster Nitrogen Creamery

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31055 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 802-7353
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This shop inside Biggby Coffee specializes in ice cream that’s not only fun to eat but also fun to watch being made. The local and organic ice cream is made to order with liquid nitrogen, resulting in a smooth and creamy treat available in flavors such as cookies and cream and, Nutella, and affogato (espresso poured on top). This spot also has a feel good component: With every purchase, they donate a cup of water by digging wells for the Pokot people of western Kenya.

4. QQ Bakery

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30941 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 588-9899
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Located in a strip mall where the parking lot on a Saturday is not for the faint of heart, this Chinese bakery is teeming with sweet treats such as red bean buns and egg tarts as well as savory items such as meat pies and hot dog buns (don't knock it until you try it). There's also a vast selection of bubble teas. Don't forget to bring cash.

Roasted Pork & Red Bean Deliciousness #vsco #vscocam

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5. Que Huong Restaurant

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30820 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 588-0998
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With only a few tables, this go-to Vietnamese restaurant can get quite packed during the lunch and dinner rushes but it's worth the wait. The pho — served in several varieties with mix-ins like tripe and tendon — is always swimming in well-balanced, flavorful broth. It’s also available in different sizes, a nice feature for those who can't slurp their way through a gigantic bowl by themselves. In addition to the soup, this restaurant whips up a mean banh mi, plus plenty of other rice and noodle dishes worth trying. Service is efficient and friendly.

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6. Bambu Desserts & Drinks Madison Heights

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30804 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 531-8989
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The first Michigan outpost of this popular California-based chain debuted in Madison Heights in 2015. Bambu specializes in chè — sweet drinks and desserts including bubble teas, smoothies, and coffees. The shop pairs coconut water and coconut milk with fun and healthy ingredients such as pandan, basil seeds, and durian. Just a few doors down from Que Huong, it works well as a post-pho treat.

7. Breakfast Club

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30600 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 307-9090
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If it's Sunday morning, chances are there's a gaggle of people waiting outside Breakfast Club waiting to get in. The stuffed french toast is like dessert for breakfast and for those who like their brunch on the savory side, there’s an array of breakfast benedicts, breakfast bowls, and skillet omelets to choose from.

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8. Noodle Topia

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30120-30140 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 521-8029
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Relatively new to the area, this Chinese eatery is already off to a promising start thanks in part to its hard-to-find offerings. For starters the noodles here are hand-pulled and served in a tongue-numbing Szechuan sauce. The restaurant also serves jianbing, savory Chinese-style crepes.

9. Green Lantern Lounge

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28960 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 541-5439
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This old-school pizza parlor goes back more than 50 years to when Thomas and Irene Vettraino bought an old farmhouse bar complete with a green lantern. They passed down their pizza recipe to their daughter, Marlene, who became the owner. There are several Green Lanterns around metro Detroit, but Madison Heights is home to the original location.

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10. The Telway

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27000 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 545-7962
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This classic slice of Americana is a metro Detroit institution with locations in both Madison Heights and Southwest Detroit. The price is right for the no-frills sliders and coneys, a good thing considering it's cash only. It's open 24/7 and always an excellent bet for people watching.

11. Boodles Restaurant

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935 W Eleven Mile Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 399-5960
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This restaurant is like a time machine that dials back to the days when dinner meant tableside service and live entertainment. Dishes such as seafood strudel, veal oscar, and chateaubriand typify the classic vibes as does the old-school cherries jubilee and bananas Foster for dessert. It’s the type of place where everyone is a V.I.P.

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1. Tienda Mexicana

John R Square, 31642 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Satisfy taco cravings at this restaurant located within a grocery store. The menu is quite expansive, featuring tacos, tortas, burritos, fajitas, and huaraches (fried tortillas with beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa and other fixins). On the weekends, warm up with a bowl of pozole or menudo.

John R Square, 31642 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

2. Satay House

31101 Dequindre Rd A, Madison Heights, MI 48071
Roti Canal Satay House
Roti Canal Satay House
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There's a lot going on with this menu, which spans several Asian cuisines including Chinese and Thai. However, it’s impossible to go wrong with the Malaysian and Indonesian choices. Must haves include the roti canai, a crispy style pancake with curry chicken and potato dipping sauce, and the beef rendang, tender meat cooked in coconut milk.

31101 Dequindre Rd A
Madison Heights, MI 48071

3. Milkster Nitrogen Creamery

31055 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

This shop inside Biggby Coffee specializes in ice cream that’s not only fun to eat but also fun to watch being made. The local and organic ice cream is made to order with liquid nitrogen, resulting in a smooth and creamy treat available in flavors such as cookies and cream and, Nutella, and affogato (espresso poured on top). This spot also has a feel good component: With every purchase, they donate a cup of water by digging wells for the Pokot people of western Kenya.

31055 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

4. QQ Bakery

30941 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Located in a strip mall where the parking lot on a Saturday is not for the faint of heart, this Chinese bakery is teeming with sweet treats such as red bean buns and egg tarts as well as savory items such as meat pies and hot dog buns (don't knock it until you try it). There's also a vast selection of bubble teas. Don't forget to bring cash.

30941 Dequindre Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

5. Que Huong Restaurant

30820 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

With only a few tables, this go-to Vietnamese restaurant can get quite packed during the lunch and dinner rushes but it's worth the wait. The pho — served in several varieties with mix-ins like tripe and tendon — is always swimming in well-balanced, flavorful broth. It’s also available in different sizes, a nice feature for those who can't slurp their way through a gigantic bowl by themselves. In addition to the soup, this restaurant whips up a mean banh mi, plus plenty of other rice and noodle dishes worth trying. Service is efficient and friendly.

30820 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

6. Bambu Desserts & Drinks Madison Heights

30804 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

The first Michigan outpost of this popular California-based chain debuted in Madison Heights in 2015. Bambu specializes in chè — sweet drinks and desserts including bubble teas, smoothies, and coffees. The shop pairs coconut water and coconut milk with fun and healthy ingredients such as pandan, basil seeds, and durian. Just a few doors down from Que Huong, it works well as a post-pho treat.

30804 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

7. Breakfast Club

30600 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

If it's Sunday morning, chances are there's a gaggle of people waiting outside Breakfast Club waiting to get in. The stuffed french toast is like dessert for breakfast and for those who like their brunch on the savory side, there’s an array of breakfast benedicts, breakfast bowls, and skillet omelets to choose from.

30600 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

8. Noodle Topia

30120-30140 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Relatively new to the area, this Chinese eatery is already off to a promising start thanks in part to its hard-to-find offerings. For starters the noodles here are hand-pulled and served in a tongue-numbing Szechuan sauce. The restaurant also serves jianbing, savory Chinese-style crepes.

30120-30140 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

9. Green Lantern Lounge

28960 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

This old-school pizza parlor goes back more than 50 years to when Thomas and Irene Vettraino bought an old farmhouse bar complete with a green lantern. They passed down their pizza recipe to their daughter, Marlene, who became the owner. There are several Green Lanterns around metro Detroit, but Madison Heights is home to the original location.

28960 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

10. The Telway

27000 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

This classic slice of Americana is a metro Detroit institution with locations in both Madison Heights and Southwest Detroit. The price is right for the no-frills sliders and coneys, a good thing considering it's cash only. It's open 24/7 and always an excellent bet for people watching.

27000 John R Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

11. Boodles Restaurant

935 W Eleven Mile Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

This restaurant is like a time machine that dials back to the days when dinner meant tableside service and live entertainment. Dishes such as seafood strudel, veal oscar, and chateaubriand typify the classic vibes as does the old-school cherries jubilee and bananas Foster for dessert. It’s the type of place where everyone is a V.I.P.

935 W Eleven Mile Rd
Madison Heights, MI 48071

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