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Where to Dine and Drink on the Avenue of Fashion

From bakeries to chicken and waffles, here's a guide to eating in the popular Livernois business district

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Baker’s Keyboard Lounge.
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Bounded by Eight Mile to the north and Seven Mile to the south, the Avenue of Fashion is a bustling shopping district largely composed of Black-owned businesses along Livernois corridor. Surrounded by the Bagley, Sherwood Forest, and Green Acres neighborhoods, the area has loads of history and character going back to the 1950s. Over the last few years, the district has attracted a new guard of small restaurants, cafes, and bakeries from Good Cakes and Bakes to the Fork in Nigeria food truck. Even more projects are in the works, as Motor City Brewing Works prepares to open its second outpost on the strip and more small businesses fill vacancies.

A recent, controversial streetscaping project has provided the area plenty of street space for expanded outdoor seating. However, many restaurants in the area still cater to a takeout crowd with online ordering and delivery.

A number of metro Detroit restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the state of Michigan’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Baker's Keyboard Lounge

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20510 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 345-6300
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Located near the edge of Eight Mile, Baker’s is one of the oldest continuously operating jazz clubs in the world. The restaurant, known for its signature piano bar and soul food, features regular live events that draw music lovers from around the city. During the pandemic, the restaurant is largely focused on takeout service and offers online ordering for house favorites like fried chicken, collard greens, and the incredible peach cobbler with occasional music performances on the schedule.

2. The Gripper Food Truck

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20504 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 209-3350
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This extremely popular food truck run by Durden’s Catering is parked in the lot beside Baker’s slinging big sandwiches and desserts like banana pudding and peach cobbler. Try the Spicy Yung Gripper, a fried chicken sandwich with pepper jack cheese, tangy coleslaw, and bang sauce. Bring cash or pay through the Cash App.

3. Fork In Nigeria

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19910 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(248) 764-0155
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This street food vendor is quickly growing its fan base since opening along Livernois in May with Nigerian cuisine from owner Prej Iroegbu. The food truck, which accepts online orders as well as delivery orders through apps like Doordash and Uber Eats, features options like vegan jollof rice stewed in tomatoes and spices, moi moi (a savory pudding made from beans and spices), and stewed oxtail. Make sure to add a refreshing zobo drink with the meal — spiced hibiscus tea.

4. Good Times On The Ave

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19416 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 739-6601
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Good Times on the Ave brings a laid back outdoor atmosphere to a prime two-story restaurant space on the Avenue of Fashion. The restaurant features an extensive streetside patio and a rooftop lounge in addition to accepting orders for carryout by phone or through Doordash and Uber Eats. Expect casual food here like fried lobster bites with steak fries, grouper po’ boys, and cheeseburger sliders.

5. Bucharest Grill

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19492 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 965-3111
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The northernmost outpost of this Detroit-based, carryout-friendly chain serves its wildly popular pickle spear-stuffed grilled chicken shawarma right here on Livernois. The restaurant takes orders for carryout by phone as well as online orders for pickup or delivery.

6. Good Cakes and Bakes

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19363 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 468-9915
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Pastry chef April Anderson is now offering baked goods for delivery and curbside pickup at her neighborhood bakery and cafe on Livernois. Find treats here like St. Louis-style gooey butter cake, cupcakes, caramel cakes, and cookies as well as black-eyed pea soup and birthday cards in the online shop for delivery or pickup. Good Cakes and Bakes is also available through Doordash, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

7. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

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19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

Shortly after its post-renovation reopening, the pandemic hit and Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, like so many restaurants, had to rethink how it did business. The popular Avenue of Fashion all-day restaurant currently offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as carryout and delivery. There’s a chicken and waffles plate for nearly every taste at Kuzzo’s, but for an entry-level foray into the menu try the Bam Bam. Soft, thin, and faintly cinnamon spiced waffles are paired with two fried drumsticks. Wash it all down with a glass of Kool-Aid or a cocktail. Call ahead to place an order or find Kuzzo’s on Uber Eats or Doordash.

8. Narrow Way Cafe & Shop

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19331 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 397-7727
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Narrow Way Cafe on Livernois serves its own blends of Zingerman’s roasted coffee as well as pastries and smoothies. The shop is open for walk-ins but also accepts orders by phone and through Doordash and Grubhub. Grab a seat in the socially distanced sidewalk seating area or take the drink to-go.

1. Baker's Keyboard Lounge

20510 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

Located near the edge of Eight Mile, Baker’s is one of the oldest continuously operating jazz clubs in the world. The restaurant, known for its signature piano bar and soul food, features regular live events that draw music lovers from around the city. During the pandemic, the restaurant is largely focused on takeout service and offers online ordering for house favorites like fried chicken, collard greens, and the incredible peach cobbler with occasional music performances on the schedule.

20510 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

2. The Gripper Food Truck

20504 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

This extremely popular food truck run by Durden’s Catering is parked in the lot beside Baker’s slinging big sandwiches and desserts like banana pudding and peach cobbler. Try the Spicy Yung Gripper, a fried chicken sandwich with pepper jack cheese, tangy coleslaw, and bang sauce. Bring cash or pay through the Cash App.

20504 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

3. Fork In Nigeria

19910 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

This street food vendor is quickly growing its fan base since opening along Livernois in May with Nigerian cuisine from owner Prej Iroegbu. The food truck, which accepts online orders as well as delivery orders through apps like Doordash and Uber Eats, features options like vegan jollof rice stewed in tomatoes and spices, moi moi (a savory pudding made from beans and spices), and stewed oxtail. Make sure to add a refreshing zobo drink with the meal — spiced hibiscus tea.

19910 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

4. Good Times On The Ave

19416 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

Good Times on the Ave brings a laid back outdoor atmosphere to a prime two-story restaurant space on the Avenue of Fashion. The restaurant features an extensive streetside patio and a rooftop lounge in addition to accepting orders for carryout by phone or through Doordash and Uber Eats. Expect casual food here like fried lobster bites with steak fries, grouper po’ boys, and cheeseburger sliders.

19416 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

5. Bucharest Grill

19492 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

The northernmost outpost of this Detroit-based, carryout-friendly chain serves its wildly popular pickle spear-stuffed grilled chicken shawarma right here on Livernois. The restaurant takes orders for carryout by phone as well as online orders for pickup or delivery.

19492 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

6. Good Cakes and Bakes

19363 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

Pastry chef April Anderson is now offering baked goods for delivery and curbside pickup at her neighborhood bakery and cafe on Livernois. Find treats here like St. Louis-style gooey butter cake, cupcakes, caramel cakes, and cookies as well as black-eyed pea soup and birthday cards in the online shop for delivery or pickup. Good Cakes and Bakes is also available through Doordash, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

19363 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

7. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

19345 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

Shortly after its post-renovation reopening, the pandemic hit and Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, like so many restaurants, had to rethink how it did business. The popular Avenue of Fashion all-day restaurant currently offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as carryout and delivery. There’s a chicken and waffles plate for nearly every taste at Kuzzo’s, but for an entry-level foray into the menu try the Bam Bam. Soft, thin, and faintly cinnamon spiced waffles are paired with two fried drumsticks. Wash it all down with a glass of Kool-Aid or a cocktail. Call ahead to place an order or find Kuzzo’s on Uber Eats or Doordash.

19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

8. Narrow Way Cafe & Shop

19331 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

Narrow Way Cafe on Livernois serves its own blends of Zingerman’s roasted coffee as well as pastries and smoothies. The shop is open for walk-ins but also accepts orders by phone and through Doordash and Grubhub. Grab a seat in the socially distanced sidewalk seating area or take the drink to-go.

19331 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

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