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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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Bounded by Seven Mile to the south and Eight Mile to the north, Livernois’ Avenue of Fashion has long been a bustling shopping district composed largely of Black-owned businesses. Surrounded by the Bagley, Sherwood Forest, and Green Acres neighborhoods, the area has loads of history and character going back to the 1950s. Named for the retail businesses, the district has attracted a new guard of small art galleries, restaurants, cafes, bars, and bakeries. More projects are in the works. Trap Vegan plans to serve smoothies and vegan cheeseburgers this fall. Chef Max Hardy, who owns the Caribbean restaurant COOP at the Detroit Shipping Co., and the forthcoming Afro-Caribbean spot Honey, also plans a takeout spot for seafood boils just north of Seven Mile, and moody seasonal cocktails and small plates are coming soon, courtesy of Petty Cash Detroit.

A new streetscape project has expanded outdoor seating space for restaurants and added lanes for bikes and scooters to reach them.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fork In Nigeria

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19228 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(248) 764-0155
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Fork in Nigeria has been rapidly expanding since the winter, thanks to the social media #FufuChallenge, which sent TikTok users in search of the western African staple fufu. The truck’s owner Prej Iroegbu sells it with leafy green egusi or soup. Besides fufu, the truck serves up Nigerian staples jollof rice, suya steak, goat shank, oxtail, and snacks, for starters. Iroegbu is currently parked on the Avenue of Fashion and in Columbus, Ohio, and has plans to move into a storefront at 4219 Woodward at Willis in Detroit’s Cass Corridor in October 2021.

A food truck with the window opens has photos of Nigerian food and signs for credit cards on the side. Monica Williams

2. Narrow Way Cafe & Shop

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19331 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 397-7727
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The idea for this favorite neighborhood coffee shop started at the church the owners (and brothers) founded four decades ago. The stylish but cozy cafe serves its own blends of Zingerman’s roasted coffee as well as pastries and smoothies. The window currently is open for pickups.

3. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

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19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

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.

4. Motor City Brewing Works-Livernois

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19350 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 832-2700
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John Linardos opened the city’s first microbrewery in 1994. Now he’s opened a second taproom on the Avenue of Fashion in the summer of 2021. Visitors will find the perennial favorites Ghettoblaster Pale Ale and Nut Brown Ale, as well as a small-run cider, a new summer ale, and a few canned cocktails. New menu items featured only at the Livernois taproom are made for sharing, include vegetarian beef nachos, a charcuterie plate, and the Banh Mi Oh My sandwich, which can be enjoyed indoors or on the outdoor patio.

A shot overlooks the main room of the microbrewery from the balcony. The taproom includes a few tables (shown with patrons) and bar seating. Konrad Maziarz

5. 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 known citywide for her baked goods, which include a large selection for vegans. Find treats here like St. Louis-style gooey butter cake, cupcakes, salted caramel cakes, and cookies as well as black-eyed pea soup, teas from local businesses, and books. Special orders are also accepted. The bakery’s summer 2021 makeover includes seating out front.

6. Baker's Keyboard Lounge

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20510 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 345-6300
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Right off 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. Go for house favorites like fried chicken, collard greens, and the incredible peach cobbler served with great live jazz.

7. 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. Expect casual food here like fried lobster bites with steak fries, grouper po’ boys, and cheeseburger sliders.

8. 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 on the Avenue. The restaurant takes orders for carryout by phone as well as online orders for pickup or delivery.

9. Noni's Sherwood Grille

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19700 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 342-6000
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There are coneys, and then there’s Noni’s. Like most, it has an extensive menu but this neighborhood meeting spot is most popular among the breakfast crowd who go for the omelets or pecan pancakes. Lunch favorites include spinach pie, Noni’s homemade chicken pot pie, liver and onions, and the meatloaf dinner. The restaurant currently is open 9 am. to 5 p.m. for takeout, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for dining in.

10. The Office Ultra Lounge and Grill

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20143 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

The Office opened on Labor Day 2021, giving the Avenue a new spot to sip an adult beverage, dance to a DJ’s R&B playlist, grab a good meal, or watch the Lions’ games. The burgers here (vegan, turkey, or beef) are a good choice as well as the tuna steak with mango salsa, and the cajun shrimp deviled eggs.

11. The Gripper Food Truck

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20504 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221
(313) 209-3350
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This popular food truck run by Durden’s Catering is parked in the lot beside Baker’s serving big sandwiches and desserts like banana pudding and peach cobbler. Its claim to fame is 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.

1. Fork In Nigeria

19228 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221
A food truck with the window opens has photos of Nigerian food and signs for credit cards on the side. Monica Williams

Fork in Nigeria has been rapidly expanding since the winter, thanks to the social media #FufuChallenge, which sent TikTok users in search of the western African staple fufu. The truck’s owner Prej Iroegbu sells it with leafy green egusi or soup. Besides fufu, the truck serves up Nigerian staples jollof rice, suya steak, goat shank, oxtail, and snacks, for starters. Iroegbu is currently parked on the Avenue of Fashion and in Columbus, Ohio, and has plans to move into a storefront at 4219 Woodward at Willis in Detroit’s Cass Corridor in October 2021.

19228 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

2. Narrow Way Cafe & Shop

19331 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

The idea for this favorite neighborhood coffee shop started at the church the owners (and brothers) founded four decades ago. The stylish but cozy cafe serves its own blends of Zingerman’s roasted coffee as well as pastries and smoothies. The window currently is open for pickups.

19331 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

3. Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

19345 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

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.

19345 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

4. Motor City Brewing Works-Livernois

19350 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221
A shot overlooks the main room of the microbrewery from the balcony. The taproom includes a few tables (shown with patrons) and bar seating. Konrad Maziarz

John Linardos opened the city’s first microbrewery in 1994. Now he’s opened a second taproom on the Avenue of Fashion in the summer of 2021. Visitors will find the perennial favorites Ghettoblaster Pale Ale and Nut Brown Ale, as well as a small-run cider, a new summer ale, and a few canned cocktails. New menu items featured only at the Livernois taproom are made for sharing, include vegetarian beef nachos, a charcuterie plate, and the Banh Mi Oh My sandwich, which can be enjoyed indoors or on the outdoor patio.

19350 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

5. Good Cakes and Bakes

19363 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

Pastry chef April Anderson is known citywide for her baked goods, which include a large selection for vegans. Find treats here like St. Louis-style gooey butter cake, cupcakes, salted caramel cakes, and cookies as well as black-eyed pea soup, teas from local businesses, and books. Special orders are also accepted. The bakery’s summer 2021 makeover includes seating out front.

19363 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

6. Baker's Keyboard Lounge

20510 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221

Right off 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. Go for house favorites like fried chicken, collard greens, and the incredible peach cobbler served with great live jazz.

20510 Livernois Ave
Detroit, MI 48221

7. 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. Expect casual food here like fried lobster bites with steak fries, grouper po’ boys, and cheeseburger sliders.

19416 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

8. 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 on the Avenue. The restaurant takes orders for carryout by phone as well as online orders for pickup or delivery.

19492 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

9. Noni's Sherwood Grille

19700 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

There are coneys, and then there’s Noni’s. Like most, it has an extensive menu but this neighborhood meeting spot is most popular among the breakfast crowd who go for the omelets or pecan pancakes. Lunch favorites include spinach pie, Noni’s homemade chicken pot pie, liver and onions, and the meatloaf dinner. The restaurant currently is open 9 am. to 5 p.m. for takeout, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for dining in.

19700 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

10. The Office Ultra Lounge and Grill

20143 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

The Office opened on Labor Day 2021, giving the Avenue a new spot to sip an adult beverage, dance to a DJ’s R&B playlist, grab a good meal, or watch the Lions’ games. The burgers here (vegan, turkey, or beef) are a good choice as well as the tuna steak with mango salsa, and the cajun shrimp deviled eggs.

20143 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

11. The Gripper Food Truck

20504 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221

This popular food truck run by Durden’s Catering is parked in the lot beside Baker’s serving big sandwiches and desserts like banana pudding and peach cobbler. Its claim to fame is 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

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