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Lebanese restaurant Cedarland in Dearborn features a drive-thru window.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

Grab Food From These Local Restaurant Drive-Thrus in Metro Detroit

From Lebanese restaurants with drive-thru windows to retro drive-ins with thick shakes and carhops, here’s where to pick up a bite on wheels

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Lebanese restaurant Cedarland in Dearborn features a drive-thru window.
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

Being the home of the U.S. automotive industry, metro Detroiters really love cruising in their cars. Over the years, many restaurants have adapted to that by offering drive-in service via carhops and adopting chain fast food formats like drive-thrus. These days, a variety of different cuisines can be ordered without ever leaving your vehicle, from Mexican food to sushi. Below, find a guide to some of the most reliable spots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the go.

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.

Cedarland Restaurant

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This ski chalet-inspired Lebanese diner features a drive-thru window for takeout orders. Regulars love Cedarland for the complimentary lentil soup, juicy rotisserie chickens, and plentiful combination plates piled high with everything from falafel to fried kibbeh to grape leaves, but the restaurant also serves a variety of pita sandwiches for a handheld meal on the go.

Louie's Ham & Corned Beef

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This diner on the border of Eastern Market is outfitted with a drive-thru window, so customers can grab a big corned beef sandwich or a to-go box filled with ham hash without ever leaving their vehicle.

Yellow Light Coffee and Donuts

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This Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood doughnut and coffee shop opened during the pandemic with drive-thru only service. Cars, and occasionally bikes, line up at the window for plantain flavored cake donuts, chicken and biscuit sandwiches, and the frozen coffee.

A vibrantly colored box of cake doughnuts from Yellow Light. Brenna Houck

Eddie's Drive In

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This retro, 1950s-style drive-in comes complete with carhops on roller skates and is a popular destination for classic car owners cruising on Jefferson Avenue. Find typical fast food here like foot-long hot dogs, burgers, curly fries, and chocolate malts. This spot opens seasonally.

Chicken Shack Warren Schoenherr

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A handful of family-owned metro Detroit chain Chicken Shack’s locations, including those in Warren and Southfield, feature drive-thrus for convenient ordering and pickup of its popular fried chicken and crispy home fried potatoes.

Las Cazuelas-Southfield

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Las Cazuelas is a Detroit-based group of Mexican restaurants catering to customers looking for a quick meal on the go. While the Detroit location serves food from a gas station counter, the Southfield restaurant is a little bit slicker with indoor dining, a patio, and a drive-thru for easy grab-and-go ordering. Cruise through for orders of chimichangas, chorizo burritos, and botana. Online ordering is available.

Midami Sushi

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Midami Sushi in Farmington Hills serves fresh carryout sushi at affordable prices as well as stunt foods like sushi burritos. Customers can place orders in person or online for pickup curbside or at the drive-thru window. The menu features a small assortment of nigiri and sashimi as well as deep-fried tempura rolls and specialty rolls like the salmon cheesecake — a roll that includes a layer of baked mozzarella cheese.

Bigg Burger

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Homegrown fast food restaurant Bigg Burger serves fresh burgers with a selections of toppings and spreads that rivals Five Guys, plus breakfast croissants, grilled cheeses, and thick shakes. A drive-thru makes it easy to grab a bite before hitting the highway, though being made-to-order customers should expect to wait a little longer for their meal.

Daly Drive-In

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The last remaining location of a small metro Detroit drive-in chain is still serving classic Dalyburgers and thick strawberry milkshakes more than 60 years after its inception under a swooping awning in Livonia. Just about everything comes slathered in Dalyburger sauce.

Cedarland Restaurant

This ski chalet-inspired Lebanese diner features a drive-thru window for takeout orders. Regulars love Cedarland for the complimentary lentil soup, juicy rotisserie chickens, and plentiful combination plates piled high with everything from falafel to fried kibbeh to grape leaves, but the restaurant also serves a variety of pita sandwiches for a handheld meal on the go.

Louie's Ham & Corned Beef

This diner on the border of Eastern Market is outfitted with a drive-thru window, so customers can grab a big corned beef sandwich or a to-go box filled with ham hash without ever leaving their vehicle.

Yellow Light Coffee and Donuts

A vibrantly colored box of cake doughnuts from Yellow Light. Brenna Houck

This Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood doughnut and coffee shop opened during the pandemic with drive-thru only service. Cars, and occasionally bikes, line up at the window for plantain flavored cake donuts, chicken and biscuit sandwiches, and the frozen coffee.

A vibrantly colored box of cake doughnuts from Yellow Light. Brenna Houck

Eddie's Drive In

This retro, 1950s-style drive-in comes complete with carhops on roller skates and is a popular destination for classic car owners cruising on Jefferson Avenue. Find typical fast food here like foot-long hot dogs, burgers, curly fries, and chocolate malts. This spot opens seasonally.

Chicken Shack Warren Schoenherr

A handful of family-owned metro Detroit chain Chicken Shack’s locations, including those in Warren and Southfield, feature drive-thrus for convenient ordering and pickup of its popular fried chicken and crispy home fried potatoes.

Las Cazuelas-Southfield

Las Cazuelas is a Detroit-based group of Mexican restaurants catering to customers looking for a quick meal on the go. While the Detroit location serves food from a gas station counter, the Southfield restaurant is a little bit slicker with indoor dining, a patio, and a drive-thru for easy grab-and-go ordering. Cruise through for orders of chimichangas, chorizo burritos, and botana. Online ordering is available.

Midami Sushi

Midami Sushi in Farmington Hills serves fresh carryout sushi at affordable prices as well as stunt foods like sushi burritos. Customers can place orders in person or online for pickup curbside or at the drive-thru window. The menu features a small assortment of nigiri and sashimi as well as deep-fried tempura rolls and specialty rolls like the salmon cheesecake — a roll that includes a layer of baked mozzarella cheese.

Bigg Burger

Homegrown fast food restaurant Bigg Burger serves fresh burgers with a selections of toppings and spreads that rivals Five Guys, plus breakfast croissants, grilled cheeses, and thick shakes. A drive-thru makes it easy to grab a bite before hitting the highway, though being made-to-order customers should expect to wait a little longer for their meal.

Daly Drive-In

The last remaining location of a small metro Detroit drive-in chain is still serving classic Dalyburgers and thick strawberry milkshakes more than 60 years after its inception under a swooping awning in Livonia. Just about everything comes slathered in Dalyburger sauce.

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