Due to the holiday most restaurants and bars in Detroit will be closed on Thursday, November 28, but a few spots near the Woodward corridor are still expected to embrace the Turkey Day morning with gusto. For those who are planning to bundle up and brave the Thanksgiving Parade, Turkey Trot, and a Lions game at Ford Field, consider visiting or making a reservation for breakfast or lunch at one of these spots along the main route. All are certified open. Because parking can often be a nightmare, don’t head to the events without a game plan.Read More
Where to Eat Near Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade and Turkey Trot
These spots are certified open near Woodward Avenue
The Majestic Theatre is offering its family-friendly, annual breakfast buffet on Thanksgiving Day with proceeds benefiting the Children's Center of Detroit. Parking is $10 and is first come, first served. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Doors open at 7 a.m.
Union Street Detroit
The bar at Union Street is reliably open on Thanksgiving. This year, count on pop and cocktails from 8 a.m. — no food though, as the kitchen is closed. There is parking available.
New Order Coffee Roasters
Stay warm with s’mores mochas and snacks at Brush Park cafe New Order Coffee. The shop, which sits along Woodward Avenue will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
District Market Detroit
The District Market Detroit, located in the Little Caesars Arena, will be open on Thanksgiving morning from 8 a.m. to noon offering breakfast and brunch drinks including a bloody mary bar, plus photos with Santa. Parking spots may also be reserved online.
Harmonie Park doughnut destination Dilla’s Delights is opening with its regular lineup of fried pastries and coffee for downtown visitors looking for a quick breakfast on the go — open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., or whenever the fried dough runs out.
Karl’s is offering a Thanksgiving buffet in downtown Detroit on the second floor of the Siren Hotel from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers can book seats via email for an hour and a half or take chances as walk-ins. The cost is $35 per person and $15 for kids 10 and under. Diners can expect options like sage bread pudding, mustard and herb crusted prime rib, warm Brussels sprouts, candied sweet potato tart, and more.
Restaurants at the Shinola Hotel
San Morello is still accepting reservations for Thanksgiving day. Breakfast runs from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is a la carte. Afterwards, the menu transitions into a three-course prix fixe dinner for $85 per person or $35 for kids 12 and under. Penny Red’s opens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with fried chicken while the Brakeman will be pouring beer from noon to 10 p.m.
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The Hudson Cafe
Downtown Detroit’s brunch stalwart opens its doors from 6 a.m. with its final Thanksgiving Day seating at 11 a.m. Expect the full selection of pancakes, french toast, and other breakfast items.
American Coney Island
This 24-hour diner landmark is open on Thanksgiving all day for customers requiring a coney fix.
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Lafayette Coney Island
Lafayette Coney Island is a 24-hour downtown greasy spoon that customers can count on being open for Thanksgiving Day.
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Grand Trunk Pub
Every November, Grand Trunk Pub opens up early for a Thanksgiving brunch. This year, it runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Count on options like breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and brunch cocktails.
Downtown’s stylish bistro is opening from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for parade and Turkey Trot revelers. Call or reserve a table online.
Anchor Bar will open up early at 7 a.m. for the Turkey Trot and will offer shuttles to the Lions game at Ford Field. The doors close at 3 p.m.
The Apparatus Room
The Apparatus Room is still accepting reservations for Thanksgiving Day breakfast and brunch. The restaurant is located near the Turkey Trot and a few blocks from the parade route. An a la carte breakfast menu is available from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast buffet running from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for $28 per person and a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $38 per person. Valet parking is available for $10 per car.