Here's How to Eat Your Way Through Detroit in One Day

Detroit is a food mecca with an abundance of options. When you plan on visiting the city, it can be hard to choose a restaurant due to the wide variety. Read more below as guest blogger Dan Fuoco from Visit Detroit provides a few tried-and-true food spots known for delicious fare. 
 

Breakfast 

It may be hard to get out of bed but eating breakfast at one of these Detroit locations will help anyone rise and shine!

Mercury Burger & Bar
Once you get passed the fact that it say "burger" in the name, you'll actually find amazing breakfast entries like tater tots. Mercury serves gastro pub style food which means that their dishes will tingle every taste bud!

mercury
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The Whitney
This mansion and the food in it are absolutely top notch. The best part of breakfast at The Whitney is the ambiance. From the decorated walls to the fine furniture to the marble and exquisite staircase, taking in the scenes are... breathtaking. Side Dish:This mansion located off of Woodward in Detroit's Midtown was once the home to David Whitney, a lumber baron. There are reports of his wife's spirit visiting the house.

 

Lunch


After a morning of wandering about Detroit, you'll need a spot that will fill your tank.

7 Greens Detroit Salad Co.
7 Greens Detroit Salad Co. prides itself as a fresh destination for "healthful, great tasting food" to enjoy in a "fun, fast, casual and gourmet way" which means that it is possible to eat healthy, fast food. It's a custom-created-salad shop with a checklist of items to add to your bowl, proving that salad creation can be fun and different - every time!

Detroit Vegan Soul
"Soul food made from whole food" is how they describe themselves. They offer vegan sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies and sweets and will show you that vegan food can be healthy while tasting good.
 

vegan soul dish
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Green Dot Stables
This is slider haven! Green Dot Stables has an assortment of sliders - 22 to be exact! Beef, chicken, lamb and more. Go with a friend or a group and remember, it's normal to order at least 3-5 sliders per visit.

Slows Bar BQ
This corner bar made international headlines when Travel Channel's Adam Richman featured the Yardbird on his "Best Sandwich in America" list. Slows Bar BQ is mixes southern style BBQ with some Detroit flare. They've made their own style and it's no mistake that Adam visited - when you do, you'll see why that sandwich - and others - are worthy of these titles.

Slows BBQ
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Jolly Pumpkin
Earlier last year, President Barack Obama visited Detroit for the North American International Auto Show and visited Jolly Pumpkin for a spontaneous lunch. Best known for its pizza and beer, Jolly Pumpkin on West Canfield has become quite a popular destination for lunch.

Dinner

Relax and mingle with friends at these restaurants after hours hangouts.

Buddy's Pizza
When in Detroit, you need to try Detroit-style pizza from the style's creator: Buddy's Pizza. Buddy's has been in Detroit for 70 years and created Detroit style pizza shortly after. It's a unique combination which includes a chewy dough. Deep dish and thin crust are good but if you've never tried Detroit-style, you're missing out!

Roma Cafe
Detroit's oldest Italian restaurant brings old-world flavor to the Motor City. The sauce is fresh and every dish tastes like it was air delivered that day from Italy! Make no mistake, this isn't a "cafe" in the American diction - it's an upscale, sit-down restaurant with speedy waiters who know you are there to eat, not network. So from the moment you sit down, it's clear that they are there to serve.

Central Kitchen + Bar
Another gastro pub that sits in Detroit’s First National Building and serves upscale bar food – and liquid nitrogen ice cream – is Central Kitchen +Bar. The scene is trendy with Edison lighting and earthy toned decor. For lunch and dinner, it can be loud but the food is exceptional and the experience is memorable.

Bonus: Dessert


Astoria Pastry Shop
If you're in Detroit's Greektown, you have to stop in and grab a dessert from Astoria. This pastry shop has an assortment of traditional American sweets mixed with Greek favorites. The best part? It's open until midnight from Sunday to Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday which means you can indulge into the late hours of the night.

Astoria Pastry Shop
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Detroit Water Ice Factory
Have you ever tried water ice? Think: lemon ice with multiple flavors. Each flavor is Motown-inspired and all proceeds are donated to S.A.Y. Detroit, a local charity.