Blink twice and you just might miss these teeny, tiny restaurants. And yet, secretly you know these small spots pack a huge punch in the flavor department.
They may look like nothing more than lunch counters, but they’re really so much more once you step inside or order at the window. Here are some of the tiniest restaurants scattered across Michigan.
1. Campau Tower, Hamtramck
Because it's 2 a.m. and the bars are all closed, somehow you're craving a big, juicy burger. Or a basket of tater tots. Or a crazy big hot dog. This is your place.
2. Chickpea in the D, Detroit
Working in downtown Detroit? Looking for a healthy pita wrap or salad on the go? Come to this little window and you'll be treated to a mix of sandwiches, salads, and smoothies.
3. Duly's Place, Detroit
Come late enough to this old school Coney and you just might be greeted by a server with attitude. Play along, order yourself a loose, dig into the atmosphere.
4. Island Bean Coffee & Hollywood Market, Harbor Springs
This is where you'll find plenty of Seattle's Best coffee, smoothies, baked goodies, juices, and sammies. Plus, you've got indoor and outdoor seating and a convenience mart - all squeezed into one petite space.
5. Iva’s Chicken Dinners, Sterling
This old school family-owned restaurant has been serving up deliciously crispy chicken since 1938.
6. Joey's Famous Philly Cheesesteaks and More, Southgate
Folks travel from all around to dig into these Philly-style cheese steaks, situated in a teeny sub shop in Southgate.
7. Kate’s Kitchen, Flat Rock
This is a jewel for breakfast in Flatrock. It's kinda down home, not super fancy, but that's what's so enduring about this spot, which gets packed with people lining up out the door on a regular basis.
8. Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit
There's little more than a long lunch counter and a few four-top tables in this iconic space. There's also this guy, Faisal Ali, who miraculously maneuvers his way through the narrow aisles with tons of Coneys balanced on his arms. It's quite a spectacle.
9. Rocky's Chinese, Taylor
This may be a no-frills spot with just a lunch counter and a little else, but hungry diners intent on getting down on some good ol' fashioned Chinese fare swear by this place.
10. The White House, Clare
Don't let the small stature of this tiny place trick you into thinking the cooks here will skimp on the flavor. No, in fact, the burgers here are of heavyweight proportion, so make sure you have an appetite.
11. Tiny Apple Store, Bay City
No, this isn't the place where you get your new iPhone. Nope, instead it's a quaint little ice cream parlor that's been known to serve up some delicious Mexican food to go.
How is it that these little bitty places can satisfy such a humongous appetite? Better yet, can you share with us your favorite tiny Michigan restaurants?