1. River Bistro (18456 Grand River Ave)
This cozy eatery offers up tasty options for weekend brunch, as well as plenty of lunch and dinner selections. Enjoy meals with a Caribbean twist as you relax among the charming atmosphere of River Bistro. From coconut curry shrimp to jerk ribs to fried brussels sprouts, there’s something here for everyone.
2. Pie-Sci (5163 Trumbull Ave)
We’ve featured Pie-Sci on previous lists, but it’s certainly worth mentioning again. This is anything but your ordinary pizza joint, and it might just make its way to the top of your list for Motor City eateries. Opt for the Jimmy Pesto (featuring chicken and pesto toppings), a BLT pie, or the Cheesus Crust, which comes complete with ham and fried egg!
3. Gather (1454 Gratiot Ave)
Settle in for a wonderful meal at Gather, which has quickly become an area favorite. With an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and an absolutely delicious menu of food and drink, it’s nearly impossible to have a bad time here. From pumpkin gnocchi to bacon wrapped pork, there’s no shortage of tasty eats at Gather.
4. Evie’s Tamales (3454 Bagley Ave)
Who doesn’t love a perfectly made tamale? Detroit is overflowing with authentic Mexican cuisine, but Evie’s will take your experience to an entirely new level. Stop in at this modest yet absolutely charming restaurant for some of the most wonderful flavors imaginable, whether you keep it simple with tamales or beef things up by ordering a tasty burrito. Is your mouth watering yet?
5. Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails (15 E Kirby St D)
If you love the color green, you’ll be in heaven as soon as you arrive at Chartreuse. This restaurant is designed to make diners feel as though they’re in a botanical wonderland, and its food is just as fantastic as its decor. From roasted beets to steak to grilled octopus, the menu options here will delight and surprise you.
6. The Peterboro (420 Peterboro St)
If you’re a fan of Chinese fare, look no further than the Peterboro. This fantastic eatery offers modern twists on Chinese favorites, all served in a beautifully modern atmosphere. From beef flank fried rice to almond boneless chicken, the food at Peterboro is sure to keep you coming back for more. What’s not to love?
7. Royale With Cheese (4163 Cass Ave)
Every now and then, a burger craving strikes: and there’s no better way to satisfy it than a visit to Royale With Cheese. With a name inspired by the famous line from "Pulp Fiction," this burger joint is undeniably quirky -- in the best way possible. Opt for the jalapeno-covered Kruncher, try the Havana with turkey bacon and fried egg, or order a classic Royale, which is topped with smoked brisket and gouda cheese. Yum!
8. Taqueria Mi Pueblo (7278 Dix S)
Ready for another serving of incredible Mexican cuisine? Look no further than Taqueria Mi Pueblo, a Motor City fixture that has long garnered business from locals and visitors alike. With three levels of seating and a wide menu that includes favorites like pozole, tortas, enchiladas, and more. The staff at Taqueria Mi Pueblo is also glad to make most menu items vegetarian by request.
9. Seva Detroit (66 E Forest Ave)
Speaking of vegetarian dining, Seva is simply unmissable when you’re searching for a vegetarian-friendly eatery that doesn’t compromise on taste. Start off your meal with a glass of fresh juice or a cocktail, then move onto a mouthwatering entree. Favorites include black bean and sweet potato quesadillas, baked mac and cheese, and the artichoke Po Boy, among countless others.
10. La Boheme (8100 Kercheval Ave)
Searching for a little slice of Parisian bliss right here in the Motor City? Venture to La Boheme, a quaint cafe that serves breakfast and lunch in some of the most charming surroundings imaginable. With friendly service and tasty menu offerings from croissants to tea to salads with fresh greens, this locale will transport you to a simpler, calmer time.