The Motor City is famous for many things, but we Detroiters might just love our hometown’s mouthwatering food options above all else. There’s nothing better than coming back for a visit to Detroit and indulging in some of your favorite meals. If you hail from the Motor City, here are ten dishes (and a few beverages) that will always remind you of home.
1. Coney dogs
Whether your favorite dog comes from Lafayette or American, there’s no doubt that every Detroiter loves a delicious coney dog. This classic dish has long stood as a symbol of our city, and we could probably eat ten in one sitting if we really tried!
Nothing washes down a meal in the Motor City quite like a glass of crisp Faygo, so we had to include in on this list. No, it’s not technically a "dish," but this beloved pop has taken on a life of its own here in Detroit. From Redpop to Rock ‘N Rye, there’s a flavor for every craving.
3. Detroit-style pizza
Square pizza simply tastes better. Those crispy corners, that delicious cheese, and that hearty sauce -- what’s not to love? From Buddy’s to Detroit Style Pizza Company, there’s a pizzeria in the Motor City to satisfy diners of all ages when the craving strikes.
If you’re from Detroit, we’re sure you’ve had your fair share of sliders throughout the years. These tiny sandwiches and burgers, typically served up at the iconic Green Dot Stables, are one of the most fun dishes imaginable. After all, you can choose from countless varieties at once!
Metro Detroit sure knows how to celebrate Fat Tuesday, and there’s nothing we look forward to more than indulging in our favorite Polish pastries when Paczki Day rolls around each year. No matter how many times you promise yourself that you’ll eat just one, the promise is always broken.
Unfortunately, Vernors isn’t brought out in the most pleasant of moments, but it’s a classic Detroit beverage nonetheless. Here in the Motor City and surrounding areas, Vernors is the ultimate tool for soothing an upset stomach. One sip and you’ll be completely healed.
7. Fish & chips
Scotty Simpson’s has long stood as one of Detroit’s most beloved restaurants, and it’s easy to see why: this no-frills eatery offers up some of the most delicious fish & chips in the entire world. Of course, plenty of other seafood spots fill the Motor City, but there’s nothing better than this crispy favorite.
Greektown, anyone? With Detroit’s large Greek population comes a seemingly endless array of mouthwatering Greek cuisine. No matter how you choose to enjoy your gyro, one thing is for sure: you’ll always associate this tasty dish with the Motor City.
9. Authentic Mexican food
From tacos to enchiladas to perfectly cooked flautas, there are authentic Mexican eateries here in Detroit to satisfy each and every craving. Mexicantown is the place to be when you’re ready to get your spice on, and you’ll find it impossible to leave this part of the city with an empty stomach.
This is a more recent addition, but Slows Bar-BQ has quickly become an icon in the Motor City. For younger Detroiters, the Yardbird sandwich and its many accompanying menu items are classic tastes of our beloved hometown. If you’re a dedicated carnivore, you’ll adore Slows.
Are there any other classic Detroit dishes or drinks that should have been included on our list? We’re always eager to hear your suggestions, so feel free to share your thoughts below!