Detroit January 08, 2018
10 Detroit Staples You Should Have Tried By Now
If there’s one thing Detroiters love, it’s dining. Luckily for us, the Motor City is simply overflowing with unique and delicious options for food and drink. While it might seem daunting to experience each and every famous item from throughout Detroit, it certainly can’t hurt to try. Here are ten staple food and drinks that you must experience at least once in your lifetime.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Coney dogs
We’ll start with a no-brainer: coney dogs are a Detroit classic, and there’s a reason famous eateries like Lafayette and American Coney Island have remained in business for so long. Locals and visitors alike are enamored with these tasty dogs, and your taste buds will undoubtedly thank you after that first bite.
2. Detroit-style pizza
Who says pizza has to be round? Not us! Here in Detroit, we’re proud to serve up square pizza, and there’s something undeniably delicious about biting into that perfectly crispy corner piece. Whether you’re dining at Buddy’s or scoping out one of the city’s new pizzerias, you certainly won’t be disappointed.
3. Fish and chips at Scotty Simpson’s
Who doesn’t enjoy a good order of fish and chips? This classic meal can be found at many restaurants, but nobody in Detroit does it quite like Scotty Simpson’s. This modest, yet welcoming eatery in the Motor City serves up perfectly crispy fish with plenty of fries on the side. What’s not to love?
We Detroiters sure do love to drink our beloved pop, and Faygo is an obvious choice when it comes to brand selection. With timeless flavors like Redpop and Rock N’ Rye, this fizzy beverage will truly never let us down. Any delicious Detroit meal can (and should) be washed down with a glass of crisp, cold Faygo.
5. The Yardbird at Slows Bar-BQ
It’s nearly impossible to go wrong with anything from the menu at Slows Bar-BQ, but this iconic Detroit eatery is especially famous for its delicious Yardbird sandwich. Smoked chicken, mushrooms, melted cheddar, bacon, and a special sauce make this one of the most mouthwatering sammies you’ll ever have.
6. Better Made Potato Chips
Think all potato chips are created equal? Think again! Nothing beats that amazing crunch from a bag of Better Made chips, which are manufactured right here in the Motor City. Maybe it’s the hometown pride that comes along with knowing where our snacks originated, but there’s just something extra delicious about indulging in a few Better Made potato chips.
7. Sliders from Green Dot Stables
No one can claim to be a true Detroiter without having dined at Green Dot Stables, home of an incredible sliders menu. The options for these tiny sandwiches and burgers are truly endless, so we recommend ordering one of everything! Bring along a few friends, order a glass of water, and prepare to sample some of the tastiest flavors imaginable.
Ah, Paczki Day: one of the best days of the year in and around the Motor City. Every Fat Tuesday, Detroiters flock to bakeries in Hamtramck or other nearby locales for a taste of the delicious Polish pastries that make this holiday so special. If you’ve got a sweet tooth and you haven’t yet bitten into a mouthwatering paczki, you’re in for an incredible treat.
9. Grilled chicken from Taqueria El Rey
Taqueria El Rey serves up all sorts of tasty and authentic Mexican cuisine, but it’s also known for some of the most delightful grilled chicken in the city. Whether you opt for traditional or BBQ chicken, you’ll be absolutely amazed by the perfectly cooked tastes served up at this modest eatery. Once you dine at Taqueria El Rey, you’ll be back every time a grilled chicken craving hits.
After eating all that delicious food, you might just need a bit of help settling your stomach. Luckily, Detroit is well-stocked with Vernors, which doubles as a medicinal beverage for many of us. While it’s fine to consume this fizzy drink as ginger ale, we believe its real purpose is to eliminate nausea, and every true Detroiter keeps a bottle or two around.
Tell us, Detroiters: are there any other staple food or drink items that everyone in the Motor City should have tried by now? We’re always eager to hear your suggestions, so let us know in the comments below!