Restaurants that have been around for a long period of time carry rich history, and it’s safe to say they have some of the best food in the area. How else could they continue to stay open for so many years? So check out these 10 longest-standing restaurants in Detroit that serve delectable cuisine and incredible history.
1. Jacoby's German Biergarten
Jacoby's has been serving delicious, authentic German food and beer since it's opening in 1904. Albert Jacoby, a native of Luxembourg, took over Jake's Tavern after striking a deal with Voight Brewing Company. It was also said that his first German cook, Mina, decided to leave her old hotel job and work for Jacoby. She later became his wife.
Jacoby's is located at 624 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226.
2. Ivanhoe Cafe - Polish Yacht Club
Ivanhoe Cafe, also known as the Polish Yacht Club has been opened since 1909. This restaurant and bar serves up an awesome array of traditional Polish food, including pierogies, kielbasa and potato pancakes.
Ivanhoe Cafe - Polish Yacht Club is located at 5249 Joseph Campau St., Detroit, MI 48211.
3. American Coney Island
A Greek immigrant named Gust Keros founded American Coney Island in 1917. Since then, they have become a well-known establishment in Detroit and continue serving delicious tasting Coney dogs.
American Coney Island is located at 114 W Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226.
4. Red Hots Coney Island
Red Hots has been open since 1921 and is known for their made-from-scratch chili. The Coney Island has a special history with the Ford Factory down the road, where workers who built the model T would come inside for a Coney dog.
Red Hots Coney Island is located at 12 Victor St., Highland Park, MI 48203.
5. Duly's Place
Duly's Place has been opened since 1921. It's opened 24 hours and the people living in the area swear by their Coney dogs. It's a bit tiny inside, but the food is greasy and good.
Duly's Place is located at 5458 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, MI 48209.
6. The Dakota Inn Rathskeller
The Dakota Inn Rathskeller was established in 1933 and there are still several German illustrations hanging on the wall that date back to before World War II. They serve mouthwatering German style food and beer.
The Dakota Inn Rathskeller is located at 17324 John R St., Detroit, MI 48203.
7. Baker's Keyboard Lounge
Baker's is a gem in Detroit and was established in 1933 as a sandwich shop, but when Chris and Fannie Baker's son, Clarence, took over, he started booking jazz musicians. During its long history, it has hosted some of the most iconic jazz artists of all time, including Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis.
Baker's Keyboard Lounge is located at 20510 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48221.
8. Sibley Gardens
Sibley Garden is south of Detroit and opened back in 1935. They serve exceptional Italian cuisine and is a staple among the people living in the downriver area.
Sibley Gardens is located at 916 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton, MI 48183.
9. Cliff Bell's
Club owner Cliff Bell opened this lively spot in 1935. He ran the club until 1958 and it went by a slew of names after Bell left and even closed down in 1985. Thankfully, it reopened in 2005, serving great food and has jazz acts performing almost every night. It's long history makes it a special place in Detroit.
Cliff Bell's is located at 2030 Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.
10. Motz's Burgers
Motz's Burgers has been serving fresh beef sliders since 1929. It is a Fort Street icon and a staple in Detroit.
Motz's Burgers is located at 7208 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI 48209.
Did we miss restaurants that deserve recognition on this list? Let us know in the comment section below!
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