Detroit August 29, 2018
The 9 Most Delicious Restaurants In Detroit You’ve Probably Never Tried
Detroit is overflowing with famous eateries, from Joe Muer Seafood to The Whitney. While many of us have dined at the Motor City’s most well-known restaurants, there’s no shortage of underrated locales just waiting to be discovered throughout our hometown. If you’re searching for a few new favorites to add to your list of Detroit eateries, check out these nine under-appreciated (and delicious!) gems.
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1. Xochimilco Restaurant (3409 Bagley St.)
Everyone knows that Detroit serves up all sorts of tasty Mexican cuisine, but Xochimilco is often overlooked in favor of more famous Mexicantown eateries. You’ll certainly want to stop in for a meal here, though - Xochimilco remains open until 2 a.m., so you can always satisfy your burrito cravings. Sip on a margarita as you appreciate the laid-back vibe of this spot.
2. Craft Work (8047 Agnes St.)
You don’t have to be a total hipster to enjoy a visit to Craft Work, which sits in Detroit’s West Village district and features everything from tasty brunch options to happy hour. Opt for fish and chips, lamb pot pie, or vegetable risotto as you unwind here after a long day of work in the Motor City.
3. Ivanhoe Cafe (5249 Joseph Campau Ave.)
You’ve probably heard of this longtime joint, but have you ever taken the time to stop by for a bite to eat? Ivanhoe Cafe is decidedly unassuming, having served up classic Polish eats to generations of Detroiters. For over 100 years, this charming spot has maintained its status as a true hidden gem in our beloved city.
4. Flowers of Vietnam (4430 Vernor Hwy.)
Mix it up with a visit to Flowers of Vietnam, a critically acclaimed eatery that offers insanely delicious Vietnamese dishes in a stylish environment. The menu is unique, featuring everything from caramel chicken wings to fried tofu and traditional Pho. Is your mouth watering yet?
5. Harmonie Garden Cafe (704 Anthony Wayne Dr.)
You’ll be utterly charmed when you stop in for lunch at this Mediterranean gem, which serves up some of the city’s freshest eats. Keep it classic with a pita sandwich, enjoy a falafel omelet, or indulge in a tilapia plate. Service here is friendly and the setting is relaxed. What’s not to love?
6. Wright & Company (1500 Woodward Ave., Floor 2)
Perhaps you’ve somehow overlooked this gem with the influx of hip restaurant arrivals to Detroit over the past several years. If you’ve yet to dine at Wright & Company, you’re missing out! This beautifully designed vintage space sits in a late 19th-century building and features an amazing menu that offers everything from veal cutlets to lake perch to tasty cocktails. You’ll wonder why it took you so long to sit down for a meal here.
7. Motor City Soul Food (12700 W Seven Mile Rd.)
When hunger strikes, nothing hits the spot quite like a hearty serving of soul food. From fried chicken and mashed potatoes to collard greens and meatloaf, there’s something here for everyone. Motor City Soul Food has received its fair share of attention throughout the years, and for good reason, yet many Detroiters have never stopped in. What are you waiting for?!
8. Clique (1326 E Jefferson Ave.)
This unique spot is sure to delight everyone who visits, and you’ll be glad you stopped in for breakfast or lunch. From the outside, Clique might look like your average diner or family restaurant, but trust us when we say that the food here is well above average. From pancakes to omelets to hash browns, there’s something here that will draw you back for seconds.
9. Noni’s Sherwood Grille (19700 Livernois Ave.)
If you don’t need hip decor or over-the-top menu creativity to enjoy a delicious meal, Noni’s is the place for you. There’s something comforting about stepping into a restaurant that’s just plain good - and this fantastic joint is sure to delight. The vibe is relaxed, the food is classic, and the service is friendly. Does it get any better?
Alright, Detroiters: are there any other eateries in the Motor City that visitors and fellow residents alike should check out? Feel free to share your suggestions with us in the comment section below!