If there’s one thing Detroiters are passionate about, it’s delicious food. Luckily for us, the Motor City is home to more than its fair share of delightful and delectable restaurants. Here are eleven of the city’s most unique eateries that you simply have to visit at least once — your new favorite might just be on this list.
1. The Dakota Inn Rathskeller (17324 John R Street)
Head to this beloved Bavarian-themed eatery for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. You’ll chow down on German food and complete each bite with a sip of perfectly brewed beer. The Dakota Inn has even been known to host live piano sing-alongs. What could be more fun?
2. Grand Trunk Pub (612 Woodward Ave)
You’ve never seen a restaurant quite like this before. The Grand Trunk Pub is situated in a converted railway station. Its high ceilings and gorgeous chandeliers are just the beginning, though — you’ll be in heaven when you bite into any of the pub’s menu items, from shrimp and grits to hearty burgers.
3. PJ’s Lager House (1254 Michigan Ave)
This Cajun-inspired eatery will make you feel like you’ve been dropped right in the middle of New Orleans. It’s more than just a rock ’n roll venue: it’s also an amazing place to stop in for a drink and a bite to eat. Looking for something completely unique? Taste the vegan biscuits and gravy — you won’t be disappointed.
4. Iridescence (MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave)
When you’re in the mood to splurge, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Iridescence. This elegant restaurant sits on the 16th floor of the MotorCity Casino Hotel, offering sweeping views of the city skyline and a menu full of fine food and beverages to match.
5. Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (20510 Livernois Ave)
This Detroit classic prides itself on being the world’s oldest jazz club, and you’ll be swept into a different time when you choose to dine here. Munch on delicious favorites like chicken wings and burgers as you listen to the sounds of live jazz.
6. Parks & Rec Diner (1942 Grand River Ave)
This incredible eatery offers a new twist on the traditional diner experience. With modernized and stylistically stunning decor, massive windows, and unique plays on favorite breakfast items, you’ll be delighted. Try one of their cinnamon rolls for a perfect sweet treat.
7. Republic (1942 Grand River Ave)
Republic is beloved for its rustic decor, full range of amazing adult beverages, and mouthwatering new American cuisine. You’ll dine on everything from whitefish fritters to brown bread ice cream, along with a whole host of other wonderfully reimagined dishes.
8. Small Plates (1521 Broadway Street)
Many people drop in at Small Plates before checking out a show at the nearby Opera House. But no matter what your reason for visiting, a visit to this eatery will leave you satisfied. With a wide array of — you guessed it —- small plates to choose from, such as calamari, lobster bisque, or pulled pork, you’ll find yourself totally charmed.
9. Grey Ghost Detroit (47 Watson Street)
The understated ambiance of this Detroit eatery will keep you coming back for more. While many patrons head to Grey Ghost for a few cocktails or beers, the restaurant is most well-known for its perfectly prepared steaks. Come with an appetite and leave with a new favorite dinner spot.
10. GoGo’s (2040 Park Ave, Detroit)
There’s no place else in the Motor City quite like GoGo’s. This popular eatery offers Hawaiian cuisine in a friendly, upbeat atmosphere. The food is locally made, the service is wonderful, and the delightful twists on Asian-inspired dishes will have your mouth watering in no time.
11. Noble Fish (45 E 14 Mile Road, Clawson)
This quaint sushi spot is tucked away in the back of a Japanese market, but don’t let its humble appearance fool you: it’s home to some of the best sushi in metro Detroit. Noble Fish is certainly worth a short drive from the city to grab an authentic meal from a true hidden gem.
What’s your favorite unique eatery in the Motor City? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.