A delicious and hearty breakfast is one of the few things, besides coffee, that makes getting up early in the morning slightly bearable. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet like a freshly baked pastry or red velvet pancakes or a savory meal of a bagel with smoked salmon or steak and eggs, there’s a breakfast restaurant in Detroit that’s just right for you. If you want to mix the two flavors up with chicken and waffles, you can head to the New Center Eatery, which is known as the “Original Chicken and Waffles of Detroit.” No matter what you’re in the mood for, these breakfast and brunch joints in the motor city will be sure to hit the spot.
1.Parks & Rec Diner
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Parks and Rec is a cozy, sit-down diner that focuses on breakfast – they have everything from the classics you know and love to more creative and innovative dishes that combine the best of everything. The restaurant sources from local farms and prepares all their quality meals with love. The diner’s menu changes every so often,based on what is in season so they can guarantee fresh, delicious food for all their customers, all the time. There are many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options such as the Coco-Yo Parfait made with house made coconut milk yogurt, house preserves, and granola.
1942 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-446-8370
2.Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles
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Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles exists to celebrate food, family, and friends. They’re closed on Mondays but open at 8:00 a.m. sharp the rest of the week. Their delightful waffle combos are served all day; there are ten options such as the What Up Doe with chicken, waffles, grits, eggs, and cheese or the Big Pappa with a 10 oz. T-bone steak, waffles, eggs, and homestyle potatoes. The Southern comfort platters are a great choice if you’re really hungry, and another opopular option is Hazel’s Southern Platter with fried chicken, salmon croquettes, tenders, catfish, cornbread, and a choice of two sides.
19345 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221, Phone: 313-861-0229
3.Red Dunn Kitchen
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Red Dunn Kitchen is Detroit’s newest addition to the already vibrant culinary scene. The seasonal American menu combines tried-and-true classics with classic French techniques. All the ingredients are locally sourced so that the restaurant is constantly serving new and refined meals that taste delicious. There are many vegan and vegetarian options, and the kitchen is more than happy to accommodate any allergies or other dietrary restrictions. Items on the breakfast menu that shouldn’t be missed are the crab artichoke potato hash, the almond-ricotta pancakes, huevos benedictos, and the braised short rib sandwich made with eggs, tomato jam, and raclette cheese.
1331 Trumbull Ave Suite 100, Detroit, MI 48216, Phone: 313-887-9477
4.Cadillac Square Diner
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Cadillac Square Diner is a full-service dine-in and carry-out restaurant that serves delicious breakfasts for you to start your day right. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, but diners can choose from a variety of breakfast options 6:00 a.m. onwards on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. onward on Saturday. The extensive menu has eggs made in any style, crepes, pancakes, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, and steaks and chops that can be served with a combination of hash browns, grits, or pancakes. The Cadillac Breakfast Special is a favorite and includes three fried eggs, bacon, sausage ham, hash browns, and toast and jelly.
111 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-974-6923
Clique is a much-loved American diner with a retro vibe in Detroit, Michigan. Diners come from all over to try what is often called “the best tasting breakfast they have ever had in a restaurant.” Their weekend breakfast and brunch menus are served from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and includes pancakes, corn beef hot skillet, meat lovers’ hot skillet, and much more. The restaurant is cozy and friendly while food is served fresh and fast. The lively energy combined with the delicious meals make it one of the best places to dine in.
1326 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-259-0922
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The Detroit Dime Store was established in 2014 and can be found inside the Chrysler House. The restaurant was voted for serving the “best brunch” and the “most creative breakfast” by House Magazine. The American Brunch Bar specializes in delicious breakfast cuisine made from fresh and high-quality ingredients. With service from 8:00 a.m. onwards throughout the week, diners can try out culinary concoctions such as malted Belgian waffles, bacon avocado on toast, and a homemade turkey breakfast sausage sandwich with tomatoes and spinach. The Chef’s Special Girl Scout Waffle is a delicious chocolate chip malted Belgian waffles with shortbread coconut crumble, salted caramel, and whipped cream.
719 Griswold St #180, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-962-9106
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Open from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Farmers’ Restaurant provides fresh and nutritious meals for the community to indulge in. Though the establishment has a varied menu, the corned beef is a popular item that visitors must try while they’re in the area. The restaurant is situated in Eastern Market, which means that after a nutritious and hearty breakfast, diners can then explore their surroundings to find unique foods and products that can’t be found anywhere else. As a matter of fact, Farmer’s Restaurant uses ingredients sourced fresh from their surroundings.
2542 Market St, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-259-8230
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Fishbone’s Rhythm Kitchen Cafe provides the signature flavors of New Orleans right in Detroit, Michigan. The restaurant was established in 1989 and is reminiscent of 1920s Bourbon Street complete with an authentic French quarter feel and cabaret style. The restaurant is renowned in the area and offers breakfast seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Their Sunday brunch is a family favorite and includes morning basics such as cereal, parfait, and bagels. While their pancakes, waffles, and French toast are delicious, menu items that are extraordinary include the toasted English muffin sandwich and the fresh vegetarian egg white omelet.
400 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-965-4600
© Ham Shop
Ham Shop is a neighborhood favorite that serves enjoyable and tasty breakfast from 6:00 a.m. onwards every day of the week. Breakfast is served any time of the day and includes a wide range to choose from, whether you prefer something hearty like pork chops and eggs or something lighter such as wheat toast and jelly. The Hungry Man is great for when you want a large, delicious meal to start your day with. It includes three eggs in any style, ham, bacon, sausage, toast, and a choice of potatoes or grits. The Breakfast Special with corned beef hash is another popular option for breakfast at the Ham Shop.
330 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-965-0088
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Honest John’s is a wonderful late night/early morning spot that is open every day of the week from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Sunday. There are six different kinds of omelets, including the Oink which is made with ham, bacon, sausage, and American cheese as well as the vegetarian Big O, which has tomatoes, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli, and green peppers. In addition to the omelets and eggs, diners can also choose from the breakfast burrito, which has jalapenos and corn, chicken and waffles, Fruity Pebble French toast, and the health bar pancakes, which come with a choice of pork or turkey sausage.
488 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-832-5646
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J’s Cafe opens at 5:00 a.m. every morning and at 6:00 a.m. on Sundays to serve delicious breakfast to locals and visitors in Detroit. The cafe is homey, laid-back, and has a “known you forever” feeling that makes guests feel right at home. All breakfasts come with two eggs, toast, and a choice of grits, pancakes, hash browns, or rice. For less than $10.00, you can have sausage links, polish sausages, chicken wings, salmon, catfish, turkey patties, or pork chops. The cafe’s specialty is the chicken wings and waffles, which is simply heavenly and has just the right combination of sweet and savory. Things to Do in Detroit
20853 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48219, Phone: 313-533-7913
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Voted “Best Breakfast Buffet” by Metro Times Readers, Bistro 555 is the perfect place to catch a bite to eat amongst the hustle. The classic American diner has a dynamic and vibrant setting as it’s housed right in the middle of Greektown Casino. There’s a wide, varied menu for diners of different tastes, including a special section for kids. Instead of ala carte, though, the most popular option is the breakfast buffet, which has something for everyone – you’ll find bagels, bacon, eggs, and much more. While the restaurant is open every day from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., (11:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays), the buffet is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends.
200 St Antoine, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-223-2999
13.la Dolce Vita
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Established in 1995, la Dolce Vita offers an eclectic menu of regional Italian cuisine with continental influences. The restaurant has been awarded “the best patio in Detroit” by Metro Times and many other local magazines. Their famous Sunday brunch runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During that time diners can relax on the patio, listen to the live band, and enjoy bottomless mimosas while eating some of the most delicious cuisine in Detroit. The menu has fresh seasonal fruit, a bagel with smoked salmon, shrimp benedict, fettuccine florentine, and the Italian style French toast stuffed with mascarpone cheese and served with maple syrup.
17546 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203, Phone: 313-865-0331
14.Le Petit Dejeuner
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Open 8:30 a.m. onwards every day of the week, Le Petit Dejeuner is a breakfast and brunch restaurant that serves delicious French and American cuisine. The family-style restaurant has an option for families to pick a little bit of everything on the menu to share with each other; for example, Living Single lets you pick three items for only $12, while the Brady Bunch lets you pick seven items for only $58. Items on the menu include chocolate crepes with ricotta cheese and raspberry drizzle, carrot cake pancakes with cream cheese and maple syrup, and omelets with spinach, sausage, and other tasty ingredients.
6470 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-725-0257
15.Louie's Ham & Corned Beef
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Louie’s Ham & Corned Beef restaurant is open from 6:00 a.m. onward Monday to Saturday and 8:00 a.m. onward on Sundays. They serve breakfast anytime of the day and have an extensive menu for you to choose from. Some of the tasty egg dishes include fresh eggs and ham, turkey and eggs, and the fried egg sandwich; all egg dishes can be substituted with Eggbeaters or egg whites only. There are twenty-five different choices of the famed Louie’s Giant Omelets. The Gyro Omelet with gyro meat, green peppers, and feta cheese and the Vegetarian Omelet with mushrooms, onions, and green peppers are some of the most popular choices.
3570 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-831-1800
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Midtown Zef’s Grill is a wonderful restaurant that serves breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. throughout the week. Their breakfast specials are some of the most renowned in town, and for $6.89 Zef’s Big Man has eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, hash browns, and grits or toast. There are many kinds of omelets that come with steak, bacon, or vegetables that are all served with three large eggs, hash browns or grits, and toast and jelly. All items on the griddle such as potato pancakes or Texas style French toast come served with powdered sugar and a side of syrup and butter; you can add walnuts or fresh fruit for just a dollar more.
4160 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-831-1210
17.New Center Eatery
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The New Center Eatery founded by Detroit native Johnny Cannon opened to the public in 2003. The restaurant prides itself on serving quality food at affordable prices and offers breakfast seven days a week. They are known as the “Original Chicken and Waffles of Detroit” and have multiple chicken and waffle combinations that are popular with locals and tourists from around the world. Some of the combos are the Magnolia Country Special with golden fried chicken served with gravy, butter, and strawberries on a delicious Belgian waffle and the Sexy Kitty’s Red Velvet, which serve fried chicken on red velvet Belgian waffles with cream cheese icing.
3100 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202, Phone: 313-875-0088
18.Rose's Fine Food
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Rose’s Fine Food is open every day of the week from 8:00 a.m. onwards except Tuesday. All the dishes are made from scratch with quality local ingredients, and the items on the breakfast menu are unique and delicious. There are many gluten-free and vegan options and alternatives for diners to choose from as well. Popular items from the menu include Staff Favorite 2.0, which is a bowl of rice topped with maple bacon, house kimchi, mushrooms, avocado, and a fried egg, and the O Dilla Remix, which is a melty quesadilla on a house tortilla with a fried egg, spicy salsa, beans, and avocado.
10551 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214, Phone: 313-822-2729
© Selden Standard
Just blocks away from the Fisher Music Center and Wayne’s State Campus, Selden Standard serves fun and creative food in a rustic and casual dining environment. The restaurant was named “restaurant of the year” by Hour Detroit as well as the Detroit Free Press. Their weekend brunch is renowned by locals and visitors and is served from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The menu has everything from a simple and delicious citrus and avocado salad made with grapefruit and blood orange to a delicious frittata made with seasonal vegetables and fontina. The house-made cashew milk and the Joseph Wesley teas are popular beverages to accompany breakfast.
3921 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-438-5055
© Seva Detroit
Offered from noon to 4:00 p.m. every day of the week, Seva’s Detroit brunch menu has so many meal options that diners will want to try everything. Sure to satisfy even the most particular palate, the creative and varied menu has many vegan and gluten free dishes as well. Items like the Calabaza Queso are a must try and consists of butternut squash baked with cream cheese, enchilada sauce, and cheese served with corn chips. Those who want something a little lighter can choose from one of the six salads on the menu or a filling sandwich. Hearty entrees like the Vegan Veracruz with corn chips topped with pinto beans, tofu, cheese, and guacamole, and Shay Dog’s Hash with hash browns, sausage, red peppers, and broccoli, are delicious options.
66 E Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-974-6661
21.The Apparatus Room
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The Apparatus Room combines the old and the new, the historic and the modern, in everything they do whether it’s the decor and surroundings or the delicious items on the menu. Those in downtown Detroit will love having such a place to step into and enjoy a fine meal and a refreshing drink. The restaurant opens at 6:30 a.m. every morning and offers innovative culinary cuisine that can’t be found anywhere else. Their everyday breakfast and weekend brunch includes meals such as sweet potato pancakes, peppered smoked salmon bagel, the black garlic spinach Caesar sandwich, and the breakfast shawarma made with scrambled eggs and feta shakshuka rolled in pita bread.
Detroit Foundation Hotel, 250 W Larned St, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-800-5600
22.The Brooklyn Street Local
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The Brooklyn Street Local is a family-owned business that was started in 2012 with the goal of creating delicious meals using seasonal, organic, and locally-sourced ingredients. Their all-week breakfast and weekend brunch includes delicious concoctions such as banana walnut pancakes, breakfast poutine, and the daily quiche made with freshly-available ingredients and served with a side of green salad. The house-made scones are perfect for someone who wants to start their day with something a little sweet and are served with a selection of jam and lemon curd. Mouth-watering sides such as carrot cupcakes, hand-cut fries, roasted potatoes, fresh fruit, and a selection of breakfast meats can be added to any meal.
1266 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-262-6547
23.The Hudson Cafe
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With a range of dishes from sweet to savory or a combination of both, the Hudson Cafe works tirelessly to provide eclectic and modern twists on brunch classics. The restaurant is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends. Brunch is served all day every day, and the menu has everything from Cinnabunn pancakes and apple walnut stuffed French toast to waffles that can be topped with anything from fresh berries and fruit to chicken or catfish. There are some vegan and gluten free options like the spiced tofu and very berry French toast, which is stuffed with cream cheese frosting and sliced bananas.
1241 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-237-1000
24.Zeff's Coney Island
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Zeff’s Coney Island restaurant is open every day of the week except Sunday from 6:00 a.m. onwards. Diners can have incredible New Orleans, Eastern, and Mexican inspired meals at the delightful restaurant located right in the heart of Detroit’s Eastern Market. Locals and tourists head to Zeff’s for delicious dishes such as the warming New England clam chowder and the biggy sandwich, which is big enough for two people. The restaurant is a local favorite and is constantly receiving service and culinary awards for its fine food, wonderful service, and pleasant atmosphere.
2469 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-259-4705
© Bobcat Bonnie's
Bobcat Bonnie’s is a fresh and local gastropub that serves high-quality cuisine at a reasonable price. The fun and welcoming atmosphere has made this place into a favorite neighborhood spot since its opening in 2015. Brunch is served from 10:00 am onwards on weekends and has several delicious concoctions. The avocado toast is delicious consists of avocado and goat cheese spread served with dill, basil, and toasted bread. Other must-tries include the cinnamon roll pancakes, chicken and waffles, and the wild mushroom hash made with house potatoes, mushrooms, goat cheese, and sriracha. Go Shorty, It’s Your Sandwich is a delicious compilation of fresh biscuits, bacon, fried egg, sriracha, and house potatoes – diners can ask for the vegetarian alternative made with veggie bacon and sausage if they prefer.
1800 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, Phone: 313-962-1383
25 Best Breakfast and Weekend Brunch Spots in Detroit
- Parks & Rec Diner, Photo: Parks & Rec Diner
- Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles, Photo: Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles
- Red Dunn Kitchen, Photo: Red Dunn Kitchen
- Cadillac Square Diner, Photo: Courtesy of Konstiantyn Zapylaie - Fotolia.com
- Clique, Photo: Clique
- Dime Store, Photo: Dime Store
- Farmers' Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of Jacob Lund - Fotolia.com
- Fishbone's, Photo: Courtesy of makistock - Fotolia.com
- Ham Shop, Photo: Ham Shop
- Honest John's, Photo: Honest John's
- J's Cafe, Photo: Courtesy of eugenesergeev - Fotolia.com
- Bistro 555, Photo: Courtesy of wong yu liang - Fotolia.com
- la Dolce Vita, Photo: la Dolce Vita
- Le Petit Dejeuner, Photo: Le Petit Dejeuner
- Louie's Ham & Corned Beef, Photo: Louie's Ham & Corned Beef
- Midtown Zef's, Photo: Midtown Zef's
- New Center Eatery, Photo: New Center Eatery
- Rose's Fine Food, Photo: Rose's Fine Food
- Selden Standard, Photo: Selden Standard
- Seva Detroit, Photo: Seva Detroit
- The Apparatus Room, Photo: The Apparatus Room
- The Brooklyn Street Local, Photo: The Brooklyn Street Local
- The Hudson Cafe, Photo: The Hudson Cafe
- Zeff's Coney Island, Photo: Courtesy of weyo - Fotolia.com
- Bobcat Bonnie's, Photo: Bobcat Bonnie's
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