January 05, 2018

20 essential Dearborn restaurants everyone should try at least once

While it may not get the credit it is due, the city of Dearborn is nothing short of a dining destination. The Detroit suburb is home to a large population of Arab Americans, so naturally there are a bevy of phenomenal Middle Eastern eateries, but the city also has plenty of Coney Islands, diners, burger joints, Mexican restaurants, and sushi bars. This short list contains just a few of the many great restaurants in the city. Did we list your favorite?

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Al Ameer
12710 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-8185 
27346 Ford Rd., Dearborn Hts; 313-565-9600
If you’re looking for the pinnacle of Mediterranean cuisine, look no further than Dearborn’s own Al Ameer. Located at the corner of Warren Avenue and Ford Road, this Middle Eastern eatery is family-run and locally sourced. Look out for the fattoush and fried pita chip breakfasts or shish kabob and shawarma entrees for lunch. Sporting the slogan “proud to be authentic” and a customer base that reflects that goal, Al Ameer is the largest Middle Eastern restaurant in Wayne County. So Instead of still reading about it, check it out for yourself! 
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Al Ameer
12710 W. Warren Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-8185
27346 Ford Rd., Dearborn Hts; 313-565-9600
If you’re looking for the pinnacle of Mediterranean cuisine, look no further than Dearborn’s own Al Ameer. Located at the corner of Warren Avenue and Ford Road, this Middle Eastern eatery is family-run and locally sourced. Look out for the fattoush and fried pita chip breakfasts or shish kabob and shawarma entrees for lunch. Sporting the slogan “proud to be authentic” and a customer base that reflects that goal, Al Ameer is the largest Middle Eastern restaurant in Wayne County. So Instead of still reading about it, check it out for yourself!
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Andiamo
21400 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-359-3300 
Did someone say “bottomless pasta bowl”? Sure, this metro Detroit-based chain was founded on a philosophy rooted in treating customers well and serving them meals made from fresh, seasonal ingredients — but, they also know that we want to eat a pound of noodles in one sitting. Theirs are made in-house every morning. Now, that’s amore! 
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Andiamo
21400 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-359-3300
Did someone say “bottomless pasta bowl”? Sure, this metro Detroit-based chain was founded on a philosophy rooted in treating customers well and serving them meals made from fresh, seasonal ingredients — but, they also know that we want to eat a pound of noodles in one sitting. Theirs are made in-house every morning. Now, that’s amore!
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Antonio’s Cucina Italiana
26356 Ford Rd., Dearborn Heights; 313-278-6000
9924 Dix Ave., Dearborn; 313-842-2100
Named Metro Times Best Family Restaurant in 2015, Antonio’s authentic Italian fare is sure to satisfy any craving for a home cooked meal. An abundance of choices including their pizza, pasta, antipasti, and beloved stuffed pasta dishes are available at multiple locations across metro Detroit.
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Antonio’s Cucina Italiana
26356 Ford Rd., Dearborn Heights; 313-278-6000
9924 Dix Ave., Dearborn; 313-842-2100
Named Metro Times Best Family Restaurant in 2015, Antonio’s authentic Italian fare is sure to satisfy any craving for a home cooked meal. An abundance of choices including their pizza, pasta, antipasti, and beloved stuffed pasta dishes are available at multiple locations across metro Detroit.
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Bangkok 96 
2450 S. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn; 313-730-8161 
Bangkok 96 has been a fixture in Dearborn for over 20 years. Their menu covers all bases when it comes to authentic Thai food, from the classic pad thai to the complex pad bai gra praow. Bangkok 96 is famous for their speedy service — for both dining in and carrying out — and massive portions. So, be sure to come hungry, and bring your stretchy Thanksgiving pants — leave the constricting skinny jeans at home. 
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Bangkok 96
2450 S. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn; 313-730-8161
Bangkok 96 has been a fixture in Dearborn for over 20 years. Their menu covers all bases when it comes to authentic Thai food, from the classic pad thai to the complex pad bai gra praow. Bangkok 96 is famous for their speedy service — for both dining in and carrying out — and massive portions. So, be sure to come hungry, and bring your stretchy Thanksgiving pants — leave the constricting skinny jeans at home.
Photo via Instagram, Chow Down Detroit
Brome Modern Eatery
22062 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-996-5050 
With 100 percent grass-fed beef and organic ingredients free of genetically modified organisms, Brome aims to serve the freshest possible food. They are committed to reducing waste and using responsibly-raised meats and vegetables. Customers can feel good knowing their menu, featuring craft burgers, and hand-spun shakes, comes from natural and sustainable preparations.
Brome will be opening a new Detroit location in Winter of 2018. 
Photo via bromemoderneatery.com
Brome Modern Eatery
22062 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-996-5050
With 100 percent grass-fed beef and organic ingredients free of genetically modified organisms, Brome aims to serve the freshest possible food. They are committed to reducing waste and using responsibly-raised meats and vegetables. Customers can feel good knowing their menu, featuring craft burgers, and hand-spun shakes, comes from natural and sustainable preparations.
Brome will be opening a new Detroit location in Winter of 2018.
Photo via bromemoderneatery.com
Dearborn Meat Market
7721 Schaefer Rd., Dearborn; 313-581-8820  
This hole-in-the-wall restaurant is a classic among locals. The front entrance reveals a tightly-packed meat shop with various cuts of chicken, beef, and lamb ready for purchase. However, the dine-in experience is what makes the Dearborn Meat Market a gem. After picking your choice of meat and sides — including tabouli, hummus, and other classic Middle Eastern dishes — you can take a seat in the back room, which is enveloped in the heat from the brick fire grill. Patrons are given a front-row seat while waiting for their food. 
Photo via Instagram, Chow Down Detroit
Dearborn Meat Market
7721 Schaefer Rd., Dearborn; 313-581-8820
This hole-in-the-wall restaurant is a classic among locals. The front entrance reveals a tightly-packed meat shop with various cuts of chicken, beef, and lamb ready for purchase. However, the dine-in experience is what makes the Dearborn Meat Market a gem. After picking your choice of meat and sides — including tabouli, hummus, and other classic Middle Eastern dishes — you can take a seat in the back room, which is enveloped in the heat from the brick fire grill. Patrons are given a front-row seat while waiting for their food.
Photo via Instagram, Chow Down Detroit
Ford’s Garage
21367 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-752-3673 
While Ford’s Garage may only be 6 years old, their inspiration spans a century. This prime burger and craft beer joint pays tribute to the man that made the city: Henry Ford. The place looks like a 1920s service station, but the food is decidedly modern. You’ll find one of the largest selections of Michigan beer here too. With onion rings served on giant funnels and the Ford logo branded on its patty buns, you won’t find a restaurant that celebrates the auto barron quite like this one. 
Photo via Instagram, Asian Custard
Ford’s Garage
21367 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-752-3673
While Ford’s Garage may only be 6 years old, their inspiration spans a century. This prime burger and craft beer joint pays tribute to the man that made the city: Henry Ford. The place looks like a 1920s service station, but the food is decidedly modern. You’ll find one of the largest selections of Michigan beer here too. With onion rings served on giant funnels and the Ford logo branded on its patty buns, you won’t find a restaurant that celebrates the auto barron quite like this one.
Photo via Instagram, Asian Custard
Frida Mexican Cuisine
22257 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313- 451-8698 
After the restaurant’s recent move down the block, this joint has become a little harder to find, but the search leads to some of the best Mexican food in the city. Despite the emergence of new Mexican-inspired restaurants in the area, Frida has held its ground as a staple in Dearborn’s ever-evolving food scene. The family-owned restaurant is “trying to lift itself above the usual cheese-smothered, Americanized version of Mexican food that is nearly ubiquitous outside of Southwest Detroit.” Along with authentic Mexican food, Frida also offers an extensive selection of mixed drinks. 
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Frida Mexican Cuisine
22257 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313- 451-8698
After the restaurant’s recent move down the block, this joint has become a little harder to find, but the search leads to some of the best Mexican food in the city. Despite the emergence of new Mexican-inspired restaurants in the area, Frida has held its ground as a staple in Dearborn’s ever-evolving food scene. The family-owned restaurant is “trying to lift itself above the usual cheese-smothered, Americanized version of Mexican food that is nearly ubiquitous outside of Southwest Detroit.” Along with authentic Mexican food, Frida also offers an extensive selection of mixed drinks.
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Golden Bakery
14526 Warren Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-0000
Friendly service keeps regulars coming back to this family-owned bakery. Golden Bakery is known for their tasty cheese pies, zaatar pies, manaeesh, and many other authentic Middle Eastern staples. Their lengthy hours, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., make this a great place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  
Photo via Instagram, Dearborn Heights Golden Bakery
Golden Bakery
14526 Warren Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-0000
Friendly service keeps regulars coming back to this family-owned bakery. Golden Bakery is known for their tasty cheese pies, zaatar pies, manaeesh, and many other authentic Middle Eastern staples. Their lengthy hours, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., make this a great place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Photo via Instagram, Dearborn Heights Golden Bakery
Habib’s Cuisine
14316 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-584-1515 
Born in Lebanon, head chef Habib Bazzi brings together authentic Middle Eastern cuisine at his restaurant. Sizable portions come from the lengthy menu, which features shish kabob and shawarma combinations as well as family style options complete with salad, hummus, and an entree. If you’re looking to accommodate a bigger party, Habib’s welcomes banquets and catering for any event.  
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Habib’s Cuisine
14316 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-584-1515
Born in Lebanon, head chef Habib Bazzi brings together authentic Middle Eastern cuisine at his restaurant. Sizable portions come from the lengthy menu, which features shish kabob and shawarma combinations as well as family style options complete with salad, hummus, and an entree. If you’re looking to accommodate a bigger party, Habib’s welcomes banquets and catering for any event.
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