22 classic Detroit restaurants to put on your bucket list

Caucus Club 150 W Congress St, Detroit, 313-965-497 **After this restaurant closed its doors in 1991, this year the restaurant opened its doors after a long hiatus with a fully restored and renovated location. You definitely HAVE to stop by and try dish from chef Rick Hussey’s all new menu. The restaurant still has its original classic flare and unforgettable atmosphere. Photo via Insta user @fiindingplates Sweetwater Tavern 400 E Congress St, Detroit, 313-962-2210 **This is one restaurant you need on your bucket list, because their wings are simply amazing! Every item served is homemade with a goal to “please your palate.” This classic restaurant is a true Detroit favorite, that you absolutely can’t pass up. Photo via Insta user @chowdowndetroit The Whitney This place is a must-go when it comes to upscale dining in Detroit. If you’re in a particularly bougie mood, this mansion turned restaurant will definitely do the trick. The mansion is not only a restaurant, but also holds The Ghostbar Gardens and The Katherine Mcgregor Dessert Parlor. Photo via IG user @kmminihan Nemo’s 1384 Michigan Ave, Detroit, 313- 965-3180 With this place being only one block away from the old Tigers stadium, it’s a huge part of Detroit’s history. The sports bar and grill has everything you need, including non-stop sports, the best brews, and burgers. The bar also offers a stadium shuttle during regularly scheduled Red Wing’s and Tiger’s games. Photo via Yelp user Erin D. Vivio’s 2460 Market St, Detroit, 313-393-1711 Since the 60’s this family owned restaurant has perfected the meaning of great food and fantastic atmosphere. They’re most popularly known for their famous bloody mary’s and triple decker club sandwich. It should definitely snag a spot on your bucket list because it’s a true Detroit staple. Photo via IG user @lacewellgirl Bert’s Marketplace 2727 Russell St, Detroit, 313-567-2030 The Detroit hotspot for great soul food and live music performances. It’s the perfect place to chill and relax with a few of your friends after work. Start your week off right, on Sunday’s for an open mic night that you surely won’t forget. Photo via IG user @afonsocappellaro https://www.instagram.com/p/BVJMQWsjArF/?taken-at=260325684 Mercury Burger Bar 2163 Michigan Ave, Detroit, 313-964-5000 This diner- style burger joint earns a spot on our list because it’s a must for anyone who loves good ole American food. I mean, any place that serves tator-tots automatically wins, right? Anyway, you have to try one of their creative dishes or their fabulous craft brews. Photo via Ig user @gionielle https://www.instagram.com/p/BVGp_EnhVbP/?taken-at=7944279 Supino’s 2457 Russell St, Detroit, 313-567-7879 This definitely isn’t Burger King, but at this pizzeria you can have it your way. This place has a huge selection of pizza toppings that range from egg and turkey. We love how anyone can totally pretend they’re a New Yorker for the night with the huge slices almost as big as their face. Photo via IG user @freetofly https://www.instagram.com/p/BVdllnVhKjD/?taken-at=125307 Dakota Inn-Rathskeller 17324 John R. Street, Detroit, 313-86-9722 This earns a spot on our bucket list restaurants because of it’s authentic german food and atmosphere. The restaurant recently just celebrated its 84th year in the business, so they definitely know a thing or two about good restauranting. Photo via Yelp user Ken M. https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/the-dakota-inn-rathskeller-detroit?select=wvWGlzjJLwEN2cRzZ_DWPg Baker’s Keyboard Lounge 17324 John R St, Detroit, 313- 867- 9722 This jazz club needs to be on every Detroiter’s bucket list, simply because of all its history. Known as the world’s oldest jazz club, this place has seen performances by Ela Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and Nat “King” Cole. Stroll in one day to catch a cool jazzy performance, a quick drink, and an unforgettable meal. Photo via IG user _i_am_feng_shui https://www.instagram.com/p/BWT5bgbAMBn/?taken-at=1047313

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Duly’s Place
5458 Vernor Hwy, Detroit; 313-554-3076
This classic Southwest joint opened its doors in 1921 and is still going strong. Just off of Vernor Highway this little place is churning out cheap and delicious coney greatness 24/7. Their chili sauce is cult worthy, but don’t disregard the rest of the menu which has all your fave diner classics. Bring cash when you visit (but you won’t need very much.)
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Duly’s Place
5458 Vernor Hwy, Detroit; 313-554-3076
This classic Southwest joint opened its doors in 1921 and is still going strong. Just off of Vernor Highway this little place is churning out cheap and delicious coney greatness 24/7. Their chili sauce is cult worthy, but don’t disregard the rest of the menu which has all your fave diner classics. Bring cash when you visit (but you won’t need very much.)
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Traffic Jam & Snug
48201, 511 W Canfield St, Detroit; 313-831-9470
Traffic Jam and Snug, established in 1965, is a Midtown classic known for it’s in-house bakery, microbrewery, and dairy. It’s a quirky all-in-one location with award winning cheeses and beers. Bring your friends and have their cheese platter for lunch, come back later and have their Yekik We’t Ethiopian platter.
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Traffic Jam & Snug
48201, 511 W Canfield St, Detroit; 313-831-9470
Traffic Jam and Snug, established in 1965, is a Midtown classic known for it’s in-house bakery, microbrewery, and dairy. It’s a quirky all-in-one location with award winning cheeses and beers. Bring your friends and have their cheese platter for lunch, come back later and have their Yekik We’t Ethiopian platter.
Photo via IG user @bhalliwill
American Coney Island
114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit; 313-961-7758
American Coney Island has been family owned and operated since 1917—that’s 100 years of crispy fries and chili covered hot dogs with mustard and onions. They’re Detroit’s original coney. This downtown diner at the triangular intersection of MIchigan and Lafayette is a landmark and great place to get a high quality and old school hotdog whenever you want.
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American Coney Island
114 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit; 313-961-7758
American Coney Island has been family owned and operated since 1917—that’s 100 years of crispy fries and chili covered hot dogs with mustard and onions. They’re Detroit’s original coney. This downtown diner at the triangular intersection of MIchigan and Lafayette is a landmark and great place to get a high quality and old school hotdog whenever you want.
Photo via IG user @kristinpetry
Lafayette Coney Island
118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit; 313-964-8198
Lafayette, American’s arch nemesis situated right next door, has also had it’s doors open for 100 long years making it a staple in Detroit cuisine. Just like American, they’re  serving the original and premier coney dog but theirs is topped Spanish onions and a beefier chili. You can’t go wrong with this cheap and atmospheric diner.
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Lafayette Coney Island
118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit; 313-964-8198
Lafayette, American’s arch nemesis situated right next door, has also had it’s doors open for 100 long years making it a staple in Detroit cuisine. Just like American, they’re serving the original and premier coney dog but theirs is topped Spanish onions and a beefier chili. You can’t go wrong with this cheap and atmospheric diner.
Photo via IG user @yourstrulyjordan92
Louie’s Ham & Corned Beef
3570 Riopelle St, Detroit; 313-831-1800
Just from the name you know what you’re in for at this Eastern Market deli: cured meat that’s tangy, lean, and rich. They don’t skimp on your sandwich either. The diner style spot serves burgers, deli sandwiches, and all-day breakfast. They even have a drive-thru option, though you’re best bet is coming inside for great service and hot food while hanging out in their spacious dining area.
Photo via Yelp user Louie’s Ham & Corned Beef Shop
Louie’s Ham & Corned Beef
3570 Riopelle St, Detroit; 313-831-1800
Just from the name you know what you’re in for at this Eastern Market deli: cured meat that’s tangy, lean, and rich. They don’t skimp on your sandwich either. The diner style spot serves burgers, deli sandwiches, and all-day breakfast. They even have a drive-thru option, though you’re best bet is coming inside for great service and hot food while hanging out in their spacious dining area.
Photo via Yelp user Louie’s Ham & Corned Beef Shop
London Chop House
155 W Congress St, Detroit; 313-962-0277
This restaurant’s mission has been to provide a fine dining experience to its customers since 1938. After returning to the basement of the Murphy-Telegraph building, London Chop House shows itself as a major throwback to an era of rich design with their oak bar and polished red leather banquettes. This place is a bit pricey, but it’s worth it; so on your next date night take bae here, and have their crab bisque, lamb chops with ratatouille, or the bone in rib-eye steak and show just how classy you are.
Photo via IG user @jasperhousini
London Chop House
155 W Congress St, Detroit; 313-962-0277
This restaurant’s mission has been to provide a fine dining experience to its customers since 1938. After returning to the basement of the Murphy-Telegraph building, London Chop House shows itself as a major throwback to an era of rich design with their oak bar and polished red leather banquettes. This place is a bit pricey, but it’s worth it; so on your next date night take bae here, and have their crab bisque, lamb chops with ratatouille, or the bone in rib-eye steak and show just how classy you are.
Photo via IG user @jasperhousini
El Barzon
3710 Junction St, Detroit; 313-894-2070
It’s the best of two worlds here at El Barzon, Southwest’s upscale Italian-Mexican restaurant. Enjoy dishes like chicken Milanese and mole poblano out on their patio tricked out with plants and fairy lights with a brightly colored margarita off of their cocktail menu in hand. Casual dress everyday, great ambiance, a ton of diverse menu options, and free wifi: It’s the perfect place to kick it with your friends.
Photo via IG user @michiganalexis
El Barzon
3710 Junction St, Detroit; 313-894-2070
It’s the best of two worlds here at El Barzon, Southwest’s upscale Italian-Mexican restaurant. Enjoy dishes like chicken Milanese and mole poblano out on their patio tricked out with plants and fairy lights with a brightly colored margarita off of their cocktail menu in hand. Casual dress everyday, great ambiance, a ton of diverse menu options, and free wifi: It’s the perfect place to kick it with your friends.
Photo via IG user @michiganalexis
Rattlesnake Club
300 River Pl Dr, Detroit; 313-567-4400
If you like great wine, great seafood, and great steak the Rattlesnake Club is the place for you. When it’s warm you can enjoy award winning cuisine while taking in the city skyline and Canada’s shore out on their Garden Terrace. It’s Detroit’s premier riverfront restaurant. SInce 1988 they’ve been trying to redefine fine dining in the motor city and with their locally grown and seasonally sourced food, we think they’re doing just that.
Photo via Yelp user Lindsay M.
Rattlesnake Club
300 River Pl Dr, Detroit; 313-567-4400
If you like great wine, great seafood, and great steak the Rattlesnake Club is the place for you. When it’s warm you can enjoy award winning cuisine while taking in the city skyline and Canada’s shore out on their Garden Terrace. It’s Detroit’s premier riverfront restaurant. SInce 1988 they’ve been trying to redefine fine dining in the motor city and with their locally grown and seasonally sourced food, we think they’re doing just that.
Photo via Yelp user Lindsay M.
Mexican Village
2600 Bagley Ave, Detroit; 313-237-0333
Mexican village claims to be Detroit’s oldest Mexican restaurant. For 50+ years they’ve been serving tex-mex and mexican classics from their huge location (I mean six dining rooms and an upstair bar is crazy). When you go to visit, look forward to a giant margarita and their specialty Caldo Can-Cun, a spicy chicken and rice soup topped with avocado and cheese.
Photo via IG user @doctorpetervenkman
Mexican Village
2600 Bagley Ave, Detroit; 313-237-0333
Mexican village claims to be Detroit’s oldest Mexican restaurant. For 50+ years they’ve been serving tex-mex and mexican classics from their huge location (I mean six dining rooms and an upstair bar is crazy). When you go to visit, look forward to a giant margarita and their specialty Caldo Can-Cun, a spicy chicken and rice soup topped with avocado and cheese.
Photo via IG user @doctorpetervenkman
Polish Village Cafe
2990 Yemans St, Hamtramck; 313-874-5726
Does it get more authentic than Polish Village Cafe when it comes to Polish food in metro Detroit? Nope. This restaurant feels like an Eastern European pub that’s as cozy and comforting as their food. You can expect to find delicious and homemade pierogies, kielbasa, golabki, and their ever famous dill pickle soup here. Polish Village Cafe has a loyal fanbase, so be prepared to wait a bit for a table when you go to this cash-only spot.
Photo via IG user @mellamoss
Polish Village Cafe
2990 Yemans St, Hamtramck; 313-874-5726
Does it get more authentic than Polish Village Cafe when it comes to Polish food in metro Detroit? Nope. This restaurant feels like an Eastern European pub that’s as cozy and comforting as their food. You can expect to find delicious and homemade pierogies, kielbasa, golabki, and their ever famous dill pickle soup here. Polish Village Cafe has a loyal fanbase, so be prepared to wait a bit for a table when you go to this cash-only spot.
Photo via IG user @mellamoss