30 essential Detroit area brunches you should have tried by now

Nothing says spring has sprung quite like brunch. Sure, you can technically brunch in the fall and winter, but it’s just something about putting on your finest attire and strutting down the streets of Detroit, Birmingham, and Ferndale that makes us feel worthy of our own VH1 or Bravo reality show.


What makes a good brunch? That depends on who you ask, but I think we can all agree that we look for three things: good food, good drinks, and a good time.

These Detroit area restaurants get down on the weekend brunch.

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Avenue Brunch House
22075 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-757-7366; avenuebrunchhousedearborn.com
We’re going to warn you now, there will definitely be a wait if you go on the weekend, but the wait is absolutely worth it. Dearborn’s Avenue Brunch House offers a variety of menu items that doesn’t necessarily put their menu in one brunch genre. You can get a Greek omelet, beignets, Southern biscuits and gravy, loaded fries, and so much more. 
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Avenue Brunch House

22075 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-757-7366; avenuebrunchhousedearborn.com

We’re going to warn you now, there will definitely be a wait if you go on the weekend, but the wait is absolutely worth it. Dearborn’s Avenue Brunch House offers a variety of menu items that doesn’t necessarily put their menu in one brunch genre. You can get a Greek omelet, beignets, Southern biscuits and gravy, loaded fries, and so much more.

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Ivy Kitchen & Cocktails
9215 E. Jefferson, Detroit; 313-332-0607; ivykc.com
Cocktails is in the name and it certainly is a part of Ivy Kitchen’s game. Maybe try the Hennessy Jalapiña, a drink made with Hennessy, jalapeño, and pineapple juice, or if you’re not the drinking type, but want the experience, maybe try the Shirley Ginger.
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Ivy Kitchen & Cocktails

9215 E. Jefferson, Detroit; 313-332-0607; ivykc.com

Cocktails is in the name and it certainly is a part of Ivy Kitchen’s game. Maybe try the Hennessy Jalapiña, a drink made with Hennessy, jalapeño, and pineapple juice, or if you’re not the drinking type, but want the experience, maybe try the Shirley Ginger.

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Social Kitchen
225 E. Maple Rd., Birmingham; 248-594-4200; socialkitchenandbar.com
Chicken and waffles are a brunch favorite, but at Social Kitchen, it’s more than a brunchtime entree — it’s also a cocktail. Social takes what we know about a typical old fashioned and elevates it by adding crispy fried chicken and a waffle biscuit.
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Social Kitchen

225 E. Maple Rd., Birmingham; 248-594-4200; socialkitchenandbar.com

Chicken and waffles are a brunch favorite, but at Social Kitchen, it’s more than a brunchtime entree — it’s also a cocktail. Social takes what we know about a typical old fashioned and elevates it by adding crispy fried chicken and a waffle biscuit.

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Joe Louis Southern Kitchen
3100 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-788-8338; joelouissouthernkitchen.com
Joe Louis Southern Kitchen surely is a knockout when it comes to Southern breakfast staples.The restaurant features classics like, buttermilk biscuits, croquettes and rice, shrimp and grits, country fried steak, and much more.
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Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

3100 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-788-8338; joelouissouthernkitchen.com

Joe Louis Southern Kitchen surely is a knockout when it comes to Southern breakfast staples.The restaurant features classics like, buttermilk biscuits, croquettes and rice, shrimp and grits, country fried steak, and much more.

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Trust Cocktails & Shareables
205 W. Congress St., Detroit; 313-300-2750; nightclubtrust.com/sunday-brunch
OK, so hear us out, the only thing better than brunch is a day party, and the only thing better than a day party, is both brunch and a day party at the same time. That’s what Trust offers, it elevates the brunch experience by turning everyone’s favorite meal into an early day clubbing experience.
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Trust Cocktails & Shareables

205 W. Congress St., Detroit; 313-300-2750; nightclubtrust.com/sunday-brunch

OK, so hear us out, the only thing better than brunch is a day party, and the only thing better than a day party, is both brunch and a day party at the same time. That’s what Trust offers, it elevates the brunch experience by turning everyone’s favorite meal into an early day clubbing experience.

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Madam
298 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-283-4200; daxtonhotel.com/food-drink
It’s Ma-DAHM, and it’s one of the latest brunch spots to open up in metro Detroit. Located inside Birmingham’s Daxton Hotel, this new restaurant offers a luxe brunching experience. 
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Madam

298 S. Old Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-283-4200; daxtonhotel.com/food-drink

It’s Ma-DAHM, and it’s one of the latest brunch spots to open up in metro Detroit. Located inside Birmingham’s Daxton Hotel, this new restaurant offers a luxe brunching experience.

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MI.MOSA
23360 Farmington Rd., Farmington; 248-957-8119; mimosafarmington.com
You can never go wrong with a mimosa flight and at Farmington’s MI.Mosa, you can mix and match any of their 12 mimosa offerings to create your own custom flight.
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MI.MOSA

23360 Farmington Rd., Farmington; 248-957-8119; mimosafarmington.com

You can never go wrong with a mimosa flight and at Farmington’s MI.Mosa, you can mix and match any of their 12 mimosa offerings to create your own custom flight.

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The Emory
22700 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-546-8202; theemoryferndale.com
Three words: Bloody Mary Bar. If drunk tomato soup is your cocktail of choice, you’ll love building your own custom bloody mary at The Emory.
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The Emory

22700 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-546-8202; theemoryferndale.com

Three words: Bloody Mary Bar. If drunk tomato soup is your cocktail of choice, you’ll love building your own custom bloody mary at The Emory.

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Public House
241 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-733-4905; publichouseferndale.com
Public House offers cocktails, mocktails, and everything in between. What’s particularly cool? Public House has a vegan brunch menu that is just as full and plentiful as its regular menu, so our meatless friends aren’t limited to pancakes.
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Public House

241 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-733-4905; publichouseferndale.com

Public House offers cocktails, mocktails, and everything in between. What’s particularly cool? Public House has a vegan brunch menu that is just as full and plentiful as its regular menu, so our meatless friends aren’t limited to pancakes.

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The Hudson Cafe 
1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-237-1000; hudson-cafe.com
If you had only thought of Hudson Cafe as a place where power breakfasters sealed deals between waffles, you can forgive yourself. The menu has it all: From "red velvet" pancakes to specialty coffees and baked goods to all things French, eggy, or Benedict. They also offer avocado toast, salmon croquettes, spiced tofu, and Huevos Rancheros. Damn, we're getting hungry.  
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The Hudson Cafe

1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-237-1000; hudson-cafe.com

If you had only thought of Hudson Cafe as a place where power breakfasters sealed deals between waffles, you can forgive yourself. The menu has it all: From "red velvet" pancakes to specialty coffees and baked goods to all things French, eggy, or Benedict. They also offer avocado toast, salmon croquettes, spiced tofu, and Huevos Rancheros. Damn, we're getting hungry.

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