25 of the best comfort food restaurants in metro Detroit, according to Yelp

We could all use a little comfort right about now, meaning comfort food — like mac n' cheese, meatloaf, pho, or chicken and waffles. We'll worry about our hemorrhaging DoorDash/GrubHub budget later and, well, we'll deal with the 20 lbs. we've put on in the last three weeks at some point in the future. What's most important is that we care for ourselves, and support our local restaurants by getting loads and loads of comfort food-to-go. This is an all-time list of the best spots for comfort food in the greater Detroit area, according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurants and food categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning "comfort food," then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning "comfort food." This list looked at businesses in metro Detroit — Wayne County, Oakland County, Washtenaw County, and Macomb County. If a chain appeared on the list more than once, we only included the highest rated location. All businesses on this list were marked open as of December 2020. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of December 2020.)

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25. Ajishin
42270 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-426-6788; catpunch0131.wixsite.com/ajishin 
“The best udon noodle soup I've ever had. This place holds nothing but good memories for me, and I always have to make a pit stop when I'm in Novi visiting family.If you're a sushi lover, you can't go wrong with the lunch special: it always includes a chef's special roll or mini chirashi bowl partnered with their spectacular udon. What makes it so good is the broth: it's full of satisfying umami flavor without being salty or bland. It's just delicious.If you're not feeling like raw fish, try the ajishin bowl, which is their famous udon topped with tempura veggies and shrimp. I would also wholly recommend their beef curry, which comes with white rice and tempura shrimp.Fair warning, the line gets very long and the wait can be horrendous if you show up at the wrong time. But it's really worth the wait- promise!” — Valerie B. on Yelp
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25. Ajishin

42270 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-426-6788; catpunch0131.wixsite.com/ajishin
“The best udon noodle soup I've ever had. This place holds nothing but good memories for me, and I always have to make a pit stop when I'm in Novi visiting family.If you're a sushi lover, you can't go wrong with the lunch special: it always includes a chef's special roll or mini chirashi bowl partnered with their spectacular udon. What makes it so good is the broth: it's full of satisfying umami flavor without being salty or bland. It's just delicious.If you're not feeling like raw fish, try the ajishin bowl, which is their famous udon topped with tempura veggies and shrimp. I would also wholly recommend their beef curry, which comes with white rice and tempura shrimp.Fair warning, the line gets very long and the wait can be horrendous if you show up at the wrong time. But it's really worth the wait- promise!” — Valerie B. on Yelp

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24. Sushi House
22030 Farmington Rd., Farmington; 248-426-6788; gosushihouse.com 
“I honestly cannot rave enough about this restaurant. Great service. Even in the igloo, yes. Not to mention the patio is decorated all cute too! Food was very tasty, the spinach artichoke dip was SO well done. We celebrated a birthday and they brought cookies for our entire party of ten!
I'm so glad that we got to experience an igloo this year!” — Kristen B. on Yelp
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24. Sushi House

22030 Farmington Rd., Farmington; 248-426-6788; gosushihouse.com
“I honestly cannot rave enough about this restaurant. Great service. Even in the igloo, yes. Not to mention the patio is decorated all cute too! Food was very tasty, the spinach artichoke dip was SO well done. We celebrated a birthday and they brought cookies for our entire party of ten! I'm so glad that we got to experience an igloo this year!” — Kristen B. on Yelp

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23. Deadwood Bar & Grill
18730 Northville Rd., Northville; 248-347-4353; deadwoodbarandgrill.com 
“This place is soooo good! I love how many different kinds of people go here! A true melting pot!
Anyway, back to the food. There are SO many traditional Korean dishes available, you can also order according to your spicy preference.  My favorite is the kimchi jjigae. This place is super vegetarian friendly too.
Best part? It's attached to a sushi place and you can order from either menu!” — Jay K. on Yelp
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23. Deadwood Bar & Grill

18730 Northville Rd., Northville; 248-347-4353; deadwoodbarandgrill.com
“This place is soooo good! I love how many different kinds of people go here! A true melting pot! Anyway, back to the food. There are SO many traditional Korean dishes available, you can also order according to your spicy preference. My favorite is the kimchi jjigae. This place is super vegetarian friendly too. Best part? It's attached to a sushi place and you can order from either menu!” — Jay K. on Yelp

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22. Harvest Moon Cafe
5484 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-434-8100; harvestmooncafe.biz 
“Honey I'm Home! Loved the cozy feel and home-cooked food of this little nook. Coffee served hot, fresh and in a full size mug ( good for coffee snob like me). I had one of the breakfast skillets and it was perfect balance of hash browns, meat, onions and cheese... Eggs were delightful and fresh and my rye toast was balanced with butter plus the strawberry preserve was a pleasant surprise and great compliment to my meal. The portion size was plenty and not over-sized like many restaurants do today. Our waitress Cindy was nice, friendly, attentive and not overly chatty. We left the Harvest Moon Cafe satisfied! I really like this place ...simple, rustic and tasty! Needless to say..... We will be back!” — Dell D. on Yelp
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22. Harvest Moon Cafe

5484 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-434-8100; harvestmooncafe.biz
“Honey I'm Home! Loved the cozy feel and home-cooked food of this little nook. Coffee served hot, fresh and in a full size mug ( good for coffee snob like me). I had one of the breakfast skillets and it was perfect balance of hash browns, meat, onions and cheese... Eggs were delightful and fresh and my rye toast was balanced with butter plus the strawberry preserve was a pleasant surprise and great compliment to my meal. The portion size was plenty and not over-sized like many restaurants do today. Our waitress Cindy was nice, friendly, attentive and not overly chatty. We left the Harvest Moon Cafe satisfied! I really like this place ...simple, rustic and tasty! Needless to say..... We will be back!” — Dell D. on Yelp

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21. Zingerman's Delicatessen
422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-3354; zingermansdeli.com
“Anyone who doesn't give a full 5 stars has no idea what they are talking about. There are so many options you won't even know what to choose! Personally, I go for their Reuban. Best Reuben you will ever have in your life! Pair it off with some homemade root beer. It is expensive. That's a no brainer. But you have to try it at least once. It's a sin not to.” — Stephanie J. on Yelp
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21. Zingerman's Delicatessen

422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-3354; zingermansdeli.com
“Anyone who doesn't give a full 5 stars has no idea what they are talking about. There are so many options you won't even know what to choose! Personally, I go for their Reuban. Best Reuben you will ever have in your life! Pair it off with some homemade root beer. It is expensive. That's a no brainer. But you have to try it at least once. It's a sin not to.” — Stephanie J. on Yelp

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20. Pho Lucky
23838 Joy Rd., Redford Charter Twp; 313-532-2333; pholucky.net 
“We stopped at Pho Lucky on our way home from Detroit, and man oh man, are we glad we did. I haven't had Vietnamese food since I lived in Washington DC a few years ago, and I almost cried with happiness ordering here. My husband had pho, which I happily polished off for him after I finished my own bun cha. They also have a challenge, which is eating a gigantic bowl of Pho. Ima definitely try it next time we go.
Service was fantastic, and our food came out fast. Total was $16 and some change.” — Kelsey May F. on Yelp
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20. Pho Lucky

23838 Joy Rd., Redford Charter Twp; 313-532-2333; pholucky.net
“We stopped at Pho Lucky on our way home from Detroit, and man oh man, are we glad we did. I haven't had Vietnamese food since I lived in Washington DC a few years ago, and I almost cried with happiness ordering here. My husband had pho, which I happily polished off for him after I finished my own bun cha. They also have a challenge, which is eating a gigantic bowl of Pho. Ima definitely try it next time we go. Service was fantastic, and our food came out fast. Total was $16 and some change.” — Kelsey May F. on Yelp

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19. Barb's Pasties & Pizza
610 S. Main St., Clawson; 248-435-5250; barbspizzaandpasties.com 
“Whenever I am in Michigan I make it a point to go here. Lived there for 32 years and have been going to Barbs for about 26 years. It's the same place even now. No eating in now and it's always been that way. I always get the beef pasties and took eight back to Virginia in a cooler. They are great. If you are eating local then get the gravy to put on top. If they are frozen, which mine were then put them in a 350 degree oven uncovered for 30 min. The salads are very fresh too and obviously made every day. This is a place that never changes and hope it never does.” — Jeff S. on Yelp
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19. Barb's Pasties & Pizza

610 S. Main St., Clawson; 248-435-5250; barbspizzaandpasties.com
“Whenever I am in Michigan I make it a point to go here. Lived there for 32 years and have been going to Barbs for about 26 years. It's the same place even now. No eating in now and it's always been that way. I always get the beef pasties and took eight back to Virginia in a cooler. They are great. If you are eating local then get the gravy to put on top. If they are frozen, which mine were then put them in a 350 degree oven uncovered for 30 min. The salads are very fresh too and obviously made every day. This is a place that never changes and hope it never does.” — Jeff S. on Yelp

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18. Lockhart's BBQ
202 E. Third St., Royal Oak; 248-584-4227; lockhartsbbq.com 
“Bottomless drinks with brunch? A million times, yes! The mimosas were fantastic and we definitely got our money's worth! Let's talk about the food though - BBQ brisket with sausage, eggs, potatoes, etc. AMAZING! The atmosphere was cool and our waitress was on top of everything. Definitely want to go back here!” — Katie S. on Yelp
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18. Lockhart's BBQ

202 E. Third St., Royal Oak; 248-584-4227; lockhartsbbq.com
“Bottomless drinks with brunch? A million times, yes! The mimosas were fantastic and we definitely got our money's worth! Let's talk about the food though - BBQ brisket with sausage, eggs, potatoes, etc. AMAZING! The atmosphere was cool and our waitress was on top of everything. Definitely want to go back here!” — Katie S. on Yelp

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17. Seoul Street
1771 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-719-0085; eatseoulstreet.com 
“You ever eat chicken that changes your perspective on life?
I'm not particularly well-versed in Korean fried chicken, but this was not only the best Korean fried chicken I've had - it was the best chicken wings I've had period.
I got 16 soy garlic wings with the corn side. I ordered online an hour ahead of time because I read about the wait. The corn was good but the chicken was out of this world. This chicken made me salivate for the entire three minutes it took me to eat all of them. This chicken made me call up my estranged brother to reconcile our differences. This chicken made me give away all my worldly possessions. This chicken did my taxes and bought my groceries. This chicken could end wars, solve racial animosity and create harmony among all people. I will be coming back here in the near future and I recommend you do the same.”— Spencer H. on Yelp
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17. Seoul Street

1771 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-719-0085; eatseoulstreet.com
“You ever eat chicken that changes your perspective on life? I'm not particularly well-versed in Korean fried chicken, but this was not only the best Korean fried chicken I've had - it was the best chicken wings I've had period. I got 16 soy garlic wings with the corn side. I ordered online an hour ahead of time because I read about the wait. The corn was good but the chicken was out of this world. This chicken made me salivate for the entire three minutes it took me to eat all of them. This chicken made me call up my estranged brother to reconcile our differences. This chicken made me give away all my worldly possessions. This chicken did my taxes and bought my groceries. This chicken could end wars, solve racial animosity and create harmony among all people. I will be coming back here in the near future and I recommend you do the same.”— Spencer H. on Yelp

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16. La Fork
1041 Howard St., Dearborn; 313-789-5007; laforkdetroit.com 
“Crepes and poutines are the specialty! Check them out and try the food it's a great place to go on your lunch break or on a nice casual day. They have indoor and outdoor seating when weather permits and they are very helpful if it's your first time and don't know what to order. Nice little Gem right here” — Yaser H. on Yelp
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16. La Fork

1041 Howard St., Dearborn; 313-789-5007; laforkdetroit.com
“Crepes and poutines are the specialty! Check them out and try the food it's a great place to go on your lunch break or on a nice casual day. They have indoor and outdoor seating when weather permits and they are very helpful if it's your first time and don't know what to order. Nice little Gem right here” — Yaser H. on Yelp

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