September 30, 2022

25 of the best lunch spots in downtown Detroit

For some people lunch time is another cup of noodles, bologna sandwich, or whatever snacks they can find in their desk drawers.

Lunch doesn't have to be boring and we don't have to save our favorite restaurants for after 5 p.m.

We've gathered a list of some of the best places to grab lunch in downtown Detroit.

Yes, we extended the bounds of downtown restaurants to some nearby neighborhoods like Midtown and Corktown (sometimes it's worth being a few minutes late back to your desk).
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Basement Burger Bar
1326 Brush St., Detroit; 313-818-3708; basementburgerbar.com
At Basement Burger Bar you can select one of their burger recipes or build your own. Not feeling a burger? You can build a salad, too.
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Basement Burger Bar

1326 Brush St., Detroit; 313-818-3708; basementburgerbar.com
At Basement Burger Bar you can select one of their burger recipes or build your own. Not feeling a burger? You can build a salad, too.
Shield’s Pizzeria
5057 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-262-6087; shieldspizza.com
If you're looking for a great pizza at a Detroit staple, Shield's is the place to go.
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Shield’s Pizzeria

5057 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-262-6087; shieldspizza.com
If you're looking for a great pizza at a Detroit staple, Shield's is the place to go.
Redsmoke Barbeque
573 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-962-2100; redsmokebarbeque.com
From dry rubbed meats to loaded brisket fries, Redsmoke Barbeque is sure to satisfy your smokehouse cravings.
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Redsmoke Barbeque

573 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-962-2100; redsmokebarbeque.com
From dry rubbed meats to loaded brisket fries, Redsmoke Barbeque is sure to satisfy your smokehouse cravings.
Urban Soul
1535 E. Lafayette, Detroit; 313-344-9070; urbansoulrestaurant.com
If you’re craving a hearty soul food meal, Urban Soul is the place to go.
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Urban Soul

1535 E. Lafayette, Detroit; 313-344-9070; urbansoulrestaurant.com
If you’re craving a hearty soul food meal, Urban Soul is the place to go.
Calexico
1040 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-262-6361; calexico.com
If you don’t have time to run to Southwest Detroit for tacos, Calexico is a great option. They offer a variety of tacos, burritos, and quesadillas (including vegetarian options).
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Calexico

1040 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-262-6361; calexico.com
If you don’t have time to run to Southwest Detroit for tacos, Calexico is a great option. They offer a variety of tacos, burritos, and quesadillas (including vegetarian options).
Dime Store
719 Griswold St. #180, Detroit; 313-962-9106; eatdimestore.com
Dime Store might be known as one of Detroit’s more popular brunch spots, but its lunch menu isn’t too shabby either.
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Dime Store

719 Griswold St. #180, Detroit; 313-962-9106; eatdimestore.com
Dime Store might be known as one of Detroit’s more popular brunch spots, but its lunch menu isn’t too shabby either.
Pizza Cat Max
407 E. Fort St., Detroit; 313-800-5995; pizzacat.com
If you’re looking for a basic pepperoni pizza, you’re not going to find it at Pizza Cat. This “weird” pizza place tops its pies with brisket, pickles, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
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Pizza Cat Max

407 E. Fort St., Detroit; 313-800-5995; pizzacat.com
If you’re looking for a basic pepperoni pizza, you’re not going to find it at Pizza Cat. This “weird” pizza place tops its pies with brisket, pickles, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
Grandma Bob’s
2135 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3177; grandmabobs.com
Grandma Bob's has a wide variety of handmade pizzas, including the Pear and Fig, Big Mack, and Street Beet Dorito Crunch. Inside is also the Cold Truth, a vegan ice cream parlor.
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Grandma Bob’s

2135 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-315-3177; grandmabobs.com
Grandma Bob's has a wide variety of handmade pizzas, including the Pear and Fig, Big Mack, and Street Beet Dorito Crunch. Inside is also the Cold Truth, a vegan ice cream parlor.
Baobab Fare
6568 Woodward Ave., Suite 100, Detroit; 313-265-3093; baobabfare.com
Opened by immigrants, Baobab Fare brings East African fare, coffee, and fresh juices to Detroit’s New Center neighborhood. Their signature dish is Nyumbani, a slow-simmered beef dish served with fried plantains, peanut stewed spinach, and coconut rice.
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Baobab Fare

6568 Woodward Ave., Suite 100, Detroit; 313-265-3093; baobabfare.com
Opened by immigrants, Baobab Fare brings East African fare, coffee, and fresh juices to Detroit’s New Center neighborhood. Their signature dish is Nyumbani, a slow-simmered beef dish served with fried plantains, peanut stewed spinach, and coconut rice.
Mercury Burger Bar
2163 Michigan Ave, Detroit, 313-964-5000; mercuryburgerbar.com
If you love burgers, Mercury Burger Bar is your place to go.
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Mercury Burger Bar

2163 Michigan Ave, Detroit, 313-964-5000; mercuryburgerbar.com
If you love burgers, Mercury Burger Bar is your place to go.