August 10, 2019

25 things to eat in Detroit before you die

There are plenty of stellar restaurants in Detroit, and some of them have come up with some truly to-die-for dishes. From beignets covered in raspberries and dark chocolate to corned beef egg rolls, these are all of the Detroit specialties that you must try at least once before heading off to that great Dream Cruise in the sky.

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Fruity Pebbles French Toast
Honest John’s
488 Selden St., Detroit 
What happens when childhood nostalgia meets breakfast food? You get Honest Jones’ Fruity Pebbles French Toast. It’s your favorite sweet, colorful childhood cereal with a savory, carb-loading take. 
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Fruity Pebbles French Toast

Honest John’s
488 Selden St., Detroit
What happens when childhood nostalgia meets breakfast food? You get Honest Jones’ Fruity Pebbles French Toast. It’s your favorite sweet, colorful childhood cereal with a savory, carb-loading take.

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Vicki’s Ribs
Vicki’s BBQ 
3845 W. Warren Ave., Detroit
Vicki's is one of Detroit's barbecue old-timers that's up at the top of the list in any conversation on our barbecue heavyweights. That partly owes to the St. Louis-style cut ribs that Vicki's cooks over an open pit (though you can also get them smoked). But the highlight in what's basically a highlight reel meal is the vinegar and tomato-based sauce. Though there's a heavy dose of acidic vinegar, this isn't Carolina-style, but perhaps a unique composition that mixes in the best of several barbecue worlds.
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Vicki’s Ribs

Vicki’s BBQ
3845 W. Warren Ave., Detroit
Vicki's is one of Detroit's barbecue old-timers that's up at the top of the list in any conversation on our barbecue heavyweights. That partly owes to the St. Louis-style cut ribs that Vicki's cooks over an open pit (though you can also get them smoked). But the highlight in what's basically a highlight reel meal is the vinegar and tomato-based sauce. Though there's a heavy dose of acidic vinegar, this isn't Carolina-style, but perhaps a unique composition that mixes in the best of several barbecue worlds.

Photo via Tom Perkins
Corned Beef Egg Roll
Asian Corned Beef
Multiple Detroit locations
The corned beef egg roll is exactly what it sounds like: salty, cured deli meat, cheese, and cabbage wrapped in a crispy egg roll, sold for just $3 apiece.
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Corned Beef Egg Roll

Asian Corned Beef
Multiple Detroit locations
The corned beef egg roll is exactly what it sounds like: salty, cured deli meat, cheese, and cabbage wrapped in a crispy egg roll, sold for just $3 apiece.

Photo via Tom Perkins
Mac and Cheese
Southern Smokehouse
14340 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit
There’s nothing like mac and cheese done right, and Southern Smokehouse’s soul food strip earns all the stars for doing just that. The high-grade, deep yellow-orange mac and cheese comes webbed with stringy cheese that stretches from your fork in every bite — as proper mac should. 
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Mac and Cheese

Southern Smokehouse
14340 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit
There’s nothing like mac and cheese done right, and Southern Smokehouse’s soul food strip earns all the stars for doing just that. The high-grade, deep yellow-orange mac and cheese comes webbed with stringy cheese that stretches from your fork in every bite — as proper mac should.

Photo via Tom Perkins
Duck Rueben
Dime Store
719 Griswold St. # 180, Detroit
The duck Reuben, despite using confited duck leg (basically, meat cooked in fat) is less greasy than most of its corned beef counterparts. The duck is paired with pickley red cabbage for a mouthwatering experience. The “American Brunch Bar” offers an array of other delicious options for breakfast and lunch as well, including the Sweet Poached Pear Salad.
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Duck Rueben

Dime Store
719 Griswold St. # 180, Detroit
The duck Reuben, despite using confited duck leg (basically, meat cooked in fat) is less greasy than most of its corned beef counterparts. The duck is paired with pickley red cabbage for a mouthwatering experience. The “American Brunch Bar” offers an array of other delicious options for breakfast and lunch as well, including the Sweet Poached Pear Salad.

Photo via Dime Store / Facebook
Sweetwater Wings
Sweetwater Tavern
400 E. Congress St., Detroit
There's reason to be skeptical of old-school Detroit restaurants considered to be the best at certain dishes. Oftentimes, what passed for good for decades is now mediocre. But Sweetwater, a perennial favorite for wings, doesn't disappoint. These are what wings should be. Vinegary, spicy, and charred but still moist. Where mere mortals will pack wings with too much salt or rely heavily on cayenne and heat, the wing gods at Sweetwater know about balance and how to produce a piquant wing that lives up to the hype.
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Sweetwater Wings

Sweetwater Tavern
400 E. Congress St., Detroit
There's reason to be skeptical of old-school Detroit restaurants considered to be the best at certain dishes. Oftentimes, what passed for good for decades is now mediocre. But Sweetwater, a perennial favorite for wings, doesn't disappoint. These are what wings should be. Vinegary, spicy, and charred but still moist. Where mere mortals will pack wings with too much salt or rely heavily on cayenne and heat, the wing gods at Sweetwater know about balance and how to produce a piquant wing that lives up to the hype.

Photo via Tom Perkins
A slice of Supino Pizza
Supino Pizzeria 
2457 Russell St., Detroit
Hot, golden, and irresistable, it might get too NSFW if we keep going, but you know what we’re talking about — Supino’s Pizzeria, of course. A classic slice of Supino’s Pizzeria is all you need to satisfy your cheesy cravings.
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A slice of Supino Pizza

Supino Pizzeria
2457 Russell St., Detroit
Hot, golden, and irresistable, it might get too NSFW if we keep going, but you know what we’re talking about — Supino’s Pizzeria, of course. A classic slice of Supino’s Pizzeria is all you need to satisfy your cheesy cravings.

Photo via Supino Pizzeria / Facebook
Salted Maple Pie
Sister Pie
8066 Kercheval Ave., Detroit
Sweet, savory, salty, and maybe a bit smokey, the salted maple pie is a perfect balance between every flavor your taste buds are craving. Sister Pie has become a West Village favorite, with seasonal pies, breakfast items, and a list of hot or cold beverages to choose from. 
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Salted Maple Pie

Sister Pie
8066 Kercheval Ave., Detroit
Sweet, savory, salty, and maybe a bit smokey, the salted maple pie is a perfect balance between every flavor your taste buds are craving. Sister Pie has become a West Village favorite, with seasonal pies, breakfast items, and a list of hot or cold beverages to choose from.

Photo via Sister Pie / Facebook
Michigan smoked ribeye
Apparatus Room
3100 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Michelin-starred chef Thomas Lents dry ages for three weeks beef brought in from Ferndale's Farm Field Table, then cold smokes it before cooking. The resulting subtle smokiness is perfect — you'll know it's there, but it doesn't dominate. That's crucial because you'll not want to be distracted from the deeply flavorful beef au jus made from roasted oxtail, or the mellow, creamy celery root purée, which is superior to the standard starch side. That's all served with root vegetables roasted in rendered beef fat, and the plate is finished with black trumpet mushrooms and flowering watercress.
Photo via  Jesse Green

Michigan smoked ribeye

Apparatus Room
3100 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Michelin-starred chef Thomas Lents dry ages for three weeks beef brought in from Ferndale's Farm Field Table, then cold smokes it before cooking. The resulting subtle smokiness is perfect — you'll know it's there, but it doesn't dominate. That's crucial because you'll not want to be distracted from the deeply flavorful beef au jus made from roasted oxtail, or the mellow, creamy celery root purée, which is superior to the standard starch side. That's all served with root vegetables roasted in rendered beef fat, and the plate is finished with black trumpet mushrooms and flowering watercress.

Photo via Jesse Green
Cosmik Fries
HopCat
4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit
If you haven’t had the infamous “Cosmic” fries from HopCat yet, where have you been? With restaurant locations in Detroit, Royal Oak, and Ann Arbor, it’s likely that you’ve heard about HopCats fries — the ones that, like potato chips, you can never have just one. With the loaded cracked-pepper seasoning, these fries are a perfect pair with the cheese sauce that comes along on the side.
Photo via  HopCat / Facebook

Cosmik Fries

HopCat
4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit
If you haven’t had the infamous “Cosmic” fries from HopCat yet, where have you been? With restaurant locations in Detroit, Royal Oak, and Ann Arbor, it’s likely that you’ve heard about HopCats fries — the ones that, like potato chips, you can never have just one. With the loaded cracked-pepper seasoning, these fries are a perfect pair with the cheese sauce that comes along on the side.

Photo via HopCat / Facebook