November 04, 2022

30 Detroit-area restaurants that have been around over 50 years

They say some things get better with age. Case in point, these 30 metro Detroit restaurants that have been dishing out everything from classic Italian fare, authentic German eats, and simply delicious all-American bar food for more than 50 years. Though a few selections have nearly shuttered, these must-eat-at spots are still standing and, better yet, still serving.

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Buddy’s Pizza
17125 Conant St., Detroit; 313-892-9001; buddyspizza.com 
Now a chain, the original Buddy’s pizzeria is still kicking on Six Mile and Conant in Detroit. According to its website, in 1936, Buddy’s Rendezvous existed as a blind pig, skirting the state and federal laws. That was until owner August Gus Guerra decided to introduce a Sicilian-style square pizza in 1946, which was made using pans borrowed from local auto plants. At that moment, Detroit-style pizza was born.
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Buddy’s Pizza

17125 Conant St., Detroit; 313-892-9001; buddyspizza.com

Now a chain, the original Buddy’s pizzeria is still kicking on Six Mile and Conant in Detroit. According to its website, in 1936, Buddy’s Rendezvous existed as a blind pig, skirting the state and federal laws. That was until owner August Gus Guerra decided to introduce a Sicilian-style square pizza in 1946, which was made using pans borrowed from local auto plants. At that moment, Detroit-style pizza was born.
American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island
114 W. Lafayette Blvd. and 118 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit
In the age-old American vs. Lafayette coney war, American has Lafayette beat in terms of who was there first. Founded by Constantine "Gust" Keros, a Greek immigrant, American Coney Island has been serving classic coney dogs since 1917. Gust's brother William "Bill" Keros founded next-door Lafayette a few years later in 1924.
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American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island

114 W. Lafayette Blvd. and 118 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit

In the age-old American vs. Lafayette coney war, American has Lafayette beat in terms of who was there first. Founded by Constantine "Gust" Keros, a Greek immigrant, American Coney Island has been serving classic coney dogs since 1917. Gust's brother William "Bill" Keros founded next-door Lafayette a few years later in 1924.
Jacoby’s German Beirgarten 
624 Brush St., Detroit; 313-962-7067; jacobysbar.com
Founded in 1904, the downtown German restaurant has fed and pre-soaked generations of people before going to catch concerts at neighboring Saint Andrew’s Hall for many years.
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Jacoby’s German Beirgarten

624 Brush St., Detroit; 313-962-7067; jacobysbar.com

Founded in 1904, the downtown German restaurant has fed and pre-soaked generations of people before going to catch concerts at neighboring Saint Andrew’s Hall for many years.
Two Way Inn
17897 Mount Elliott St., Detroit; 313-891-4925; 2wayinn.com 
The east-side dive bar opened in 1876 and claims to be the city’s oldest watering hole.
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Two Way Inn

17897 Mount Elliott St., Detroit; 313-891-4925; 2wayinn.com

The east-side dive bar opened in 1876 and claims to be the city’s oldest watering hole.
Greene’s Hamburgers
24155 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington; 248-474-7980
Charred beef and onions, greasy Brown’s buns, and a white-clad, ’50s-era building makes Greene’s, which opened in 1957, a quintessential metro Detroit slider spot.
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Greene’s Hamburgers

24155 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington; 248-474-7980

Charred beef and onions, greasy Brown’s buns, and a white-clad, ’50s-era building makes Greene’s, which opened in 1957, a quintessential metro Detroit slider spot.
Duly’s Place 
5458 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-544-3076
Founded in 1921 by Duly Seit, this 24-hour Coney Island has fans in both local Detroiters as well as the late CNN host Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by as part of his Parts Unknown: Detroit special. As far as humble coneys go, the national praise is well-deserved for this no-frills diner.
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Duly’s Place

5458 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-544-3076

Founded in 1921 by Duly Seit, this 24-hour Coney Island has fans in both local Detroiters as well as the late CNN host Anthony Bourdain, who stopped by as part of his Parts Unknown: Detroit special. As far as humble coneys go, the national praise is well-deserved for this no-frills diner.
Ivanhoe Café (Polish Yacht Club)
5249 Joseph Campau Ave., Detroit; 313-925-5335
Serving up traditional Polish dining and drinks, this restaurant was founded by Stanislaus Grendzinski in 1909 and quickly became a staple of its Poletown neighborhood, gathering community regulars nightly. In 1961, Ivanhoe began housing the Polish Yacht Club, which still operates today. Come on in and taste a bit of history (and some delicious pierogi).
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Ivanhoe Café (Polish Yacht Club)

5249 Joseph Campau Ave., Detroit; 313-925-5335

Serving up traditional Polish dining and drinks, this restaurant was founded by Stanislaus Grendzinski in 1909 and quickly became a staple of its Poletown neighborhood, gathering community regulars nightly. In 1961, Ivanhoe began housing the Polish Yacht Club, which still operates today. Come on in and taste a bit of history (and some delicious pierogi).
Amore da Roma
3401 Riopelle, Detroit; 313-831-5940
Originally Roma Cafe, this Italian restaurant has been around since the late 1800s, making it Detroit’s oldest restaurant. It changed names when it changed hands in 2017.
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Amore da Roma

3401 Riopelle, Detroit; 313-831-5940

Originally Roma Cafe, this Italian restaurant has been around since the late 1800s, making it Detroit’s oldest restaurant. It changed names when it changed hands in 2017.
Marcus Hamburgers
6349 E. McNichols Rd., Detroit; 313-891-6170
This hidden gem has been delivering quality burgers and fries since 1929 with a twist — the burgers are shaped like rectangles, served on a hot dog bun. Stop by for a taste of classic Detroit.
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Marcus Hamburgers

6349 E. McNichols Rd., Detroit; 313-891-6170

This hidden gem has been delivering quality burgers and fries since 1929 with a twist — the burgers are shaped like rectangles, served on a hot dog bun. Stop by for a taste of classic Detroit.
Bronx Bar
4476 2nd Ave., Detroit; 313-832-8464
The Bronx Bar’s Detroit roots go back as far as 1938.
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Bronx Bar

4476 2nd Ave., Detroit; 313-832-8464

The Bronx Bar’s Detroit roots go back as far as 1938.