January 20, 2023

30 essential Ferndale restaurants you should have tried by now

If metro Detroit had a brunch capital, it would be Ferndale.

While mimosa towers and carefully curated benedicts and pancakes are amazing at many of this suburb’s restaurants, Ferndale has a lot more to offer the dining scene.

Here’s a list of essential Ferndale restaurants.

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Pop’s For Italian
280 W. Nine Mile Rd.; 248-268-4806;popsforitalian.com
Pop’s For Italian is a great spot for wood-fired pizza and handmade pasta. Don’t underestimate their weekend brunch, though — any place with a mimosa tower is good in our book.
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Pop’s For Italian

280 W. Nine Mile Rd.; 248-268-4806;popsforitalian.com

Pop’s For Italian is a great spot for wood-fired pizza and handmade pasta. Don’t underestimate their weekend brunch, though — any place with a mimosa tower is good in our book.
Fly Trap
22950 Woodward Ave.; 248-399-5150; theflytrapferndale.com
This long-standing brunch restaurant has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives and is a breakfast staple among locals. When its previous owners decided to quit last year after 20 years in business, Bobcat Bonnie’s Matt Buskard stepped in to take over the “finer diner,” vowing to change “NOTHING.”
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Fly Trap

22950 Woodward Ave.; 248-399-5150; theflytrapferndale.com

This long-standing brunch restaurant has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives and is a breakfast staple among locals. When its previous owners decided to quit last year after 20 years in business, Bobcat Bonnie’s Matt Buskard stepped in to take over the “finer diner,” vowing to change “NOTHING.”
Bobcat Bonnie’s
240 W. Nine Mile Rd.; 248-677-0158; bobcatbonnies.com
Bobcat Bonnie’s aims to be your “neighborhood spot,” and they do a good job supporting local causes and using local products as well. The chain owns seven locations across Michigan and Ohio.
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Bobcat Bonnie’s

240 W. Nine Mile Rd.; 248-677-0158; bobcatbonnies.com

Bobcat Bonnie’s aims to be your “neighborhood spot,” and they do a good job supporting local causes and using local products as well. The chain owns seven locations across Michigan and Ohio.
Toast
23144 Woodward Ave.; 248-398-0444 eatattoast.com
A breakfast and lunch joint, Toast offers a variety of mimosas and bloody marys, gourmet omelets, and of course pancakes.
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Toast

23144 Woodward Ave.; 248-398-0444 eatattoast.com

A breakfast and lunch joint, Toast offers a variety of mimosas and bloody marys, gourmet omelets, and of course pancakes.
New York Bagel
23316 Woodward Ave.; 248-548-2580; newyorkbagel-detroit.com
Whether you’re going for an everything bagel, their in-house cream cheese spread, or a good ol’ lox bagel, this perennial Metro Times “Best of Detroit” winner  is a great fresh start to your morning.
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New York Bagel

23316 Woodward Ave.; 248-548-2580; newyorkbagel-detroit.com

Whether you’re going for an everything bagel, their in-house cream cheese spread, or a good ol’ lox bagel, this perennial Metro Times “Best of Detroit” winner is a great fresh start to your morning.
One-Eyed Betty’s
175 W. Troy St.; 248-808-6633; oneeyedbettys.com
While the food is great, One-Eyed Betty’s cocktail menu is nothing to ignore.
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One-Eyed Betty’s

175 W. Troy St.; 248-808-6633; oneeyedbettys.com

While the food is great, One-Eyed Betty’s cocktail menu is nothing to ignore.
Otus Supply
345 E. Nine Mile Rd.; 248-291-6160; otussupply.com
Otus Supply is a gathering spot for great food and live music, a favorite for jam bands.
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Otus Supply

345 E. Nine Mile Rd.; 248-291-6160; otussupply.com

Otus Supply is a gathering spot for great food and live music, a favorite for jam bands.
Como’s
22812 Woodward Ave.; 248-677-4439; comosrestaurant.com
With Detroit-style pizza and over 20 beers on tap, Como’s is a great place for a casual lunch. The long-standing spot was renovated under recent years under chef Zack Sklar.
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Como’s

22812 Woodward Ave.; 248-677-4439; comosrestaurant.com

With Detroit-style pizza and over 20 beers on tap, Como’s is a great place for a casual lunch. The long-standing spot was renovated under recent years under chef Zack Sklar.
May’s Bangkok Express
254 W. Nine Mile Rd.; 248-545-3929; maysbangkok.weebly.com
This family-owned Thai restaurant is small, but offers a few flavorful Thai dishes.
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May’s Bangkok Express

254 W. Nine Mile Rd.; 248-545-3929; maysbangkok.weebly.com

This family-owned Thai restaurant is small, but offers a few flavorful Thai dishes.
J’s Penalty Box
22726 Woodward Ave.; 248-398-4070jspenaltyboxferndale.com
This Ferndale sports bar offers drink specials for every Tigers Home Run and every Red Wings goal. Everyone’s a winner here.
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J’s Penalty Box

22726 Woodward Ave.; 248-398-4070jspenaltyboxferndale.com

This Ferndale sports bar offers drink specials for every Tigers Home Run and every Red Wings goal. Everyone’s a winner here.