Essential Detroit-area restaurants serving cuisine from all around the world

The Detroit area is home to people from all around the globe who have brought beautiful cultures and exquisite cuisines to the city. If you don't have the time or money to actually travel the world, why not step out your front door and visit these restaurants for a truly international experience?

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Africa: Nwanneka 
27532 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia
A subtly designed interior with great lighting is what you’ll be met with once entering Nwanneka’s Place. The choices of African cuisine range from jollof rice, fufu, and Egusi stew. Food is served in big portions and for a good price, but a helpful tip is to call ahead for ordering to avoid long wait times.  
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Africa: Nwanneka

27532 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia
A subtly designed interior with great lighting is what you’ll be met with once entering Nwanneka’s Place. The choices of African cuisine range from jollof rice, fufu, and Egusi stew. Food is served in big portions and for a good price, but a helpful tip is to call ahead for ordering to avoid long wait times.  

Photo via Nwanneka / Facebook
Bangladesh: ZamZamRestaurant 
11917 Conant St., Hamtramck
With a promise of excellent service and authentic Bangladeshi cuisine, ZamZam restaurant offers customers a true taste of home-cooked style Bangladeshi food at low prices. With food made from scratch everyday, and a chef that has been making South Asian cuisine for over two decades, ZamZam is a must-visit spot in Hamtramck. 
Photo via Rob Widdis

Bangladesh: ZamZamRestaurant

11917 Conant St., Hamtramck
With a promise of excellent service and authentic Bangladeshi cuisine, ZamZam restaurant offers customers a true taste of home-cooked style Bangladeshi food at low prices. With food made from scratch everyday, and a chef that has been making South Asian cuisine for over two decades, ZamZam is a must-visit spot in Hamtramck.

Photo via Rob Widdis
China: Midtown Shangri-La 
4710 Cass Ave., Detroit
Cholada Chan, owner of Midtown Shangri-La, used to have to go to Canada to get a good Dim Sum. Using that as her inspiration, she stepped away from her previous career of owning a market to pursue Shangri-la, which has two locations — one is Midtown and one in West Bloomfield. Drawing from her Chinese, Thai, and Indian culinary background, her menu is a true reflection of who Cholada Chan is. 
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China: Midtown Shangri-La

4710 Cass Ave., Detroit
Cholada Chan, owner of Midtown Shangri-La, used to have to go to Canada to get a good Dim Sum. Using that as her inspiration, she stepped away from her previous career of owning a market to pursue Shangri-la, which has two locations — one is Midtown and one in West Bloomfield. Drawing from her Chinese, Thai, and Indian culinary background, her menu is a true reflection of who Cholada Chan is.

Photo via Shangri-La / Facebook
Cuba: Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine
1250 Library St., Detroit
Familiar elements from the Caribbean are here — plantains, yuca, papas rellenas, thin beefsteak, and lots of black beans and rice. Bistec de palomilla is steak pounded very thin, marinated in mojo sauce (orange and lemon juice, garlic, onion, and sugar), then lightly breaded and well-fried. It’s served with fried onions on top and a side of plantains. Fried and breaded pork are on the menu too, as are lobster and shrimp, arroz con pollo, and several paellas. 
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Cuba: Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine

1250 Library St., Detroit
Familiar elements from the Caribbean are here — plantains, yuca, papas rellenas, thin beefsteak, and lots of black beans and rice. Bistec de palomilla is steak pounded very thin, marinated in mojo sauce (orange and lemon juice, garlic, onion, and sugar), then lightly breaded and well-fried. It’s served with fried onions on top and a side of plantains. Fried and breaded pork are on the menu too, as are lobster and shrimp, arroz con pollo, and several paellas.

Photo via Vincente’s Cuban Cuisine / Facebook
Dominican Republic: Asty Time
7340 McGraw Ave., Detroit
Owned by Asty and Edna Acosta, this passionately energetic restaurant is small, sweet, and guaranteed to give customers a selection of tasteful Dominican dishes. Food made from scratch, with some of it getting the “sofrito treatment” — a style of cooking that exemplifies sauteing — is one of many reasons to drop by. The Acostas are the restaurant’s only fluent English speakers, so be sure to bring a friend that’s fluent in Spanish, as the menu is formatted in the language.  
Photo via Tom Perkins

Dominican Republic: Asty Time

7340 McGraw Ave., Detroit
Owned by Asty and Edna Acosta, this passionately energetic restaurant is small, sweet, and guaranteed to give customers a selection of tasteful Dominican dishes. Food made from scratch, with some of it getting the “sofrito treatment” — a style of cooking that exemplifies sauteing — is one of many reasons to drop by. The Acostas are the restaurant’s only fluent English speakers, so be sure to bring a friend that’s fluent in Spanish, as the menu is formatted in the language.  

Photo via Tom Perkins
Germany: The Dakota Inn Rathskeller 
17324 John R St., Detroit
Since 1933, Detroiters have gotten their fill of bratwurst at the Dakota Inn, which offers a Bavarian style menu in an old Heidelberg atmosphere. It is the type of classic German Rathskeller or Biergarten that was a mainstay of German immigrant community, and still has the very best German cooking in the city. 
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Germany: The Dakota Inn Rathskeller

17324 John R St., Detroit
Since 1933, Detroiters have gotten their fill of bratwurst at the Dakota Inn, which offers a Bavarian style menu in an old Heidelberg atmosphere. It is the type of classic German Rathskeller or Biergarten that was a mainstay of German immigrant community, and still has the very best German cooking in the city.

Photo via The Dakota Inn Rathskeller / Facebook
Greece: Pegasus Taverna 
558 Monroe St., Downtown Detroit, Greektown
Classic Greek country cooking blends simple ingredients like vegetables, grains and cheeses with fragrant herbs and spices to create wholesome, delectable meals that are as healthy as they are delicious. Pegasus is proud of their fine Greek cuisine. 
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Greece: Pegasus Taverna

558 Monroe St., Downtown Detroit, Greektown
Classic Greek country cooking blends simple ingredients like vegetables, grains and cheeses with fragrant herbs and spices to create wholesome, delectable meals that are as healthy as they are delicious. Pegasus is proud of their fine Greek cuisine.

Photo via Pegasus Taverna / Facebook
Honduras: El Catracho 
4627 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit
“El Catracho” means “The Honduran.” Ignore the “antojitos” (appetizers) part of the name; you’ll get giant full-course meals here. Saturday is the day to go to El Catracho, really, because that’s when soup is served with thick hand-patted corn tortillas — so dissimilar to factory-made. These soups are not ones that can be tackled with just a spoon. You’ll need a knife and fork, too; it’s a whole meal in a big white bowl.
Photo via Rob Widdis

Honduras: El Catracho

4627 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit
“El Catracho” means “The Honduran.” Ignore the “antojitos” (appetizers) part of the name; you’ll get giant full-course meals here. Saturday is the day to go to El Catracho, really, because that’s when soup is served with thick hand-patted corn tortillas — so dissimilar to factory-made. These soups are not ones that can be tackled with just a spoon. You’ll need a knife and fork, too; it’s a whole meal in a big white bowl.

Photo via Rob Widdis
Egypt: Lolo Potluck 
3950 Rochester Rd., Troy
When most people think of Medditerranean Cuisine in Detroit, they think Lebanon. Lolo Potluck seeks to expand people's idea of cuisine with their classically Egyptian menu. Lolo Potluck is known for many outstanding dishes like their Mashy, a grape leave style dishes with their own Egyptian twist. The menu features a selection of vegetarian, vegan and traditional dishes, for any kind of dietary restriction.  
Photo via Tom Perkins

Egypt: Lolo Potluck

3950 Rochester Rd., Troy
When most people think of Medditerranean Cuisine in Detroit, they think Lebanon. Lolo Potluck seeks to expand people's idea of cuisine with their classically Egyptian menu. Lolo Potluck is known for many outstanding dishes like their Mashy, a grape leave style dishes with their own Egyptian twist. The menu features a selection of vegetarian, vegan and traditional dishes, for any kind of dietary restriction. 

Photo via Tom Perkins
El Salvador: Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreño 
3149 Livernois Ave., Detroit
It helps to know Spanish here, but it isn't essential; the menu has translations, and your waitress, who, along with her sister, the cook, is from El Salvador, is supremely welcoming. If you're not drinking horchata, jamaica or tamarindo, or Jarritos, the Mexican pop, I recommend a licuado, which is bananas or fresh strawberries or both in a blender with milk, tall and thick, with cinnamon on top.
Photo via  Pupuseria el Salvador / Facebook

El Salvador: Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadoreño

3149 Livernois Ave., Detroit
It helps to know Spanish here, but it isn't essential; the menu has translations, and your waitress, who, along with her sister, the cook, is from El Salvador, is supremely welcoming. If you're not drinking horchata, jamaica or tamarindo, or Jarritos, the Mexican pop, I recommend a licuado, which is bananas or fresh strawberries or both in a blender with milk, tall and thick, with cinnamon on top.

Photo via Pupuseria el Salvador / Facebook