The essential Detroit restaurants every tourist should visit when in town

Detroit has a culture all its own and when it comes to its dining scene, there are a few places that really help shape Detroit’s culture.

Detroiters know that the city may be most known for coney dogs and Better Made chips, but when it comes to food, the place we call home has so much more to offer.

Here are a few restaurants and bars that you can take visiting guests to give them an authentic taste and experience of Detroit.

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Nemo’s
1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 313- 965-3180
It doesn't matter who's playing, Nemo's is the ultimate Detroit game day hotspot. The sports bar and grill has everything you need, including non-stop sports, the best brews, and burgers.
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Nemo’s

1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit, 313- 965-3180

It doesn't matter who's playing, Nemo's is the ultimate Detroit game day hotspot. The sports bar and grill has everything you need, including non-stop sports, the best brews, and burgers.
Sgt. Pepperoni’s
4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7272; majesticdetroit.com"
Sgt. Pepperoni’s not only has some of Detroit’s best pizza, it’s located inside The Majestic/Garden Bowl. You can go check out a show or bowl a few games all while enjoying a delicious slice.
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Sgt. Pepperoni’s

4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7272; majesticdetroit.com"

Sgt. Pepperoni’s not only has some of Detroit’s best pizza, it’s located inside The Majestic/Garden Bowl. You can go check out a show or bowl a few games all while enjoying a delicious slice.
American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island
114 W. Lafayette, Detroit; 313-961-7758; americanconeyisland.com ; 118 W. Lafayette, Detroit; 313-964-8198
You can’t mention one without mentioning the other. While many Detroiters claim loyalty to their neighborhood coneys, it’s a right of passage to pledge an allegiance to one of the originators.
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American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island

114 W. Lafayette, Detroit; 313-961-7758; americanconeyisland.com ; 118 W. Lafayette, Detroit; 313-964-8198

You can’t mention one without mentioning the other. While many Detroiters claim loyalty to their neighborhood coneys, it’s a right of passage to pledge an allegiance to one of the originators.
Green Dot Stables
2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-962-5588; greendotstables.com 
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Green Dot Stables

2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-962-5588; greendotstables.com

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Buddy’s Pizza
17125 Conant St., Detroit; 313-892-9001; buddyspizza.com
Detroit-style pizza is like regular pizza, but… square. Let your mind ponder over that while enjoying one of Buddy’s signature slices.
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Buddy’s Pizza

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

Detroit-style pizza is like regular pizza, but… square. Let your mind ponder over that while enjoying one of Buddy’s signature slices.
Duly’s Place Coney Island
5458 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-554-3076; facebook.com/DulysConeyIsland
Duly’s is one of Detroit’s favorite coney island’s. Located in Southwest Detroit, Duly’s embodies the definition of neighborhood coney.   If you don’t believe us, the late food critic Anthony Bourdain made a stop here back in 2014 and loved it.
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Duly’s Place Coney Island

5458 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-554-3076; facebook.com/DulysConeyIsland

Duly’s is one of Detroit’s favorite coney island’s. Located in Southwest Detroit, Duly’s embodies the definition of neighborhood coney. If you don’t believe us, the late food critic Anthony Bourdain made a stop here back in 2014 and loved it.
Ivy Kitchen & Cocktails
9215 E. Jefferson, Detroit; 313-332-0607;  ivykc.com"
Cocktails is in the name and it certainly is a part of Ivy Kitchen’s game. Maybe try the Hennessy Jalapiña, a drink made with Hennessy, jalapeño, and pineapple juice, or if you’re not the drinking type, but want the experience, maybe try the Shirley Ginger.
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Ivy Kitchen & Cocktails

9215 E. Jefferson, Detroit; 313-332-0607; ivykc.com"

Cocktails is in the name and it certainly is a part of Ivy Kitchen’s game. Maybe try the Hennessy Jalapiña, a drink made with Hennessy, jalapeño, and pineapple juice, or if you’re not the drinking type, but want the experience, maybe try the Shirley Ginger.
Starter’s Bar and Grill
18426 Plymouth Rd., Detroit; 313-837-3630; startersdetroit.com
Whether it’s catfish or lamb chops, or even alfredo, Starter’s is guaranteed to have something that’s guaranteed to fill you up.
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Starter’s Bar and Grill

18426 Plymouth Rd., Detroit; 313-837-3630; startersdetroit.com

Whether it’s catfish or lamb chops, or even alfredo, Starter’s is guaranteed to have something that’s guaranteed to fill you up.
Joe Louis Southern Kitchen
3100 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-788-8338; joelouissouthernkitchen.com"
Joe Louis Southern Kitchen surely is a knockout when it comes to Southern breakfast staples.The restaurant features classics like, buttermilk biscuits, croquettes and rice, shrimp and grits, country fried steak, and much more.
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Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

3100 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-788-8338; joelouissouthernkitchen.com"

Joe Louis Southern Kitchen surely is a knockout when it comes to Southern breakfast staples.The restaurant features classics like, buttermilk biscuits, croquettes and rice, shrimp and grits, country fried steak, and much more.
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.