The essential Downriver restaurants that you should have tried by now

When it comes to local dining scenes, Downriver isn’t necessarily the first area that comes to mind.

However, the group of cities just south of Detroit has quite an exclusive food scene that includes many family-owned restaurants that truly make you feel like one of their own.

From waterfront vistas and mom-and-pop diners to a slew of craft brews, the Downriver's restaurants have so much to offer.
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Hops & Barley Bar & Grill
18561 Allen Rd., Melvindale; 313-586-3125; hopsandbarleybar.com
If you’re looking for a great dive bar, with great food, good drinks and better people, look no further than this Melvindale neighborhood bar.
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Hops & Barley Bar & Grill

18561 Allen Rd., Melvindale; 313-586-3125; hopsandbarleybar.com

If you’re looking for a great dive bar, with great food, good drinks and better people, look no further than this Melvindale neighborhood bar.
Glass Onion Griddle
6828 Allen Rd., Allen Park; 313-558-9618; glassoniongriddle.net
Glass Onion Griddle is an American casual restaurant offering breakfast and lunch options.
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Glass Onion Griddle

6828 Allen Rd., Allen Park; 313-558-9618; glassoniongriddle.net

Glass Onion Griddle is an American casual restaurant offering breakfast and lunch options.
Frank’s Pizzeria
3144 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-282-0512; frankspizza1952.com
Frank's Restaurant has been a family restaurant for three generations and the downtown Wyandotte spot is still going strong today.
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Frank’s Pizzeria

3144 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-282-0512; frankspizza1952.com

Frank's Restaurant has been a family restaurant for three generations and the downtown Wyandotte spot is still going strong today.
Fat Daddy’s Hot Chicken & Waffles
18283 M-85, Riverview; 734-288-3051; fatdaddyshotchicken.com
Want a Nashville hot chicken sandwich but want to control the heat? Try Fat Daddy’s. Their hot chicken comes on a heat scale ranging from “country” to “too damn hot.”
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Fat Daddy’s Hot Chicken & Waffles

18283 M-85, Riverview; 734-288-3051; fatdaddyshotchicken.com

Want a Nashville hot chicken sandwich but want to control the heat? Try Fat Daddy’s. Their hot chicken comes on a heat scale ranging from “country” to “too damn hot.”
Auburn Cafe
3520 W. Jefferson Ave., Ecorse; 313-381-8133auburncafe.com
Auburn Cafe is an authentic family-friendly Greek restaurant that serves traditional favorites like Saganaki, stuffed grape leaves, and lamb chops.
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Auburn Cafe

3520 W. Jefferson Ave., Ecorse; 313-381-8133auburncafe.com

Auburn Cafe is an authentic family-friendly Greek restaurant that serves traditional favorites like Saganaki, stuffed grape leaves, and lamb chops.
Galindo’s
13754 Fort St., Southgate; 734-324-1141; galindosmexican.com
Galindo’s offers a taste of Mexican street food cuisine in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
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Galindo’s

13754 Fort St., Southgate; 734-324-1141; galindosmexican.com

Galindo’s offers a taste of Mexican street food cuisine in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
Black Pine Tree Sushi Bar
18700 Eureka Rd., Southgate; 734-284-8700; blackpinetreesushi.com
Black Pine Tree in Southgate whips up sushi and Korean dishes like Bibimbap and Bulgogi. Their menu includes everything from delicate slices of sashimi to enormous specialty rolls. Edamame, chicken teriyaki, and nabeyaki udon are all available too.
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Black Pine Tree Sushi Bar

18700 Eureka Rd., Southgate; 734-284-8700; blackpinetreesushi.com

Black Pine Tree in Southgate whips up sushi and Korean dishes like Bibimbap and Bulgogi. Their menu includes everything from delicate slices of sashimi to enormous specialty rolls. Edamame, chicken teriyaki, and nabeyaki udon are all available too.
Taco Bros
128 Sycamore St., Wyandotte; 734-767-1720; thetacobros.com
Taco Bros was founded by two brothers who took family recipes that have been passed down through generations and shared them Downriver.
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Taco Bros

128 Sycamore St., Wyandotte; 734-767-1720; thetacobros.com

Taco Bros was founded by two brothers who took family recipes that have been passed down through generations and shared them Downriver.
Camino Real
3851 Fort St., Wyandotte; 734-258-8790; restaurantcaminoreal.com
Camino Real brings the flavors of Mexico to Downriver. From ceviche to tortas, you can find something to satisfy your craving.
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Camino Real

3851 Fort St., Wyandotte; 734-258-8790; restaurantcaminoreal.com

Camino Real brings the flavors of Mexico to Downriver. From ceviche to tortas, you can find something to satisfy your craving.
Vito’s Pizzeria
3962 Fort St., Lincoln Park; 313-383-1960; vitoslincolnpark.com
Priding themselves on their quality of food, great environment, staff, and pies, Vito’s Pizza has been serving their community for over 40 years.
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Vito’s Pizzeria

3962 Fort St., Lincoln Park; 313-383-1960; vitoslincolnpark.com

Priding themselves on their quality of food, great environment, staff, and pies, Vito’s Pizza has been serving their community for over 40 years.