1. Coney Dogs:
Greek immigrant Gust Keros opened American Coney Island in 1917. Soon after, his brother opened Lafayette Coney Island next door, using a different recipe and initiating friendly competition. Both joints stand in their same spots today, inspiring Detroiters to pledge allegiance to one or the other.
2. Detroit-Style Pizza:
Think square pan, crunchy crust, deep-dish and full of flavor. Buddy’s, whose legendary pizza originated in Detroit in 1946, offers a Motor City Pizza Collection with pies named after the Detroit Zoo, The Parade Company, The Henry Ford and the DIA.
3. Rock ‘n’ Rye -Pulled Pork:
Detroit created the Faygo brand soft drink, but The D’s restaurants put a new spin on it. Grand Trunk Pub offers a Rock ‘n’ Rye pulled pork sandwich, piled with Rock ‘n’ Rye-barbecued pork, cheddar and coleslaw on Texas Toast.
4. Corktown S’more:
Green Dot Stables, a slider joint with a delicious selection of burgers, sides and desserts, is a local favorite. A must-try treat is the Corktown S’more, named after its nearby neighborhood and made with Nutella, cinnamon and marshmallow fluff. Mmmm.
5. Pontchartrain Punch:
Corktown’s Sugar House is known for craft cocktails and an extensive list of spirits. Try the Pontchartrain Punch, named after Detroit’s famous fort established by city founder Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac in 1701. This delicious drink is made with Bombay gin, Alto Del Carmen pisco, pineapple, lemon and topped with sparkling wine. Who said history can’t be fun?
6. Detroit Dirty Martini:
Cliff Bell’s, Detroit’s famous jazz joint, serves up its signature Detroit Dirty Martini, which mixes Valentine vodka, distilled in the nearby suburb of Ferndale, and McClure’s brine. It’s then garnished with a McClure pickle — from the line of mouthwatering McClure goods that started in a tiny Michigan kitchen and are only manufactured in Detroit.
7. Kuzzo’s Fish and Chicken:
Former NFL cornerback and Detroit native Ron Bartell owns Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, a southern comfort food joint serving up chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, Kool-Aid and more. Menu items include the Belle Isle Basket, a seafood and chips basket, and Red Wings, chicken wings marinated and grilled in Kuzzo’s spicy sauce.
8. Maccabee’s Menu:
The Midtown menu is interspersed with Detroit-named items, such as Southwest Detroit salad, Midtown potato pancake sandwich, The “D” Angus burger and The Detroiter, an 18-ounce rib-eye with potatoes and veggies. Let’s be honest, you can’t get more Detroit than local flavor in an Albert Kahn-designed building.
9. Better Made-Battered:
The Grille Midtown is full of Detroit-themed menu items, such as the “Better Made” Chicken Tenders, battered in Detroit’s own Better Made brand potato chips, or the Loaded Midtown Fries, blackened filet tips, blue cheese-parmesan sauce, red peppers and onion strings. It’s an “upscale casual” way to chow down Detroit-style.
10. Middle Eastern Food:
If you’re looking for classic Middle Eastern menu items packed with flavor, Bucharest Grill has house made specialties and shawarmas that will have you drooling. Or head to Dearborn and visit Al-Ameer, Cedarland, Tuhama’s or another eatery, but don’t forget to snag some pistachio ice cream from Shatila Bakery for dessert.
Read more about food in Detroit.
- American Coney Island
114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-7758 Highlight on map | More Details
- Lafayette Coney Island
118 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226313-964-8198 Highlight on map | More Details
- Buddy's Pizza - Detroit
17125 Conant St., Detroit, MI 48212313-892-9001 Highlight on map | More Details
- Grand Trunk Pub
612 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-3043 Highlight on map | More Details
- Green Dot Stables
2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-5588 Highlight on map | More Details
- The Sugar House
2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-0123 Highlight on map | More Details
- Cliff Bell's
2030 Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-2543 Highlight on map | More Details