8 Must-Try Breakfast Dishes in Detroit

Modified: February 23, 2022 | Story by Katie Susko | Photos by Hudson Cafe

There are tons of lists about the best breakfast and brunch places in metro Detroit. We’ve even published our own. But now we want to talk about our favorite breakfast dishes in The D. The ones you wake up for extra early on a Saturday because you’ve been thinking about it all week. The ones that all your friends can’t stop talking about. The ones that you have to post to Instagram because they look that good.

Here are our must-try breakfast dishes in Detroit.

A bloody mary from Vivio’s

Yes a bloody mary counts as breakfast, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Vivio’s bloody mary is voted the best in Detroit year after year, and for good reason. The Detroiter Bloody Mary is fully loaded with bacon, lettuce, asparagus, provolone, sausage, pickles, a hard boiled egg and a beer chaser. You won’t be ordering any food afterwards.


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A paczki from New Palace Bakery or New Martha Washington bakery

If you’re not from metro Detroit, you may not be familiar with the paczki – a dense Polish donut filled with fruit or cream. But just one of these tasty treats is enough to be considered breakfast. They are most popular around Fat Tuesday, but New Palace Bakery and Martha Washington Bakery in Hamtramck serve them year round. Beat the crowds and go any time of the year!


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Spiced eggs with tzatziki from Ochre Bakery

Ochre Bakery was named one of the best new restaurants of 2019 by Bon Appetit magazine, and we couldn’t agree more. Their spiced eggs with tzatziki are on the menu most of the time (although it frequently rotates), and they are full of flavors you didn’t even know existed. We also recommend a slice of their lemon pistachio loaf from the bakery counter. Maybe order a second one to-go, too.


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Bacon fried rice at Toast

Fried rice for breakfast? Well when it comes with bacon and a sunny side up egg on top, it definitely counts! Toast has locations in both Ferndale and Birmingham, and they are hugely popular among the brunch crowd. And true to their name, they have the best toast in the game. Order a slice of the jalapeno-cheddar challah to go with this dish.


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Duck bop hash from Dime Store

One of downtown’s favorite spots for brunch has a one of a kind menu, but their duck bop hash is something you can’t get anywhere else. With house-confit duck, spinach, onion, bulgogi, pickled veggies and sriracha, this hash may bring you to literal tears.


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Big Red at Kuzzo’s

A red velvet waffle PLUS fried chicken? And topped with bourbon maple syrup?! If that sounds like a dream come true, that’s because it is. Kuzzo’s has all kinds of chicken and waffle combos, but this one is the most unique and a local favorite.


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Chunky Monkey pancakes from Hudson Cafe

Delicious, buttermilk pancakes layered with caramel, white chocolate chips and banana. You’ll want to share this dish with your friends. Hudson Cafe is an iconic Detroit breakfast spot right on Woodward Avenue near Campus Martius. If you eat outside, you can watch the construction at the old Hudson’s site.


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Build-your-own bloody mary and mimosa bar at Bobcat Bonnie’s

Bobcat Bonnie’s has expanded from their original Corktown location to Ferndale, Wyandotte and Partridge Creek mall. Luckily, they took their build-your-own bloody mary and mimosa bar concept with them. For just $3, you can load up your bloody mary with whatever hot sauces and toppings you want, or select your fruit juice and fruit toppings for your mimosa. Does anything sound better than that?

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

  1. 1
    Vivio's Food & Spirits
    2460 Market St., Detroit, MI 48207
  2. 2
    Dime Store
    719 Griswold St., Ste. 180, Detroit, MI 48226
  3. 3
    Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles
    19345 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48221
  4. 4
    Hudson Cafe
    1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
  5. 5
    Bobcat Bonnie's
    1800 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
  6. 6
    New Palace Bakery
    9833 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212, USA
  7. 7
    10335 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212, USA
  8. 8
    Ochre Bakery
    4884 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48208, USA
  9. 9
    Toast - Ferndale
    23144 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220, USA
  10. 10
    Toast - Birmingham
    203 Pierce St, Birmingham, MI 48009, USA