No one leaves Corktown hungry. Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, originally an Irish enclave, is a treasure trove of popular Detroit restaurants. Brunch menus, vegan-friendly dishes and outdoor patios are big here. Filled with history, character and charm, every Corktown Detroit restaurant you visit has the potential of being your new favorite.
Breakfast in Corktown: The Most Important Meal of the Day
Fuel up at Astro Coffee, the preferred stop of coffee connoisseurs, featuring specialty roasters from around the country. Grab a house-made bagel at the cozy Detroit Institute of Bagels or “break the fast” with an omelet, quiche, breakfast hash, banana walnut pancakes, scones, or – if need be – The Hangover Special at Brooklyn Street Local.
Lunch: A Casual Affair
Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop has been a mainstay in Corktown for a decade. It’s the place to go for sandwich masterpieces, homemade soups plus craft beer, wine and cocktails. Mercury Burger & Bar is a must-stop for 15 different varieties of D-licious burgers and decadent milkshakes — including a Faygo orange creamsicle or Vernors float. Choose tater tots, wings, fried meatballs and other $2 lunch specials — yep, you read that right – at Corktown Tavern. The upstairs of this simple neighborhood bar with a “shot and a beer” atmosphere hosts live bands. It’s decisions, decisions at Bobcat Bonnie’s. With a menu full of palate-pleasing dishes, it’s always a challenge to narrow down your order at this high-quality gastropub.
Dinner: Things Just Got Interesting…
Corktown Detroit can trace its resurgence to the opening of Slows Bar BQ back in 2005. It quickly became a destination restaurant and has expanded to other locations in Midtown, Pontiac and Grand Rapids, Mich. The restaurant’s rabid popularity inspired other restaurateurs to roll the dice on Corktown. See what all the hype is about — order up some pulled pork, dry-smoked ribs, or the famous Yardbird sandwich (mustard-soaked pulled chicken).
Ottava Via gets Italian right with sausage and polenta, house-made mozzarella, stone-fired pizzas, pastas and a signature porchetta. An outdoor patio features a fireplace and bocce court.
In just a little over a year, Ima, a modern Japanese noodle shop, has earned rave reviews from local media, including Eater Detroit’s Restaurant of the Year in 2017. It’s no wonder, with its jicama shell tacos, spicy pork udon and rice bowls, served in a casual, communal setting.
Gold Cash Gold, former home of a pawn shop, offers a serious feast of flavors with creative craft cocktails to seal the deal. Groups can reserve the Kitchen Table, with a view of skillful chefs practicing their craft.
The Thai fusion menu at Takoi earned recognition as a Best New Restaurant from the Detroit Free Press. Detroit foodies cheered when the restaurant reopened in summer 2017, six months after a fire closed its doors.
Dinner at Lady of the House is a culinary event. The menu is fresh and creative, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Corktown’s latest sensation was nominated for Best New Restaurant in the Country by the James Beard Foundation.
Find Red Dunn Kitchen in Corktown’s newly renovated Trumbull and Porter hotel, where the seasonal menu offers “Detroit-style American cuisine.”
Late Night Tummy Rumbles
After the concert, game or just a night of carousing, you might need a little snack at a Corktown Detroit restaurant. You can’t beat the chicken, beef or veggie shawarmas wrapped in a pita at Bucharest Grille. Nemo’s, a Detroit classic, is an especially popular spot before and after Detroit sporting events, with a convenient shuttle bus. Or hit Nancy Whiskey for pub fare served with a side of live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Discover more of the best Detroit restaurants.
- Astro Coffee
2124 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-808-0351 Highlight on map | More Details
- Detroit Institute of Bagels
1236 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-444-9342 Highlight on map | More Details
- Brooklyn Street Local
1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-262-6547 Highlight on map | More Details
- Mudgie's Deli
1300 Porter St., Detroit, MI 48226313-961-2000 Highlight on map | More Details
- Mercury Burger & Bar
2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-964-5000 Highlight on map | More Details
- Corktown Tavern
1716 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-964-5103 Highlight on map | More Details
- Bobcat Bonnie's
1800 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-1383 Highlight on map | More Details
- Slows Bar BQ
2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-9828 Highlight on map | More Details
- Ottava Via
1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-5500 Highlight on map | More Details
2015 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-502-5959 Highlight on map | More Details
- Gold Cash Gold
2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-242-0770 Highlight on map | More Details
2520 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-855-2864 Highlight on map | More Details
- Lady of the House
1426 Bagley St., Detroit, MI 48216313-818-0218 Highlight on map | More Details
- Red Dunn Kitchen
1331 Trumbull St., Ste. 100, Detroit, MI 48216313-887-9477 Highlight on map | More Details
- Bucharest Grill - Corktown
1623 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216313-965-3111 Highlight on map | More Details
1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-965-9180 Highlight on map | More Details
- Nancy Whiskey
2644 Harrison St., Detroit, MI 48216313-962-4247 Highlight on map | More Details