Detroit 10: Comfort Food | Soul Food Restaurants in Detroit

December 13, 2016  |   Story by Lori Bremerkamp  

December is no time to start a diet — save that for January’s New Year’s resolution! Instead, spend this month checking out local restaurants and devouring the delicious comfort foods they have to offer.

The Top Soul Food Restaurants in Detroit

Slow’s Bar BQ

Pulled pork, dry-smoked ribs, the famous Yardbird sandwich (mustard-soaked pulled chicken), fantastic sides and delectable desserts round out the menu at this Corktown favorite.

What to order:Mac and cheese – simply delicious and creamy with a crunchy top.


The Melting Pot

This is the place to have fun with your food. Pick up a fondue fork and cook your own shrimp, or pinch strawberries by the stem and dip them in rich chocolate concoctions. The award-winning cheeses in their fondue are melted to order and served with artisan breads, seasonal fruits and veggies for dipping.

What to order: The signature Wisconsin Cheddar – melted with lager beer, garlic and spices.


Antonio’s Italian Cuisine

Dine in a relaxed atmosphere that features house-made pastas and Old World favorites, such as tripe and polenta.

What to order: Pasta – create your own signature dish by choosing the type and sauce you’d like.


Green Dot Stables

Corktown is home to this unique restaurant that offers more than 20 different types of sliders and an array of sides. Using many local products and beverages, Green Dot Stables is sure to satisfy any appetite.

What to order: Fries – choose from truffle and herb, venison chili cheese, le poutine, cajun or regular.



The first PizzaPapalis opened in 1986 in Detroit, and they’ve been going strong ever since. There are now nine restaurants throughout Michigan offering pizza, superior soups, crispy salads and decadent desserts, including s the “Deep Dish Chocolate Cookie.”

What to order: Chicago-style deep-dish pizza – choose from one of their specialties or create your own.


Lady Louisa’s Place

Lady Louisa’s Place is a real neighborhood kind of place that cooks up barbeque ribs and comfort foods with the same flavors and passion as your mother and grandmother.

What to order: BBQ ribs – slow cooked using charcoal and wood to impart smoke and flavor just like they do in the South.


Beans & Cornbread

This award-winning soul food restaurant fuses southern roots with an epicurean influence in traditional favorites and low country cuisine. In addition to a unique upscale dining experience, it has a quaint wine and martini bar named Sidebar and a private event space called Red Velvet for parties of up to 50 guests.

What to order: Mama’s Meat Loaf – smothered in skillet gravy.


Peteet’s Famous Cheesecake

A locally owned, certified Kosher bakery offering a signature two-layer gourmet cheesecake made with real fruit and no preservatives. Thirty flavors of cheesecake are served daily!

What to order: Peteet’s Original Plain Cheesecake – creamy with a hint of lemon baked on a graham cracker crust.


Astro Coffee

This small café in the heart of Corktown sources its beans from roasters around the country. Cups are prepared individually, using the pour-over brewing method. There’s also a small selection of baked goods and sandwiches made in house using organic and natural products.

What to order: An Anzac – traditional Australian coconut-oat bar.


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