Dine around Detroit: Midtown Restaurants in Detroit

Modified: January 12, 2023 | Story by Stephanie Angelyn Casola | Photos by The Peterboro, Jolly Pumpkin

Detroiters dining in Midtown restaurants have a lot of decisions to make. The neighborhood is rich in culinary options from its popular new establishments to longstanding favorite restaurants. We hope you’re hungry. Here’s how to dine around Midtown Detroit, at any hour:

Midtown Detroit Restaurants for Breakfast

No need to skip breakfast if you find yourself in Midtown. Slide into a booth at Campus Diner for a big plate of blueberry pancakes. Order up a breakfast sandwich or snack on a croissant with your morning latte at Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. Sip a warm cup of Chili Chocolate, a spicy sweet house blend at Socra Tea.

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company

Midtown Detroit Restaurants for Lunch

Midday meetings might call for a quick lunch stop. Try a brick oven pizza – like the Danimal – at Motor City Brewing Works or go for the ultimate indoor picnic with a plate from Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. Get your noodle fix at Pho Lucky or go gluten-free with a Steak Salad at Woodbridge Pub. Midtown is also home to the President Obama Burger, following an exciting visit the former commander-in-chief made to Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria and Brewery in 2016. Visitors can even sit in the same seat, commemorated with a plaque.

Midtown Detroit Restaurants for Dinner

Some of the cities hottest restaurants made their home in Midtown: including Rock City Eatery, The Peterboro, and recent Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year winners Chartreuse Kitchen + Cocktails and Selden Standard. You can’t miss at any one of them. Seva serves up a vegetarian and vegan friendly menu, while Grey Ghost earned a solid reputation from items like Fried Bologna, or fresh, raw oysters. La Feria brings flavors of Spain to your table.

Dinner selection at Grey Ghost in Midtown Detroit

Grey Ghost

Take Away

Not every visit to Midtown offers up time to sit down. Those on the go flock to speedy and delicious spots like Alley Taco, 2941 Street Food and Go! Sy Thai.

Just Desserts

Don’t skip dessert when you dine along Cass or Woodward avenues. Avalon International Foods will lure you in with the warmth of baked goods and leave you with some of the best Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies. Treat Dreams will scoop up flavors like Salted Caramel and Kooky Monster ice cream. But the most original treat you’ll find in Midtown might be the shaved ice Hello Hello at Tou & Mai, a traditional Filipino dessert better known as halo-halo.

Treat Dreams ice cream with sprinkles

Treat Dreams


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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Motor City Brewing Works
    470 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Woodbridge Pub
    5169 Trumbull Ave., Detroit, MI 48208
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    Jolly Pumpkin
    441 W. Canfield St., Ste. 9, Detroit, MI 48201
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    The Peterboro
    420 Peterboro St., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
    15 E. Kirby St., Suite D, Detroit, MI 48202
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    Selden Standard
    3921 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    66 E. Forest Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Grey Ghost Detroit
    47 E. Watson St., Detroit, MI 48201
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    La Feria Spanish Tapas
    4130 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Alley Taco
    418 W. Willis St., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Go Sy Thai
    4240 Cass Ave., Ste. 103, Detroit, MI 48201
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    Avalon International Breads
    422 W. Willis St., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Treat Dreams
    4160 Cass Ave., Detroit,