Where to Eat in Detroit, MI – Our Top Picks

 

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Detroit has many traditional and new dining options and is being touted by many as an emerging “Foodie Destination”. Our finds include:

The Whitney: This is an elegant, fine dining restaurant, located in Midtown in a mansion from 1894. It was the home of lumber baron David Whitney Jr., the wealthiest man in the area at the time. It is formal and elegant with a good staff. It is frequented by locals celebrating special events. I enjoyed The Whitney Salad of spinach, strawberries and a citrus vinaigrette. I also enjoyed the seafood saute with shrimp, scallops and lobster sautéed in butter, herbs and white wine, served over orzo. They have outdoor patio seating, a Sunday brunch buffet, an afternoon high tea and a dessert parlour and bake shop.

The Whitney

 

The Whitney

 

The Whitney

 

The Whitney

 

The Whitney

Selden Standard: I chose Selden Standard in Midtown after reading some great reviews. I loved the contemporary atmosphere, service and the great food. The lunch menu had a good selection of sandwiches, salads and flatbreads. It changes seasonally and is sourced locally. I enjoyed lunch with a friend who enjoyed it as well. The new outdoor patio is under construction and will be great in the summer months. 3921 2nd Ave.

Selden Standard

 

Selden Standard

 

Selden Standard

Slows BBQ: At 2138 Michigan Ave., this was the perfect spot for lunch. It comes highly recommended for its great barbecue, huge sandwiches and tasty side dishes. I loved the Longhorn sandwich with barbecue brisket, smoked gouda and an onion marmalade. I ordered it without sauce so I could try some of their five different barbecue sauces. I love the sweet one. The pecan pie with vanilla bean ice cream was worth the trip!!!

Slows BBQ

 

Slows BBQ

 

Slows BBQ

Across the street is Mercury Burger & Bar known for great burgers and shakes.It also has a popular outdoor terrace.  2163 Michigan Ave.

In the Eastern Market, locals like Trinosophes, a cafe, museum, performance space and art gallery at 1464 Gratiot Ave.

Eastern Market Detroit

To the east of the Eastern Market is Sister Pie, which is a bakery making sweet and savory pies. Owner and Chef Lisa Ludwinsk was named a James Beard Finalist in 2019 for Outstanding Baker. 8066 Kercheval Ave. It is located near Marrow at 8044 Kercheval Ave. Marrow is a butcher shop and meat-centric restaurant. It was named one of Eater.com’s 16 Best New Restaurants in America in 2019 and was named a Semifinalist for the 2019 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant.

Downtown dining spots include:

Wright & Company: At 1500 Woodward Ave., Wright & Company gets great reviews as one of the best restaurants in town. It features seasonal, small plates and craft cocktails.

Cliff Bell’s Supper Club: This was a famous supper club opened in 1935 by Cliff Bell. He ran it until 1958. It operated until 1985 under different names and then closed. It was reopened in 2005 under new ownership. 2030 Park Ave.

A local foodie recommends The Rattlesnake Club from 1988 for steak and seafood, London Chop House from 1938 and the rustic Green Dot Stables which is known for its sliders.

See our posts for Corktown, Eastern Market and Midtown for more great options.