Where to Eat in Detroit – Our Top Picks


Food & Drink




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.

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.

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!!!

Nearby, in the same block, is Gold Cash Gold, a restaurant located in a converted pawn shop that features, local seasonal fare. It is getting great press. 2100 Michigan Ave.

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., as well as Antietam at 1428 Gratiot Ave. Roma Cafe, just north of the market at 3401 Riopelle, is the oldest Italian restaurant in the city since 1890.

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.

Roast Restaurant: Roast is a popular steakhouse located at 1128 Washington Blvd. It was created by chef Michael Symon, a restaurateur from Cleveland, who is also known as being one of the hosts of ABC’s The Chew.

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

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