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Honest John’s Our Favorite Spot To Grab A Late-Night Bite Or Early Morning Libation

Honest John’s

488 Selden, 48201
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Open for: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekends, Late Night
  • Has weekend brunch.
  • Cards Accepted
  • Free Parking Available

Tags: affordable, bar, breakfast, brunch, dinner, drinks, lunch, midtown, Microbrews, Craft Beer, Cass Corridor, Honest John’s, Jukebox

With a bar that opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays and a kitchen serving until 2 a.m., it’s always a good time to visit Honest John’s. This cozy neighborhood spot is part deli and part dive bar, but all fun.

The quality and value of an Honest John’s breakfast cannot be overstated. Served until noon on weekdays and until 5 p.m. on weekends, the breakfast offerings are some of the best bargains in town. Come hungry and try the Goyim omelet, stuffed with corned beef, thousand island, coleslaw and swiss cheese. The Poor Richard is deliciously satisfying, made with spinach, mushrooms, bacon and swiss. Omelets are served with hash browns and toast.

Other breakfast favorites include a breakfast burrito, chicken and waffles, french toast and blueberry pancakes. Fancy a glass of Ghettoblaster with your eggs? Go for it! The full bar is available from opening until closing.

Honest John’s entire menu is super affordable. Stop by for lunch and try one of their legendary deli sandwiches like the Eastsider, made with grilled turkey on rye topped with swiss, coleslaw and thousand island. The BLT is always a favorite, as is the savory-sweet monte cristo, made with two slices of french toast, turkey, ham and swiss cheese drizzled with maple syrup. Vegetarian options abound at Honest John’s, including a spinach artichoke melt and a black bean burger. A varied selection of burgers and grinders, as well as salads, soups and chili round out the offerings.

Owner John Thompson operated the original Honest John’s across from Belle Isle, at Jefferson and Field, for 12 years before relocating to the Cass Corridor, the neighborhood where he grew up. The current incarnation opened in late 2002.

The dining room – dimly lit even during the day – offers no frills, just good food and a welcoming atmosphere. In the summer you can enjoy your order out on the patio. Inside, the jukebox is a veritable encyclopedia of funk and Motown music (and seriously cheap).

Whether you’re looking for a late night bite or early morning meal, Honest John’s offers an affordable, well-prepared selection to satisfy your cravings.


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