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Plaka Cafe We Found Some Of The City’s Best French Toast In This Unlikely Spot

Plaka Cafe

535 Monroe St, 48226
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Price Level:   
  • Open for: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekends, Late Night
  • Cards Accepted
  • Hours: MON 24 HOURS
    TUES 24 HOURS
    WED 24 HOURS
    THURS 24 HOURS
    FRI 24 HOURS
    SAT 24 HOURS
    SUN 24 HOURS
  • Phone: 313.962.4687
  • Social: GOOGLE+ | FACEBOOK

Tags: breakfast, dine in, dinner, greek, lunch, downtown, carry out, 24 hours, weekend hours, take out, Greektown, late nights, omelettes, gyros, Plaka Cafe

There are three reasons we love to visit Plaka Cafe in Greektown: the service, the french toast, and the jungle juice. Yes, jungle juice. More on that later.

Open 24 hours a day, this hole-in-the-wall diner gets packed when partiers pour out of Old Shillelagh, Level Two, and St. Andrew’s. It’s also a popular stop on game days.

The breakfast menu is served 24 hours, which makes us giddy with delight (why don’t more restaurants do this?). We adore the Greek omelet, which is stuffed with sliced gyro meat and Feta cheese. The ham and cheese, and corned beef and Swiss omelets are also standouts. Plaka has some of the best french toast in town, tender and topped with powdered sugar. You can’t go wrong with their $4 breakfast special which comes with two eggs, your choice of meat, toast and hashbrowns.

Lunch and dinner entrees include traditional Greek dishes like gyros, stuffed grape leaves, and moussaka. The gyro is one of the best we’ve ever had. It’s super tender and flavorful. There’s also a nice selection of sandwiches and salads. If you’re craving something sweet at the end of your meal, try the strawberry cheesecake, rice pudding, or baklava.

What Plaka may lack in flash and pop it makes up for in quick and friendly service. The kitchen turns out entrees at a lightning fast pace, and servers promptly refill coffee and fountain drinks. On any given day, you’re very likely to see owner Thomas Karadimas in the dining room, greeting patrons and making sure things are running smoothly.

The dining room is small, with no more than a dozen tables, but the genuinely friendly service is worth sliding into a booth and staying awhile. Carry-out is also available.

If you have a hankering for a spirituous libation, order a can of beer, bloody mary or glass of jungle juice, a boozy Kool-Aid concoction that smacks of college frat parties but is tasty and fun. The prices are incredibly reasonable. You can get breakfast and a beer for under $10.

It’s easy to see why Plaka is a favorite among the late-night crowd and sports fans looking to fuel up before the game. One visit and we know it will rank among your favorites, too.


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