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  • Tom’s Tavern
    • Neighborhood: Northwest
    • Price Level:   
    • Open for: Dinner, Weekends, Late Night
    • Free Parking Available

    Tom’s Tavern is one of the Motor City’s true hidden gems. This historic icon was named after former owner Tom Lucas who opened the bar in 1928, back when Seven Mile was still a dirt road on the far outskirts of town. During the height of Prohibition illicit booze was said to be supplied by Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang. The tavern suffere [...]

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  • The Anchor Bar
    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Open for: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Weekends, Late Night
    • Gameday Shuttle
    • Cards Accepted

    A casual spot with good food and affordable drinks, the Anchor Bar has served as a safe harbor for thirsty patrons for more than half a century. It’s not exactly a sports bar but there is a hint of hockey in the maritime theme. Menus are designed to look like an ice rink, and you’ll find hockey sticks and vintage photographs adorning the wal [...]

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  • La Feria
    • Neighborhood: Midtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Open for: Lunch, Dinner, Weekends
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Outdoor Patio
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    The cheery interior is trendy and modern, but with a laid back vibe. Exposed brick and white walls are offset by accents of red, orange and gold. La Feria is a wonderful spot to linger over a leisurely meal with friends or a romantic evening with your sweetie. The bill of fare offers hot and cold Spanish tapas, small plates of fish, meats, veget [...]

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  • Small Plates
    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Open for: Lunch, Dinner, Weekends
    • Has weekend brunch.
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Outdoor Patio
    • Cards Accepted

    Unbound by the limitations of regional flavor or color, Small Plates offers the palette an eclectic selection of cuisine as diverse as the city itself. The newly renovated space offers a uniquely communal dining experience where the only thing more stimulating than the culinary collision of flavors is the company of those around you. Small P [...]

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  • Food Exchange
    • Neighborhood: Rivertown & Southeast
    • Price Level:   
    • Open for: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Free Parking Available

    It may not look like much from the outside, but there is a hidden gem concealed inside this humble eatery. Food Exchange is tucked onto a somewhat lonely stretch of Harper Ave. near Seneca St. on Detroit’s southeast side. The block is mostly abandoned (save for a church across the street), but it’s easy to see why Food Exchange has survived de [...]

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  • Colors
    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Open for: Lunch
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Cards Accepted

    Centrally located in downtown’s Harmonie Park, Colors is truly a case of a rare jewel hidden in plain site. We don’t know how many times we’ve walked past this building without giving it a single thought. Once we finally sat down for a meal here, though, we regretted ever passing it up. Colors is a non-profit organization and restaurant wh [...]

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  • Mike’s Famous Ham Place
    • Neighborhood: Corktown & Southwest
    • Price Level:   
    • Open for: Breakfast, Lunch, Weekends
    • Free Parking Available

    It may not be the most glamorous spot in town, but when the food is this good it doesn’t need any dressing up. Mike’s Famous Ham Place is a comfortable yet no-frills little diner in southwest Detroit that has been turning hungry Detroiters into happy customers since 1974. Located at the corner of Michigan and Randolph, near West Grand Blvd., [...]

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  • Louie’s Ham and Corned Beef
    • Neighborhood: Eastern Market & Central
    • Price Level:   
    • Open for: Breakfast, Lunch, Weekends
    • Cards Accepted
    • Free Parking Available

    When we’re craving a delicious, hot breakfast on the go, we head to Eastern Market for the croissant breakfast sandwich from Louie’s Ham and Corned Beef. Made with fried egg, cheese and your choice of meat (we like to add sliced tomato), it’s our favorite way to start the day. Louie’s opens at 6 a.m. for breakfast on weekdays, giving you pl [...]

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  • WaLa
    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • Price Level:   
    • Open for: Lunch, Dinner, Weekends
    • Outdoor Patio
    • Cards Accepted

    Named for its location - at the corner of Washington and Lafayette - WaLa is an undiscovered gem hidden in plain site. Just a short walk from downtown skyscrapers, this is a great spot to grab a quick, unexpectedly delicious lunch. Formerly the site of Motown Cafe, WaLa opened in 2012. The single story cinderblock structure hardly looks large en [...]

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