48 Hours in Detroit {a Foodie’s Guide to the City}

Food is an essential part of the cultural fabric of Detroit, and this city has some amazing places to eat. If you’re looking for a taste adventure in America’s Mottown, here are my top five recommendations.

Detroit is a city that has seen its fair share of ups and downs. The Motor City is now known for its booming food scene, with a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes to choose from. If you’re looking to get the most out of your visit, look no further than this guide. Read more in detail here: broma bakery house.

My relationship with Detroit began in an unusual way. Alex and I relocated there from Ann Arbor in the autumn of 2016, knowing no one and having only visited the city twice. However, Alex was accepted into a medical school in the city, so we moved to this brand-new metropolis. 

The next two years were some of the most enjoyable we’d ever had. We made incredible friends, ate delectable cuisine, and fell in love with the renaissance taking place all around us. I usually compare Detroit to New York in the 1980s—a it’s touch rough and dirty, but it’s full of innovation, promise, and community. We spent our years in Detroit traveling, experiencing, and absorbing as much as we could.

Then, in 2018, Alex was accepted into a residency program in Boston. As a result, we packed our belongings and departed our beloved city of Detroit.

There’s still a sliver of my soul left. Alex and I have discussed returning in four years. From here, I can still sense its intensity, a faint murmur buzzing across the 807 miles that separate us.

Okay, I’ve had my fill of sap for the day. Let’s get to the point of our visit: eating. You folks probably send me three emails/dms/messages a week asking for my fave Detroit places. So what better way to tell you about my favorite locations than through a guide to what to eat in Detroit if you only have 48 hours? Without further ado, good appetite and let’s get this party started.

tuck into some of the tastiest diner fare in town at

Rose’s is the greatest pb & j around if local eateries and Detroit go together like peanut butter and jelly. Don’t be fooled by the inconspicuous entry; inside you’ll discover a welcoming atmosphere and delectable farm-to-table diner fare. Rose’s is also deeply anchored in the neighborhood; they pay their staff a living wage (no tipping required), are environmentally conscious, and do a fantastic job of giving back to the impoverished community in which they operate. Get a plate of Grandpa Richard’s Pancakes and the Staff Favorite 3.0 (heirloom rice, maple bacon, kimchi, mushrooms, avocado, and a fried egg) for the table and spend the morning reading the paper as the sun rises.

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get a massive bowl of pho at

The ultimate comfort cuisine in a no-frills atmosphere is served at this small Corktown noodle bar. Their cuisine is purposeful and well-thought-out, including some of Detroit’s most unique tastes. What are you going to order? Shrimp and Pork Dumplings, as well as a spicy Forest Udon.

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acquire a piece of pie and a cup of coffee in the afternoon at

Guys. If you only eat one item in Detroit, make it Sister Pie’s Salted Maple Pie. This woman-owned bakery, located in one of Detroit’s prettiest neighborhoods, is renowned for its unique take on sweet and savory. Sister Pie is consistently ranked one of the top bakeries in America, serving up handcrafted pastries, pies (with a crust to die for), and cookies.

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The remainder of the day was spent drinking beer and playing games at

A vacation to Detroit wouldn’t be complete without a stop to Eastern Market, the country’s biggest historic public market. On a Saturday, stroll around the market to view the local sellers, see the wonderful street art, and have a craft beer (or two!) at Eastern Market Brewing Company. This small-batch brewery boasts a warm atmosphere in an ancient meatpacking facility, as well as a rotating tap selection. Grab a New England IPA and spend the day playing board games while drinking suds.

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savor the greatest burger in town at

OMG Grey Ghost is my absolute favorite. When you walk inside this elegant yet welcoming cuts and drinks concept, you immediately experience a feeling of belonging. It’s as though you’re eating in a restaurant run by and for friends. These Chicago locals know how to keep a meat-heavy plate from becoming too heavy (aka no meat sweats by the end of the meal). The cuisine and beverages are consistently excellent, and the burger is without a doubt the finest in town. Octopus Puttanesca, Brussel Sprouts, and a Repeat Offender – I guarantee you won’t be able to choose just one!

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Then take a short stroll across the street to a late-night eatery called

Second Best is the owners of Grey Ghost’s rebellious stepchild. The Fried Chicken Sandwich at this swanky dive bar blew my mind (warning: it’s as messy as it is wonderful!). So there’s that. You can also (Smirnoff) Ice folks. Order a bottle of champagne (or a Miller High Life Forty) and conclude the night at one of Detroit’s most popular hangouts.

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Begin your day with a delicious bagel sandwich from

Okay, if you thought Day 1 was incredible, let’s move on to Day 2, which begins with my favorite bagel shop in the city, the Detroit Institute of Bagels! This is one of those bagel sandwiches that won’t let you down. Beef salami, provolone, mustard, and red peppers are just a few of the taste combinations available at this modern Jewish deli. Every day, everything is produced from scratch. The Super Nova, with local smoked salmon, pasture-raised eggs, vegetarian cream cheese, and sautéed greens, is my personal favorite. YUMMMM.

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then follow it up with some farm-to-table cuisine at

Folk is probably my favorite restaurant in Detroit. Folk’s cuisine is a piece of beauty, from their avocado toast on seeded wheat bread to their almond flour Belgian waffle with salted pistachio citrus butter. The décor is bright but inviting, with traces of international influences. They care about their community, have done an excellent job of integrating into the Corktown area, and are always proud of the farmers from whom they obtain their goods. FOR BREAKFAST OR LUNCH, THIS IS A PLACE NOT TO BE MISSED.

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Alternatively, if you’re in the mood for some traditional breakfast fare, go to

Parks & Recreation has delectable diner fare prepared by talented chefs. Consider basic foods like biscuits and gravy, but prepared to perfection. Everything is produced from scratch and all ingredients are acquired locally. They make their own bread, too! They also provide a drunken brunch. Start your day with a Bloody Mary and a Lemon Berry Cinni Roll!

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savor a wide range of street cuisine at

This food hall, which is new to Detroit’s Cass Corridor, is made up of 21 shipping containers and has a variety of independently-run businesses serving anything from tacos to Thai cuisine to nitrogen ice cream. There’s something for everyone at Detroit Shipping Co. Hang out on their terrace with a beverage and their famed Pad Thai Roll while playing big Jenga.

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After that, stop by for wine and cheese at Happy Hour at

This tiny wine bar is worth a visit, with oriental carpets and subdued lighting. The place is perfectly decorated with homely touches, a nice range of cheese, charcuterie, and canned fish (hey, make-your-own cheeseboard! ), and a vast choice of wines to enjoy or take home!

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Take a stroll over to the finest supper you’ve ever had at

Selden Standard is a seasonally focused small plates restaurant that first opened its doors in 2014 and has since continued to push the boundaries of inventive meals and beverages. Though they offer a diverse menu, my favorites are usually the veggie-forward meals, owing to the fact that most of them are charred in a brick oven and have that great smoky taste that only open flames can provide. The Vegetable Carpaccio and Herbed Flatbread (it’s like a pillowy cloud, you guys) are a must-order. 

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At this bar, you may sample a fantastic assortment of cocktails.

Welcome to your new (or old?) favorite hangout spot! Let’s take a step back, shall we? Keisling, which opened in 1890, has a long history as a local pub. Until the early 1990s, it was a hangout for cops and factory workers. They re-opened last year, better than ever, while staying true to the space’s reputation as a no-frills hangout that makes you feel at ease. With a well-designed environment and an accessible cocktail selection that will blow your mind, the present proprietors maintain the tradition. Stay a while and order a Kies Knees!

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Then end on a high note with drinks at

Where should I even begin with Standby? It’s a mix of a club, a music venue, and an intimate speakeasy, featuring fantastic music and some of the city’s most inventive drinks. It’s the ideal place to begin (or finish) a fun night out with friends. Enter into The Belt alley, pass through a velvet curtain, and order a Snake in the Grass cocktail. 

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Thank you to Rose’s Fine Foods, IMA, Sister Pie, Eastern Market Brewing Co., Grey Ghost, Second Best, Detroit Institute of Bagels, FOLK, Parks & Rec, Detroit Shipping Company, The Royce, Selden Standard, Keisling, and Standby for graciously hosting us and making our 48 Hours in Detroit possible. We are devoted to you.

The “broma bakery cocktails” are a part of the “48 Hours in Detroit {a Foodie’s Guide to the City}”. The drinks are made with house-made bitters, honey and ginger beer.

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