Fathom Favorites : Detroit Restaurants

1. Slow's


The very popular barbecue joint that kicked off the neighborhood's revitalization. Have a beer and ponder the phases of the moon (in mural form) in the cozy backyard.

2138 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216

2. The Clique

The Clique

An Eastside breakfast institution. The diner connects to the Shorecrest Motor Inn and offers a no-nonsense menu, hell-yeah portions, and a sun-drenching atrium. Order everything from a short stack to chicken wings and eggs.

1326 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48207

3. Bert's Marketplace

Bert's Marketplace

No trip to Detroit is complete without catching some jazz. This no-frills soul-food restaurant and bar sets up an alfresco drinking patio and Motown karaoke on Saturdays, and musicians can check out the jazz open mic on Thursdays. 

2727 Russell St.
Detroit, MI 48207

4. Vivio's


With decades-old laminate tables and a stained glass awning over the bar, this place is the official go-to for a bloody Mary. A little bit peppery, each glass comes with a pickle spear, lime, and a beer sidecar.


2460 Market St.
Detroit, MI 48207

5. La Gloria Bakery

La Gloria Bakery

This Mexican bakery features old-fashioned wooden pastry cases filled with flaky empanadas, tarts, cookies, churros, homemade tortillas, tamales, and unmatched tres leches. Grab some tongs and wax paper and help yourself.

3345 Bagley Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216

6. Nemo's


The old haunt hosts sports legends like Hank Aguirre and Al Kaline. Signed newspaper clippings and photographs plaster the walls to prove it. The menu consists of burgers and fries exclusively, but that's part of the charm.

1384 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Vince's


As O.G. Italian American as it gets. Of course it's a local favorite. Think frescoes of Venice, lacy tablecloths, and homemade lasagna as big as the plate.

1341 Springwells St.
Detroit, MI 48209

8. La Rondinella

La Rondinella

Not your average red-sauce joint. This light-filled Italian bistro serves delicious fare without breaking the bank.

2453 Russell St.
Detroit, MI 48207

9. Selden Standard

Selden Standard

This rustic farm-to-table eatery cooks most of its small-plate menu in a wood-fired oven. Serving ingredients from nearby urban farms, wines from small producers, and seasonally crafted cocktails, it's truly a locavore's dream.

3921 2nd Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

10. Gold Cash Gold

Gold Cash Gold

Housemade pickled items line the shelves at this brine-focused eatery. The pickle-brined chicken and waffles, washed down with acpickle juice Bloody Mary make it a prime spot to brunch till you're pickled.

2100 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216

11. Astro Coffee

Astro Coffee

Go for a flat white, boiled egg-and-ricotta sandwich, coconut bread, and daily salads made with veggies from nearby urban farms. The ever-changing floor-to-ceiling chalkboard gives this inviting cafe an artistic feel.


2124 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216

12. Katoi


This Thai-inspired Corktown hotspot started as a food truck, but found its permanent home in a converted garage, cinderblock walls and all. Check out the live broadcast of their radio show Saturday nights 11p.m.-2a.m.

2520 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

13. St. Cece’s

St. Cece’s

A wacky, English-style public house with a roaring fireplace and the most unassuming and delicious farm-to-table menu by chef Adam, who lives on an urban farm.


1426 Bagley Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216

14. Flowers of Vietnam

Flowers of Vietnam

Serving up sushi and colorful Vietnamese dishes, the pop-up restaurant in the old Verner Coney Island Diner shouldn't be missed. Only open a few days a week, the eatery is known for its delicious fried chicken and good music. If you're lucky you'll catch the contemporary rap melodies of Shigeto on the turntables while you eat.

4430 Vernor Hwy.
Detroit, MI 48209