If you're looking to understand the spirit of the city through food, use this as your tour guide.
Restaurants are usually the first things people research when they're traveling to a new city and the Motor City has a ton of amazing eateries, but if you want Detroit food that speaks to the culture, this list is for you. There are a lot of styles of food and types of desserts that were invented right here and remain close to the hearts of Detroiters. If you start drinking with someone from the Mitten state, be prepared for them to start arguing with you about their best hot takes on coney dogs.
Burger @ Mallie's Sports Bar
Cuisine: American Bar Food
Address: 19400 Northline Rd., Southgate, MI
Why You Need To Go: This ten-pound burger is absolutely legendary around here. This bar got into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest burger available for commercial consumption.
Detroit Deep Dish @ Belle Isle Pizza
Cuisine: Detroit style pizza
Address: 7869 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI
Why You Need To Go: Detroit-Style pizza gives you flavorful, crispy crust on almost every single slice. It feels decadent to eat such a filling piece of pizza.
Coney Dog @ Lafayette Coney Island
Cuisine: Coney Island classics like coney dogs and Greek salad
Address: 118 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI
Why You Need To Go: Coney dogs are a part of Detroit. You can't go two blocks without seeing a Coney Island, but Lafayette Coney is a true staple. It's in the center of downtown and has some of the best chili in the city.
Boston Cooler @ Mercury Burger Bar
Cuisine: Sandwiches and shakes
Address: 2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI
Why You Need To Go: A Boston cooler is basically a root beer float except with Vernor's pop, which is a soda that is invented and manufactured in Detroit. It tastes a bit like ginger ale and is absolutely delicious with ice cream mixed in.
The Yardbird @ Slows Bar BBQ
Cuisine: Classic barbecue
Address: 2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI
Why You Need To Go: This has been lauded by some as one of the best sandwiches in the country. It's made of a chicken breast, cheddar cheese, mustard sauce, mushrooms, and, of course, bacon.
Gyro Plate @ Pegasus Taverna
Cuisine: Greek classics and some American dishes
Address: 558 Monroe St., Detroit, MI
Why You Need To Go: This is one of the most iconic restaurants in the entertainment district, Greektown. The gyro platter is legendary and so is the saganaki cheese.
Sliders @ Green Dot Stables
Cuisine: Sliders and other classic American fare
Address: 2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI
Why You Need To Go: Every slider on their menu is $2-$4 so you can try absolutely everything. They have a rotating menu full of creative flavor combinations you've never seen before.