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7 Totally Authentic Detroit Foods You Have To Try At Least Once In Your Lifetime

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.ย 

Burger @ Mallie's Sports Bar

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

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

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

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

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

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

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

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

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

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

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

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

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

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.

6 Michigan Restaurants That Have Massive Food & Drink That You Need To Try

Take a tour through the state with these restaurants as your tour guide.

Staring at your empty plate wishing the sandwich had been twice as large is never a good feeling. If you're trying to make sure you're never left craving more, check out these big meals and drinks in Michigan restaurants. The "bigger is always better" mindset might just have been proven by these spots.ย 

The Big Burrito

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: Casual Mexican eatery

Address: 5036 W. Kl. Ave., Kalamazoo, MI

Why You Need To Go: Their most famous dish is their three-foot burrito. If you can finish it under 12 minutes then you've won the "Don't Even Think About It Challenge." They also have a lot of vegan options.

Monster Bloody Mary @ Mallie's

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: American Bar Food

Address: 19400 Northline Rd., Southgate, MI

Why You Need To Go: So much comes in this bloody mary, it's basically a whole meal by itself! There are 8-10 ounces of vodka in each drink and the restaurant requires that two people share it.

Mimosa Tower @ Pop's For Italian

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: Family Style Italian with a modern twist

Address: 280 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI

Why You Need To Go: Three whole bottles of champagne go into this enormous drink. This is about as bottomless as it gets.

Burger @ Mallie's

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: American Bar Food

Address: 19400 Northline Rd., Southgate, MI

Why You Need To Go: This place is home to the largest burger commercially available in the whole world. The one in the photo is 10 pounds!

Greek Tony's Pizza

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: Pizza and sandwiches perfect for lunch

Address: 4543 Grand Haven Rd. Norton Shores

Why You Need To Go: You have to ask specifically for the Colossus Challenge in order to get this 10-pound pizza.

Old Iron Bar & Grill

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: American barbecue classics

Address: 189 S Maple St., Grant, MI

Why You Need To Go: The Hoginator gives you a whole pound of pulled pork and every other topping you can think of that is going to make it absolutely delicious.

This Magical Michigan Cafe Is The Trippiest Spot For Brunch

You won't be able to pass by this bright building without wanting to stop in for a bite.

When you see a building from the road that is this vibrant and unique, you know there's going to be something interesting on the inside. Once you enter the Psychedelic Healing Shack & Vegetarian Cafe those suspicions will be confirmed, in the best way possible. Detroit restaurants often offer a lot of character and ambiance, but this takes the cake.ย 

You can eat lunch or dinner here and have either coffee or a real drink with it, depending on your mood.ย 

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6 Super Cheap All-You-Can-Eat Restaurants You Need To Try In Detroit

Crab legs, sushi, and tacos might be in your future after reading this.

One thing that most millennials can agree on is that we like a good deal, especially when it comes to the most delicious food in the city. This list of Detroit buffets has everything from tacos to salads to sushi. If you ever find yourself staring longingly at your empty plate wishing you had more, why not get that plate from somewhere you can get up and get seconds?

Fuji Buffet

Price: You can get total access to their delicious sushi buffet for only $15.49 during lunch Monday - Friday.

Cuisine: Japanese dishes and all-you-can-eat sushi

Address: 32153 John R Rd., Madison Heights, M

Why You Need To Go: The hardest part about getting sushi is choosing which kind to get. This place is for the indecisive at heart. You can try them all without worrying about breaking the bank.

Star of India Restaurant

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: Fragrant Indian dishes with a lot of vegan and vegetarian options

Address: 180 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI

Why You Need To Go: The beautiful thing about these dishes is that you get to try so many and might even discover a new flavor combination that you wouldn't have expected.

Los Galanes

Price: Their lunch buffet is available Monday - Friday for only $8.79 plus tax.

Cuisine: Authentic Mexican food that's often pointed to as some of the best in Detroit

Address: 3362 Bagley St., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: Everyone raves about this place and there's a good reason. There's plenty of delicious Mexican restaurants to choose from in Southwest Detroit, but none quite as delectable as this.

Michigan has a lot of delicious food to offer including this tacos & tequila festival that will satisfy all your cravings and this massive burrito that is three feet long.

Harbor House

Price: Their all-you-can-eat dinner option includes ribs, catfish, fried shrimp, and a lot more for $24.99.

Cuisine: Fresh seafood deliciously seasoned and prepared.

Address: 440 Clinton St., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: When it comes to all-you-can-eat, crab legs are definitely at the top of many people's wishlists. You have your pick of the best seafood Detroit has to offer at this spot.

If you're in the mood for celebrating after this delicious meal, there are so many fun bars in the area that will keep the party going.

Detroit Masala

Price: Their lunch special allows you to choose everything you want from the buffet to go into a carryout box. It ranges from $8 - $10 depending on your choices.

Cuisine: Indian halal food with a contemporary approach

Address: 4154 3rd Ave., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: Next time you're in a rush for lunch but you don't want to settle for something bland, try their carryout lunch. It's super affordable and you'll be able to try so many new things.

Texas de Brazil

Price: Lunch is $24.99 and dinner is $45.99 for unlimited courses.

Cuisine: Thoughtfully grilled meats and a well-rounded salad bar

Address: 1000 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: All-you-can-eat meat. Do I have to say anything more? They prepare a variety of cuts on a long skewer that was slow-roasted over an open flame. If the thought of a juicy steak makes your mouth water, head on over here for lunch.

You Need A Password To Get Into This Detroit Speakeasy

You'll feel like you went back in time to the Prohibition era.

A lot of bars claim to be speakeasies, but this bar in Royal Oak is a genuine speakeasy experience. It's a dim basement that makes you feel like you're sneaking some booze during the Prohibition era. Not just anyone can walk up to the door and enter. If you're intrigued by the secrecy, make sure to keep reading.ย 

It's so secretive that you need a passcode to enter that changes every day. You can give them your information on their site and they will text you the code. If you make a reservation on OpenTable, you'll also get the secret password.ย 

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9 Hidden Bars In Detroit That Only Locals Know About

Because a little sneaking around always makes things more fun, right?

ย When you're visiting a city for a weekend, the last thing you want is to be sitting next to a bunch of other people that don't know anything about the place. These hidden bars are a little bit off the beaten path. They'll give you a much better understanding of the spirit of Detroit.ย 

The Keep

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Hours: Open Monday - Sunday 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Address: 140 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This underground bar immediately transports you to a different era when women wore flapper dresses and you couldn't legally buy alcohol. The brick walls and dimly lit nooks set the perfect scene for a nightcap.

Cafe D'mongo'sย 

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Hours: Closed Monday - Wednesday; Open Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.; Saturday 7 p.m. - 1 a.m.; Sunday 7 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Address: 1439 Griswold St., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This lively speakeasy is a neighborhood staple, and for good reason.

You'll always find an interesting cast of characters here, both at the bar and lining the walls. Make sure to look up while you're visiting because you'll find a treasure trove of Detroit history.


Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Hours: Closed Monday - Wednesday; Open Thursday - Saturday 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.; Sunday 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Address: 215 S Main St., Royal Oak, MI

Why You Need To Go: This place is so secret that you do actually need previous approval to get in. Visit their website and give your information and if you're lucky they'll text you later with the password!

Castalia at Sfumato

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Hours: Closed Sunday - Tuesday. Open Wednesday - Saturday 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Address: 3980 2nd Ave., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This bar is hidden in the garden-level of a renovated Victorian home that also sells custom scents. They say that flavor is a very important part of taste, so why not enhance your drinking experience with a little bit of perfume?

The Library

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Hours: Closed Sunday - Monday; Open Tuesday - Wednesday 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday

Address: 712 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for a classy evening, then this is the spot for you. It's one of the only parts of the Detroit Club that's open to the public and it feels like you're in the private library of a very important person a hundred years ago.

The Whiskey Parlor

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Hours: Closed Sunday - Monday. Open Tuesday - Thursday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday - Saturday 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Address: 608 Woodward Ave., Floor 2, Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This is above Grand Trunk Pub, one of the most iconic bars downtown. This is a piece of history that has grown as the city has. They regularly have live music and it really feels like you're a part of a community when you're here.

Candy Bar

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Hours: Closed on Mondays. Open Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.; Friday - Saturday 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Address: 1509 Broadway St., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This dreamy bar is behind a curtain in a hotel lobby downtown. The all pink decor has a vintage feel that seems like it was made to spice up your Instagram feed. Those velvet booths are basically the definition of adorable.


Mutiny Bar

Price: Cocktails range from $8 to $26 for shareable fishbowls.

Hours: Closed Monday - Tuesday. Open Sunday & Wednesday 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Thursday - Saturday 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Address: 4654 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This vibrant tiki bar will take you out of the mitten state and into the tropics. The sign pointing to the bar is pretty subtle so make sure to keep your eye out.

You wouldn't want to miss their awesome drinks in cups shaped like colorful birds.

Bad Luck Bar

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Cuisine: High-end craft cocktails

Hours: Closed on Sundays. Open Monday - Saturday 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Address: 1218 Griswold St., Detroit, MI

Why You Need To Go: This bar is hidden behind a sneaky door with a snake painted onto it in an alley of off Griswold. It would actually be great luck if you can find it and enjoy some really sophisticated cocktails.