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Pig's Pick

 DETROIT

CULINARY EXPLORATION IN MICHIGAN

DETROIT = COME BACK CITY

Dear Detroit,

You may have been my biggest culinary surprise in the last few years. I'll be honest when I heard I was heading to you I wasn't jumping up and down with thoughts of great meals and cutting edge trends. But Detroit you surprised me, the places I found really knocked my socks off, fantastic burgers, creative breakfasts, and unbelievable middle eastern food. I think maybe you have a chip on your shoulder and want to prove something. All I can say to that is keep it up, you have a long way to go, but you are on the right track!

 

The Pig

PIG'S PICKS

Where to eat Breakfast, pizza, and Middle Eastern food in Detroit.

BUDDY'S PIZZA

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: DETROIT STYLE PIZZA

WHEN: You want to try the best version of the pizza the city is known for.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT:  (11 locations)

17125 Conant St. 

Detroit, MI 48212

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Pepperoni Detroit style pizza

WHY: Because you probably never heard of Detroit pizza styles, and they are the original and the best. I developed and ate pizza for over 12 years of my life and this is AMAZING. The crust is crisp, light and chewy, the sauce is flavorful and just the right amount of tartness. Do yourself a favor and make it into a Buddy's.

TOAST

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: CREATIVE BREAKFAST

WHEN: Your looking for the best brunch in town.

PRICE: $$ - $$$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

203 Pierce St

Birmingham, MI 48009

 

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Bacon fried rice 

  • Chicken n Waffle Benny

WHY: This little restaurant is what America cuisine should be about, creative with proper execution. They have a playful take on classic dishes and just a solid understanding of flavor profiles. I am excited to make my way back here again real soon. 

AMAR PIZZA

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHY: Because Detroit style pizza is amazing and these guys are turning out some funky Middle Eastern profiles. Get the Tandoori and actually get a sweet yogurt sauce. Try the Naga and be surprised by a savory middle eastern chicken pizza.  I was shocked by the quality, especially after pulling up to the building and ordering through a 2" thick piece of bullet proof glass. But this is not your grandfathers pizza.

WHAT: INDIAN DETROIT PIZZA

WHEN: You're feeling like Indian food and pizza.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

11608 Conant 

Hamtramck, MI 48212

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Detroit style Naga pizza 

  • Detroit style Tandoori pizza

 

AL-AMEER

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: THE BEST MIDDLE EASTERN

WHEN: You're out with family or friends and want some of the best Middle eastern in the country.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

12710 W Warren Ave

Dearborn, MI 48126

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The shwarma platter

  • Pickled beets

  • Pitas

WHY: This is the very best middle eastern food I have had. The pitas were freshly made and amazing. the salads. skewers and hummus were off the charts. This is what middle eastern food should be.

NOBEL FISH

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: GROCERY STORE SUSHI

WHEN: You crave incredible sushi.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Cash/Credit

 

MAP IT: 

45 E 14 Mile Rd.

Clawson, MI 48017

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Tuna Nigiri

  • Octopus Nigiri

  • Eel & Cucumber Hand Roll

 

WHY: It is the freshest fish in the city, and it comes out of a little 5 seat counter located in the back of a tiny Japanese grocery store.You could go into that store ten times and not know it's there. Do yourself a favor anf make the trip. Grocery store sushi has never been this good.

LAFAYETTE CONEY ISLAND

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: DETROIT CLASSICS

WHEN: You want a bite after the wings game.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

118 W Lafayette Blvd.

Detroit, MI 48226

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Coney Island

WHY: Believe it or not, Detroit is the home of the Coney. There are coney  joints on almost every corner in this town, and  Lafayetteis the best of them all. The steamed bun, mystery coney sauce, yellow mustard, fresh onions and the natural casing dog. Lafayette is a dive, no doubt about it, but this place has been cranking them out since1917.

SUGAR HOUSE

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: CRAFT COCKTAILS

WHEN: You're looking for an after dinner drink

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Cash/Credit

 

MAP IT: 

2130 Michigan Ave.

Detroit, MI 48216

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Monte Carlo

  • Smoked Whiskey

 

WHY: Sometimes a beer and a glass of wine aren't enough. Come to this upscale hand crafted cocktail lounge and enjoy the finer end of the libation spectrum. 

THE FLY TRAP

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: DINER FARE WITH A TWIST 

WHEN: You're looking for a place to meet people for breakfast or lunch.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

22950 Woodward Ave.

Ferndale, MI 48220

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Gingerbread waffle

 

WHY: This is diner food with a global twist. They have homemade hot sauces, crazy salt & pepper shakers,  and unbelievable breakfast. I ate a lot of amazing food in Detroit, but the Gingerbread Waffles may have been the most craveable. 

O.W.L.

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

WHAT: 24 HOUR MEXICAN / AMERICAN  DINER

WHEN: Whenever you want great Mexican diner food.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

27302 Woodward Ave.

Royal Oak, MI 48067

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Chilaquiles

  • Chicken Fried Chicken and Cheese

  • Torta Agohada

 

WHY: This is a cool funky diner with an eclectic American and Mexican comfort food menu. Great counter service and open all night, so you can get your Chilaquiles any hour of the day.

DIME STORE CAFE

PIG SCORE: 3.75 / 4.0

WHAT: UPSCALE  BREAKFAST

WHEN: You're downtown and want brunch quality food.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

719 Griswold street 

Detroit, MI 48226

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Pork Belly Benny

  • S'more waffle (special)

WHY: If you love eggs benedicts and hash, then Dime store is for you. Detroit has some great breakfast establishments and Dime store is one of them. Come with an appetite and an adventerous attitude.

BROOKLYN STREET LOCAL

PIG SCORE: 3.75 / 4.0

WHAT: BOHEMIAN BRUNCH

WHEN: You're looking for a hyper local sourced breakfast.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Cash/Credit

 

MAP IT: 

1266 Michigan Ave.

Detroit, MI 48226

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Breakfast Poutine

  • Breakfast Salad

 

WHY: They are a little city restaurant that sources hyper locally, from urban farms actually in Detroit! And while a lot of restaurants source locally, these guys do it while not losing focus of the a restaurant, pumping out fantastic tasting food.  

ASTRO COFFEE

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

WHAT: SMALL UPSCALE COFFEE SHOP

WHEN: A plain old cup of coffee and breakfast sandwich won't do.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

2124 Michigan Ave.

Detroit, MI 48216

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • A cup of fresh coffee

  • Breakfast sandwich

 

WHY: Because they brew your cup of coffee once you order it, one cup at a time. Plus the food are all locally sourced and rock solid. Best breakfast sandwich in Detroit, a little pricey, but great.

AL-SAHA

PIG SCORE: 3.6 / 4.0

WHAT: MIDDLE EASTERN SEAFOOD

WHEN: Seafood is on the menu and you feel ilke a middle eastern twist.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

14246 W. Warren

Dearborn, MI 48126

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Deep fried fish 

WHY: You can get some of the freshest middle eastern style seafood here as well as some of the best salads. 

CEDARLAND 

PIG SCORE: 3.5 / 4.0

WHAT: MIDDLE EASTERN  COMFORT

WHEN: You're looking for a late night bite.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

13007 Warren Ave 

Dearborn, MI 48126

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Schwarma

  • Hummus

WHY: Simply delicious Hummus and Schwarma. This is a GREAT late night stop after a night out.

BATCH BREWING

PIG SCORE: 3.4 / 4.0

WHAT: SMALL BATCH BREWERY

WHEN: You're looking for a micro batch microbrewery.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

1400 Porter St.

Detroit, MI 48216

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Master Blaster (Red Ale)

  • Dead Irish Writers Stout

 

WHY: Great beer brewed in small batches, micro batches. 

NEW PALACE BAKERY

PIG SCORE: 3.4 / 4.0

WHAT: OLD POLISH BAKERY

WHEN: You're looking for great pastries for a gathering

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

9833 Joseph Campau Ave.

Hamtramck, MI 48212

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • A Flavored Shortcake

  • Paczki

 

WHY: Because old world bakeries are becoming a thing of the past, not because they're not great, but because we forget about them. Take a trip to Palace bakery and let them remind you why you should make this a frequent stop.

POLISH VILLAGE CAFE

PIG SCORE: 3.35 / 4.0

WHAT: A POLISH BASEMENT EATERY

WHEN: You want to fill your Perogi fix.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Cash/Check only

 

MAP IT: 

2990 Yemans St.

Hamtramck, MI 48212

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Jalapeno and cream cheese Perogie

  • Potato Perogie

  • A Boomba

  • Dill Pickle Soup

 

WHY: This is like going to visit your old Polish Grandmother. It's located in the basement of a old hotel and feel old world with wood beams and seasonal decorations. A big bonus: All the workers talk polish to each other. 

DUTCH GIRL DOUGHNUTS

PIG SCORE: 3.3 / 4.0

WHAT: OLD SCHOOL DOUGHNUTS

WHEN: You want a dozen for work, or a doughnut after drinking all night.

PRICE: $ 

PAYMENT: Cash only

 

MAP IT: 

19000 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, MI 48203

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Apple Fritter

  • Classic glazed

 

WHY: They are open 24 hours and sometimes you just need a late night doughnut fix.

MERCURY BURGER & BAR

PIG SCORE: 3.3 / 4.0

WHAT: AWESOME BURGERS

WHEN: You want a place for a beer and a burger.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

2163 Michigan Ave.

Detroit, MI 48216

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Topor burger

  • Fried Baloney sandwich

WHY: Kick ass burgers, that's why. These guys take a serious approach to ground beef in a patty form and don't check it at a fancy title. They take the extra steps that make a big difference, like making a sauce with the brine from the Detroit made Topor pickles. This was one of my top five all time burgers, and that is no small feet.

NEMO'S

PIG SCORE: 3.2 / 4.0

WHAT: BURGER BEFORE THE GAME

WHEN: This is a pre-game destination for whiskey and burgers.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Cash only

 

MAP IT: 

1384 Michigan Ave.

Detroit, MI 48226

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Cheeseburger

 

WHY: Because sometimes you just want a simple burger at a great place to hang out. Nemo's is a legendary pre and post events bar in Detroit. Stop in grab a cold beer and a cheeseburger before heading out for the game.

THE TELWAY

PIG SCORE: 3.2 / 4.0

WHAT: 24 HOUR CHEAP SLIDERS

WHEN: You've been out all night, and want something greasy to hit the spot. Watch out white castle.

PRICE: $ 

PAYMENT: Cash only

 

MAP IT: 

6820 Michigan Ave.

Detroit, MI 48210

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • A bag of Cheeseburgers

 

WHY: Sometimes you're out so late that nothing else is open, or maybe you just want a CHEAP bag of awesome sliders. Either way Telway is your place. but bring a fin, because they only take cash.

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