A Day Of Dining In Detroit

After years of hardship, Detroit is experiencing a renaissance, especially when it comes to dining. There’s an undeniable energy in the city with new businesses and innovative restaurants popping up across town. Whether you’re visiting to take in the arts, the architecture or the game, here are five spots to fuel your journey through Motor City.

Plus, check out our weekend guide to Detroit, and a neighbourhood feature of Corktown.

New Order Coffee
3100 Woodward Ave; newordercoffee.com

New Order Coffee has been one of Detroit’s hottest spots to caffeinate since opening its doors in Midtown in 2017. Considered one of the most Instagrammable cafés in Detroit, it’s the specialty lattes and custom-roasting program that draw in the most discerning coffee connoisseurs. Make sure to try the marshmallow or cereal milk lattes, as well as specialty items, like the Maple Bacon Latte.

Lovers Only
34 West Grand River; loversonlydetroit.com

Located across the street from Capitol Park, Lovers Only serves diner-style burgers with fresh, local ingredients including grass-fed Michigan beef. A follow-up venture to award-winning Voyager in Ferndale (one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants of 2018), Lovers Only totes a tight menu of expertly-crafted burgers, fries and Calder Dairy milkshakes. You can’t go wrong with the Classic Smash or the Bitter South burger. Too early for a burger? Enjoy a quality breakfast sandwich from Iggy’s Eggies at the side window.

Rocco’s Italian Deli
3627 Cass Ave; roccosdetroit.com

Whether you’re looking to fuel up or wind down, Rocco’s Italian Deli is a foolproof choice with quality Italian fare, wine and cocktails. Since opening in 2018, this Cass Corridor joint is a spot where you can tell how much care is put into each and every drink and dish served. The Il Rocco and Hard Proof Prosciutto Means Love sandwiches are highlights from the menu inspired by the owners’ family recipes. The Flu Shot is a popular cocktail choice, but the team also hosts Wine Wednesdays (no corkage fee), and a free wine tasting on the first Wednesday of each month.

Detroit Shipping Company
474 Peterboro St; detroitshippingcompany.com

Detroit Shipping Co. is the perfect place to kick off the night. Boasting a multicultural food hall, seasonal cocktail specials, and two art galleries featuring local artists, Detroit Shipping Co. is also kid-friendly, dog-friendly and hosts live music most nights. The space is home to Podcast Detroit, and will be expanding to include a retail and office space, and two new restaurants. Be sure to try the Pad Thai Roll at Bangkok 96, developed by James Beard Award nominee Chef Vang.

The Sugar House
2130 Michigan Ave; sugarhousedetroit.com

No matter where your night takes you, be sure to stop at The Sugar House. Stop by on Wednesdays to try a selection of rotating, rare whiskeys at a discount, or drop by anytime for Sugar House’s long list of captivating cocktails. The EFK is most popular – a riff on the Old Fashioned that is smoked tableside with hickory wood chips. The Sugar House also hosts mixology classes, so check their events calendar.

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