My biggest peeve about going out to eat with people is that of all the restaurants to choose from, somehow they continuously eat at the same places over and over again. It makes me feel like a six-year-old melting away in the lumber section of Home Depot. I’d much rather have just stayed home.  

Maybe it’s just me, but I like diversity. I like trying new things, especially new eatery. I tend to enjoy myself a lot better when I eat somewhere new. Even if the food isn’t up to snuff, I take pleasure in the ambience of a fresh setting, and leaving recommendations on yelp, forewarning or advertising on behalf of my experience. 

Once I’ve eaten somewhere about three times, I typically never want to have it ever again. I don’t see how people can keep eating the Olive Gardens’, Red Lobsters’, Applebees’, and the Coney Islands’ of the world. If you’re anything like me, you spend hours upon hours researching new foods to try (food is life). Well, in case you don’t have the time or the budget, I got you covered with a list to give your buds a new taste for the right price. Typical entrees range from $9 to $18 for each restaurant. 

Here are my top 10 restaurants to eat in Detroit!  

  • Johnny Noodle King

Broth style soups with palatable combinations including curry (chicken, pork, beef, vegan); delicate wine along with an intimate setting makes for the perfect outing. 

My Recommendation: Southwest #3 spicy broth and a house saké to drink!

  • Taqueria El Nacimiento

Authentic Mexican eats along with decorative cultural symbolism and gracious hosts and waiting staff makes this place unforgettable. 

My recommendation: Gringas (chips and salsa included), and a horchata to drink!

  • Royale with Cheese

Best milkshakes in town (Cookie butter with Nutella, Fruity Pebbles etc.), potato-thin cut fries of several varieties: cajun, herb and garlic-parmesan, sea salt & cracked fries; succulent burgers. This is one of the more pricier selections on this list, but it is worth every penny!

My recommendation: Kruncher burger with cajun fries and a cinnamon toast crunch milkshake.

  • Sweetwater’s Tavern

Best chicken wings in Detroit, and it’s not even close. Located across from St. Andrews Hall, Sweetwater’s is the perfect chill spot for a televised sports event or a lucky date night.

My recommendation: Sweetwater Wings with fries.

  • Hudson Cafe 

Best breakfast in Detroit, according to their menu, every omelette include eight eggs; talk about a fulfilling experience!

My recommendation: Very Berry stuffed French toast and a hot chocolate with whip cream.

  • Green Dot Stables

Sliders, beer, sports and cheap eats intertwine to meet at this hockey-style pub. 

Cheapest place to eat on this list.

My recommendation: Venison chilli cheese fries, zug island iced tea, and smore’s dessert.

  • Tony V’s Tavern

Tony V’s has an appetizing menu suitable for everyone. Pizza, burgers, fries, and a vineyard full of wines and cocktails to choose from, happy hour specials includes $2 tacos and $2 shots.

My recommendation: New York style pizza. 

  • La Palma

Best mediterranean place in Detroit and one of the healthiest places to eat on this list, La Palma puts love and culture into their food like no other mediterranean restaurant I’ve had.

My recommendation: Lamb shawarma and mango smoothie

  • Jolly Pumpkin

Scenery is king at Jolly Pumpkin. The menu consists of draft beer, cocktails, pizza, sandwiches, salad and other scrumptious appetizers, such as the red chicken nachos

My recommendation: Mushroom & Blackbean burger, truffle fries and red wine.

  • Northern Lights Lounge

If you enjoy Jazz music performances and a dimly-lit ambiance, flowers and candles on the table and a cozy dinner setting, Northern Lights is your go to place. Stays open until 2am. Menu includes: brunch, fish, burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches and dessert.

My recommendation: Maple whisky-wings with a long island. 

So there you have it. Add some spice to your food life and thank me later!


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