Best Breakfast in Detroit - Top 5 Downtown Restaurants
Best Breakfast in Detroit - Top 5 Downtown Restaurants

5 Places for the Best Breakfast in Detroit

Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. And in Detroit, it’s a meal dozens of restaurants seem to be perfecting.

The new arrival of businesses has proven to have a positive effect on the food scene and encouraged the opening of some new restaurants not to be missed. And in the midst of all the new restaurants, those oldies but goodies remain, ready to dish out some of the best breakfasts in Detroit.

We decided to do a little research of our own and have found 5 local favorites around town to jump start your day. (Psst… if you’re looking for lunch, check out our favorite Detroit restaurants for lunch here.)

5 Restaurants for the Best Breakfast in Detroit

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Dime Store, 719 Griswold St., Ste 180

If you haven’t yet visited this downtown gem, do yourself a favor and go immediately! Serving homemade everything, they find the freshest local ingredients and create dishes that are inventive yet reminiscent of everything you want for a hearty, feel-good breakfast. Created by three long-time friends, Dime Store exists for two fairly simple reasons: they love food and love Detroit. That shared love is seen in everything from their menu creations (“bennys,” omelets, hashes & more) and to the stunning ambiance offered in downtown Detroit.

And perhaps the best news? If you can’t make it for breakfast or brunch, Dime Store is open for dinner Tues-Friday. It’s a small place so you might have a short wait…but it’ll be worth it!


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Zef’s Midtown, 3160 Woodward Avenue

Pancakes. Bacon. Omelettes. Toast. Biscuits. A tried and true breakfast menu is what you’ll find at Zef’s Midtown, a local joint whose reviews really are out of the park. Serving breakfast all day, you really won’t find a better bang for your buck. Prices can’t be beat and the service will leave you wanting for nothing. If for some reason you’re just not a breakfast person, don’t worry. They offer a variety of non-traditional breakfast items like quesadillas, stir-frys and hot coneys (starting at $1.95…yes, $1.95).

Zef’s is open Mon. – Fri., 7am – 5pm, & Sat., 8am – 4pm.


Parks and Rec Detroit Breakfast
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Parks & Rec Diner, 1942 Grand River Avenue

If you’re one of those people who like a little savory and sweet for breakfast, this spot is for you. Just one look at their menu will have you drooling for a bite of their homemade treats made from their in-house bakery. French toast made with house-made brioche bread, giant walnut-filled cinnamon rolls & liege waffles are just a few of the offerings sure to lure in your sweet side. If you’re in a savory mood, try their smoked leek strata or meat and pickles crepe, both of which are house favorites. This fun, inviting and delicious spot is located in the Grand Army of the Republic Building and pays homage to the building’s 40 years as a City of Detroit Parks & Rec Department.

Open 8am – 3pm daily.


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Brooklyn Street Local, 1266 Michigan Ave

One word. Seven Letters. P-O-U-T-I-N-E. Yes, that’s right! This French Canadian classic can be found at this local joint and despite the fact it’s neither French nor Canadian, this dish will NOT disappoint. A variety of toppings are available including a breakfast version with a sunny-side-up egg and bacon or tempeh. This hidden gem also offers The Canuck Sandwich with a fried egg, peameal bacon, sharp cheddar & apple compote. Almost all of the items can be made vegan or vegetarian so regardless of your nutritional preferences, you’ll find something delicious.

Open Tues.- Sun., 8am – 3pm. Closed Mondays.


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Detroit Institute of Bagels, 1236 Michigan Ave.

If you’re on the lookout for a delicious grab-and-go breakfast, let us blow your mind by introducing you to the Detroit Institute of Bagels. With a simple but clear vision to create delicious bagel masterpieces for the masses, they have, without a doubt, achieved their goal! Their menu is small (a variety of bagels served plain, with a spread or as a breakfast or lunch sandwich) but achieves their goal of highlighting their simple—yet delicious—homemade bagels. They have the expected flavors of sesame, plain and poppy but also a unique rosemary & olive oil & jalapeno cheddar. The only drawback is the secret is out on how good this place is so it’s not uncommon for some bagel selections to run out by lunchtime.

Open Mon. – Fri., 7am – 3 pm; Sat. & Sun., 8 am – 3 pm.


Have you tried any of our best breakfast spots or have a favorite of your own? Let us know!

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