Polish Sweet Treat Gains Popularity As Fat Tuesday Tradition

When you’re deciding on a place to eat in Detroit (tough, we know), sometimes it’s easier to pick the Detroit neighborhood you want to spend your time in. For the best restaurants in metro Detroit, take a virtual food tour of The D.

Greektown Restaurants Detroit

Greektown is a lively nighttime destination, and you’ll find

Firebird Tavern,

Old Shillelagh,

Wahlburgers and

The Greek have fun atmospheres with a side of drinks.

Fishbone’s offers seafood and sushi,

Red Smoke Barbecue offers (obviously) barbecue, and

PizzaPapalis serves the best Chicago deep dish pizza in Detroit. On the Greek food side,

Santorini Estiatorio

Golden Fleece,

New Parthenon and

Pegasus Taverna will serve you traditional Greek fare. And don’t forget to stop at

Astoria Pastry Shop after dinner for any dessert you can imagine. When you’re done, hit the slot machines at

Greektown Casino.

Hamtramck Restaurants

If you’re in Detroit on Fat Tuesday head straight to Hamtramck. Authentic Polish bakeries, like New Palace bakery, serve the best Paczki around. Craving pierogi or Golabki? Authentic Polish food is abound in Hamtramck. Our favorites include Polish Village Café, Polonia Restaurant and Krakus Restaurant.

Dearborn Restaurants

Shawarma, shish kabob, falafel, gyros…we know your mouth is watering. For the best Middle Eastern food at metro Detroit restaurants, Dearborn is the place to be. Al Ameer received the James Beard Foundation Award for America’s Classics, and try Sheeba Restaurant and La Shish for delicious dishes. For your post-meal sweet tooth, Shatila Bakery and New Yasmeen Detroit Bakery serve baklava, pita, mamoul and knafef.

Mexicantown Restaurants

Mexicantown’s name speaks for itself. You’ll also hear the area referred to as Southwest Detroit. For Taco Tuesdays, Tamales Thursdays, Fajita Fridays (we can dream), stroll down Vernor Highway and you will be living your Mexican food dreams. Taqueria El Rey is a popular Mexican restaurant right now, and Los Altos and Taqueria Mi Pueblo are not far down the road. Right off of I-75, you will find some Mexicantown staples, including Xochimilco,

Mexican Village,

Los Galanes and Taqueria Lupitas. La Gloria Bakery is in this area, serving the best Mexican desserts, and amazing churros in Detroit, at very reasonable prices.

Corktown Restaurants

The Corktown neighborhood in Detroit was originally settled by Irish immigrants, but there is more than just Irish pubs in this hip area.

McShane’s and the

Gaelic League Irish American Club cover the Irish culture in Corktown.

Slows Bar BQ,

Sugar House,

Gold Cash Gold and

Mercury Burger & Bar are near the famous Michigan Central Train Depot.

Takoi offers a gourmet twist on Thai food, and

Two James Spirits and

Sugar House are serving up craft cocktails in Detroit. Looking to slurp down your lunch?

Ima serves authentic udon. Off the main Corktown drag, you will find

Batch Brewing Company and

Brew Detroit for craft beer,

Mudgie’s for the best sandwiches in Detroit,

Red Dunn Kitchen (located in the boutique hotel Trumbull & Porter), and everyone’s favorite slider joint, Green Dot Stables.

Midtown Restaurants

If you’re near Wayne State University or Detroit’s cultural center, there are plenty of restaurants you should try while you explore. Eateries near the Detroit Institute of Arts include

Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, Common Pub,

Seva and


The Cass Corridor is booming nowadays, with a nice stretch of restaurants. Favorites include

Avalon International Breads,

La Feria Spanish Tapas,

Go Sy Thai,

Slows to Go,

Selden Standard,

8 Degrees Plato Beer Company and

The Peterboro. And if you’re shopping at the Shinola store in Midtown, stop at

Motor City Brewing Works,

Jolly Pumpkin, or

Bronx Bar for lunch.

Dearborn Restaurants

The Dearborn/Wayne area, affectionately known as downriver, offers several great food options. So if you find yourself heading down south,

Giovanni’s Ristorante,

Big Fish Seafood Bistro,

Dakota Inn Rathskeller,

Andiamo Dearborn,

Ten Eyck Tavern and

Giulio & Sons are all restaurants close to Dearborn. In Wyandotte, be sure to try Waterfront Restaurant and Portofino’s. Other restaurants sprinkled throughout this area include Big Bear Lodge, Pia’s Ristorante Italiano, The Glass Onion, World of Beer and more.

Greater Novi Restaurants

Shopping at Twelve Oaks Mall? The Greater Novi area has a delicious array of restaurants to fuel your shopping spree. Try 

Meriwether’s for seafood

Fire Iron Grille for American classics, 

Beans & Cornbread for delicious soul food, and 

CK Mediterranean Grille for Mediterranean favorites. For delicious steaks, >5ive Steakhouse

 is a must-try, and it’s located in the picturesque Inn at St. John’s. And don’t miss

Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall for family style Italian food paired with comedy shows and plays.

Macomb Restaurants

Macomb offers more than waterfront views. Try

MacRay Harbor,

Loon River CafeAntonio’s Italian Cuisine,

Pegasus Taverna and

Fishbone’s for seafood and more.

Oakland Restaurants

Oakland offers some of the best steakhouses around with

Big Rock Chophouse,

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse,

Morton’s Steakhouse, and 

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. When you’re shopping at Somerset Collection or Great Lakes Crossing, you sure won’t go hungry.

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