By Amelia Kanan, CBS Detroit Blogger

I’ve been away from Detroit for a bit and one of the first things I did when I got back home was go out to breakfast.

Here in the land of the 313, you can count on hearty portions, free refills on coffee and at least three random strangers smiling at you and saying, “Good morning”.

I have a soft spot in my heart for restaurants that only serve breakfast — I think it’s bold and risky but at the same time admirable for the confidence that breakfast is all they need. However, I don’t discriminate against the places that serve all three meals.

Breakfast is a great excuse to get up, out of the house early and get social on a weekend. Plus, it’s a fun way to contribute to the local economy of Detroit if you frequent an independently owned business.

So, next weekend whether you’re an urbanite, suburbanite or tourist, pick yourself up a newspaper with a crossword puzzle (or Sudoku) and head for some coffee and eats at one of these fine urban establishments:

*Avalon International Breads, 422 W. Willis Street, Detroit;

*Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes, 15 East Kirby, Detroit; and 14929 Charlevoix, Grosse Pointe;

*Farmers Restaurant, 2542 Market, Detroit; 313-259-8230.

*Honest John’s, 488 Selden Street, Detroit;

*Butchers Inn (Saturday Only), 1489 Winder Street, Detroit; 313-394-0120. 

*Woodbridge Pub (Sunday Brunch), 5169 Trumbull Street, Detroit;

*The Hudson Cafe, 1241 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; 313-237-1000.

And if you’re jonezing for something different than your regular eggs, hash browns and brunch routine, opt for some dim sum at Shangri-La’s in Midtown, 4710 Cass Avenue, Detroit; 313-974-7669.

Do you have a favorite place that’s not on the list? Tell us in comments below.

Amelia Kanan is freelance writer/photographer and a returning native of Detroit. A graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, she wrote for an Emmy nominated sketch comedy show and pursued her passion for documentary filmmaking in Los Angeles. An incomplete list of her loves: books, human rights, improv, the smell of new shoes, talking to strangers, libraries, France, yoga, furniture, music, sociology and pushing the limits. 

Comments (8)
  1. rboschian says:

    Great Eats!!!
    Louie’s Ham and Corned Beef, Eastern Market
    3570 Riopelle St., Detroit, MI, 48207
    (313) 831-1800

  2. Eve says:

    Union Street Sunday Brunch! Unlimited Mimosas and a FAB Bloody Mary bar! Mmmmmmm! ;)

  3. Leslie says:

    Travis at Nine Mile and Mack in St. Clair Shores. They always get it right!!!!

  4. cstrawser1 says:

    How about Toast or Fly Trap in Ferndale?

  5. Sam says:

    You must try any of the Pantry restaurants! They have the best pancakes and eggs in town. Their coffee is awesome!

  6. Jack says:

    Without a doubt, Vivio’s in Eastern Market

  7. Chrissy says:

    The Chocolate Gallery Cafe in Warren…It’s not exactly downtown Detroit, but it is owned by Grosse Pointe Locals! Check it out especially if you work near the Tech Center!

  8. Peter K. says:

    Thank you for the helpful advice. Next time I am visiting my friends in Grosse Pointe I will be sure to check these spots out.

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