By Chase Hunt
Detroit’s restaurant scene has been up and up over the last few years making it one of the best pastimes in the city. With such a diverse culture throughout Detroit, there’s something for everyone including healthier breakfast spots. From vegan to vegetarian, to locally source, this guide offers some of Detroit’s popular picks.
Brooklyn Street Local
1266 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
Brooklyn Street Local specializes in breakfast and lunch only being open until 3:00 p.m. The breakfast menu isn’t the everyday coney style breakfast like French Toast but is instead well-rounded plates such as the Breakfast Salad made of mixed greens, strawberries and more.The local joint focuses on community including working with other businesses to obtain organic ingredients while also working to reduce its environmental footprint.
Avalon International Breads
422 W. Willis St.
Detroit, MI 48201
Beginning as a small bread startup business, Avalon International Breads grew to have over 1,000 daily customers with multiple trucks shipping organically made bread around Michigan. The flagship cafe on Willis St. offers breakfast specials such as a breakfast strata or frittata. Listed as a sandwich, the smashed avocado with chickpeas, dried cherries and pickled onions on wheat bread serves up deliciousness while getting fuel for the day. All items, with the exception of meat dishes, are vegetarian (or vegan) including the hot beverages.
Rose’s Fine Food
10551 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48214
This “Ultimate Diner” is like none other. Rose’s Fine Food takes quality to a new level with both the food and the employees. Dishes are priced higher than what is traditionally considered a diner but Rose’s Fine Food makes up for it with the quality and what’s included with its plates. Try the staff favorite – a bowl of heirloom rice topped with maple bacon, mushrooms, house kimichi goat cheese and a fried egg. What makes this diner standout aside its tasty breakfast and lunch plates is that all employees are paid a living wage, including servers. There is no need to tip and any tip given is split between all front and back staff with a portion going to local charity.
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3921 Second Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
A bit of an upscale location that also focuses on small plates, Selden Standard is ideal for brunch, lunch and dinner. Its brunch menu consists of healthier choices such as a kale or beet salad. Kale for breakfast? The salad uses bacon dressings, apple, quinoa and aged cheddar for a good morning kick. Selden Standard works with over 25 different local farms and producers to bring always fresh food to the table.
Beyond Juicery + Eatery
Detroit, MI 48207
Beyond Juicery + Eatery located at the Eastern Market not only offers great breakfast selections such as an egg white wrap and a PB & J granola and banana wrap, it also serves up fresh smoothies to invigorate the taste buds. For an additional $1.50, add a supplement to the smoothie for a complete nutritious breakfast.