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Guide to Best Family Restaurants in Southeast Michigan from A to Z

Family looking for some food on the fly? Check out 26 tasty kid friendly eateries in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties for guaranteed good grub!

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Gabriel's Hoagie Shop

  • Ypsilanti: 2585 E. Michigan Ave., 734-483-5846
  • Westland: 1919 Wayne Road, 734-722-4224

Cheese steak lovers, rejoice. Since 1959, the bitty Ypsi location has served 'em up hot and fresh – and their hoagies still have the locals raving. Load it up with mushrooms, onions and chili pepper relish, if you please. The menu is little, but the service is lickety-split. And the tab is easily under $5.

Hippo's Hot Dogs

  • Clinton Township: 35520 Groesbeck Highway, 586-790-2775
  • Troy: 1648 Rochester Road, 248-524-9778

Yeah, yeah – we know that Detroit is all about the Coneys (which we left off this list – we're not about to pick a fave in that hotly contested battle!), but this unassuming shop has been tempting taste buds for more than two decades with some of the best Chicago-style hot dogs in town. Give your kids a gastrological geography lesson by popping in to see how the Windy City does tube meat – topped with sport peppers, a pickle and tomatoes.

Ike's

  • Address: 38550 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-979-4460

We like Ike's. At first, you think it's your typical Greek-Middle Eastern-Coney-American family restaurant. And there's nothing wrong with that. But Ike's also serves Italian, and it does it all pretty well – and for a song. No matter what you order, get the garlic spread.

Janet's Lunch

  • Address: 15033 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe
  • Phone: 313-331-5776

Don't let the name fool you. Lunch is indeed served here, but so is breakfast and even dinner, if you arrive by 8 on weekdays. No matter the meal, you're in for a treat. The food is splendid (caramel pecan French toast and hot turkey sandwiches are our faves), but what makes this place a standout is ambiance. With its black-and-white striped awning, this corner restaurant is so quaint, you'll swear you're in some Frank Capra movie. (P.S. Cash only!)

Kabob, Mr.

  • Address: 3372 Coolidge Highway, Berkley
  • Phone: 248-545-4000

"Gas" and "station" – are there two words more incongruous to great grub? It conjures images of pork rinds and cellophane-wrapped egg salad sandwiches. But one gas station puts a pin in that prejudice. It's the Sunoco at 12 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway, where Mr. Kabob serves one of the best chicken shawarma sandwiches (and other fine Mediterranean food) in the area. Have no fear in filling up your tank – and your tykes' tummies.

LaShish

  • Address: 12918 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-582-8400

The mouthwatering Middle Eastern recipes – and even the iconic logo – were revived last year at the popular eatery's original locale. Now run by a totally new crew, it's brought back plenty of faves, from the marinated and charbroiled deboned chicken to that hot-baked pita bread and garlic dip.

Mae's

  • Address: 24060 Woodward Ave., Pleasant Ridge
  • Phone: 248-548-5355

Ever had Aebelskievers? The doughnut-like Scandinavian treat is just one of the quirky delights at this tiny retro gem. The diner hummed for 50 years as Anna's Coffee Shoppe. Revived as Mae's in 2010, its new owners have restored its cozy charm, down to the turquoise vinyl seats. Its offbeat menu is a made-in-house/Michigan affair. Try the U.P.-classic butter burgers or Portland Special, featuring hand-breaded Cap'n Crunch chicken tenders.

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