Detroit’s been on the rise in recent years, and one benefit has been an explosion of good, cheap, interesting places to eat that are family-friendly – but not dumbed-down for the younger set. Stop in before a Tigers game, a foray into the Cultural Center or after a bike ride on the Dequindre Cut and sample a taste of the city’s rebirth.
- Address: 1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit
- Phone: 313-262-6547
The latest craze in Corktown was recently opened by a couple of Canucks. No wonder some are saying they serve the best Poutine in southeast Michigan: The French Canadian dish of French fries topped with brown gravy and curd cheese is naturally kid-riffic. Vegetarian/vegan options also abound.
- Address: 2163 Michigan Ave., Detroit
- Phone: 313-964-5000
Another Corktown keeper, this is a super spot to get a great burger, some tasty tots and a marvelous milkshake.
- Address: 1300 Porter St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-961-2000
Not your average sandwiches, served in a retro-funky space across from a great playground. Take your food to-go and have an impromptu play date with families from the neighborhood and the nearby Most Holy Trinity School. Meats are roasted in-house, and vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are plentiful.
- Address: 2200 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit
- Phone: 313-962-5588
Appearing virtually unchanged since its 1970s heyday, the horse racing-themed bar (although it’s generally soccer on the TV) features a menu of inventive sliders – the gut bombs of late nights in college these are not. Try lamb with rosemary hummus or the PB&J slider that we can attest to at least one 4-year-old picky eater devouring!
- Address: 2465 Russell St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-567-2900
There’s a reason this place has a line extending down the block on market Saturdays: The food is that good. Grab a table (likely shared with others) and enjoy house-made soups, sandwiches and more that reflect the abundance of delicious food right out the door.
- Address: 22200 Fenkell St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-533-0950
Drive around some of the dodgier areas of Detroit and you’ll likely see a bunch of “You Buy, We Fry” joints – but honestly, most of them have so-so seafood. But Scotty’s has been a seafood staple since 1950, cooking up crispy cod kids and adults will crave.
- Address: 4107 Cass Ave., Detroit
- Phone: 877-569-7246
Skip the wait at the sit-down location and head to this Midtown outpost for BBQ by the pound or terrific take-out sandwiches. The Yardbird (Amish chicken topped with mustard, mushrooms, cheddar and bacon) has received lots of props, but we can’t help but join the fan club.
- Address: 2457 Russell St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-567-7879
Neighbor to Russell Street, this place has revolutionized what we think of as Detroit pizza. Amazing as the D’s Sicilian-style, thick-crusted signature pies are, Supino offers a cracker-thin crust, minimally topped – because you don’t need tons of topping when they are of this quality.
- Address: 511 W. Canfield St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-831-9470
A wide variety of foods (including fried pickles and homemade ice cream), plenty of seating, parking in an actual lot right across the street – there is a lot that recommends this restaurant to families.