Devour great food and savor family fun, all in one delicious list. Forget the chains. Metro Parent’s put together a meaty roundup of excellent eateries in metro Detroit. Get the yummy goods in our FREE guide. Tweet Metro Parent Editorial • 03/01/2017 • Edit Dear Southeast Michigan Parent, It’s seemingly the holy grail of family destinations: The kid-friendly restaurant. And we’re not talking your typical fast-casual franchise here, folks. Because sometimes, you want something that’s just a little different and out-of-the-ordinary – and that definitely doesn’t require a reservation, thank you very much. And forget that “two for $25” shtick at your local chain. Metro Detroit moms and dads have extra mouths to feed (not to mention budgets). But don’t let that frustration turn into “the hanger” (for the uninitiated: That’s when your hunger gets downright angry!). Instead, give your stove a welcome siesta. Reassure your wallet that things are going to be all right. And allow us to introduce you to some of the most delicious and absolutely family-friendly eateries in town. It’s as easy as downloading Metro Parent’s FREE Best Family Restaurants in Southeast Michigan from A to Z. No pretense. No cooking (on your part, that is). Just 26 casual spots (some cheap, some not-so-cheap), speckled all over Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, where you can relish some mighty fine dining – minus the fuss – literally covering each letter of the alphabet. Got a picky eater on your hands? Never fear: We kick it off with “A” classic. There’s no lack of pizza in metro Detroit, but a small eastside secret serves up great slices and sweet array of video games, too. Hot on its heels is a Troy destination, under “H,” that deals in Chicago-style hot dogs (hey there, sport peppers!). Letter “M” marks the spot for one of the best burgers in Detroit (hint: their tater tots are killer too, and they have spiked milkshakes for mom and dad), while “G” has got great cheesesteak hoagies in Saline, Westland and Ypsilanti. In our book, breakfast is a meal best served any time of day. And two spots rock our list for flipping flapjacks well into suppertime: The rock-solid Original Pancake House (did you know it’s got three locations?) and Rex’s Golden Grill in Dearborn (it’s also known for its skillets). Hungry yet? Have some pity on the fine folks who wrote and designed Metro Parent’s FREE Best Family Restaurants in Southeast Michigan from A to Z. Once you’ve got this PDF in your clutches, you might have to wipe the drool off your smartphone yourself! Let’s see. We’ve a “J” where kids can whip up their own DIY pizzas and sundaes. And an iconic “Z” that whips up a mean mac ‘n cheese and free-range-poultry nuggets (we’re talking one of the best restaurants in Ann Arbor!). And “Y” is a Michigan-based franchise that specializes in delish chicken and amazing bread. Some of the best restaurants in southeast Michigan are the old-timers. If you’ve never had “The Monster” served up by a sweet-talking deli man named Ernie, you don’t know what you’re missing – ditto a monster-sized Dalyburger in Livonia. We Detroiters sure do love our Mexican, no? From a hip Ferndale spot on Woodward Avenue to a Detroit classic “X” in Mexicantown, we’ve got your famished family covered. We even toss in some cool Cuban cuisine (flip to “F”). Veering vegetarian or vegan? Whether you’re in Detroit or Ann Arbor, there’s only one “S” you need to know (don’t pass on their tangy General Tso’s cauliflower!). And, regardless if you’ve got a foodie family or just a pack of ravenous rug rats, this guide is really just an appetizer. Because when you download it, you also get a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine. Consider it your main course, stuffed silly with everything from parenting advice to what to do in Detroit today with kids – and, of course, food fun ideas including recipes from local eateries. Variety is the spice of life. But it’s nothin’ compared to the sauces you’ll savor at some of the best barbecue joints in southeast Michigan. Discover a “B” that’s been making waves in Macomb County (and now Oakland, too!). Then swing on over to a “U” in Clarkston for smoked chicken wings and other grub that’ll have you singing pork’s praises. We’ve all been in a pickle where there’s no time to make a meal. Luckily, home cooking is waiting for you at many of spots in the FREE Best Family Restaurants in Southeast Michigan from A to Z. You might not expect downhome Reuben soup or gourmet apples at a place whose name starts with a “TV,” but Trenton does it right. And an iconic Italian deli in Sterling Heights may have you singing an aria. Staples are key for kids. But now and then, it’s a good idea to have them try something new. A few gastronomical adventures can be fun and memorable! The menus at all 26 restaurants in our list are sure to have new-to-you dishes to try. But in particular, the FREE Best Family Restaurants in Southeast Michigan from A to Z dives into a few spots with great new tastes for kids to explore, too. Under “C,” you’ll find a creative pizzeria in Canton that merges Indian seasonings and flavors with a kid-loved favorite. Over in Dearborn, you’ll find an “L” still whipping up some of the best Middle Eastern fare in the region – or swing up to Macomb County for your choice of that, plus Greek and Italian. Hamtramck is home to real-deal golabki, pierogi and other Polish delights. And, believe it or not, a gas station (yep) in Oak Park has one of the best chicken shawarma sandwiches period. Ever been to an Asian bakery? One in Madison Heights easily won the letter category for its name – “QQ” – but it’ll win your kids’ tummies for its sweet little steamed buns, sesame balls and sponge cakes. And not far away in Clawson, get clued in to a spot that starts with an “N” that makes sushi to make you swoon. No matter if you’re in Berkley or Birmingham, Canton or Clinton Township, Dearborn or Detroit, Royal Oak or Rochester or Warren or Westland – this guide is sure to become a go-to for your family when it comes to feasting out on the go. Maybe you’re new to the area. Or just looking for something to shake up your usual roster of family restaurant haunts. Whatever you’ve got an appetite for, Metro Parent’s FREE Best Family Restaurants in Southeast Michigan from A to Z serves up 12 piping-hot PDF pages packed with plenty of new places to sample. Here at Metro Parent, we love finding new restaurants and recipes. And we know our readers do, too. That’s why we took such great care in scouting all over town to assemble this FREE handbook. And besides this taste-tempting roundup, you’ll get a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine, which has even more delicious content for families each month. Our issues feature loads of events, festivals, attractions in southeast Michigan, recipes, crafts for kids – and loads of answers to the question, “What to do in Detroit today?” When it comes to cuisine, you’ll definitely find direction in your FREE copy of Metro Parent’s Best Family Restaurants in Southeast Michigan from A to Z. From pizza, mac ‘n cheese and hot dogs to yam fries, dill pickle soup and milkshakes made with fresh fruit, we’re confident you’ll find something to fun to try. Where you can get the best garlic spread in town? The most amazing fresh fish? And butterscotch pudding you’ll rave about to everyone in earshot? While the definitive answers may be up for debate, we’ve got some serious contenders waiting for you. And, best of all, your kids aren’t just tolerated – they’re welcome! PS: Are you always talking about trying something new? Food, glorious food – it’s what we do in this yummy little handbook. Stop stalling and sink your teeth into your FREE copy of Metro Parent’s Best Family Restaurants in Southeast Michigan from A to Z – and FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine – now. PSS: When it comes to the best restaurants in southeast Michigan, there are so many options – and the choices can be overwhelming, especially when you’ve got kids in tow. This list of 26 tasty little gems is a great starting point to get you and your children trying new things and finding fresh favorites. So set your sights on deliciousness, fluff out that napkin – and save and savor this freebie today! Note: This Freebie is fresh as of March 2017. We’ll definitely be updating it every year, but be sure to call ahead for the latest times and details – all information is subject to change!