Cool Detroit Restaurants for Kids and the Entire Family

One-of-a-kind pizza, burgers, fish and chips, delis and barbecue on the fly: Find it all at these delicious Detroit restaurants for kids and parents alike.

In recent years, Detroit has had an explosion of good, cheap and interesting places to eat that are great for dining out with kids — but not dumbed-down for the younger set.

Stop in to one of these Detroit restaurants for kids before a Tigers game, a foray into the Cultural Center or after a bike ride in the Detroit Riverwalk and Dequindre Cut area and sample a taste of the city’s rebirth.

Brooklyn Street Local

This Corktown spot was opened by a couple of Canucks. No wonder some rave about their Poutine: the French-Canadian dish of French fries topped with brown gravy and curd cheese is naturally kid-riffic. Vegetarian/vegan options also abound.

City Wings

This family-friendly restaurant is a great place to get some authentic Detroit-style wings. Choose from a 10-piece all the way up to a 120-piece. Also offers many homemade side dishes and desserts.

Frita Batidos

Build your own ‘Frita’, inspired by traditional cuban burgers and pick a side. Or, pick a mini frita or mini grilled cheese from the kid’s menu and eat at the indoor picnic tables.

Go! Sy Thai

With a wide range of Thai food entrees, appetizers and tasty small plates, this Detroit spot is a great place to order a bunch of different options and split as a family.

Green Dot Stables

Appearing virtually unchanged since its 1970s heyday, the horse racing-themed bar features a menu of inventive sliders – the gut bombs of late nights in college these are not. Try fried bologna, Coney dog, grilled cheese sliders – or the PB&J slider that we can attest to at least one 4-year-old picky eater devouring!

Grey Ghost

Named after the ghost of the pirate on the Detroit River during the Prohibition era, this restaurant comes highly recommended. Stop in for brunch, dinner or drinks while downtown. Known for its award-winning filet mignon but also has many smaller appetizers and side dishes for the younger ones.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

This Detroit location of the franchise has the ultimate family-friendly menu, ranging from fried chicken and sides like baked beans, mac and cheese, seasoned fries and more. The kids menu for kids 12 and under also offers a grilled cheese, tenders, wings and legs.

HopCat

This place is known for its “cosmic” fries and craft beers. Also has a HopKittens menu for kids, which includes a cheeseburger, mac and cheese, a cheese quesadilla and chicken tenders paired with a side and drink.

Jolly Pumpkin

The Detroit location of this Michigan-based restaurant serves up delicious pizzas for adults — and for kids! The kids menu is complete with cheese and pepperoni pizza options, and burgers, chicken fingers, fries and a salad. Plus, plenty of craft beer for mom and dad.

Lumen 

This spot is located inside of Beacon Park and boasts a unique American menu that features everything from beer cheese pretzels and crab cakes to salads and burgers. In addition, patrons that eat on the rooftop will enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Mercury Burger Bar

Another Corktown keeper, this is a super spot to get a great burger, some tasty tots and a marvelous milkshake.

Mudgie’s Deli

Not your average sandwiches, served in a retro-funky space across from a great playground. Meats are roasted in-house, and vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are plentiful.

PizzaPapalis

This favorite is visited by families daily. Whether you’re heading to Comerica Park, Little Caesars Arena or Ford Field for a game — or just downtown for a night out — this place, which also has locations around metro Detroit, is an excellent choice.

Scotty Simpson’s Fish & Chips

Scotty’s has been a seafood staple since 1950, cooking up crispy cod kids and adults will crave.

Seva

For veggie families, or people looking to try some new foods, Seva is choice. From those delicious yam fries with spicy mayo dip and General Tso’s cauliflower to start, and delicious picks like black bean and sweet potato quesadillas, vegan Coney dogs and Reuben sandwiches, you can’t go wrong!

Shake Shack

Located right in Campus Martius Park, it’s sure to be a hit for the whole fam. Try the 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers or flat-top dogs with their crinkly-cut French fries. Pair it with a hand-spun shake, float or dessert. Even has a dog menu for your pooch!

Slows To Go

Skip the wait at the sit-down location and head to this Midtown outpost for barbecue 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.

Supino Pizzeria

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.

Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac ‘n’ Brewz!

Any place that serves up numerous (and kick-butt) twists on the classic mac and cheese — plus soups, salads and wraps — is a win for kids. Bonus: mom and dad can grab something adult to drink, too.

The Hudson Cafe

Located in the heart of Detroit, this place is a well-known breakfast and brunch locale. Some house favorites include Chunky Monkey pancakes, baklava French toast and fried chicken or catfish and waffles. “Little Friends” can order Mickey Mouse pancakes, French toast, chicken fingers and more. Also offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Townhouse

Enjoy some American comfort food at Townhouse. Offers a kids menu with options like waffles, French toast, grilled chicken and a kids pizza.

Traffic Jam & Snug

A wide variety of foods — including a kids’ menu with dishes like grilled-cheese fingers — plenty of seating, parking in an actual lot right across the street — there is a lot that makes Traffic Jam & Snug a great restaurant for families.

Wahlburgers

Head over to Greektown to grab a bite at this burger shop, part of the Wahlburgers chain started by the Wahlberg brothers. Boasts quality ingredients — and there are even options for the veg crowd.

This post is updated regularly.


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