There is no shortage of legitimate breakfast and brunch options in and around Detroit. Sure, places like Parks & Rec, Dime Store, and Hudson Café deserve praise, but there are so many more egg-cellent breakfast and brunch options in the ‘burbs that aren’t being regurgitated on every restaurant list.
From gluten-free havens to glutinous diners, here are twelve places for a great breakfast in Metro Detroit that nobody talks about.
The Hills City Grille (Troy)
Open 24 hours for all of your late night cravings, The Hills City Grille is a solid breakfast destination in Troy. Even better, The Hills serves alcohol, so you can enjoy a Bloody Mary or Mimosa with your egg-cellent meal.
The Florentine and Maryland Benedicts are great, but our biggest recommendation is the Hills Billy Omelet. Delicious sausage gravy and cheese blankets a fluffy omelet filled with sausage and hash browns. Warning: You will need a nap afterwards.
Charlie’s Family Restaurant (Madison Heights)
For amazing homemade Corned Beef Hash, Charlie’s in Madison Heights is our go-to. Charlie’s was only recently added to our breakfast repertoire, making us wonder why we haven’t heard about them from other foodies and publications.
Recipes (Farmington Hills & Troy)
Why wait until the weekend for brunch? Recipes is home to a unique array of brunch items like Benedicts, omelets, frittatas, and skillets that are available every day of the week. The cinnamon apples served with many of the dishes are a nice touch.
Coco Fairfield’s (Berkley)
Coco Fairfield’s in Berkley has a cult following among gluten-free patrons and locals who love a tasty breakfast. Coco’s is truly a celiac-friendly diner, taking great measures to prevent cross-contamination. Their Savory Waffle, topped with an egg and hollandaise sauce, is a real winner. We also love their rotating specials like unique omelets, Benedicts, and more.
Café Rendezvous (West Bloomfield)
Café Rendezvous in West Bloomfield is bound to tickle your fancy if you like a good omelet accompanied by crispy, buttery hash browns. There are always plenty of daily specials to try, too. The Lox Benedict was excellent and would have us swimming up stream for more.
Le Andos Café (Macomb)
The secret’s out: Le Andos Café is a hidden gem for breakfast on Hall Road in Macomb. Here you’ll find a solid lineup of dishes like Benedicts, omelets, and breakfast sandwiches, but prepare to be wowed by a lineup of pancakes sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Jaw dropping creations like Oreo Stuffed Pancakes and Tropical Breeze Pancakes will keep you coming back for more.
The Jagged Fork (Grosse Pointe Farms)
The Jagged Fork in Grosse Pointe Farms will take you south of the border with delightful specialties like Huevos Rancheros, Chillaqilles, Breakfast Tamales, or the Chorizo Skillet. Their decadent pancakes are on point, too. Pro tip: Go during the week because they’re extremely busy on weekends.
The Breakfast Club (Madison Heights)
The Breakfast Club in Madison Heights isn’t exactly under the radar, but it seems to get lost in the crowd while trendier breakfast joints take the spotlight. It may not be the most photogenic, but their Seafood Bowl is one of our favorite breakfast items anywhere. Crab, smoked salmon, and lobster are combined with scrambled eggs atop diced tomatoes, topped with Newburg sauce that makes the dish sing.
Old House Family Restaurant (Sterling Heights)
Old House Family Restaurant in Sterling Heights blew us away because of its unsuspecting location and décor. You feel like you’re a part of a loud, fun loving family when you’re there. For breakfast, try one of their delicious omelets or the Theresa Burrito, named after the owner who serves up dishes with a side of sass.
Offering a solid lineup of breakfast and brunch dishes, MI.Mosa is a welcome addition to downtown Farmington. Our Sockeye Salmon Benedict and Pork Belly Omelet were great, but let’s talk about the rosemary potatoes. Crisped to perfection, flavored with rosemary, and nicely salted, MI.Mosa serves up the best breakfast potatoes of any restaurant we’ve been to.
Monty’s Grill (Royal Oak)
From homemade Corned Beef Hash topped with three eggs to Greek-inspired omelets, Monty’s Grill on Woodward in Royal Oak is a winner. The place is so small, you’ll literally rub elbows with a wide-variety of patrons clamoring to get their breakfast fix.
Omelette & Waffle Café (Plymouth & Northville)
Nestled in downtown Plymouth with a second location in Northville, the Omelette & Waffle Café gets high marks for its fluffy waffles and buttermilk pancakes. A variety of mouth-watering omelets are available from Hawaiian to Greek, Polish to Mexican. Their Strawberry Chocolate Crepes appear on the menu, making your decision about what to order even more difficult.