Although we’ve traveled to many corners of Michigan, there’s no place like home. Surrounded by more well-known cities like Royal Oak and Birmingham, Berkley is often overlooked when it comes to dining and shopping. We’re trying to change that.
Our little slice of metro Detroit is home to some of the most unique restaurants in the area. Pizza joints, Mediterranean food, Indian cuisine: it’s all here and then some. Allow us to share a few standouts.
Amici’s Pizza & Living Room
Creative artisan pizzas and a martini list as long as the eye can see is what you’ll find at Amici’s Pizza & Living Room. When it comes to their Martinis, we highly-recommend their wonderful Salted Caramel Pretzeltini, complete with caramel drizzle and crushed pretzel rim. As for pizzas, you really can’t go wrong with anything you order.
In the summer, the quaint patio with ivy-lined brick creates an intimate space for dining. When it’s chilly outside, it doesn’t get much cozier than the restaurant’s living room and bar, complete with mood-setting fireplace.
Amici’s is located at 3249 Twelve Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072.
Mr. Kabob is a not-so-hidden gem located inside the Sunoco gas station at the corner of 12 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway. Don’t be fooled by their location. They’ve been slinging some of the best Mediterranean food around Detroit since 2003.
Grab a fresh pita wrap for lunch, order an entrée for dinner, or have the Gulli family serve your party with top-notch catering. From a Chicken Shawarma Wrap to a Chicken Cream Chop entrée, smooth-as-silk Hummus to the signature Sam Salad, you really can’t go wrong.
Mr. Kabob is located at 3372 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, MI 48072.
Raise a paw if you love a good hot dog! Atomic Dawg starts with all-beef dogs, then unleashes creative gems like the Hula Dawg (grilled pineapple, onions, lettuce, teriyaki sauce, and Japanese cherry mayonnaise) and the BBQ Hog Dawg (pulled pork, Canadian slaw, and barbeque sauce). For something a little more traditional, you can always go with a classic like the Chicago Dawg.
The folks at Atomic Dawg aren’t just passionate about making delicious hot dogs, they’re passionate about helping dogs in need. The eatery helps our four-legged friends by hosting adoption events throughout the year.
Atomic Dawg is located at 2705 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, MI 48072.
Uncle Andy’s Pizza
If you ask us, Uncle Andy’s Pizza has some of the best Detroit-style pizza and cheese bread in metro Detroit. Their crispy square pizzas are delicious and craveable, especially their specialty pies like the Chicken Bacon Ranch and Chicken Fajita.
What has really gotten Uncle Andy’s Pizza a lot of buzz is their super duper Triple Cheese Bread. The three cheese blend is melted to perfection, lending to a monumental stretch with every slice.
Uncle Andy’s Pizza is located at 28957 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072.
Head up to the corner of 12 Mile and Coolidge for a nice family meal, casual drink at the bar, or a night out at the Berkley institution, O’Mara’s. Irish and American cuisine like salads, sandwiches, and hearty entrées can be found. They even serve breakfast daily.
In the summer, kick back on O’Mara’s outdoor patio, which is also home to periodic animal shelter fundraisers and doggie dining events.
O’Mara’s is located at 2555 Twelve Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072.
If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you’ve probably gathered that we’re raving fans of Republica. We can’t stop blabbing about their fabulous Fish & Chips, Plato’s Potatoes (fries with feta), and the Republica Gimlet cocktail.
Although the menu features plenty of indulgent items, there are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options that appeal to diners far and wide.
Republica is located at 1999 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, MI 48072.
Mazza Indian Cuisine
Open for lunch and dinner, Mazza is Berkley’s go-to for Indian cuisine. It’s easy to miss this unsuspecting eatery while cruising down 12 Mile Road, but it’s worth taking note.
The Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala are excellent choices, but don’t be afraid to explore their vegetarian, beef, lamb, and shrimp dishes.
Mazza Indian Cuisine is located at 3354 Twelve Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072.
Fluffy omelets, waffles to die for, and extensive gluten-free options make Coco Fairfield’s one of the most underrated breakfast spots in the Detroit area. If you’re a Berkley resident, it’s no secret that Coco’s is prime spot for a delicious breakfast with a hot cup of Zingerman’s Coffee.
For breakfast, it doesn’t get much better than the Breakfast Club Sandwich or the Sunnyknoll Savory Waffle topped with an egg and hollandaise. When lunchtime rolls around, the Griffith Grilled Cheese and Cambridge Chipotle Sliders are tops on our list.
Not only has Coco Fairfield’s developed a reputation for great food and service, they attract diners from beyond Berkley due to their gluten-free options, taking strict care to prevent cross-contamination. All soups are gluten-free, plus any sandwich can be made with gluten-free bread. Other tasty options exist as well.
Coco Fairfield’s is located at 2959 Twelve Mile Rd, Berkley, MI 48072.
If you’re talking about unique restaurants in the metro Detroit area, it doesn’t get much cooler than Berkley’s Vinsetta Garage. Park yourself at a table or at the bar and enjoy an awesome burger, crispy pizza, or award-winning macaroni and cheese. Top off your fluids with any one of their Michigan craft beers on tap.
The open and airy space is one of a kind. Garage doors open on milder days, providing an indoor/outdoor experience with sounds from Woodward Avenue in the background. Echoes of mechanics and autos past permeate every inch of the building, creating a destination for diners from Berkley and beyond.
Vinsetta Garage is located at 27799 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072.
Crispelli’s Bakery & Pizzeria
Cruise into Crispelli’s on Woodward for a pizza with a thin, crispy crust from a stone-fired oven that bakes at 700-degrees. If you’re craving Detroit-style pizza, they have that as well.
The market-style interior features separate ordering stations for whatever appeals to you: pizza, paninis, salads, pasta, plus beer and wine. A full-service area awaits if you prefer being waited on.
Crispelli’s is located at 28939 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072.