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Dining Guide: Midtown

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Dining Guide: Midtown

The Cultural Center of Detroit, Midtown is a can’t miss destination.

Ride the QLine or a MoGo and enjoy your time in one of Detroit’s most walkable communities. Whether you’re exploring the galleries at the Detroit Institute of Arts, listening so world-renown artists at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, or shopping in the Cass Corridor, there is always something to do. Whatever brings you to the neighborhood, be sure to experience the growing food scene, from casual cafes to fine dining – there’s plenty to chose from. Here’s your Midtown dining guide:

Parking: Midtown has a lot of street parking option, download the Park Detroit app to make easy payment and extend your time. There are also street side kiosks if you don’t want to register for the app.  If you prefer to park in a structure try the  Woodward Gardens Parking Deck (25 W Alexandrine St) or the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (305 Parsons St).

Midtown’s Bucket List

Can’t Miss: Selden Standard

Start Your Day: Avalon International Breads

Lunch: Alley Taco + Rocco’s Italian Deli 

Date Night:  SheWolf Pastificio & Bar + Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails

Drinks: Great Lakes Coffee (coffee) + Castalia (cocktails) +  Jolly Pumpkin (beer) + Socra Tea (tea)

Brunch: The BlockThe Whitney

 

Directory

2941 Street Food – Midtown // 4219 Woodward Ave
Casual Dining/Lunch/Dinner/Happy Hour
Make your own Mediterranean meal. Mix and match ingredients to find your favorite street food.
Parking: Street parking, nearby parking structure
Monday – Sunday: 11am to 9pm


Alley Taco // 418 W Willis Ave
Casual Dining/Lunch/Dinner
Delicious tacos, quesadillas and other Mexican favorites.
Parking: street parking, lots nearby.
Sunday – Tuesday: 11am to 11pm
Wednesday – Saturday: 11am to 3am


Avalon International Breads // 422 W Willis Ave
Cafe/Bakery/Lunch
Detroit original, Avalon offers sandwiches, salads, & organic, housemade pastries and fresh breads. Don’t miss out on the famous chocolate sea salt cookies.
Parking: Small free lot, street parking
Monday – Saturday: 6am to 6pm
Sunday: 8am to 5pm


Bottom Line Coffee // 4474 3rd Ave
Cafe
Neighborhood coffeehouse with open mic nights, serving espresso drinks, pastries, and tea.
Parking: Side street parking, lots nearby.
Monday – Sunday: 9am to 9pm


The Block // 3919 Woodward Ave
Casual dining/lunch/dinner/brunch/happy hour
Specializing in Detroit’s best chicken wings, The Block completes Midtown.
Parking: Parking structure ($)
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 11am to 9pm
Friday: 11am to Midnight
Saturday: 4pm to Midnight
Sunday: 11am to 9pm


Bolero // 51 W Forest Ave
Semi-fine dining/dinner/brunch/happy hour
Bolero brings Latin flavor to Midtown with tapas, paella and plenty of sangria
Parking: Parking structure ($)
Monday-Thursday: 5pm to 10pm
Friday: 5pm to 11pm
Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: 11am to 9pm


Bronx Bar // 4476 2nd Ave
Bar
The burgers at Bronx Bar are big, the beer is good and the pool table helps you have a great time.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Friday: 11am to 2am
Saturday – Sunday: Noon to 2am


Café 78 – SuperHappySushi // 4454 Woodward Ave
Lunch/Happy Hour
Located inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Cafe 78 hosts live performances, lunch and happy hours.
Parking: Free parking lot
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Wednesday: 9:30am to 5pm
Thursday – Friday: 9:30am to 8pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 5pm


Cass Cafe // 4620 Cass Ave
Casual Dining/Happy Hour
Informal bi-level space for international & vegetarian dishes, local art, & live performances.
Parking: Street parking, lots nearby.
Monday – Thursday: 11am to 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am to Midnight
Sunday: 5pm to 10pm


Castalia Cocktails // 3980 2nd Ave
Bar
Castalia Cocktails brings the perfume cocktail bar to Detroit. The fragrance shop/cocktail bar is located below the street level of an old Victorian house on the corner of Second and Alexandrine.
Parking: Street parking
Wednesday- Saturday: 6pm to midnight


Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails // 15 E. Kirby
Fine Dining/lunch/dinner
The living wall and hanging gardens offer a stunning visual for a delicious meal
Parking: Street parking, parking structure ($)
Tuesday- Thursday: 11:30am to 2:30pm; 5pm to 9:30pm
Friday: 11:30am to 2:30pm; 5pm to 10:30pm
Saturday: 5pm to 10:30pm
Sunday: closed


Common Pub // 5440 Cass Ave
Casual dining/bar/brunch/lunch
A neighborhood pub on Wayne State campus offering indoor and outdoor seating.
Parking: Street parking, parking structure ($)
Tuesday- Friday: 11am to 2pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm (brunch); 4pm to 2am


Fourteen East // 15 E Kirby St
Cafe
Sip coffee and admire work of local artists at Fourteen East
Parking: Street parking, lots nearby.
Monday – Friday: 8am to 7pm
Saturday: 8am to 5pm
Sunday: 9am to 5pm


Go! Sy Thai // 4240 Cass Ave
Casual Dining/lunch/dinner
Low-key Thai restaurant offering a classic menu, including vegetarian, vegan, & gluten-free items.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Saturday: 11am to 9pm
Sunday: 4pm to 9pm


Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company // 3965 Woodward Ave
Cafe/casual dining
Popular coffee shop that offers food, beer and wine.
Parking: Parking structure
Monday – Thursday: 7am to 11pm
Friday: 7am to Midnight
Saturday: 9am to Midnight
Sunday: 10am to 8pm


Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken // 4101 3rd Ave
Casual dining/lunch
Long-running chain serving spicy fried chicken & a list of comfort sides in a low-key setting.
Parking: Street parking, lots nearby
Sunday – Thursday: 11am to 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am to 11pm


Hopcat // 4265 Woodward Ave
Casual dining/bar/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
Popular national chain, Hopcat has 130 beer taps, plus bottles and special releases.
Parking: Street parking 
Monday – Thursday: 11am to Midnight
Friday – Saturday: 11am to 2am
Sunday: 10am to Midnight


Iridescence // 2901 Grand River Ave (Motor City Casino)
Fine Dining/dinner
It’s hard to find a better view of Detroit than from Iridescnce on the top of Motor City Casino.
Parking: Free parking structure
Monday – Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Thursday: 5pm to 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 5pm to 11pm
Sunday: 5pm to 10pm


Jolly Pumpkin // 441 W Canfield St
Brewery/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
Popular brewery serving craft beer, pizza and other American fare.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Thursday: 11:30am to 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am to 1am
Sunday: 11:30am to 10pm


La Feria // 41300 Cass Ave
Semi-fine dining/lunch/dinner
Lively restaurant featuring traditional Spanish small plates.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Thursday: 11am to 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am to Midnight
Sunday: Closed


La Palma // 113 E Canfield St
Casual dining/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
La Palma offers Mediterranean fare, from kebabs and shawarma to lentil soup & salads.
Parking: Street parking, parking lot
Monday – Friday: 10am to 9pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 8pm


Le Petite Zinc // 70 W Alexandrine St
Casual dining/breakfast/lunch
Experience Paris in the Midwest at a French inspired cafe.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Friday: 8am to 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am to 3pm


Motor City Brewing Works // 470 W Canfield St
Brewery/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
Local brewery serving pizza with a great rooftop patio.
Parking: Street parking, parking lot
Monday – Friday: 11am to Midnight
Saturday: 11am to 1am
Sunday: Noon to Midnight


Rock City Eatery // 4216 Woodward Ave
Casual dining/lunch/dinner
Spacious restaurant serving creative pizzas & New American plates along with craft beer, wine & cocktails.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Thursday: 4pm to 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am to Midnight
Sunday: Closed


Rocco’s Italian Deli // 3627 Cass Ave
Casual dining/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
Full-service neighborhood deli offering Italian inspired salads and sandwiches. Enjoy wine, beer and cocktails on the patio.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Thursday: 10am to 9:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am to 10pm
Sunday: Closed


Royale With Cheese // 4163 Cass Ave
Casual Dining/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
Sustainably-sourced burgers at a restaurant inspired by Pulp Fiction in a restored 1913 building.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Saturday: 11am to 9pm
Sunday: Noon to 7pm


Selden Standard // 3921 2nd Ave
Semi-fine dining/brunch/lunch/dinner/happy hour
Modern American restaurant with a farm to table menu. Perfect for date night but you can also sit at a community table and experience the new Detroit community.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Friday: 11am to 2:pm, 4:30pm to 11pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am to 2pm, 4:30pm to 11pm


Seva // 66 E Forest Ave
Casual dining/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
Vegetarian cafe with a food menu, juice and coffee bar.
Parking: Street and lot parking.
Monday – Thursday: 11am to 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: Noon to 9pm


Shangri- La // 4710 Cass Ave
Casual Dining/lunch/dinner/Happy Hour
Cantonese & Thai cuisines share the menu with sushi & dim sum at this contemporary eatery.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: Closed


SheWolf Pastificio & Bar // 438 Shelden
Fine dining/dinner
Cantonese & Thai cuisines share the menu with sushi & dim sum at this contemporary eatery.
Parking: Street parking
Monday: closed
Tuesday- Thursday: 5pm to 11pm
Friday & Saturday: 5pm to midnight
Sunday: 4pm to 10pm


Shinola Cafe // 441 W Canfield St
Cafe
Sip coffee in one of Detroit’s most notable retail destinations.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Saturday: 10am to 7pm
Sunday: 10am to 5pm


Slows To Go // 4107 Cass Ave
Casual Dining/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
Slows BBQ is one of Detroit’s most popular and notable dining destinations in Corktown. Grab a quick bite to eat at the take out location, inside seating is available and outdoor picnic table.
Parking: Street parking nearby.
Sunday – Thursday: 11am to 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am to 10pm


Socra Tea // 71 Garfield St Suite 50
Cafe/Tea Room
Specialty shop  offering healthy, organic and wholesome teas and food.
Parking: Free parking located on Garfield Street between Woodward Avenue.
Monday – Saturday: 10am to 7pm
Sunday: Noon to 5pm


Starters Bar and Grill // 4501 Woodward Ave
Casual Dining/Bar/lunch/dinner
Roomy hangout features hearty American entrees and draft brews in a lively atmosphere with sports TVs.
Parking: Parking structure ($)
Monday – Wednesday: 11am to 1am
Thursday – Saturday: 11am to 1:30am
Sunday: Noon to 1am


Sweet Lorraine’s Mac n’ Brewz // 4870 Cass Ave
Casual Dining/lunch/dinner/family-friendly
A fun and casual spot offering an array of mac n’ cheese entrees, salads and wraps.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Friday: 7am to 10pm
Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: 11am to 9pm


Tony V’s // 5756 Cass Ave
Casual Dining/bar
Local bar on Wayne State campus with draft beers and standard bar fare.
Parking: Street parking
Monday – Wednesday: 11am to 1am
Thursday – Friday: 11am to 2am
Saturday: Noon to 2am
Sunday: Closed


Traffic Jam & Snug // 511 W Canfield St
Casual dining/family-friendly/lunch/dinner
Community staple, Traffic Jam & Snug has an in-house bakery, microbrewery and made-from-scratch menu. The large restaurant has a multi-level dining room.
Parking: Street parking available.
Monday – Thursday: 11am to 10:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am to Midnight
Sunday: 11am to 9pm


Union Street // 4145 Woodward Ave
Casual dining/brunch/lunch/dinner/happy hour
American fare restaurant featuring live performances and happy hour.
Parking: Parking lot
Monday – Thursday: 11am to 10:30pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am to Midnight
Sunday: 11am to 9pm


Urban Ramen // 4206 Woodward Ave
Casual dining/lunch/dinner
LA original, Urban Ramen is a noodle diner in Detroit.
Parking: Street parking, nearby lots
Monday – Saturday: 11am to 3pm; 5pm to 10pm
Sunday: closed


Wasabi // 15 E Kirby St
Casual dining/lunch/dinner
Experience Asian fusion food inspired by Korean and Japanese dishes.
Parking: Street parking, parking structure ($)
Monday – Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: 11:30am to 10pm


The Whitney // 4421 Woodward Ave
Fine Dining/brunch/lunch/dinner/Happy Hour
Iconic lumber baron’s mansion with exquisite garden serving upscale New American cuisine.
Parking: Street parking, valet
Monday – Friday: 2pm to 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 1:30pm, 2pm to 10pm


Zef’s Café // 4160 Woodward Ave
Casual Dining/breakfast/lunch/family-friendly
Detroit styled coney diner with large portions.
Parking: Street parking, lots nearby
Monday – Saturday: 7am to 4pm
Sunday: 8am to 2pm

 

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