Detroit has a rich cultural history and many influences directly from the South affect Detroit cuisine. So you can get grits for breakfast at almost any breakfast establishment. My picks in the category are influenced by my belief that Detroit enjoys both classic American fare and Southern hospitality.
The Detroit Breakfast house in downtown Detroit is my first pick for a top breakfast house restaurant. The atmosphere is friendly and the staff is clean and courteous. This restaurant sits in the center of downtown and offers valet service. The Detroit Breakfast house is decorated in a modern style with close seating. The close seating is reminiscent of French Bistro eating. People often speak to their neighbors while dining and act very friendly. This eating establishment features bright colors and is very recognizable to locals. It has been featured on several news segments, and as such is locally famous. I recommend the chicken and waffles. This is the signature dish the establishment is known for.
Fino’s Restaurant in Pontiac, MI is barely known at all, but their breakfast is one of the best in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Fino’s in actually known locally for its lunch and dinner time favorites associated with Greek food. Fino’s is a Coney Island restaurant, but it has one of the best Southern-style breakfasts I’ve ever tasted. Their bacon is fried to perfection and the Gyro omelet melts in your mouth. Finos creates one of the best farmer’s omelets in the world. The atmosphere is very down-to-earth and unassuming. Most people who go into the restaurant thinking the food will be average. The low-key atmosphere doesn’t prepare you for the culinary masterpieces that come out of this little restaurant. I recommend the Gyro omelet, the Spanish omelet, and the Farmer’s omelet. You won’t be disappointed.
Joe’s Country Oven is the final breakfast house in our trio. Joe’s Country Oven is actually more of a diner than a true breakfast house. The restaurant is small and unassuming, but the tastes are 10 feet tall! The ham is fresh and almost squeals on the plate. The coffee is strong and the waitresses are friendly and nice. The atmosphere is actually very simple and almost reminds you of a southern Waffle House experience. You pay when you leave at the counter up front and the waitress brings everything you need at your table. Joe’s Country Oven is a quintessential American family restaurant. I recommend a classic American breakfast – bacon, eggs and toast. You won’t be disappointed.
These three restaurants epitomize classic American breakfast fare. Visiting one of them and enjoying the flavors, smells and satisfaction of a quality American breakfast is a good choice.