The Eagle Tavern
For a hearty traditional American meal in historical surroundings, diners should head to the Eagle Tavern: a stagecoach stop originally constructed in the neighboring village of Clinton as a rest stop for weary travelers. Guests have the unique opportunity to dine in 19th century surroundings while being tended to by costumed servers in historical garb. Dishes include smoked whitefish pie, roast pork chop with walnut ketchup, as well as the quintessentially-19th century dessert apple-pan dowdy. A historically-inspired drinks list even features malt beverages and hot toddies.
Giulio & Sons
Located within Dearborn’s Adoba Hotel, Giulio & Sons boasts warmly-colored, hand-painted murals, babbling fountains and a Northern Italian menu. Tempting entrees include dittalini pasta and lobster pie or goat’s cheese lasagna. Guests are advised to save space for a sweet treat from the dessert buffet, which regularly features classics such as cannoli and bread pudding.
Giulio & Sons, 600 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, MI, USA, +1 313 982 6830
Joe’s Top Dog
Joe’s Top Dog is a popular, lively Coney Island-style restaurant and bar in downtown Dearborn offering guests tasty American diner fare, beers and warm, friendly service. Go for breakfast and kick start your day with a hearty omelette, pancakes or Texas French toast. Alternatively try the delicious Jim Padilla Coney special – a hot dog topped with ground beef, chili, mustard and mayo – and the Mayor Guido burger, a quarter pounder topped with chili, cheese, and salad.
Joe’s Top Dog, 13342 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI, USA, +1 313 846 0888
Centered on the adventurous fusion of Asian and Mediterranean flavors, a stylish and contemporary space and international drinks list, Crave has been recognized with various accolades – including Best Restaurant in Dearborn. Its chic space, complete with a custom-made chandelier, mosaic-tiled bar and charming Asian garden make it the perfect locale in which to sample dishes such as wild-caught crispy salmon with braised bok choy, green asparagus risotto with orange-sage vinaigrette – alongside wine, sake and martinis.
Crave, 22075 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI, USA, +1 313 277 7283
TRIA – an award-winning American brasserie based in the luxurious Henry Hotel in Dearborn – boasts an inventive and seasonal menu showcasing the best in locally and sustainably produced ingredients. There’s also a concise but impressive wine list and range of signature craft cocktails. Guests can opt for a number of small or shared plates – dill and parsley walleye sausage with beer mustard and a board of artisanal Michigan cheese among them – or entrées such as halal chicken tagine and spiced apple-crusted whitefish.
TRIA, The Henry, 300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, MI, USA, +1 313 253 4475
Dearborn is home to a historic and sizable Middle-Eastern population, and Al Ameer has been a fixture of Dearborn’s dining scene since 1989. With a menu full of dishes crafted from local, farm-fresh produce, guests wanting to explore the cuisines of the Middle East and the Mediterranean will be spoiled for choice with options such as chicken shawarma, stuffed and roasted lamb, and baba ghanoush.
Al Ameer, 12710 West Warren Avenue, Dearborn, MI, USA, +1 313 582 8185
A restaurant from legendary restaurateur Chuck Muer, Big Fish serves fresh, innovative seafood dishes in a lively atmosphere. The restaurant boasts a comfortable lounge and charming patio that hosts concerts in the summer. Choose from entrées that include wood oven-roasted salmon with a tarragon-mustard glaze, roasted vegetables and redskin potatoes; snow crab legs with Portuguese rice; or seared diver scallops with Roman gnocchi, asparagus, wild mushrooms and vermouth cream.
Big Fish, 700 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, MI, USA, +1 313 336 6350
For a taste of the Thai capital right in the heart of Dearborn, look no further than Bangkok96 – a popular Thai restaurant opened in 1996 by Laos-native Genevieve Vang and her husband Guy. Guests are well-advised to start with a bowl of Bangkok96’s popular tom yum soup, a favorite made with a light vegetable broth with mushroom, lime juice, lemongrass and a hint of chili paste. Next, enjoy a delicious entrée such as the Thai jungle BBQ fish: a grilled catfish fillet served with the restaurant’s signature fried rice.
Bangkok96, 2450 South Telegraph Road, Dearborn, MI, USA, +1 313 730 8161
Buddy’s Pizza is a go-to for classic Detroit-style square pizzas and has grown from its humble beginnings as a neighborhood tavern to a group of nine restaurants across Detroit. While Buddy’s recipes have more-or-less stayed the same since first opening, many gluten-free and multi-grain crust pizzas have been added to the menu, alongside a number sandwiches, pastas and burgers. Pizza fans can still find classics such as margherita, meat deluxe and Hawaiian.
Buddy’s Pizza, 22148 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI, USA, +1 313 562 5900
Bistro 222 is an upscale restaurant serving exquisite European-style dishes and recently celebrated its fifth year. The restaurant features simple yet sophisticated fare, crafted from fresh, seasonal produce and served in its intimate bistro-style space, delighting palates with dishes such as grilled salmon with Swiss chard, barley, rutabaga, mushroom and butternut squash, or the pork tenderloin with Brussels sprouts, parsnip, beets, apple and red-wine sauce.
Bistro 222, 22266 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI, USA, +1 313 792 7500