Detroit‘s East Side is a big place, encompassing a handful of districts like the historic Corktown and Midtown. East Side’s bad reputation in the media can be reconciled with their selection of some of the best food in the city. From restaurants taking over abandoned pawnshops and dry cleaners, Detroit’s East Side expresses the renovating and rebuilding attitude of the city.
Cadieux Café, located in the far East Side of Detroit, is a former Prohibition-era speakeasy that dedicates its demeanor to all things Belgian. Serving Belgian cuisine and a variety of beers, the Cadieux Café is ideal for laid back occasions. Since all their food is all Belgian, Cadieux makes for an authentic and cultural experience at one of the oldest – and strictly Belgian – restaurants in Detroit. Cadieux Café also provides feather bowling, which makes this café a gem statewide and nationwide.
Cadieux Cafe, 4300 Cadieux Rd, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 882-8560
Rose’s Fine Food is a necessary and important breakfast and brunch spot. Offering the classic American options, like pancakes and two egg specials, Rose’s Fine Food works within their genre. However, they are creative with their recipes, especially with their house made pastries. With food sourced with customers in mind, Rose’s Fine Food is a community based and locally appreciated restaurant.
Rose’s Fine Food, 10555 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 309-7947
Food Exchange is East Side’s well known spot for fast and deep fried food. Famous for their burgers, Food Exchange has found a way to make a burger completely distinct. The burgers are made with daily bought meat, which is partially why these burgers are a delicacy. Aside from the burgers, the sides vary from cheese fries to the Big Baby fries.
Food Exchange, 8451 Harper Ave, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 579-5616
Green Dot Stables is a slider joint. Each slider is small and cheap, which allows for multiple tastings of their large selection of sliders. Green Dot’s sides – like the famous le poutine – compliment these smaller burgers, making it a hefty meal. All of their ingredients are locally sourced from Michigan farms, or they’re making and growing their own ingredients. Green Dot Stables is a new and modern restaurant that serves their take on American classics.
Green Dot Stables, 2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 962-5588
Craft Work is big on ambiance – red walls and dim lighting. It’s cozy and the food makes this place cozier. An elaborate menu focusing on New American cuisine, Craft Work has options ranging from fried chicken to pan-seared halibut. This is a trendier spot in the East Side, and the menu reflects this. Great service, comfortable ambiance, and an eclectic selection of food.
Craft Work, 8047 Agnes St, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 469-0976