Detroit’s Best Brunch Spots

Originally published on Doorsteps.
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Is there anything more perfect than rolling out of bed at noon to meet up with your friends for brunch at your favorite local spot? Whether you’re a sweet or savory kind of person, someone who prefers a divey spot or doesn’t mind a bit of a wait, there are plenty of different types of brunch spots in the city of Detroit, so you’ll be sure to find one that suits you best. Here are some of the top picks Motown has to offer:

Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles (Bagley)

Kuzzo’s is a homegrown purveyor of a southern brunch delicacy: chicken and waffles. This at-face-value crazy combination is really a match made in breakfast heaven. Crispy, breaded, and slightly spicy fried chicken perched atop a pair of syrup-drenched Belgian waffles. And for our money, no one in the D is doing chicken & waffles better than Kuzzo’s right now. Not feeling that adventurous? Kuzzo’s has all the breakfast staples like omelets, egg plate combos, and biscuits and gravy, too. Not to be outdone by the kitchen, Kuzzo’s full bar is no slouch, either. Their housemade Spicy Bloody Mary is a perfect complement to this stuffed-to-the-gills breakfast.

Rose’s Fine Food (West Village)

Rose’s Fine Food is a small diner with a big reputation. Not only does Rose’s use locally sourced ingredients to make their seasonal brunch menu, but the restaurant also pays their employees a living wage, rather than the state minimum server wage. The tips that the employees do get, though, are split between everyone evenly, and a portion is donated each month to a Detroit charity. Stop by for breakfast, brunch or lunch all week. The spot used to have lines out the door since they were only open until the early afternoon, but now more people get the chance to enjoy Rose’s, since it’s open from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm all week.

Grand Trunk Pub (Downtown)

This downtown spot has been a Detroit staple since 1935. While they do serve a delectable brunch, complete with local ingredients, like bagels from the Detroit Institute of Bagels and Dearborn ham, Grand Trunk Pub serves lunch and dinner, too. With a full bar, it boasts a local selection with Valentine Vodka and craft brews from all over the state. Indulge at brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am until 3 pm.

Honest John’s (Midtown)

Within walking distance from Wayne State University’s Campus and so many of Midtown’s popular bars, Honest John’s is the kind of spot that people end their night at, and then go back to in the morning for the hair of the dog. The dive bar is complete with a jukebox, pool table and neon lights. Stop by for breakfast, served all day, and until 2:00 am. You can get some awesome brunch specials every Sunday, though, starting at 9:00 am. It’s an unpretentious place that’s great to hang out at any time.

Bobcat Bonnie’s (Corktown)

Bobcat Bonnie’s opened within the past couple of years, right on the main strip in Corktown. The bar is hip and simple, with exposed brick walls scalped from Eloise, an abandoned asylum down the road. The menu is also simple and affordable. Though patrons love the brunch dishes like Cap’n Crunch French toast, chicken and waffles, the real draws are the build-your-own bloody Mary and mimosa bars. Each breakfast cocktail is only $3, so it’s easy to experiment and create your own concoction. Bobcat Bonnie’s opens at 11:00 am during the week, but you can get your brunch on at 10:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.

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