Detroit Institute of Bagels in Corktown has everything you want in a really good bagel shop. Bagels that are boiled and baked fresh each morning? Yep. Lots of options for cream cheese and smoked fish? Affirmative. A chorizo, avocado, and egg sandwich called the La Colmena that we’d eat every morning if we could? OK, you get the point. All of the bagels are great, but if they haven’t run out of the small batch rosemary olive oil bagels yet, make sure to grab one when you go.
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Ima is a casual Japanese noodle shop in Corktown that serves traditional udon and rice bowls, and has one of the city’s best sake selections.
Slows in Corktown is a Detroit institution that serves all of the barbecue classics, along with a wide variety of craft beers.
Gold Cash Gold
Go to Gold Cash Gold in Corktown to feel a little fancy while eating fried chicken, but stay for the patio and great cocktails.
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Grey Ghost Detroit
If you want to eat meat in its many forms, and drink some good draft cocktails, check out Grey Ghost in Midtown for dinner or brunch.
Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails
With a bright green interior and lots of vegetable dishes, Chartreuse is as close to spring as you can get without leaving Detroit during the winter.
Cafe d’Mongo’s looks like a dive bar and the Detroit history museum got drunk and decided to join forces. If you haven’t been, go now.
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