Best breakfasts in the Motor City

This list is far from finished but here’s a few best bets for breakfast:

  • Honest ? John’s — This bar / cafe in Midtown may not be so easy to find, yet its breakfasts are really good, basic, and may be served with coffee or a beer.  Wayne State students and old time hippies hang out here.  (John’s is at 488 Selden St. – look for the antique Methodist church on Cass and turn there!)
  • Zenith – This quirky eatery on West Grand Boulevard serves a delicious and eclectic weekend brunch. May be overrun with theater-goers if there’s amatinee performance, otherwise hipsters and locals show up.   Please check; it may be closed or hours may be changing.

    Red Hots booths and floor are new, but its menu is decidedly old-fashioned. (Photo: Mark Loeb)

    Red Hots booths and floor are new, but its menu is decidedly old-fashioned. King Richard refers to the third generation owner, who doubles as the cook. (Photo: Mark Loeb)

  • Great Lakes Coffee – Not a full breakfast, but it has marvelous muffins and pastries and an energetic vibe.
  • Fly Trap – Calls itself the “finer diner” and it’s worth the trip to downtown Ferndale for the homemade jams, the inventive omlettes and much more.
  • Mae’s – Incredibly retro and cute, yet the food in this Pleasant Ridge place is pleasing.  Small so go early if you’re going on Saturday or Sunday mornings.
  • In Ann Arbor, I’m a fan of Angelo’s and Northside Grill, both of which have parking lots and lines on weekends. Get the rain bread toast at Angelo’s – it’s thick and marvelous.
  • Red Hots. This tiny place in Highland Park is on Victor Street, just off Woodward and has been there since 1921. Breakfast is basic and tasty – and nothing is more than $5. It had a recent makeover thanks to the Food Network show but some of the recipes are very old fashioned.

The Visit Detroit convention folks list a bunch of breakfast joints and so do somebody else who I’ll add later on.

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