3 Delicious Diners in Detroit
Maybe you saw Guy Fieri get an artery-busting entree on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” or you saw the famous “Nighthawks” painting by Edward Hopper that embodies the idea of a late night diner. Either way, you have an insatiable craving for the delicacies that only an American diner can bring. From bacon and coffee to eggs and ham steak, these Detroit diners have just what you need to quell the affliction of hunger pangs.
Cadillac Square Diner
Ok, so Cadillac Square Diner isn’t open 24 hours to service the overindulgent or the night owl. But if you’re wondering around the eponymous square and you’re hungry, it’s well worth a visit. Located at 111 Cadillac Square, this diner offers all the favorites, including steak and eggs, three-egg breakfasts, omelets, Belgian waffles, and more.
If you’re still a bit groggy and need some more sack time afterward, go with the Cadillac breakfast. This full-size onslaught offers three extra-large eggs fried in butter, two rashers of bacon, one slice of ham, two sausage links, hash browns, and your choice of toast or pancakes. After killing all that, you should have a nice little food coma to look forward to.
Cadillac Square Diner is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, which means you shouldn’t go out too hard on Saturday night. They’re closed on Sunday.
Parks and Rec Diner
Located at 1942 W. Grand River Ave., Parks and Rec Diner is one of the newest diner establishments in the Motor City. That said, it’s also one of the strangest locations in the city, housed within the old Grand Army of the Republic Building, a castle-like, triangular structure that’s reminiscent of feudalism. But there are no serfs or kingdoms here. Just good old, home-fashioned cooking.
Known for their “brunch anytime” policy, Parks and Rec doles out heaping portions of biscuits and gravy, omelets, and breakfast sweets. Make sure to check out their make-your-own hash menu, which is a treat you won’t find just anywhere.
Parks and Rec Diner is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends.
Made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch dishes with a full liquor bar and beer? You can have it all at Dime Store in Detroit. Perching alongside the sidewalk at 719 Griswold St., this diner is the place to go when you’re winding down — post-sunset-ambitious — or gearing up.
A picture of Dwight Eisenhower overlooks you as you scarf down locally sourced meat and produce. Some of the top entrees include the delicious and savory eggs Benedict and the hefty Michigan BLT. Add a bloody mary, and you got yourself a taste of all the food groups. Mom would be proud.
Dime Store is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Once you head into one of these Detroit institutions, don’t stop there. Put on some Motown, chat with friends, and realize that one of the best experiences that many people never get to experience is a late night at an American diner. Consider yourself lucky.