Detroit brunch spots worth getting out of bed for

In the late 1800’s, the term “brunch” was described as a Sunday meal for “Saturday-night carousers” — For those who slept through breakfast because they were out late enjoying the nightlife.

We encourage you to carouse as you wish because the mimosas are bottomless and stacked pancakes are plentiful in the city of Detroit the morning after.

Here are (just a few) of our favorite brunch locations in Detroit:

Bobcat Bonnie’s


Bobcat Bonnie’s can be found in the heart of Corktown along Michigan Avenue. It is difficult for me to pick a favorite dish to recommend at this new neighborhood joint. Since its establishment last year, the eatery has evolved quickly with their dishes and cocktail selection. My go-to when I have a sweet tooth is their Giant Sized Cinnamon Roll (my eyes are often bigger than my stomach). A unique selection I haven’t found anywhere else is their Little Town Breakfast Bowl (Little Town Sausage, Black Beans, Jalapenos, Corn, Rice, Fried Egg with Sriracha Drizzle). Oh, and they also have a build-your-own Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar with a selection of sauces, mixes and garnishes to explore. Bobcat Bonnie’s is at 1800 Michigan Ave.

Grand Trunk Pub

Grand Trunk Pub makes the top of my list not only for their eclectic eats (and selection of over 170+ craft beers), but for its historic background. The pub derives from a renovated 1900’s era railway station — Although updates have been made, the elegant vaulted ceilings and brass chandeliers capture the essence of Detroit’s history. In addition to being a successful downtown fixture along Woodward Avenue, the pub is well-known for its wide selection of bites and brews. If you are heading in on a Sunday morning, I’d recommend the Breakfast Enchilada or Vegetable Burrito – although if you are feeling more in a lunch mood, try any one of their sandwiches and you won’t be disappointed. The Woodward Boulevardier and Belle Isle are my personal favorites. Grand Trunk Pub is at 612 Woodward Ave.

Honest John’s


Honest John’s is a perfect location for early birds like me. They open their doors at 7 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. Sundays. If you haven’t tried their French Toast rolled in Fruity Pebbles ceareal, you have to experience it for yourself at Honest John’s. The relaxed eatery offers breakfast all day in addition to American classics in a down-home setting at 488 Selden Street.

The Hudson Café


The Hudson Café features a brunch menu composed of creative twists on traditional breakfast foods such as their Red Velvet Pancakes or Graham Cracker Crusted French Toast. Located on Woodward Avenue, The Hudson Café has indoor seating available for those seeking to enjoy the modern eatery. During the holidays, I’d recommend cozying up next to their fireplace with one of their specialty coffees and fresh baked goods from their Café Bar. I recently tried their Chef’s Holiday Special, the Eggnog French Toast, and it was delicious! The Hudson Café is at 1241 Woodward Ave.

Leave your brunch recommendations below. We are always interested in trying out new locations.

 Photo courtesy of: Grand Trunk Pub for Grand Trunk Pub + Honest John’s for Honest John’s.


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