Gold Cash Gold operates inside an old Corktown pawn shop right on Michigan Ave and if you’re looking for somewhere to dress up a little, but still eat with your hands, this is it. The menu is Southern-ish, and you should definitely get the fried chicken, but it also includes things like bone marrow dumplings and cassoulet stuffed quail. The food’s a bit all over the place, but that - along with their extensive cocktail list, great brunch, and big patio - is exactly why we keep coming back.
Michelle and Chris Gerard
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Detroit Institute of Bagels
Detroit Institute of Bagels in Corktown looks like a yoga studio, but serves some of the best bagels in town - proof that life is all about balance.
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Green Dot Stables
Green Dot Stables is a horse-themed tavern that serves 20+ types of sliders and looks like somewhere your grandpa might've placed race bets.
American Coney Island
American Coney Island is open 24/7 and - along with Lafayette - is one of the two most famous coney spots in Detroit. Try both and choose wisely.
Start your night at Standby in Belt Alley with a cocktail that'll take a few minutes to make, or come later for some late-night gnocchi.
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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.
Selden Standard in Midtown has nailed the New American food/good cocktails/exposed wood trio for years. And guess what? It’s still great.
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