The 5 Best Under-the-Radar Restaurants In Detroit

By Nick Huggins,

When most people visit Detroit, they don’t stray too far outside of downtown. However, if you’re willing to venture out a bit, you’ll find what Detroit really has to offer. These five restaurants are all in neighboring areas of the city and definitely worth paying a visit to.


Mudgie’s Authentic Artisan Deli

1300 PORTER ST. DETROIT, MI 48226

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Mudgie’s in Corktown Detroit. Photo by Mudgie’s

Situated in a relatively small house in the middle of a neighborhood, this isn’t somewhere you would happen to stumble upon. They have a huge sandwich menu and just about everything they serve is locally sourced or made in-house. If you’re looking for an excellent handcrafted sandwich, Mudgie’s can’t be beat.

What to Get: The Sho’ Nuff sandwich – roasted turkey breast, cherry wood smoked bacon, house-made strawberry cream cheese, spinach, and strawberry jam served on warm multi-grain bread.

Mercury Burger Bar

2163 MICHINGAN AVENUE, DETROIT, MI 48216

Best Detroit Restaurants Under The Radar

Mercury Burger Bar in Corktown, Detroit. Photo by What A Ride

This corner bar reopened just a couple years ago and has some of the best burgers in the area. Not too greasy and cooked just how you like it. The milkshakes are fantastic as well. Try the Boston Cooler, made with iconic Vernor’s Detroit soda and vanilla ice cream.

What to Get: The Local – A burger topped with BBQ pork, cheddar, slaw, and BBQ sauce. Washed down with a tasty Boston Cooler.

Sala Thai

3400 RUSSELL STREET, DETROIT, MI 48207 

This little place is tucked away on the rather deserted end of Eastern Market, but don’t let that deter you. Huge portions, excellent food, and great service make this a place I keep going back to.

What to Get: Pad Thai with extra crushed peanuts and topped with a fried egg. Don’t forget the fried egg!

Taqueria Mi Pueblo

7278 DIX STREET, DETROIT, MI 48209

Located well outside of the main strip of Mexican town, this place has more authentic food than some of the more popular Mexican restaurants in the area. Try the enchiladas alongside a large glass of horchata for the perfect meal.

What to Get: Chicken enchiladas drizzled with cheese and topped with hot chili sauce alongside a large horchata drink (rice milk sweetened with cinnamon and a hint of lime).

Hamido

13251 W WARREN AVENUE, DEARBORN, MI 48126 

Best Detroit Restaurants Under The Radar

Photo by Hungry Dudes

Detroit has some of the best Mediterranean food I’ve ever had and Hamido serves up some of my favorite dishes. Located just outside the city borders, this small cafe makes a delicious shawarma. The chicken is moist and juicy, cooked to perfection. In addition, they make some of the best hummus in town.

What to Get: A chicken shawarma sandwich with a side of hummus and pita bread. They’re fresh-squeezed smoothies aren’t bad either.


Where to Stay in Detroit

Next time you visit Detroit, make sure to visit some of these under-the-radar restaurants. In fact, my recommendation would be to stay a few days and try them all!

If you’re looking for a place to crash, check out the Inn on Ferry Street for some reasonably priced locally-flavored accommodation or if you’re feelin’ fancy, get to the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit to get a taste of the glory days of Detroit.