While there are some all-purpose, national restaurant chains in the Metro-Detroit area that serve breakfast, there are only a few restaurants unique to the Motor City and/or Michigan devoted to the meal. While IHOP and Denny's are always a great place to wake up in terms of the breakfast menu, check out these breakfast-all-the-time treats.
A diner with character and camp, The Fly Trap is a great place to grab brunch (breakfast + lunch). Menu items include a beef-infused Red Flannel Hash and Green Eggs and Ham, as well as daily muffin concoctions. In fact, the restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, a Food Network show. As it turns out, the small restaurant dishes up a good meal at a reasonable price.
Livonia: Sweet Lorraine's
Both the décor and the food are unique and entertaining at Sweet Lorraine's. The menu is, in a word, intriguing; each dish has some unique twist to it that piques your interest, such as a daily quiche special often served with a hash-brown crust and uniquely whipped egg filling reminiscent of Béchamel sauce. The atmosphere is quiet and boutique like. The restaurant serves Sunday brunch.
Rebecca’s Family Restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner in a country-store kind of atmosphere, where locals seem recognized and families are welcome. Care is also taken to provide a good meal. The restaurant's large breakfast menu has interesting twists on old favorites.
Pronto is much more than its breakfast menu, but the restaurant/deli serves the morning meal with such variety and attention to detail it is a favorite at which to break the fast. The restaurant's omelets, while somewhat expensive, don't skimp on the ingredients and include garlic potatoes, fruit and several bread options for toast, including Challah.
Where there’s smoke, there is fire. Where there is a line of people falling out the front door of a restaurant, there is either free food or a really good menu. Well, The Original Pancake House is not giving it away by any stretch of the imagination, but their third-generation breakfast recipes redefine the meal.
A long-time local favorite, the Pantry Restaurant is family owned and operated, has a diner atmosphere and is renowned for its breakfast, especially its Apple Pancakes.
Shangri-La serves Dim Sum or "Chinese Brunch" and is one of the few restaurants in the Metro-Detroit area that offers it. Dim Sum is cuisine characterized by small plates or “eats,” which include steamed or fried dumplings and other hors d'oeuvres-type treats. The table-side service is fast and efficient for brunch, which begins at 11 a.m. The price per person is very reasonable.
Throughout Metro Area: IHOP
It's sometimes easy to dismiss a national chain, but IHOP consistently delivers for breakfast. It changes up its menu with new breakfast concoctions, serves a pot of hot coffee to the table and has the best traditional pancake recipe around. The menu includes omelets, breakfast sandwiches, crepes and stuffed French Toast. Folks on the west side of the Metro-Detroit area have the farthest to drive to find an IHOP location: Middlebelt in Livonia.