Best Places to Eat Lunch in Downtown Detroit

With Quicken Loans moving 2,000 more team members to Downtown Detroit a couple weeks ago, I diligently accepted the challenge of taste-testing some grub at Downtown restaurants to bring to you the seven best places to grab lunch.

It was a daunting task.

Who would want to go around and eat lunch at some great spots and write an article about their experiences?  Life is so rough sometimes, but I sucked it up and decided to welcome this task with open arms.

Alas, after many meals – and many bouts of heartburn – the list is complete.  Please note that the restaurants are listed in alphabetical order, not in order of preference.

1.  Bucharest Grill

At a restaurant which has the slogan “Get Your Shwarma On,” I really only have one recommendation for you.  Get the shwarma.  It’s so good that 97.1 The Ticket didn’t stop talking about it for two weeks after they had their first bite of the heaven in a pita that is their shwarma.  If you’re walking there from the Campus Martius area, I would strongly recommend calling ahead of time and placing your order, so it is waiting for you when you get there.  It can get pretty crazy during lunchtime, so plan accordingly.

2.  CK Mediterranean Grille

If Mediterranean food is your thing, don’t look any further than CK Mediterranean Grille.  Situated on Monroe Street just east of Farmer, CK is a great place to pick up a quick bite to eat.  You can grab your food and be out the door in 10 minutes flat, but beware of having garlic breath for the rest of the day.  I know this place is a fan favorite amongst my team members, and it never disappoints.  Try the Chicken Shwarma or the Falafel.  You really can’t go wrong.

3.  Coney Islands

To save any controversy and the start of perhaps a civil war, I’m going to lump American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island into one category.  Both have a ferociously loyal fan base, both have unbelievably delicious coney dogs.  Everyone likes their coneys a different way, so my suggestion to you would be what my friend and I did – go to each one, grab a coney and fries, and make the decision yourself.   Personally, I’m a Lafayette guy.  There’s just something about the snap of their hot dogs.

4.  Detroit Beer Co.

One of my favorite restaurants in Downtown Detroit, hands down.  Not only is it a great place to grab a drink after work at (you can choose from a variety of beers on tap that are brewed in house), it is also an awesome spot to grab a quick bite to eat.  You can choose from pub favorites such as buffalo wings or boneless BBQ rib sliders or go with one of their stellar sandwiches.  I have yet to have a bad meal there.  Personally, I have become awfully fond of their “Hair of the Dog” burger, which is a half pound patty topped with a fried egg and smoked bacon.  Think breakfast meets burger.  It’s incredible.

5.  Fountain Bistro

If you’re looking for a little more of an upscale place to grab a bite to eat, look no further than Fountain Bistro in Campus Martius.  When the weather is nice, you can sit outside on the patio with the sounds of the fountain in the background or you can choose to sit inside in a small, but cozy environment.  Friends of mine enjoyed the grilled salmon (glazed with maple syrup and soy sauce with hints of orange), but I loved the fried oyster po’ boy.

6.  Grand Trunk Pub

For atmosphere alone, Grand Trunk Pub is hard to beat.  Grand Trunk Pub is home to over 170 craft beers throughout the year.  I suppose a cool perk is its passport club where drinking 25 beers gets you a free appetizer, 50 gets you a free t-shirt, 75 lands you a $20 gift certificate and 100 gives you membership to their exclusive mug club.  I wouldn’t advise trying  to do it all in one night, let alone during lunchtime, but it could be a goal to strive for.  I always get stuck between their classic Shepard’s Pie or the patty melt.  Both are delicious.

7.  Lunchtime Global

Lunchtime Global is probably the best kept secret of Downtown Detroit.  It’s sort of tucked away inside of the First National Building on Congress, east of Woodward.  It has phenomenal homemade soups (try the chicken tortilla or New England clam chowder), but what it’s primarily known for are the sandwiches.  All of the sandwiches are served on freshly baked focaccia bread and are big enough to eat a half for lunch and a half for dinner.  My personal favorite is The Bistro: smoked turkey, red onions, romaine lettuce, brie cheese and garlic aioli.  I’ve probably gone two to three times a week since my friend introduced it to me and have yet to be disappointed.

There you have it.  Go out.  Eat.  Drink (after work, of course).  Be merry.  Enjoy yourself and spread the word about these great restaurants in Downtown Detroit.

 

Eric Mally is a writer for Quicken Loans, an amazing place to work.  Find out more about being a part of our team at Quicken Loans and learn how we Amaze our clients.

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8 Responses to Best Places to Eat Lunch in Downtown Detroit

  1. Rebecca November 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Don’t forget Orchid Thai! And El Guapo (otherwise known as the Taco Truck).

    And no culinary visit to downtown Detroit is truly complete without a visit to Heavenly Chicken and Waffles on Monroe.

    I could go on, but I’ll stop there.

  2. Lisa L November 16, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Detroit Coney Islands are the bomb diggity! I lived in Lansing for a long time and there was not one good coney place.

  3. Jason November 16, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Lunchtime Global is the best! One of my favorite places to eat in Detroit. I go there with my friends once in awhile.

  4. Charlie Wollborg November 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Tasty eats, Eric.

    I would definitely add the new Hudson Cafe ( http://hudson-cafe.com ) to the list and while they’re more midtown then downtown, I never miss and opportunity to eat at Avalon Bakehouse ( http://gowalla.com/spots/46257) or Slows To Go ( http://slowstogo.com ).

    - @CharlieCurve

  5. Amber Hunt November 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    You got all of my favorite spots! I’d also like to mention Heavenly Chicken &Waffles in Greektown – best potatoes EVERRRR.

    I’ve been meaning to venture a little outside downtown and hit up Sunday Dinner Company on Jefferson. It’s a SOUL FOOD BUFFET and it’s open every day (despite the misleading name).

  6. Clayton Closson November 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Checker Bar and Grill for a blue cheese burger. How you gonna not include that? And the wings at Sweet Water’s? And the schnitzel at Jacoby’s? How you gonna not include them?

    Son, I have a lot to teach you.

  7. Dave December 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    Hey everyone, LEFTY’S LOUNGE on cass ave across from waynes state in the Belcrest Apartments. !/2 lb burgers, pizza to die for, mixed green salads, any type of sandwich and 22 beers on tap. They also have 15 – 50 inch screen tvs to catch up on any game you need to get the scores. Banquet room in back with beautiful view to the pool. Outdoor dining and free wi/fi. great place! leftyslounge.com

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