Dining

Midtown is home to many of Detroit’s favorite restaurants, bars and cafes. Here are a few suggestions for your next visit!

Atlas Bistro, with its global cuisine, brings a deliciously unique flair to the City. Atlas offers diners the complete upscale dining experience – exquisite food, expertly prepared and presented in a classic and urban setting. The vintage bar beckons patrons and passersby alike to linger. Ask about their weekly incentives including Martini Monday and Tasting Tuesdays. 3111 Woodward Ave, 313-831-2241, www.atlasglobalbistro.com
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Byblos Café and Grill is your local Middle Eastern restaurant.  The atmosphere is such that you feel as if you are sitting in your kitchen at a family gathering. With catering, carryout, or dine-in available, let this vegetarian friendly restaurant cater your graduation party. Look for their new location, on Cass, coming soon. 87 W. Palmer, Detroit, 313-831-4420, www.bybloscafeandgrill.com

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Cass Cafe is a full bar and restaurant in an art gallery setting, featuring an abundance of healthy dishes as well as college fare.  The chef’s daily specials menu has kept the regulars coming back since 1993.  The architecture is contemporary with a nod toward the art that rotates through Cass Cafe’s walls every couple of months. 4620 Cass, Detroit, 313-831-1400, www.casscafe.com

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Cuisine, named Restaurant of the Year by the Detroit Free Press in 2002, offers world class wines and spirits, contemporary French-American fare and classic French desserts. Owner Chef Paul Grosz, student of Le Francais and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, expresses his on-going passion for fine food in this distinguished destination. 670 Lothrop, Detroit, 313-872-5110, www.cuisinedetroit.com

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Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes offers sweet and savory crepes, made to order, at a chic Midtown location. What began as a walk-up carry-out stand has grown to a foodie’s paradise. Enjoy a taste of France at the Park Shelton, just one block north of the Detroit Institute of Arts. 15 East Kirby, Detroit, 313-664-0490, www.goodgirlsgotopariscrepes.com

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Honest John’s starts the cocktail party early on Sundays and serves food every night until 2am, with healthy late night options you don’t have to feel guilty about. A favorite Cass Corridor hang-out. 488 Selden, Detroit, 313-832-5646, www.honestjohnsdetroit.com

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The Majestic Café, under the direction of a new chef Raven Crane, boasts an entirely new menu rooted in American comfort foods with a modern spin. Chef Raven’s approach emphasizes quality, fresh, ingredients – many from local suppliers. In the summer months, the Café will even feature produce grown in their organic community farming plot. 4120 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 313-833-9700, www.majesticdetroit.com

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Motor City Brewing Works has been committed to producing hand-crafted superior quality beer since 1994. Their beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized assuring maximum freshness & delicious flavor naturally. They hope you enjoy their labors as they contribute to the genuinely original exports of Detroit’s Cultural Center. A century of art, literature, music…and now beer and pizza, too. 470 West Canfield, 313-832-2700, www.motorcitybeer.com

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The Raw Cafe began as a very successful gourmet meal delivery service in 2007 and has since established a physical location. Discover the foods that heal through their diverse menu changing seasonally. Located just north of the Majestic Theater. 4160 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 313-778-9774, www.therawcafe.com

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Shangri-La is the area’s premiere all-day dim sum and authentic Cantonese restaurant. Literally translated, dim sum means “a little piece of the heart.” Owner Cholada Chan also serves incredible dishes that pay homage to her Thailand birthplace. 4710 Cass Avenue, Detroit, 313-974-7669, www.midtownshangri-la.com

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Third Street Detroit is a rustic urban oasis featuring a full bar with a wood-burning fireplace, shuffleboard, darts, free wifi and internet jukebox and an outdoor garden patio. Located on the corner of Third and Forest, just south of Wayne State University. 4626 Third, Detroit, 313-833-0603
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Traffic Jam and Snug restaurant is not only Michigan’s FIRST brew-pub, but an award-winning dairy and bakery as well.  Traffic Jam’s lunch and dinner feature an eclectic menu of vegetarian items, meat dishes and burgers, fresh fish, pastas and salads. Diners can also enjoy a delicious weekend brunch with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys. A Midtown institution since 1965. 511 West Canfield, Detroit, 313-831-9470, www.trafficjamdetroit.com

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Union Street’s vibrations come from their diverse and smooth mix of the crowd, where no one feels out of place.  It’s a family of regulars – the hip, urban crowd, the theater crowd as well as university professionals and students.  It’s an ever changing scene where everyone is part of the in-crowd.  Union Street doesn’t have TVs or live music – it’s a place to talk, renew friendships, create new ones and to be part of the scene. 4145 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 313-831-3965, www.unionstreetdetroit.com

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Wasabi offers traditional Korean food along with a Japanese side. Located in the Park Shelton, just one block north of the Detroit Institute of Arts, sushi is their skill and it is presented as succulent specialties. 15 E. Kirby, Detroit, 313-638-1272, www.wasabidetroit.com

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The Whitney, Detroit’s iconic restaurant in a Woodward Avenue mansion, appeals to contemporary tastes with its award-winning cuisine and unique flavors you’ll never forget.  The Whitney Gardens open June 1st for the summer season and have a freshened look, a new Tuesday-Friday half-off Happy Hour and a jam-packed entertainment schedule. 4421 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 313-832-5700, www.thewhitney.com

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Woodbridge Pub, voted Best Local Menu by Real Detroit Weekly readers in 2011, serves up history, trivia, and spirits as well. The Pub is built almost entirely from salvaged materials found throughout Metro Detroit.  The owner, Jim Geary, has devoted himself to Detroit and to the vibrant community found here. 5169 Trumbull, Detroit, 313-833-2701, www.woodbridgepub.com

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