Who doesn’t love breakfast? Especially on a Saturday or Sunday morning. I use the word ‘morning’ very loosely because my husband and I usually like to get breakfast around 11 am or noon. This may technically be qualified as brunch, but I prefer to call it breakfast. Here are my top four favorite breakfast places in Metro Detroit.
This joint makes the list not only because it’s right in Berkley where we live, but because the food is awesome. Everything we have tried is an instant favorite. Portions are big. Splitting is a good option here if you’re looking to save a buck or a few calories. Another thing I love about this place is the real maple syrup that comes with the sweeter dishes. It’s delicious and there’s not an upcharge for it.
Recommendation: My husband and I usually split the Hamilton Omelet. It is a big, fluffy omelet with thick-cut ham and cheddar cheese. It comes with a heaping plate of crispy, flavorful hash browns and two pieces of toast.
This is a teeny, tiny breakfast only place in Clawson that specializes in-you guessed it- frittatas. Everything we have tried here has been really good and the orange juice is fresh squeezed and delicious. The atmosphere is cozy. Good for couples and threesomes, it would be tough to show up with six people and get a table together.
Recommendation: The lemon ricotta pancakes. They might be the best pancakes I’ve had. Light, fluffy and very sweet.
This place. Right in the heart of Ferndale,the whole place is outfitted in rich, blonde wood. Like the other places, everything I have had here is good. This place is known for its bloody Mary bar. Finlandia vodka, McClure’s bloody mix, and all the traditional stuff. I’m not a fan of bloody Marys, so I can’t give a first-hand account, but the husband tells me they are awesome.
Recommendation: The vanilla cinnamon French toast. It’s more like a dessert, but there is nothing wrong with that in my book.
The Original Pancake House
Be warned; if you want breakfast between the hours of 7am and 5pm there will be a line here; a long line. Every time I have ever been here, the line has been out the door whether it is hot and sunny or cold and rainy. The wait is always a minimum of 45 minutes and that’s if you’re lucky. I have to admit, though, it’s worth the wait. I mean, it’s called the pancake house, but everything here is good. The orange juice is fresh squeezed and thick with pulp. Another thing to be aware of is the portions. They say the omelets are made from three eggs, but I’m pretty sure they’re made from at least five. They are mammoth. You will need a friend to help you get through it.
Recommendation: Obviously the pancakes are awesome, but if you’re looking for something different, I would recommend a giant omelet. Just…be warned.