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Detroit (Southfield): Any good breakfast spot (The breakfast club or else)?

kthan May 15, 2008 12:35 PM

I will be staying at Westin Southfield this Saturday. I am wondering if there's any good breakfast spots available nearby. I found that "the breakfast club" in madison heights are pretty good, but little far (10 miles?) from the hotel. If there's simiilar or better spots closer to the hotel, I'd go there. If not, is it really worth to drive there for breakfast? Any long wait expected Sunday morning? What to order (their specialties)? Same questions I need to ask for an alternative breakfast spot(s) you might recommend.

Thank you for your help in advance.

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    grouper May 15, 2008 04:29 PM

    I'm not too familiar with Southfield, but Fendale has some great spots. Toast on Woodward, north of 9 mile, is a wonderful place for breakfast/brunch. It could be a little busy on Sunday, but worth the wait. I don't know how far it is, but it will be closer than Madison Heights. Also, I've heard good things about the Fly Trap, also in Ferndale, but have not been and not sure exactly where it's located. Possibly someone else will let you know.

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    1. re: grouper
      Ludlows23 May 16, 2008 10:39 AM

      I've been to both Toast and Fly Trap on multiple occasions. They are both great, but I rank Toast "slightly" above Fly Trap - but just barely.

      Slightly north, in royal oak - Muse is GREAT, but very small so there is always a wait. You can call ahead for reservations. I know Lily's Seafood does a brunch with a Bloody Mary bar, but I've never been.

      RE: the original pancake house - this is NOT the "IHOP" chain - its a Birmingham landmark and is a pretty good breakfast - I just think that breakfast places have evolved and you can get more creative dishes elsewhere.

      Also - Fiddleheads does a breakfast - and they have a full bar if you want a breakfast cocktail too.

    2. JanPrimus May 15, 2008 05:05 PM


      I much prefer the Birmingham location but the Southfield one is still better than most places. They have some great bacon!

      Also it is a bit of a hike but down in Redford is Gest Omelettes. It is much better tasting than the 14 mile location but it is a bit more blue collar. Im a big fan of their Corned Beef Hash.

      25906 Plymouth Rd
      Redford, MI 48239-2104
      Phone: (313) 937-3540

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      1. re: JanPrimus
        boagman May 15, 2008 06:37 PM

        Dear heaven...Original Pancake House? Avoid this trap...it's an uber-priced Denny's mock-up. Never in my life have I understood the appeal of this chain.

        Really, a *fantastic* breakfast spot for you would be Frittata's in Clawson. And yes, it's a bit farther than 10 minutes from you, but would definitely be worth the drive. It's not the cheapest breakfast you'll ever have, but it's no more expensive than Original Pancake House, and about twenty times better than that place. The quality of the ingredients and presentation at Frittata's is absolutely fantastic.

        It's on Main Street, south of 14 Mile Road, on the west side of the street. Worth your time and money.

        1. re: boagman
          willygreen May 20, 2008 06:42 AM

          I agree. OPH sucks

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        xman887 May 15, 2008 09:22 PM

        try the beverly hills grill on southfield road just north of 13 mile. can't find a web site but this city search page is helpful


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        1. re: xman887
          Docsknotinn May 17, 2008 03:03 AM

          I haven't returned in a long time as I rarely get over that way but I second the Beverly Hills Grill.

        2. coney with everything May 16, 2008 05:59 AM

          Berkley Breakfast Cafe is run by a former Breakfast Club cook, I believe--good if you want a "fancy" breakfast.

          Although I haven't had breakfast there yet, Sweet Lorraine's in Southfield, on Greenfield just north of 12 Mile, has great and interesting food and they recently started serving breakfast on the weekends.

          If you're looking for a basic 2-eggs-over-easy type brekkie, Alia's on Greenfield just north of 11 Mile is good--potatoes there usually fantastic. Same plaza as Restaurant Warehouse which is a fun browse on Saturday mornings. Also Alex's in Berkley on 12 Mile for basic breakfast--get ham which is their best breakfast meat.

          I'd vote for Sweet Lorraine's just on the strength of the menu and experience of their lunch/dinner. And it's an easy drive from the Westin


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            cherie May 16, 2008 11:26 AM

            Really close to you in Southfield is Sunrise Cafe, and it's pretty good. Also Plaza Deli is very close.
            If you want to drive a bit but still stay in Southfield, Beverly Hills Grill is excellent.

            1. coney with everything May 21, 2008 05:29 AM

              So kthan, where did you end up eating?

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