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Breakfast in Detroit - Tomorrow.

Hey guys, coming up to Detroit (from her home in Toledo) for Mom's birthday tomorrow. Already have dinner reservations, but as we're planning on going north to Sommerset and driving back down to the DIA and dinner, looking for a great breakfast option along the way. I've read the menus at Toast Ferndale and Cafe Muse as well as Wolfgang Pucks.

While quality is certainly number one, I know my mom and since it is her special day I want to make sure she enjoys it, so I guess what I'm looking for is a place that serves awesome and unique crepes/waffles/french toast/pancakes in sizeable portions. As I've never been to any of the above (or any breakfast spot in Detroit actually) I'm curious on opinions.

Additionally, I see Forte serves breakfast as does the Beverly Hills Grill, but I can't see menus. How about the Casinos, do any of them do a nice breakfast spread at their buffets and/or restaurants?


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  1. Frittata in Clawson. Not only do they do frittatas (which are quite good, BTW), they have excellent "freedom" toast done in some interesing ways, and usually have a special that way, too.

    Don't think that they do pancakes or waffles, though...they're just not that, uh, "pedestrian" a breakfast spot, I guess.

    1. Personally, Forte and Beverly Hills Grill would be my top 2 choices. I've heard that the Townsend does a very nice brunch too, but I've never been.

      If you cannot peruse the menus on their websites, I bet you can still google them and find some reviews. Forte only recently added breakfast, so there will be some very recent reviews in the local newspapers. They'd probably also fax or email menus to you if you asked.

      1. All good choices. I like the 'cakes at Toast. I alsio like the pancake sandwich at Orignal House of Pancakes (tho I know they've been dissed here). You might also look at the menus for Sweet Lorraine's (Greenfield north of 12 Mile) - she has crepes and her own take on French toast or Berkley Breakfast Cafe (Coolidge north of 11 Mile) for rich, elaborate Fr toast and 'cakes. All of these are convenient to a trip to Somerset

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        1. re: berkleygary

          It seemed to me that the poster was looking for something a little more upscale, but just for the record, I'm a huge fan of the Original House of Pancakes too.

          1. re: berkleygary

            Yeah, I was the one that got dissed for saying I like OPH. I have been to Frittata's twice since that exchange and can still say that I like OPH. Yes it is breakfast standards but they are done well. The only problem I have with them is the damn line.

          2. All the places mentioned so far are great, but Cafe Zola in Ann Arbor specializes in crepes.

            1. The Beverly Hills Grill would easilly be my pick. Excellent menu and service.

              1. I know I'm too late for the OP, but my 2 cents on Forte's breakfast were NOT GOOD... The menu was promising, but we just had VERY bad service - we had to ask for everything, down to sugar for our coffee and spoons to stir with (which we never got and were sitting on the sidewalk of Birmingham, stirring our coffee with our knives...) Food was prepared well, but timing was very off and by the time it got to us it was cool, not warm or hot. Everyone else seemed to have the same experience.

                I'm interested in hearing where you ended up. I did a similar search for myself this weekend, and couldn't find a lot of good CHOW advice for Detroit area brunches. I was heading downtown myself, ended up at Majestic Cafe, which was good - not great.

                Also - to add to the list - both D'Amato's and Lily's Seafood in Royal Oak are serving breakfast/brunches. I haven't checked out either.

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                1. re: Ludlows23

                  I didn't know Lilly's served breakfast. We've been there for dinner and service was not the best but the food was good.

                  1. re: Docsknotinn

                    As it was mom's birthday, we ended up at the Detroit Breakfast House and Grill for breakfast, followed by Sommerset for a bit and then the DIA, and then Iridescence for dinner. I'll post reviews in a bit, along with pics. Breakfast house was decent, but I'd not go back. My meal was fantastic, as was moms, but my aunt's was pretty bad and the coffee took 14 minutes between refills.

                    1. re: uhockey

                      Second on Detroit Breakfast House. I've had great food there, but it's inconsistent. If they'd sweat the details a bit more they'd have a winner down there--it's a nice space, convenient, and a good place to people-watch (supposedly the Kwamster and Christine would lift a cup of coffee there at times, and maybe still do).

                      1. re: Jim M

                        Kwame and Christine? Hope the restaurant sterilized everything they touched.

                        Uhockey--you had one full Detroit Day! Looking forward to your review and pics.

                        1. re: coney with everything

                          I wonder if they charged it to the city expense account? LOL

                          1. re: Docsknotinn

                            of course they did. i would wonder if they did not tab it to the taxpayers.....

                  2. re: Ludlows23

                    Both are decent but I'm pretty sure they only serve breakfast/brunch on Sundays. D'Amato's has a killer gypsy jazz band and bottomless drink specials to boot.

                  3. I bet Kwame's experience was better than ours.
                    My yelp review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/detroits-brea...