HOME > Chowhound > Great Lakes >
What are you cooking today? Tell us about it
TELL US

Fifty Years - DTW

rainsux Jan 21, 2013 05:01 AM

What Detroit restaurants have endured fifty, count'm 50, years - or more?

My list, in no particular order:

Scotty Simpson's (Fish & Chips), 1950
Marcus (Burgers), 1929
Gonellas (Subs), 194x
Buddy's (Pizza), 1936
Hunter House (Burgers), 1952
Brays (Burgers), 1950
Motz (Burgers), 1929
Daly's (full service restaurant), 1948
Walt's (Coney), 1936
Bob E's Super Chief (Coney), 195x
Dakota Inn Rathskeller (German), 1933
Metzger's (German - Ann Arbor), 1928
Ruggero's (Italian - Flint), 1958
Halo Burger (Flint), 1923
Buscemi's (Pizza & Subs), 1955

Whaddya got for the list? Let's exclude the mega-chains, okay? (McD, Dominos, Little Caesars, etc)

  1. ALPOE Apr 20, 2013 04:37 PM

    Wyoming Lunch in Dearborn 1942

    2 Replies
    1. re: ALPOE
      momskitchen Apr 20, 2013 07:33 PM

      Got to try the Wyoming Lunch - never been there...

      1. re: momskitchen
        ALPOE Apr 21, 2013 09:57 AM

        Wyoming Lunch does have a website,,, I hope it's OK to post it on this site,,,, http://wyominglunch.webs.com/

        Here's a review I did ENJOY,,,,,,,,,,

        Super Nice Truck Stop Meals, Fast Friendly Service

        I'm kinda confused since the sign out front says since 1942 and the carry menu says since 1965 oh well really does not matter, shame on me last time I are here was around 1980 and the place still plates up hot fabulous breakfast and meals. Opening in the wee hours of the morning at 4:30 am those truckers was a hot mega breakfast with piping hot coffee to get that cross country drive started. A mega sized parking lot for a dozen plus semi's and plenty for cars too.
        The interior is a throw back in time with a double u shaped counter and amazingly clean tables, booths and stools. The menu is a classic family style breakfast along with super American and Greek lunch specials, a little something for everyone. We had the chicken lunch along with Salisbury steak, mashed taters,corn and really tasty veggie soup. A true family run place by Pete who started working there at 4 years old for his dad. They pride themselves on super fast service inside or for take out,yes it's so fast is your in a hurry. Love this old school place and you will too. Just off the corner of I-94 and Wyoming be sure to stop in for a quick bite at fantastic prices. ENJOY Hurry they close at 3 pm and take Sunday off for a day of rest.

    2. rainsux Apr 20, 2013 03:03 PM

      Nip & Tuck Diner, 195x, Berkley

      1. rainsux Feb 23, 2013 01:39 PM

        Added Mt. Chalet ...

        The count is now up to sixty-six [66]:

        Zehnder's, 1856
        Holly Hotel, 1863
        Seitz Tavern, 1874
        Roma Cafe, 1890
        Jacoby's, 1904
        Inverness Inn, 1907
        American Coney Island, 1914
        Lafayette Coney Island, 1914
        Coral Gables, 192x, East Lansing
        Emil's Italian, 192x, Lansing
        Duly's Coney, 1923
        Kewpee Burger, 1923, Lansing
        Halo Burger, 1923, Flint
        Metzger's (German - Ann Arbor), 1928
        Marcus (Burgers), 1929
        Motz (Burgers), 1929
        Washtenaw Dairy, 1931
        Tony Packo's, 1932
        Dakota Inn Rathskeller (German), 1933
        Haab's, 1934
        Buddy's (Pizza), 1936
        Walt's (Coney), 1936
        Webers Inn, 1937
        Brown Jug, 1938
        Iva's Chicken Dinners, 1938, Sterling (not Heights)
        Lelli's, 1939
        Guernsey Dairy, 1940
        Miller's Bar, 1941
        Bob Jo's Frozen Custard, 1947
        Calders Dairy, 1947
        Greene's, 1947
        Carter's Hambergs, 1948
        Wheeler's, 194x, Standish
        Frank's Italian, 1952
        Mason's Burgers, 1948
        Gonellas (Subs), 194x
        Sinbad's, 194x
        Daly's (full service restaurant), 1948
        Knapp's Dairy Bar, 1950
        Scotty Simpson's (Fish & Chips), 1950
        Brays (Burgers), 1950
        Hunter House (Burgers), 1952
        Blimpy, 1953
        Cloverleaf Pizza, 1953
        Original Pancake House, 1953
        Pasquale's, 1954
        Buscemi's, 1955
        Luigi's, 1955, Flint
        Steak Hut, 1955
        Green Lantern (Pizza), 1955
        Tony's, 1956, Birch Run
        Darrow's, 1957, Mackinaw City
        Clawson Steakhouse, 1958
        Gabriel Cheesesteak, Ypsi, 1958
        Ray's Ice Cream, 1958
        Ruggero's (Italian - Flint), 1958
        Original Romano's, 1959
        Bob E's Super Chief (Coney), 195x
        Hygrade Deli, 1952
        Exit Restaurant, 1952, Birch Run
        Vince's Italian, 1960
        Como's, 1961
        Family Treat, 1961
        Fraser's Pub, 1962
        Stage Deli, 1962
        Mt. Chalet, 1962

        1. ALPOE Feb 21, 2013 05:14 PM

          Tony's I-75 Restaurant - Birch Run, MI 1956

          1. ALPOE Feb 21, 2013 05:03 PM

            Iva's Chicken Dinners Sterling, Mi. 1938

            1 Reply
            1. re: ALPOE
              coney with everything Feb 22, 2013 05:01 AM

              Wheelers in Standish--my mom remembered eating there in the 1940s

            2. g
              GaryatMSU Feb 21, 2013 02:29 PM

              Coral Gables in East Lansing dates back to 1920's.
              Emil's Italian Restaurant in Lansing opened in 20's or 30's.
              Kewpee's in Lansing may be more than 50 years old, also.
              Luigi's in Flint.
              Exit Restaurant in Birch Run.

              2 Replies
              1. re: GaryatMSU
                b
                boagman Feb 21, 2013 03:04 PM

                Wait...there's a restaurant in Birch Run that's *actually called* "Exit Restaurant"? That's almost worth a visit for the name alone.

                1. re: GaryatMSU
                  ALPOE Feb 21, 2013 04:54 PM

                  on the July 4th weekend of 1963, Duane and Chuck opened the doors to the Exit Drive-Inn, complete with 10 counter stools and car hops

                2. rainsux Feb 18, 2013 08:39 AM

                  Jacoby's, 1904
                  Lou's Deli, 195x

                  1. ALPOE Feb 17, 2013 04:40 PM

                    Hygrade Deli 1952

                    Miller's Bar 1941

                    Bob Jo's Frozen Custard Wyandotte 1947

                    Franks Italian Wyandotte 1952

                    Carter's Hamburgers Dearborn 1948

                    1. rainsux Feb 17, 2013 12:41 PM

                      I have summarized this list in chronological order. Added
                      Green Lantern and Heidelberg

                      Zehnder's, 1856
                      Holly Hotel, 1863
                      Seitz Tavern, 1874
                      Roma Cafe, 1890
                      Inverness Inn, 1907
                      American Coney Island, 1914
                      Lafayette Coney Island, 1914
                      Duly's Coney, 1923
                      Halo Burger (Flint), 1923
                      Metzger's (German - Ann Arbor), 1928
                      Marcus (Burgers), 1929
                      Motz (Burgers), 1929
                      Washtenaw Dairy, 1931
                      Tony Packo's, 1932
                      Dakota Inn Rathskeller (German), 1933
                      Haab's, 1934
                      Buddy's (Pizza), 1936
                      Walt's (Coney), 1936
                      Webers Inn, 1937
                      Brown Jug, 1938
                      Lelli's, 1939
                      Guernsey Dairy, 1940
                      Calders Dairy, 1947
                      Greene's, 1947
                      Mason's Burgers, 1948
                      Gonellas (Subs), 194x
                      Sinbad's, 194x
                      Daly's (full service restaurant), 1948
                      Knapp's Dairy Bar, 1950
                      Scotty Simpson's (Fish & Chips), 1950
                      Brays (Burgers), 1950
                      Hunter House (Burgers), 1952
                      Blimpy, 1953
                      Cloverleaf Pizza, 1953
                      Original Pancake House, 1953
                      Pasquale's, 1954
                      Buscemi's (Pizza & Subs), 1955
                      Steak Hut, 1955
                      Green Lantern (Pizza), 1955
                      Clawson Steakhouse, 1958
                      Gabriel Cheesesteak, Ypsi, 1958
                      Ray's Ice Cream, 1958
                      Ruggero's (Italian - Flint), 1958
                      Original Romano's, 1959
                      Bob E's Super Chief (Coney), 195x
                      Hygrade Deli, 195x
                      Vince's Italian, 1960
                      Como's, 1961
                      Family Treat, 1961
                      Fraser's Pub, 1962
                      Stage Deli, 1962

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: rainsux
                        tokyo Feb 22, 2013 05:22 AM

                        Great list, rainsux.
                        It looks like this post has expanded to include all of Michigan? Here's another-
                        Darrow's, Mackinaw City, 1957

                      2. ALPOE Feb 16, 2013 07:04 PM

                        VINCE'S Italian SW Detroit 1960

                        Duly's Coney SW Detroit 1923

                        Calders Dairy Lincoln Park 1947

                        Steak Hut Detroit 1955

                        Mason's Burger's Livonia 1948

                        Family Treat SW Detroit 1961

                        2 Replies
                        1. re: ALPOE
                          v
                          VTB Feb 16, 2013 09:21 PM

                          Vince's Italian in SW Detroit---good call, can't believe I missed that.

                          1. re: ALPOE
                            rainsux Feb 17, 2013 12:23 PM

                            Excellent additions; and, your post got us to 50 listings. I am
                            excluding Miller's Bar, because I cannot find any info re: their
                            history ... and they were somewhat uncooperative on the phone.

                          2. rainsux Feb 16, 2013 02:42 AM

                            Lile's (Ham, pastrami, split pea soup), 1961

                            1. rainsux Feb 3, 2013 02:57 PM

                              We've ventured as far north as Frankenmuth and as far west as Chelsea. Inspite of the Michigan:Ohio war, it's only fair to include Toledo ... (after all, I think Michigan won over the long
                              haul. <g>)

                              Tony Packo's, 1932

                              1. rainsux Feb 2, 2013 08:38 AM

                                Lelli's, 1939

                                1. m
                                  Mosco Jan 30, 2013 06:29 AM

                                  Uh.... Zehnder's (sorry, someone had to do it), I think it started like 150 years ago.

                                  1. tokyo Jan 30, 2013 05:31 AM

                                    Cloverleaf- 1953

                                    1. b
                                      berkleybabe Jan 26, 2013 08:04 PM

                                      Not a restaurant but a great source for all things good since 1954 - Holiday Market. I remember my Austrian grandpa who lived with us going there to get kidneys, etc. for his breakfasts.

                                      1. t
                                        TJ Jackson Jan 23, 2013 04:18 PM

                                        Never been to Detroit in my life, but

                                        http://www.fancymag.com/images/coneyi...

                                        3 Replies
                                        1. re: TJ Jackson
                                          v
                                          VTB Jan 23, 2013 08:06 PM

                                          C'mon TJ, you've never done a couple few hour road trip to the Motor City? We've come down to Cincy. What's up?

                                          1. re: TJ Jackson
                                            Davwud Jan 24, 2013 04:20 AM

                                            It's worth doing TJ. We did the head to head comparison one day.

                                            DT

                                            1. re: TJ Jackson
                                              t
                                              TJ Jackson Jan 24, 2013 09:29 AM

                                              I expect I'll get there eventually, fellas

                                              I did go to Chicago for one day a few years back specifically for a pizza at Lou Malnati's and an italian beef at Mr Beef on Orleans....so its certainly not out of the question at some point

                                              I have elementary school age kids tho, so my time is not remotely my own for now

                                            2. rainsux Jan 23, 2013 09:22 AM

                                              Holly Hotel, 1863.

                                              1. rainsux Jan 23, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                Original Pancake House, June 30, 1953
                                                Monty's Grill, 195x

                                                1. rainsux Jan 22, 2013 09:10 PM

                                                  Knapp's Dairy Bar, 1950

                                                  1. rainsux Jan 22, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                    Stage Deli, 1962
                                                    Ivanhoe Cafe, 1909
                                                    Chicken Shack, 1956

                                                    1. rainsux Jan 22, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                      The Original Romano's (Pizza), 1959

                                                      1. a
                                                        alphaomegaX Jan 22, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                        Pasquale's, Royal Oak (1954).

                                                        1. rainsux Jan 22, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                          Hygrade Deli, 195x

                                                          1. m
                                                            Michigan Mishuganer Jan 22, 2013 06:09 AM

                                                            in Ann Arbor:
                                                            Washtenaw Dairy (1931)
                                                            Knights?
                                                            Fraser's Pub (1962)

                                                            1 Reply
                                                            1. re: Michigan Mishuganer
                                                              b
                                                              bellmont Jan 22, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                              Knights Steak House in A2 was founded in 1983 - a newbie.
                                                              Still serving great steaks.

                                                            2. momskitchen Jan 21, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                              Blimpy Burger (1953), Webers (1937) and Brown Jug (1938) in Ann Arbor. Inverness Inn (1907) and Seitz Tavern (1874) in Chelsea

                                                              3 Replies
                                                              1. re: momskitchen
                                                                v
                                                                VTB Jan 21, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                Whoa! Do you rec either of those two 100+ yr places in Chelsea?

                                                                1. re: VTB
                                                                  momskitchen Jan 29, 2013 07:22 AM

                                                                  Seitz Tavern usually has a homestyle lunch or dinner option every day - like the meatloaf CB mentions, or roast beef. I mostly go there to have a cocktail while waiting to get a table at the Common Grill. CG will call Seitz to let you know your table is ready and to come on over. It still looks just like it must have looked in the 1930s. Inverness Inn has more food - good burger, fish and chips. Typical bar food. I like it.

                                                                2. re: momskitchen
                                                                  c
                                                                  charlesbois Jan 22, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                  Ah Seitz's Tavern. It's 1870s meets 1950s by way of the 1930s. I haven't been there in years, maybe even decades by now. The last time I was there, I used a pay phone to call my mom to come pick me up after taking the AATA to Chelsea. (Chelsea being the last stop before you hit the sticks.) The lunch special was meatloaf, and it was under $5, I'm thinking $3.80?

                                                                  I really hope it's kept the same character, maybe with a few minor updates, especially since Chelsea has started doing so much to preserve historic spots.

                                                                3. a
                                                                  aea6574 Jan 21, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                                  Guernsey is still going strong and has some of the best ice cream and chicken around.

                                                                  1. v
                                                                    VTB Jan 21, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                                    Ray's Ice Cream of Royal Oak (1958)... yum!
                                                                    http://www.raysicecream.com/

                                                                    ps--I think Buddy's is 1946 rather than 1936, but I'm a relative newbie.

                                                                    1. Davwud Jan 21, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                                      I believe Miller's Bar fits into this category. As do Lafayette and American Coney Island.

                                                                      DT

                                                                      1. r
                                                                        RedTop Jan 21, 2013 07:16 AM

                                                                        Sindbad's On The River 194x

                                                                        1. rainsux Jan 21, 2013 06:38 AM

                                                                          Clawson Steakhouse, 1958
                                                                          Comos Pizza, 1961

                                                                          1. j
                                                                            Jim M Jan 21, 2013 06:34 AM

                                                                            Roma Cafe (Italian) is up to 120 years, if I'm not mistaken—1890. Also the original Gabriel's cheese steak shop in Ypsilanti opened in 1958 and still has its original awning.

                                                                            1. c
                                                                              charlesbois Jan 21, 2013 05:19 AM

                                                                              Greene's (burgers)
                                                                              Haab's (Ypsilanti)

                                                                              3 Replies
                                                                              1. re: charlesbois
                                                                                rainsux Jan 21, 2013 05:26 AM

                                                                                Thank you! I couldn't find a founding date for Greene's,
                                                                                so I called them. First opened in 1947

                                                                                Haab's (full service restaurnt), 1934

                                                                                1. re: charlesbois
                                                                                  c
                                                                                  charlesbois Feb 22, 2013 06:24 AM

                                                                                  Oh and Chick Inn in Ypsilanti, but I don't know the exact year

                                                                                  1. re: charlesbois
                                                                                    c
                                                                                    charlesbois Feb 24, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                    Chick Inn is 1953

                                                                                Show Hidden Posts