Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Detroit and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Pegasus Taverna thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Lafayette – Coney Island, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.


An adventuresome Cajun and Creole menu spices things up at this popular restaurant, whose ambience is all Big Easy. Take delight in jambalaya and muffuletta sandwiches, or try tender, juicy Whiskey Ribs, which elicit high praise and demand a big appetite. Fish entrees include pecan sole, bronzed flounder, and a homestyle fried catfish filet. Come early on weekends if you plan to beat the crowds; otherwise, make your way to the bar, order a drink, and take in the scenery while you wait.

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Farmington Hills

Serving food created by students enrolled in the community college's culinary arts program (and staffed by them), this cafe is a wonderful place to get delicious food at fantastic prices. Certainly, there will be a few glitches as a result of the learning process, but the benefits far outweigh the slight discrepancies. Patrons can expect to find hamburgers, sandwiches, and a salad bar, along with hot entrees like veal marsala, honey-fried chicken, and shrimp cake-stuffed lake trout with cheese grits. A bakery is also available, and lunch buffets are a seasonal treat, along with fine dining lunches and high teas.

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Wayne State Area

This local favorite is famous for its onsite brewpub, bakery, and dairy. A changing menu offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare, all bearing that unmistakable "made from scratch" tastiness – meatloaf and fish 'n chips are excellent choices. Dessert is not to be overlooked either, thanks to offerings like the Carlotta Chocolatta Ice Cream Cheesecake. Exceptional sundaes are a safe bet too.

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Detroit wouldn't be the same without the famous junk food from this downtown staple, where hot dogs, chili, and fries have been elevated to art forms. Stop in late at night, and you'll find Coney Island packed with everybody from city cops to All-American Joes to local celebs, all just looking for some good-n-greasy food and a lively atmosphere. Saddle up at one of the counter stools and order away – one day, your doctor'll forbid you to eat food like this!

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This Mediterranean gem, located along Greektown's primary drag, serves wonderful, traditional favorites like grilled lamb chops, moussaka, scordalia, dolmades, and baklava. The charming restaurant also boasts an admirable selection of imported beers (Mythos, anyone?) and Greek wines. Pegasus, widely regarded as one of the city's best places for Greek cuisine, tends to get packed on weekends and at lunchtime, so it's best to show up early if you don't want to wait.

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Royal Oak

A popular after-hours hangout for Royal Oak's trendier crowd, Pronto! offers a stylish menu whose European influences are apparent, including several deliciously innovative lunchtime delights and made-to-order deli-style sandwiches. The popular dishes, however, are the vegetarian lasagna, roulade made with hummus and avocado, and a grilled chicken and pepper jack sandwich called "Chuck's Too Hot To Handle." The restaurant and bar are separated but still allow for easy movement. After the restaurant winds down, the bar side begins to rev up, and it's a great place to go and have a cocktail or late night appetizer.

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Wayne State Area

Boasting a long history that dates from the early decades of the 20th century, the building that now houses Union Street still features Art Deco accents and mood-setting neon. It's a place that welcomes all patrons, from those clad in suits to those sporting body piercings. While the place can get loud when busy, it's a fun scene, and the abundant food is agreeably good. Whitefish pâté, a local favorite, makes for a tasty starter, and the globe-sweeping menu includes the house meatloaf, pastas, steaks, hot sandwiches, and plenty of salads. A low-key bar scene is also part of the package. NB Sunday brunch is not served during the summer.

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Laying claim to "Detroit's #1 Square Deep Dish Pizza," Buddy's has been plying local folks with terrific pies since 1946. The place now has a handful of locations in the metro area, and this Dearborn branch is a favorite. Loud, cozy, and full of life, it's frequented by lots of families, and it has a number of TVs that are usually tuned to sports. Homemade dough, Wisconsin cheeses, and lots of toppings mean great pizzas – everything from a gourmet veggie to a chicken fajita pie is available, not to mention all the in-between varieties! Not in the mood? Pastas, burgers, sandwiches, and salads are sure to suffice.

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Although its decor may be a little dated, and the presence of a uniform-wearing mannequin and red-tinged lights gives some diners pause, this long-lived eatery is reputed to serve the area's best burgers. Cooked to order and topped with your choice of 20-some options, they're the definite menu favorite, along with onion rings. If you're intent on venturing beyond ground beef, Redcoat also serves a terrific chicken pot pie, an elegant and large house salad, fish and chips, and an English prime rib dinner, complete with Yorkshire pudding. The restaurant's beer list is also extensive and earns high marks, as do late serving hours. Weekend waits are common.

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