Upscale Diner

Best Breakfasts: Metro D's Upscale Diner Food


When the weekend rolls around, your first inclination might be to sleep through breakfast. But with so many great breakfast and brunch options in Metro Detroit, it would be a shame to skip the first meal of the day.

Set your alarm if you must and head out for a great morning meal at one of the following sophisticated diners in southeast Michigan:

Rose’s Fine Food

Made from scratch dishes with local ingredients are the bread and butter at Rose’s, where you’d be lucky to start out any day of the week. Try the Bang-Bang Breakfast Rice (fried rice tossed with Detroit-grown mushrooms, greens, sesame-ginger sauce and two fried eggs), Hot Lamb Bling (braised lamb served over grits with candied carrots and two fried eggs) or Zan’s Buckwheat Pancakes (served with Michigan maple syrup).

The not-so-average diner is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Whistle Stop Diner

If you were a fan of Mae’s (R.I.P.), you will certainly love the Whistle Stop Diner, located in Pleasant Ridge, as well. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, you have plenty opportunity to get your breakfast fix.

Order Las Migas (two scrambled eggs with poblano peppers, tomatoes, onions and Cheddar cheese), Cinnamon Roll French Toast or The Denver skillet (with two eggs, ham, peppers, onions, tomatoes and cheese). Also, consider taking advantage of the weekend-only eggs Benedict special: The Crabber, a dish made with fresh crab cakes, poached eggs and Hollandaise and Sriracha sauce.

Parks and Rec

Found in the Grand Army of the Republic building in Detroit, this diner offers classic breakfast favorites alongside a few unique items. Dishes on the menu are made with locally sourced ingredients from Seely Farms and Guernsey Dairy.

Start your day off with a Honey and Whipped Cheese Crepe (made with local honey and chevre cheese), Steak Tips and Eggs (locally raised beef topped with poached egg) or build your own hash, omelette or Benedict. Make sure to time your meal during business hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends.

If you can’t get enough of upscale diner food, also check out The Fleetwood Diner of Ann Arbor and The Fly Trap in Ferndale. Don’t forget, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so eat up!