Bacon, Pancakes & Omelets: Tasty Breakfast Options in Metro D

By: Toni Cunningham | October 17, 2014
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You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! In order to feel fully energized and ready for the day, it’s best to have a little something in your stomach before tackling your to-do list.

After a workweek of shoveling down a protein-packed bowl of oatmeal before running out the door, it’s time to treat yourself! This weekend, head out for a delicious and unique breakfast at one of the following restaurants in southeast Michigan.

Commonwealth, 300 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, makes its breakfast items fresh every morning (from scratch!) using local and organic ingredients. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily, and brunch is from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

Try one of the many tempting breakfast menu items including Common Toast (two slices of multigrain toast with guacamole, arugula, sesame seeds and sliced hard boiled egg), Mediterranean Quiche (eggs with feta cheese, spinach, red onion, olives and a side salad) and Vegan Sourdough Banana Pancakes (served with homemade Nutella).

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There are always plenty of assorted pastries, and you can add a side dish like bacon, homemade breakfast sausage, sweet potato hash or fresh fruit to any breakfast item.

Should you be there on the weekend for brunch, try the Buttermilk Waffle, Tandoori Chicken Salad or Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables.

Brooklyn Street Local, 1266 Michigan Ave., Detroit, is a diner in Corktown that also utilizes tons of local, organic ingredients, as well as whole foods. The laundry list of items made in-house include (but are not limited to) scones, pastry crusts, iced tea, peameal bacon and apple compote.

Start your day off with the Canuck Sandwich (a fried egg with peameal bacon, sharp cheddar cheese and apple compote served with roasted potatoes or a green salad), Banana Walnut Pancakes (made with organic bananas and topped with caramelized walnuts and Carncross Sugarbush maple syrup) or Breakfast Poutine (traditional Poutine with the addition of a sunny side up egg and bacon or tempeh).

The weekend brunch menu is similar, with the addition of items like Jay’s Grilled Cheese and Brunch Salad (with apples, strawberries, caramelized walnuts, bleu cheese, red onion and poached egg).

Breakfast is served Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and brunch is served on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crawford’s Kitchen, 542 Starkweather St., Plymouth Twp., is located in what’s known as Plymouth’s “Old Town,” and the quaint restaurant serves up some great breakfast dishes.

“Morning Station” items include Sausage & Cheese Croissandwiches (pan cooked omelet served on a warm croissant with fresh fruit salad on the side), the Spartan Omelet (with fresh baby spinach, crumbled feta cheese, diced onions and a pinch of dill) and Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed French Toast (stuffed with cream cheese, dipped in batter and fried until golden).

Breakfast at Crawford’s is served until noon on weekdays and all day on weekends, so you’re in luck whether you wake up right at the crack of dawn or sleep in until noon.

Coco Fairfield’s, 2959 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, prides itself on having a great selection of both health conscious and not-so-good-for-you breakfast items, so appetites of all types will be satisfied!

Whether you’re going indulgent or sticking with your diet, you’ll enjoy a freshly prepared meal and, quite possibly, some maple syrup from Doodle’s Sugarbush in Blanchard, or coffee from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor. What’s better than great breakfast? Local, great breakfast.

Order the Sunnyknoll Savory Waffle (sautéed red peppers, spinach, onions and parmesan cheese mixed into waffle batter, topped with an egg and hollandaise sauce), Pastrami Hash (with potato, onion and eggs) or Tyler’s Tofu Scramble (tofu sautéed with spinach, red peppers, onion, tomato and mushrooms).

There are plenty of omelets on the menu and side dishes to complete your morning meal. You can grab breakfast from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. here daily.

El Rancho, 5900 Vernor Hwy., Detroit, is a traditional Mexican restaurant located in Mexicantown. If you’ve only ever had Mexican food for lunch or dinner, you’re going to want to get in on the breakfast action here.

Huevoz con Chorizo (eggs scrambled with Mexican sausage), Spanish Omelet (egg omelet topped with Spanish sauce), Chilaquiles (pieces of corn tortilla scrambled with eggs, green peppers, tomatoes, onions and cheese) and Machacado (scrambled eggs with meat, tomatoes, green peppers and onions) are amongst the choices.

Get yourself some Mexican breakfast as soon as El Rancho opens at 8 a.m. daily.

The Hills City Grille, 2940 Rochester Rd., Troy, is unfortunately not the same “The Hills” where you could potentially spot Lauren Conrad, but the breakfast here is just as fabulous as sunny California.

There are plenty of breakfast specials on the menu, including Orange Walnut French Toast (with Triple Sec treated naval oranges and candied walnuts), Maryland Benedict (an English muffin stuffed with jumbo lump crab and a poached egg topped with Hollandaise sauce) and The Hill’s Billy Omelet (with sausage, sliced potatoes, cheddar cheese, country sausage gravy and a biscuit).

All of the above restaurants whip up tasty breakfasts using only the freshest ingredients, so whether you’re looking for an omelet or a pile of pancakes to start your morning, you’ll find them both (and everything in between).

Make it a breakfast date this weekend in the D!