Cafe Eats and Cozy Treats in Metro Detroit

By: Toni Cunningham | October 7, 2013
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As you’ve surely noticed, we’re experiencing an interesting change of seasons at the moment. Hopefully the weather will figure itself out, because October is supposed to be the time of year when the air gradually gets crisper, and you find yourself wandering into a relaxed café for the afternoon.

Should you be looking for a location to work on your next novel, or if you’re simply looking for a new lunch spot, check out some of the best cafes in the Metro Detroit area:

Cozy Café, 401 Forest Ave., Plymouth, has a patio seating area, so if it’s still open by the time you read this, do yourself a favor and eat outdoors one last time this year. Whether you dine alfresco or indoors, the food will taste the same. And it will taste great. I would recommend the Turkey Croissant sandwich, but the Chicken Pot Pie, Turkey Chili and Tuna Salad Sandwich are also a hit.

The Metropolitan Café, 52969 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township, has a bit of a different vibe—this café is more upscale, and serves alcohol, too. The menu includes everything from burgers to pork chops to the fresh catch of the day. If you’re looking for a nice dinner with a relaxed, café setting, The Metropolitan Café is a good choice. Keep in mind they have a few weekly specials, including $5 martini night on Wednesday and half-off bottles of wine and three small plates for $25 on Thursday.

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Café Con Leche, 4200 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, has a little bit of everything—including coffee, sandwiches, empanadas and pastries. This café is known for its incredible (and affordable) coffee. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll want to spend an afternoon here, as the fresh pastries are delivered from the neighboring MexicanTown Bakery daily.

Le Petit Zinc, 1055 Trumbull St., Detroit, is a café that specializes in crepes. In case you’re unfamiliar, a crepe is like a thin, French pancake and they’re fantastic. You just have to see for yourself. There are both sweet (with butter and sugar) and savory (with goat cheese, spinach and pine nuts) crepe choices. Sandwiches, soups and salads are also on the menu if you’re feeling less authentic.

Bean and Leaf, 106 S. Main St., Royal Oak, serves fair trade organic coffee, countless varieties of tea, and specialty drinks like iced chai tea, smoothies and spiced caramel apple cider. The menu here is what comes to mind when you think of a typical café: bagels for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and sweets for dessert. Sandwich choices include Turkey and Swiss, Veggie, Italian Classic and Egg Salad. Most importantly, the list of sweets includes Tiramisu, Pound Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Apple Pie, brownies and more.

Café Zola, 112 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor, is open for brunch and dinner daily. The brunch menu includes a variety of choices, including crepes, waffles, omelettes, sandwiches and Zola Favorites like Turkish eggs and French toast. The dinner menu includes hearty pasta dishes like Penne with Sausage and Chianti Sauce and Wild Mushroom Pasta. Who says you can’t eat a steak in a café? Filet Mignon with Red Wine and Port Glaze and Grilled Lamb Chops are additional dinner items.

If you’re not café-d out just yet, here are a few more in the area to check out:

There are numerous cafes in the Metro Detroit area, all of which offer something a little different. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to relax for an afternoon, or just a quaint setting for a fancy dinner, you’ll no doubt be able to find one to match your mood.