Comfort Foods for Fall Weather

By: Katie Goncalves | October 16, 2023
Two pizzas being carried

Colder weather and shorter days here in Michigan mean breaking out all necessary means of finding comfort. Cozy sweaters, comfy blankets, and a hearty helping of comfort food are some great ways to lean into the season and find joy and happiness. Comfort food looks a little different for everyone depending where you grew up and the flavors you find the most at home with. These Metro Detroit restaurants are serving up comfort foods from a variety of cuisines to help you beat your fall weather blues.


32203 John R Road, Madison Heights 

4870 Cass Ave, Detroit

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2100 Michigan Ave, Detroit

With three locations in Madison Heights, Corktown, and Midtown, Ima (pronounced ee-ma) is committed to providing delicious food for the wide variety of Detroit’s dietary needs. “Ima Izakaya is a fresh and vibrant concept from the Ima family of restaurants. This concept embodies their fresh interpretation of Japanese flavors with a warm atmosphere and heartfelt hospitality.  A full cocktail program, robata grill menu, and raw bar are now possible with its larger new kitchen, bar, and dining rooms,” says  Michael Ransom, Chef/Owner of Ima.

two bowls of noodles from ima, including steak, shrimp, peppers, basil, and other spices
Photo courtesy of Ima


1413 Brooklyn Street, Detroit

Mudgie’s Deli and Wine Shop has some of the best breakfast, deli sandwiches, soups, and sides around. Their sandwiches are massive and delicious and the rotating menu of soups is not to be missed. There’s no doubt you’ll feel comforted after a meal from Mudgie’s. 


19614 Grand River Ave, Detroit

Detroit Vegan Soul is committed to serving your favorite comfort foods with the freshest, plant-based ingredients. You’ll find comfort food staples like the Soul Bowl, “Catfish” Tofu Sandwich, and a Coconut BLT Pita. Everything on their menu is amazing and you won’t even realize it’s plant-based.


330 South Oakwood Boulevard, Detroit

Giovanni’s Ristorante is an old-world Italian restaurant and neighborhood favorite. They use homemade pasta, prime cuts of meat, fresh fish, and farm-grown vegetables to preserve the distinctive flavors of Italy’s finest regions. You’ll find Italian comfort classics like gnocchi, lasagne, and cannelloni on their menu, just to name a few.


23141 Dequindre Road, Hazel Park

Loui’s Pizza is a local favorite for Detroit-style pizza, sandwiches, Italian classics, and salads. Their simple menu is filled with comfort foods made from scratch five days a week. You can also order half-baked cheese and pepperoni pizzas to go and have Loui’s on hand any time you want it.

9 bowls of assorted soups in different colored bowls


22828 Woodward Ave, Ferndale

Imperial is the place to go if you’re not quite sure what you’re craving. They’re famous for their Sonoran-style hot dogs, or hot dogs wrapped in bacon, as well as their taco selection. You can also get other comfort classics like chips and salsa, loaded fries, and torta sandwiches.


22 West Columbia Street, Detroit

19363 Livernois Ave, Detroit

Good Cakes and Bakes uses the freshest and most natural ingredients in all of their baked goods. They offer a variety of treats including whole cakes, cinnamon rolls, peach cobbler, brownies, and more. They even ship nationwide if you find yourself craving something from Good Cakes and Bakes while you’re away from home.