Open Late: Southeast Michigan’s Best Late Night Dining

By: Scott Davis | November 20, 2015

We all know those nights of going out and drinking often lead to hunger, which in turn, causes us to seek out sit-down or carryout restaurants late at night. Many of us have been there before. Perhaps the next time a night out is in the works, one should also consider places to eat at that are open later. To make life ever so convenient for you, check out this handy list and plan ahead.

Imperial

This Ferndale restaurant is kind of a street food meets Mexican cuisine joint, where the drinks are always flowing and the food is delicious. If you are yet to try it, I highly suggest you do. In addition to its normal menu, Imperial offers a late night menu from midnight until 2 a.m. Late night options include gourmet hot dogs, nachos, deep-fried Mexican risotto balls and more.

American Coney Island

Sure, a ton of Coney Islands are open late, and no disrespect to any of those establishments, but American Coney is a Detroit staple. The restaurant has been open since 1917 and keeps its doors open 24 hours a day. The menu has all of the essentials: Coney dogs, gyros, pitas, salads and more. The family-owned and operated business is always a late night option.

Hippie’s Pizza

Hippie’s Pizza is a unique artisan pizzeria located in Royal Oak. It concocts more than 65 (cleverly named) specialty pizzas. It is not your average pizza restaurant, and the best part is that it is open late. Hippie’s stays open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday! Pizzas are available for both pickup and delivery.

Sweetwater Tavern

The kitchen at this Detroit tavern is open until 1:45 a.m. every day, and it is known for its chicken wings. Sweetwater marinates its wings for 24 hours, covers them in spices and fries them. The tavern’s menu offers many other options as well, such as spare ribs, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Sweetwater is open late and has great food, so what is not to love?

Keep these places in mind the next time you are looking for some late night grub. Metro Detroit offers many options for dining after hours, so next time you’re out and about, don’t go hungry!