Weekend Breakfast Hot Spots in Metro Detroit

By: Scott Davis | June 3, 2014

Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Why? Well, reasons such as boosting your metabolism and regulating your blood pressure are often cited. Actually, some people believe that skipping breakfast will help them lose weight. That’s false. It can actually make you gain weight because you tend to eat more throughout the day!

I realize that a lot of us have to work during the week to make a living, so it’s hard to go to a breakfast spot. That is what the weekend is for, my friends! For those of you that have to work early on the weekends, I apologize, but I have to get this article done somehow. The following restaurants specialize in morning meals, and each one does it well!

Mae’s is located at 24060 Woodward, in Pleasant Ridge. Mae’s is about two miles away from my office, and my girlfriend raves about it. She is a big fan of the “Kurtzy,” an omelet filled with goat cheese (you can substitute a different cheese), red bell peppers, spinach and bacon. Personally, the coffee cake pancakes have caught my eye. You can check out the entire menu to find a match for your taste buds.

The Pantry Restaurant has its main location in Sterling Heights, but also offers a Clinton Twp and Washington (yes, Washington, Mich.) location. It has been a long-time favorite around the Metro Detroit parts, often being at the top or near the top of “Best Breakfast” lists in the area. The Pantry has breakfast specials every day, often switching them up on the weekends. If you are able to make it on a weekday, I would suggest going on Monday for the banana nut pancakes with bacon or sausage links for a mere $5.35.

Toast has locations in both Birmingham and Ferndale. The Ferndale location is a few doors down from my office. So, naturally I have visited, and I need to go back! It is listed on the as one of the Best Brunch Restaurants in America by the 2014 Diner’s Choice Awards. I am a big fan of the granola mountain French toast. The bacon is amazing as well. Toast often has festive dishes depending on the season. For example, in the fall I had some sort of caramel swirl pancakes, and yes they were as delicious as they sound.

Zoe’s House of Pancakes, 6339 Orchard Lake Rd., in West Bloomfield is one place I am yet to personally visit, but couldn’t leave off of the list because of the wonderful things I’ve heard about it. The menu just jumps at me. Most breakfast joints may just group all crepes, waffles, pancakes, etc., but Zoe’s breaks it into subcategories. Not just crepes: you’ve got your sweet crepes in one section and your savory crepes in another. Not just waffles, no, that is too boring, but Belgian waffles are there for your dining pleasure. I’d love to try the caramel banana nut crepes. This breakfast spot has been recommended to me and I plan to visit it in the very near future!

Pete’s Place located in Taylor and Brownstown (both on Telegraph) is another highly popular place to grab some breakfast type food. A good friend of mine used to work here and told me all about the love people have for Pete’s. The skillet and kielbasa and eggs are two of the fan favorites. You can also sip on a mimosa or a bloody mary while eating breakfast at Pete’s! That’s something not all breakfast specialists offer.

Remember fellow Michiganders, breakfast is important! We all have a favorite breakfast spot, so don’t be limited to this list!