City Guide 2019: The Late-Night Food Spots Locals are Loving

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are obvious. But what about the fourth meal of the day?
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Waris Jafry (left) and Azra Sehic, Detroit

We just love eating out, and drinking, and having a good time. We’re in love!

We all know the feeling. You’re out on the town, enjoying the growing metro Detroit nightlife scene, when the midnight munchies begin to creep in. You start craving a cheesy slice of pizza or a juicy burger, but struggle to hunt down open local eateries that cater to night owls.

After an evening of bar-hopping at downtown hotspots like Bad Luck Bar and Standby, Detroit residents Waris Jafry and Azra Sehic often head to Mootz Pizzeria and Bar, a favorite late-night haunt for New York-style pizza, best enjoyed on a city corner, perched on a storefront ledge.

The young couple loves living in downtown Detroit, they say, for the convenience of having all of their favorite spots in close proximity to each other.

“Living right here, anything is walking distance,” Jafry says.

No matter where in metro Detroit your late-night escapades take you, there are a multitude of nighttime noshes to sate your post-party (or post-Netflix binge) hunger.

—Ashley Winn


Late-Night Food Worth Staying Up For

Jolly Pumpkin
Photograph courtesy of Jolly Pumpkin

Jolly Pumpkin

The brewery offers up artisan ales and creative pizzas like Korean Shortrib and Spinach and Artichoke. Visit jollypumpkin.com for locations

168 KTV Bistro

Open only Friday-Sunday, this late-night hotspot is geared toward the party-hopper seeking a weekend after-glow. Sing karaoke in the dimly lit space while indulging in authentic Asian cuisine and beverages. 32415 John R Rd., Madison Heights; 248-616-0168; 168karaoke.com

American Coney Island

A Detroit staple known for its beloved Coney Dogs and chili cheese fries, this 24-hour diner needs no introduction. 114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-961-7758; americanconeyisland.com

Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill

With 10 locations across the state, Aubree’s specializes in pizza, buffalo wings, and Cheese Bread. Its Ypsilanti spot is open daily until 2 a.m. Visit aubrees.com for locations

Fleetwood Diner

With locations in Ann Arbor and Lansing, this kitschy 24-hour joint boasts diner classics, an outdoor patio, and a 1960s feel. 300 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor; 734-995-5502; thefleetwooddiner.com

Great Baraboo Brewing Co.

Open until 2 a.m. daily, the casual pub offers a range of salads, burgers, and more, in addition to its house-brewed beers. 35905 Utica Rd., Clinton Township; 586-792-7397; greatbaraboo.com

Imperial

Along with an extensive drink menu, this Ferndale bar and restaurant offers a late-night menu beginning at 12 a.m., serving Mexican-inspired bites. 22828 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-850-8060; imperialferndale.com

Mootz Pizzeria and Bar

Authentic New York starters, salads, and pizza comprise a menu created by six-time World Pizza Games winner Bruno DiFabio. Sunday brunch is also available until 3 p.m. for those getting a late start after a long night out. 1230 Library St., Detroit; 313-243-1230; mootzpizzeria.com

Redcoat Tavern

Known for its dim red lighting, the tavern is a consistent go-to for super-cheesy mac and cheese and juicy burgers. The chefs are also masters on the deep-fryer. Onion rings, fried mushrooms, calamari, and Cajun fries are all must-try apps. 31542 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-549-0300

Shores Inn Food & Spirits

The neighborhood bar’s menu features classic bar food, such as pizza, burgers, and wings, along with blackened tilapia tacos, chicken fettuccini alfredo, and calamari. 23410 Greater Mack Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-773-8940; shoresinn.com

Standby

An extensive selection of inventive drinks and flavorful small plates wow at this swanky, James Beard Award-nominated cocktail bar. 225 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-241-5719; standbydetroit.com

Telway Hamburgers

This 24-hour diner serves burgers, fries, and retro vibes. 27000 John R Rd., Madison Heights; 248-545-7962. 6820 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-843-2146

Townhouse

Indoor trees and café lights create an ambient atmosphere, while a vast “libation library” and delicious truffle fries delight the taste buds. Visit eatattownhouse.com for locations

UFO Factory

Known for its Laika Dogs — beef hot dogs served with fun toppings like banana cashew crunch and fried ramen — the factory is also a performance venue. 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; ufofactory.com

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