When the midnight munchies hit, you don’t want to be left to your own devices. Sorting through leftover boxes or heating up a frozen pizza may suffice, but there are much better options. Here, we share eight 24-hour restaurants in metro Detroit to add to your late-night itinerary.
Ram’s Horn boasts an impressive 16 locations in metro Detroit and has made its way into the heart (and stomach) of many locals since it first opened in 1967. The local restaurant chain is reliable for classic diner grub, like burgers or a hearty breakfast, but made with the same amount of love and care — and portion size — as a homemade meal. Opt for an omelet, a crisp salad, a hearty entrée like Baked Meatloaf or Country Fried Steak, or even a banana split any time of the day. Visit ramshornrestaurants.com for locations.
Aside from the addition of a shake machine in the last decade, Telway has more or less stayed the same since the tiny diner opened over 60 years ago — and that’s a good thing. Walking into Telway feels like you’ve gone through a time machine. Where else are you going to find a cup of joe for 45 cents (regulars say it’s the best coffee in Michigan), or a burger for $1.10? Some might believe it’s time for an update, but the restaurant’s consistency might be the secret ingredient to its success, as the opening of a third location is in the works. Telway, 6830 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-843-2146; and 2700 John R Rd., Madison Heights; 248-545-7962; facebook.com/telwayhamburgers
The Hills City Grille
While most 24-hour restaurants usually stick to simple, diner-esque menus, The Hills City Grille stands out by offering diverse food options and a full-service bar until 2 a.m. You can build your own pizza, enjoy a baked meatloaf or home-style pot roast, or even order up fried coconut shrimp. Of course, diner classics like burgers and chicken sandwiches, pita wraps, and chicken wings are available. The Hills also has HD TV screens running 24/7, so you won’t miss those late-night reruns of your favorite shows. The Hills City Grille, 2940 Rochester Rd., Troy; 248-528-1620; thehillscitygrille.com
Voted best 24-Hour Restaurant by Hour Detroit readers in 2019, O.W.L is satisfying Mexican-American fare cravings day and night with quick service and large portions at a fair price. With a Chorizo Sausage & Cheese egg sandwich on a sesame cemita roll, Double Layer Nachos with sausage chili, poblano cheese sauce, and pico, Torta Ahogada featuring roasted meat on a sourdough baguette, Chili Chilaquiles, and even a Grilled Cinnamon Roll, this tiny restaurant off Woodward goes above and beyond your typical 24-hour diner joint menu. One exception to its around-the-clock service — the restaurant does close a bit early on Sundays, meaning you can only dine at O.W.L until 11 p.m. on that day. O.W.L, 27302 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-808-6244; owlwoodward.com
8 Mile Grill
Aside from the classic Coney, enjoy a late-night bite of 8 Mile Grill’s corned beef, the 8 Mile Omelet or the 8 Mile Grilled Pita through dine-in, carry out, or the family restaurant’s 24-hour drive-thru. Burgers, sandwiches, and subs are also on the menu. 8 Mile Grill is a no-frills type of joint, and an ideal pick for a quick last stop after a busy night out. 8 Mile Grill, 8003 Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-863-5540; facebook.com/8MileGrill
If there was such thing as a “dive diner,” Fleetwood Diner would fit the bill. Quick, cheap, and greasy, Fleetwood Diner continuously hits the spot for Ann Arbor residents, visitors, and college students alike. Fleetwood offers both Greek and American options, and the restaurant is best known for the Hippie Hash, a mixture of hash browns topped with grilled tomato, green pepper, onion, mushroom, broccoli, and feta cheese. The neon lights and classic diner look make it hard to miss, and a much-needed haven for the late-night crowd. Fleetwood Diner, 300 S Ashley St., Ann Arbor; 734-995-5502; thefleetwooddiner.com
Ferndale is home to a many night-life hot spots, yet the city is limited with its 24-hour restaurant selections. While White Castle’s Crave Cases and Dunkin Donuts’ Munchkins hit the spot sometimes, just a quick Uber or Lyft up Nine Mile road is another 24-hour spot with a bit more character. Take a seat at Country Boy’s counter or in one of its booths and order up anything you’d like from its extensive menu. Of course, you can’t go wrong with breakfast for dinner, the Country Boy Hamburger or Cheeseburger, or a classic sandwich like Grilled Cheese or a Turkey Club. But also consider trying one of the diner’s more unexpected dishes, like Spaghetti or Trina’s Stir Up — aka, a mixture of chicken breast, green peppers, and onions over rice and served with pita. Country Boy, 821 E. Nine Mile Rd., Hazel Park; 248-543-7080
Leo’s Coney Island
Select locations of Leo’s Coney Island — including the local chain’s restaurants in Birmingham, Dearborn, Plymouth, and Royal Oak — are open for 24 hours, seven days a week. Just like any Coney Island, Leo’s offers up a solid variety of options, including Coney Dogs, Greek specialties like Gyros and Spinach Pie, fried food such as Onion Rings and Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, breakfast specialties like French Toast and a Vegetarian Omelet, and milkshakes and Rice Pudding. Prepare for a rush at Leo’s — and premium people watching — when the bar crowd hits up the restaurant’s downtown-area locations after a night out. Visit leosconeyisland.com for locations.