Top 10 Best Restaurants in Detroit for Families

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After our year long trip RVing through Europe, we returned to the States and stayed in Michigan for the summer. Because my husband’s side of the family lives there, we end up spending a good amount of time there every year.
This summer, in between swim lessons, backyard bbq’s, and library visits, we had a chance to try out some of the best restaurants in Detroit for families…there were a ton of kid-friendly options!
best restaurants in detroit

Getting ready for a swim competition!

best restaurants in detroit

Many summer days spent out in the backyard

Let it be known that the foodie scene in Detroit is still thriving. It’s a haven for food lovers and is just what we needed this summer in order to transition from our  Europe culinary world-schooling adventure back to ‘normal’ life.
Here’s 10 kid-friendly restaurants in Detroit that are worth checking out the next time you visit with the family.

Texas de Brazil

This Brazilian all-you-can-eat restaurant is perfect for satisfying all your meat cravings. While the quality of the meat is excellent, I think I enjoyed the salad bar the most. We recommend going during lunch as the prices are more affordable. Kids 2 and under eat for free, while ages 3-5 cost $5 and 6-12 years are charged 50% off regular prices. It’s a great option if the adults want to eat somewhere upscale but keep the cost affordable.

Kid-Foodie Favorites: Bacon wrapped chicken breast, lamb chops, salad bar (LouLou’s likes it!)

Address:
Texas de Brazil
1000 Woodward Ave,
Detroit,MI 48226

Slows Bar BQ

We’ve wanted to eat here ever since we saw it featured on Man vs Food! Adam had the Triple Threat sandwich, which is of course what we had to try. Aaaand, it was delicious! So were all the sides, especially the mac-n-cheese.

Kid-Foodie Favorites: Mac-n-cheese, ribs, Pulled pork enchilada, Triple Threat sandwich, Yardbird sandwich

Address:
Slows BBQ
2138 Michigan Ave,
Detroit, MI 48216

Buddy’s Pizza

This pizza chain is a Detroit favorite since 1946 serving up square pizzas! With locations all over Detroit, we often head to the restaurant in Dearborn. We always end up trying new combinations when we eat there, and haven’t been disappointed so far, so feel free to experiment!

Kid-Foodie Favorites: Mozzarella Sticks, Coney dog pizza, Margherita, The Henry Ford

Address:
Buddy’s Pizza (multiple locations throughout Detroit)
22148 Michigan Ave,
Dearborn, MI 48124

Pegasus

Detroit is famous for its Greektown where you find authentic Greek cuisine. While there are a number of popular Greek restaurants, we enjoy going to Pegasus because of its atmosphere. Mediterranean food has to be one of our top favorites…there’s nothing more delicious than stuffed grape leaves, or pita dipped in some roasted eggplant dip and hummus.

Kid-Foodie Favorites: Lamb chops, Flaming cheese, Semolina Cake with Syrup

Address:
Pegasus Tavernas
558 Monroe Ave,
Detroit, MI 48226

Vinsetta Garage

The kids really enjoy eating here mainly due to its ‘cool’ decor, as Jaf says! Before it was a restaurant, the space was used as a garage that serviced cars. How very Detroit! It can get crowded, so it’s best to plan ahead, or head there during the week at lunchtime. Great selection burgers that the kids usually end up splitting.

Kid-Foodie Favorites: Tikka fries, Union mac, Classic Detroit coney

Address:
Vinsetta Garage
27799 Woodward Ave,
Berkley, MI 48072

Polish Village Cafe

When we’re not traveling, we like LouLou and Jaf to try as many cuisines as possible. So, we pick a new cuisine to try ever so often, and while we were in Michigan this summer, we opted to try Polish food! The restaurant is situated under an old hotel and serves Eastern European comfort food, which seems like it was straight out of your Polish grandma’s kitchen!

Kid-Foodie Favorites: Schnitzel, Smoked Kielbasa, Hungarian pancakes, Potato pancakes & pierogis

Address:
Polish Village Cafe

2990 Yemans St,
Hamtramck, MI

Astoria Pastry Shop

We love desserts! If we’re not in the mood to bake, we always head to Astoria Pastry shop – they’ve been around forever, and is a popular choice amongst the locals.
The menu is extensive, and the kids love trying something new every time they visit. They’ve had the chocolate pretzels, apple strudel and red velvet cupcake, all which are fan favorites! Just know that whatever you try, you won’t be disappointed.

Kid-Foodie Favorites: Red velvet cupcake, apple strudel, Chocolate Rice Krispie bar

Address:
Astoria Pastry Shop
541 Monroe Ave,
Detroit, MI 48226

Roma Cafe

There’s really no going back after eating authentic Italian cuisine in Italy. Now that we’re back in the US, we try to find authentic options, which is exactly what Roma’s is. They’ve been in Detroit since 1890, making them the oldest Italian restaurant in Detroit! Eery time we eat there, it feels as if we’re transported straight back to Italy. They also have a great all you can eat buffet for $18 (cheaper for children.)

Kid-Foodie Favorites: Escargots a la Bourguignonne (LouLou’s choice), Homemade Ravioli, Spaghetti & meatballs

Address:
Roma Cafe
3401 Riopelle
Detroit, MI 48207

Brooklyn Street Local

We’ve LOVED poutine ever since we first tried it in Canada. But unfortunately, we can’t head to Canada whenever we have a poutine craving. We were so excited when we heard about Brooklyn Street Local this summer – poutine in Michigan?! Count us in! Owned by Canadians, it’s just as good as the stuff served across the border, and of course the kids can’t get enough!

Kid-Foodie Favorites: Breakfast poutine or BSL poutine

Address:
Brooklyn Street Local
1266 Michigan Ave.,
Detroit, MI

Taqueria Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant

Whenever the kids are craving tacos, we head to Mi Pueblo’s. We’re generally not fans of kid’s menus at restaurants, but here the kid’s are served smaller portions of the regular menu! The restaurant is large, and very family friendly – every time we’ve visited the server’s are attentive, and patient with the kids figuring out what they want to eat.

Kid-Foodie Favorites: Mi Pueblo Kids Dinner, Kids Burrito, Tres Leches cake

Address:
Taqueria Mi Pueblo 
7278 Dix St,
Detroit, MI 48209

We’re always looking for new kid-friendly restaurants to try the next time we’re in Detroit. Let us know your favorite!

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