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Eggs, Waffles, Bacon and More: Where to Eat Breakfast and Brunch in The District Detroit

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The District Detroit is not just a destination for sports and live music fans; it's a place for foodies, too. With its plethora of established and forthcoming restaurants, there's plenty of breakfast and brunch fare to taste and explore for all palates and diets. 

Here's a closer look at where to enjoy breakfast and brunch fare in The District Detroit: 

District Market at Little Caesars Arena

A frequent stop for area construction workers, students and staff at the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University, and other regulars in Midtown and the Central Business District community, District Market at Little Caesars Arena shines as a weekday breakfast spot. The food hall this summer revealed three new breakfast entrees: French Toast with sausage and potatoes; Two eggs, any style, with bacon and potatoes, and three pancakes with potatoes and Dearborn Brand ham. The commissary continues to serve breakfast croissant sandwiches stuffed with meat, egg and cheese. Stop by and place an order on weekdays, from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the District Market SUGAR + BREW station and grab some coffee while you’re there.  Follow District Market on Instagram at @districtmarketd.

Cliff Bell’s

Cliff Bell’s, the only jazz and supper club in The District Detroit, offers a fine dining take on brunch.  Unique offerings include the "Beef & Blue Omelette," with grilled skirt steak, gorgonzola cheese and breakfast potatoes. Other entrees include Lobster Benedict, Shrimp & Grits, omelettes and French Toast. The club’s routine Sunday Brunch affair with Jarrod Champion, a self-described “self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist,” runs from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with no cover charge. Check out Cliff Bell’s brunch menu, available on Sundays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., and the show schedule here.

Parks & Rec at the G.A.R. Building

The cozy Parks & Rec diner is a standout option for plant-based and meat eaters alike. The castle-like breakfast spot located inside the historic Grand Army Republic (G.A.R.) Building next to its sister joint, Republic Tavern, is open 7 days a week and boasts a rotating seasonal menu and a special bounty menu on the weekends. The kitchen’s newest fare includes Breakfast Nachos, "Build Your Own Avocado Toast," house made sides, such as lamb bacon, and lighter fare, like the "Summer Breeze" dish packed with burrata cheese, tomato sorbet, crispy basil, heirloom tomatoes, pickled melons and a smoked raspberry gastrique. Sweeter selections include the Bourbon Peach Cinni Roll and Vanilla Custard Cakes. Longstanding favorites, such as the Biscuits and Gravy and The Standard entrees, also remain on the menu. Check out Parks & Rec’s latest options here

Grille Room at D.A.C.

Open only to Detroit Athletic Club members and their guests, the Grill Room serves up American breakfast classics, like Eggs Benedict, in a picturesque and historic backdrop. The old-school eatery closed temporarily for renovations this summer but should reopen by fall. Upon its reopening, stop by on weekdays from 7-9:30 a.m. or on weekends from 7– 11 a.m.

Looking for more breakfast and brunch fare? Try Brass Rail’s breakfast pizza, only served on Sundays as part of the restaurant’s round of daily specials. The kitchen packs the pie with sausage gravy, ham, bacon, mozzarella, tater tots, scallions and then tops it off with scrambled eggs and cheddar.

Hot Taco, located behind the historic Fox Theatre, also features a breakfast-inspired selection, especially for guests with the late-night munchies. The cozy spot is open 11 a.m. - 2 am. daily and serves a Breakfast Burrito with chorizo, eggs, Pico de Gallo, fresh cilantro and other toppings. Check out the full menu here.

Stayed tuned for more options as The District Detroit expands its retail offerings. Rush Bowls, the Colorado-based healthy fast-casual spot, will open its first Michigan location along the Columbia Street destination  under the direction of women-led BLUSH Enterprises, Inc. The eatery will feature smoothies and meals-in-a-bowl crafted from the finest fruits and vegetables, blended with protein, vitamins and other nutritious ingredients, and topped with organic crunchy granola and honey.  

Rush Bowls will join many other tenants on Columbia Street, including the popular fast-casual Cuban-inspired eatery Frita Batidos, along with The M Den, a Union Joints restaurant and Sahara Restaurant & Grill.

About The District Detroit  

Home to the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Lions, The District Detroit is the epicenter of sports and entertainment in the heart of the city. It is the densest concentration of the four major sports teams in any urban core in the country.  It is an evolving place with something for everyone fueling Detroit’s incredible resurgence and attracting new investment in the city.  Anchored by Comerica Park, Ford Field and the historic Fox Theatre, The District Detroit is home to the award-winning Little Caesars Arena, the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and the new Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. New businesses coming to The District Detroit include Tin Roof Detroit, The M Den, Frita Batidos, Sahara Restaurant & Grill, Union Joints and Warner Norcross & Judd.  The District Detroit has brought more than 20,000 construction and construction-related jobs and 3,900 permanent jobs to this area of the city, resulting in an estimated $2.1 billion in total economic impact.