"Breakfast is a meal, but brunch is a culture." -- Toronto chef Matt Basile
It's good to find a collection of great brunch spots, even if the best often have waits of at least 20 or 30 minutes. Some are a lot longer. Currently, the state restricts indoor dining to 50-percent capacity.
Metro Times lists its choices for the 25 "best" brunch spots in the Detroit area. Some may not be serving at the moment because of Covid, so check the websites or social media or call.
Below are two that serve brunch:
PJ's Lager House: 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; (313) 961-4668
Though best-known as a low-key rock 'n' roll venue, PJ’s Lager House also hosts a killer brunch during weekend daylight hours. The bar is a haven for vegetarians and vegans, who often come in seeking the tofu scramble, vegan biscuits and gravy, or tempeh Reuben, as well as other scrumptious menu items like po'boys, corned beef hash, and burgers. What would brunch be without cocktails? PJ's offers cocktails like the Gold Rush, Hot Toddy, and a Detroit-made classic, Last Word. Oh, they also have bottomless mimosas to-go, because brunch is not for quitters.
Le Petit Déjeuner: 6470 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; (313) 725-0257
Since opening in 2015, Le Petit Déjeuner has graduated from a pop-up on the TV Lounge stage to having its own brunch haven. The restaurant, founded by Tina Motley, offers family-style dining breakfast forward spot, with an emphasis on the classics. There are crepes, one of which is chocolate and is filled with ricotta cheese and raspberry drizzle, as well as French Toast, waffles, pancakes, and create-your-own omelets.