If you’re one of those people who goes to bed dreaming of breakfast, we feel you. It is the most important meal of the day, after all. But it’s time you ditch those boring eggs and toast and indulge in some truly delicious healthy breakfast eats. No matter if you live in Metro Detroit or you’re just visiting, give these spots a try when you’re in the mood for an elevated (and good-for-you) morning meal to kick-start your day.
If you’re a local foodie, you’ve gotta head over to this eclectic eatery. FOLK is absolutely killing the healthy food game and it doesn’t hurt that many of their meals make for a perfect photo op, either. Choose from drool-worthy selections like the Gluten-Free Bougie Waffle, Basic Brekky, or the 3rd Toast Lunch Plate — you seriously can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Feeling a food coma coming on and need a pick me up? FOLK has the best Miso Caramel Latte in the city. You can thank us later.
We might be biased, but we believe Toast has one of the best breakfast menus in Metro Detroit. There, we said it. Choose between their incredible omelettes, Veggie Burrito, Wild Mushroom Biscuits-N-Gravy, or make your own custom omelette. Hit up their Ferndale or Birmingham locations — either way, you won’t be disappointed.
Avalon Cafe and Bakery
What’s better than healthy breakfast right in the hub of Downtown Detroit? If it means you’re eating at this cozy city cafe, the answer is nothing. And the best part about Avalon is they don’t overcomplicate things. Grab a 313 Grain Bowl, avocado toast, or yogurt with granola. Their bakery is also loaded with vegan goodies and a full-service coffee bar. If you need us, you know where we’ll be.
While they’re known for their savory meals, Dime Store inside the Chrysler House serves up some healthy breakfast bites, too. Get your day started with their tomato avocado breakfast sandwich and add a cup of fresh fruit on the side. Whether you’re feelin’ Greek yogurt with housemade granola, fruit, and honey or veggie hash — Dime Store has your taste buds covered. This diner also serves up nitro cold brew by Zingerman’s that’ll put that extra pep in your step.
The Hudson Cafe
The Hudson Cafe in Downtown Detroit makes eating breakfast with friends easy — especially if your crew includes a few gluten-free or vegan folks. You may have to navigate between likes of Baklava French Toast and white chocolate chip and banana pancakes, but trust us — there are some better-for-you shining stars on the menu. Feeling like a savory selection? Dig into a Chicken Pomodoro Omelette loaded with chicken, tomato, onion, basil, mozzarella, and parmesan. Our mouths are watering already.
Rose’s Fine Food
This classic diner will satisfy your breakfast cravings in all the right ways. Rose’s Fine Food on East Jefferson Ave. will make you feel right at home with comforting and creative morning meals made with mostly organic and Michigan-sourced ingredients. Fuel up with their buckwheat pancakes, beans & greens, or their staff special made with heirloom rice, maple bacon, house kimchi, mushrooms, avocado, and an egg (you can make it vegetarian by subbing bacon for beans). If you’re up first thing during the week, head over to to this diner to grab the early bird special.
Brooklyn Street Local
You can’t wake up on the wrong side of the bed knowing a Breakfast Club Sandwich is waiting for you at this neighborhood spot in Corktown. But if you’re not feeling a handheld, the breakfast hash, organic granola, or breakfast salad are also solid picks. The best part? Brooklyn Street Local offers plenty of GF, vegetarian, and vegan options, so you’ll be ready for whatever a day in the city throws at you.
Cafe Succo in Birmingham is the ultimate health nut haven. Their menu is full of delicious smoothies, acai bowls, wraps, sandwiches, and yummy lattes. So, order the Restore Bowl, down a wheatgrass shot, and head over to downtown Birmingham to hit the shops.
The Fly Trap
Join the hip locals of Ferndale at this quaint diner. The Fly Trap serves up classic dishes such as green eggs and ham, huevos rancheros, and omelettes (the A Forager with mushrooms, herbs, onion, smoked gouda, and greens is not to be missed). Plus, their breakfast menu includes vegetarian options (all of which can be made vegan) that will keep you coming back time and again.