Start the day right
Selected places serving breakfast and brunch in metro Detroit
Published: May 9, 2012
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Angelo's 1100 E. Catherine St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-8996; angelosa2.com; $: Plenty of stuff for eggheads to try here, including eggs Benedict, Florentine, lox Benedict and a standard two-egg breakfast plate with bacon, sausage, ham, breakfast potatoes and homemade toast for $7.75. Omelets include their standard (comes stuffed with your choice of four items), the lox omelet, the farmer's (green pepper, onion, ham, potato), Mexican (chili with beef, cheddar, onion, sour cream and salsa), Greek (spinach and feta), broccoli-and-cheddar, Western (green pepper, onion and ham) and plain. There are also plenty of extras to add on, and no standard omelet costs more than $9.25.
Aut Bar 315 Braun Court, Ann Arbor; 734-994-3677; $: Situated in Ann Arbor, this sleek, contemporary bar and restaurant is a proud member of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community. Mexican fare is their specialty, and folks love Aut's Saturday and Sunday brunches. When you go, try the huevos motulenos (a layered feast of corn tortillas, eggs and savory black beans topped with ranchero sauce, diced ham, peas and shredded cheese) or the huevos con papas (eggs scrambled with seasoned potatoes, sweet red peppers, green peppers, and onions, served with two tortillas, rice and beans).
Avalon Bakery 422 W. Willis St., Detroit; 313-832-0008; avalonbreads.net; $: Nestled into one of the converted storefronts in Detroit's Cass Corridor, Avalon International Breads prides itself on offering only the highest quality baked goods made with 100 percent organic flour. Grab the Beaubien Blueberry Buckle coffee cake to go or sit down and enjoy one of their many tasty breakfast sandwiches. Favorites include the "Bite of Bliss" (eggs baked with love, and a slab of white cheddar on a "313" whole wheat bun), the "Detroit Winter Bites" (scallion-dill cream cheese, tomato, and spinach on a yeasted multigrain roll) or the "West Side" (Avalon's own English Muffin with baked eggs, Dearborn Black Forest Ham and a touch of Dijon mustard).
Beezy's 20 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti; 734-485-9625; beezyscafe.com; $: Simple, honest food: That's what the sign promises at Beezy's in Ypsilanti. Oddly, a simple but delicious sandwich seems almost novel in a world populated with both an abundance of chain restaurants and expensive foodie hotspots. But when someone at Beezy's calls you to the counter to pick up your plate, that's exactly what you'll get — simple and honest. What's more, the staff couldn't be friendlier, a quality that serves as the center of the café's singular charm.
Beverly Hills Grill 31471 Southfield Rd., Beverly Hills; 248-642-2355; beverlyhillsgrill.com; $$: For Sunday brunch, be prepared to wait at the bar for as long as a mimosa or two. But once you get your seat, you can choose from a half-dozen scrambles, omelets and frittatas, from the humble vegetable scramble (mushrooms, leeks, tomatoes, spinach and garlic-herb chevre; can be made with egg whites) to the lobster Cobb omelet (smoked bacon, avocado, tomato, onion and blue cheese). You can always go simple, with two eggs, a choice of meat, skillet potatoes with bacon and scallions, and an English muffin for $9.
The Bomber 306 E. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-482-0550; thebomberrestaurant.net; $: As their website proudly proclaims, breakfast at the Bomber is not for the faint of heart. Featured on Food TV's Top Five Overindulgences, the Bomber features a number of popular breakfast feasts including the "Nature Lover's Pancakes," made with blueberries, raspberries and pecans (sunflower seeds may be substituted) and, for those with super-sized appetites, "the Bomber Breakfast," complete with four eggs and a heaping plate of breakfast potatoes, meat and toast.
Breakfast Club 30600 John R, Madison Heights; 248-307-9090; 38467 W. 10 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-473-0714; see website for Madison Heights and Commerce locations; thebreakfastclubrestaurant.com; $: This eatery is proud of its specialty breakfasts, with a third of its menu devoted to some pretty swanky egg-centric dishes. For the unadventurous egg lover the Breakfast Club menu offers "Just Your Regular Breakfast" which allows customers to order "Two Eggs Your Way" for $5.75. It gets grander from there, with eggs with steak, or atop pancakes, or even on top of layers of hash browns, caramelized onions and melted cheese. They even serve quiche with a salad and fruit.
Café Marie of Ann Arbor 1759 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-662-2272; cafemariea2.com; $: You won't find "omelets" on the menu, as the kitchen instead serves creative "eggers," "blends," scrambles and Benedicts. Some have creative names, such as the "Eye-Opener," a blend of bacon, mushrooms and scallions, scrambled with Monterey jack and yellow cheddar; for good measure, it's topped with bacon, more scallions and tomatoes. There's even the "Surf's Up," with crabmeat, dill and cream cheese, as well as the equally appealing "Seafood Bene," with poached eggs, crabmeat, English muffin and Hollandaise sauce.
Café Muse 418 S. Washington, Royal Oak; 248-544-4749; cafemuseroyaloak.com; $$: Maybe even the word "omelet" has become tired, what with all the local spots dumping the O-word for catchier terms. But it's more than just a name change; the "scrambles" at Café Muse are alive with fresh flavors. And the upscale ingredients — such as ammoglio, crushed garlic, basil and tomatoes — make for a breakfast that impresses. The "exotic mushroom scramble" is a local favorite, rich with truffle oil and a bit of Boursin cheese. It comes with a choice of garlic-roasted fingerling potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes, and a choice of toast with French jam on the side.
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