Motown Foodie: Eating Well in the Motor City

Chef Jade travels to motor city to check out the best vegan and vegetarian options the town has to offer.

DETROIT - Michimich -- I grew up just a few hours' drive from Detroit, but – shockingly – never made it up there as a kid. I think I'm going to make up for lost time, because I just took a quick trip to the Motor City and am super impressed with the food scene. Detroit is definitely a city on the rise: it played host to the NFL draft this year, which brought thousands of people into town. Hopefully, they ate as well as I did. Here are some spots you should definitely check out.

Detroit-Style Pizza

I'm sharing my favorite recipe for Detroit-style pizza (, but of course, there is nothing like eating this thick, square-cut pie, with its perfectly caramelized crust, in its birthplace. By all accounts, its specific birthplace is Buddy's Rendezvous, which has been serving this now-iconic pizza since 1946. You can still have it at the original location, or at one of the many Buddy's franchises scattered throughout Southeastern Michigan. And since every great local dish needs a good rivalry, there's Loui's Pizza in the suburb of Hazel Park. Founded by a longtime Buddy's cook, some say Loui's beats Buddy's at its own game. I say try both and decide for yourself. It's always funner that way!

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Middle Eastern Food In Dearborn

The Detroit suburb of Dearborn (home to the Ford Motor Company) is home to the largest concentration of Arab-Americans in the U.S. Consequently, it's one of the best places to try Middle Eastern food in the country. Al Ameer, on Warren Ave, has been a local favorite since 1989 (there are newer locations in Canton, MI and nearby Dearborn Heights). The menu is as massive as the space, but I recommend getting something with Al Ameer's warm, fresh-from-the-oven pitas. One bite and you'll see why the James Beard Foundation named this spot an "American Classic."

Hamido, also on Warren Ave (and also with a location in Dearborn Heights!) is a more laidback Lebanese diner. Detroiters flock here for classic dishes like shawarma and kibbeh. Yours truly fell head-over-heels for their falafel. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Hamido can be counted on for a great meal any time of day.

Buddy's Rendezvous,

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