Line up early for Saturday brunch at Russell Street Deli, where most of the ingredients come from the many urban gardens and farms in the area. (The restaurant is located on the periphery of the sprawling Eastern Market). Choose from an array of hearty dishes ($4.50–$7.95) like an egg scramble studded with Sy Ginsberg’s locally famous corned beef, as well as thick cuts of artisanal toast topped with orange marmalade made in-house.
Eat hyperlocal at Le Petit Zinc, a French bistro that uses produce grown strictly within the city limits. French Caribbean-born owner Charles Sorel and his wife Karima ran Chez Oskar in Fort Greene before setting up shop in Detroit 2008; their classic menu focuses on sweet and savory crêpes—try the one filled with marinated goat cheese and spinach ($9.50). The restaurant is BYOB, so pick up a bottle or two from Motor City Wine, featuring selections from sustainable vineyards, and request a table on the outdoor patio.
Join the devoted following of locals at Supino Pizzeria, recently rated among the best slices in the city by the Detroit Free Press. The closet-sized spot serves up thin-crust pies ($7–$17) topped with everything from quail eggs to smoked gouda, as well as locally-grown eggplant, spinach, and artichoke. There’s only one salad on the menu, but order it to try the smoked turkey ($7.50) from local meat haven City Wings.