And the winner is…
22950 WoodwardFerndale, MI 48220
Dishes like the Green Eggs and Ham, Red Flannel Hash and the Cowboy Curtis helped launch the Fly Trap to the top of the brunch heap. The cozy eatery bills itself as “The Finer Diner,” and that it is.
31471 Southfield RoadBeverly Hills, MI 48025
The stylish Beverly Hills Grill may be small, but its reputation is huge and well-deserved. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, and has creative brunch menus on Saturday and Sunday, it draws diners from all over metro Detroit. The menu features contemporary takes on American favorites, and the daily chalkboard specials feature seasonal foods and fresh-catch seafood. BHG classics include the jumbo lump crab cakes Benedict, the lobster-Cobb omelet, pulled chicken and mixed greens salad, and veal meatloaf with porcini mushroom sauce. The wine list is sophisticated, the service is good and the friendly bartenders have followings of their own. On the downside, you may have a wait because the restaurant doesn't take reservations.
600 E. University DriveRochester, MI 48307
Neighborhood: Downtown Rochester
For those looking to ritz it up for a night, the Brookshire restaurant at the Royal Park Hotel has everything you need to fulfill those dreams of living the life of Jack and Rose ' before the Titanic's horrific sinking. Its exceptional weekend brunch menu features items like Kugelhopf Raisin Brioche “Crème Brulee” With Wild Organic Honey, Michigan Cherries and Chocolate Sauce and Chesapeake Egg Benedicts with Crab Cake, Toasted English Muffin, Hollandaise Sauce and Hash Browns
418 S. WashingtonRoyal Oak, MI 48067
Neighborhood: Downtown Royal Oak
Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages. Diamonds. iPods. That little black dress. But none of those things comes with a vanilla bean waffle, lightly crisped outside, topped with fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries, a glacier of whipped cream and drizzles of maple syrup. For that, you'll have to seek out a small place a short vibration away from the railroad tracks that slice through downtown Royal Oak. Breakfast served all day.
24060 WoodwardPleasant Ridge, MI 48069
Keeping with its 1950's charm, this Pleasant Ridge landmark - previously occupied by Anna's Coffee Shoppe - features farm fresh foods in a cozy neighborhood setting. An exceptional menu of breakfast and brunch is served all day and features a variety of omelets, scrambles, bennies and more. Salads, sandwiches, burgers and baked goods round out the menu.
Last year's winner
236 S. MainClawson, MI 48017
This intimate breakfast and lunch bistro is an oasis off Main Street with warm tones and flowers on every table. No surprise: frittatas are a house specialty ($9). Make your own or choose from the menu. Sure, the salmon Oscar frittata sounds fancy, or try the Honey Bee, with roasted nopal cactus and poblano peppers. Other breakfast regulars are on the menu and can be ordered all day. Salads and sandwiches are available at lunchtime ($9). Everyone is welcome whether you're coming from the office or looking for a good post-outing nosh. In spring, the patio comes to life with beautifully landscaped flowers. --Becky Schutter