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Here, we provide a list of famous restaurants and diners in the Detroit metro area. Use this guide to satisfy your taste buds when either visiting or living in Detroit.

J Alexander's Restaurant
2800 W Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48084

Description: From the outside, it doesn't stand out -- it looks like one of many contemporary national restaurant chains. Inside, however, J. Alexander's is refined, sleek and modern with an open-view kitchen and hardwood accents. Nearly overshadowed by its giant bookstore-chain neighbor, J. Alexander's has built a regular word-of-mouth clientele through its professional, attentive service and customer satisfaction. It owes its success to hearty portions, creative twists and top-notch ingredients.

The Original Pancake House
33703 Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Description: The original The Original Pancake House opened in Oregon in 1953. Locations abound and have won world-wide acclaim. So what's all the fuss about a breakfast joint that serves only eggs, crepes, waffles and pancakes? Long lines stretch around the building every morning, especially on weekends. The Original's secret is in its standards of quality. You'll find freshly squeezed orange juice, whipping cream in the batters, unbleached hard wheat flour, 93 score butter and an array of pancake selections that will make your head spin.

Miller's Bar
23700 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48124

Description: Some say it's the meat, some say it's the atmosphere. Whatever the case may be, the secret behind the burgers at Miller's Bar has lasted and worked for decades. At Miller's, something can be said for simplicity. You won' find burgers doused in special sauces, topped with onion straws or pineapple, or stacked atop one another to form a three-dimensional cholesterol nightmare.

Mon Jin Lau
1515 East Maple Road
Troy, MI 48084

Description: Without a doubt, this is one of the swankiest Chinese restaurants in the metro Detroit area. Beautifully appointed decor and exquisite cuisine explain the long waits and hard-to-get weekend reservations. The odds are high that you'll see local celebs dining here, but please don't disturb them while they're eating. If you're new to the concept, order the sake sampler. You may get a little tipsy, but at least it'll be clear which your favorites are for next time.

29177 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034

Description: Worthy of its punctuation-marked name for variety alone, this soup bar has become one of the most popular regional chains around. Patrons line up at lunch time at each of the five locations for steaming bowls of soup and a generous wedge of multigrain or sourdough bread -- a most satisfying meal regardless of the weather. On a rotation of more than 200 recipes, 12 soups are offered every day with options of vegetarian, dairy free, low fat and spicy.

Andiamo Italia

7096 E 14 Mile
Warren, MI 48092

Description: Believe it or not, the breathtaking decor at both Andiamo Italia restaurants will not be the highlight of your visit. Once you've been adequately impressed by the elegant table settings and stunning murals painted on walls and ceilings, the cuisine itself will steal your heart. Though you could easily make a meal out of the lengthy list of appetizers such as smoked lake trout and baked Portabella mushrooms with zip sauce, make sure you sample a variety of entrees.

Xochimilco Restaurant
3409 Bagley St
Detroit, MI 48216

Description: Smack dab in the middle of Mexican Town, this place garners glorious raves for its more-than-ample parking lot. It's huge and free, which is rare for Detroit. Inside, you'll find an interesting mix of neighborhood folks, suburban commuters, police officers and gobs of hipsters grabbing a late night bite. The Mexican fare at Xochimilco (pronounced so-she-MIL-co) is traditional, consistent and fresh. Look under the ''favorites of Mexico'' portion of the menu to find more than the typical taco and chimichanga offerings.

Charley's Crab
5498 Crooks Rd. Northfield Hilton
Troy, MI 48098

Description: Charley's Crab is the quintessential Chuck Muer restaurant: Cool decor, high-quality seafood and exceptional service. The primary dining room has exposed brick walls, hefty wood beams across the ceiling and reclaimed wood paneling. The ocean-blue carpeting and windows give one that under-the-sea feeling, and for good reason. Reel in the yellowfin tuna sashimi, steamed shrimp and sausage dumplings or the Maryland crab cakes.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
755 West Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48084

Description: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse has been serving up some of the tastiest steaks around (at moderate prices) since the first one opened in New Orleans in 1965. This family-oriented restaurant offers fresh seafood, chicken, veal, lamb, salads and vegetables, in addition to its savory filet, NY strip, porterhouse, rib-eye and T-bone steaks. Those not interested in beef should give the mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat, the fresh lobster or the stuffed chicken breast a go-around. An extensive wine list is also offered. Top off your meal with a slice of chocolate sin cake -- that is, if you have room for dessert.

La Shish - East
12918 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126

Description: There's really nothing subtle about this local Lebanese chain of restaurants. While locations vary in size, the menus are identical and the decor is similar. Sit among the brightly colored, ornate artifacts from the Middle East, soak up the native music and inhale the pungent, pleasant variety of spices coming from the kitchen. It's a sublime experience. The endless baskets of fresh-from-the-oven pita are perfect for dipping in hummus.

Other Great Restaurants in Detroit

The Whitney
4421 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201

22812 Woodward Ferndale, MI 48220

National Coney Island Inc
1812 N Main St Royal Oak, MI 48073

Rainforest Café
4310 Baldwin Rd Auburn Hills, MI 48326

Bates Hamburgers
33406 5 Mile Rd Livonia, MI 48154

Carl's Chop House
3020 Grand River Detroit, MI 48201

Big Fish Seafood Bistro
700 Town Center Dr Dearborn, MI 48126

Roma Café
3401 Riopelle St Detroit, MI 48207

Opus One
565 East Larned St. Detroit, MI 48226

Traffic Jam & Snug Restaurant
511 W Canfield St Detroit, MI 48201

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