In August, I started a restaurant series called Foodies in the City, a pop-up experience for foodies looking to try new restaurants in Metro Detroit. September’s meet up was held at The Breakfast Loft– a brand new restaurant in Detroit’s Rivertown community offering a brunch-inspired menu.
The owner, fellow Detroit Millennial, Micah Jenkins, wanted to bring a family-friendly breakfast spot to Detroit while offering upscale casual brunch vibes with a bar to serve our favorite brunch partner- drinks!
The restaurant is located on the top level of Detroit’s famous, Steve’s Soul Food. Guests are advised to take the loft elevator to the third floor for service. Although there is construction present because of many redevelopment projects, there’s a sign informing guests that businesses are still open for patrons. One of the best parts of my visit was finding the parking lot designated just for visitors (parking near Downtown Detroit will give you a headache!)
The restaurant’s ambiance gives a very cute and cozy feel with smooth jazz playing in the background, dark wood interiors, plenty of lighting and views of the city. And I can’t forget about the cutest neon sign backdrop with the restaurant’s name; Perfect for a instagram photo-op.
Once seated at our reserved table, the drink menu was the first to be passed around. I mean, what else goes better with brunch with the girls? The Breakfast Loft offers a select drink menu with 5 specialty cocktails. Along with the featured cocktails, the menu also includes 5 delicious mimosa flavors: raspberry, orange, pomegranate, grapefruit, and blueberry.
M-10 Sweet Tea: A classic boozy sweet tea made lodge style with vodka and fresh fruit.
Whatever Floats Your Boat (personal favorite): served with fresh berries, Rose wine, vodka, and raspberry sorbet. I found myself saying “whew- is it hot in here or is it just me?” It was definitely me and this drink!
Henny Tea: A very tasty tea with a splash of Hennessey, peach schnapps, and sweet & sour mix.
Beermosa: Because what’s brunch without mimosas? The beermosa is made with Bud Light Orange, orange juice, and a splash of champagne.
The Juicy Apple: Perfect for the fall- a tall glass of Angry Orchard’s Hard Cider topped with cinnamon whiskey.
Now, to the food; The menu offers a range of breakfast and brunch style dishes for practically anyone. The menu has something for the meat lovers, those watching their calorie intake, and even vegetarians or vegans. The menu choices range from dishes like the Fisherman- an omelette made with lobster, shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions to Sweet Potato Pancakes served with homemade caramel sauce and candied pecans.
For those looking for non-traditional breakfast dishes, the sandwich menu options include a breakfast burger topped with a fried egg, cheese, and avocado. You can also find meatless options such as the breakfast tacos served with black beans and roasted corn salad and a sweet potato skillet served with sauteed veggies. I would recommend ordering from the “Loft Specialties” including shrimp and grits, salmon croquettes, corned beef hash, steak and eggs, and the cutest chicken and waffle skewers.
Should you visit?
I would absolutely recommend The Breakfast Loft to anyone looking for a brunch spot in Detroit to regular. The menu offers a range of brunch-style dished for just about anyone that won’t disappoint. The service was very welcoming- visiting with a crowd makes service difficult at times, especially for newer restaurants, but the staff was very accommodating, the drinks kept us laughing and a visit from the owner was perfect. The restaurant is also very cozy making this the perfect place for brunch with college or work friends, a breakfast date, or family outings. And if I haven’t convinced you enough, I think the fact that the owner is a 24 year old from Detroit will! Micah Jenkins is not only a spartan, marketing professional, and a fellow Millennial- she is also one of the youngest restaurant owners in Detroit.
Check out The Breakfast Loft’s website for hours of operation and a full menu. Be sure to visit on Saturdays and Sundays for the breakfast buffet if you’d like to try a variety of menu options. And as always, eat up!