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Honest John's Bar & No Grill

American Restaurant, Bar, and Dive Bar$$$$
Midtown, Detroit
  • Dana P.
    "The broccoli in the Big O omelette is awesome!"(3 Tips)
    "Get the chicken and waffles with wings instead of the tenders!"(6 Tips)
    Paige K.
    "great black bean burger!"(3 Tips)
    James P.
    "Best I mean best jukebox in the Motor City."(2 Tips)
88 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • burgers
  • chicken & waffles
  • vegetarian food
  • big o
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  • Jason
    JasonJuly 25, 2016
    Kitchen is open until 2am every night. The Turkey Reuben is good. For late night breakfast, The Special (pictured) is the way to go!
  • Candice L C.
    Sunday brunch is excellent!! Nothing fancy but really good quality & tasty food. We didn't need to eat again until dinner; we were stuffed! Great local joint.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LebowskyAugust 11, 2014
    Classic Midtown. The food is fantastic. The jukebox is always playing just what you need at THAT moment. POCKET OF JOY sandwich. Veggie Chili.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 10, 2013
    Does Honest John's have the best burger in town? You'll have to go sample it yourself to make that call. We'll just leave it at a maybe. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Iliana S.
    Iliana SergFebruary 15, 2016
    "Honest John's is a true classic pub with a bit of a twist and a loyal following in the community." Our full experience:
  • Ray
    RayMarch 14, 2016
    Get the chicken and waffles with wings instead of the tenders! Delicious food, but we were also starving because of the long wait.
  • Joanna J.
    Joanna JaddouJuly 17, 2016
    Jordan is the bestttttt. He was so nice and welcoming to everyone that came in. Definitely asking for him again and again!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CoxJanuary 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    What can you say about a place like Honest Johns? It is like CNN, in that it is always on. They've got breakfast, lunch and dinner. Early, late, all day! Super late! But No, it's not HBO.
  • Jocelyne N.
    Jocelyne NinnemanJune 24, 2012
    Even though John doesn't own the place anymore, still a Detroit classic. Can't go wrong. Simple, un-fancy, Motor City real talk.
  • Angela A.
    Angela ArringtonMarch 8, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Rachel the bartender is the her and the food is pretty awesome too! Good people good times...
  • Al F.
    Al FieldsJanuary 15, 2012
    Real nice breakfast selections, friendly and great service, eclectic crowd, just wish the coffee was stronger!
  • Eric L. D.
    Eric L. DuncanJanuary 26, 2016
    Great burgers, I really go for the patty melt or the black bean burger. Yum
  • Dana P.
    Dana PolitiFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Juke box and breakfast ftw! The broccoli in the Big O omelette is awesome!
  • Lindsey J.
    Lindsey JaraJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The hours listed are wrong!! Honest Johns is open and serves food til 2am every night, 7 days a week
  • Rose R.
    Rose RichardsMay 20, 2012
    Favorite bar to eat at ever! so many vegetarian options! Vegetarian chili fries are a must have.
  • Steve D.
    Steve DorseyOctober 17, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    THE best juke in all of Detroit. Good food, kitchen open until 2am daily, friendly staff, cold beer. but watch out: no photos (of any kind) allowed. Ask why -- good backstory.
  • Rogelio G.
    Rogelio Guzman Jr.April 7, 2011
    Turkey Club on rye is legit. Add a side of fries or onion rings (preferred) to complete you meal.
  • TJ R.
    TJ ReynoldsApril 26, 2013
    Let the staff order your food!!! They always pick the PERFECT things to eat!!!
  • Albert Mansour Realtor
    Albert Mansour RealtorDecember 24, 2013
    full bar and good food with lots of veggie options for your vegan friends…
  • TJ R.
    TJ ReynoldsMarch 21, 2013
    Nice decor... decent prices... nice wait staff. Definitely a good spot to hit, if you're in the area.
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JamesJanuary 11, 2013
    One of the best bars in Detroit. Great breakfast and good wings.
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreMarch 8, 2012
    Nothing like an Honest John's breakfast with beer and coffee to get you fueled up for Opening Day. LOVE this place.
  • dominic k.
    dominic kalichFebruary 23, 2014
    Chicken and waffles to die for, also watch an old lady grind her ass into a man her sons age crotch...
  • Juan G.
    Juan GeldresJune 27, 2011
    Big O omelet with feta instead of Swiss and add turkey sausage. Wash it down with an Oberon.
  • Alan L.
    Alan LanguirandDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Late night duncan all the way. Simple sandwich, super tasty...might even pass for healthy
  • Drksyde X.
    Drksyde XAugust 14, 2015
    Everything's good here and the best part is they never turn down a hungry customer. The kitchen is always open..
  • Connor V.
    Connor ValoneApril 23, 2011
    I've grown up here, love the BLT. Whole family frequents and maintains great relations with John!
  • Jaeson B.
    Jaeson BrownAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You have to try the veggie bean burger, it's the best by far.
  • Stella T.
    Stella TrunzoJanuary 23, 2011
    They have blackberry jam! The packaging may look like grape, but there IS also blackberry!
  • Social P.
    Social PayneSeptember 22, 2013
    Great food in midtown... Breakfast is a good choice ;-)
  • Troy B.
    Troy BarrixNovember 18, 2011
    Great food! get the chicken and waffles...amazing!
  • Ian D.
    Ian DavisOctober 17, 2014
    Delicious burger - grilled onions to perfection
  • Dig Downtown
    Dig DowntownAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a great place for breakfast too, try the Monte Cristo.
  • Emeka A.
    Emeka AguAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    This place has great good and affordable drinks.
  • Marquel H.
    Marquel HowellMarch 17, 2014
    Be hip or be invisible I guess. Sat at the bar had to wave the bartender down. She seemed annoyed and it was downhill from there. Left after 1 drink, went in for brunch.
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HayesNovember 27, 2014
    The Turkey burger with the Turkey bacon was great
  • Jules R.
    Jules RobertsMarch 25, 2015
    They have awesome food .... Very friendly folks 😁😁😁😁
  • Ann M.
    Ann MattesonFebruary 11, 2013
    Great veggie options. Try the Pocket o' Joy.
  • James P.
    James PozenelJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best I mean best jukebox in the Motor City.
  • Jeanie V.
    Jeanie VanceSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the sweet potato fries...and Calm Chowder
  • Ms Lillian Baldwin
    Ms Lillian BaldwinMay 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ghettoblaster is a great choice for a new tasting beer...
  • no M.
    no MoreOctober 6, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    only decent breakfast in the area. Lindsey is a special server, she radiates positive energy.
  • Chow Down Detroit
    Chow Down DetroitSeptember 10, 2014
    Great selections for vegetarians.
  • Lindsey J.
    Lindsey JaraJuly 19, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Open 7am-2am Monday-Friday and 9am-2am Sundays!
  • LuvCherripye 😘 S.
    Have your dollar or quarters ready- "Jukebox!" ;-)
  • Bright Lights
    Bright LightsApril 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I always forget to bring my sharpie so I can add to the grafitti on the bathroom walls ....
  • Laura H.
    Laura HerbergApril 14, 2012
    Breakfast w salads is the way to go.
  • Dan A.
    Dan AustinNovember 29, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Best veggie burger in town. Even better than the walnut lentil burger at Cass Cafe.
  • Eric L. D.
    Eric L. DuncanOctober 11, 2014
    Best patty melt ever!
  • Antea S.
    Antea SheltonOctober 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Veggie burger and sweet potato fries. YUMMMM!!
  • Charles M.
    Charles MurphyOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegetarians - don't sleep on this black bean burger
  • Kristin L.
    Kristin LukowskiAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Their chili cheese fries are awesome.
  • chuckyleftduck
    chuckyleftduckMarch 30, 2014
    Try the the gumbo...
  • Nikki W.
    Nikki WMarch 25, 2011
    One of the best grilled chicken sandwiches I've had in a while!
  • Chuck
    ChuckApril 6, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the soups..all of them
  • Paige K.
    Paige KaliskiAugust 23, 2016
    great black bean burger!
  • Brian H.
    Brian HartwellJanuary 27, 2012
    Awesome turkey burger and sweet potato fries!
  • jenny c.
    jenny calhounJune 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    actually its Honest John's Bar & No Grill but whatever.
  • Mary Ellen
    Mary EllenMay 10, 2014
    You know it's not Thompson's bar anymore cuz he never allowed pics in his place.
  • Wissam F.
    Wissam FawazJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't get the Gumbo. It's a sham to call it Cajun!
  • Cait A.
    Cait AshJune 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a drink at 7am
  • Dawne V.
    Dawne VelianoffApril 27, 2011
    Order the Big O! It's yummy!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CoxSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Veggie eastsider, always and forever.
  • Julia P.
    Julia Peters2 weeks ago
    Average food. Out of ghost pepper. No one brought dressing for the salad until we asked three times.
  • Deanna M.
    Deanna MooreMay 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best turkey burger ever!
  • Tracey M.
    Tracey Marie ♐💋September 29, 2013
    Place is a Detroit staple..service dux..but u put up with it..
  • Sean G.
    Sean GalbraithNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    BLT with 10 strips of bacon. Nuff said
  • Towanna W.
    Towanna WhiteDecember 26, 2012
    I love this bar and grill
  • Jean-Luc G.
    Jean-Luc GrosjeanApril 6, 2015
    Chicken and waffles
  • Lewis E.
    Lewis EnochAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Conversation and Whiskey
  • Ms Lillian Baldwin
    Ms Lillian BaldwinFebruary 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Its delicious
  • Nancy A.
    Nancy AndrewsApril 8, 2011
    Old eastside joint had a great neon sign. "sobriety sucks"
  • Walt V.
    Walt Van BurenSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    I love 'rolling my own ' omelet!
  • Xavier L.
    Xavier LawlerMay 23, 2011
    Try the fish and chips.
  • Neal G.
    Neal GandhiJuly 10, 2013
    Don't come here unless you want to wait an hour or more for your food. Wasted my time and ruined my day.
  • Big Daddy S.
    Big Daddy Sr.April 27, 2013
    This place is awesome
  • Marva B.
    Marva BrownJanuary 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken and waffle ! Ummmmmmmm
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NelsonJanuary 13, 2011
    He's actually not that honest.
  • Candice M.
    Candice MeeksFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They serve 40oz #gangsta!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SpencerMay 24, 2011
    Turkey burger...!
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HallMarch 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite no fail lunch spot!
  • Marva B.
    Marva BrownSeptember 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken and waffles
  • Lola B.
    Lola BradshawJune 15, 2012
    Ghetto blaster is good...
  • Christian R.
    Christian RyanFebruary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Waited 45 minutes for our food. Overall, terrible service. Disappointed.
  • Jason G.
    Jason GilmoreMarch 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink Merlot for Lent.
  • Nkosi F. @.
    Sobriety Sucks
  • Alan L.
    Alan LanguirandJuly 2, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Eat the Corridor Gumbo
  • Jason G.
    Jason GilmoreFebruary 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink a Hoover
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