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foodpro13 Jan 29, 2009 08:32 AM

Is there anywhere halfway decent to have lunch at Detroit Airport?


  1. coney with everything Jan 29, 2009 09:24 AM

    National Coney Island is reliable enough especially if you want a classic Detroit-style coney (very messy and if you're flying further, ask them to hold the onions so as to not annoy your seatmates).

    There's a restaurant called Mediterranean Grille in the McNamara terminal that I ate at a few years ago that was decent.

    Other than that, the usual suspects. It also depends which terminal you are at. I haven't been to the new North terminal so am not sure what offerings might be there.

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    1. re: coney with everything
      kmcarr Jan 30, 2009 08:32 AM

      I concur on the Mediterranean Grille. I ate there last year while waiting for a flight and was very pleased with meal.

    2. j
      Jim M Jan 29, 2009 09:25 AM

      In the airport I would say no--save your money. But I'd take the two-minute cab ride here:


      You'll get a taste of this area.

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        boagman Jan 29, 2009 09:32 AM

        I suppose that it depends on which terminal you're in, and how much time you've got to do it in. The ideal choice, I would say, would be to go to the Westin Hotel at the airport and have lunch there, but that, as you can imagine, would be pretty time-consuming. Other choices would include PizzaPapalis, which is a small Detroit chain offering Chicago-style pizza. It's functional to me, but I'm spoiled by having lived in Chitown for a few years. Lotsa folks in this area think it's great though, and it really is pretty good...but just not up to my standards.

        Other options would be more generic stuff like Fuddruckers, and other quicker-serve options. If you're truly looking for chowish food in *any* airport concourse, I think your expectations might be a bit on the high side, you know? ;)

        1. l
          Loren3 Jan 29, 2009 12:10 PM

          Cynics and poots! Pay no attention to them.

          If you're passing throught the McNamara terminal (Northwest Airlines and its affiliates):

          Diego's Mexican Cantina under the tram stop by A18. Pretty tasty Mexican, and you might be able to sweet talk one of the waitstaff into letting you order breakfast.

          Sora sushi resto near the center of the terminal, a few doors down from the Westin near gate A35.

          Mediterranean Grill near A54. Some very tasty falafel and vegetarian grape leaves.

          Cuervo Tequileria under the tram stop by A66. Yes, I know they're a chain, but a mighty good one in an airport compared to some of the alternatives. Their salmon quesadillas are quite tasty.

          The Irish Pub on the mid-field concourse by B7. I recall pretty tasty wings, and a yummy beer selection (but it's been a while).

          Avoid Max & Erma's like death warmed over. I used to work at the one and only original M&E in Columbus centuries ago, and it was a blast back then. Now it's just another abysmal interchangeable striped-awning theme resto like TGITuesdayRubyFridayRuckers.

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          1. re: Loren3
            boagman Jan 29, 2009 12:28 PM

            Really? I didn't think I was being cynical so much as pragmatic. I'm surprised at some of the places you've mentioned, since I'm not even familiar with some of them. Go figure.

            1. re: Loren3
              Jim M Jan 29, 2009 12:28 PM

              I've been to those Mexican places, and "poot" is definitely a relevant concept.

              Never tried the sushi bar, though. I'll give it a whirl--good to know about.

              1. re: Jim M
                IndyGirl Jan 29, 2009 01:17 PM

                I think the sushi place is good. Sometimes a hot bowl of udon soup just sounds so much better than the other crap you find in the airport, especially with green tea (though their green tea is not very good, sorry to say).

                1. re: IndyGirl
                  Markcron Jan 29, 2009 03:16 PM

                  I eat the udon bowl at Sora almost every time I fly out of Metro. And the sushi is OK. It can get a little pricey, but it is in the airport.
                  Mediterranean Grill has decent, but not great, humus.

                  1. re: IndyGirl
                    xman887 Jan 29, 2009 03:18 PM

                    i second the sushi place. if i have time to kill before a fight around lunch or dinner, that is where i go. bowl of hot soup, maybe a roll or some sushi, maybe just a bowl of edemame. last time i flew out before lunch, i was traveling with a co-worker. he chose chili's 2. underwhelming.

              2. Fritter Jan 29, 2009 01:12 PM

                We have had breakfast at the Westin several times and it's always been good. Not as time consuming as one might think since so many opt for the fast food options. There is a Cinnabun and Starbucks.
                For lunch Pizzpapalis and National coney island. I have seen the sushi place and Diego's Mexican Cantina but have not tried either. There is also a Gayles chocolates. If you intend to leave the airport like Tip Advisor suggests plan ahead for a cab. Detroit is not like many other cities and it could be a lengthly wait for a return ride.

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                  foodpro13 Jan 29, 2009 09:07 PM

                  I'm flying in on Northwest from Houston, then flying Northwest to Toronto -- sounds like sushi (or udon) it will be! Thanks everyone.

                  1. rainsux Jan 30, 2009 01:44 AM

                    If you can leave the terminal(s) ... Vinnie's Italian Sub Shop grinds their own Italian
                    sausage. At first it may seem underseasoned; be patient, and you will be rewarded.
                    They also sell their sausage in bulk.

                    7300 Middlebelt Rd
                    Romulus, MI‎
                    (734) 722-2997‎


                    1. uhockey Jan 31, 2009 10:30 AM

                      Pizzpapalis and that cool little PB&J shop.

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                      1. re: uhockey
                        blues Jan 31, 2009 02:51 PM

                        I recommend ~not~ ordering a Peanut Butter and Bacon sandwich. The flavors and texture did not work at all.

                      2. dearborn barkis Feb 2, 2009 05:24 PM

                        Another place to consider nearby but outside the airport is a hole-in-the-wall diner in Taylor called Mr. Brew-Stirs--it's on Ecorse road between Beech Daily and Telegraph. Good burgers and breakfast food.

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                          foodpro13 Feb 9, 2009 01:37 PM

                          Thanks everyone. I ate at Sora and was not disappointed. I even ate there on the return flight. The udon is good, but I thought the ramen was even better! Not bad sushi either, and the service was remarkably friendly. Good call!

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