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Sep 3, 2009 12:49 PM

Lunch After Noon Arrival At DTW?

My flight will arrive at DTW at noon and I know I'll be starving. Is there, by any slight chance, a good place to eat at the airport? OR, can you make recommendations for a place near the airport? I'd be headed out I-94 west toward Lake Michigan.

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  1. Heading west you could take the Huron exit on I-94 and go north into Ypsilanti, crossing Michigan Ave. and turning right on Cross. On the right you'll see the Sidetrack, whose burgers were recently named one of the 20 best in the U.S.

    If you like Korean food, Ann Arbor has a whole bunch of places. One that's very near I-94 is Arirang, in the second of the two shopping centers on the right as you go south on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. The Japanese place Godaiko in that same center is also good, and their lunch specials are huge if you're really hungry. In the first center is Lotus Thai, a decent outpost of a chain in Bangkok.

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    1. re: Jim M

      Are there any great Lebanese places on this route? I always think this is a 'must-have' for visitors to the Detroit metro area.
      wintersummer: Looks like from your other post that you will be going to Dearborn? If so, this would be a perfect opportunity to have some great Lebanese food. I'll leave it to someone local to recommend the best, if you're interested.

      1. re: tokyo

        Agreed on the Middle Eastern food, not all of which is Lebanese. There is a decent one, the Beirut, a few hundred yards north of I-94 on Merriman as you exit the airport (it's on the left going north). It's not the best, however. Dearborn has a tremendous selection. I'm partial to Pineland restaurant on Middlebelt, but that's a good 15 min. on surface streets from the airport.

      2. re: Jim M

        Here's a basic Middle-Eastern place just north of the airport (& I-94)
        It's a good non- chain type family run place really close to DWI & usually pretty busy w/ flight crews & travelers.
        Beruit Restaurant
        7650 Merriman Rd
        Romulus, MI 48174
        (734) 326-1000

        1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

          I guess I'm too late to give the original poster advice, but I recall having some pretty good Lebanese food IN the airport, in the McNamara Terminal....Can't come up with the name of the place....

      3. Original poster here - we had lunch at Zingerman's Roadhouse. There was a Michigan game in Ann Arbor, but we were there when the game started. Had a great lunch!

        1. the food in the terminal is reasonably priced (compared to other airports)nothing great but there is some choice-
          restaurants are located in the secure area.
          list of restaurants here:

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          1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

            Thanks! This is a handy reference. Didn't know the website mapped it out. I've heard good things about the sushi place (Sora) in the airport, too.

            1. re: tokyo

              My favorite restaurant in the airport is National Coney Island. They two locations - one is just a counter, but there is a restaurant a little ways from the fountain.

          2. If you're passing Ann Arbor, and appreciate deli food, then you just have to stop at Zingerman's, which is generally reputed to be the best in the country. Visit the website first. They also own Zingerman's Road House, also in Ann Arbor, which is American comfort food and also excellent, but a real restaurant and not simply a deli. You won't go wrong in either place.

            1. Zingermans is nowhere near the airport, the deli is OK but expensive. Roadhouse is very uneven and overpriced.

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              1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

                Yet they were hoping on to I-94 I think it was a moot point.

                I know I am late but I would have recommended from east to west.

                1. Taqueria Alameda in Westland. Mexican food is great for road trips!
                2. Drive right past Belleville (Side note....did you know Belleville is the real home to Techno Music - Google "Belleville Three" sometime if you give a rats ass)
                3. Bomber Restaurant in Ypsilanti only if for Breakfast (Not the greatest food but a cool experience and history lesson about the area).
                4. Prickly Pear in Ann Arbor for the Mushroom Bisque. Cross the street and have a beer and the Charcuterie and Cheese plate at the Jolly Pumpkin.
                5. Metzger's German Restaurant for some Schnitzel.
                6. Common Grill in Chelsea - I need to return soon.
                7. Seitz Tavern also in Chelsea for some time traveling beer drinkin'
                8. I am usually full by this time and can make it to Marshall.
                9. In Marshall I stop usually at Schuler's or the Dark Horse Brewery.
                10. In Battle Creek you have Clara's on the River and Arcadia Brewing.
                11. I generally only drink beer in Kalamazoo and eat later...if you have to ask what is brewed live under a rock.
                12. Usually by this point it is late at night, broke and I am overly loaded. I crawl back to Westland to start all over.

                1. re: JanPrimus

                  Ok, JanPrimus, where do you recommend a couple of guys go for for a beer (after dinner) near the airport? I have some dinner options for them on their way down 275 (Ajishin, Taqueria Alameda, or to Dearborn for, yes, *Amani*, then Shatila or Masri) but I don't know if any of the above serve alcohol, so I want to make sure they're covered if they want a beer later (or a scotch, depending on their mood.) before they head to the hotel for the night. Thanks for your expertise! ;)

                  1. re: tokyo

                    In Westland is a Ashleys.


                    There are a few other places on Michigan Avenue that offer beer/scotch that also offer some other entertainment...

                    JUST STAY AWAY from Bogarts! The AARP crowd dances there!

                    1. re: JanPrimus

                      Thanks for the tips, I passed them along. I kind of figured, even if the middle eastern places had beer the guys would probably stick to the food and go elsewhere. I don't know, do you even want beer with shawarma? :)

                    2. re: tokyo

                      La Pita in Dearborn also serves alcoholic beverages, and I love the food there. Just sayin'. ;)

                      La Pita
                      22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

                      1. re: boagman

                        Just not that good of Beer :) - That also goes for Amani's.

                        1. re: JanPrimus

                          Since I never imbibe swill, I wouldn't know. ;) All I know is that they serve alcohol.

                          1. re: boagman

                            You would make a good Designated Driver! :)