Cheap but yummy lunch place near Telegraph and Square Lake (metro Detroit)?
La Marsa on the NW quadrant of Woodward and Square Lake RD serves top notch Mid-Eastern food at reasonable prices. Request the lunch menu which is not offered unless you do. There is an Egyptian dish called Koshary, a mix of noodles.lentil and rice topped with fried onions served with two sauces. It's delicious, nutritious and inexpensive. Grilled salmon fattoush is another good choice. It's all good.
Brickyard BBQ, on Voorheis, serves a good 8 oz. pulled pork sandwich for about five bucks. They also have the hottest sauce known to man. It's like eating hot charcoal. Beware.
If you have time and like authentic Mexican food, there is a Mexican market on Dixie and Silver Bell Road called La Mexicana 3 (or 4) that has a lunch counter serving excellent tacos for about $1.50 as well as other food that is very inexpensive - a real bargain.
Lemongrass Thai - Square Lake and Opdyke - There soup is like no other I've ever had at a Thai/Chinese place.
The gyoza is good.
L7 (Chicken with broccoli in brown thai sauce with ginger) is my go-to.
If you are not stuck on ethnic there is Moose Preserve on Woodward just north of Square Lake.
And I think the sushi at the Sushi Hana - just south of Sq. Lake on Woodward is really good.
Pasta Fagioli is on the NE corner of Sq Lake & Telegraph.
If the lunch is Friday; consider: Modern Food & Spirits in Keego Harbor.
I think they do a (much) better job that their reviews suggest ... and suspect that some of
"bad/worst-ever" reviews are the work of ex-staff with a serious grudge. I've dined at
MF&S ~20 times (really convenient for me) and never had a truly bad meal or experience.
I have had some truly excellent meals. Only two meals that I would label "just okay" ...
but with those meals I was venturing outside my culinary comfort zone. The kitchen isn't
fastest, but I'm not looking for fast. I'm not even looking for quick. For me, their entrees are worth the reasonable wait.
The current waitstaff is mostly average to above average, with one exception ... a young
brunette that worked a recent Saturday lunch shift. The owners were not on-site and she
was performing at a D+ level. When I politely pointed out that she was grossly inattentive
... and given that there were only three of us in the place at 2PM ... that "I expect much better attentiveness." I had found her flirting with the kitchen staff in the office area. To
her credit, she stepped-up her game and spent the rest of our meal tidying up things in
the bar & dining room.