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Dec 13, 2010 04:17 AM

Lunch near the DIA in Detroit

Any recommendations for a moderately priced interesting place to go for a late lunch near the DIA on a Saturday? We're catching up with a friend we haven't seen in a couple years and so might be inclined to linger, so a place where that kind of thing can be tolerated would be great. We're open to any kind of food, but would prefer a place that also serves beer.

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  1. Believe it or not, the DIA has a great cafeteria that serves beer and wine. I've always enjoyed my meals there.

    1. Traffic Jam & Snug. Never disappoints me.

      Traffic Jam & Snug Restaurant
      511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201

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      1. re: vdoucette

        Oh that is 100% perfect. Thank you so much!

        1. re: Raids

          Glad to help. Please let us know how it goes.

      2. Cass Cafe is pretty good.

        Cass Cafe
        4620 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

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        1. re: worldwarz

          I think I might have to stop by there for a drink and to look at the art - I'm totally blown away by the piece by Maria Prainito-Winczner they have up on the website, it's just stunning.

          1. re: Raids

            That's the thing about Cass Cafe. It's not great food. Sometimes they have a good soup or entree. But in every neighborhood there is a place that catches the local vibe, and around WSU and the museum Cass Cafe is it. TJ's is also good—if you're with a group, their wines by the bottle are cheap and varied.

            1. re: Jim M

              I sensed that and did manage to schedule it in for drinks after the museum, only. Hopefully Traffic Jam does have good food, though, because it certainly seems like it would from the website.

              Won't be able to do TJ's this time since we have to drive a lot afterward and so couldn't do it justice since wine during the day always makes us tired. Good to hear though - it's been a year since I was last in Michigan from D.C. and longer since I was last in Detroit, so I'm looking forward to checking it out.

              1. re: Raids

                TJ's = Traffic Jam. BTW, Charlesbois above is right—the museum food-service spots are definitely above average.

                1. re: Jim M

                  Ha, that makes sense. Still skipping the wine. :-)

                  I've eaten at the museum plenty of times, but appreciated the suggestion nevertheless. I'm looking for something different this time, though.

                2. re: Raids

                  While it doesn't appeal to me at all, I'm constantly hearing that the house-made cheese at Traffic Jam is good, as are their potent potables. I've eaten there before, and it was just okay to my tastes, but that *must* be filtered through the knowledge that I hate cheese, and I'm pretty picky about my alcoholic beverages. I remember upon leaving that I wanted to like it more than I did, but that there wasn't anything wrong with the place at all...their main thrust just isn't my bag, you know?

                  They still get pretty consistently good chatter around here.

          2. Loved Traffic Jam. If I lived in the area, I'd be a regular. I live in DC, and this is exactly the kind of place we're missing, so I really enjoyed the chance to drink great beer and have good food in an unpretentious atmosphere. They were out of the sour brown ale, so I had the dunkel weizen and it was fantastic. Some of the best house-brewed beer I've ever had, anywhere. Also had the cheese platter and it was good, but not as out of this world as the beer. I really liked the atmosphere and will definitely make a point of going back any time I'm in the neighborhood.

            Stopped by Cass Cafe also, and liked it, although my friend ordered some food and regretted it. Good atmosphere and really friendly service.

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