DTW - best place for summer intern lunch
- momskitchen May 18, 2011 06:19 AM
It's summer intern season in automotive land, where plenty of college hipsters will descend upon our fair city and the environs and it's important we provide them with a list of not to be missed lunch spots near the office. So, what spots do you recommend?
In the same area (Farmington Hills, Novi) there are a few good inexpensive options in addition to Tomatoes ($8 for the lunch buffet and worth every penny)
El Patio ~$8 w/ tax and tip Gringo mexican but filling and cheap
Aahar Indian Buffet $7.80 Highly recommended!
Namaste Indian Buffet $9.50 Spicier than Aahar, completely self service
Ajishin ~$10 w/ tt for many of the noodle dishes
Cherry Blossom ~$10 w/tt for the Lunch or Kitchen specials
Zayeqa ~$8 Halal Indo Pak and Chinese Haven't explored the whole menu yet but the Chili Chicken and Beef Bihari were tasty. The Hakka noodle is supposed to be very good.
Fumi ~$10 for the lunch special
As I think of more I will update this post.
42270 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375
24271 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48375
I ate at El Patio yesterday, and totally agree on the gringo disclaimer. At least for the tacos, which I will never order again. But I love their spice pork stew dish, whatever it is called. And the salsa is alright.
Bonus is they usually have a coupon in the Thursday Detroit newspapers.
I finally got over to Tomatoes Apizza for the lunch Buffet. While this place is miles above a CiCi's. I could easily put it behind Sopino's, Biga and Cellar 849. I most def will go back as it is a great deal on good pizza....but I have no idea in hell how it got that best 25 pizza's on earth designation from GQ.
For an Intern's budget close to the Ford offices:
Mati's Deli in west Dearborn is always good with large deli sandwiches and nice outside seating.
Ricky's Sub Shop on Greenfield has huge subs for cheap and is very popular
Alcamo's Italian Market on Schaefer is also good for sandwiches but there's nowhere to sit
Cardoni's Bar on Greenfield for good cheap burgers and fries
I'll try to think of some more.........
Ricky's Sub Shop
6460 Greenfield Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126
1842 Monroe St, Dearborn, MI 48124
Dearborn area - M&M diner - MI Ave, across from City Hall. Great food, warm atmosphere, good pricing. Al-Bourdouni on Chase -- I think it's the best Middle East restaurant in town. LAExpress on Michigan -- great wraps, sandwiches.
Middle East Restaurant
1012 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115
re: coney with everything
Another place for Chrysler interns, next to the Secretary of State office on Perry St. just south of Pontiac Road - there is a Mexican Grocery with a kitchen inside.
The tacos here are far superior to El Patio (mentioned above, or maybe below).
I'll second Rangoli on Walton, though I am no expert in Indian cuisine.
Chrysler interns are also close to a Five Guys, even if it is a chain the interns will probably enjoy it.
4320 Charlestown Rd, New Albany, IN 47150
With all the talk of Mexican places around Pontiac/AuburnHills, may I ask whether any of you have been to Mi Zarape? http://www.ii-1.com/mizarape_menu.html
(a Mexican guy was telling me this place is edible, so I'm trying to figure out whether it may be worth the drive)
PS--While not well located for lunch, my Intern recommendation is Polish Village Cafe in Hamtramck.
Polish Village Cafe
2990 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212
3800 Centerpoint Pkwy, Pontiac, MI 48341
re: MiZarape- Chi Chi's was a step above. Poor chips, Chi Chi atmosphere. Complete lack of authenticity. It's less than 2 miles from my place and I won't even turn the blinker on when I pass it.
Re: Intern places: If Farminton Hills - Grand River is within the lexus - Namaste lunch buffet. Truly authentic Indian for way cheap.