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May 18, 2011 06:19 AM

DTW - best place for summer intern lunch

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?

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  1. Around Ford in Dearborn? (wow, I thought I was poor, but these interns are really pinching pennies, at my office)

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    1. re: VTB

      Ford is where I am at, but I know there are lots of automotive engineering interns at GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Hyundai and Nissan this summer, too. It's good to be hiring interns again! So, please share your best "next to the office" summer lunchtime find!

    2. On the NW side of town, I don't think you can go wrong sending a bunch of college interns to Tomatoes Apizza, for the lunch buffet. nothing hip about this place, but endless awesome pizza.

      Tomatoes Apizza
      29275 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI

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      1. re: Markcron

        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

        Fumi Restaurant
        24271 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48375

        1. re: Wooderson

          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.

          1. re: Markcron

            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.

          2. 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

            Mati's Deli
            1842 Monroe St, Dearborn, MI 48124

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            1. re: Cheeeese

              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

              1. re: berkleybabe

                Deaborn: Lile's (ham, pastrami & soups)

                Auburn Hills: cafe at Carnival Mkt

                1. re: berkleybabe

                  @Berkleybabe Al-Bourdoni is out of business

              2. Chrysler interns--Carnival Market on Walton about a mile west of Opdyke. They have authentic Mexican, cheap.

                Also Mr Pizza Bootleg on Walton/Adams for carryout subs.

                And Rangoli on Walton for Indian buffet.

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                1. 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.

                  Five Guys
                  4320 Charlestown Rd, New Albany, IN 47150

                  1. re: Markcron

                    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

                    Mi Zarape
                    3800 Centerpoint Pkwy, Pontiac, MI 48341

                    1. re: VTB

                      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.