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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?

  1. coney with everything May 20, 2011 04:55 AM

    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
      Markcron May 20, 2011 06:17 AM

      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
        VTB May 20, 2011 09:55 AM

        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
          goatgolfer May 20, 2011 12:59 PM

          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.

    2. Cheeeese May 19, 2011 08:04 AM

      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
        berkleybabe May 19, 2011 10:09 AM

        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
          rainsux May 20, 2011 07:48 AM

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

          Auburn Hills: cafe at Carnival Mkt

          1. re: berkleybabe
            momskitchen May 22, 2011 06:28 PM

            @Berkleybabe Al-Bourdoni is out of business

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          Markcron May 18, 2011 09:37 AM

          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
            Wooderson May 19, 2011 10:15 AM

            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
              Markcron May 20, 2011 06:13 AM

              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: Wooderson
                Fibber McGee May 20, 2011 12:48 PM

                And, of course, Jawsburger.

              2. re: Markcron
                JanPrimus May 21, 2011 03:43 AM

                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.

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                VTB May 18, 2011 08:33 AM

                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
                  momskitchen May 18, 2011 09:39 AM

                  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!

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