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Lunch near Detroit Airport?

dr3rdeye Nov 12, 2011 02:28 PM

I am in Detroit just for the day on Thursday and I will be driving from the airport to downtown. I should have some time for lunch and would like to grab lunch either downtown or kinda near the airport. I'd sort of like Soul Food but I am open to most anything.

  1. rainsux Nov 13, 2011 09:02 AM

    Wheat & Rye is a good place for sandwiches, just north of the airport.

    Vinnie's Subs is also nearby and does an excellent Italian sausage hoagie.

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    1. re: rainsux
      berkleybabe Nov 13, 2011 11:50 AM

      Rain, yes, when I was working in Dearborn Wheat & Rye was really a great place, esp. on their $1 burger Fridays (if you bought a drink and it didn't need to be beer.) My work colleagues and I had a blast at several locations. And the burgers are legit. Good rec.

      1. re: rainsux
        momskitchen Nov 13, 2011 04:23 PM

        We used to call Wheat and Rye "Eat and Die" because they really strapped on the feedbag when you go there. Haven't been there in years. La Pita is not my favorite Middle Eastern place....there are so many better places. however, you wanted soul food, so I am going to suggest Steve's Soul Food....http://www.yelp.com/biz/steves-soul-f...

        La Pita
        22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

      2. j
        Jim M Nov 13, 2011 07:48 AM

        Soul food places in Detroit are spread out and not very convenient to your route. There have been good places downtown in the past, but I'm not aware of one now. Best for a visitor is this, which is out of your way: http://www.beanscornbread.com/

        My suggestion is Middle Eastern, the most distinctive and consistent cuisine in our area. If you're in a hurry there's a pretty good one called Beirut at 7650 Merriman just north of the airport; gets lots of airport travelers and should be fast. On the way to downtown if you take the Telegraph exit north to Michigan and go right (this has a little ramp as I recall), you'll be in downtown Dearborn, the most heavily Arabic city in the U.S. A highly regarded place: La Pita at 22681 Newman, Dearborn, just off Michigan. If you continue east on Michigan you will come back to I-94 eastbound.

        Downtown cheap: the two original coney island hot dog restaurants at Michigan and Lafayette.
        Downtown pricier: I recently had a good lunch at the Caucus Club in the basement of the Penobscot Building, 150 W. Congress. As my friend said, straight out of "Mad Men," with food to match.

        La Pita
        22681 Newman St, Dearborn, MI 48124

        1. b
          berkleybabe Nov 12, 2011 04:01 PM

          You could hit Mexicantown just south of downtown, or go to Midtown... Union Street is great, right on Woodward. What's your timing?

          Union Street Restaurant
          4145 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

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