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gan911 Nov 26, 2011 07:02 AM

might be around eastern market/wayne state area later today. anything great to eat down there?

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  1. rainsux Nov 26, 2011 07:20 AM

    Yesterday; Eastern Mkt, not so much. Dunno if more will be open today.

    Traffic Jam & Snug is a Detroit institution. Something to-do at least once.

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

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      xman887 Nov 29, 2011 10:37 AM

      had lunch at traffic jam today. it has been over a year since my last visit. you could have shot a cannon through the dining room and not hit anyone with only about six tables seated at noon. the regular menu looks pretty much the same as it always has plus the daily specials menu, which has soups, salads, entrees, sandwiches, and deserts.

      i had a cup of lentil soup, which was too thick and lacked the flavor of crushed lentil that you would find at any good middle eastern place in dearborn. the bread today was rosemary olive. a moderately crusty white bread with a couple of olives in it but not too much rosemary flavor. i followed that with their hawaiian salmon off the regular menu, which was very good. seared with a slight crip char; served a perfect medium; crusted with macadamia nuts, almonds, and honey; and served over tropical rice with a coconut lime sauce (not too saucy and very subtle lime). at $15, it was very, very good.

      my guest had a cup of black bean soup that looked much better than the lentil and a tex-mex faux (lentil) burger, which she ate half of (my rail thin vegetarian friend).

      the jam is still a good place. i hope they are doing better dinner and weekend business or that their dairy/bakery/catering business is flourishing. i would hate to lose them.

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        gooddog Nov 29, 2011 05:58 PM

        TJ was on an episode of DDD last night. Hope that brings them some well-deserved attention and all the business they can handle.

        http://www.foodnetwork.com/diners-dri...

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      VTB Nov 26, 2011 07:49 AM

      "Detroit institutions" would be the way to go. But, if you don't see one that appeals to you, and you haven't yet been to Slows BBQ, you could hit the Slows to Go BBQ place just south of Wayne State.
      Here's another link worth a glance: http://www.grandtrunkpub.com/food-men...

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        RedTop Nov 26, 2011 08:18 AM

        An avoid: Woodbridge Tavern. We believed the critics. Shouldn't have.

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          VTB Nov 26, 2011 02:41 PM

          Well Gan, where'd you end up? Note--I had forgotten to mention a tip from JanPrimus/Boagman/Goatgofer: http://www.cliffbells.com/

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            gan911 Dec 16, 2011 07:23 AM

            went to cliff bells last night after a few drinks at sugar house....definitely cool atmosphere...but food was ehhhh at best...stuff we ordered:
            1. fries with bernaise: we got bastone'd - limp fries (at least they were warm) and mayo ... pretty sure bernaise should have tarragon in it...seriously, wtf detroit
            2. calimari: sorta cold by the time we got it. The squid was tender, though it tasted either parcooked or undercooked, take your pick. Pretty tasteless on top of that, forgot to salt after coming out the fryer
            3. Charcuterie: not asking for a lot here, but a small plate of 2 of the same kind of meat, 3 cheeses (blue, brie, and marscapone) + some nuts and kalamata olives does not make a 15 dollar plate. The bread was decently charred on the grill, which added some flavor. However, it was more of a cheese plate than any type of charcuterie....one type of meat? really? so thick was the slice that i had to knife and fork it....on top of that, it tasted and felt like ham...i guess i'll never know since the waiter never explained anything.
            I think if you're going to charge 15 for charcuterie, that it demands at least 2 different types of meat, and that types of meat > types of cheese. Not to mention that inherently it should be sliced correctly.

            so I think I would go gamble my meager salary away than to support that institution. Just because these restos are trying in detroit doesn't mean they deserve to stay in business...will not be revisiting this place...definite fundamental errors, again.

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            gan911 Nov 27, 2011 07:32 AM

            none of the above...i got a bunch asparagus, raspberries, asian pears, and pomegrenades (i know its misspelled :P)

            wasn't all that hungry for once

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