Eclectic, tongue-in-cheek and enterprising, this rambling, multiple-roomed, oft-expanded corner eatery is like a fern bar gone mad. The eccentric menu ... More
Traffic Jam & Snug
Eclectic, tongue-in-cheek and enterprising, this rambling, multiple-roomed, oft-expanded corner eatery is like a fern bar gone mad. The eccentric menu features prize-winning cheeses, breads, beer and ice cream made on the premises. It's Michigan's first licensed brew pub. In the late 1960s, the Snug was an ice cream parlor, the Traffic Jam a bar, then they combined into a Wayne State University/Medical Center hangout and went a bit upscale without losing their sense of anarchistic humor. The food features adventurous embellishments on American standard soups, sandwiches and salads. Inside the plain brick exterior are plenty of distractions and surprises in the pseudo-trendy decor.
Understaffed, waited way too long, mediocre food: Went on a Saturday night, got a table right away, nice waitress, but she was swamped with too many tables.
Their pop was terrible and had no carbonation. Rye bread was ok but white would have been way better. Glad we ordered fried pickles; they were excellent and better than the entrees. We waited an HOUR to get our food (five people, just sandwiches and burgers) so that really sucked. Reportedly the burger buns were sub-par; the filling in my panini was delicious but the ciabatta on mine and my friend's sandwich was dry and hard.
Luckily the waitress gave us 10% off of our bill for the delay, but I was disappointed that the food and drinks weren't worth the wait so I will not go back.
Old haunt and still enjoy to this day, nice ambience, great bread, decent food, cleand and decent staff, try out the nooks upstairs for good sitting, or just take in the sites where every you are nice place to go for a romantic evening out.
Very unassuming, the Traffic Jam is a staple of the universary district in Detroit. Unique interiors are the norm for this ecletic restaurant. The service needs improvement but I don't fault them for it, they are staffed by college kids who, at best, are working on 4 hours of sleep. The food is fabulous especially anything with cheese. TJ's makes their own award winning cheese and use it in most of their dishes. Once of the best and under rated dishes is there white cheddar cheese and macaroni. They take shell pasta and mix freshly melted white cheddar over it, then cover the top with a light coating of the cheese and then bake it in the over for 5 minutes which creates a crisp top with soft and hot pasta below. Simple dish but mouth watering. Overall, worth the trip. You will not be disappointed or leave hungry.
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