Traffic Jam & Snug Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 511 W Canfield St

    Detroit, MI 48201

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  • 313-831-9470

About Traffic Jam & Snug Restaurant

Hours
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 10:30 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 12:00 AM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 08:00 PM

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Four years ago I raved about the service and the food, well today dirty glasses and dishes, and sloppy waitstaff left me feeling like this place is going down. the salad was fresh and the white bean dip were very good but the overall

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★★★★★

Four years ago I raved about the service and the food, well today dirty glasses and dishes, and sloppy waitstaff left me feeling like this place is going down. the salad was fresh and the white bean dip were very good but the overall

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This is truly one of the hidden gems of Detroit. They make their own beer, cheese, bread and ice cream in house. Despite the name, it is all one place. Local lore (from the waitress) says that in the 70??s it used be separated with one part for the drinkers and the other for the kiddies.

Get Sauced: 4 out of 4

Wow, very impressive! This place made me wish that I wasn??t driving! They have a small but well-rounded wine list that fits. They also feature a German mulled or spiced wine with hints of clove and apple. The brewer had two beers on tap when we visited, an Altbier and a Pilsner (the Grand Theft Pilsner, to be exact). Naturally, I tried them both. With its hop-forward bite and subtle malt finish, the Altbier was my favorite, but the Pilsner was done well too. For those of you ready to drink hard, Traffic Jam has an extensive libation menu as well. From spicy classic like the ??Red Eye Bloody Mary? to unique experiments like ??Chai One On? (a vodka, milk and chai martini) this place overs a variety of ways to get sauced!

The Sauce: 3 1/2 out of 4

Yahtzee! This chef speaks my language! Every sauce I had was unique and delicious. We started with the egg rolls paired with a red pepper sauce. The sauce was fantastic! I immediately tasted the heat that lingered (but didn??t overpower), followed by a gingery-sweetness then finished with the subtle tartness of the red pepper! I couldn??t get enough of this stuff. I tried the vegan lentil soup and was blown away by the heartiness of it. The soup also had an understated tomato-curry flavor that was addictive. For my main, I had the meatloaf with the Cumberland sauce. The meatloaf was savory and had multiple notes of onion, carrot and currant. The sauce was sweet and deep! A true decadence of umami coupled with a light and airy currant sweetness. My only complaint was the quantity of sauce on the meatloaf, not enough! We also sampled 4 flavors of the homemade ice cream: coffee, mint chocolate chip, pistachio and vanilla. The vanilla was superb, as well as the pistachio and mint chocolate chip. I was disappointed in the coffee ice cream, it lacked a strong coffee flavor. It tasted like coffee with too much cream and sugar in it. I like my coffee ice cream to be have bitter strength followed by understated sweetness. This didn??t do it for me. Overall, the sauces at Traffic Jam are a force to be reckoned with.

The Reduction: + 1 Customer Service and + 1 Ambiance for 9 1/2 out of 10

If you live in Detroit or are visiting, go here! The waitstaff was friendly, funny and courteous. Our waitress had a mastery of the menu and made some educated recommendations tailored to our tastes. She also knew a lot of the history. This place is huge, btw! It has a real mish-mash of different designs and aesthetics that somehow work together in harmony. Its a fun place to sponge up the booze with a electric college atmoshphere on the weekends and a laid back vibe during the week. Traffic Jam also sells its products, stop by to pick up some rich and pungent bleu and asiago cheese or a gallon of vanilla ice cream. Either way, get your pampered little behind to the D and check out Traffic Jam & Snug!

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★★★★★

This is truly one of the hidden gems of Detroit. They make their own beer, cheese, bread and ice cream in house. Despite the name, it is all one place. Local lore (from the waitress) says that in the 70??s it used be separated with one part for the drinkers and the other for the kiddies.

Get Sauced: 4 out of 4

Wow, very impressive! This place made me wish that I wasn??t driving! They have a small but well-rounded wine list that fits. They also feature a German mulled or spiced wine with hints of clove and apple. The brewer had two beers on tap when we visited, an Altbier and a Pilsner (the Grand Theft Pilsner, to be exact). Naturally, I tried them both. With its hop-forward bite and subtle malt finish, the Altbier was my favorite, but the Pilsner was done well too. For those of you ready to drink hard, Traffic Jam has an extensive libation menu as well. From spicy classic like the ??Red Eye Bloody Mary? to unique experiments like ??Chai One On? (a vodka, milk and chai martini) this place overs a variety of ways to get sauced!

The Sauce: 3 1/2 out of 4

Yahtzee! This chef speaks my language! Every sauce I had was unique and delicious. We started with the egg rolls paired with a red pepper sauce. The sauce was fantastic! I immediately tasted the heat that lingered (but didn??t overpower), followed by a gingery-sweetness then finished with the subtle tartness of the red pepper! I couldn??t get enough of this stuff. I tried the vegan lentil soup and was blown away by the heartiness of it. The soup also had an understated tomato-curry flavor that was addictive. For my main, I had the meatloaf with the Cumberland sauce. The meatloaf was savory and had multiple notes of onion, carrot and currant. The sauce was sweet and deep! A true decadence of umami coupled with a light and airy currant sweetness. My only complaint was the quantity of sauce on the meatloaf, not enough! We also sampled 4 flavors of the homemade ice cream: coffee, mint chocolate chip, pistachio and vanilla. The vanilla was superb, as well as the pistachio and mint chocolate chip. I was disappointed in the coffee ice cream, it lacked a strong coffee flavor. It tasted like coffee with too much cream and sugar in it. I like my coffee ice cream to be have bitter strength followed by understated sweetness. This didn??t do it for me. Overall, the sauces at Traffic Jam are a force to be reckoned with.

The Reduction: + 1 Customer Service and + 1 Ambiance for 9 1/2 out of 10

If you live in Detroit or are visiting, go here! The waitstaff was friendly, funny and courteous. Our waitress had a mastery of the menu and made some educated recommendations tailored to our tastes. She also knew a lot of the history. This place is huge, btw! It has a real mish-mash of different designs and aesthetics that somehow work together in harmony. Its a fun place to sponge up the booze with a electric college atmoshphere on the weekends and a laid back vibe during the week. Traffic Jam also sells its products, stop by to pick up some rich and pungent bleu and asiago cheese or a gallon of vanilla ice cream. Either way, get your pampered little behind to the D and check out Traffic Jam & Snug!

Read more @ www.thesaucedchefblog dot com

Pros: the sauce

Cons: not many...

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Great atmosphere! The patio area is great! Brew all their own beer and make their own ice cream! All their desserts are wonderful! i recommend the double berry crisp or the Fluffernutter ice cream! You can take a pint home if you don't have room for dessert!! They also have great Margaritas. Not the greatest service, the waiters tend to forget things.

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★★★★☆

Great atmosphere! The patio area is great! Brew all their own beer and make their own ice cream! All their desserts are wonderful! i recommend the double berry crisp or the Fluffernutter ice cream! You can take a pint home if you don't have room for dessert!! They also have great Margaritas. Not the greatest service, the waiters tend to forget things.

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This restaurant is a great place to visit if you are at Wayne State or going to Detroit on game day or to see museums/plays. The service is erratic, but the food is eclectic and interesting. The breads are home made and really good.

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This restaurant is a great place to visit if you are at Wayne State or going to Detroit on game day or to see museums/plays. The service is erratic, but the food is eclectic and interesting. The breads are home made and really good.

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I've been a semi-regular at the Traffic Jam for about 3 years now and have only had good overall experiences. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxed and the wait staff has also been a pleasure. Sometimes the food takes a little while, but I have yet to be dissapointed by the taste. Their menu is unique and big enough to find something you'll like. I'll admit that it's nothing fancy, but the food is good, hearty, sticks to your ribs cookin' that's great after a hard day at work or for a lazy afternoon lunch.

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★★★★★

I've been a semi-regular at the Traffic Jam for about 3 years now and have only had good overall experiences. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxed and the wait staff has also been a pleasure. Sometimes the food takes a little while, but I have yet to be dissapointed by the taste. Their menu is unique and big enough to find something you'll like. I'll admit that it's nothing fancy, but the food is good, hearty, sticks to your ribs cookin' that's great after a hard day at work or for a lazy afternoon lunch.

Pros: service, parking, food, ambience

Cons: occasional waiting for food

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I have tried hard to overlook to downhill slide in the food. Last Wed. was my last visit to TJ's. The potato soup was like something served in prison.Lox was hard and old, the "spread" was watered down sour cream that would not stick to crackers. I did enjoy the 2 strawberries on the plate. The stuffed potato was burned and embarrassingly small. But the biggest disappointment was the Carlotta. The small plate was mostly covered with ice cream with freezing cold sauce!!!!
Trying to save money is losing you the most valuable asset you have, the customers. Sorry to see you go.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have tried hard to overlook to downhill slide in the food. Last Wed. was my last visit to TJ's. The potato soup was like something served in prison.Lox was hard and old, the "spread" was watered down sour cream that would not stick to crackers. I did enjoy the 2 strawberries on the plate. The stuffed potato was burned and embarrassingly small. But the biggest disappointment was the Carlotta. The small plate was mostly covered with ice cream with freezing cold sauce!!!!
Trying to save money is losing you the most valuable asset you have, the customers. Sorry to see you go.

Pros: free parking

Cons: food

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I went in a few weeks ago to have lunch. After being told my first two choices were unavailable, I waited 45 minutes for my third choice. It looked terrible. Poor presentation. When I brought it to my waitresses attention she hung her head. It seemed this wasn't the first time today she had this conversation. After apologizing multiple times she discounted my item. I wondered what she was apologizing for... did she make my food look like this? Did it take her 45 minutes to make it? I feel people should not critique the service so harshly. I would be lackadaisical as well if the food I ordered took that long and looked like that. If a restaurant doesn't take itself seriously, why would the wait staff?

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★★★☆☆

I went in a few weeks ago to have lunch. After being told my first two choices were unavailable, I waited 45 minutes for my third choice. It looked terrible. Poor presentation. When I brought it to my waitresses attention she hung her head. It seemed this wasn't the first time today she had this conversation. After apologizing multiple times she discounted my item. I wondered what she was apologizing for... did she make my food look like this? Did it take her 45 minutes to make it? I feel people should not critique the service so harshly. I would be lackadaisical as well if the food I ordered took that long and looked like that. If a restaurant doesn't take itself seriously, why would the wait staff?

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We've eaten at the Traffic Jam several times during the past three years. I *love* their vegetarian lasagna and bread pudding, plus their homemade breads are always good too. Prices are quite moderate and the interior is really fun. I admit that service is varied; sometimes friendly and sometimes aloof. There's a good-sized parking lot right across the street and I just heard that they've recently instituted outdoor seating for warm weather.

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★★★★☆

We've eaten at the Traffic Jam several times during the past three years. I *love* their vegetarian lasagna and bread pudding, plus their homemade breads are always good too. Prices are quite moderate and the interior is really fun. I admit that service is varied; sometimes friendly and sometimes aloof. There's a good-sized parking lot right across the street and I just heard that they've recently instituted outdoor seating for warm weather.

Pros: Delicious "comfort" food and a neat interior

Cons: Sometimes-lackadaisical service

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I usually like this restaurant. Our last meal there and the correspondence with management after the meal make me question this place.

My fiance really hates mushrooms. The waiter was certain they were not in the spinach lasagna. Once she starting eating her meal she found several large chunks of mushrooms. The waiter said they were not mushrooms but most likely burnt pasta. Without a doubt they were mushrooms.

I ordered the $14 meatloaf. It came with peas and sweet potato fries. The entire plate was microwaved. It looked awful. I asked the waiter to swap the sides for some soup. He said sweet potato fries sometimes look like that. It was an expensive TV dinner!

An email to the restaurant detailing the experience got a response. The management said the mushrooms were a new addition and they didn't inform the entire staff. She said the peas and meatloaf are ALWAYS microwaved. It was a rather weak response. She didn't seem at all considered with making sure our business returned.

Eat here if you want an overpriced microwave meal! I hope this experience isn't an indication that Traffic Jam & Snug is going downhill.

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★★☆☆☆

I usually like this restaurant. Our last meal there and the correspondence with management after the meal make me question this place.

My fiance really hates mushrooms. The waiter was certain they were not in the spinach lasagna. Once she starting eating her meal she found several large chunks of mushrooms. The waiter said they were not mushrooms but most likely burnt pasta. Without a doubt they were mushrooms.

I ordered the $14 meatloaf. It came with peas and sweet potato fries. The entire plate was microwaved. It looked awful. I asked the waiter to swap the sides for some soup. He said sweet potato fries sometimes look like that. It was an expensive TV dinner!

An email to the restaurant detailing the experience got a response. The management said the mushrooms were a new addition and they didn't inform the entire staff. She said the peas and meatloaf are ALWAYS microwaved. It was a rather weak response. She didn't seem at all considered with making sure our business returned.

Eat here if you want an overpriced microwave meal! I hope this experience isn't an indication that Traffic Jam & Snug is going downhill.

Pros: In Detroit's Midtown

Cons: Microwaved meals, staff not educated on menu, poor customer service

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I've eaten here three times in the past two months with business associates- I have not been impressed. Service? Depends on who you get. First time, our waitress was young and very nice. Second time we were put in a section with a waiter who obviously thought he was too good to wait tables. Third time we left, no one ever came to wait on us. Food? The food is mediocre. House salad was wilted, bread was a couple days old, entree items not worth the price (except if you order fish and chips, they are pretty good huge portion). A woman, who I would hate to believe is the owner is usually there helping seat customers and get out food- she lacks finesse when handling with customers. One of my associates complained to the waiter about service, I overheard on my way to the restroom him talking to her to sum it up she didn't want to deal with us. Needless to say, we no longer spend our money there. This place has great potential to be really wonderful... oh well.

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★★★☆☆

I've eaten here three times in the past two months with business associates- I have not been impressed. Service? Depends on who you get. First time, our waitress was young and very nice. Second time we were put in a section with a waiter who obviously thought he was too good to wait tables. Third time we left, no one ever came to wait on us. Food? The food is mediocre. House salad was wilted, bread was a couple days old, entree items not worth the price (except if you order fish and chips, they are pretty good huge portion). A woman, who I would hate to believe is the owner is usually there helping seat customers and get out food- she lacks finesse when handling with customers. One of my associates complained to the waiter about service, I overheard on my way to the restroom him talking to her to sum it up she didn't want to deal with us. Needless to say, we no longer spend our money there. This place has great potential to be really wonderful... oh well.

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This restaurant has something for everyone - burgers, international fare, vegetarian options. If you can't find something to eat here, you're too picky! Prices are reasonable considering that all of the food is completely made from scratch. Great for a quick lunch or a casual dinner, in a large group or with a date, this is a great all-purpose restaurant that is completely one-of-a-kind and a Detroit landmark.

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★★★★★

This restaurant has something for everyone - burgers, international fare, vegetarian options. If you can't find something to eat here, you're too picky! Prices are reasonable considering that all of the food is completely made from scratch. Great for a quick lunch or a casual dinner, in a large group or with a date, this is a great all-purpose restaurant that is completely one-of-a-kind and a Detroit landmark.

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I was told this was a great place to eat. I went with some friends and it was just ok. Our service was horrible, the waiter forgot our appetizer plates, no silverware, only came once to refill drinks, got our order wrong. Besides that the food was just alright, nothing spectacular. Good atmosphere - love the decor!

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★★★☆☆

I was told this was a great place to eat. I went with some friends and it was just ok. Our service was horrible, the waiter forgot our appetizer plates, no silverware, only came once to refill drinks, got our order wrong. Besides that the food was just alright, nothing spectacular. Good atmosphere - love the decor!

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Good vegetarian options. My meat eating husband likes it as well. They are constantly varying their huge list of specials, but their main menu has good eats as well.

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★★★★★

Good vegetarian options. My meat eating husband likes it as well. They are constantly varying their huge list of specials, but their main menu has good eats as well.

Pros: Great selection of food

Cons: parking

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In screech for something different then the usual bar food found around the ball park, we decided on stopping at JTs for dinner before taking in a Tigers game. The service was good and everyone seemed to enjoy there dinners. I settled on having the fish and chips which was very good. After having a couple 22oz brew beers with dinner, I was to full for desert.

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★★★★☆

In screech for something different then the usual bar food found around the ball park, we decided on stopping at JTs for dinner before taking in a Tigers game. The service was good and everyone seemed to enjoy there dinners. I settled on having the fish and chips which was very good. After having a couple 22oz brew beers with dinner, I was to full for desert.

Pros: Service

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I used to be a TJ's fanatic... couldn't go more that a week without a visit. Now after more than half a dozen disappointments, I'll probably never go back. Somewhat acceptable vegetarian fare, $20 rubber steaks, decent desserts and awful service.

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★★★☆☆

I used to be a TJ's fanatic... couldn't go more that a week without a visit. Now after more than half a dozen disappointments, I'll probably never go back. Somewhat acceptable vegetarian fare, $20 rubber steaks, decent desserts and awful service.

Pros: Dessert, Parking

Cons: Overpriced, Poor Quality, Poor Service

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Went on a class trip to TJs. Do not get me wrong the food is good. But it is nothing special at all. It doesnt taste bad but there is nothing special about it. There are no free refills on drinks, no fries come with the sandwiches. My sandwhich cost $8.00 and was small and didn't taste like anything spectacular. This place is extremely overated. The inside is plain, and the decorations are corny.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went on a class trip to TJs. Do not get me wrong the food is good. But it is nothing special at all. It doesnt taste bad but there is nothing special about it. There are no free refills on drinks, no fries come with the sandwiches. My sandwhich cost $8.00 and was small and didn't taste like anything spectacular. This place is extremely overated. The inside is plain, and the decorations are corny.

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I HAVE VISITED THIS RESTAURANT WITH A LARGE GROUP, MY FAMILY, AND ON A DATE AND THE FOOD IS ALWAYS EXCELLENT, SERVICE WITH A SMILE BUT NOT PLASTERED ON, ATMOSPHERE IS NICE AND ROMANTIC BUT NOT SO DARK YOU CAN'T SEE YOUR FOOD. IT'S WHAT YOU WANT.

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★★★★☆

I HAVE VISITED THIS RESTAURANT WITH A LARGE GROUP, MY FAMILY, AND ON A DATE AND THE FOOD IS ALWAYS EXCELLENT, SERVICE WITH A SMILE BUT NOT PLASTERED ON, ATMOSPHERE IS NICE AND ROMANTIC BUT NOT SO DARK YOU CAN'T SEE YOUR FOOD. IT'S WHAT YOU WANT.

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I've been eating at TJ's since I was too young to drive there. It used to be a wonderful place, great good, great service, great management etc. I've been there 3 times in the last month and each and every time was a bad experience. The food is nowhere near where it was a couple years ago. Service? What service? Each visit we had a different member of the waitstaff, each aparently firm in their knowledge that you're there for their benefit. Price? HIGH. $35 before tip for a light lunch for 3 people. That was 1 salad, an appetizer and a bowl of soup with fries and 3 sodas. The bread of the day was horrible, when asked for something else in it's place, we were given 3 slices of sandwhich bread AND CHARGED FOR THEM. Truly a disappointment to see a gem of a restaurant turn into that.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been eating at TJ's since I was too young to drive there. It used to be a wonderful place, great good, great service, great management etc. I've been there 3 times in the last month and each and every time was a bad experience. The food is nowhere near where it was a couple years ago. Service? What service? Each visit we had a different member of the waitstaff, each aparently firm in their knowledge that you're there for their benefit. Price? HIGH. $35 before tip for a light lunch for 3 people. That was 1 salad, an appetizer and a bowl of soup with fries and 3 sodas. The bread of the day was horrible, when asked for something else in it's place, we were given 3 slices of sandwhich bread AND CHARGED FOR THEM. Truly a disappointment to see a gem of a restaurant turn into that.

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When different owners took over a couple of years ago, they knew what a good thing founder Ben Edwards had created. And so they didn't tamper with success. The Wayne State University hangout (professors rather than students for the most…

 

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