Traffic Jam, Detroit

One thing you should know about me is when I’m in the car, I’m terribly impatient. Give me an open road on a sunny day and you’ll find me with my windows down, sunnies on and singing along to Beyonce with the biggest smile on my face.

Make me wait for more than 30 seconds at a traffic light and I turn into a rage monster.  So, when someone recommend I go try out Traffic Jam in Midtown, my first instinct was to shudder. How can a place be good that’s named after something that makes me snarl just thinking about it?

Guys, I was so wrong.

The inside is this perfect combination of urban and rustic, modern and classic. Wood and brick everywhere, a large watch face hanging from the ceiling, photos and traffic lights on the walls.

Once inside, it’s like you’re in your own little oasis where everything outside the restaurant is a million miles away.

Traffic Jam & Snug, Detroit

Traffic Jam Large Clock

Traffic Jam & Snug, Detroit

Big surprise, I decided to get a burger. Not just any burger, however. The Tex Mex Lentil burger.

I have had eggplant and black bean burgers but never lentil – when scanning the menu I stopped when I saw it and read this description:

A vegetarian lentil patty served on our potato roll with guacamole, melted hot pepper cheese, sprouts & sliced tomato. 


Yes please.

Traffic Jam Tex Mex Burger

Just look at that flaky, fluffy bun and all that glorious guacamole.

Traffic Jam Burger Bun

My lunch date ordered the House Brewed Doppelbock Braised Beef Briskey Panini (say that 5x fast) but by the time I pulled out my camera, half of it was gone.

I’m pretty sure that tells you how amazing it is better than any picture I post.

And, of course, a side of crispy sweet potato fries to share.
Traffic Jam Sweet Potato Fries

Everything was beyond delicious and didn’t leave you with that heavy feeling that some burgers do, thanks to the fact that all the ingredients are fresh.

Traffic Jam makes everything they serve. There’s also a bakery that makes any type of bread your heart can desire and a wide selection of sweets that looked eye-rollingly good.

I was too full to try any this time but I’m absolutely coming back soon to make my way through that dessert menu.

Did I mention they make their own hot fudge and ice cream? And they brew their own beer?

I know what you’re thinking, this place isn’t real. It’s too good to be true.

I promise you not only is it real but it’s better than you’re imagining.

You can find them on 511 W. Canfield. Go for a visit then tweet me and let me know what you think!


12 thoughts on “Traffic Jam, Detroit

  1. Amanda February 18, 2016 / 1:04 am

    YUM to that burger! I’m about 45 mins outside of Detroit… I may just have to stop in and try it some day!


  2. Rach @ This Italian Family February 18, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    What a neat spot! The decor is so cool and the food sounds delightful! The guac on that burger looks amazing!


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