Saturday, July 08, 2006
IKEA Cafe lunch
On the 4th of July, like several thousand other patriotic Americans, Lauren and I went to check out the new Detroit IKEA. We didn't buy any furniture, although I did get 2 new spatulas and some large $3 planters for my lemon tree and rosemary bush. The highlight was really lunch.
For $14, we feasted on smoked salmon with a mixed greens salad, boiled potatoes, a marinated red pepper and fresh mozzarella sandwich, some mixed vegetables, and a large slice of apple cake. This was a fantastic meal, and there were several even less expensive options on the menu, like the Swedish meatball and fries combo. Menu choices were neccesarily limited to keep the prices down, but if you like $1.99 breakfasts, meatballs and fish this is your place.
Lauren with textiles, 2006
The cafe itself is light-filled, well decorated, and packed with people - in short, a genuine scene! There's even a doorman and wait to get in. If you are in Detroit and you want to see what's hot, it's not a nightclub or a bar, it's the IKEA cafe.
IKEA wall of fish, 2006
Downstairs, on the other hand, you will find not a scene but a well-stocked wall of fish products, which might or might not play in the D. We're open minded, but tubes of cod roe and pickled herring might be far out from mainstream tastes. On the other hand, IKEA is pretty savvy and it must be working in Emeryville and Conshohocken or it wouldn't be here. Time will tell, but I highly recommend the upstairs in the meantime.