Pulled Pork & Lobster Bisque: Lunch Specials in the D

By: Cara Boyer | March 24, 2014

When the clock strikes noon and your tummy starts to grumble, you’ve got two choices: zap the freezer burnt microwave entrée you’ve had sitting in the fridge since Halloween, or treat yourself to a hot meal.

Perhaps you’re on a budget and think that Lean Cuisine snack-sized “lunch” is your only option. I’m here to tell you it’s not! I’ve already shared dining on a dime options with you, and now it’s time for lunch specials and deals in the D. Your noontime meal will never be the same! Check out the following restaurants to stave off midday hunger:

Grand Trunk Pub, 612 Woodward Ave., Detroit, has a lunch special on its menu Monday through Friday until 3 p.m. Said special includes a ½ sandwich, cup of soup and fresh fruit for just $8. Your sandwich choices consist of chicken salad, tuna salad, ham, turkey, or grilled cheese with avocado and tomato.

I’m not one to turn down a grilled cheese, nor anything that contains avocado. As for the soup, you have your choice from any of the daily selections, such as Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Lobster Bisque, Roasted Butternut Squash or Steak and Ale Chowder. Round the meal out with a side of select fruit and you’ll be full and energized until dinnertime.

Archie’s, 30471 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, serves lunch specials Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Mondays, you can enjoy some of the best Fish & Chips around for less than $8, as well as a Chicken Salad Sandwich or Meatloaf. Specials for the rest of the week include a Hot Turkey Sandwich (Tuesday), Chicken Tender Pita (Wednesday), Ham & Cheese Sub (Thursday) and Macaroni (Friday), as well as several others.

The best part is, they’re all between $5.99 and $7.75, so you’ll find something delicious to eat without breaking the bank every day throughout the week!

PizzaPapalis, with locations in Troy, Detroit, Dearborn Southfield and Bloomfield Hills, serves a lunch menu between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., so you’ve got a huge window of time to enjoy everything it has to offer.

The lunch special menu includes a Jr. Deep Dish (your choice of Spinach, Cheese or Pepperoni) & Salad Combo for just $6.29, or just the six-inch Jr. Deep Dish for under $5. If you’re not in the pizza mood (crazy), you also have Baked Mostaccioli, Spaghetti with Meatball, Soup & Salad Combo and Half Flatbread & Soup Combo to choose from.

La Pita, 22681 Newman St., Dearborn, serves lunch specials all day every day. While they’re a few dollars more expensive than most of the other restaurants listed ($11 to $12), they each come with a ton of food.

The Chicken Tenders special is served with hummus, a house salad and French fries, while the Beef Kabob is served with a salad, hummus and rice. There are over a dozen lunch special meals to choose from, so you won’t find the choices lacking in the slightest.

Loco’s Tex-Mex & Grill, 454 E. Lafayette, Detroit, has ten, yes ten, different lunch combination plates, all of which are served with rice and beans. The combos feature every possible mishmash of enchiladas, burritos, tacos, tamales, flautas and chalupa imaginable.

Combination #4 is a vegetarian special, consisting of a Cheese & Onion Enchilada, Veggie Burrito and Bean Tostada. Carnivores might gravitate to Combination #5, which includes a Tamale Topped with Chili, Beef Burrito and Chicken Taco. Combo #10 includes a Crawfish Chalupa, Shrimp Taco and Suiza Enchilada, so there’s something for every Tex-Mex taste out there.

Red Smoke Barbecue, 573 Monroe St., Detroit, has a hearty and delicious lunch special for under $10. For less than the cost of a book of stamps, you can enjoy half of a Red Smoke sandwich accompanied by the restaurant’s soup of the day. Try the house specialty Pulled Pork, or perhaps Texas Beef Brisket or Pulled Chicken are more your style. Whichever one you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

The soup du jour is the same each day of the week, so you might want to time your visit depending on what your favorite is from the following list: Chicken Noodle (Monday), Potato Leek (Tuesday), Cheddar Broccoli (Wednesday), White Chicken Chili (Thursday), Clam Chowder (Friday), Chicken Dumpling (Saturday), and Italian Wedding (Sunday). The soup schedule may vary ever so slightly by day, but you get the gist.

The bottom line is this: you could sit miserably at your desk and cry into a lackluster plate of frozen chicken and veggies, or you could enjoy a reasonably priced meal that costs the equivalent of a month’s subscription to Netflix. I trust you’ll do the right thing.

Grab a coworker, or a friend on your day off, and try out one of these great lunch specials in Metro Detroit!