DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit’s Traffic Jam and Snug restaurant will soon be known by foodies nationwide. The Motor City eatery, which opened in 1965, will be featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”
Co-owner Carolyn Howard thinks she knows why Traffic Jam was selected for the show.
“Of course, they’re a national show and, from my observations of the show, they want to showcase interesting restaurants, maybe someone that’s doing something a little bit differnt or something with a little bit of a twist,” she told WWJ Newsradio 950.
Howard believes what sets Traffic Jam apart is its made-from-scratch menu which uses items grown in the restaurant’s roof garden and foods produced on the premises.
“We try to make everything in-house that can be made here — all of the usual things, and some of the unusual things. We have a full-time bakery, two full-time bakers; all the breads, buns, cookies, desserts,” said Howard. “Everything are made in-house. We make our own beers, ales and lagers.”
Also, since Traffic Jam isn’t a diner, drive-in or dive — Howard figures it qualifies for the program because it’s menu items fall within a certain price range.
Traffic Jam will host a pre-show party beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday. ”Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” airs at 10 p.m. on the Food Network.