Upscale American Cuisine
ENGLISH INN — Beautiful scenery is complemented by a classical menu. Offerings include grilled salmon with dill sauce as a seasonal special. 677 S. Michigan Road, Eaton Rapids. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. & 5–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday; 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. & 5–10 p.m. Friday; 5–10 p.m. Saturday; 1–7 p.m. Sunday. (517) 663-2500. englishinn.com, FB, RES, P, OM, WiFi, $$-$$$$.
FORK IN THE ROAD —Artisan diner serving up local seasonal selections. Breakfast offered on Sundays. 2010 W. Saginaw St., Lansing. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. (517) 580-3556.forkintheroaddiner.com. OM, WiFi. $$
GILBERT AND BLAKE’S — A wide range of seafood dishes, sizzling steaks and pasta entrees. 3554 Okemos Road, Okemos. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday; 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday & Saturday; noon–9 p.m. on Sunday. (517) 349-1300, gilbertandblakes.com, FB, TO, RES, OM, P, WiFi, $$$.
HUMMINGBIRDS — An extensize menu offers a wide variety of dishes from burgers and sandwiches to charboiled steaks and seafood dishes. Also features a full breakfast menu and weekly specials. Inside the Causeway Bay Hotel, 6820 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 6 a.m.–2 p.m., 5 p.m.–10 p.m. daily. (517) 694-8123. FB, TO, RES, P, $$$.
KNIGHT CAP — Featuring signature steaks and seasonal seafood specialties, this restaurant´s been serving downtown Lansing for over 40 years. 320 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Dining room hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m.–11 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Bar is open until midnight all six days. (517) 484-7676 theknightcap.com. FB, TO, RES, OM, P, $$$$.
RED HAVEN — From the owners of The Purple Carrot, Red Haven serves tapas made from only local ingredients. Also great for vegetarians, vegans and those with food allergies. 4480 S. Hagadorn Road, Okemos. 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays; 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Thursday–Saturday. Closed on Mondays. (517) 679-6309. eatredhaven.com. $$-$$$
STILLWATER GRILL — Surf and turf done right, featuring favorites such as Cajun tenderloin steak tips and salmon and lobster beurre blanc; half-off wine on Sundays, Monday and Tuesdays. 3544 Meridian Crossings Drive, Okemos. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Friday, 3 p.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m.–9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 349-1500. stillwatergrill.com, FB, WB, TO, RES, P, OM, WiFi, $$$$.
TAVERN ON THE SQUARE — Hearty American meals from the classic rueben to a mouth-watering pesto crusted salmon. 206 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Monday–Sunday. (517) 374-5555. tavernonthesq.com. FB, TO, RES, P, OM, WiFi, $$$.
TROPPO — It’s Social Hour every day from 3-6 p.m. at this American bistro; dinner selections include veal picatta, lamb chops and pappardelle bolognese, featuring Italian sausage and homemade meatballs in meat gravy. 120 N. Washington Square, Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m.–11 p.m. Saturday, Dinner served beginning at 4 p.m. each day. Closed Sundays. (517) 371-4000. troppo.org. FB, TO, RES, P, OM, WiFi, $$$.
ALTU’S — Traditional Ethiopian food served with specials, including the Friday special of spicy shredded beef with jalapenos and ginger served with Ethiopian bread, yellow cabbage and a house salad. 1312 Michigan Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. (517) 333-6295. eatataltus.com, OM, TO, P, $.
BENSON’S VINAIGRETTES —Benson’s makes all of its “Michigan Farmhouse” cuisine from scratch and rotates the menu daily and seasonally. For lighter appetites, try one of the restaurant’s many sides and salads. 940 Elmwood St., Lansing. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 703-9616. OM, TO, D (for orders more than $20), P, $$.