June 20 2012
GONE WIRED CAFE — This popular hangout and study spot serves more than coffee — beer was recently added. Hungry java junkies can also grab a quesadilla, salad or other menu items. 2021 E. Michigan...
For a satisfying Italian meal, just say Bravo!
June 13 2012
I much prefer to patronize local eateries over chain restaurants. Based on a select reading of my reviews, some may have a difficult time swallowing that fact. It’s just that I also prefer restaurants,...
June 13 2012
COFFEE JAM — Grab some classic comfort food and dessert here. The cookies are made fresh daily, but get there early because they sell out quickly. 6427 Centurion Drive, Lansing. 6:30 a.m.–...
Grab a glass when Michigan's breweries, wineries, meaderies and cideries pour it on
June 6 2012
The summer festival season is shifting into overdrive. One of the early big events was the annual Michigan Beer and Brat Festival on Memorial Day weekend, held at the base of Crystal Mountain Resort and...
Cafes & Diners
June 6 2012
BACKYARD BBQ — Lawn chairs, potted sunflowers and wooden shutters give a backyard feel in a light–hearted atmosphere. Pork is smoked for 14 hours before being served in Backyard’s signature...
Olympic Broil serves fast food that fills you up
May 23 2012
Inside, the blue and white color scheme continues from where the marquee left off, a wall of classic car photographs makes it authentically Michigan, and there are plenty of fixed-bench booths, the kind...
Mert's Specialty Meats has some gourmet surprises in store
May 16 2012
Mert’s began shortly after the demise of L&L Shop Rite. Co-owner Shirley Decker, who lost her job in the L&L corporate office in March last year, joined her husband, Merton Prescott, a meat cutter...
Okemos eatery is surf and turf from top to bottom
May 9 2012
A small collection of cylindrical amber fixtures hang at one end of the dining room, bathing the space in an orange-hued light that highlights extensive woodwork, sage green accents and tables so clean...
May 9 2012
HONEY-BAKED HAM — Stop by for a boxed lunch or shop for a few sundries at this deli/store hybrid. Specialty condiments are offered. Catering for parties and events also available. 5601 W. Saginaw...
Aggie Mae's Bakery
May 2 2012
Old Town just keeps getting sweeter. In March, Neva Austin, proprietor of breads, pastries, cakes and all things irresistible, opened a new, stand-alone location of her Aggie Mae’s Bakery on Grand...
You won’t regret getting caught in the new Northern Leelanau County Wine Loop
May 2 2012
The familiar “M-22” diamond-shaped sign appearing in hundreds of car windows seems to be as ubiquitous as “My child is an honor student at … ” bumper stickers. Highway M-22...
Casual dining
May 2 2012
DIMITRI’S — The former stalwart of downtown Lansing now serves Delta Township with a full dinner menu along with familiar Coney dogs, burgers and fries. 6334 W. Saginaw, Lansing. 7 a.m.-8:30...
April 25 2012
CONRAD’S COLLEGE TOWN GRILL — The menu includes creative sandwiches, such as the J.F.K. (with chicken, tomato, mushrooms, jalapenos, banana peppers, mozzarella and honey mustard) and a full...
No-frills No Thai! caters to the college crowd
April 25 2012
There are a couple of spots in town that I head to if I don’t feel like rustling up my own Thai curry at home, but it’s not like the Lansing area is a magnet for the southeast Asian cuisine....
Chopstix serves Asian cuisine, while Smoothie Café gives you Hawaiian Breezes and Mocha Madness
April 18 2012
The new venture is based on Chou’s Taiwanese heritage, a heritage that includes southern Chinese, Korean and Japanese culinary influences, Chou says. All of those flavors find a home on his menu,...
April 18 2012
is the motto at this onetime railroad station with impressive decor and less-impressive food. A massive menu offers breadth but not much depth. Full review online at tinyurl.com/66g876o 637 E. Michigan...
Upscale dining is the order of the day at Knight Cap
April 11 2012
While that might make for a great way to bring in folks whose conception of "fine dining" begins and ends at a plate of lobster or a French-sounding cut of beef, it’s not the best way to impress...
April 11 2012
CHRISTIE’S BISTRO — Elegant dining with beef and seafood offerings, as well as pasta and salads; located inside the Lexington Hotel at 925 S. Creyts Road, Lansing. (517) 323-4190. www.lexingtonlansing.com....
To truly enjoy Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, drink them before they become too old
April 4 2012
The Southern River Rhone Valley region in Southeast France is home to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, where some of the world’s great red wine is grown. Thanks to hot summers and strong...
If you crave real Mexican cuisine in Lansing, check out these locations
March 28 2012
The big player in short-order Mexican sets up shop in a little trailer along Michigan Avenue. El Oasis, which has a second location inside a party store on the corner of Cedar Street and Miller Road, serves...

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