There’s something tasty at every stop along Michigan’s Pioneer Wine Trail
Nov. 2 2011
These wineries boast many medalwinning wines and are attracting loyal followers. Geographically, the northernmost winery on the trail is Burgdorf s Winery, east of Haslett, and the southernmost is J....
Cafes & Diners
Nov. 2 2011
MEDITERAN DELI This bright, casual deli is set up as a New York-style takeout, but there are about 10 seats, if you want to sit by the window and watch the world go by. It offers fresh rotisserie chicken,...
Dusty’s Cellar may sound like a second-hand store, but the food and service are definitely first-rate
Oct. 26 2011
Table service is well executed at Dusty’s. Clad in all-black, the serving staff is friendly, knowledgeable and purposeful
Oct. 26 2011
City Airport, Mijo’s offers hearty breakfasts like the massive western omelet made with five eggs to satisfy the hungriest appetites. 5131 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday- Friday;...
Toast the season at Crunchy’s in East Lansing
Oct. 19 2011
Craft beer continues to grow as an industry, relying on the enthusiasm of beer aficionados looking for something a little less mainstream, unsatisfied with the selection of mass-produced beers on tap courtesy...
Cafes & Diners
Oct. 19 2011
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Woody’s in East Lansing features marvelous kafta, so-so spinach pie — and lots and lots of lemon
Oct. 12 2011
Décor, though, is likely not on the minds of most who venture to Woody’s for Mediterranean food, as folks have for a quarter-century. No, patrons are looking for some tasty grub made fast,...
Cafes & Diners
Oct. 12 2011
248 East Saginaw Road, East Lansing. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. (517) 324-4400. TO, $
Beautiful wine country and fine vineyards are waiting just across the border
Oct. 7 2011
By ALAN KERR In some ways Napa and Niagara are similar. Well OK, Napa is a warm climate region and Niagara is cool climate aside from several days this summer when the temperature gauge cranked up close...
Michigan's newest vineyard is creating bewitching (and prize-winning) wines
Oct. 7 2011
As fall colors explode in full splendor, and freshly picked grapes begin their metamorphosis into fine wine, what better time to enjoy a weekend excursion to one of Michigan’s fine wine trails? And...
Broasted birds are served up at Augie’s
Sept. 21 2011
Augie’s Broasted Chicken opened Aug. 18, and owner Anne Ganakas, who operated the Arby’s fast food franchise formerly housed where Augie’s now sits, says the patented pressurecooked broasted...
Cafes & Diners
Sept. 21 2011
TED DEE’S SANDWICH SHOP This downtown Lansing spot serves a variety of deli sandwiches and specialties, like the chicken cheese panini. 119 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday;...
Enso has ample ambiance and some fine dishes, but certain elements could use a bit of polishing
Aug. 24 2011
A red carpet greets diners at the front door and sets the upscale mood. The patio, perhaps the best in the area, is a distinct dining space not just a slab of concrete with some patio furniture, like...
Aug. 17 2011
The No Thai! name is a play on an owner’s first name, but being a college-town creation, No Thai! revels in irreverence. Cooks and order-takers reference both a "Seinfeld" icon and text-speak culture...
Leland Festival provides a tasty picture of our area wine makers’ latest creations
Aug. 3 2011
Mark Carlson of Suttons Bay’s Silver Leaf Vineyard poured his 2009 reserve Chardonnay, aged 18 months in French oak. Fans of full malolactic, barrel-aged Chardonnay will enjoy the buttery, vanillatinged...
Williamston is buzzing over an awesome eatery
July 27 2011
I learned quickly of its popularity on a Friday evening. The dining space was bustling with activity, conversations layered one on top of another, waitstaff bouncing like lasers from kitchen to table and...
Soup Spoon Caf expands its menu for the season; check out the new Dawg in East Lansing
July 22 2011
Server Eric Austin, an enthusiastic ambassador of all things Soup Spoon, explains that the Spoon-I-pino concept is an interpretation of cioppino, a type of fish stew originating from Italian fisherman...
Nip-n-Sip serves up deep-fried memories
July 13 2011
We pulled in next to one of many drive-up menus that surround the kitchen and server station hub in the center of the lot. At Nip-n-Sip, your car is your commissary, although tables underneath two metal...
Thompsonville’s annual Beer and Brat Festival provides a chance to sample some of Michigan’s most notable brews
July 6 2011
Craft beers. Micro brews. Whatever you choose to call them, appreciation for craft-brewed beers and ales and other specialty beverages, such as hard cider and mead, is expanding in Michigan
Unable to stand the heat, our food critic gets out of the kitchen to find delicious alternatives
June 22 2011
Dear Kitchen: Things are getting a little hot for me. We had a great time through the winter, your warmth and dedication unwavering. Alas, it could not last. It’s summer now, and I think I should...

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