Cafes & Diners
Aug. 8 2012
CLARA’S LANSING STATION — Fun dining is the motto at this onetime railroad station with impressive decor and less-impressive food. Popular dishes include the chicken Hawaiian and dozens...
If you’re looking for refreshment, you should brush up on your German
Aug. 1 2012
German wines do not seem to fly off the shelves in American wine stores, which is a shame because the wines tend to be high-quality, versatile, food-friendly and crowd-pleasing. Perhaps one reason they...
Casual Dining
Aug. 1 2012
ALTU’S — Traditional Ethiopian food, including spicy shredded beef with jalapenos and ginger served with Ethiopian bread, yellow cabbage and a house salad
Old Town’s den of smoke and flesh pleases slobs and snobs alike
July 25 2012
I've never been to Memphis or Kansas City, west Texas or North Carolina. So for those of you entering competitions with whole chickens, racks of ribs and a handful of butts, take my word with a grain of...
Food Fight gang seeks a dish fit for The Avengers
July 18 2012
If there's a preferred dish for superheroes who have just finished saving the world, it's shawarma. (Need your proof? Sit through the closing credits of "Marvel’s The Avengers" again.)
Cafes & Diners
July 18 2012
Washington Square, Lansing. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11-2 Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 374-2784. www.ted-dees.com
This new pizza place deserves a few bravos
July 11 2012
Opening a new pizza place in town is like planting a tree in the forest: There’s plenty of competition, and even if you survive it’s tough to stand out
If two recent events are any indication, expect wonderful wines from upstate
July 5 2012
The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula dinner at Traverse City's renowned Trattoria Stella on June 7, and the annual Leland Wine and Food Festival — held June 9 — provided perfect venues to...
July 5 2012
OLD TOWN DINER — Breakfast skillets are popular attractions at this Lansing staple, which has been around for more than 60 years. 516 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday;...
Stateside Deli satisfies a sandwich lover's cravings
June 27 2012
The sandwich shop that stacks the meat high, with locations in East Lansing and Okemos, has a menu you’d expect from a deli: a few dozen sandwiches and burgers, sides that mostly take a trip through...
June 27 2012
JOE’S GIZZARD CITY — As “the only Gizzard City in the world,” this 1950s–themed diner (in restaurant only, not in the bar) brings customers in for famous mounds of beer battered,...
Palace of Jamaica´s atmosphere is far from regal
June 20 2012
The colors of the Jamaican flag beckon diners, and I came prepared. Before dining, I chatted up a friend who was born and lived in Jamaica for a time. She told me about the ins and outs of Jamaican cuisine,...
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...

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