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...
Although the popular restaurant is lovely to look at, the dining experience leaves much to be desired
June 15 2011
By JOE TOROK Google "Lansing dining," and Clara’s Lansing Station jumps to the top of the page. Popularity with residents, frequent recommendations to guests visiting from out of town and a landmark...
Using grass-fed beef and free-range pork and chicken, Trailer Park’d offers a classy alternative to fast food
June 8 2011
Hahn now sets up daily at the corner of Cedar and Liberty Streets, just north of Grand River Avenue, and is looking to move into Old Town soon. Trailer Park’d appears weekly at the Allen Street and...
A recent tasting revealed the many types and tastes of the popular wine
June 1 2011
Although a variety of wine styles are produced in the Douro, when most people think of port, they think of a sweet red wine, fortified with neutral grape spirits to increase the alcohol content and stop...
Xiao China Grille tailors its elegant dishes for Lansing’s taste buds
May 25 2011
Cheng, whose family immigrated to the New York area in 1982 from the Fujian province in southeast China, has been in the restaurant business for most of his life. He’s seen what works in New York,...
The Wild Rose pops up; Downtown Dog House becomes The Boardroom
May 18 2011
A lunch buffet is new to the location and the menu has expanded, too. Valdez says customers have gone crazy over her caldo, a stew and soup hybrid loaded with beef and vegetables. Menudo is new, too, and...
Now in Delta Township, the venerable restaurant has expanded its menu
May 11 2011
Reborn in comfortable new digs on Saginaw Road near Creyts Road, Dimitri’s is now run by Stamiti Stathopoulos, son of the restaurant’s namesake. The decision to reopen was not easy (or cheap),...
Leelanau’s vinters rebound gloriously after weathering a tough season in 2009
May 4 2011
The annual spring media event sponsored April 16 by the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association provided ample support for the buzz about the 2010 wine vintage in northwest Michigan
Sip ’n Snack has been an Okemos institution since the 1950s
April 27 2011
Retirement is a dirty word to Valentine Korrey. The 88-year-old drives himself to work at 2 a.m. five mornings a week, to the same grill he’s been cracking eggs on, to the same stainless steel counters...
What’s opening and what’s changing in the restaurant world in the near-future
April 20 2011
Xiao (pronounced shee-ow) China Grille & Lounge had a soft opening earlier this month, but it plans to roll out a grand opening event the first week of May. In his location at 3415 E. Saginaw Street, just...
Owner puts a personal touch on everything at Thai Princess
April 13 2011
While some diners are happy their meal is simply edible, Thai Princess should please a higher standard gourmand with a kitchen that combines years of experience developing flavors in the toughest of restaurateur...
They may not be well known in the States, but these Austrian delights are delicious discoveries
April 6 2011
The recent wine-tasting fundraiser at the Kellogg Center, benefiting the Michigan State University Museum, provided a cornucopia of the wines of the world or the world of wine. But where to start when...
The bacon alone could send you to seventh heaven
March 30 2011
Mama’s Kitchen may offer breakfast bacon that could be sold by the gram on street corners and hamburgers loaded enough to require a third jaw hinge, but it just doesn’t feel right to call the...

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