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...
Venerable bar/eatery celebrates its 90th year
March 24 2011
A mound rubble broken concrete cuboids with tendrils of amputated rebar rests on the desolate lot formerly occupied by a General Motors plant on Verlinden Avenue near Harry’s Place, an old-time...
California-launched Submarina chain brings great food to Lansing
March 9 2011
California subs: They’re now in Michigan, — warm fresh buns, avocados on top.If the "California Gurls" beat of Top 40 sugar-pop sex-kitten Katy Perry doesn’t draw you to Submarina in...
New City Market bar offers good food and drinks — and some prime peoplewatching opportunities
Feb. 23 2011
In late mid-winter, there are more geese squawking in the ice-cold Grand River outside the new City Market than there are shoppers hunting for produce inside
Sure, the pie is terrific but don’t overlook Grand Traverse Pie’s other menu options
Feb. 16 2011
By late morning, Jones’ crew "gets their game faces on," she says, in preparation for the onslaught of professionals who don’t have the time or patience, for that matter, with plenty of other...
Falsetta’s Casa Nova brought pizza to Lansing and the restaurant remains a local hot spot
Feb. 9 2011
College kids led the way. A rapidly expanding Michigan State University, fuelled by World War II veterans benefitting from the G.I. Bill, brought students from the East Coast, where pizza was already well...
’Grower Champagnes’ can be pricey, but they’re worth seeking out
Feb. 2 2011
Despite common parlance, remember that “Champagne,” by definition, must be produced from grapes grown and made into wine in the Champagne region of France. Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain...
Owner Ofilia Diaz takes a hands-on approach at El Burrito
Jan. 6 2011
Owner Ofilia Diaz took over the taqueria in early October, stepping in on a Tuesday after the previous owner called it quits on the preceding Sunday. Diaz came armed with cookies and cakes, adding sweets...
A tasting of various Mount Veeder wines reveals the intricacies of aging
Jan. 5 2011
Perhaps the questions most frequently asked of winemakers and proprietors at wine tastings are “How long will it age?” and “What’s the cellar life of this wine?” Of course,...
A Vietnamese feast in a Catholic church
Dec. 29 2010
Raised Catholic, I quickly realized I enjoyed two things about Sunday service: sipping wine at Communion and watching the final procession of lector, altar boys and priest march out past the congregation...
Guss Bar is reincarnated as a gastropub
Dec. 22 2010
In the idyllic villa of Preveza, Greece, a three-story mansion sits atop a bluff within easy sight of electric blue Mediterranean waters
Menu gets an upgrade at 45-year-old bar/grille
Dec. 8 2010
When The Colonial Bar & Grille opened, Bob Dylan was preparing to shock the world by going electric at the Newport Folk Festival, the Beatles were putting the final touches on their seminal “Rubber...
Making spirits light is easy — if you shop wisely for the holiday table
Dec. 1 2010
The simple answer probably is to drink whatever you enjoy, but the typical holiday meal probably isn’t the best occasion to open a big, burly, tannic Cabernet, or a flabby, low acid white
Veteran restaurateurs combine their talents at D&L Heart and Soul
Nov. 17 2010
The most salient evidence of D&L Heart and Soul Café's commitment to food done right is the sausage. First of all, it's homemade, a labor-intensive detail that demonstrates this breakfast diner...
’Meat-acular’ is the word for State Side’s specials
Nov. 10 2010
Owner Spencer Soka, 30, who grew up urrounded by sandwich-slinging shops in the Detroit suburbs, has tasted his way through Chicago, New York City and Philly, and he realized this area sorely lacked what...
One formidable French valley yields a variety of tantalizing wines
Nov. 3 2010
The under-appreciation factor, which for years made these wines screaming bargains, is disappearing, but this region of France remains a great source of highquality wines without the higher price tag of...
Familiar favorites shine in new Woody’s Oasis
Nov. 3 2010
With shiny new digs only 500 feet west of its former home in the Trowbridge Plaza, Woody’s Oasis is now showing off its kabobs, hummus and schawarma in style, even if it was difficult to say goodbye...

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