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Aug. 17 2017
HE ATEPractice makes perfect By MARK NIXON Late one afternoon in Normandy, I stopped at a bakery. I was hungry and prepared to eat almost anything. The baker apologized because all she had left were a...
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June 21 2017
Lightly battered and flash fried, this was the single best thing I tasted in two visits to Ai Fusion. In fact, I loved it so much that for the entree, I ordered the shrimp tempura udon ($12). It’s...
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May 17 2017
Dear Blue, This is a first for me. I am writing a “get well” letter to a business — you. It may come off as churlish, but it’s meant to be more like tough love. Frankly, given your...
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April 19 2017
Let us start today by singing the praises of Lula’s Cookhouse’s fried chicken ($15.99). The breading is light and, dare I say, buttery. The skin crackles and crunches as you bite into it, and...
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March 15 2017
We choose the smoked salmon pâté and a charcuterie plate for starters. The pâté ($12) gets good marks, with the requisite smokiness smoothed out by a dill-based sour cream. The...
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Feb. 15 2017
It’s as if the place were never meant to be. Yet there it sits, down a forlorn dead-end street, behind a car wash and flanked by buildings whose commerce is God-knows-what
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Feb. 14 2017
Ingredients:48 to 52 oz. of quality canned baked beans (such as Bush’s)Two strips bacon1 small onion, chopped2 cloves garlic, minced3/4 cup brown sugar1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce2 Tbsp. white vineg
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Dec. 28 2016
Bridge Street Social in DeWitt is new to the local restaurant scene. Soup Spoon Cafe in Lansing is an established culinary icon. Both are like giddy teenagers gobsmacked by their first love — but...
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Dec. 21 2016
“When in doubt, quote Yogi Berra,” an old newspaper buddy used to say. OK, here goes: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
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Nov. 16 2016
Some of my fondest food memories revolve around picnics that began with a stop at the delicatessen. (Our favorite is Burritt’s Fresh Markets in Traverse City.) Now we have memories-in-the-making...
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Aug. 17 2016
Here, just a stone’s skip from the Grand River, the brewery pumps out brews that are, as the signage states, “best served cold and often.”
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July 20 2016
Cajun cuisine has slowly made its way into Lansing and there’s no better place to start ranking it than with the original home wrecker, Jumbeaux
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June 22 2016
I sat in East Lansing’s Sapporo Ramen & Noodle Bar the other day, watching others deftly lead their chopsticks while I fiddled and fumbled and failed to get my chopsticks onto the dance floor. That’s...
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May 18 2016
But then there’s Saddleback BBQ’s slogan, “Respect the pig.” At first, I thought it was a toss-off line. Then I thought it might be a Zen-like nod to all things pork
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May 3 2016
Editor's note: This article originally appeared in our City Pulse Dining Guide. For more, check out Mark Nixon discussing the article on WKAR's Current State. Fifteen years ago I wrote a snarky col
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Feb. 16 2016
Margaret Nixon’s Flint-style Coney Sauce 1 1/2 lb. ground beef1 1/2 tablespoon paprika1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder1 teaspoon cumin powder1 tablespoon salt1 tablespoon celery salt1/2 teaspoon black
July 15 2015
“Sixty years ago, I bellied up to the bar at Ed’s and had my first legal drink. As I recall, it was a $0.15 draft that came with a chunk of pickled bologna, a hard-boiled egg and some saltines....
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June 17 2015
There’s a little Italian restaurant we visit whenever we’re in Las Vegas. The food ranges from OK to not bad. But we keep coming back to Battista’s Hole in the Wall for the décor...
March 18 2015
A print of Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” hangs in our living room. Four people are hunkered down inside a well-lit diner. The night is poised to invade. There’s a wrenching emptiness...
Jan. 14 2015
The sign out front — Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center — does not exactly scream “Great food inside!” It may be one reason the State Room, on the western edge of the Michigan...