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...
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
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
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...
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.”
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...
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.”
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
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...
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
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
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....
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...
Dec. 31 2014
If I’m to pick an area restaurant of the year, I’ll choose one that still has a pulse (hats off for you, Fork in the Road). In fact, latest reports tell me that the Naing Family Restaurant...
Sept. 10 2014
There is a love story unfolding in South Lansing. I’ve only glimpsed the plot, but I don’t know the characters’ names and haven’t the foggiest how it will all turn out. If it doesn’t...
Aug. 13 2014
Memo to the owners of Black Cat Bistro: Check to see who prepared the food at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22. Specifically, who prepared the asparagus tartar, the peanut crusted goat cheese fritters,...
May 14 2014
It was as if I had stumbled into the culinary equivalent of a “Seinfeld” episode. You know, the famous break-up episode, where the breaker-upper tells George, “It’s not you, it’s...

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