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Wednesday, July 15,2015

He ate: Small plates pack a big punch

by Mark Nixon
“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. It was breakfast time, and I had just finished the night shift on the New York C...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

He ate: Service and charm fuel the Sinclair Grill

by Mark Nixon
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 — and for Gordy. The walls are jam-packed with signed celebrity photos of “old” Vegas, a la the Rat Pack. Then there’s the legend — Gordy the accordion player — who serenades diners each night. He has done this for decades. To the regulars, Gordy IS Battista’s. (Spartan fans be warned: If he asks you where you’re from and you say Michigan, he will break into the U of M fight song.)
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Wednesday, March 18,2015

He ate: South Lansing’s Golden Harvest?

by Mark Nixon
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 about the scene. Three customers sit at the counter, detached and lonely. Only the server behind the counter seems to be breathing.
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Wednesday, January 14,2015

He ate: Tripping over superlatives

by Mark Nixon
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 State University campus, can be an overlooked star in Greater Lansing’s culinary constellation.
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Wednesday, December 31,2014

He ate:´More, please´

by Mark Nixon
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 on Lansing’s south side is thriving. That’s as good a way to start the 2015 dining scene as anything I can imagine.
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Wednesday, September 10,2014

He ate: A quirky love story

by Mark Nixon
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 have a happy ending, though, I will curse the cruel fates.
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Wednesday, August 13,2014

He ate: Looks great, tastes better

by Mark Nixon
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, the Albert Ave. street corn and the avocado crabwich. Seek them out. Praise them. Shake their hands and ask them to recreate these dishes every day, right to the very last drop of balsamic reduction.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

He ate: Spice world

by Mark Nixon
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 me.”
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

He Ate: Tell me about the rabbit

by Mark Nixon
The farm-to-table movement is so prevalent that it risks becoming a cliché. Who knows? Our local McDonald’s may one day brag about free-range Chicken McNuggets raised on a McFarm in McEaton County.
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Wednesday, December 18,2013

He ate: Reality bites

by Mark Nixon
Woody Allen famously said he hated reality, “but it’s still the best place to get a good steak.”
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