Ishpeming, Michigan – Real Family Dining

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Country Grill When it comes to dining in Marquette County, you have a lot of options. From Italian to Greek to pub food to down-home country cooking, you can really find a nice variety in this rural region. One thing that isn’t so easy to find, however, is a meal that harkens back to the [...]

Lansing, Michigan – Artisan Diner


Fork in the Road is a new Lansing favorite, its name creatively originated from its location just west of downtown at the split of eastbound Saginaw and westbound Oakland.  The artisan diner is passionately focused on insanely fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredient dishes that at times appear as much art as sustenance.  The owners can [...]

Lansing, Michigan – Bar & Historic Burger Value

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Dagwood’s is one of Lansing’s longest standing taverns and eateries. Established in 1947, it has survived time, major floods and a lot of Lansing history. Rumor has it, it was a hotspot for Lansing auto workers who filled the joint after their shifts for bonding and unbelievable food and drink specials. Today the patrons may [...]

Clare, Michigan – Bakery

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Clare City Bakery + =   If a person has never visited a real, made from scratch bakery, they owe it to themselves to try it out. Nestled in heart of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is the establishment that was once known as the Clare City Bakery and is now widely known as Cops and Doughnuts. [...]

Lansing, Michigan – Downtown Brew Pub

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Located on South Washington in the historic downtown shopping district, Midtown Beer Company is an excellent brew destination as well as a perfect spot for a great lunch or dinner.  Far from its roots as a tasting room, it has matured into a quality dining establishment. Midtown Beer Company is more than just a bar [...]

Ishpeming, Michigan – Brewery, Restaurant and Lounge

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Jasper Ridge Brewery There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to restaurants in the Upper Peninsula: First you have those who focus on doing one thing really, really well and won’t change their menu no matter how many times the same people come in. The second group, far more rare, are [...]

Clare, Michigan – Bar, Grill and More

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The Peppermint Lounge at Gateway Lanes Whether you are on your way North, vacationing in the area or maybe coming for one of this little towns festivals (Irish Festival March 14-18, 2012), here is a chance for a nice meal, some drinks and maybe even a game of bowling. The Peppermint Lounge is located in [...]

Traverse City, Michigan – Family Dining

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Boone’s Long Lake Inn     Ten miles west of Traverse City you’ll find beautiful Long Lake.  Just off its south eastern shores lies Boone’s Long Lake Inn, a family dining destination for over 30 years now.  Steeped in tradition, Boone’s is built a stone’s throw away from where an old saw mill originally stood [...]

Paw Paw – Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

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Amore Pizza Just like Dean Martin sang “That’s Amore”,  we believe you might also find yourself singing those words once you discover Amore’s pizza and Italian cuisine.   Yes, we know everyones tastes are different but if you love pizza and Italian, this Italian food is done right. Why? Because Franco, the owner of this extraordinary Italian restaurant, really knows [...]

Midland, Michigan – Downtown Bistro

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Molly’s Bistro The city of Midland is famous for a few things, especially for being the headquarters of the Dow Chemical Corporation.  However, if you look a little bit closer, you may find a small diamond of a restaurant called Molly’s Bistro.  Set about a block off Main Street on Ashman, Molly’s is truly a [...]

The 2012 Gold Medal Wine Reception

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35th annual Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition A ranking the very best of Michigan wines The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council provides research, education and promotional support to the Michigan wine industry. Thursday, August 9, the Council will host the 2012 Gold Medal Wine Reception, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel & [...]

Marquette, Michigan – Homemade Italian Cuisine

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Barbiere’s Villa Capri Italian Cuisine    In this day and age, it’s never surprising to hear about a restaurant closing. Truth be told, many of them just don’t live up to the standards and the expectations of the modern consumer and others can’t keep the doors open in this current economic climate. That’s why it’s [...]

Traverse City, Michigan – Delightful Deli

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Folgarelli’s the Perfect Traverse City deli! Yes, it was once, and to many still is lovingly known as, Folgarelli’s – The dog hair deli. Don’t be afraid, it’s our understanding that it was more of a disagreement from a local official that lead to the name than an ingredient in a recipe. At Folgarelli’s they [...]

Williamston, Michigan – Tavern

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Tavern 109 Food & Brew   Between Lansing and Brighton just off I-96 is the nice little town of Williamston.  Williamston is known for its antiques and it has several quaint shops. On Grand River in downtown one of the antiques has just been renovated to provide living for a few families upstairs, and a [...]

Chefs Challenge – Boyne Mountain

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5th Annual Chefs Challenge Benefit for Challenge Mountain Save the date now as it is only a short time away.  One of the most exciting chefs challenges in the state of Michigan will be help at Boyne Mountain on April 20th and 21st of 2012.  There will be a few different challenges as well as [...]

Fennville, Michigan – American Eatery and Bakery

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Salt of The Earth SotE   Driving into the sleepy town of Fennville, past the antique stores and farms, the last thing you expect to come across is a restaurant featuring a farm-to-table menu using organic and mostly local ingredients.  Or, maybe that’s really what you DO expect to find in an area where hydroponic [...]

Marquette, Michigan – Desserts

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Joe’s Cakes   It wasn’t very long ago that we reviewed the Landmark Inn’s Capers Restaurant. As you may recall (if not, you can read the review here), we had a lot of good things about this little gem that is tucked away inside the historic hotel. What we didn’t mention was that the Landmark Inn [...]

Wacousta, Michigan – Personal Chef

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Cuisines By Isaac   While enjoying the smells and tastes of The Taste of Elegance, a chefs competition in Lansing, we met Chef Isaac and knew we would cross paths another day and likely sooner than later. Within a few days we received an invitation to dine on his cuisines again and jumped at the opportunity. [...]

Taste of the Chamber – Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce

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The 7th Annual Taste of the Chamber at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo was a prime opportunity for us to meet a few of the area’s chefs and try samples from 22 restaurants, caterers, delis and the Girl Scouts.  The vendors lined the walls around a few cocktail tables and offered appetizers, entrees and [...]

Okemos, Michigan – Wine Bar Dining

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Dusty’s Wine Bar   The song goes “There might be a little dust on the bottle, But don’t let it fool ya ’bout what’s inside”.  Well, at Dusty’s Cellar Wine Bar I promise you won’t find any dust as the staff in this restaurant cares about the fine atmosphere.   Owner Matt Rhodes took over the restaurant from [...]