The English Inn: Fine Dining in Eaton Rapids, Michigan

The English Inn sits on the banks of the Grand River, with 16 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and groomed walking trails. Photographers delight in making images in the garden, antique buffs enjoy sneaking a peek at the sleeping rooms at inn, and foodies appreciate the fine dining. All of this makes the experience one…

Gandy Dancer: Fine Dining in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Starting with a faint rumble, it becomes louder, and then the vibration begins. A passenger train roars past, with a friendly toot of the horn, and Gandy Dancer’s diners break into applause as the train safely passes the restaurant. It’s a tradition. Location: The Gandy Dancer located at 401 Depot Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan….

Cafe Sante in Boyne City, Michigan

After a full day outside in the crisp air tackling the snow-covered trails in Northern Michigan, outdoor enthusiasts are usually ready for a satisfying après-ski dining experience that includes delicious food and a festive atmosphere. Just six miles from Boyne Mountain ski resort, the small town (population 4000), of Boyne City boasts half a dozen…

The Knickerbocker: New Holland Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Knickerbocker: New Holland Brewing is a restaurant, brewery, and distillery all combined into one 40,000 square foot venue. A lot is going on here, appealing to all five senses: live music, games in the open-air courtyard, brewery, and distillery tours, shopping in the on-site store, and farm-to-fork food cooked in a wood-fired oven. Location:…

Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery in Ann Arbor, Michigan

In any city, there are our favorite restaurants. The ones we keep going back to until finally, we’re in a culinary rut. Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery pulled me out of that rut with a new take on BBQ and beer. Location: Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery located at 207 East Washington in Ann Arbor,…

Cosmos: Wood-Fired Pizza in Lansing, Michigan

Cosmos Restaurant is a combination of sci-fi and out of this world wood-fired pizza pie. Cosmos make their gourmet pizza in a wood-fired pizza oven that results in a thin and crispy crust. The charred and slightly smoky edges are brushed with olive oil when it comes out of the oven. The olive oil keeps…

Diamond Jim Brady’s Bistro Bar in Novi (Detroit), Michigan

Diamond Jim Brady’s Bistro Bar has been a area institution since 1954. James Buchanan Brady, aka , made millions from selling railroad supplies, wore flashy jewelry, and ate twelve-course gourmet meals. His culinary prowess made him a well-known figure in the food world. The restaurant’s current chef-owner, Mary Brady’s father-in-law James Brady shared Diamond Jim’s…

Cygnus27: Latin-Inspired Cuisine in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Cygnus27, named for the constellation, sent me over the moon with its Latin-inspired dishes. The panoramic night views make the city lights reminiscent of stars. A sprinkle of twinkling lights against a golden sheer fabric backdrop continues the celestial theme. Location: Cygnus27 located at 187 Monroe Avenue NW on the twenty-seventh floor, Tower Side, of…

Gratzi: Northern Italian Cuisine in Ann Arbor, Michigan

After dining at Gratzi, it seems to be the perfect name for this northern Italian restaurant. While I’m sure, the name is a nod in thanks from the restaurant to the diner, as the diner, the service, the food, and the ambiance are all reasons to be thankful for this experience. Location: Gratzi located at…

Fresh Mediterranean Cuisine at Zaytoon Mediterranean in Lansing, Michigan

Zaytoon (Arabic for olive) the Mediterranean, is a healthy alternative to fast food. As their tagline says, “Fast Food – Cooked Slow.” Their Mediterranean cuisine focuses on the and with an American twist. The emphasis is scratch cooking from fresh ingredients, when possible, but never frozen. For example, making hummus is a slow three-day process….