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….

The Common Grill in Chelsea, Michigan Isn’t Common

In a charming southeast Michigan town with a population of just over 5,000, you find a bustling restaurant that seats 150 people. The Common Grill is an upscale American Bistro with a seafood emphasis. Executive Chef and owner Craig Common is at the helm of this destination restaurant, where he flies in fresh seafood daily….

Tomato Brothers, Italian Cuisine in Howell, Michigan

Tomato Brothers is a family-friendly Italian restaurant that our smiling server describes as, “It’s like eating homemade, without having to cook.” I have to agree with her; the scratch-made Italian food tastes like an Italian grandmother is in the kitchen. Location: Tomato Brothers located at 3030 West Grand River in Howell, . Menu: The menu…

Grand River Brewery in Jackson, Michigan

Grand River Brewery lures you in with the trifecta! A brewery, distillery, and winery all under one roof. However, the eatery’s scratch-made kitchen has me yearning for more. The fresh local ingredients, treated with traditional cooking techniques make all the difference. Location: Grand River Brewery located in downtown Jackson, at 117 West Louis Glick Highway,…