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Wednesday, August 22,2012

Prime sub

New sandwich shop turns the tide toward fast casual dining

by Joe Torok
In the grand war of restaurant styles, legions of drive-thrus with rock bottom prices — matching the quality of the food — stand on one side of the battlefield. On the other end stand the full service restaurants — with servers, hosts and bussers in tow — offerin...
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

Wholly guacamole

Food Fight tackles Mexican mainstay

by Allan I. Ross
You'd think a decent guacamole recipe wouldn't be that difficult to pull off — just smash an avocado, add a bunch of spices and dip your chip in, right? But oh man, is there ever some wiggle room for getting it so right and getting it so, so wrong.
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Food Finder

Cafes & Diners

by City Pulse
CLARA’S LANSING STATION — Fun dining is the motto at this onetime railroad station with impressive decor and less-impressive food. Popular dishes include the chicken Hawaiian and dozens of sandwiches. Full review online at tinyurl.com/66g876o 637 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. ...
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Wednesday, August 8,2012

Dinner and a show

Ukai serves up a sizzling spectacle

by Joe Torok
There's really no need for a movie after dinner at Ukai Japanese Steakhouse—supper is the show. Arrive in any style, sit back and enjoy an evening of juggling eggs, flipping bowls and flying shrimp.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Food finder

Casual Dining

by City Pulse
ALTU’S — Traditional Ethiopian food, including spicy shredded beef with jalapenos and ginger served with Ethiopian bread, yellow cabbage and a house salad.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Cool wines for a sizzling summer

If you’re looking for refreshment, you should brush up on your German

by Michael Brenton
German wines do not seem to fly off the shelves in American wine stores, which is a shame because the wines tend to be high-quality, versatile, food-friendly and crowd-pleasing. Perhaps one reason they are ignored by some buyers is that German labels can be confusing.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Meat, period

Old Town’s den of smoke and flesh pleases slobs and snobs alike

by Joe Torok
I've never been to Memphis or Kansas City, west Texas or North Carolina. So for those of you entering competitions with whole chickens, racks of ribs and a handful of butts, take my word with a grain of seasoning salt.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Food finder

Cafes & Diners

by City Pulse
Washington Square, Lansing. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11-2 Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 374-2784. www.ted-dees.com.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Shawarma safari

Food Fight gang seeks a dish fit for The Avengers

by ALLAN I. ROSS
If there's a preferred dish for superheroes who have just finished saving the world, it's shawarma. (Need your proof? Sit through the closing credits of "Marvel’s The Avengers" again.)
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Socko

This new pizza place deserves a few bravos

by Joe Torok
Opening a new pizza place in town is like planting a tree in the forest: There’s plenty of competition, and even if you survive it’s tough to stand out.
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