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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Applause-worthy

For a satisfying Italian meal, just say Bravo!

by Joe Torok
I much prefer to patronize local eateries over chain restaurants. Based on a select reading of my reviews, some may have a difficult time swallowing that fact. It’s just that I also prefer restaurants, local or not, that live up to what they say they’ll delver.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Food finder

Cafes & Diners

by City Pulse
BACKYARD BBQ — Lawn chairs, potted sunflowers and wooden shutters give a backyard feel in a light–hearted atmosphere. Pork is smoked for 14 hours before being served in Backyard’s signature barbecue pork sandwiches. 2329 Jolly Road, Okemos. 10:30 a.m.– 7 p.m. Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 381–8290. Second location at 301 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 10 a.m.– 7 p.m. Monday– Friday (517) 853–2777. TO, P, $
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

The summer spirits

Grab a glass when Michigan's breweries, wineries, meaderies and cideries pour it on

by Michael Brenton
The summer festival season is shifting into overdrive. One of the early big events was the annual Michigan Beer and Brat Festival on Memorial Day weekend, held at the base of Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Greece is the word

Olympic Broil serves fast food that fills you up

by Joe Torok
Inside, the blue and white color scheme continues from where the marquee left off, a wall of classic car photographs makes it authentically Michigan, and there are plenty of fixed-bench booths, the kind of seating oversized guys like me squeeze themselves into.
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Wednesday, May 16,2012

More than mere meat

Mert's Specialty Meats has some gourmet surprises in store

by Joe Torok
Mert’s began shortly after the demise of L&L Shop Rite. Co-owner Shirley Decker, who lost her job in the L&L corporate office in March last year, joined her husband, Merton Prescott, a meat cutter who had been laid off from L&L a few months prior, in the realm of the unemployed.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Food finder

by City Pulse
HONEY-BAKED HAM — Stop by for a boxed lunch or shop for a few sundries at this deli/store hybrid. Specialty condiments are offered. Catering for parties and events also available. 5601 W. Saginaw Highway, Suite A, Lansing. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 327-5008. www.honeybaked.com, D, TO, OM, RES, $
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Does Stillwater run deep?

Okemos eatery is surf and turf from top to bottom

by Joe Torok
A small collection of cylindrical amber fixtures hang at one end of the dining room, bathing the space in an orange-hued light that highlights extensive woodwork, sage green accents and tables so clean they shine.
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

Food finder

Casual dining

by City Pulse
DIMITRI’S — The former stalwart of downtown Lansing now serves Delta Township with a full dinner menu along with familiar Coney dogs, burgers and fries. 6334 W. Saginaw, Lansing. 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday. (517) 323-6867; TO
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

New in town

Aggie Mae's Bakery

by Joe Torok
Old Town just keeps getting sweeter. In March, Neva Austin, proprietor of breads, pastries, cakes and all things irresistible, opened a new, stand-alone location of her Aggie Mae’s Bakery on Grand River Avenue.
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

The road less traveled

You won’t regret getting caught in the new Northern Leelanau County Wine Loop

by Michael Brenton
The familiar “M-22” diamond-shaped sign appearing in hundreds of car windows seems to be as ubiquitous as “My child is an honor student at … ” bumper stickers. Highway M-22 is a wonderfully scenic road that wraps around the perimeter of the Leelanau Peninsula, showcasing picturesque vistas of Grand Traverse Bay, neighboring Old Mission Peninsula, islands and verdant vineyards as it darts through historic villages, such as Suttons Bay and Leland.
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