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Wednesday, April 9,2014

He Ate, She Ate: Mike’s Village Restaurant

Dimondale diner does breakfast right, with a side of quirky

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
It’s said that a small town lacking a social hub is in danger of becoming a ghost town. Bars often serve as this social glue, sometimes schools or churches.
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Wednesday, February 12,2014

He Ate, She Ate

Gastropub chain a good fit for downtown East Lansing

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
If you don'euro;'t go much for beer, my advice is to go to HopCat anyway. With close to 100 beers on tap, there'euro;'s a good chance you'euro;'ll find a beer that appeals. If you'euro;'re a complete teetotaler, well, maybe you should walk on by. On the other hand, food is no orphan in this.
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Wednesday, January 15,2014

He ate, she ate

Pleasant surprises await at low-key Haupei

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Everybody loves RaySome folks will take one look at Huapei Restaurant and keep going. Its inconspicuous location next to a shuttered Shell gas station is one reason. Its exterior appearance, which gives you the feeling that maybe the place is closed for good, is another. The interior h...
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Wednesday, October 9,2013

He ate, She ate

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Restaurants naturally strive to set themselves apart, but so often fall victim to their own hyperbole. So when another Italian restaurant hits the scene with a motto that calls its food “intoxicating” ... well, as President Reagan once said, “Trust but verify.”
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Wednesday, June 12,2013

He Ate, She Ate

Freshness, artistry hallmarks of Maru's East Lansing location

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
The Japanese like to say that you first eat with your eyes. Maru, the latest sushi spot in Greater Lansing, understands this implicitly.
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Wednesday, May 8,2013

He Ate, She Ate

World class food and drinks make Gracie's the place to be

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Ever read a glowing restaurant review and think, "The reviewer must be on the payroll — no place is that good."
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Wednesday, April 10,2013

He Ate, She Ate

Spicy flavors, unique textures abound with Ethiopian cuisine

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Let's start with the good stuff about Altu's. Despite its exterior — think 1970s Laundromat — inside you will find a place akin to what Hemingway called "a clean, well-lighted place." Reed mats, wicker baskets, palm fronds and a turquoise-and-ivory-colored checkerboard floor give Altu's a real sense of place.
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Wednesday, March 13,2013

He Ate, She Ate

European fusion restaurant offers inventive, eclectic menu

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
Let us stipulate now that the world would be a better, saner place if more restaurants could make soup like Mediteran.
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Wednesday, February 6,2013

He Ate, She Ate

Chivalry still reigns at stalwart Lansing restaurant

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
I'm a sucker for old restaurants. In a business where restaurants routinely fade to black, you have to admire a place that has outlasted many of its rivals and a good many of its customers. The Knight Cap is such a place; one of the granddaddies of fine dining in Greater Lansing. It opened in 1969, a few blocks east of the Capitol, before Michigan Avenue boasted a ballpark or the Lansing Center.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

He Ate, She Ate

It's hip to be Squared at Lansing's debut wine bar

by Mark Nixon and Gabrielle Johnson
When someone in our family mentions a good wine they tried recently, the standard response is: "Did you detect notes of baby powder and asphalt?"
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