Go a little further down the road to Chattanooga, TN. The City Cafe Diner is located just off the road (exit 7?)on Lee highway and is attached to a Best Western. Don't let the odd location stop you. Our mouths dropped open when we walked in and saw the dessert case. Huge cakes, great looking pies. The ones we tried lived up to their promise. More importantly we thought their food was very good. They have a large menu and I thought it would not be good as large menus sometimes are quantity over quality. Not so here. I had great crab cakes something that can be hard to do correctly. Their patty melt was also good. The quantities are very large so if you can, bring a cooler for leftovers.
Fragels from Bagel Fragel on Plymouth Rd. they are deep-fried raisin bagels rolled in cinnamon and sugar I haven't seen them elsewhere. Bagel Fragel now has other locations but it orignated with te old Bagel Factory on South U.
In tourist trap land we found this special restaurant! I've read a couple of places there are no really good restaurants in this area. But this one is really great. It is a lunchtime restaurant so - have your big meal of the day at lunch and have it here. We tried the Salmon burger - very lightly breaded and almost pure salmon, The Kobe burger --excellent and the turkey sandwich with lemon pepper spread also very good. We missed the lobster pie as they had run out but were told it's excellent as well. The sandwich all come with soup, fruit or a salad. Tiny muffins are served as a starter. We also tried a sugarless, flour-less chocolate tart for dessert - very rich, very worth it. This place is located on the arts and crafts trail about 3 miles from downtown. It's an easy drive. http://www.wildplumtearoom.com/
I make a Dutch plum cake as often as I can when prune plums are in season. The recipe is from an older "Farm Journal's Country Cookbook" that I have. I suspect the recipe will be very similar to the plum crumb cake recipe you found. I recommend it highly. I think using plums in desserts has somehow gone out of style. But plum desserts are really incredibly good. However, like blueberries in muffins or desserts; the cake should be made the same day it is to be eaten.
Do not miss the Blue Plate cafe near Union Pier Michigan - it's open for breakfast or lunch only and also has baked goods for carry out. I've only been there once as we do not live near it. But all three of us had really good food. I had tuna salad with avocado and cheese - warm and sloppy and too large to finish. My daughter had blueberry pancakes and I don't even remember what my husband had but we all want to go back.
Midwest Living just did an article on rockford (July/august 2013) Head to the library or bookstore - it looks like a nice guide. They mention several places. Most interesting restaurants to me that they mention are Social Urban bar and grill - local ingredients meant to appeal to foodies and a classic the Stockholm inn for Swedish pancakes.
I find that the taste of something goes a little sour when you are eating food from a bigoted company. I avoid and actively boycott businesses like that. The anti-gay rights speeches remind me so much of the the anti-black speeches of the early sixties. Word for word. "The bible tells us that." It didn't then and it doesn't now.
We just ate at the Freshwater Grill - in a strip mall about 1/2 mile south of Petoskey State Park on M-119. This is a casual place with a short menu and counter service - sandwiches and fish baskets. I had the fried whitefish basket and found the coating crisp and not at all greasy. My husband had the hamburger - good and good quality meat. This is a place I would definitely go back to. We walked in about 1 minute before closing and asked if they were still cooking. They happily made us dinner. I hope to try their grilled veggie sandwich next time.
Badawest on Corunna rd has great Lebanese food - and good prices. They make a good felafel and their chicken is flavorful in their main dishes. I'm not sure how far from downtown - 10 minutes maybe? From downtown either take Court St West to Corunna rd. Or hop on 69 west to 1-75 n to corunna rd and left on Corunna from the exit. Also any Big John's steak and onion - fast food - but good. Flint's downtown is trying for a renaissance. There are new places downtown and they have Friday night art walks the first Friday of each month and Jazz Thursdays. I've been to several and it's been safe and fun. I haven't yet combined it with dinner. There are several restaurants downtown that seem worth trying. I've heard the 501 grill is good - but would appreciate hearing from people who have tried these.
No, we stopped there a few days ago. It was perfect, we were taking the back roads home in the late afternoon and saw the sign so we stopped to get dinner. I did not try any of the sides - I hope to go back soon and try them. I did have the ribs and they were good. But I prefer the brisket and he pulled pork.
We passed by this on Pontiac Trail just south of N. Territorial and had to stop. Turns out we found a gem in a rather dumpy building We got a family pack called the Memphis throwdown. Pulled pork, Brisket, ribs, chicken and FRESH BAKED ROLLS. Get extra rolls! loved it all but especially the brisket.
This is a place for eating out side in the summer or for carry-out Prices are reasonable too.