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Altu's Ethiopian (East Lansing, Michigan)

Altu's food and service are excellent: delicious and consistent. Charming and immaculate. When you want a different set of flavors, and a very healthy meal, but need some easy palate excitement, Altu's will make you happy, and expand your culinary horizons. Have eaten there twice in past few weeks, and still want more. Feel great after a meal, and energized for the day. Don't let legumes intimidate, and don't miss it.

Sep 13, 2014
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City smoked fish detroit

Don't know about DTW, but in Ann Arbor, TR Durham's Tracklements is considered by NY Times (and this writer) to be among the country's best. Also, Zingermans and Plum Market carry Tracklements', and others.

Oct 16, 2013
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Michigan shrimp

The shrimp from The Shrimp Farm Market are excellent -- all sizes and all fresh. It is a remarkable innovation for the State of Michigan. The owner is a very experienced aquaculturist who pioneered shrimp farming in Equador and Belize, and then returned to Michigan in the 1990s. His indoor farm, which you can visit, is unique. Here is another web site for more information:

Aug 20, 2012
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Green River Sodas in Madison area (or nearby)?

If you're serious about living a "green" lifestyle, quaffing a Green River is one of the best ways to get back to your roots. Even as a kid, growing up in Chicago in the 1950's, it was a hard-to-find treat. Now, Green River is sprouting all over the Midwest, and you can follow it here:

Jun 11, 2012
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Concretes? [DTW]

Culvers. All over Michigan. All over concretes.

Mar 27, 2012
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Why aren't we talking about Biercamp in A2? [Ann Arbor, MI]

I'll talk about Biercamp in A2. I've made three trips; the most recent just last week. Biercamp are artisans -- very high quality and delicious items; and judicious with flavoring and salt so that the flavor of the meat rules. From the home-smoked bacon; to the craft-made canadian bacon; to the hot dogs and hunter sticks -- it's all real and all very, very well done. Oh, yeah ... jerky is also first rate. Plus, you can taste anything you want. Don't miss it. Biercamp is worth the drive to Ann Arbor.

Jan 03, 2012
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Fork In The Road Location in Lansing?

Fork in the Road is top flight, right out of the drawer. Have eaten there three times in its first 10 days, and it is superb. The team has created a solid menu - think upscale, creative diner, complete with smoker. No one around here is doing food like this. An immediate notch-up to Lansing's new cuisine scene. Jesse and Benny have arrived on wheels; but their food soars.

Nov 14, 2011
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Fine Dining in East Lansing?

Sansu, hands down.

4750 S Hagadorn Rd Ste 100, East Lansing, MI 48823

Apr 27, 2011
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Looking for a great vietnamese restaurant in Lansing, MI

Thai Princess on Central Park in Okemos opened a few weeks ago, and is an elegant, cozy and upscale Thai eatery with excellent food, robust flavors, a wide variety of dishes you will not find in other Thai places around here, plus professional and friendly service. The owners invested quite a bit in the decor, which bodes well for their commitment to quality in the restaurant. Thai Princess takes it up a notch in the Lansing area.

Dec 18, 2010
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Best Cheese Steak (Philly) in Michigan

JP: the East Lansing Stateside Deli is larger, with a more extensive menu than the other great Stateside location on Okemos Road. I don't believe the Okemos location has the Philly or the extended menu, but for the classic deli treats, Okemos also rocks! JR

Nov 04, 2010
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Best Cheese Steak (Philly) in Michigan

Two NEW in Lansing, both approved by a Philly native and foodie: [1] Stateside Deli on Grand River in East Lansing has a great cheese steak (using authentic rolls from Philadelphia) as well as killer corned beef on A+ twice-baked rye; and [2] Lenny's, just opened on Washington Square downtown Lansing with another delicious offering (try the hot red relish for a winning add-on). Both are very worthy entries and will leave you wanting more.

Nov 03, 2010
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Best Corned Beef Sandwich in Michigan...

Not to take anything away from Zingermans, but newcomer State Side Deli, in Okemos, with it's new location in East Lansing, makes an excellent corned beef. State Side's rye bread is twice-baked and just perfect. Service is great; the owner, Spencer, is usually on the scene ensuring excellent customer service. Not to be missed if you're looking for great taste, quality, and authenticity.

State Side Deli
3552 Meridian Crossings, Okemos, MI 48864

Sep 10, 2010
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Lowbrow Gummy Bears Get Fancied Up

Tried the grapefruit - they're excellent ... and with the intensity of the flavor, the hidden benefit is that the flavor is satisfying to the point that a few goes a long way on the satiety index, as opposed to traditional gummy bears which are just a loading dose for sugar.

Jul 11, 2010
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Pickles of the Great Lakes!

Don Herman's, available fresh and cold only in the Cleveland area, are one amazing pickle. No one makes anything like them. Cloudy, not clear, brine, attests to the craft-made quality. They almost have an effervescence, which gives these babies a delightful flavor. If you get near Cleveland, grab a few jars and savor them. As good as Topors, McClures, and others may be, Don Herman's are entirely different, and take the prize. GET SOME!

May 05, 2010
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New Buffalo Mich - Looking for a great bakery and other good eats

This should fit the bill perfectly: the Swedish Bakery in nearby Harbert. A regional legend for probably at least 50 years. Used to go here as a kid vacationing in Michiana.

Apr 04, 2010
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Lunch After Noon Arrival At DTW?

If you're passing Ann Arbor, and appreciate deli food, then you just have to stop at Zingerman's, which is generally reputed to be the best in the country. Visit the website first. They also own Zingerman's Road House, also in Ann Arbor, which is American comfort food and also excellent, but a real restaurant and not simply a deli. You won't go wrong in either place.

Mar 09, 2010
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Have any experience(s) at Cinco Lagos, Milford, MI?

Visited a few weeks ago. Concept is admirable. Execution is not. Service fair. Food lacked quality control. Enchilada sauce was so bitter it was inedible, but took 15 mins for waiter to return to get the complaint.. Waitstaff didn't understand, then returned from the kitchen to advise that cooks had dumped too much of something into the batch but didn't realize it (they don't taste??). This is simply an unacceptable mistake. Have NEVER had this in any restaurant, let alone one that specializes in the genre. Not worth an hour drive. Not even worth walking across the street UNLESS this was an aberration. Would be interested in hearing from others, as I don't like to be disappointed in the face of such good expectations.

Mar 09, 2010
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Good dining in East Lansing?

Glad you enjoyed Mumbai. Hope Sansu also was worth the trip, as it always is for us. Most of all, hope you enjoyed East Lansing, and that the play was well received.

Feb 19, 2010
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Good dining in East Lansing?

Sansu, top-of-the-line sushi and other great stuff, 3 minutes from Wharton Center.
Mumbai, excellent Indian, downtown East Lansing.
Both run by long-established restauranteurs with focus on quality, taste and service.
You can travel the world and not beat either for what they do.

Feb 12, 2010
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Your Great Lakes Restaurant that you would take on a deserted island!'

Sansu in East Lansing ... sushi at the top of its form ... always dependable ... always delicious ... quality shows.

Jan 29, 2010
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Favorite cooking word or phrase?

I cannot be the first person to nominate "cremolata"

Jan 17, 2010
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SE Michigan - Jaeger Schnitzel

Mediteran, a Bosnian restaurant on S. Washington Sq. in Lansing, has wonderful Jager Schnitzel regularly, often as lunch specials. The owners are authentics, and have opened a wonderful little oasis just a few moments walk from the Capitol Building. In addition to great entrees, the owners make delicious pastries. Here's the contact info: 333 S Washington Sq Lansing, MI 48913 (517) 372-1072

Dec 06, 2009
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Does anyone know where I can buy julekake or limpa in SEMichigan?

How about southWEST Michigan? There's a fabled Swedish bakery in Harbert, not far from the Indiana border off I-94, that has been around for decades, and is exactly what you are looking for. Perhaps they ship? Or perhaps you feel like taking a ride (it's worth it.) Here's the link: .

And if you do make the ride, try stopping along the way at The Chocolate Garden (just two miles off I-94), and at Drier's Meats (in Three Rivers).

Nov 29, 2009
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The Spice That Binds

I use vanilla extract as a flavor enhancer in every fruit salad I make. It is a perfect example of your premise. Works like a charm. The fruit flavor simply pops, without in any way masking the natural flavor and independence of each element of the salad.

Sep 13, 2009
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Dim Sum in Detroit area

If you are able to get to East Lansing, Golden Wok on Grand River, east of campus, has dim sum, "a la cart", every weekend. Their dim sum adds up.

Sep 10, 2009
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Red Hot Lovers, Ann Arbor; any update?

It's open. Son went Saturday. Complained that the new decor is too nice, and not funky enough for the nostalgic. The owner simply said: "Try the food." Son did.

Guy was right. New name; same wonderful dogs.

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.

Charlevoix Mi seafood

If you want a GREAT Michigan seafood dinner in Charlevoix, try Terry's Place, downtown. Walleye, Whitefish, Perch are all fresh, and made-to-order in a variety of classic presentations, each delicious. including Grenoboise, Muniere, etc.. Terry's is a small, immaculate, charming venue, worth a wait outside if necessary. If you venture a bit further from Charlevoix, almost to Boyne City, try Monte Bianco, for the parmesan-crusted walleye. Well worth the trip. Can't miss either place.

chocolate chip cookies

Delicious tho Great Harvest cookies may be, there's gotta be a pound of butter in each one. Never had a cookie with so much grease. On the other hand, why have any other cookies when you can have this one?

Brazilian Steakhouse lansing, MI?

There isn't

Lansing on Sunday, July 5

If your plans change, consider India Palace ... it is really a treat ... my wife, who until now only grudgingly chose Indian food, accepted my "Fathers' Day prerogative" and we went to India Palace. She is now an enthusiastic fan. The owner, Paddy Rawal, is veteran restauranteur, and goes out of his way to make this a cuisine experience. He will personally greet you and stop by your table frequently. Since he has recently take over the restaurant and word is just getting out, you won't have to wait for a table. Guaranteed palate pleaser, and not the ordinary.