Blackhawk boasts a history as flavorful as its food, starting in 1830 when Colonel Isaac Barnes built a crude cabin that would later develop into a multilevel trading post, then into an event hall, and finally into the current bar and grill. The historic restaurant, which was rebuilt in the 1970s after a devastating fire, continues to draw crowds with heaps of old-fashioned hospitality, as well as a monumental menu of fire-grilled pizzas ($9.95–$13.95), pastas ($6.95–$9.95), burgers ($6.95–$9.95), steaks ($12.95-$17.95), salads ($6.95–$8.95), and more. The Wet Burrito ($8.95) forms the saucy spine of Blackhawk's Latin American menu with mounds of meat smothered in colby jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and black olives. The pan-fried walleye ($14.95) is a house specialty, pairing perfectly with frosty suds from the bar.
Voted Best Italian Restaurant in 2010 by the readers of the Kalamazoo Gazette, Erbelli's and their elite squad of dough gurus dish out an eclectic array of pizza pies and traditional Italian eats. Famished patrons can customize their own gourmet pizzas with one of eight different crusts, including original hand-tossed, deep-dish, gluten-free, or whole-wheat crust, and a plethora of meat toppings, types of cheese, veggies, and seasonings. Erbelli's in-house specialties include the Disco Q pizza, a homemade Cajun crust covered in blue cheese, spicy wood-grilled smoked chicken, mozzarella, and sharp cheddar, and the Grizzly Bear pizza, jam-packed with six fresh meats including meatballs, genoa salami, and spicy capicola ($15.39+ each). Diners seeking noncircular chow can peruse the menu for Italian favorites such as chicken mushrella calzone—crammed with pizza sauce, fresh mushrooms, and grilled chicken ($7.99+)—and the smoked turkey breast and ham submarine sandwich ($5.99+). Vegetarians or time-traveling brontosauri will relish the assortment of fresh salads and carb-fiending customers will get their noodle fix from the selection of pastas.
Legends Sports Bar & Grille unites a brawny team of hearty pub and diner standards with a full roster of entertainment of both the televised and hands-on varieties. A concentrated breakfast menu, made from squeezing cookbooks until they release their sweetest breakfast juices, revs up belly-engines with a large order of biscuits and sausage gravy with hash browns ($6.50) and Michigan-roasted coffee ($1.50). Later in the day, kick off lunch and dinner with an order of spicy onion scoops with ranch or blue cheese ($4.50) or a cup of house-made soup ($3), perfect for testing the gastronomic waters before introducing gargantuan beef bundles such as the Legends burger—a 10-ounce patty reinforced with cheese, sautéed onions, crispy bacon, and waffle fries ($9.50). Kids can dine on time-tested tot favorites of chicken strips or mac ’n’ cheese ($5 with fries and drink).
Every shot at Lake James Golf Club demands careful consideration. The tricky 18-hole course pits players against rolling terrain, water hazards, and strategically placed sand traps. Four tee boxes cater to players of varying abilities, with the back tees elongating play to more than 6,600 yards and the front tees measuring out to about 5,200 yards. Study up before you swing by with their course photos.
Backed by more than 30 combined years of experience, Missy Bailey and Gayle Beery unite their abundant skills while working to foster beauty and relaxation.Within the laid-back confines of Cut Me Loose Hair and Nail Studio, these stylists grip scissors and work with men, women, and kids to craft cuts that radiate style like runway models hooked up to sunlamps. Missy and Gayle can fortify strands with deep-conditioning treatments or render heads a new hue using products form brands such as Redken. The beauty experts also pamper appendages with mani-pedis and whisk away fuzz with a lineup of facial-waxing services.
The cherry-red Diners, Drive-ins and Dives convertible idles beside a giant rooster statue in the Gizzard City parking lot. Inside the diner, Food Network's Guy Fieri stands over a deep fryer, a full burger battered in his gloved hand. With a sizzle and a grin, Guy drops the entire creation into scalding oil, yielding Joe's Gizzard City's newest creation, the Triple D burger. After spending years battering chicken in his grandmother's secret blend of ingredients, co-owner Joe Bristol Jr. decided to experiment with the hot oil, and now deep fries hot dogs, Oreos, and even whole burgers. But the eatery isn?t called Gizzard City for nothing. Pressure cooked in garlic and celery powder until tender, Joe's namesake chicken gizzards arrive to tables cloaked in Cajun spices or crowded into the cheese-filled confines of an omelet.
Hesitant diners begin to sample gizzards, cautiously at first, but then letting forth happy sighs that reverberate off neon beer signs, a projection TV, and a weathered wooden bar. The staff operates on the same irreverent attitude that led them to deep-fry a Twinkie, joking with one another and playfully asking guests to help with the dishes. Booths the deep red hue of a lobster with lost cue cards cradle lingering patrons who chat with Joe Jr. about his numerous Tennessee Country Music Association awards.