LaZeez International Market & Deli culls tastes and trinkets from across the globe to stock its store, deli, and restaurant with distinctive finds. In the Indian eatery, tandoor-style ovens unfurl to crown plates with marinated meats and naan bread as cauliflower, potatoes, and paneer mingle to forge a slate of meat-free dishes. A children's menu offers pint-size American dishes for hungry kids and picky founding fathers, and many dishes can be bundled to go from the in-house deli. The international market takes a more global approach by stocking grocery and gift items hailing from countries such as China, Greece, and Brazil to let shoppers bring their own piece of foreign flair home via unique spices, drinks, apparel, and incense.
The first thing you notice about River Rock Cafe Inc is the posters—a pastiche of classic rock paraphernalia covers the long, narrow dining-room walls, an ever-expanding testament to owner Greg Kimbrue’s twin passions for music and art. Greg—whose original career ambition was to be a high-school art teacher—spent years assembling the vast collage with concert posters from his personal collection. The hodgepodge aesthetic spills onto the pool tables, which are similarly shellacked, and influences the jukebox that fills the dining room and sidewalk patio with classic-rock melodies until 2 a.m. Though the interior is decidedly retro, the building itself hails from an even earlier era—1869. Greg has preserved the space’s old tin ceilings, white oak floors, and narrow room, which proves an ideal venue for DJs, dancing, and post-dinner chorus lines three nights a week. When it comes to the food though, Greg goes for timeless American; hearty steaks, ribs, and fried fish pair with a robust cocktail and beer menu.
Though Macy's is primarily known for its clothing and home decor, the renowned department store is just as adept at feeding its customers as it is at fashionably clothing them. Inside the retail haven's many locations, casual eateries welcome shoppers with classic American dishes updated with fresh ingredients. Lighter plates, such as chopped salads and turkey sandwiches, are served up alongside favorites including grilled burgers and Alaskan cod and chips. Hearty, homestyle entrees of oven-baked meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and macaroni and cheese complete the menu.
Deep in the kitchen at Taboon, chefs fold tender meats and fresh vegetables into a menu of authentic Middle Eastern?style specialties. They sizzle up lamb, beef, and shrimp shish kebabs, and stuff warm pita bread with crispy falafels and tangy tahini. To complement their selection of sandwiches, platters, and dips, the chefs also serve fruit smoothies and juices.
When German immigrants founded the breweries that eventually became Frankenmuth Brewery in 1862, they knew one thing for sure about beer: “It’s good for you.” This motto still steers the brewery today, which operates out of a four-story, 28,000-square-foot building where brewmasters engineer pilsners, hefeweizens, and other beers. Exposed brick and ample brewing equipment dot Frankenmuth’s dining room, where hand-tossed pizzas join Bavarian-style bratwursts with caraway-seed sauerkraut on a menu of hearty pub food. On warm days, an outdoor patio seats up to 250 diners who can admire the Bavarian Belle riverboat as it barrels up the Cass River, then duck inside for a free brewery tour. Frankenmuth Brewery distributes its signature root beer and beers by the keg, bottle, and dewdrop throughout Michigan and across the country.
At 307 acres, Apple Mountain has enough to space to entertain regardless of the season. In the winter, when the resort gets 52 inches of snow on average, the whooshing sounds of skiing fill the 12 slopes, which have snow-making capabilities, lights for night skiing, a ski lodge, and oversight from the National Ski Patrol and PSIA-certified instructors. When the weather warms up because all the cold air has been breathed up by everyone, the pinging sounds of golf clubs take over the 18-hole golf course, which was designed by John Sanford.