The seeds for Famous Hamburger were planted in 1970 when Feisal Hider?s father gathered his family, left the United States, and returned to Lebanon with the intention of opening the country's first American-style burger shack. This humble shack became a popular attraction, which prompted the name change to Famous Hamburger and cemented a family legacy that would follow Feisal back to the United States. After returning to America, he eventually opened the first stateside Famous Hamburger in 1998, and founded a second location a few years later.
As its name implies, Famous Hamburger specializes in classic American cooking. Burgers arrive topped with everything from portobello mushroom caps and pesto sauce to habanero peppers, hot sauce, and sliced jalapenos. Banana splits and milkshakes reinforce the American theme, appearing alongside the menu's assortment of wraps and melts. The Hider family doesn't neglect their Middle Eastern roots, though. The chefs exclusively use halal meats, which arrive daily and never see the inside of a freezer, and prepare dishes such as falafel pitas and fattoush salads. Furthermore, the restaurants are attached to hookah lounges where guests can relax after their meal and savor one of the more than 30 shisha flavors.
Before Pam Turkin flung open the doors to the first Just Baked in 2009, she was just baking cupcakes on the weekends. But after her corporate travels took her past a growing number of cupcake shops outside of southeastern Michigan, she decided to turn her hobby into a career. She now helms 17 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as red velvet cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie dough, and grumpy cake. In addition to the mouthwatering flavors, all of their items boast real butter, real eggs, and real milk as opposed to artificial ingredients from artificial cows and chickens.
Red Dragon's swift chefs whip together speedy entrees culled from a menu of Chinese standards. Set the spread with the toothsome fried tofu, crispy seasoned pockets calibrated to whet appetites or serve as stand-in game balls during paper-football matches ($3.50). Diners maximize supper possibilities with one of Red Dragon’s numerous combo specials, with more than two dozen entrees, such as the coconut shrimp ($5.75 at lunch, $6.75 at dinner) or almond chicken, joined by sidekicks that include egg rolls and chicken fried rice. Split a family-sized entree such as pepper steak ($9) or vegetable lo mein ($7.75) with hungry friends or hungrier strangers before chilling out with a fresh smoothie, crafted with such fruits as mango, pineapple, watermelon, and more ($3).
Omelette & Waffle Café’s menu solves breakfast conundrums with a day-breaking spread of customizable omelets and airy belgian waffles. Wrapped in a warm, eggy blanket lined with american cheese, much like Betsy Ross’s original flag prototype, the Farmer's omelet mixes up a patchwork of ham, onion, mushrooms, and green peppers with crispy hash browns ($6.59). City folk find rural respite in the Country omelet’s savory swiss-laced folds, which are studded with sausage, onions, spinach, mushrooms, and green peppers ($6.59). Treat bored taste buds to the excitement of a tailor-made creation by designing your own omelet ($4.25) filled with standard fare, such as broccoli, asparagus, or spinach ($0.49 each), or stuffed with premium toppings, including gyro meat, feta cheese, turkey sausage, or corned beef ($0.85 each). For a sweeter sun salutation, sink your fork into the crisp, buttery panes of a belgian waffle topped with nuts, fresh fruit, or hand-churned yogic energy ($4.99). The café also stocks edibles for lunchers, including BLTs ($4.50), grilled-cheese sandwiches ($3.50), and homemade chili ($2.99).
The bakers at Canton Cakery know that romance is a flexible construct. To some couples, it might mean a miniature Valentine's Day pink-velvet cake, embellished with hearts and raspberry-cream filling. For others, it might mean an elaborate birthday cake on their husband's 40th birthday: an edible scene of him catching a fish in the great outdoors.
These are just two examples of the cakery's custom creations, which follow nearly any theme and add delicious flair to events. The cake's base flavor, usually hidden beneath beautifully sculpted fondant, can range from a mix of chocolate and vanilla to caramel or red velvet, with creamy fillings such as vanilla and strawberry.
The elaborate exteriors are even more diverse. Wedding cakes might balance their buttercream-covered tiers on pillars, with lacework that matches the bride's gown or the groom's favorite doily. On the other hand, children's cakes sport superhero logos, soccer balls, and even photographs of Justin Bieber. Canton Cakery also makes large batches of cupcakes to stack on towers with topper cakes and cookies.
It's rare that a restaurant can trace its lineage all the way back to 1868, but that's the case at Bode's Corned Beef House. The landmark structure has seen more presidential terms than the grandest of grand pappies, charting its origins to The Bode Hotel, which specialized in serving food and drinks to rough-and-tumble railroad men. Since then, it's served as a music school, boarding home, and Nazarene church before finally settling as a home-style restaurant.
Though times have changed, everything on the expansive menu is still homemade. Guests can pop into the white-brick eatery for corned beef hash and bacon-wrapped, honey mustard-glazed meatloaf that sticks to your ribs and the anything else if you throw it hard enough. And dessert is more than just an afterthought at Bode's, with items including homemade apple strudel and pumpkin pie.