Before Rosie's Diner's classic pink-neon sign flickered on the first episode of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, its charming environs were enlisted to appear in a series of classic Bounty television commercials featuring Nancy Walker as Rosie the waitress. The restaurant continues to entice tongue buds today, serving up a diverse menu brimming with traditional diner delectables whipped up from scratch. Greasers can reach for the hand-battered and finger-lickin' onion rings ($3.50 half order, $5 full order), while sweet fangs can sink into the Food Network–featured cobblestone french toast, formed from thick slices of homemade bread infused with cinnamon, walnuts, apples, and brown sugar ($7.75 full stack, $6.25 short stack). Family-recipe meatloaf ($10) provides fitting fuel for quintuplet reunions, as it simmers seductively alongside mashed potatoes slathered with homemade gravy. Malt-shop memoirists can nostalgify their nourishment by pairing the tasty, fresh Angus Rosie burger ($6) with a perfectly blended milkshake ($4.25).
Keiser's Kitchen's menu treats patrons to comforting dishes made from 65-year-old family recipes. Start mornings right with hearty morsel-filled omelettes ($3.99–$6.29) or fluffy pancakes ($3.29–$5.99). Since Keiser's Kitchen serves breakfast all day, diners can gratify cravings for griddle fare any time the urge strikes. Lunch-goers gulp up meaty sandwiches ($5.29+) placed strategically next to crisped potato chips. Enjoy a Sunday supper any night of the week, except Sunday, with the down home dinner special ($6.99–$8.99), a generously portioned main dish such as meatloaf, chicken, or top sirloin, served with mashed potatoes, veggies, and a salad. The restaurant's warm, inviting atmosphere is wholesome, family-oriented, and technophobic, just like grandma's house.
Sizzling bacon, runny egg yolks, potatoes crisping to a golden brown—breakfast's sights and sounds aren’t constrained to morning at Theios Restaurant, where chefs have been making a.m. feasts 24 hours a day since 1976. The chefs’ never-ending breakfast also consists of mexican omelets and homemade raisin french toast, though around lunchtime diners are more likely to order grilled cheese sandwiches and half-pound all-beef burgers with toppings such as olive sauce. With such appealing staples, not to mention all-night hours and complimentary Wi-Fi, it’s not surprising the diner is a favorite hangout of students from nearby Michigan State University, who often prep for exams there by carving notes on Sartre’s Being and Nothingness into their toast.