Crunchy?s takes its beer seriously. Customers can pick from 27 taps at the pub, coming from Michigan breweries such as Bell?s and New Holland, as well as craft breweries including Dogfish Head and Stone. The microbrew-loving staffers regularly host brewers' nights with reps on hand to sample and answer questions, and celebrate the release of seasonal beers such as Bell?s Oberon. Brews come by the pint or in the famous 270-ounce ?bucket of beer,? ideal for serving a large party or putting out a dollhouse fire.
To accompany the tap selection, Crunchy?s kitchen serves a menu of pub fare that includes stone-baked calzones, deep-dish pizzas, and half-pound char-grilled burgers. Nine burger-topping combinations, each including a beer-pairing suggestion, range from pineapple and teriyaki sauce to saut?ed onions and pepperoncinis.
Crunchy?s cultivates a casual and easygoing atmosphere both inside its taproom and on its front patio. Inside, beer signs and photos plaster the aged wood walls above emerald booths, separated from central tables by illuminated weathered wood arches. Arcade games and dartboards are situated in the front, next to painted white wood where patrons of the past have scrawled their names or TARDIS coordinates. A full events calendar includes karaoke every Thursday?Saturday.
Despite the fact that they sell frozen treats, Swirlberry isn't synonymous with sweet—their artisan-made frozen yogurt embraces crisp, refreshing flavors that aren't overloaded with sugar. The machines at each location dispense classic variants such as Greek tart and vanilla, fruity spoonfuls of pomegranate and strawberry, as well as Hershey's ice cream and vanilla custard. Even the flavors that skew toward desserts—birthday cake, for example—are still low-fat and don't overpower the palate.
Every flavor is also kosher, gluten-free, and host to four active live cultures that may aid in digestion. And, Swirlberry's resident yogurt mixologist keeps the menu fresh by inventing seasonal flavors, rather than by combining chocolate with vanilla and calling it "mystery taste." Guests can embellish their yogurt with toppings that run the gamut from fresh fruit and berries to cereal bits and chocolate chips. More decadent non-yogurt treats such as vanilla custard and Hershey's ice cream are also available.
Though inspired by the northern California caf?s of the early 1980s, Espresso Royale fits right in with Michigan?s modern coffee drinkers?in 2014 readers of The Michigan Daily voted it Best Coffee Shop for the fifth year in a row. Their coffees include a house blend developed in 1987, which has since been joined by a seasonally appropriate autumn spice blend and a southern Italian-style espresso called Napoli. Royale's customers also clamor to the counter for favorites such as raspberry mochas, mint hot chocolates, and ginger dragon, a tea layered with fresh lemon and steeped ginger root that can be served iced or heated by a dragon named Ginger.
Since 1967, the crew at the locally owned Bell's Greek Pizza has supplied East Lansing with a fusion of Greek and Italian fare. That's more than 45 years of hot shawarma sandwiches bumping elbows with gooey pizzas topped with gyro meat or slices of salami and pepperoni. After sopping up hummus with warm flatbread, guests can wrap their hands around hot 6- or 12-inch grinders or customize 14-inch pies with toppings such as feta, lamb, and black olives. And because Bell's is open until 4 a.m., it's an ideal locale for late-night studying via free WiFi or a predawn breakfast for the early bird who finds worms a tad antediluvian.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location customers can sample thin pitas that encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for its bread and meats, and by offering a selection of healthy sandwiches.
For more than 20 years, the skilled staffers of Housekeeping Associates have tended to homes throughout Michigan with basic, advanced, and specialized cleaning services. The teams tailor plans of attack to the needs of each house, business, or phone booth, with carpet, gutter, window, and move-in/move-out cleaning also available. They also regularly take care of their community by partnering with Cleaning for a Reason, a nonprofit organization that provides maid and housekeeping services to women undergoing cancer treatment.