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Carpeted in verdant grass and shaded by massive trees, the 18-hole course at Tropical Falls Miniature Adventure Golf winds among small ponds, gushing fountains, and cascading waterfalls. Elsewhere, machines churn out pitches ranging from soft lobs to 80 mph fastballs in seven on-site batting cages, and three beach-volleyball courts host spring and summer leagues open to all, even human crabs prone to popping the ball during the serve.

4312 South Dort Highway
Burton,
MI
US

In 2011, O'Malley's Galley won The Citizen's readers polls for the best ribs, desserts, and catering in town. The eatery continues to live up to these titles with its inventive American food, including barbecue pork, smoked for 24 hours with cherry wood and basted in sauce that's made fresh for each order. In addition, Michele O'Malley, a member of the founding family, handcrafts all of the restaurant's highly lauded desserts to ensure delicious consistency. The restaurant's catered hog roasts spruce up weddings, graduations or office get-togethers with skilled chefs appearing on-site to carve the hog, prepare it, and teach it to fly.

1595 S Ortonville Rd
Ortonville,
MI
US

O’Tooles offers a massive menu of Irish-inspired American fare, sure to please that dashing ex-Emerald Islander in your jazz aerobics class. The juicy beef tenderloin bites ($9.99) are char-grilled to order and served with the house houseradish sauce to properly lubricate the palate for delicious beers and bite to come. Appetized seafarers can dive into the battered and fried calamari ($7.99), with two dipping sauces and lemon wedges. Savory sandwiches and burgers, such as the corned-beef and kraut-or-slaw-stuffed Celtic reuben ($8.49) or the customizable burger ($6.99) with more than 20 available toppings ($0.29¬–$1.29), satisfy diners' desires to hold hands with their meals in public for once. Hearty entrees offer an eclectic selection of plated proteins. Meat enthusiasts should opt for the award-winning ribs ($13.99–$22.99), smothered in tangy barbecue sauce, while pescevores needn't go fishing with a bounty of flavor in each forkful of the lobster mac 'n' cheese ($12.99) or Guinness-battered fish and chips ($9.99–$13.99). Wings, salads, soups, and pizza round out the menu, ensuring each member of your book club or fight club will emerge from the dinner satisfied and fully fed.

4000 Cass Elizabeth Rd
Waterford,
MI
US

Hamlin Pub's grill gurus craft a hearty menu of burgers, meaty entrees, pizza, and salads while tap maestros fill chalices with libations from an extensive beer and wine list that include 15 draft brews. Kick off meals by taming a stampede of flying bison with a starter of buffalo wings ($6.99 for eight), which comes with one of six signature sauces spanning the spice-level gamut. Then, move onto a more sizable spread, such as the half-pound Angus classic burger ($6.49) or the classic Reuben, a masterpiece of corned beef brisket and sauerkraut painted with thousand island dressing on a rye bread pallet ($8.49) for a culinary creation more edifying than a mustard slathered American Gothic. Diners can tongue dive into Hamlin’s cheese pizza that's spun out with homemade dough and sauce ($6.99–$11.99) and is customizable with a bevy of toppings that include pepperoni, anchovies, portobello mushrooms, and jalapeños ($1.25–$2.50). The beer-battered fish and chips ($10.99) sates pub grub cravings otherwise quelled by meditating on bangers and mash or flambéing a pint glass.

6397 Sashabaw Rd
Clarkston,
MI
US

Orion Sports Bar & Grill works from a menu of burgers, salads, and hot subs, along with juicy steaks, barbecue ribs, and fish and chips. It's all served up in a sports bar atmosphere. Along with playing Michigan sports games on their flat-screen TVs, the bar challenges guests to trivia, hosts open-mic nights, and presents live music aside from seeing who can most loudly scream at the too-calm Bryant Gumbel. Orion also offers specials on holidays such as St. Patrick's Day.

1172 S Lapeer Rd
Lake Orion,
MI
US

3880 Lapeer Rd
Auburn Hills,
MI
US