Known as “Shelly Kelly Girls,” the waitresses and bartenders at Shelly Kelly’s Irish Pub follow a uniform dress code of tank tops, skin-tight shorts, and platefuls of classic Irish pub food. The ladies deliver Reuben sandwiches, golden-fried fish and chips, and hearty bangers and mash fresh from the kitchen, all while a live band serenades the crowd. Patrons can enjoy the music at the bar in the company of a Guinness, or, during the summer months, move outdoors and swizzle whiskey drinks with patio umbrellas. On nights sans a live band, plasma TVs, pool tables, and electronic darts occupy the time between ordering and eating.
Hippo’s Restaurant is a successful “Chicago Style” hot dog and sandwich restaurant, based in Troy MI, serving satisfied guests for over 23 years. Hippo’s Restaurant’s “Chicago Style” theme and menu offer restaurant goers a “taste” of an enormously popular and well loved dining fare enjoyed by millions in the Chicago area.
Jimmy and Terri Taite, the owners of Gumbo’s, have had a longtime passion for preparing quality meals for others. For Terri, this passion goes back all the way to her mamaw from whom she inherited three things: a love of cooking, safecracking tools, and generations of creole recipes. Five days a week, their tiny blue dining room fills with the zesty aromas of New Orleans–style dishes such as shrimp or catfish po boys, homemade bread pudding, and classic creole gumbo, teeming with spicy hunks of andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp.
In its first year of life, Alexander’s Lebanese Cuisine has distinguished itself with spice-kissed Lebanese luxuries crafted from home-style recipes. For dinner, patrons skewer hunger on salmon kabobs, charbroiled morsels alternating with chunks of pineapple in homage to the great sweet cop/salty cop routines of Lebanese cinema ($17.95). The Alexander Trio makes chamber music for the mouth with well-seasoned selections of beef shish kabob, chicken shish tawook, and beef or chicken kafta ($20.95). Lunch combos offer lunch-appropriate portions of staples such as the lamb chops ($12.95) and baked kibbeh ($8.95), buffered with rice and a choice from nine substantial sides. After their final bites, patrons may linger amid the restaurant's tranquil earth tones with soft drinks, coffees, and rough drafts of memoirs in hand.