The culinary gurus at Charlie's Butcher Block satisfy protein-seeking palates with full meals of fresh-cut meats. The barbecue chicken or beef meal topples scales with five pounds of certified Miller Amish chicken or Hereford beef, complete with 12 buns to feed the hearty hungers of tailgaters, families, or the Wu-Tang Clan. Buckets of fried chicken delight poultry lovers with four oven-fried chicken breasts and four crispy chicken legs or thighs.
Any Lab Test Now's facility accommodates uninsured patients, administering a panoply of male- and female-specific lab tests under the watchful eye of a Indiana state-licensed surgeon. Popular evaluations screen for STDs, pregnancy, and chronic hat hair, with results typically arriving less than 48 hours after each test. Chemistry panels bundle together tests to peer into overall health, and lipid panels measure cholesterol levels to stanch risks of heart disease. Work-friendly hours ensure access for the 9-to-5 crowd and fly-by-night vigilantes alike, and the clinic’s flexible schedule welcomes walk-ins.
Kevin Day is certified in the Gonstead method of chiropractic care. In line with the Gonstead method, Day pays close attention to how misalignment in one area of the skeleton creates compensating patterns in other areas. Instead of whipping the whole skeleton into shape only to watch it wilt back into a cursive "f", he adjusts joints one by one until the body arrives at a natural rectitude.
The chiropractic doctor treats the sprightly bones of youth and the stooped spines of age, having completed certification in both pediatric and geriatric care. He works with athletes to iron out mechanical kinks, and helps multiple sclerosis patients walk without the support of a cane.
In 1939, Everett Cook purchased what would become the Cook family farm and was told it was the worst investment he had ever made. But in the spirit of tenacious American homesteaders, three generations of Cooks turned that bad investment into a thriving bison ranch. After years of research, Peter Cook—Everett’s grandson—became a member of the National Bison Association, and ordered the ranch's first 30 bison in 1998. The hulking, majestic curiosities began drawing in groups from area schools, cross-country motor-coach tours, and time-traveling harmonica players to the 83-acre farm in northern Indiana's Amish country.
During the ranch’s signature one-hour tour, guests board a wagon and venture out to interact with and feed the animals as guides regale them with facts about North American bison. After the tour, groups can also sit down for a meal of bison burgers or bison brats. The animals receive no growth hormones or stimulants and graze on the ranch's own hay and grain, which produces tender and healthy meat, unlike animals fed with growth hormones, which produces meat that won’t stop quoting Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. Bison burgers, brats, and steaks are available for purchase online or inside the ranch's gift shop. In addition to the tours, the ranch also allows guests to hunt their own game during guided hunts, taking home bison, deer, and wild turkey.
Situated in a quaint building in downtown Niles, 3rd Street Pizzeria bears a name that makes it an easy find for dine-in and carry-out orders and a menu that features hot subs, specialty pizzas, and stuffed calzones. On days when it is too chilly to people-watch from the restaurant’s benches or sidewalk tables, opt for free delivery or head inside, where heat from the kitchen’s ovens pervades the air, and pizzas stay warm under blankets of cheese.
The Michigan Brewers Guild wanted something very specific when it turned 15: it asked the state’s breweries to concoct a 15th-anniversary ale for its summer beer fest. Chef and home brewer Amy Sherman, host of Great American Brew Trail, went behind the scenes at the celebration, where she interviewed local breweries’ staff members about their celebratory brews. Reports like these are typical of her show, Great American Brew Trail, for which she travels to microbreweries across the country and unveils the creative and culinary processes behind beer.