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.
"To make a long story short, you couldn't get a good Coney Island here," owner Kim Bredow said in an interview in the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus when describing her father's motives for first opening Coney Joe's in Brighton. "So, in 1972, he got some used equipment and started selling Coney Islands for 50 cents and pop for 25 cents. That was that." Forty years later and counting, founder Joe Axtin's progeny still hawk these chili-covered dogs, made with natural casing, along with quarter-pound burgers crafted with fresh beef or turkey procured from the local Marv's Meats. Buns also hold a selection of grilled sandwiches, and paper baskets cradle fries, onion rings, or deep-fried Easter eggs.
When Food Network was searching for an indulgence to add to its Top Five program, a visit to Bomber Restaurant was a no-brainer. The draw was the eatery's famous Bomber Breakfast—four eggs, one pound of potatoes, and one pound of meat—the ingestion of which quells even the biggest appetites. Though not as massive, the rest of Bomber's breakfast options certainly cater to heartier appetites as well. Dishes range from skillets of layered American fries topped with bacon and cheese to "nature lovers" pancakes chock-full of blueberries, raspberries, and pecans, rather than just fallen leaves.
Besides breakfast, Bomber's cooks whip lunchtime treats ranging from reuben sandwiches to 1/4-pound hot dogs wrapped in bacon and deep-fried. These veritable feasts unfold inside a cozy dining room adorned with military memorabilia that recalls the restaurant's name, including historic photographs and 24 model planes hanging from the ceiling.
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.
Next to the Fleetwood Bar & Grill is a portal to another world. Here, cold mountains of soft serve swirl toward the heavens and scoops of hand-dipped ice cream bathe in rivers of hot fudge and caramel. Known as the Fleetwood Ice Cream Parlor, this exotic land brims with custom frozen treats, which visitors build from more than a dozen toppings such as pecans, sprinkles, and cookie dough. A list of 24 specialty flavors whisks taste buds to tropical destinations with choices such as banana and coconut. In addition to sating sweet teeth with icy sweetness, low-fat frozen yogurt rattle spines with gleeful shivers, like a birthday gift from Dracula.:m]]
Rosie's Diner's classic pink-neon sign flickered on the first episode of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and the restaurant's throwback environs and savory comfort food continue to entice locals and road-trippers alike. The diverse menu brims with traditional diner delectables and family recipes whipped up from scratch. Greasers can reach for the hand-battered and finger-lickin' onion rings ($3.50 half order, $5 full order) while the Food Network–featured Cobblestone french toast can please sweet teeth with its thick slices of homemade cobblestone bread infused with cinnamon, walnuts, apples, and brown sugar ($7.75 full stack, $6.25 short stack). Long-estranged quintuplets can reunite over the family-recipe meatloaf ($10), simmering 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).