Not many steak houses can boast of their own market where juicy cuts of meat are swiftly transported from the nearby deli to the bustling restaurant kitchen. Knight’s Steakhouse and Grill holds this distinction in the form of Knight’s Market, an Ann Arbor deli where the steaks are painstakingly selected according to their size—each steak must be big enough to double as a shoe, if the need should arise. After the chefs cook them to perfection at the eatery’s two locations, the sizzling entrees make their way to waiting diners amid soft lighting and stone and brick accents.
Darb’s Tavern & Eatery is part family-friendly restaurant, part live entertainment and karaoke fun. Guests dine on pub food that ranges from burgers to pizzas and Mexican specialties such as green-chili chicken enchiladas. There are options geared toward the kids, too, such as hot dogs and grilled-cheese sandwiches. Karaoke makes an appearance every Thursday night, and on Saturday nights the tavern hosts live entertainment—the kind that doesn’t involve stealing your friend’s french fries and laughing nervously.
Irving Jacob Reuter was pleased as he stood at the window of his newly constructed Tudor mansion in 1928, gazing out onto rolling hills, lush gardens, and wooded trails. The wealthy, well-known Oldsmobile auto baron lived lavishly on the 15-acre estate, gathering with important guests by the roaring fireplaces, strolling with his wife around the fishpond, and taking invigorating swims in the pool.
Though Reuter and his wife have long since gone, much of that extravagant atmosphere lives on to this day in the stately house. The staff of The English Inn, located a mere 15 miles south of Lansing, now presides over the airy rooms, fine antique furnishings, and glimmering chandeliers. Gary and Donna Nelson have transformed the historical building into an upscale bed and breakfast, inviting visitors to spend a night in the elegant bedrooms or intimate cottages. They've set up a cozy English pub on the garden level, where guests sit at tables covered with white-linen tablecloths. There, patrons sip on selections from a wine list that earned the restaurant an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. In the kitchen, chefs fold fresh meats and vegetables into upscale European-inspired dishes lauded by 10 Best.
Since 1992, the family behind Delhi Cafe has prepared a cavalcade of Greek cuisine, diner-style dishes, and daily specials. Their large menu includes numerous options for the health-conscious, including a Grecian salad with beets, feta, kalamata olives, and anchovies. Hearty sandwiches include classic gyros as well as non-Greek options, such as a reuben on rye, a french dip, and a texas burger with bacon and cheese. Entrees similarly cross cultures, with spanakopita and kebobs standing out among Greek options. The restaurant also serves beer and wine, as well as breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Servers at Champion's Sports Bar & Grill deliver freshly grilled bacon cheeseburgers, meat-filled 9-inch calzones, and crisp salads to patrons seated indoors or out on the patio. The restaurant's interior walls are flanked with large, flat-screen TVs, which light up with sporting events including pay-per-view UFC fights. Alongside the screens, pool tables and arcade games, including Golden Tee Golf and Big Buck Hunter, provide additional entertainment options. Out on the patio, customers may dine alfresco, sit at the full bar, or listen to live-music performances.
After celebrating a grand opening in a new South Cedar Street location, Tacos E Mas continues to serve up an ample menu of classic Mexican food–now with both dine-in and drive-through service. The restaurant's cooks follow family recipes passed down through generations, stuffing wet burritos with ground beef or chicken and topping them off with white gravy and melted cheese. Ranchero sauce lends piquant flavor to orders of chilaquiles, and a savory blend of beans, cheese, and meat fills edible taco bowls.