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.
Voted Best Indoor Playspace by Nickelodeon's Parents Connect, Chelsea TreeHouse has since flowered into a 2,000-square-foot, three-level play palace where children frolic and tumble on a host of pint-size attractions. At the new location, kids can learn about gravity on five exciting slides and on swinging bridges, or gather to construct a miniature particle accelerator in a separate toddler area. Parents can view their tots from afar while perched on leather couches and comfy chairs. The fresh-faced facility also boasts its own basketball court where kids showcase sweet, tube-socked moves. Though not included in today's Groupon, the TreeHouse crafts a wide assortment of healthy snacks, ranging from guilt-free fruit and homemade baked goods to hearty soups and stacked sandwiches alongside a gourmet coffee bar. A generous admission policy grants children all-day access to the play land, foregoing the need to switch disguises after every restroom break.
Backed by more than 30 combined years of experience, Missy Bailey and Gayle Beery unite their abundant skills while working to foster beauty and relaxation.Within the laid-back confines of Cut Me Loose Hair and Nail Studio, these stylists grip scissors and work with men, women, and kids to craft cuts that radiate style like runway models hooked up to sunlamps. Missy and Gayle can fortify strands with deep-conditioning treatments or render heads a new hue using products form brands such as Redken. The beauty experts also pamper appendages with mani-pedis and whisk away fuzz with a lineup of facial-waxing services.
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.
Classic Pizza's piping-hot pies, succulent sandwiches, golden calzones and scrumptious salads sate eagerly awaiting bellies. Cast out for a seafood pizza ($18.19), a 14" crust swimming in white sauce, shrimp, crab and your choice of vegetable, or set spurs to slicing up the western pizza ($16.91), a 12" dough disc with barbecue sauce, onions, green peppers, bacon, sausage, cheddar cheese, and hot pepper seeds. The original hand-tossed, pan, and thin crusts, as well as a variety of flavored crusts (butter, garlic butter, Cajun and sesame seed), set the stage for a do-it-yourself culinary production (starting at $6.50 for 10") that stars savory edibles. Non-pizza-loving patrons can incisor-attack subs, calzones, salads, and wings, or combine all four to create a tongue-teasing barbershop quartet.
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.