Bedizened with dishes from every corner of the globe, the Oakwood Bistro’s menu transforms dining into a world-traversing adventure with ingredients culled from local and organic sources whenever possible. After a widely traveled culinary career, Chef Ryan Soule has settled back in his home state replete with regional cuisine know-how and hours-long vacation slideshows. Taste buds can travel to tropical locales with the pineapple-dotted caribbean paella ($23), trek to the misty northeast with lobster mac and cheese ($18), or holiday in North Africa with the curried eggplant tagine ($15). American classics meld with worldly flavors in bistro sandwiches, which include asparagus cheese melts ($8) and salmon BLTs ($12). Thin-crust pizzas ($9+) let diners customize their meals with 24 topping options ($1.25–$2.75 each), and each dough disk is available in gluten-free ($4 extra) or merrily skipping carefree versions.
Lenny's is a known in lands near and imaginary for premium deli meats that are sliced to order, chicken and tuna salad made from scratch, signature hot pepper relish, and hearty portions. A regular-sized Lenny's Club Sub, which costs $6.25, is 7.5 inches long and has about half a pound of meat and cheese. The large, $10 versions are 15 inches long and pack about a pound of protein and veggie vitamins. Lenny's service is always fast and friendly. Check out the menu for a full list of options including the famed Italian sub with provolone, ham, prosciutto, capicola, and genoa salami.
At Heavenly Bites by Cindy, pastry chefs inflate flaky shells with more than a dozen creamy fillings. The bite-size morsels burst with milk chocolate and ribbons of caramel as well as fruitier flavors such as white chocolate raspberry and coconut. Confectionary wizards can also whip up sugar-free varietals, allowing dieters to enjoy a fluffy delicacy without foraging for falling snowflakes. The desserts brim with delicate petals of multicolored filling, creating an eye-nabbing display for special occasions. Additional options include cheesecake bites, chocolate covered strawberries, and chocolate cream bowls; click here for the full menu.
Ice cream made fresh. Smoothies, shakes, ice cream pies, cupcakes and cake. All of our cakes are made with two layers of ice cream, and two layers of either, red velvet, chocolate or yellow cake then topped with whipped icing or ganache. We also have ice cream cupcakes and sandwich cookies.
Heilman's Nuts & Confections uses 90-year-old recipes to create a varied assortment of house-roasted nuts, tempting confections, and delicious treats. From gift baskets to individual assortments of candies and nuts, customers are sure to find a thoughtful birthday present, celebrate special events, or start grassroots movements to turn March 4th into Rain Check Valentine’s Day. Pay sweet-tooth ransoms with a half-pound box of cherry cordials ($12.25), a one-pound box of home-made caramel corn cooled on marble slabs ($7.75), or a box of hand-stretched peanut brittle ($8.75). For a sippable supplement to classic Heilman's bites, pair a one-pound box of presidential mixed nuts ($17.25) with a pound of fresh, flavored or blend coffee ($13.50 and $12.50 respectively).
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.