The menu at Eddie's Steak Shed is huge, but most people come for one of two things: steak or prime rib. They're both aged on the premises?the former cut by hand and charcoal grilled to order, the latter slow-roasted. As for what goes on top of those slabs of meat, the choices are nearly endless. You can spear shrimp or sauteed mushrooms with each bite of beef, and at breakfast you can add on eggs.
Throughout the day, Eddie's wood-paneled ranch-style building fills with families savoring other diner-style dishes. It's unlikely that anyone's ever walked away from the table hungry. At lunch, sandwiches come with a cup of soup and fries, and dinner platters such as ribs doused in a Jack Daniel's sauce are preceded by a basket of cheese and crackers and served with hot rolls and a choice of side. If you've brought along a backup stomach, you can even opt for house-baked pie for dessert.
The Great Steak and Potato's staff of stomach saters beefs up an extensive menu of toasty sandwiches crafted with freshly baked bread and specialty cut meats. Main-attraction cheesesteaks hog the spotlight with a captivating mélange of onions and toppings supporting a powerhouse of marinated premium sirloin steak. Wrap teeth around the original philly—topped with gooey philly cheese—or pitch a three-cheese chicagoland cheesesteak into your mouth or a friend's catcher's mitt, which can then be used as a plate. Grilled sandwiches include the wisconsin inside out, which plasters a hot, pressed bun with provolone and white american cheese, flooding palates with cheesy goodness. Chicken phillys swap out beef for all-tender, all-white chicken, and sides such as signature french fries ($2–$3.99) or slathered baked potatoes ($3–$5) complete the feast, much like finding a puzzle piece completes the quest for a new business-card shape.
Since John Brann built the first Brann?s Steakhouse & Sports Grille in Grand Rapids in 1960, the restaurant's steak dinners have become practically a local landmark. 11 locations across Michigan have banded together to sell more than 15 million USDA Premium Black Angus sirloin steaks, which can be customized with grilled gulf shrimp, boursin cheese, or sauteed mushrooms. The small plates are equally hearty and comforting, ranging from cheese dip infused with Founders Pale Ale to avocado nachos and flash-fried green tomatoes. While families gather to dine?lured by a kids' menu starring tot-size steaks and Oreo shakes?other groups turn their eyes to games on big-screen TVs and their lips to local craft beers and mixed drinks made with New Holland liquors.
Taking its name from the iconic South American cowboy, Gaucho's serves up satisfying meals of smoked meats in traditional Brazilian steakhouse style. Black-clad servers swiftly cart out all-you-can-eat feasts of top sirloin, lingui?a sausage, pork ribs, and alaskan snow crab to hungry patrons, who signal their desire for more food with green flags and high-pitched baby-bird squeaks. Each steakhouse meal begins with a selection of tropical pineapple or pepper salads that prepare palates for the hearty spread of lamb, battered perch, bacon-wrapped chicken, and saut?ed shrimp. In addition to smoking tender, juicy meats on sword-like skewers, chefs at Gaucho's whip up an ? la carte menu of delightful prime-rib burgers, Philly-steak sandwiches, and chicken-parmesan sandwiches. Smaller plates include cheese and olives, calamari, and champagne-poached scallops.
Diners listen to live music amid the blonde woods and black-leather furnishings of the main dining room, or sip from a selection of 25 different martinis in the steakhouse's Twisted Martini Lounge & Nightclub. Guests celebrate wedding feasts and birthday parties at the private skyline banquet room, surrounded by cityscape photomurals and equipped with a full-service bar and seating for more than 100 guests.
Walter E. Smithe's huge showrooms contain more than 500 collections of high-quality designer furniture and home accessories, stocking brands including Drexel Heritage, Nourison, Hancock and Moore, and Bradington-Young. Fill a brass-trimmed vase ($119) with flowers, pencils, or wishes, or keep winter moisture stylishly contained in a hand-painted umbrella stand ($99). Walter E. Smithe's selection of four-legged pieces includes an Ontario end table ($299) and a Louise chair ($599). Most products come with impressive warranties, including a 10-year guarantee for every cushion on the comfy Kayla sofa ($1,749).
The grill gurus at Gino's Steak House plate dishes from a menu of American classics that includes succulent steaks and fresh seafood. Wake up groggy tongues with the roasted peppers, marinated in a 60-year-old recipe ($7), or the oysters rockefeller with spinach, bacon, and mascarpone ($11+). Ten juicy steak selections include the 20-ounce prime-cut porterhouse, cloaked in mushrooms and caramelized onions ($33), and the 9-ounce filet mignon, floating in a red sea of béarnaise ($28) and packed with enough protein to bully a vending machine into giving you its quarters. Those preferring surf to turf can hook a tooth on the Atlantic salmon in a boozy champagne-dill-cream sauce ($21) or the 16-ounce Australian coldwater lobster tail (market price).