Over the searing hot coals of a traditional clay oven, skewered cubes of meat and veggies retain a tender interior while the heat imbues each morsel with a smoky crust. Discs of dough, pressed against the tandoori's walls, bubble and rise, baking into the fluffy Indian bread known as naan.
At Curry Kitchen, the family of chefs crafts flavorful, aromatic dishes in this traditional fashion, from tandoori-baked shrimp and chicken to fresh-pressed cheeses and crispy pakoras. During buffet hours, diners can build their own meals from a spread of locally sourced, from-scratch entrees and garnishes.
Muskegon Athletic Club simultaneously tantalizes taste buds with its menu, cleanses palates with its libations, and appeases peepers with its 23 high-definition sports-centric TVs. Appetizers, including fried calamari ($9), lime jalapeño hummus ($7), and bacon and cheese potato cakes ($5.50), kick off marathon meals and stretch out stomachs for the next leg of the feasting frenzy. Main courses center around club specialties, including a london broil ($14), a heap of house-made meatloaf ($10), and a septet of savory mac 'n' cheeses. The house mac comes fromaged with white cheddar, provolone, and parmesan ($7), and the mac florentine sates artistic appetites with a handsome hoard of white cheddar, spinach, and basil served personally by the statue of David ($9).
At Handsome Hobo Pizzeria, the chefs put a local American twist on classic Italian cuisine. In the kitchen, they toss risottos with vegetables and seafood, and pastas with meats and sauce. They also prepare both Chicago-style deep-dish and New York-style thin-crust pizzas. At the bar, 16 wines pour from a refrigerated tap. The aromas of herbs and spices waft through an eclectic space created by interior designer and HGTV Star finalist Tylor Devereaux, conjuring an atmosphere that seems to fit the restaurant's name. Seats gather on the outside rims of striped banquettes, and against a brass-topped table curved around an open fire pit. The restaurant's walls, some painted and others covered with reclaimed wood, are hung with everything from vintage signs to typewriters.