The chefs at Wrought Iron Grill design dishes that are artfully executed down to the last detail. Take, for example, the housemade barbecue sauce that complements the grilled pineapple and black forest ham on the Maui Wowie pizza, or the veal demi-glace they make to flavor hand-cut, marrow-encrusted filet mignon. They also take care to incorporate local ingredients, coating wild-caught scallops with Michigan morel mushrooms and flash-frying fillets of Michigan perch.
Housed in the five-story brick structure that once held Woodard Furniture Company, Wrought Iron Grill's decor harks back to the building's industrial past. Flooring reclaimed from a welding room tops the bar, and 110-year-old windows hang over the heads of bartenders as they pour Michigan beers and mix drinks such as signature bloody marys garnished with spicy Mandingo pickles, 45th Parallel asparagus, and jumbo shrimp. Live bands often play atop the building's loading dock, allowing singers to be conveniently wheeled away after they've finished performing.
“Cooking runs in the family,” says head chef Vito Cangemi of Olio’s Bistro & Cuisine. He’s referring to a childhood spent watching his aunt, also a chef, work her culinary magic in his hometown of Palermo, Italy. As a result, Vito relies on family recipes that he states are “straight from Sicily." The menu proves as much with its mottle of pasta, chicken, seafood, steak, and subs. Vito whips up everything from scratch, including his signature dish, penne alla Vito—chicken, shrimp, spinach, and cherry tomatoes in a light sauce. Of course, no Italian meal would be complete without a pour from the wine list and a hand-puppet rendition of the Aeneid.
For 22 years, Fireside Coffee Company has been creating gourmet beverage mixes ranging from chocolate-based coffee to chai tea & hot cocoa. Every delicicous blend is also instant - just add water - perfect to keep in your desk at work, take with you while you travel, or make a quick cup in the morning to start your day!
Named after the cowardly slacker from the animated series Scooby-Doo, Shaggie's serves up a full menu of "Scooby snacks" such as bacon-wrapped hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream. Shaggie’s even invites youngsters to celebrate both the famed TV character and their freshly devoured banana splits by jumping around in one of three bounce houses, colorfully decorated to represent a spooky Halloween evening, a basketball arena, and, of course, Scooby Doo. In addition to open-bounce sessions, Shaggie's accommodates groups for birthday bounce parties, which fan out to enjoy other areas of the playplace, such as an arcade and a party room.
Tucked away in the shadows of pines and hardwoods that were planted in the late 1940s, Timber Ridge Golf Club's 6,585-yard course roams through dense tree lines, rolling hills, and native marshland to form a scenic, challenging layout. The Club's new golf carts come equipped with internal GPS systems, which tell players the distance they must hit the ball to clear water hazards, the yardage at which a dog-leg fairway begins to curve around the trees, and the whereabouts of every squirrel that has a golf-ball burglary on its record. The 18th hole brings rounds to a dramatic end, as golfers must dial in their approach shot to a green guarded by water on the left side and bunkers to the right.
Golfers can improve their skills with lessons from Class A instructor Greg Beavers, who became the club's head golf pro after a stint at Walt Disney World Golf. In addition, players can fine-tune their swings at the grass-tee driving range or master short-game strokes at the chipping and putting greens. After rounds, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and cold drinks from a full-service bar await at Rubey's Grill.
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Top’s Asian Buffet serves up a tasty spread of Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, and American cuisine seven days week for both lunch and dinner. Those out for all-you-can-eat lunch ($2.25–$6.75), dinner ($3.25–11.25), or Sunday ($11.25) buffets, priced depending on age, will find a serious selection of soups, salads, fruits, sushi, steaks, Mongolian grilled barbecue, Chinese and Japanese appetizers and entrees, plus a dessert bar with ice cream.
In addition to a menu brimming with hearty lunch fare, Tropical Smoothie Café offers wholesome smoothies that are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements. Puréed potions, such as the Pomegranate Plunge––pomegranate, banana, strawberries, and cranberry ($4.89)––are stuffed with superfruit and low-fat options, such as Mango Magic––mango, pineapples, and nonfat yogurt ($4.29)––trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the Kiwi Citrus Green Tea's anti-oxidant-laden matcha charge or the Muscle Blaster's whey protein (starting at $4.79). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.59 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.