The chefs at Wrought Iron Grill design dishes that are artfully executed down to the last detail. Take, for example, the housemade sauces and soups that are made fresh daily, 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.
At first glance, Courtside Cafe looks like your average café, with gourmet sandwiches, daily specialty soups, and coffee drinks. But then you look bit closer at the menu and see that it's not so ordinary.
It delights taste buds with unusual housemade soup offerings, such as creamy asparagus, sweet-potato peanut with ham, hungarian mushroom, and lasagna. Many of its paninis arrive on grilled caramelized-onion rolls, brioche, swirled rye and more, and its inventive housemade aiolis—such as curry, sun-dried tomato, and lemon-cayenne—add flavor to a variety of sandwiches. Vegetarian and health-conscious options are also available, including a newly added black-bean burger and the garden safari vegetable wrap.
Nestled comfortably in domestic opulence, RiverHouse Inn boasts chefs who hand-craft epicurean continental fare to put together a menu that changes regularly to accommodate locally sourced ingredients. Sup on starters such as the shrimp stuffed with crabmeat and draped in bacon and hollandaise sauce ($9.95). The new york strip steak ($24), served au poivre, meaning “in a steak-like manner,” was voted the Williamston Enterprise coverage area’s Best Steak in the Lansing State Journal's 2010 People's Choice award.
Gracie's serves up rotating menus of upscale American lunch and dinner fare made from fresh, local ingredients. Gastronomes seeking to bisect the day with culinary delights can try the seared salmon salad with fried tofu, mixed veggies, and yuzu-miso dressing ($12) or a teriyaki fried tofu with jamaican rice and house-made kimchi ($8).
The cooks at Sparta Grill Coney Island fill their dense menu to feature something for everyone with breakfast omelets, gyro plates, and char-grilled new york strip steaks. They grill third-pound burgers and crown them with slices bacon and cheese or gyro meat, feta, and tzatziki sauce. Dinner favorites include crusty chicken pot pies served with mashed potatoes and gravy, as well as healthier meals such as chicken salad plates paired with cottage cheese and seasonal fruits or greek salads taped to a running treadmill.
Blondie's Barn is never open past 3 p.m., but the kitchen team still manages to whip up three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and brunch. The breakfast classics run the gamut from huevos rancheros to a chocolate-chip waffle topped with chocolate drizzle and countless dollops of whipped cream. For lunch, there's plenty of sandwiches, such as a pulled-pork wrap or a burgers. Then there's brunch, when diners are welcome to eat anything they'd like, including their tables.