Tim Castañeda's culinary education began at his family's dinner table. Nourished by the fresh salsas and flavorful meats, Tim developed a deep appreciation for and understanding of the traditional flavors of Mexican cuisine. After cooking in his family's restaurants during his youth, Tim continued to perfect his recipes and spice blends in Mexican eateries throughout the country. He brings his years of experience to Zumba Mexican Grille, where he whips up freshly made tacos, burritos, and quesadillas reminiscent of the authentic dishes of his childhood.
Named for the Spanish slang word for "energy," Zumba bustles with color and zest—from its shiny stainless-steel counters and rainbows of wooden chairs to the skirt steak, red-chili pork, and fresh vegetables sizzling on its grills. When customers walk in, their first step is to pick meats, toppings, and black, pinto, or magic beans. Then the servers behind the counter begin building Mexican specialties—including the burritos, named the city's best by Real Detroit Weekly. After receiving their orders, guests stroll over to the fresh salsa bar, where six different housemade varieties in various spice levels await them.
Optimal Wellness Family Chiropractic?s savvy spine specialists, including Doctor of Chiropractic Michaella Walter, who was featured on Examiner.com, and Doctor of Chiropractic Jennifer McCarthy and Doctor of Chiropractic Elizabeth Biehl, tend to a wide range of ailments by mitigating subluxations in the spine that may hinder the nervous system and overall well-being. The doors at Optimal Wellness Family Chiropractic are wide open to every type of humanoid, including pregnant women and children, whose complaints of colic, earaches, and allergic reactions may lessen with treatment.
Chiropractic alignment for new and existing clients treats musculoskeletal complaints and aims to prevent disks from slipping due to athletic activity or mislaid banana peels in the spine. Helmed by therapists Michelle, Randilynn, Amber, Tonya and Guistina, who share years of experience, the adjoining massage center supplements spinal services by relieving chronic aches in joints and stimulating circulation for faster recovery time.
Modern Skate & Surf?s alternative-sports shop was founded in 1979 and has since hosted events frequented by Olympic and professional athletes?including superstar Tony Hawk?as well as earned a feature as Best Snowboard Shop in 2012 from Real Detroit Weekly. In Modern Skate Park's world-class, 60,000-square-foot Royal Oak skate park?one of the largest facilities of its kind in the US?skateboards grind across rails or glide over jumps, and inline skaters whiz over obstacles and BMX bikes hang in midair. Customers can build on their extreme-sports skills in clinics and lessons or rent out the facility for parties or high-speed chases. Committed to supporting the next generation of extreme athletes, Modern Skate Park offers discounts to students who bring in report cards sporting A?s and B?s.
In addition to the skate park, Modern Skate & Surf also maintains a East Lansing store that stocks snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, skating, and protective gear to facilitate exciting adventures.
Scrubbers Self-Serve Dog Wash & Grooming owner Nikki Budaj realized her passion for animal care when she began fostering dogs and cats in college. This pursuit prompted her to seek more in-depth pet health and hygiene advice from veterinarians and other groomers, which she now dispenses from her own grooming center. Her team of careful staffers hand-grooms dogs and cats of all sizes or gives owners free reign of the self-service facilities to beautify their furry companions. Using waist-high bathtubs and hydraulic grooming tables, staff and visitors are able to clean their four-legged companions with a range of supplied and upgradable shampoos, conditioners, and rinses such as Tropiclean and Top Performance. The cleaning-center staff also performs de-shedding services or fur and nail trims to keep animals well manicured, and forced-air drying is available to gently slough off excess water and recreate the feeling of sticking one’s head out of a car window.
Every guest who steps into Kalamata Greek Grill smells it—the warm, comforting aroma of freshly baked pita bread. Made from a closely guarded recipe—the one thing Caesar saved before burning down the Library of Alexandria—pitas serve as the foundation of Kalamata's made-to-order Greek cuisine. Chefs line the pocketed bread in full view of customers, stuffing it with ingredients such as steamy gyro meat and each guest’s choice of toppings. They can also make house-style pitas, such as the Greek Cowboy, which includes green pepper, red onion, and greek barbecue sauce.
The dining room invites patrons to relax under its latticework ceiling, and the patio offers alfresco seating. Kalamata's combination of fresh Greek food and a welcoming atmosphere—plus its enthusiasm for helping out with fundraisers—has won it Best Greek Restaurant from 2009 to 2012 in WDIV's Vote 4 The Best awards.
Nine flagsticks are strategically placed across 2,274 yards of fairways and greens lined by sand traps and water hazards, beckoning golfers to seek them out in a competitive spirit. The executive layout of Hampton Golf Club features six par 4s and three par 3s for a par-33 track that presents diverse challenges. Interconnected ponds and streams figure prominently on six holes, including the 316-yard fourth hole, which plays toward a green that has concealed itself behind the edge of a pond in a never-ending attempt to win a game of hide-and-seek with a local soccer field. Before rounds, guests can stock their bags with cold drinks, snacks, and course necessities such as tees, balls, and dueling gloves at the course pro shop.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par-33 course * Length of 2,274 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 31.2 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 113 from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Scorecard