Carpeted in verdant grass and shaded by massive trees, the 18-hole course at Tropical Falls Miniature Adventure Golf winds among small ponds, gushing fountains, and cascading waterfalls. Elsewhere, machines churn out pitches ranging from soft lobs to 80 mph fastballs in seven on-site batting cages, and three beach-volleyball courts host spring and summer leagues open to all, even human crabs prone to popping the ball during the serve.
In 2011, O'Malley's Galley won The Citizen's readers polls for the best ribs, desserts, and catering in town. The eatery continues to live up to these titles with its inventive American food, including barbecue pork, smoked for 24 hours with cherry wood and basted in sauce that's made fresh for each order. In addition, Michele O'Malley, a member of the founding family, handcrafts all of the restaurant's highly lauded desserts to ensure delicious consistency. The restaurant's catered hog roasts spruce up weddings, graduations or office get-togethers with skilled chefs appearing on-site to carve the hog, prepare it, and teach it to fly.
The dining room at City Limits Sports Grill is a peaceful retreat from the bustling bowling center just outside, where pins clatter and leagues cheer beneath flat-screen TVs and a colorful wall mural. The grill's menu collects classic American comfort food, such as 13 kinds of grinders, St. Louis–style baby back ribs, and beer-battered fish sandwiches. Pints of beer or root-beer floats poured into frosty mugs help round out each meal. In addition to leagues, City Limits also hosts open bowling, birthday parties, and bowling fundraisers.
The Watershed Tavern & Grill's menu teems with house-made ground-beef-patty burgers, tender meaty sandwiches, and other grill favorites. Loaded with either chicken or beef, the cooked-to-order Bangin' burrito lounges upon a bed of beans and revels in cascading homemade sauce, melted cheese, and garnishments such as tomato and tortilla chips ($8.99). Potato-gun soldiers call truces in the name of the Shed Chips, which see russet potatoes sliced, fried, seasoned, and distributed with chunky blue cheese ($5.49). Parmesan-encased chicken breast saunters atop angel-hair pasta steeped in pesto cream sauce ($14.99). Five Michigan-made microbrews round out the sudsy trove of a full-service bar, which wields wines, 15 tap beers, and hand grips for mid-meal pull-ups.
Elk and wild boar make unlikely bar guests, but the stuffed trophies of both are regulars on the walls at Jimmy’s Pub alongside a cadre of vintage portraits. This East Lansing bar—which has the old-fashioned, outdoorsy air of a brick-paved street, complete with antique-style street lamps—has been serving frosty mugs of Fat Tire and Guinness brews for more than a decade. Behind the wooden, horseshoe-shaped bar, bartenders pour drafts and mix specialty martinis such as the Blue Angel, whose vodka, blue curaçao, and crème de cacao come together only when shaken at 7 Gs. A hefty menu of Italian and American bar bites complements the libations with plates of seven-layer lasagna, half-pound burgers, and pretzel-crusted salmon. Fifteen high-definition televisions broadcast sports games throughout the expansive dining space, and a jukebox thrums with peppy tunes.
Buddies Pub & Grill’s menu is so diverse that the nachos alone come in four styles. They range from a Southern-style plate of chips crowned with barbecue beef and jalapeños to a meatless plate of garden nachos topped with extra veggies and love letters from local garden gnomes.
For over 15 years, the eatery has sated appetites with a massive menu that includes sandwiches, upscale steaks, and seafood. Assorted burgers and salads round out the menu, along with customizable pizzas with toppings such as pepperoni, Philly cheese steak, and banana peppers.
The restaurant's three locations feature interiors that also emphasize variety, with dining tables that are flanked by flat-screen TVs, pool tables, and high-stool bar tables.