Since the '70s, Nitsches Meat and Deli has been a local destination for the best cuts of beef and pork, all curated by a knowledgeable staff. Though its known for its high-quality, grass-fed meats, Nitsches also stocks its aisles with specialty groceries, from dairy-fresh cream cheese to salad dressings to enough different mustards to permanently stain the moon yellow. Behind the deli counter, free-range Amish chickens turn on a rotisserie, and the bakery is always stocked with fresh, locally baked bread.
The Metropolitan Cafe's menu is diverse not just in plate size—there are tapas as well as full-size entrees—but also in its culinary inspirations. The dishes represent a bounty of international flavors, evident in small plates of flank steak nachos, Grecian wings glazed in lemon-garlic sauce, and oysters Rockefeller. The entrees feel global as well; the moussaka-stuffed shells burst with eggplant and kale, and the Michigan orchard pork chop is sweetened by sauteed apples and an apple-brandy reduction.
As suggested by the nostalgic bulb-lit sign and winged quarter notes flying through the dining room, The Metropolitan Cafe is also something of a music venue. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights host everything from blues-rock to soul and R&B.
At KJ's Confections, some cupcakes are like the seasons, coming and going with the months, while others are like the mountains, ever-present, delicious, and topped with frosting. Partake of KJ's multiple palate-pleasing flavors, fillings, and frostings with ever-changing variations such as lemon white chocolate, red velvet, and tiramisu. Tongue-bobsled down the towering slopes of the s'more, or crash land in the rich radial point of the caramel chocolate chip. Fruit-feasting folk will find much to celebrate when they wash ashore onto the tropical tastes of the banana, pineapple mango coconut, or key lime. Each diminutive dessert is made to order and lovingly battered and beaten by a confectioner with a decade of cupcaking experience behind her.
Keeping the culture of independent coffee shops alive, the friendly baristas at the Italian-style Ani’s Caffe brew up energizing lattes, mochas, and coffee amid deep crimson walls and cozy leather sofas. As steaming mugs of hot tea steep at the old-fashioned counter, staff scoop out cones and cups of dozens of decadent, local Ray’s Ice Cream flavors to complement freshly made espresso drinks. Additionally, every Friday and Saturday evening, the café invites local musicians to serenade its guests, who can always catch up with imaginary friends online using the shop’s free WiFi.