Steiny’s Tavern honors barstool regulars with a rewards program replete with a special beer mug and VIP access to bar events—the first hint that Steiny’s is as much a community hub as it is a casual watering hole. In addition to honoring their regulars, owners Mama and Papa Bear Steinhurst have outfitted their parking lot with 20 bike parking spaces and furnish smokers with a heated outdoor smoking patio. The duo welcomes local bands and DJs many nights of the week and also shows sports broadcasts on 10 flat-screen TVs. A menu of barbecue specialties, salads, and sandwiches greets each diner, as does a friendly wait staff that encourages customers to chew every bite the recommended 32 times before swallowing.
In woks at Bangkok Cuisine, snow peas, shrimp, napa cabbage, and scallops snap sizzling drumrolls over the stove. Ingredients indigenous to Southeast Asia mingle in traditional Thai dishes, which also draw on the culinary traditions of the country’s neighbors. Catfish fillets marinate before chefs cover them in breading and garlic sauce, and shrimp, scallops, and squid evoke Thailand’s palm-tree-sprinkled coast. Chefs tailor each dish’s spiciness to individual palates, delighting daring diners with Thai peppers hotter than a fully-suited astronaut in a sauna. Fusion dishes include Chinese staples such as sweet-and-sour sauce.
Chefs at Lanna Thai Cuisine take guests on a culinary tour of of the region with a wide range of spiced curries, rice, and noodle dishes common in traditional Thai and northern Thailand cuisine. The aroma of lemongrass and ginger permeates the dining room as guests customize their orders, adding squid, mussels, shrimp or scallops to the basil-infused Pad Krapraow or a choice of meat and veggies to the spicy sriracha noodle. The heat of curry dishes, like the oxygen levels in a misbehaved astronaut’s shuttle, can be turned down.
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.
As a member of the Joe Bologna restaurant portfolio, Wildwood Friendly Tavern serves up fresh, local cuisine inside a rustic, Michigan-themed establishment that pays homage to William E. Scripps Wildwood Farm in Lake Orion, Michigan. Towering onion rings, gooey pizzas, and juicy burgers adorn tables for dinner, light night snacks, and vampire breakfasts, as kitchen flames often flicker until midnight. Seasonal Michigan products weave themselves into most dishes, including fried Gielow pickles from Lexingon, Eastern Market beef, and flaky Great Lakes perch. Fueled by local brew from Bell's and Frankenmuth Brewery, patrons delight in Keno, drink in six screens of Michigan sports broadcasts, nod heads to live music, or test auctioneering skills at weekly open mic nights. Rustic furniture—produced by Moon Valley in Clarkston—showcases Upper Peninsula–sourced cedar, booths, and tables amid a 14-seat bedrock granite bar.