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.
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.
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.