The ice-cream artisans at Ice Cream Garage cool heat-stroked taste buds with ice-cream cones, specialty sundaes, and drinkable desserts within a whimsically decorated auto garage turned ice-cream parlor. Head into the open garage door and cool off with a single ($2.49) or double ($2.99) ice-cream scoop next to the large wall mural of characters from Disney/Pixar's Cars and its less popular prequel, Buggies. In the Lube Oil & Filter—one of many automobile-themed specialty sundaes—large chunks of cookie dough glide down a cookie-dough-ice-cream mountain on a river of chocolate syrup and whipped cream ($3.19). Slurp up brain-freeze fodder with a thick malt ($2.99), or swirl inventive flavor combinations in a custom flurry blended with such toppings as rainbow sprinkles ($2.99), which are colorful enough to attract both leprechauns and Lisa Frank.
Jersey-style subs may be Boardwalk Subs’ food forte, but the staff’s true specialty is its attention to customer service, as showcased by its nomination for the Grand Rapids Celebrated Service award. In between friendly smiles and polite conversations, the kitchen crew at the family owned eatery focuses its attention on handcrafting 25 types of toasted or grilled subs and pairing them with fresh-baked cookies and warm soups. After baking fresh bread each day, cooks slice open each 15-inch roll before stuffing it with savory meats, such as salami, capicola, and roast beef, and seven kinds of colorful vegetables. The sandwich artists then top the savory layers with one of 12 sauces and seasonings such as celery salt and italian spices.
War almost was not the name slapped across gold records such as The World is a Ghetto and Why Can’t We Be Friends? When the name was first suggested, as founding member Lonnie Jordan recalls, the band thought it might sound too radical. But then they reconsidered, Jordan says, and decided to “wage war with melody, rhythm, and harmony as our weapons and the songs as our ammunition. We spoke out against racism, hunger, gangs, and crime and fused rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B.”
Big Apple Bagels' menu warms bellies with sandwiches crafted from homemade bagels and bread. The extensive selection of sandwiches includes the gourmet Mediterranean Veg-Out, which pairs a choice of hummus or cream cheese with a heap of veggies worthy of a farmer's safety deposit box ($5.25–$5.29). The three tiers of the clubhouse, a sky-high piling of roast turkey, baked ham, and swiss cheese, are latticed with lettuce, tomato, and mayo ($7.49). The breakfast B.L.T. explodes with its namesake fillings and a corona of cream cheese ($3.49–$4.49). Surprise coworkers with a dozen bagels ($8.39) or use the flour circles for your Barbies' annual hula-hoop tournament.
For more than four decades, Mr. Burger has sated carnivorous cravings with a menu of juicy burgers and other toothsome classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A patron's day can begin at any hour with the breakfast combo of pancakes, toast, an alarm clock, any-style eggs, and sizzling bacon or sausage links ($3.90). For sturdier eats, dig into a double meat ($2.80–$5.05) or a Mr. Triple burger ($4.50–$6.75)—both made quadruply delicious when paired with one of the succulent sides, such as french fries, onion rings, and coleslaw—or plunge incisors into a chicken pita ($3.99–$6.24), gyro ($3.50–$5.75), or fried chicken sandwich ($3.85–$6.10). Postmeal fanatics can indulge their inner child or find out that they're someone else's inner child with old-fashioned desserts including fresh strawberry pies, cream pies, and creamy shakes and sundaes.
With two locations in Battle Creek, Vision Center At Meijer's eye mavens outfit more than 700 frames with lenses carefully crafted in their own laboratory to specifically suit the eyes and face of each patient. Professionally administered eye exams determine the prescription strength required to correct eyeball anomalies, and the laboratory can upgrade any lens with tints, Transitions, or antireflective coatings that save one from endless staring contests with one's own eyes.
Fazoli's expeditious culinary team assembles gondolas of oven-baked pastas and chopped salads for a palatable odyssey through comestible canals. The basil pesto-drizzled tortellini and sun-dried tomato rustico ($5.99) plants a garden of artichoke hearts in the belly, and the country Caesar salad tucks sleepy bacon and breaded chicken into a bed of lettuce, crispy onions, and mozzarella ($5.49). Diners can nosh on traditional Italian flavors with a plate of spaghetti in meat sauce or fettuccine alfredo ($4.99). Fazoli's bountiful menu also bursts at the seams with pizzas, sweet treats, and a supply of breadsticks that's as bottomless as a trapdoor in the Oval Office.