The Rib Rack's extensive barbecue menu of hand-held meaty eats will quell carnivorous cravings for any winged, finned, or hoofed beast or vegetable. Opt for a half-rack of its fall-off-the-bone baby-back ribs ($10.95), a 12-piece bucket of chicken ($18.95), or one of its signature ribs and chicken combos like Mark's family style #4, with four pieces of chicken, a half-rack of ribs, and a choice of side ($19.95, serves two to three). Aquaphiles will enjoy the 10-piece shrimp dinner ($8.95) served with choice of potato side and a roll, or the fish 'n' chips ($7.95), while sandwich fans can nosh on a bread-enclosed handful of pulled pork ($4.95) or a blazin' chicken sandwich ($4.95). The Rib Rack's savory side selections feature classic southern specialties such as mac 'n' cheese ($1.95) and collard greens ($2.45), and are sure to evoke memories of childhood picnics or romantic Fourth of July fleeting glances and barbecue-laced first kisses.
Uncle Peters, LLC’s northern Michigan–style pasties enfold fillings such as sausage and eggs, broccoli and cheese, and venison in golden-brown exteriors. The meats at the pasties’ centers are free of hormones, antibiotics, and probably genies. The same quality meats are stacked up inside the deli’s pulled-pork and italian-beef sandwiches, which pair with piping-hot housemade soups such as goulash and minestrone for a hearty meal. The bakery punctuates savory main courses with sweets such as its signature dark-chocolate-dipped oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies and an assortment of scones, muffins, and other pastries.
Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors meet inside Pita Way, a fast-service restaurant focused solely on wraps, salad, and rice dishes. To preserve the authenticity of each dish, owner and general manager Brandon Bahoura enlisted the help of two Middle Eastern master chefs, who imparted their culinary prowess to design a menu of kaftas, shawarmas, and hummus. Marinated chicken, ground lamb, and feta nestle in white or wheat pitas, and sizeable salads, including eggplant or falafel, green up the offerings, each of which can be delivered or picked up by carrier condors.
Inspired by the Italian cafés lining the streets of Europe, the dreamers behind Pizzeria Dolce populate their menu with gourmet specialty pizzas as well as paninis, calzones, and strombolis. Daily-made, fresh dough underlies each traditional or gourmet topping, such as artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and pesto sauce. The staff is consistently friendly and warm, unlike an iceberg grumpy about all those boats aiming for it. Pasta dishes such as lasagna and shrimp-scampi ravioli round out the menu or fill catering platters alongside party trays of veggies and meats. The lunch and children’s menus dole out afternoon feasts and smaller portions, respectively, which can also be carried out or enjoyed by skiers sliding in from the slopes of the nearby Pine Knob Ski Resort.
With scrumptious baked goods and a tempting lineup of chilled beverages, Cinnabon provides a hearty snack after a long day of shopping, working, or workshopping. Munch on variety of cinnamon-infused treats, from the Cinnabon classic roll, temptingly filled with Cinnabon’s famous Makara cinnamon ($3.49), to the Caramel Pecanbon, topped with a indulgent potpourri of luscious caramel and tasty pecans ($3.99). Take home an assortment of goodies with one of the stores’ Cinnapacks, good for at least four classic rolls or nine minibons ($10.99–$11.99, combo packs add $1, Pecanbons add $2). If your parched lips yearn for a cool beverage, revitalize the taste buds with a Chillatta, a frozen drink available in chocolate mocha, strawberry, strawberry banana, and Tropical Blast ($3.69–$4.39). Caffeine connoisseurs can sip on a cup of Cinnabon’s rich coffee for a satisfying pick-me-up ($1.69–$1.99).
Dave & Amy's was voted 2012's best breakfast spot in White Lake and Highland by readers of The Patch. Located alongside Pontiac Lake Road, the restaurant beckons passersbyers inside with comfort food and free WiFi every day of the week. The menu houses a selection of classic American dishes, from St. Louis-style ribs to homemade meatloaf made with home-style gravy.