The menu at Westgate Tavern launches armadas of scents from individually sculpted burger patties and hand-tossed pizzas. Flat-screen televisions glow overhead as diners start their engines with Wisconsin mozzarella melting over handmade deep-dish breadsticks ($6.99) before tearing around the golden-baked corners of a barbecue-chicken pie loaded with pineapple ($9.99+). Bleu cheese and bacon tango atop a burger escorted by fries curlier than Shirley Temple’s handwriting ($7.99). Billiards balls clink on an expanse of green felt as players fuel their aim with a deluxe Italian sub’s folds of ham, salami, capicola, and provolone ($7.99). A cheeseburger pizza ($8.99+), meanwhile, draws on hybrid flavor like a centaur's recipe for sweet and sour sauce.
At Frank's Press Box, bartenders pour draft beer and concoct specialty drinks such as the Grape Skittle: grape vodka mixed with sprite and served with a lemon garnish. Drinks like these complement menu items such as Chicago-style deep dish pizza, buffalo wings, and burgers. Big screen TV's fill the dining room, and depending on the season, follow teams such as the Lions, the Red Wings, and the Tigers.
A mid-Michigan institution since 1929, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs for more than 20,000 visitors every year. Music director and conductor Timothy Muffitt currently leads its roster of professional musicians in concerts that explore a variety of musical styles, including classical masterworks, a pops and chamber series, and brassy big-band engagements.
Wild Beaver Saloon's energetic staff dish out classic bar eats, selections from a full bar, and the occasional choreographed bar-top dance. Fun-filled evenings kick off with a slate of thin crust pizza such as pepperoni ($8.99) or three types of cheese ($7.99), while domestic beers ($3.25) sooth heated palates and gasping beer fish. Imported suds ($4.25) present varying tastes of foreign degree, pairing well with home favorites such as a signature chicken quesadilla, a triumvirate of chicken, melted cheese, and red onions ($7.99). Pairs of chili dogs ($5.99) and full racks of smoked ribs ($18.99) challenge hands to stay free of slippery sauces in preparation for games of pool or longest handshake contests.
Athletic aficionados soak in sporty showings on more than 20 TVs at the casual downtown eatery with a menu of tasty American eats. Slide into a stadium of starters, such as potato skins ($6.99) and spicy crab bits peppered with pops of jalapeños ($6.99), or down a spinach and artichoke dough disk, a pizza sporting the cheesy appetizer in lieu of sauce ($11.99). An all-star team of burger slingers catapult a multitude of choices, such as the Santa Fe burger bolstered by tangy chipotle mayo, the salami- and feta-fraught mediterranean burger, and the salmon burger, all served with fries ($8.99 each). The innovative grilled chicken alfredo penne ($9.99) and meatball parmesan grinders ($8.99) revamp Italian originals into contemporary American fare, thus infusing noshes with confusing feelings about their ambiguous origins.
The glorious sight of 25—more specifically 26, but that’s a mere technicality—beer taps reflect in the mirror that hangs on the exposed-brick wall behind the bar. At Taps 25, beer comes first, whether it’s in the form of an import such as Guinness, a crisp Leinenkugel domestic, or craft brews from Bell’s, Founders, or Dogfish Head. There’s even beer to be found in the pub snacks, such as the cheese dip made with Keweenaw Pick Axe beer. Other munchies, from buffalo chicken dip to pulled-pork nachos, pair well with the hoppy libations and other drinks from the full bar, such as the Angry Irishman—one of many Orchard Bomb shots that make up the bar’s colorful array of 5-ounce concoctions.