Cooking multiple cuisines is a lot like stealing puppies from a shelter—it requires swiftness in opening fastened containers and the dexterity to escape through a ventilation duct with your arms full. Sate a spread of cuisines with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of eclectic eats at Cranker's Coney Island on 68th St.
Cranker's menu is immense; it lists everything from authentic Detroit-style Coney Island hot dogs like those on Travel Channel's Food Wars ($1.99) to burgers, salads, wraps, sandwiches, Greek specialties, Mexican dishes, and breakfast (served all day). For a dinner not quite broiled, not quite combroiled, request the broasted chicken, four pieces of marinated and lightly dusted chicken that's roasted and served with potatoes and coleslaw ($8.50). Devout carnivores can devour a cheeseburger ($3.89), Philly steak hoagie ($6.69), or meaty fusion of the chicken-fried steak ($7.89). Lovers of the Greek salad ($3.59–$7.99) can continue their Mediterranean food quality assurance tests on the Saganaki OPA, rich kasseri cheese flambéed in olive oil and served on fire ($4.99). For a fresh fish finale, try the Cranker's fish and chips, which are battered in a secret recipe ($7.69–$8.99) and fried in liquid gold and English aspirations.
Cranker's is a laid-back eatery, so bring your family, friends, or friends' family to chow down on flavorful fare. The eatery is open 7 days a week, 396 days a year, and for infinite jiffies.
Cranker's Coney Island, which features Detroit-style hot dogs like those seen on the Travel Channel's Food Wars, was written up on MLive.com in 2009. Seventy-seven percent of nine UrbanSpooners like it, and five Google Mappers give it a 3.5-star average:
- Cranker's does an authentic Detroit Coney -- natural-casing dog with chili and onions, for all you rules-followers. The dog (a Dearborn, which is slightly larger than the typical Koegel) was topped with a mess of beanless, sweetened chili. Finishing off the chili fries demanded silverware and a handful of napkins, like it's supposed to. – Troy Reimink, MLive.com
- I have not stopped there is a while but everytime I have gone I have had decent service and food. I have had omelettes and burgers so far. Good basic fare served hot. – altochris, UrbanSpoon
- I just had the med. veggie wrap. It was delicious and healthy too. Nice! Great menu options too... Plus they have a drive thru. Seriously good. - Josher, Google Maps
Cranker's Restaurant & Brewery
January 30, 2013 was a big milestone for the team at Cranker's Restaurant & Brewery. The date marked the release of their first-ever bourbon-barrel-aged beer, appropriately titled the Barrel #1 Bourbon Porter. But Cranker's taps were no strangers to innovative beer or the high-pitched squeals of happy pint glasses. The brewery had already racked up awards at the World Expo of Beer for their Professor IPA, Crankenstein Amber Lager, 5th Voyage Coconut Porter, and Honey Kolsch.
That last brew, the Honey Kolsch, is the beer of choice when ordering a basket of Cranker's fish and chips with homemade tartar sauce. Indeed, the bartenders and servers are always happy to make beer-pairing suggestions for their homey entrees. For Detroit-style coney dogs, for instance, they recommend their Bulldog Red Irish Ale. Or if diners show up early, they pour Oakenshield Stout to go with eggs, sausage, and other breakfast staples. They also have the perfect substitute should diners want a less potent beverage: a cool glass of homemade root beer, either served by itself or as a float.
454 68th St. SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49548Get Directions