According to Emily Post, napkins may only be used to cover laps, clean up spills, or signal the waiter via semaphore that your table has hit an iceberg. Master restaurant etiquette over a gourmet meal with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of continental lunch and dinner at RiverHouse Inn in Williamston.
Nestled comfortably in domestic opulence, RiverHouse Inn boasts chefs who hand-craft epicurean continental fare to put together a menu that changes regularly to accommodate locally sourced ingredients. Sup on starters such as the shrimp stuffed with crabmeat and draped in bacon and hollandaise sauce ($9.95). The new york strip steak ($24), served au poivre, meaning “in a steak-like manner,” was voted the Williamston Enterprise coverage area’s Best Steak in the Lansing State Journal's 2010 People's Choice award.
A rich bouquet of sugar and spice arises from the mustard-roasted pork loin, lavished in pear chutney and tangy white-cheddar spaetzle ($18), and smoked gouda cheese mingles with zucchini and roasted mushrooms in the vegetarian butternut squash lasagna ($15). Sandwiches ($6–$9.95) and ground-sirloin burgers ($9.50–$10.95) satisfy grumbling tummies at lunchtime.
As guests nosh on the upscale fare beside a crackling fireplace, they can peer out grand windows at the gurgling waters of the Red Cedar River flowing past soaring tree branches and a wooden gazebo. The warmer months usher in patio dining underneath umbrellas, riverside dining on picnic tables, and adventurous dining on the gazebo’s sloping roof.