Dining Destination

Red Ginger Bar Atmosphere

Finer fare for outdoor adventurers

Michigan winters offer unparalleled experiences. The state is home to 6,500 miles of snowmobile trails, 3,000 miles of cross country skiing trails and was...
Customers at Old Boys Brewhouse

Lake to Plate: The Big Catch

By Marla R. Miller After a morning of big lake charter boat fishing, talk normally turns to reliving “the big catch” and where to go...
Shrimp Crostini

Culinary School Cuisine Delights

There are more than a few places I’d like to recommend on the Michigan food scene, but my absolute favorites are culinary school restaurants.
Schuler's sandwich

Fire up the Grill

With an increased interest in al fresco dining, there are a handful of restaurants opening up their outdoor spaces to accommodate the flavors and savors of the grill.
The Winchester

Brunch with a Flair

With the spring Sunday holidays approaching, we’ve hand-picked a few places that are great choices for a celebratory meal, each with unique menu items.
The English Inn

Indulge & Escape

Whether you’re looking for a cozy setting to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetie, are in need of a romantic weekend, or are longing for an early spring retreat, here are three quaint dining destinations with delectable food, fine wine and an intimate ambience.
Holiday Decor Clifford Lake Inn

Wild game affair

In hunting for something charmingly different to do this holiday season — and inspired by the taste-good memory of the reindeer meatballs we devoured in Helsinki last year, I latched on to the idea of a wild game affair.
Ben Watson and Mike Beck

Great Lakes, Great Ciders

Though cider is not quite at the forefront as in bygone days, the nationwide production growth is impressive, with Michigan among the top three producers.
Brewery Vivant Dishes

International fare

An inventive array of overseas tastes along with plenty of flavorful, creative and traditional American fare infuse the colorful palette of dining options that abound in Michigan’s second largest city year-round, but Restaurant Week Grand Rapids are prime time to sample and savor them.
Patricia's Chocolate Dianne Carroll Burdick

Famed Tastes of the Great Lakes State

From wild-caught lake trout, high-bush blueberries, just-picked asparagus and restaurants helmed by James Beard award-winning chefs, photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick and I roamed the state to find the best things to eat for “Tasting and Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food — A Culinary Roadtrip” (2012, Arbutus Press). We discovered each region puts its own stamp on deliciousness and serves up distinctive, delectable gems. 

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