Since I didn't get much response when I queried about these cities, thought I should report on what I had for future generations.
SAUGATUCK: M&M Diner is a cute diner, actually in Douglass, which is allegedly Greek owned but seems to be from the only Greeks who never heard of garlic. Cinnamon-flavored chicken gyros was a bit bland as a result, but at least fresh and healthy.
Ate dinner at The Butler, an old timers place which indeed was packed with retirees at 6 pm. Had prime rib which was done exactly as in 1950, heavy on the beef broth in the au jus, but quite satisfying.
And ice cream at the ubiquitous Kilwin's, which was excellent.
E. LANSING: Had pizza from College Inn, allegedly a favorite since 1963 or something. Maybe then it was a nice, crisp-crusted pizzeria pizza; now it's a spongy Little Caesar's taste-alike which was surprisingly bland. Would not have been out of place at the airport food court.
Lunch at Traveler's Club and International Tuba Museum would probably have been better if I'd been told the stir fry's were great BEFORE I ordered a perfectly OK jerk chicken sandwich.
A very nice dinner at Dusty's Cellar. I've subsequently read that this place is supposed to be down from its high point years ago. You could have fooled me, this was terrific "nouvelle comfort food" with interesting Asian flavors thrown in, reminded me of Soul Kitchen in Chicago. Everything was very good, though I wish the cafe faced something nicer than a mall parking lot.
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