Having spent six weeks (over a six month period) in Brooklyn, Michigan (for work at the Michigan International Speedway) I wanted to post my favorite local restaurants and those in the surrounding areas. I'm leaving out Ann Arbor as it's just too big and there are already many threads on it.
Please chime in if you have any other suggestions (I'm here for another week!)
My favorites/Worth the trip:
The Common Grill (Chelsea):
Excellent, fresh, nice wine/beer list. Best ambiance/interior in the area.
Evans Street Station (Tecumseh):
Inspired chef, seasonal menu, some hard to find beers/wines, atmosphere is nice (but a bit dated and overly formal).
The Main Street Stable & Tavern / The Hathaway House (Blissfield):
Two separate restaurants located right next to one another (same owner). Hathaway is the more formal of the two and I believe only open on the weekends. MS Stable is very informal with a great bar. Pleasant patio as well. Look out for their events which include backyard bbq's and farmers market dinners.
Jerry's Pub -
Owned and Operated by a really welcoming/friendly family, a step or two above standard pub fare with a outstanding lake view and outdoor bar. Food is hit or miss depending on who's in the kitchen and I'd suggest sticking to the "specials" menu.
Others in the area that I can't necessarily suggest but will list herein as they are the best options in town (I've tried everything):
The Beach Bar (horrible layout, lots of senior citizens, uninspired/boring menu but it’s near the lake and they make a decent pizza)
Harold's Place (never actually been but hear good things)
Aggie's Sports Bar
The name says it all. Ordinary (but done well) bar food with a solid burger. Divey. Boring beer list. Don't come here expecting any surprises - but it works.
108 Brooklyn Road. Napoleon, MI 49261
Standard home cooking - good breakfast and lunch. Never went for dinner though it looks like they have some interesting specials including various Easter European offerings.
6816 Brooklyn Road. Napoleon, MI
Apparently run by former chef of The Common Grill. Some similar menu items, but certainly not as fresh or as good. They have a huge dining room which felt awkward as it was dead when I was in there. Some nice seafood options.
Not the greatest (or anywhere near it) steak, but it works. Sit in or at the bar (it's dark and welcoming) and order yourself a stiff cocktail.
West Texas BBQ:
Off the side of the highway. Very odd hours (lunch only) so make sure to consult the site before heading over! Cool spot.
Clinton Tavern (AKA Dan's Sports Bar)
Ordinary bar fare well done, enormous and very tasty burger. Some hard to find beers beers.
124 West Michigan Avenue. Clinton, MI 49236-9577
Seafood. Some interesting dishes. Oyster Bar. Upscale interior. Nice place for lunch too.
Old School bar. Awesome. Grab a beer or two before heading over to Common Grill. Never tried the food, but they do offer it.
110 West Middle Street. Chelsea, MI 48118-1225
Spending long hours at the track can be daunting and the local food choices may get you down, but if you’re willing to travel a bit out of town you will be rewarded. Don’t be scared.
Evans Street Station
110 S Evans St, Tecumseh, MI 49286
112 S Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118
110 W Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118
151 W Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI 49201
124 W Michigan Ave, Clinton, MI 49236
Corner of US 12 Onsted Hwy, Brooklyn, MI 49230
Jerry's Pub & Restaurant
650 Egan Hwy, Brooklyn, MI 49230