Recommendations for Flint/Frankenmuth Area?
A good friend has surprised me with a get-away trip to celebrate my birthday THIS WEEKEND. We're going to be staying in the general Flint area (a B&B, I think) and will plan to spend some time in Frankenmuth, Birch Run and probably Flint. I'm not a huge fan of the chicken dinners at Zehnder's or the Bavarian Inn. Any other recommendations? Thanks in advance.
Well . . . since the Deutschen Eck closed, I don't know what to tell you.
There's the Old Dixie Inn in Birch Run, which sometimes has things like lion on the menu . . . I ate there once and wasn't crazy about it, but some people like it:
There has to be someplace good to eat in the city of Flint, and by cracky, I'm going to find it.
If you're in Birch Run, you might want to check out The Old Dixie Inn on the other side of the highway from the outlet mall. Nothing fancy but they specialize in "wild" game. I had a bison burger that was awesome. Just stop and check out their menu. If you don't like chicken, Zehnders and the Bavarian Inn (both owned by the same family) have some really good sausage entres.
For something totally retro, you might take a look at the Temple Dining Room in the basement of the Flint Masonic Temple in downtown Flint. They only serve lunch. It's all old-fashined food from the 1950's: meatloaf, spaghetti & meatballs, .... Nothing fancy, but the food is reasonably well prepared and pretty tasty.
Many thanks for the kind recommendations and suggestions. Here's what we found out:
Big Eazy Grill (Flint): Easily the best food I've eaten in years. Seriously. We shared the stuffed crab-stuffed portabello mushroom to start and it was excellent. I immediately fell in love with the smoked tomato sauce. The house salad? Was awesome although the vinaigrette needed some salt. For our main courses, we tried the Big Easy Paella and the Pasta Jambalaya. The Paella had enough seafood for 3 portions. The flavors were spot-on. The pasta? Insanely good from the smoky tomato alfredo sauce, the huge shrimp and the sausage. Just wow.
Old Dixie Inn (Birch Run): From the outside, this place looks like a scary dive bar. On the inside, it IS a scary dive bar where time stopped in 1984. (I haven't seen hair that big since I did a revival of "Steel Magnolias".) There's a haze of smoke even in the non-smoking section that slightly obscures the hundreds of taxidermy animals on the walls. The deep fried pickles were outstanding. The pork loin in a raspberry sauce was tough but well flavored. The ribs were enormous (think Fred Flintstone bronto-ribs) and could have used more sauce. It was only good.
Sullivan's Brew House & Grill (Frankenmuth): Go for the White Cheddar Ale Soup. It's salty, rich and full of yummy bits that beg to be mopped up with bread. We were so full from breakfast, that we only had soup, shared a pretzel (meh) and onion rings (nice!). Great service.
Lamplighter (Frankenmuth): Great local diner with cheap breakfasts. For $1.99, you get an egg, potatoes and toasted homemade bread. Every single kid in the place was eating french toast which the make with sliced up cinnamon rolls. Super sweet but really, really good.
And that's all I have. Thanks again for your input. It was a great birthday weekend!