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Looking for Jackson, MI Recommendations

Hello fellow hounds - I will be in Jackson, MI this weekend on business. As such, I am looking for any recommendations in the surrounding area. This is my 1st trip to MI. Haven't found much using the search tool except maybe Zingerman's in Ann Arbor. I don't mind driving a bit. I will be on my own, and I am pretty much open to any/all suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. not much "fine" dining in Jackson, however, I also like Giglio's on Brooklyn road whenever I pass through.

    1. Win Schuler's in Marshall has been an area tradition forever.
      http://www.schulersrestaurant.com/200...
      dave

      1. Wow, stumper. I can't think of one place to recommend in Jackson. Don't get me wrong, there are some good restaurants (look in the downtown area), but not much Chow-worthy.

        Chelsea is a little town about 20 miles east of Jackson and you'll find an excellent restaurant called the Common Grill that will be worth the drive.

        http://www.commongrill.com/

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        1. re: charlesbois

          Some people like Daryl's in downtown Jackson--started by a former Common Grill cook. I've been meaning to go--try it and let us know. On the low end, Jackson has its own variety of coney dog, with spiced ground meat on top of the dog. I prefer the Detroit chili-dog type personally, but try Todoroff's--it's gotta be pushing a century in business.

          1. re: Jim M

            Todoroff's! Yes! I forgot all about that place. They have great gutbusting chili dogs and fires. And a cool/weird 1950's spaceship-looking restaurant. Kinda on the outskirts of town in Blackman Twp. But definitely worth it for a junkfood lunch.

            Also, if you need a place for a beer and a deep fried pickle, try the Hunt Club.

        2. Or, if you're willing to drive to Ann Arbor, you could go to Okemos, which is 30 minutes north instead of east. Restaurant Villegas is the rec. Excellent food and since you're from out of town will give you a chance to sample the local meat/produce since that is the chef/owner's MO.

          www.restaurantvillegas.com

          Common Grill was a great recommendation too, seconded.

          1. I like the Jaxon Pizza factory 800 North Waterloo Street Jackson, MI 49202 - best pizza I have had in a long, long time. It's more of a diner type place, but my hubby used to work in Jackson and we used to go to lunch there whenever I paid him a visit at his office.