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Good eats in Gains or Flint Michigan?

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I have a friend coming to Gains Michigan this Sunday. Any good eats in the area?

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  1. I don't know anything in Gaines, but in Flint there are a few good places....not many mostly chains. Redwood Lodge on Hill Rd at I-75 is a decent place to go with someone. They have a lot of steak dishes....last I was there it was good.
    Ruggeros on Linden at Corunna has good Italian food is a big favorite on the west side of town. Great pizza still made the old way and good pastas. I still like to stop there every few years and I live an hour away....maybe more nostalgic.

    Do you have a preference as to what type of food?

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    1. re: grouper

      Ruggero's ... love their lasagna w/Italian sausage. Yum.

    2. Tough challenge. I give up....
      Hey, if you're willing to drive just over ten minutes longer than it takes to get to downtown Flint, then you should go to the Clarkston Union (in downtown Clarkston, but does not = Clarkston Cafe).

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      1. re: vtombrown

        This might, in fact, be a good suggestion, but be sure to bring something to do while you wait for a table. Both Clarkston Union and Clarkston Woodshop (about a block away from each other) are, in my experience, *always* mobbed with people, and they don't have a call-ahead list, so it's quite often that you'll have 45-50 minutes to wait in an overcrowded, loud, small space that's got too few seats, and *far too many* idiots bringing their children with them to a bar, and letting them run around like chickens with their heads cut off.

        You can see why I don't go very often. Just tried two weekends ago, and it was the exact same thing all over again, especially at the Woodshop!

      2. If your friend is going to be in Gaines and you are coming from (I gather) Lansing area(?), would you consider heading in the direction of Fenton/Holly as opposed to Flint? There is The French Laundry in Fenton and Holly Hotel in, well, Holly. It seems like I am forgetting another option in Fenton, too... ah, anyway, just thought I'd throw that out there, even though it's not what you asked for. ; )

        1. Thanks all. Turns out we're meeting in the East Lansing area which I know well, but those suggestions will be great next time I go the the Flint area.