Any good eats Albion to Alma/Mount Pleasant to Allendale and back to Albion--or inside that "triangle"?
Yes, that will be my triangle of travel, which will be on weekdays. Any suggestions of any interesting (hole-in-the-wall and up, totally omnivorous) places to eat in any of the specifically mentioned towns, or within the triangle that's an easy drive?
(Note: my timing will probably not allow a meal right in Lansing, so no need for information in that area unless there's a quick-and-easy bite while I'm driving through.)
Thanks again to everyone for the help. I went to Pizza Sam's in Mt. Pleasant, and it was decent. After-the-fact, I was told I should have tried the double crust cooked on a screen. Next time, if I get back. Went to El Granjero in Grand Rapids, which was also good enough, and then a non-descript Chinese place in Lansing. Ugh...pretty tough area for food, and not enough time to really explore around.
104 E Superior St, Alma, MI 48801
As you've probably discovered already Cascarelli's is pretty much a student dive. (and unfortunately as good as you're likely to get in Albion.) When I went to school there, the 'dinner with the parents in town' spot was Schuler's in Marshall, though reports are they've slipped over the years.
The only place in Mt. Pleasant that I would really endorse closed a few years ago. Man, I do miss H & R Pizza. They were very generous with the jalapenos. There has been about three different places in that spot the last five years.
The Cabin is a little hole in the wall bar that I understand serves very good pizza. It's on Broomfield a little West of Mission.
Mt. Pleasant is a college town, and there's not really anything that stands out. Jon's Drive In is ok for what it is. Taco Boy would be perfect cheap mexican if they did more than just mirror Taco Bell's menu.
The one place I have not tried is Mountain Town Station, on the northern part of town, which is owned by the former mayor of town. From the website it has a decent-sized menu with good beer and wine selctions for the area.
H & R Pizza
304 W Broomfield St, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Jon's Drive In
1030 S Mission St, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
re: Fibber McGee
Oh, no, tokyo. I've never had the food there, so I didn't feel it fair to comment. I do know a few others who share your sentiments. I only suggested Mountain Town because I knew they had a large menu and have a fine beer and wine selection (for the area, at least.) While I have been to the Brass, it was not one of my regular drinking establishments while I was a student at CMU.
re: Fibber McGee
mountain town is decent. it will not blow you away, but it is good. and their beer is pretty good, too.
cabin is good for pizza, breadsticks, and sandwiches - my crew spends a lot of time there every homecoming.
o'kelly's is no more than bar food, but it is a great sports bar.
i miss the h&r mr. toby and danny boy subs. r.i.p.
just back from my annual trip to mt. pleasant for cmu homecoming. since my two plus day stay was filled with huge volumes of cheap beer with a dozen or so life long friends, i only have a few chowish things to share:
real mexican food - los palominos in a strip mall on m-20, halfway between misson and the casino. very good food. some of my friends went the fajita and quesadilla route. i went a la carte with a tamale, a carne asada taco, and a carnitas taco. all three were very good. plus a couple of negro modellas to boot. cannot wait to go back.
o'kellys - i had a very good spicy bloody mary to kick off the day on saturday. difficult to tell how it stands up to a blackstone bloody mary because those are always consumed between 12:30am and 2:00am (a totally different experience).
the grotto - same place where h&r was located. and they have the danny boy and mr. toby on the menu. i did not make it there but three of my friends did and they said that the danny boy was pretty close to the h&r version.
mountaintown brewery - the oktoberfest beer was good (but by friday afternoon, it was done for the season) as was the stout.
and this note from their website (it s not open yet but it looks like they are close):
Mountain Town Station - EXPANDING!!!
Mountain Town Station Brewing Company and Steakhouse is happy to announce our latest venture. Beginning Monday May 9th we will be breaking ground on a new addition. The new modern restaurant venue will feature an upscale menu focusing on regional and seasonal flavors as well as featuring the finest wines served in central Michigan. We hope to make this space a destination for not just Mt. Pleasant residents but food lovers across the state. This dream has been made possible with the continuing support of our community. We hope that you will continue to support us through this build-excusing our dust, and anticipating the next step in our adventure. We hope to open the doors September 2011.
Jim Holton, Owner Mountain Town Station
In addition to Lansing, there are lots of good places to eat in Grand Rapids, which you'll be going through on the Allendale end of the triangle. You can find GR recommendations in these discussions:
For the leg between Allendale and Albion, you'll probably pass by Kalamazoo. For recs there, see: