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My wife and i will be traveling from Lansing to Interlochen and are looking for recommendations for a great breakfast joint. Tired of the local scene so we want to be adventureous and try something new.Would love to find a place that also has alcohol (bloody Mary). Looking for a mom and pop type place, diner, greasy spoon, etc. Not inerested in a chain restaurant or a "stuffy" type place...I can take several diiffernt routes to get to Interlochen so let me know what there is and then i can map my route...thanks

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  1. In Cadillac:

    I am noting the meals that I have eaten at these
    establishments ... and that I consider to be
    worthy of a return visit.

    Hermann's Deli & Bistro: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    http://www.chefhermann.com/

    Blue Heron: Breakfast & Lunch
    http://www.cafeblueheron.com/

    Helsel's 13th St. Market & Cafe: Breakfast
    http://www.helsels13thstreetmarket.com/

    1. There is Tony's in Birch Run where you get a huge omelette and a pound of bacon. That's going a little more than a bit out of your way, and I don't know if they have alcohol. But you could get some shopping in.

      Then there is Angelo's Coney Island in Flint. I know, out of your way again. Sorry. But have you ever had coney dogs for breakfast? Was introduced to this 20+ years ago when one of the UAW workers came into office with a brown sack and gave a coney dog to all the engineers he worked with. I was taken aback, didn't realize that dogs were for breakfast. Anyway, this guy was a crazy inventor, and every time he got a patent (several times a year), he brought in a sack of coney dogs.
      Probably not a helpful post - maybe I just wanted to tell that coney dog story. But Angelo's is a Flint institution!
      http://www.angelosconeyisland.com/

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      1. re: Markcron

        I should add, I've never been to Tony's, and doubt I ever will, but just because it is not my thing doesn't mean others won't appreciate it.
        Angelo's - I've had their coneys multiple times, but it has been many years (I don't get to Flint that often anymore).

        1. re: Markcron

          My fiancé and I went to Tony's last week and the food was okay. You get a lot of food but the quality is eh. My man got the blt with the pound of bacon. It was huge. I tried a piece of the bacon and it was too hard/crispy for my liking. Also it had a weird aftertaste which I didn't care for. There is no alcohol there. If Tony's will be too far off your route I would skip it.

          1. re: Msviolatordm

            I've heard the quality at Tony's is questionable. Never been there myself, but I'm not exactly tempted. It sounds like overkill to me, and I *love* a great BLT. As well, I tend to like my bacon to be pretty crispy (as opposed to you), and even with that, I'm not tempted.

            If you want a good BLT, the one available at Crispelli's in Berkley is very good, but it *must* have the mandarin orange salad that accompanies it, or it's not worth their (very high for a BLT) price for it. With the salad? Terrific. Without? I'm really not that interested at $9-10 for a BLT.

            EDITED TO ADD: the mandarin salad is, according to John (talked to him on the phone), no longer available at all. Considering that the BLT is $9.50, and there's nothing truly magical about it (but there *was* about the salad), don't bother.

            1. re: boagman

              I like my bacon to be crispy but not to the point where it's so hard I feel like I'm about to lose a tooth after biting it lol. Always wanted to try it after seeing it on various food shows. I don't have a desire to go back but if someone suggested it I wouldn't say no.

            2. re: Msviolatordm

              Isn't the bacon at Tony's deep fried? That would account for the weird aftertaste.

              1. re: RedTop

                ::as Johnny Carson::

                "I did not know that."

                1. re: RedTop

                  Oh yuck. Never heard of somebody deep frying bacon. Guess I shouldn't be surprised. Most of the menu was fried food items.

                2. re: Msviolatordm

                  Tony's is a distinctive place, but I agree the food is pretty blah. Wonder if any of the Frankenmuth places open for breakfast.

                  You could go to Cops and Donuts in Clare, but it is bakery goods only, and I don't think they even have anywhere to sit.