Delhi Cafe

8 09 2008
  • 4625 Willoughby Rd.
  • Holt, MI 48842
  • (517) 694-8655
  • No Known Website
  • Menu
The Delhi Cafe on Willoughby Road in Holt.

The Delhi Cafe on Willoughby Road in Holt.

Finally!  Back in Michigan.  I got home late last night and slept in to almost lunch time.  My girlfriend needed to run to the dry cleaner to drop off my suit and she waited for me to get up so we could grab something for lunch.  She suggested hitting a drive thru, but I was tired of fast food.  I suggested we check out that cafe we saw on Willoughby Road while driving home from East Lansing one night.

The Delhi Cafe is part of a strip mall about half a mile of Cedar Street in Holt.  There’s not much else there, but the Cafe takes up a good chunk of the space.  The sign out front claims the cafe has some Greek influence.  We didn’t notice that on the way in, but after looking at the menu, it makes sense.  It’s not a Greek menu, but there is definitely some Greek inspiration. Read the rest of this entry »

Ah Barista Cafe – Indianapolis

29 08 2008
  • 201 S. Capitol Ave.
  • Indianapolis, IN 46225
  • (317) 638-2233
  • Website
  • Menu
Ah Barista Cafe in Indianapolis near Lucas Oil Stadium

Ah Barista Cafe in Indianapolis near Lucas Oil Stadium

I kind of surprised myself with this one.  I went to a cafe for lunch and my girlfriend wasn’t even with me.  I was in Indianapolis to work a Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium.  I got to Indy about an hour before my call time, so I decided to look around for lunch.  I parked in a garage across from the RCA Dome and went for a walk in the immediate area hoping to find a sandwich shop or something quick.  I didn’t really know where I was going once I got to the Stadium, so I didn’t want to cut it too close.  After walking around about 10 minutes, I ended up back at the garage where I parked.  Right next to the door I came out of was a little cafe called Ah Barista.

Ah Barista is located on the ground level of the Pan-Am Plaza.  It’s not very big with just a counter inside that runs along the wall to eat.  I got there around lunch time and the demolition guys working across the street at the RCA Dome had the same idea that I did.  There were six or seven of them in line so I had enough time to look over the menu and not feel rushed.  The menu board is high above the counter which makes it a little hard to read if you’re not standing right at the cash register.  They did have a couple paper menus posted on doors and windows, so that’s what I used. Read the rest of this entry »

Panera Bread – Lansing Mall

21 08 2008
  • 5300 W. Saginaw Hwy
  • Lansing, MI 48917
  • (517) 703-9340
  • Website
  • Menu
Panera Bread located inside the Lansing Mall on Saginaw Highway in Lansing

Panera Bread located inside the Lansing Mall on Saginaw Highway in Lansing

I used to be scared of Panera Bread.  I always assumed there is nothing there I would like because they didn’t make greasy hamburgers and fries.  My girlfriend finally got me there one day while we were doing some extended work in Decatur, IL.  We had exhausted all of the downtown restaurant options and another lady we were working with had mentioned she was going to Panera Bread.  I decided not to argue and went along for the ride.  To my surprise, I actually found quite a bit there that sounded and looked good.  Panera has always been a standby for J.  She eats there pretty much every time she has to work in Kalamazoo or anytime she has to find someplace to eat and I’m not with her.

Today, we needed to run to Horrocks before heading back to Illinois for the weekend.  J just wanted a salad for lunch and asked if there was a Panera close.  The only one I could think of was the one at the Lansing Mall so after we grabbed what we needed from Horrocks, we headed down Saginaw Highway to the mall.  Read the rest of this entry »

Spotted Dog Cafe

24 07 2008
  • 221 S. Washington Sq.
  • Lansing, MI 48933
  • (517) 485-7574
  • Website
  • Menu
The Spotted Dog Cafe on Washington Sq. in Downtown Lansing

The Spotted Dog Cafe on Washington Sq. in Downtown Lansing

As my girlfriend said, the Spotted Dog Cafe is more her kind of place than mine.  We made our way downtown to check out the Farmer’s Market at the State Capitol and decided to stay downtown for lunch.  We were parked on Michigan Ave. just past the roundabout so we left the car and went for a walk.  We’ve walked by Spotted Dog before, but usually on a Saturday when they’re not open.  I wasn’t in the mood for a burger or anything heavy and I figured a deli sandwich would be much better.

We walked in right about opening time so the place was pretty empty.  There were a couple people behind the counter.  The first asked what my girlfriend wanted.  She went with the summer salad which she said reminded her of the two years she spent in Idaho.  The mixed greens were topped with dried cherries, blueberries, shredded cheese, walnuts, and apples with a peppercorn dressing.  She it was refreshing and tasted like it came right out of the garden.  The large salad was more than enough for her. Read the rest of this entry »

Gone Wired Cafe

1 05 2008
  • 2021 E. Michigan Ave.
  • Gone WiredLansing, MI 48921
  • (517) 853-0550
  • Website
  • Menu

I don’t remember how I found Gone Wired Cafe’s website, but I’m glad I did.  Usually, when I’m looking for new places to eat, I turn to the web.  A good website and, more importantly, a menu on-line usually is what gets me to a place.

I picked my girlfriend up from work one night for a quick dinner.  We drove right by the place looking for a parking spot.  There’s a city lot behind the building and there’s also on street parking up front.  We couldn’t find a place in the city lot, but found one right in front of the building.

When you walk in, you walk into a huge open space.  There’s a little comic book shop to the left as well as desktop computers you can rent for $1 for 15 minutes.  To the right, the first dining area sits in front of the counter.  A huge chalkboard above the counter displays the menu which ranges from breakfast favorites to pizza to burgers.  You order at the counter and they give you one of those electronic buzzer things you usually get handed at chain restaurants to let you know when your table is ready.  Once the buzzer activates, you go to a window near the kitchen and pick up your own food.  They just put the plates up for you to take back.  There are trays underneath the window and you have to go somewhere else to pick up your silverware.  The main dining area is on an upstairs balcony that is lined on either side with booths.  There are also a couple corner booths that they just put out into the middle of the room.  It’s actually a really cool look.  Back downstairs, there’s a kids area where the kids can play while mom and dad get some work done or enjoy a meal.  There’s one more area downstairs that’s kind of a circle booth.  I’m pretty sure some college kids were hooked to each other playing games at this table.

I have no idea why, but I ordered the Black and Bleu burger without thinking that I had burgers for lunch.  Being in a cafe, I should have gotten something a little healthier, but the Black and Bleu burgers always shout my name anymore.  The burger came with a choice of side.  The menu board and the printed menu said they had fries, but when I asked for fries, the girl behind the counter said they don’t do fries anymore.   That was a little disappointing, but it did force me to eat healthier.  I got a side salad with Italian dressing.  The sandwich came piled with bleu cheese.  Man, was it good.  I’ve come to love the tanginess of the bleu cheese with hamburger meat.  The salad was just iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and croutons.  It wasn’t a whole lot, but a good compliment to the burger.

My girlfriend got the Waldorff salad.  Her plate was stacked with greens, strawberries, walnuts, and bleu cheese.  On the side, there were three little cheese quesadillas.  Like me, she loves how bleu cheese works with other ingredients.  In this case, it was the cheese and the strawberries.  She polished off all the toppings and the three quesadillas, but had some salad left on her plate when we finished. 

Both of us got Coke’s for dinner, but on the way out, she stopped and got an iced latte to go.  Gone Wired is an incredibly unique cafe.  Most cafes have realized they are not going to make money on coffee alone due to that big chain that has brainwashed consumers into thinking they have to pay $10 for a cup of coffee.  Gone Wired has gone a little farther than most cafes and have offered a unique, interesting menu in a really cozy environment.  On a Thursday night, most of the tables were full with a pretty good mix of people.  There were college students studying for finals.  College professors grading papers.  Young adults playing video games and guys checking their Facebook pages.  Gone Wired is one of those unique finds where atmosphere plays a big part in the overall experience of the place.