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Suburban food truck rodeo round-ups


While visiting San Antonio this past spring, several food trucks were lined up around portions of the main government square in the city’s central business district waiting for hungry diners to come bounding out of their office chutes at noon. … Continue reading

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Waste not, want not


The old adage used for the post title needs to be applied more forcefully to the food service industry, particularly quick-serve (fast food) restaurants, coffee shops, and similar dining establishments. I cannot count the number of times I have been … Continue reading

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A trek to Eagle Monk Brewpub


Last Friday afternoon, my middle son and I decided to partake the food and  craft beers at a newish brewpub in Greater Lansing called Eagle Monk. It is located on the west side of town along Mt. Hope Highway and just … Continue reading

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HopCat abounds with beer and more


HopCat in downtown Grand Rapids is rightfully touted as being rated as one of the best beer bars in the world. It is a top-notch venue and serves up a ginormous selection of beers including 49 on tap and 200 … Continue reading

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Collegiate cuisine entrepreneurship


There is probably no better way to try out a new restaurant concept than to test it in a college town. For some reason, college students are interested exploring a wide variety of cuisines and are willing to try new … Continue reading

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The flaws in prototypical design


In the urban planner’s never-ending quest to avoid bland sameness and looking like Anywhere, USA, one of our arch enemies is “the prototype design.” These are often touted by chain organizations like restaurants and retail stores as the only option available, … Continue reading

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Burger masters – master burgers


The title of this post comes from the character in the animated holiday special Santa Claus is Coming to Town – the Meisterburger-burgermeister. Here is a list of my favorite hamburger chains (fast food and gourmet). Figured there are way too … Continue reading

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“Going to a ‘coffee’ go-go”


One the first things any traveling urban planner (or traditional tourist) will notice in the Medford–Ashland metropolitan area of Southern Oregon is the amazing plethora of freestanding drive-thru coffee shops. They are literally and figuratively everywhere! To clarify, when I say freestanding, drive-thru coffee … Continue reading

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Roadside American memories – restaurants


At the conclusion of this post is my list of memorable restaurant chains that are no longer with us. As a kid I thought many of these were the top of the town in terms of dining. Today, as an … Continue reading

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Food as art – artisan dining as a great third place


Greater Lansing has been blessed in recent years with two superior artisan dining establishments – Soup Spoon Cafe and Fork in the Road Diner. They both take locally grown and handmade produce and baked goods, turning them into exquisite works … Continue reading

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