'Michigan' on Serious Eats

Behind the Scenes at Bell's Brewery, Galesburg, MI

Having long since outgrown the downtown Kalamazoo facility (which still houses a beer store and the Eccentric Cafe brew pub) and their second brewing facility in nearby Comstock, the company expanded their brewing capacity again earlier this year, with the addition of a 200-barrel production brewery in also-nearby Galesburg. The capacious new space accommodates the brewery's special needs like increased capacity for dry-hopping, good news for any fans of their magically bright Two-Hearted Ale. More

Where to Drink Coffee in Michigan

Once upon a time, the mitten-shaped state known as Michigan was not known for its coffee. Its bizarrely named "Coney Island" hot dogs and diners, its square-shaped pizzas, its death of industry...sure. But artisanal coffee? Not until recently did this pleasant peninsula begin to stand out, and cities across the state have begun to offer some of the best coffees roasted in the nation—and the mitten itself—at truly lovely cafes. Here are our very favorites. More

Sausage City: Local in New Buffalo, MI

Perhaps no two people represent this burgeoning New Buffalo community better than Pat and Ellie Mullins, the married proprietors of Local on the north edge of New Buffalo, Michigan. Outside of their shop, along the Red Arrow Highway, a red sign reads "bacon." I liked them immediately. More

Taste Test: Natural Casing Hot Dogs From Michigan

Michigan has some of the highest hot dog standards in the country, disallowing the use of mechanically separated beef, an excess of fat and offal, and limiting the amount of water a hot dog can contain to just 10%. The best come in natural hog casings to offer snap and spring with each bite. Question is: in a state full of great dogs, who makes the best? More

6 Great Taquerias in Detroit

The 48209 zip code of Detroit is a hot bed of delicious taco activity, as I found out on a one-day whirlwind tour of 11 taquerias and trucks in the city. Though Detroit's Mexican Town is located in the area, the tacos we tried from the several joints located directly in Mexican Town were uniformly sub-par compared to some of the exceptional finds at the trucks, supermarkets, and loncherias nearby. More

Ann Arbor, Michigan: Fantastic Chicken Tortilla Soup from Le Dog

Glancing at the tiny shack-like exterior of the Liberty Street location, which started as a lemonade and hot dog stand, you'd be excused for thinking their menu is still just as simple. Get closer though and you'll see a window plastered with signs describing a half dozen soups. Roasted Garlic, Broccoli Chowder, Cold Peach soup, and the like. Through an unfortunate turn of events, I found myself nearly shoeless on a cold, drizzly October morning in downtown Ann Arbor. Their Cheesy Chicken Tortilla soup definitely helped me deal with that situation. More

Taste Coffee with the Pros at MadCap in Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, Michigan, may not be at the top of your list for coffee destinations...but clear aside some room and let it dwell there alongside the greats. Local roasters MadCap have built national acclaim by sourcing excellent coffees and presenting them to their smaller-city audience and international competition stages alike. Their 2011 Los Lobos coffee from Costa Rica won a Good Food Award, and barista-owner and barista Trevor Corlett and Ryan Knapp have made it to some of the highest ranks of the competition stage. But more importantly—to them and to you—is their goal to change how everyday people think about their coffee. More

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