great (read: HUGE) breakfasts. pancakes are great, specials are cost effective and delicious, big omelets, just a very good breakfast joint.
I do miss the old "castle" store frontage, but the renovations a few years ago make the place a little more accessible to non-regulars
yum yum has great ice cream. you can't go wrong with any of their desserts.
the menu for food has changed somewhat over the years, but you can't go wrong with a ground round, American cheese and only ketchup, chips (homemade) and a pickle. add a vanilla milkshake with French vanilla ice cream (glorious)- I've had this exact thing every year for going on 20 years, and it's glorious!
the coneys are grand, the ambiance is 50's survival. coney joe's has been serving up coneys for at least 40 years, and this family-owned biz has been a staple of the community since the days of two stop lights. a must-stop for lunch. I'm always torn between having a coney or a loose burger, and usually end up having one of each. add fries hot out of the hopper, and you're golden.
this place (and their main restaurant in Howell on Grand River) have been around forever. still serving up the best breadsticks on earth, and better than average pizza. I haven't had a pasta dish from them in years, but they used to be top notch- no reason to think they've changed!
I have only had lunch here, but the prime rib sandwich (blackened) is GLORIOUS! most places seem to give you the leftover meat in a sandwich like this. not the case here. my wife had the duck tamales with mango garlic sauce, and she would have licked the plate if she had less sense than appetite! I can't wait to come back for dinner- menu looks fantastic!
I was not expecting much, I mean it's a buffet- but the pita was hot out of the oven, the price was reasonable, and the dishes turned quickly. my tabbouleh was excellent, the chicken schwarma not half bad. I wouldn't go out of my way to get here, but if it's convenient and you've got a craving, it will work!
I'm told that hasta la pasta was one of the mainstays in the area a few years ago. not to say it's "bad" now, but cost-cutting and efficiency at the expense of great food could account for some of my less than ideal experiences here.
the entrees I have had have been good. not great, but mostly competently executed. the appetizers and (frozen?) garlic bread were lackluster at best.
enjoyed their NY style pizza very much, but the meatball sub was poor at best. maybe an off day for them.
for parties, their ginormous pizza is both awesome and absurd- they have an example near where you order- my kids went crazy! and it's as well-made as their traditional pizzas!