The olive burger at Leo’s Spirits and Grub

I’ve written about Leo’s Spirits & Grub before. In fact, I’ve written about their burgers before, too. And here I am again, writing about a Leo’s burger. But it’s completely different, because this time, I’m writing about the olive burger, not the Houghton Hancock burger. See, completely different.

Leo’s wasn’t my original plan for Monday night. Since most of the Michigan State students had evacuated East Lansing for parts unknown to con their parents out of more money, I decided to sneak in while no one was looking and enjoy some downtown E.L. time. That’s what we locals do. So my destination was Buffalo Wild Wings. Thinking it would only be slightly busy, I cruised in at 8:30, just as before Monday Night Football was starting.

Ha! Foolish me. The place was absolutely packed, not a table or spot at the bar to be found. Not a huge fans of crowds am I, I instead hightailed it to Leo’s in Okemos, where I was able to find a spot with a great view of the biggest TV.

Since Leo’s has a good track record with its burgers, I decided on the olive burger. It was piled high with olives, and the little green things were constantly falling out, there were so many. And the fries were also overflowing, which was a beautiful thing. The burger was a little undercooked, as my understanding of “medium” goes, so I didn’t eat those really pink parts. I’m a little paranoid about that. Still, the other 90% of the burger was great, and I didn’t need that 10% anyways.

Olive burger at Leos

Olive burger at Leos

Of course, being a MNF night, the 34 oz. domestics were only $3. Why Labatt is considered a domestic I don’t know, but it was more beer than you could shake a moose at. The scary thing was that the guy at the table next to me drank two 34 ouncers! 34 + 34 = lots of beer!

So my original plans going sour worked out pretty well. Leo’s has become a favorite spot to watch a football game, though the season is at its end. But I’ll be back to watch MNF again next year, and I’ll certainly be back before then for some non-football dining pleasure.


Anniversary dinner at Dusty’s

Our anniversary was last week, and we celebrated on two nights. One was a nice dinner at home, where Andrea made volcano shrimp. We first had that style of shrimp in New Orleans at Mr. B’s Bistro, and they were excellent there, and Andrea did the dish justice. I love that meal, which we also ate with bread, to soak up the sauce. That was followed by chocolate mousse, which tasted much better than chocolate mouse.

For our second night, we went to Dusty’s Wine Bar in Okemos. I had the Mango Mojo Marinated Grilled Hanger Steak, which is among the longest names for a meal I’ve ever eaten, much longer, for instance, than “Big Mac”. It was served with avocado chimichurri. I have no idea what chimichurri is – it’s not a chimichanga, I know that – other than some kind of sauce. Went great with the steak, though, as did the mashed potatoes.

Dusty’s has four choices of side salads that are included with dinner, and I went with the chopped salad because it had salami. You (usually) can’t go wrong with salami. And olives – the salad had whole olives, too. And other stuff, but mainly it was because of the salami.

All of that food went with a bottle of Leese-Fitch Merlot. Since adjectives are required when describing a wine, I’ll say it was carefree and sunburned.

For dessert, we split the peppermint chocolate cake, probably made because it was close to Christmas. Slightly dry, but still good, and surprisingly big for a nicer restaurant. And we had a post-dessert dessert, because Dusty’s brings bite-size brownies with the check.

Cancun close to home

Since it is such a pain to travel these days, we opted for the Cancun restaurant in Okemos instead of flying to the real Cancun in Mexico. And who doesn’t love Okemos?

The salsa was a bit spicier and better than normal. And of course, I had my “mucho grande” Dos Equis. I believe that you can hire one of the wait staff to hold up the beer if it’s too big for you, but I didn’t have a problem lifting. Had I ordered two of them, then I would have had a problem.

Chips and salsa at Cancun, Okemos

Chips and salsa at Cancun, Okemos

For my entree, I ordered the Enchilas Supremas, which came with four enchiladas – chicken, beef, cheese, and beef. And it came with a tomato, the real selling point. The whole dish was good, but ugly to look at. The best of the four was the beef. Mmmm, ground cow, my favorite.

Enchildas Supremas

Enchildas Supremas

Though service was a little slower than usual, we were still in and out relatively quickly Рit took me way  longer to finish my beer than it did my dinner. But I needed that gigantic beer because we went to Toys R Us and Target, and I really need alcohol to go into those places.


Ruby Tuesday in Okemos

Ruby Tuesday is often convenient  because of its location in the Meridian Mall. Park once, then eat and shop. Of course, since it is the only true restaurant in the mall, it can get busy. Last night was not one of those occasions, so we were able to get seated immediately.

I had the Smokehouse Burger with “endless” fries. I didn’t test the theory to see if the fries were truly endless, but I did get a fry refill, which was handy since the portion size was pretty small. As for the burger, it was topped with all kinds of good stuff – BBQ sauce, bacon, and onion rings. The burger beef tasted fine – its perfect roundness made me suspect it was shipped frozen, but I could be wrong. In any case, it was worth having again. It did have bacon, after all.

Ruby Tuesday has a daily $3 “draft of the day” special, and after the waitress (maybe she was new) confirmed with someone else that, yes, they did have a draft of the day, I had Sam Adams Winter Lager. I’m a fan of Sam Adams beer, so I was happy to hear that was on tap, as was Blue Moon, Killian’s, and regular Sam Adams.