The Holy Harrison at Harrison Roadhouse, East Lansing

Not since The Cottage Bar in Grand Rapids have I seen such a beautiful arrangement of toppings on a burger.

The Holy Harrison  at Harrison Roadhouse in East Lansing is like the banana split of burgers. Though I don’t know if the burger was created by God, I believe He surely inspired its creation. With ham, bacon, olives, and cheese, I dare you to find a burger with a more perfect set of stuff atop it. The only thing I could think of to make it better would have been to pin a twenty dollar bill on top. That would have been pretty sweet.

Andrea didn’t think I could finish it, but I proved her wrong. It came with fries. Since it was Wednesday night, the 22 oz. domestic drafts were $2.50, so I went slumming and had a Miller Lite instead of my usual craft beer choice. But for my second beer, I had a Short’s Nicie Spicie which, as I described on Facebook, reminded me of The Mole Hole. (If you don’t live around Lansing, The Mole Hole sells knick knacks (and knack knicks) and has the permanent smell of candles and potpourri. )

We sat outside on a nearly perfect summer night and enjoyed a calm August evening. The students were not back yet, so it was a quiet crowd. (Since I’m married to an MSU student, I know how out-of-control and rowdy they can be.) But quiet or noisy, the burger will still be good.


A good $6 dinner at Gipper’s, Grand Rapids

I had never heard of Gipper’s before two days ago, but a casual search of Grand Rapids sports bars revealed the easily-overlooked spot just off of 28th Street near the I 96 overpass.

Gipper's, Grand Rapids

‘Twas Monday – bike night. I’m not a biker, but figured I wouldn’t get thrown out. (I wasn’t, and I didn’t even see any bikers, as a matter of fact.) But Monday was also 2-brats and 2-beers for $6. Whoa, you had me at two brats, but two pints of beer, too? Gipper’s, you had my attention. Their choices were Bud Light and Miller Lite, but for that price, that limited selection is OK.

Brats at Gipper's, Grand Rapids

What can I say – they were brats. Good enough to have again, though on my next visit, I’ll probably get the nachos. Lots of TVs were lurking about so I could watch Monday Night Football, the whole reason I went to a sports bar. And I can’t forget to mention the peanuts. Who doesn’t love throwing things on the floor you don’t have to pick up? Well, the waitresses, I suppose.

The Roadhouse, Beulah

While visiting one of my sets of in-laws in Beulah, MI, we stopped at The Roadhouse for dinner. It was a beautiful summer evening, so we were able to set outside and avoid getting eaten by mosquitos, a rare treat in northern Michigan.

I decided on the beef chimichanga, which was a good choice. Though small, it was very good, with just enough spice to make it interesting and not overwhelming. The fried shell was light and crispy. I could tasted the chipotle in the salsa that came with the chimi. (Hopefully there was chipotle in it, or my taste buds are way out of wack.) I ate every bit of food on my plate, including the rice and beans. And I did my fair share of devouring the chips and salsa that were served with the meal. I think it’s a law that chips and salsa must be served at a Mexican restaurant.

Chimichange at The Roadhouse, Beulah

For a beverage, I chose the Roadhouse Margarita, their standard margarita, and it was just what a margarita should be. With salt, of course. There were other choices, but for my money, the standard margarita is my drink of choice in Mexican restaurants. Well, maybe Dos Equis is a slight favorite.

And besides my antsy 4-year old, the atmosphere was nice. Under the trees, perfect weather, and lots of margaritas – what isn’t too love? I will remember this when it’s January. You warm-weather people just can’t understand the joy of eating outside – six months of the year, at least, we can’t do it, so we enjoy it while we can here in Michigan.

The Roadhouse, Beulah

Bacon & Egg Burger at Steak & Shake

I don’t normally post  visits to “fast food” restaurants, but I’ll make an exception. I stopped in to Steak & Shake while waiting for an oil change for my car. I saw on their menu that they had a burger topped with bacon and egg. Wow, breakfast and lunch in one. I’m a fan of the Royal Red Robin burger at (where else) Red Robin, so I thought I would give S&S’s burger a try.

I was impressed. Steak & Shake is an inexpensive place to eat, and the burger was very good for the price. It was just enough to satisfy me (I have a desk job, so it doesn’t take much). And those little fries – those are tasty, too.

I went to the menu at their web site, but I didn’t see the bacon and egg burger listed.  If you go there and it’s not on the menu, be warned – it may have been a limited-time offer. Hopefully not – the next time I need an oil change, I’ll probably be headed back for another S&S burger.