Tony Sacco’s, Lansing

I love going to new restaurants – it makes me feel like young and alive and not hungry anymore. Around Lansing, the rate of new restaurant growth is not very fast, so when something bright and shiny appears, it’s very exciting. Or at least interesting.

So my latest victim was Tony Sacco’s in Eastwood Towne Center. Hidden back behind the NCG Theaters, you either have to know it’s there, or hear about it from informative, brilliant food bloggers. I ventured further back that I had ever ventured before – don’t worry, it’s not scary to be back there. In fact, there are beautiful views of the various construction projects.

Tony Sacco's, Lansing

Tony Sacco’s, Lansing

I had  the Italian Mezza Luna sandwich, which was a pizza crust folded like a taco and filled with ham, capicola, provolone, lettuce, and tomatoes. Imagine an Italian grinder without the grinder part. The crust was soft and chewy, and the sandwich was big – I had enough for lunch the next day. It came with a little salad with oil to make you feel better about eating lots of processed meat. Don’t fall for it – just enjoy all the meaty goodness, because good it was.

Mezza Luna sandwich

Mezza Luna sandwich

I also ordered the bread rolls- there was a fancy name for them, but the name escapes me.  They were slightly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and sprinkled with parmesan cheese.  They were served in a bowl, the bread resting in a pool of olive oil – garlic – basil. I splurge the extra fifty cents and got the marinara sauce.

Garlicy bread

Garlicy bread

I am a fan of Tony Sacco’s, a nice edition to the collection of Eastwood. Lots of windows, a clean, bright interior, and excellent food. Brave the wilds north of the mall – it’s worth it.

The Draft House, Dewitt

On Old US 27 in Dewitt is The Draft House, a place I haven’t been since I was a teenager. That was a day or two ago, so I figured a few decades is long enough to be away. And, they had nachos on the menu, so there we go.

The Draft House, Dewitt

The Draft House, Dewitt

Things didn’t started well – no Monday night beer specials! Oh, the pain. But they had Summer Shandy on draught, and that helped ease whatever disappointment I had previously felt. Nothing like a cold beer after a hike through Padget Park on a hot day. I had a good seat at the bar to stare at all the taps and occasionally look up at the very large TV to watch the Tigers lose.

Of course, I ordered the nachos. What, you think I would go to Dewitt and not have nachos? Perish the thought. My first impression was that they looked at smelled great. And look at those jalapenos – it’s like a carpet of spicy greenness.  Somewhere under all the potential pain also lurked ground beer, refried beans, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. But nowhere will you find the hated black olives.

Draft House Nachos

Draft House Nachos

My first impression on tasting them was “That’s a lot of beans”. But after the first bite, the overwhelming beaniness went away and they melded well with the other ingredients. I was glad that I got the half-order – they were plenty big for my needs, and probably the needs of people with normal appetites. They were good – I’ve had a lot worse, and they had a good mix of veggies and meat. And the red, white, and blue chips were very good, and very salty. But, I repeat myself.

I would return to The Draft House. Next time, I will get the olive burger, and I’ll stick with the shandy.