Sunday, December 21, 2014

New Gem in REO Town

I am beyond excited to relaunch this restaurant review blog that honors the taste and flair of Lansing. Plus, to be able to begin anew with such a fun lunch establishment makes the effort even that much sweeter. Good Truckin Diner has its beginnings in the food truck business as Good Truckin Foods, but the owners decided to get themselves a storefront in REO Town. I am certainly glad they did.

My husband has always been a little nervous when I say there is a brand new restaurant in town. He likes to wait a bit and hear what others think of it first.  However, these are the very places I usually drag him to right away. In this case though, he is happy for my persistence. 

The menu is a fabulous array of foods with funky, fresh names, from Hangover (breakfast sammich) to Miami Vice (craft burger) and Low Country (breakfast burrito) to Fire Balls (appetizer), one can choose breakfast, appetizers, or lunch/dinner entrees any time of day. The diner also has hand cut French fries and homemade potato chips that are crispy and delicious.

 The hubby orders the chocolate chip Flap Jacks, although he forgoes the whipped topping, which I feel is a huge mistake. I mean come on... Why not? He does make a good choice with the southern potatoes with bacon and sourdough toast though. The Flap Jacks are light and fluffy with just the right amount of melty chocolate chips. My husband likes the potatoes as well. The spuds have a crunchy exterior and tender potato goodness on the inside. Plus, the bacon is not overcooked. It happens more often than one might think. The chocolate chip Flap Jacks are a nice hearty breakfast meal that satisfies for lunch for only $6.99.

I order the El Marichi. This is a chorizo and beef burger topped with cheddar cheese, poblano aioli, and a fried egg on a brioche roll. A juicy, well-seasoned sandwich like this goes well with the restaurant's own chips. This craft burger looks rather small in the photo above, but it is quite a filling bite for $8.49.

Overall, we had a lovely experience at Good Truckin Diner. The decor, at this time, is a bit drab. Then again, the restaurant has just opened. The servers are engaging and sweet. We will definitely be back in the future.   

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Monday, March 24, 2014

New in Town

Schawarma, Kabobs, and Hummus! Oh my! The foods at Zaytoon Mediterranean Grill, in Delta Township, are beautiful and flavorful. The new restaurant, across from the Lansing Mall, has a wide variety of delicious lunch offerings to delight the taste buds!

My husband and I stopped by this  Elmwood Road location, because we had heard good remarks about the food. We have not been disappointed. The menu is quite extensive with appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. At first, it may prove difficult to choose what to try. Everything, on the menu, sounds fantastically tempting. The cashiers are extremely helpful in this process. These selections are served deli style, so you can definitely rely on the people behind the counter to point you in the right direction, if you simply cannot decide. This friendliness gives the service some extra points in my book. Zaytoon's owner is also present.  He is personable and seems to be close with his staff.

For my meal, I choose the Chicken Schawarma lunchbox. This excellent deal comes with Chicken Schawarma (marinated chicken pieces), a generous helping of rice, pita bread, hummus, and a soup salad for $6.99. I am surprised by the amount of food served for the price. All of the dishes are fresh and well prepared, with the tang for which Mediterranean food is famous. It is absolutely delectable. 

My lunch (and life) partner picks the Lamb Kabob lunch box.  His plate consists of a Lamb Kabob, hummus, pita bread, a mound of rice, and a cup of Lentil Soup for just $6.99 as well.  My hubby is also impressed with the liberal portions.  Everything on the plate has an enjoyable flavor.  He is especially pleased with the lamb kabob, which is simply seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Apparently, our wait for the food is a bit longer than the owner would have liked, although we, honestly, did not think so.  He apologizes and brings us a cute basket of yummy bread to our table for waiting. Soon after, someone brings our food to our table. Maybe we look extra hungry!

Since it is cafe or deli style, we bus our own table. It may be serve yourself, but there is no rush. It is a relaxed atmosphere  The decor calms with bright colors, cool lighting, and lots of foliage. It is a great place to reconnect with others and enjoy food.

Zaytoon's website states, "A member of the Sultan's family, Zaytoon offers Authentic Middle Eastern Cuisine made daily from fresh ingredients. Home of authentic chicken shawarma slowly roasted on a vertical broiler not cooked in an oven. We firmly believe that good service and good quality will persevere - and our regular customers echo this sentiment day after day." My husband and I will definitely return!