Eat! Lansing

January 6, 2009

The English Inn

Filed under: American, Best of, Fine Dining, Steak — Jack Lumanog @ 11:57 am

The English Inn
http://englishinn.com

677 S. Michigan Rd., Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
(517) 663-2500
Lunch:  Monday – Friday: 11:30am to 1:30pm
Dinner: Monday through Thursday: 5:00pm to 9:00pm; Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm; Sundays: 1:00pm to 7:00pm

(I reviewed this restaurant back in October  —  forgot this in a draft folder that I rarely check.  Oops.)

The English Inn is just minutes away from Lansing and is totally worth your consideration.  I’ve seen their ads in the Lansing State Journal for dinner specials and none of them looked all that enticing.  However, after accepting a dinner invitation there with some friends, and getting very excited about checking their menu out online, I was very excited about our upcoming trip.

We were a bit early for our reservation so my wife and I took the opportunity to explore the grounds of The English Inn.  They operate a small bed and breakfast with an adjacent catering hall with a charming pub in the basement of the main building.  The grounds are just extraordinary.  The view from the restaurant is just amazing  —  it makes you forget you’re in Eaton Rapids!

The atmosphere is wonderful for a night with friends or for a special occasion.  At first, our table of 6 was the only table being used in the restaurant.  We were whispering for a while until some other tables started to fill up and then the piano player took her place to provide some much needed background noise.

The dinner menu reminds me of what you would find at a country club or an old school bistro.  The wine list is very comprehensive and decently priced  —  our table split a bottle of Hess Collection Cabernet at $30.

To start, I ordered the Escargots for $10.  It was classic preparation with herbs and garlic butter.  Delicious.  My entree was the Entrecote Cafe’ de Paris  —  14 oz. NY Strip with Café de Paris butter at $30.  My steak was perfectly prepared medium rare and there was more than enough for dinner and the rest was the next day’s lunch for me.  The side dishes were uninspiring  —  mashed potatoes and steamed cauliflower.

I skipped dessert after loading up on the escargots, calling it quits on my entree and eating more bread than I care to admit (all the while dipping away at the remnants of the escargots butter).

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August 18, 2007

The Cadillac Club

Filed under: American, Lansing, REO Town, Steak — dkastner @ 7:21 pm

The Cadillac Club
thecadillacclub.com
1115 South Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910
Phone: 517-853-1912

Tue – Thur: 11am – 11pm, Fri: 11am – 1am, Sat: 4pm – 11am

The Cadillac Club could be personified as a wealthy French-born teenager adopted by middle class American parents in the 60’s.

On the one hand, it’s a higher-priced restaurant featuring several gourmet-sounding steak entrees and creme brulee. Pictures of historic Lansing decorate the walls and bottles of wine are carefully placed on each table. The serving staff wear formal attire and attempt to be informative and helpful.

On the other hand, the Club is a kitchy nostalgia restaurant complete with sliced up 60’s-era Cadillacs adorning a central dance floor and hanging above bathroom doors, as well as life-size plaster statues of Marylin Monroe, the Rat Pack, and the Blues Brothers. The bowling alley-styled carpet, a live lounge band, and a featured dish, entitled “Chicken en Fuego” are icing on the cake. You’d think they would have named it “Pollo en Fuego.”

If you enjoy paying $20 a plate for mediocre food in a kitchy environment, then the Cadillac Club is for you. Next time, I’ll pass.

Update: Cadillac Club is now only open for Sunday brunch for the summer of 2008.

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