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Last time I was at Gs was 25 years ago in Tawas. I see they have one in Houghton Lake, so I will have to try them again next summer. They also have one in Lake Orion if anyone is looking to give them a shot.

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I had a job that I couldn't leave for lunch, so I had them about 4 or 5 times a week for about 6 months because they deliver. I think I owe them the better part of the 40 lbs that I've gained since I was in the Marine Corps.

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I miss the best/worst coney dogs from the "Root Beer Stand" in Kalamazoo. #2 is Bell's Oberon. We now have White Castle and Steak & Shake here but I haven't been to either one. There's a grocery store here that has some ties to Chicago and they get in a lot of Chicago stuff. So I can get Jay's potato chips if I want.

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Only place I can recall I enjoyed was about a mile south of the interstate in Novi on the East side. Other than that I ate one evening in a Boston Market. I learned I did not like Boston Market.

Must have been Grand River...some nice places in there. Any particular type of food?

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Only place I can recall I enjoyed was about a mile south of the interstate in Novi on the East side. Other than that I ate one evening in a Boston Market. I learned I did not like Boston Market.

I can't believe that particular Boston market is still open. I used to work a couple spots down from there in high school and ate there from time to time. I can't say I remember enjoying it.

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I can't believe that particular Boston market is still open. I used to work a couple spots down from there in high school and ate there from time to time. I can't say I remember enjoying it.

I remember when Keith Olberman (this is before he was known for having any political views) got flack for flacking Boston Market.

Got to give a shoutout to Faygo Redpop...even if I don't drink sugary soft drinks anymore.

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When I lived in Minnesota and the UP (which doesn't count as Michigan), the thing I missed the most was Lays Salt and Vinegar chips. For some reason the weirdos there don't sell it. The first thing I would always do upon crossing the bridge is fill up and get a bag of Lays salt and vinegar chips. They had other kinds of chips, like kettle sea salt and vinegar, but it is absolutely not the same thing. That's like someone craving pizza and telling them a ham and cheese sandwich is the same.

That and Leo's coney island. I love Leo's.

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Hell, at Meijers at 3am. One of the Detroit "things" that happens to me every time we drive in is the late/late visit to Meijers to get food after the 8-10 hour drive from Virginia. By the time I get to the store I'm so tired I am not freaked out by the misanthropes, emos, vampires and ghouls who are shopping at 3am.

The Freaks come out at night. The Freaks come out at Meijer.

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When I lived in Minnesota and the UP (which doesn't count as Michigan), the thing I missed the most was Lays Salt and Vinegar chips. For some reason the weirdos there don't sell it. The first thing I would always do upon crossing the bridge is fill up and get a bag of Lays salt and vinegar chips. They had other kinds of chips, like kettle sea salt and vinegar, but it is absolutely not the same thing. That's like someone craving pizza and telling them a ham and cheese sandwich is the same.

That and Leo's coney island. I love Leo's.

So, Minnesotans are weird for not liking a potato chip made from the same ingredients as Summers Eve? Hmmm.

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There are things strictly Michigan that I would, literally, come back just for.

Capri Pizza

Chicken Tortilla soup from Monterreys

La Pitas Greek Salad with Chicken

Al Ajamis Lentel Soup

Al Sultans Boneless Chicken

Chili Fries from just about every coney

Coneys from just about any coney

BW3's hot wings (unless where I went had a BW3 of course)

You can find a good burger place so I would get over not having Red Coat or Millers or Mr Joes etc.

There may be more, but I would seriously need to plan a trip back at least once every 6 months for my top 2.

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There are things strictly Michigan that I would, literally, come back just for.

Capri Pizza

Chicken Tortilla soup from Monterreys

La Pitas Greek Salad with Chicken

Al Ajamis Lentel Soup

Al Sultans Boneless Chicken

Chili Fries from just about every coney

Coneys from just about any coney

BW3's hot wings (unless where I went had a BW3 of course)

You can find a good burger place so I would get over not having Red Coat or Millers or Mr Joes etc.

There may be more, but I would seriously need to plan a trip back at least once every 6 months for my top 2.

For a place that specializes in wings, most BW3s are pretty bad at deep frying. Better to buy the bottle of sauce you like and make your own IMO.

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For a place that specializes in wings, most BW3s are pretty bad at deep frying. Better to buy the bottle of sauce you like and make your own IMO.

I use it as a replacement for ketchup. I always have a bottle in the fridge. The deep fry part is really hit or miss. Sometimes it is amazing and other times I wish I went somewhere else. I hope today is not the day I regret it...just talking about it makes me want to eat it for lunch. I am leaving now.

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Middle eastern food is the correct answer here.

Coney Islands (preferably leos) is also correct to a slightly lesser extent.

I would also miss Bells and Founders limited releases unless I moved to another craft beer state such as Oregon, Colorado, Washington, etc.

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Middle eastern food is the correct answer here.

Coney Islands (preferably leos) is also correct to a slightly lesser extent.

I would also miss Bells and Founders limited releases unless I moved to another craft beer state such as Oregon, Colorado, Washington, etc.

I had just developed a fondness for Stroh's. Then it ceased to exist at my local beverage store about 3 yrs ago.

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I had just developed a fondness for Stroh's. Then it ceased to exist at my local beverage store about 3 yrs ago.

Seriously This:

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Yuck. Albeit I was an alcoholic college kid at the time, I once drank a 30 pack of Strohs (because 24 isn't enough) over the course of a few house, I never got so much as a slight buzz. And no it was not the alcohol free version.

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Seriously This:

200px-Strohs.JPG

Yuck. Albeit I was an alcoholic college kid at the time, I once drank a 30 pack of Strohs (because 24 isn't enough) over the course of a few house, I never got so much as a slight buzz. And no it was not the alcohol free version.

I'm going out on a limb. You were an alcoholic if you drank that much beer and didn't feel any effects. :--)

Not to go on an anti SABMiller and inBev conglomerate kick...but I liked the taste of Stroh's and liked that they were the "Detroit" beer competing nationally. In a couple/few years Michigan's Bells or whatever other adorable craft beer people like will be bought out by those two megacompanies and you can probably guess the effect on the quality.

Now, as I think about it....my dates are screwed up. The Detroit brewed version I grew up with was much more distinctive than the version probably brewed at some conglomerate brewery in Chicago or wherever and labeled as Strohs. Not sure when that happened but it would lead credence to the got-a-crappy-bland-taste effect you describe.

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