MUSKEGON, MI - Coming out of the long Memorial Day weekend, you may not be ready to jump back into cooking duties.
We’ve got you covered: here are five local businesses to support, while letting someone else take care of dinner (or breakfast or lunch) this week.
This week features a few of Michigan’s Best, including some of the best hamburgers, chili, and diner food the Mitten has to offer. The homemade Italian food and sandwiches may not have made an official list just yet, but they’re pretty great, too.
Tootsie’s Diner (1125 W Hackley Ave., Muskegon)
Nothing beats sliding into a diner booth for a long, leisurely breakfast, but in the absence of sit-down dining, this iconic Muskegon mainstay offers its robust menu to go.
A Michigan’s Best Diner finalist last year, Tootsie’s is famous for its hand-fried onion rings, thick sandwiches, shakes and desserts - like sundaes and cakes - as well as a range of breakfast goodies, like stuffed hash browns, omelets and pancakes. And even under the stay-at-home order, “What a Deal Wednesdays” are still running, where most menu items cost six bucks.
Find their menu here, and call 231-755-5005 to place an order for pickup or delivery.
Hamburger Mikey (1129 3rd St., Muskegon)
It feels like just yesterday that MLive was chowing down on some of Michigan’s best burgers right here in Muskegon’s Midtown neighborhood. Already honored for its world-class French fries, Hamburger Mikey might also have the state’s best hamburgers - and after shutting down for a few weeks, they’re yours to take out.
From 11-6 p.m., pick up an original hamburger or a “Fat Mikey” (two patties) with whatever toppings you please, the special Burger of the Month, or a grilled cheese - and don’t forget the fries.
There’s no calling ahead here. Instead, order inside the restaurant (mindful of social distance, of course), and servers will deliver the burgers to you outside.
Teddy Spaghetti’s (3032 Heights Ravenna Road, Muskegon)
Food is a family affair at this Fruitport Township spot, so what better way to replace your home cooking with someone else’s? Teddy Spaghetti’s Italian restaurant is famous for its toasted ravioli, but its menu is full of all kinds of pastas, plus pizzas, lasagna, salads and more. In light of the novel coronavirus’ impact on many people’s paychecks, the restaurant is also offering family-sized platters to give a little more bang for your buck.
For a little pre-dinner snack, try the “spagman crunchies,” fried potatoes doused in cheese and herbs, or Italian nachos (featuring Italian sausage and with a side of dipping sauce), and don’t forget a batch of zeppole - Italian donuts - for dessert.
Find the menu here, and call 231-777-8337 to place your order.
Dr. Rolf’s (477 W. Western Ave., Muskegon)
Technically, this isn’t a Takeout Tuesday option, because this downtown barbecue joint is only open Wednesdays through Saturdays, but you can start planning now to pickup a cup or bowl of Michigan’s Best chili, wings, or a meaty platter or sandwich.
And don’t sleep on the sides and starters:, like “dirty” tots and pork sliders. Top it off with an extra order of the cornbread waffles and thank us later.
Find the menu here, and call 231-246-2168 to place an order.
North Grove Brewers (8735 Water St., Montague)
The latest addition to the growing Muskegon County craft beer scene, this brewery also has a deli-style food menu with something for everyone. The sandwiches are all on bread from Hodgepodge Bake Shop, with meats, cheeses and even the condiments paying homage to the brews (think beer cheese, stout marinated pastrami, and pale ale mustard - although not all on the same sandwich!). Soups, salads, and hot dogs for the kiddos round out the takeout options.
And yes, you can also get some adult beverages to go, in a can, six-pack or growler formation. Find their rotating options on Facebook, and maybe pair it with a snack, like a soft grain pretzel or house made beer cheese dip.
Find the menu here, and call 231-894-0144 to place an order.
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