Even arriving at Marie Catrib's at 1:30 pm, purposely arriving past the typical lunch rush time, the restaurant was packed and we had to wait for a table. The wait itself was an enjoyable experience because the smells wafting through the air, the friendly chatter at each table and also between tables, the beautiful (I mean exquisitely beautiful!) desserts, mains, sides, and breads available to view in the deli cases, yes the plants in the windows, local artwork displayed, plus reading and chuckling at the quirky menu board gave plenty of the warm and welcoming ambiance to soak in while waiting for a table to open up.
In a nutshell, we were eating at Marie Catrib's because she is going to cater the wedding reception for our younger son's wedding being held this summer over in the west side of Michigan. Also in a nutshell, even though Marie Catrib's restaurant came with rave reviews by several members/friends from our group of Michigan Lady Food Bloggers (see a partial list and links to many of the individual bloggers on the left side of my blog), eating at Marie's plus meeting Marie were experiences that went well beyond hopes for a memorable and enjoyable experience.
To read more, here is her website plus an article that gives Marie's two thumbs up, and if I had 10 thumbs, I would give her a "10-thumbs up"!
I didn't take pix of the deli cases or my own food, but here is a pix of Marie and her delightful menu boards. You can see that Marie is an advocate of "local, local, local" and spreading love of and with food that is delicious, locally grown, and hand-made from scratch.
In Season Now: Snowman Nose Carrot, Dead Roadkill Christmas Tree, Leftover Fruitcake
I just love how clever and creative people are with words, let alone artistic!
In Season Soon:
Asparagus (early April)
Please let me know where you love to eat that is trying to serve as much locally-grown food as possible in case I find myself traveling in or near your town. Is there someplace you could eat every day for a long, long time and never get tired of the food? Maybe that is even at home - that's ok. :-)
Please chime in so I can start making a list to keep in my car and my travel folder that I keep in my computer case for those trips where I fly somewhere and someone always asks me where I'd enjoy eating. My stomach and your local economy thanks you!
Cultivate your life - you are what you grow, inch by inch and row by row!
Diana Dyer, MS, RD