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Cafe Zinc – Midland MI

In the H Hotel, 111 W. Main Street, Midland MI

Visited April 21, 2012

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While looking for a place for a pleasant lunch in Midland, before a special tour of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, I came across what looked like a good option. Cafe Zinc on Main Street turned out to be a fantastic option. It is a perfect blend of crisp contemporary design, clever surprise touches, and an underlying french cafe feel. With white marble wall panels, a decorative tin ceiling, white leather upholstered chairs with a drawer pull handle on the back to assist in pulling the chairs out, and a wood grate wall perfectly displaying apples all show the attention to detail in the design.

And the food…well it was delicious. A warm, crisp mini baguette to begin, then I had a mushroom and spinach quiche served with a nice green salad. The menu includes a wide variety of items for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Everything looked delicious. The server suggested a “build your own” bloody mary. I declined, as I was driving, but I did wander over to the adjacent Oxygen O2 bar to check out the room. It proved to be another great space, with a very well stocked bar. Check out my separate post on the Oxygen O2 Bar for some photos. I am already planning on a trip back to Midland to spend the night so I can enjoy both of these establishments.

Bistro 310 – Columbus IN

310 Fourth Street Columbus Indiana

Visited March 15, 2012

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All I have to say are a few words….BACON GOAT CHEESE TATER-TOTS…fun and fantastic.

Actually I have a few more words about Bistro 310.

The bartender Patrick was discussing a new wine with another patron, and offered me a taste sample. It was a “Shooting Star” 2009 Blue Franc from Washington State. I ordered a glass and really enjoyed it. My steak was prepared perfectly and was delicious.

The restaurant has an upscale, friendly atmosphere. There is an unexpected Beatles Abbey Road influence in the decor. Both the staff  and the other patrons at the bar (mostly in Columbus on business) were interesting and friendly. The perfect ending after a day of architectural tours!

Just a short walk back to the Hotel Indigo and my Presidential Suite.