Our affinity for stiff drinks at Da Hui, cocktails at Gemini, and the occasional pint at N.W.I.P.A., are well documented. And for fear of being called an alcoholic, we’ll only briefly point out that a margarita at Torta-landia and pairing beer and pizza at O’Malley’s may or may not be a favored pastime, too. Oh, and Slingshot…Slingshot!
After all, you don’t have to be an alcoholic to support Foster’s wide array of local businesses.
You can be a foodie, for example. (Well, not a foodie in the “I ate at Clark-Lewis last night, and it was so to-die-for” sense…rather, “you like food” kinda foodie.) Because we got food.
Brunch, breakfast? Bar Carlo nails it. The former Lily Day Cafe and soon-to-be Midpoint Food and Drink does (did) too. Arleta Library Bakery Cafe is close enough…and The Egg Carton kills it, as well. Pieper Cafe and Speedboat Coffee round out the breakfast fare.
Speaking of Pieper–they got some soups. Oh yeah, they got some soups. And the list goes on: Hawaiin Food at Da Hui; Mexican at Nayar Taqueria and Torta-landia; a wide variety of burgers, mexi-plates, crepes, pasta, and other specials at Bar Carlo; sandwiches and oysters at N.W.I.P.A.; pizza and grinders at O’Malley’s; Filipino food; Thai; barbecue; steak at Spot 79; and even Maple Leaf gets a nod for the perfect mediocre diner meal.
There’s more than food and drink, though. And I challenge you all to find a way to support your local businesses. Get your hair cut at Mojo Salon or Heads High Barbershop. Buy a game at Red Castle. Get yolked at Foster Fitness. Stretch it out at Fat Yoga. Antiques, tires, kitchen sinks, skate boards, fortune cookies, tattoos? Yep, that too. Want live music, dancing, or a show? We have multiple performance venues. Get new floors at Lansing Linoleum. Plumbing needs? George Morlan is there for you. Chronic pain? We got pot shops and chiropractors galore.
Sure, bar food, recycled tires, and fortune cookies can only go so far. We get it. But opportunities to invest locally do exist. If you’re not currently supporting local businesses, we’d like to know why. Please take a minute to complete our poll.