Sunday, February 16, 2014

Valentine's Day: Heart full of love, belly full of Nachos: Buddies

For the first time, my husband and I decided to take our children out for Valentine's Day date night.  What better way to celebrate love then to take out the loves of your lives.  Where to go?  Easy decision: Buddies in Okemos.  They are family friendly, with a great menu and great beer selection.  Good for the kids and great for mom and dad.  Our kids love the high back booths, and so do we.  It adds a essence of privacy in a busy bar and grill environment.
Although appetizers are usually just the start of your meal, here you can make a meal out of their appetizer menu.  There are so many great choices like the pretzel bread sticks and cheese, lobster rangoon, waffle fries, and buffalo wings.  The best is that they have a combo platter where you can choose several of these and put them together.  We got the pretzel bread sticks for our appetizer that included five soft, salty sticks.  My daughter loved the cheese!  Thick, and creamy and very reminiscent of the amusement park pretzel cheese.  And who doesn't love that!!  The only unfortunate part of this appetizer was there were only five sticks and there are five of us.  We should have ordered two.   My husband decided to make a meal out of the appetizers.  He ordered the waffle fries, onion rings, Buffalo wings and chicken tenders.  Total comfort food right here!  What more can you ask for?

My son and I decided to split the Southern nachos.  What are southern nachos you say? They are OMG yummy nachos loaded with refried beans, cheese and more cheese, lettuce, tomato, green peppers, and BBQ beef.  Yes I said BBQ beef.  Then they top it with guacamole and sour cream.  
They bake them in a way that keeps the chips crispy so you don't end up with a soggy mess of chips at the end.  There was so much goodness we couldn't finish it.  I definitely needed a fork for these nachos!  They were even great reheated the next day!  
They have a great kids menu with lots of choices including corn dogs, quesadillas and chips and cheese but also the standard chicken tenders and burgers. My daughter was super excited about the corn dogs. Kids can choose from french fries, fruit, veggies, or chips, plus they get a drink and sundae.
I did mention the great beer selection, right?  They have a many local Michigan and domestic brews as well as a full bar.  This is a great place to sit back and relax.  I was a happy girl on Valentine's night at Buddies.  

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