Growing up, I was a notoriously picky eater. My distaste for everything not coated in peanut butter made me just like El Jefe in my neighborhood (in that I was so famous for it, I was infamous). In the morning I would eat cereal, but for the rest of the day I would only eat peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter on crackers. My fruits and veggies were limited to apples or celery with peanut butter on it. When the family would go out to a restaurant, my mom would have to make a peanut butter sandwich for me, put it in a sandwich bag, and bring it to the restaurant so that I could eat with the family. My birthday parties at pizza parlors or bowling alleys were full of kids stuffing their faces with pizza, while I munched on a peanut butter sandwich that was made sure to be not ruined by the foul taste of jelly.
While I am no longer that picky, I believe that my childhood and the finicky eater in me is the reason that I do not really enjoy going out to eat. In fact, the only meal that my wife can consistently get me to go out to eat is breakfast. The Lansing area has no shortage of excellent breakfast places. One can travel to O’Neill’s in East Lansing for a 9 egg omelet, head to Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House for the best organic breakfast in the area (although many would argue that title belongs to The Soup Spoon Café), and most everyone knows and raves about the phenomenal breakfast and atmosphere at Golden Harvest, just north of Old Town in Lansing. Yet, for my money, all of these pale in comparison to the Sip ‘n’ Snack Restaurant in Okemos.