Divas have Herculean dining experience

The Lakeshore Dining Divas have dived south to dine for their latest assessment.
Mark Brooky
Oct 8, 2013

The second installment of the local restaurant-reviewing femme fatale team checked out the Hercules Bar & Grill in Saugatuck, bringing along a "guest divo" for the job.

"Our second review, we decided, should take place in one of the most charming and quaint towns along the West Michigan Lakeshore — Saugatuck," the divas explained. "We chose the Friday afternoon of Labor Day weekend for the 35-minute drive to this wonderful resort town, where we felt like tourists in our own state."

After checking out The Butler Pantry for fun cooking gadgets and entertaining accessories, they took a table at the Hercules, 236 Culver St. They said the outdoor dining patio even allows dogs.

"We were instantly smitten when we walked through the door of Hercules," the divas noted. "Who would have guessed that a cozy, European-style ambiance was well-hidden behind the historical storefront appearance?"

The divas (and guest divo) dipped into several dishes, salads and appetizers.

To read the full review, which includes plenty of photos, CLICK HERE.

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Comments

SLNativeSince1864

Here we go again!

christopher

Really? What ever happened to buy and promote local. Was the BilMar the only nearby establishment worthy?

I would think maybe this could be the final article on this topic?

christopher

According to online sources a diva is defined as a female opera singer or a woman with extra ordinary musical talent. What does that have to do with a group of friends going out to eat?

christopher

And then there is description of Femme Fatale . . . is that much better? A femme fatale is a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. She is an archetype of literature and art.

LessThanAmused

Oh boy, I remember the last time these ladies showed up online. Lani got me in big trouble with the moderator and had my post removed.....

Now here they are again, why that's like dangling a pork chop in front of a Chu......awwww, nevermind. :-)

Lanivan

I was waiting for you to show up! As I recall, if was YOU who got me unceremoniously scrubbed when I quoted you, which you, in turn, used to (cheekily) describe me, which drew attention to the inappropriate police, and then.....

Geez, that was fun!

LessThanAmused

I got you scrubbed?? I didn't force you to quote me, that was your choice as an Independent woman.

How about plump panthers....is that better?

Lanivan

You're incorrigible. How about civic civets?

LessThanAmused

Why thank you. That's the nicest thing anyone's said to me in days.

I still don't know what a civic civet is and I spent 20 minutes looking it up. Sounds too politically correct to be of much use and besides, plump panthers has a nicer ring to it.

And now that I think about it a bit more, plump panthers sounds better than Porky Pandas too!

Lanivan

A civet was new to me, as well, until a brief exchange a few days ago between Vlad and myself (apparently you really don't read us), when he enlightened me. Civet:

A civet is a small, lithe-bodied, mostly nocturnal mammal native to tropical Asia and Africa, especially the tropical forests. The term civet applies to over a dozen different mammal species. Most of the species diversity is found in southeast Asia. Wikipedia

They are doing their civic duty via going out for cocktails and a full course meal, and reporting back (I'm not criticizing, mind you - I think it sounds delightful). Why this fixation on plumpness? They don't look to be so in the pic - unless, oh, never mind.

LessThanAmused

"A civet was new to me, as well, until a brief exchange a few days ago between Vlad and myself (apparently you really don't read us)"

Nope, I wasn't kiddin'...I stay out of those exchanges, for the most part. It's too much like being the guy with a pocket full of quarters at the peep show. That and of course talking about politics is like cooking about music.

"Why this fixation on plumpness? They don't look to be so in the pic"

They don't?? One of us needs to adjust the horizontal settings on their monitor.

Lanivan

Sorry - I forget not everybody is challenged and energized by hours of debate with a bull-headed hardline right winger constitutional scholar, that requires even more hours of research and reflection.

I zoomed in,....it pains me to say it, but I suppose you're right THIS time. I still wish I could be a part of this group of bon vivants!

LessThanAmused

"Sorry - I forget not everybody is challenged and energized by hours of debate with a bull-headed hardline right winger constitutional scholar, that requires even more hours of research and reflection".

yeah, that's the reason...sorry, I'm retired and I don't have that much free time to waste. I'd rather howl at the moon. :-P

I zoomed in,....it pains me to say it, but I suppose you're right THIS time. I still wish I could be a part of this group of bon vivants"!

Awww c'mon, I'm right most of the time. Go ahead and admit it. After you say it the first time it'll just get easier from then on. :-)

...And of course you'd like to be a part of this group, with all that power walking you claim to do you'd be the skinny one in that bunch and that'll do a girl's self esteem good every time.

That's what the wife told me to say.......

Lanivan

"Awww c'mon, I'm right most of the time. Go ahead and admit it". Did your wife tell you to say this, too? And I don't "claim" to walk, I really do! Unfortunately, my legs are getting skinny, but everything else - not so much...:(

As for your wife, she seems like a great lady - Does she post on this forum? If she doesn't, she should!

LessThanAmused

"As for your wife, she seems like a great lady - Does she post on this forum? If she doesn't, she should"!

Well, without going into too much detail, there was a time when she might jump in and toss out a verbal barrage, but last winter she suffered a fairly major stroke. We're pretty lucky she's here as it took awhile to figure out what was going on. You'd never know it to look at her, the effects are not physical, for the most part, but she's lost a some vision and can't drive anymore. She's lost the ability to read "normally" and for someone who was a voracious reader that's a real kicker. Short term memory is a real problem.

Fortunately for me, she hasn't forgotten how to cook and still enjoys doing it...most of the memory problems are with post-stroke events. She still has her sense of humor, that I fall victim to just as often as ever and she's still "herself". We're working thru the daily issues as they arise and once we get the financial issues worked out we'll probably be ok.

I've learned a ton about strokes in the last 9/10 months and it's amazing the reactions we see when someone finds out she's had one. Some people seem to think, by their reactions, that it's something you can catch and some don't understand that not all strokes involve physical challenges. Fortunately, I'm around to assist all day, every day and we've had a pretty good summer. I'm sure things will get easier with more practice.

"Life is what happens while you're busy making plans"

Lanivan

Thanks for sharing this, LTA. I know a little about care giving and neurological diseases myself, and think I can understand the challenges you and your wife have had to face. I praise your wife for her strength and courage, and am so glad to know she has improved and progressed - and that she has not lost her sense of humor and baking skills! The therapeutic benefits of those skills alone are worth more than any medicine. Sounds like between the both of you, you have the sense of humor department covered!

Both you and your wife are inspirational to me. Her strength and perseverance in overcoming the effects of the stroke, and your understanding, patience, support, and devotion as you stand by her side will give me strength in my own upcoming extended absence when I undertake a caretaking role.

I wish you both continued good times and excellent team work as you squeeze through the lemons of life.

LessThanAmused

Thanks. It ain't been easy, but it has been interesting and educational. 2 outa 3 ain't bad.
Fortunately for us, we both love lemonade.

Good luck with your own challenge.

Lanivan

LessThanAmused=MoreThanAmazing.

Karingh

this "segment" is seriously stupid, boring, and typical if the GH Fish Wrap....newsflash...this is NOT news!!!

g.vandersteldt

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Lanivan

Hey Wing - Re: the photo of the food above.....ummm.....since you are the expert on body parts, anything come to mind?

Wingmaster

Not gonna do it, wouldn't be prudent!

ghresident

mmmmmmmm Harbor Island grilled back straps?

Lanivan

Good one!

ghresident

Thanks Lani! :)

K, gotta ask, are they from the same herd or family group?.....lol!

Wingmaster

Na, pretty sure its from the same flock.

owell

Under Entertainment? Really? Which one of these ladies is the editor's wife?

Barry Soetoro

I thought this was a one-time thing. However, I couldn't stop myself from clicking "CLICK HERE". My sympathies to Mr. Steenrod as I have to believe that he participated under duress.

WalmartWolverine

I got to believe Mr. Steenrod found himself caught up in four maybe five simultaneous conversations going on around him all at once that his only recourse was to just sit there, keep his mouth shut, smile, and nod his head.

christopher

Actually @Barry Soetoro, my sympathies go out to @Mark Brooky . As a journalist he must have a hard time sleeping at night having to cover a group of women that go out to eat every once in a while.

I have a great story for you . . . I heard there are a group of old men that hang out at Post Office some days. You should get their reviews of the new fancy stamp machine there as well as the nice greeting cards that are for sale. Next we may want to cover their time at Central Park watching the fountain.

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