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Dusty's Wine Bar: Elegant, lots of flair

By Robin Swartz / Lansing State Journal

A visit to Dusty's Wine Bar, located within Dusty's Cellar, 1839 Grand River Ave. in Okemos, is an exercise in elegance.

Sitting unassumingly in a strip mall, the wine bar offers a menu heavy on contemporary American cuisine with what the owners call a tropical flair.

Don't be intimidated by the long names of dinner entrees. Nothing here is plain. You'll sort through items such as Macadamia Crusted Medallions of Center Cut Pork Loin ($19), Fig and Tangerine Balsamic Painted Atlantic Salmon Filet ($22) and Tuscan Saffron Penne Rigate and Fire Roasted Red Peppers ($18).

My companion ordered Roasted Rack of New Zealand Spring Lamb ($24) and was treated to a tender meal. The lamb was topped with a sweet and sour pomegranate glaze and had a delicious flavor.

I tried the Great Lakes Whitefish with a Spiced Pretzel Crust ($19). Accompanied by a dijon mustard and brown ale beurre blanc over ginger-infused sweet potato mash, this was a terrific light summer meal. The pretzel crust was an excellent addition to the fish.

The menu also offers a selection of tapas (small, savory dishes often served as appetizers), pastas and seafood.

Dusty's Wine Bar offers a relaxed bistro atmosphere. Think fancy garden party as you dress to go out for the evening.

The staff is welcoming and friendly, and the service is attentive but not overwhelmingly so.

Dusty's has an award-winning wine selection, so even if you're a newcomer to fine wines, the menu and your server will help you choose a suitable accompaniment to your meal.

If you like to end your evening on a sweet note, try the Chocolate Fondue ($9). You'll indulge in a bowl of warm, melted chocolate and a plate full of strawberries, bananas and angel food cake. For a less-sweet ending, Dusty's also offers an Imported Cheese Board ($11), featuring four imported cheeses, fruit and nuts.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, featuring brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Lansing State Journal:
Dusty's Wine Bar is
an exercise in elegance

Dusty's has an award-winning wine selection, so even if you're a new-comer to fine wines, the menu and your server will help you choose a suitable accompaniment to your meal.
Dusty's puts classy spin
on bars with Tap Room

If you're looking for athe quality of a Dusty's meal without the leisurely pace, the Tap Room is a place to check out for a quick, delicious meal

 
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