Dinner concerts and more
Saline's Downtown Diner is now open for dinner three nights a week: Thursday through Saturday. Owners Megen McCully and Jeff Tritton titled the new dinner menu "Smokey Weekend Nights" because it offers a variety of smoked meats, including St. Louis cut pork ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, and Atlantic salmon. Customers choose from the diner's signature BBQ sauces, like Western North Carolina Vinegar, Louisiana Bayou Bite, Kansas City Classic, and Midwest Sweet, and an array of homemade sides like BBQ baked beans, corn on the cob, and creamy three-cheese baked mac and cheese. Tritton, who is also the chef, raves about his grandma's bread-and-butter pickle recipe. At just 75¢, they're worth a try.
Saline Downtown Diner, 131 E. Michigan. 316-2343. Tue.-Sun. 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner: Thurs.-Sat. 4:30-8:00 p.m. Closed Mon.
Little Caesars is back in Saline but not downtown. The pizza chain's Ann Arbor Street location closed in 2011 due to a franchise dispute. The newest Little Caesar's joins a slew of other eateries in the State Street Crossing strip mall in front of WalMart. The new franchise owners are Dave Langenderfer Sr. and Dave Langenderfer Jr. Open since the second week in May, the Little Caesars does not offer delivery, but "there's no need to wait, and no need to call ahead," says Langenderfer, Jr. They have freshly baked pepperoni and cheese pizzas on hand all day, adding three more varieties during dinner hours (4-8 p.m.).