Lakes area residents may want to stop in and sample the homemade American and Greek cuisine at the clean and cozy Town Lake Family Restaurant in Walled Lake, an eatery that opened last month.
Co-owners Genero and Salvador Zuniga offer a diverse menu at prices that won’t break the bank. The two are no novices to the restaurant business, as Genero has accumulated over 23 years as a head cook, preparing similar menu items.
“I’ve worked 23 years as the chef at the Village Place on Orchard Lake Road and bring all my experience here, where I make all the soups and everything on the menu,” he said.
Salvador Zuniga worked for three years at the Honey Tree Restaurant, which previously occupied the Town Lake Family Restaurant space, located at 674 N. Pontiac Trail at East West Maple Road, nestled in the back corner of the retail complex there.
“The Honey Tree closed for a year and our cousin bought it for a short time. We bought it from him and opened in February,” Genero said. “We wanted a nice family restaurant for the community.”
Salvador handles the business end of the operation while Genero focuses on food preparation.
“We have everything, but sell a lot of breakfasts and lunches,” Genero said. “Business is slowly picking up.”
Currently the restaurant is featuring a $2.99 breakfast special, complete with eggs, meat, hash browns and toast, Monday through Friday from 7 to 11 a.m.
Salads — such as the Mediterranean, Greek, or Cobb, each of which comes in large or small portions — also are popular among customers.
Some other signature items include submarine sandwiches at $5.79 each. Try the club, ham, chicken, or corned beef, stacked high for the hearty appetite.
The restaurant also offers a wide range of sandwiches like its Tunatizer for $5.49, as well as a variety of pitas and wraps.
Apart from breakfast and lunch entrees, there is a chalkboard of daily specials. Town Lake is currently featuring a lamb shank dinner with all the trimmings for $7.50 and a rib eye steak at $8.50.
“Most of our dinners are two for $10.99,” Genero said. “Where can you get a deal like that?”
The open and airy eatery is decorated in teal and salmon hues with ethnic nuances such as Grecian urns and modest statues. Oak beams frame the restaurant, adding warmth and character.
The family-friendly restaurant is large enough to seat 100 in the main dining room and boasts of a private banquet facility that accommodates up to 40 patrons.
“We’d like people to come in and try it to see how good our food is,” Genero said. “The customers like it and we’ve enjoyed meeting everyone who has come in.”
The restaurant is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more by calling 248-669-7550 or visiting the restaurant’s Facebook page (Town Lake Family Restaurant).