I think that this is the kind of restaurant that my in-laws usually choose. They have a senior menu, good basic family diner entrees, normal-sized portions, and decent desserts. The ambiance is very much a family restaurant - we took our two small children, and had a pretty supportive reception from those around us as they were up to their normal antics. The service can be a bit slow, but the waitresses aren't teenagers.
Bakers Square used to be my absolute favorite place for last-minute potluck solutions (with their WONDERFUL pies), but they have sadly closed their doors.
I kept thinking that Giordano's would be great. After all, their pizzas are the most expensive in town, and it's not a fast order spot (and when I say that I mean you're better off ordering a DAY in advance). But I wasn't impressed by the pizza either - I can do better at home! The price tag is a budget wrecker, and the food doesn't justify it. There are enough other pizza joints around to earn this one a thumbs down.
I like Rosita's for a weekend lunch with a friend, but it's not typically my favorite for a lunch spot on weekdays as they can get busy and it slows them down.
Dieters should just walk on by, but for anyone in the mood for a good pub-style lunch with traditional ambiance and good service should head straight in. Large selection of appetizers, from wings to quesadillas to calamari. Vegetarians can eat well too, with a huge grilled portabella sandwich. They have a number and variety of salad choices, but they're more in line with the salads at Applebee's and less on the healthy end of the scale - yum!
The four stars is for Pags' reputation as a solid, basic diner. Great place to stop with a friend for a quick affordable dinner, or to make use of the internet connection and a comfy booth for your lunch hour. The tenderloin and the corn dog platter are staples for the lower-budget crowd.
The Red Ox is the supper club that you'll take a date to if you're looking to have a drink and a steak. They have a great buffet night, and a full-time bartending staff that can make more than just the basics.
Niemann's isn't an "uber-mart" of any kind, but they carry everything you need and are small enough to be able to FIND the things you need and helpful enough to find them for you if you can't. Years ago I used to walk there with my dog, who had a doggie-backpack to help me carry groceries home. The staff kept a package of dog biscuits behind the counter and would run out to give her a treat if there wasn't a line waiting.
I had truly great service putting together several floral arrangements with the knowledgeable staff at Debi's. They have a cute assortment of gifts and trinkets as well.
Nelson's is the best place to get a tux or suit in Macomb. The staff are very well-trained, and know how to make a guy look good no matter his physique.