Road Trippin': FireKeepers also offers entertainment for the palate
A fun night of gambling might the main event at FireKeeper's Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, but the attractions don't stop there.
Named a Four Diamond Hotel by AAA, FireKeepers offers a number of options for entertaining the palate, including award-winning restaurants, bread that is baked in house, and deserts whipped up the day you arrive.
FireKeepers' food and beverage service has been recognized by Casino Player Magazine. Among the accolades awarded were Best Overall Dining, Best Seafood, Best Steak House, Best Happy Hour, Best Buffet, and Best Deli.
Open for about a year, Dacey's Taphouse is a craft-beer experience with an expanded menu, big-screen TVs, and its own dedicated entrance.
"I think one of the biggest draws is our 52 draft lines that we have on," said Brandon Coco, director of food and beverages at FireKeepers. "A large part of them are from Michigan, including things from Bell's, Dark Horse and even from Arcadia here."
One of the special menu items is the Dacey's Taphouse burger, featuring a half-pound patty with Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions.
The Taphouse offers food service from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
"It's actually directly on the casino floor, so if you want to stop by your favorite slot and then stop in and have a burger and a beer, it's very easy to do that," Coco said.
Smoke 'n Fire
Opening with the hotel in 2012, Smoke 'n Fire is just off the hotel's main lobby, and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu features classic American fare with barbecue highlights.
"The best part is you come down the elevator and just steps away is Smoke and Fire," Coco said.
He recommends the brisket.
Smoke 'n Fire also has a family friendly atmosphere, and is the only restaurant in the hotel that is kid-friendly.
It's also the closest restaurant to the hotel's concert venue, so it's a convenient spot for dinning before or after the show.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and until 1 a.m. overnight Friday and Saturday.
Nibi is a Native American word for rolling water, and the name of the fine dining option at FireKeepers Casino Hotel.
The restaruant focuse on great meals and excellent service and style. The menu includes fresh seafood and thick, juicy rib-eyes.
"We do have a chef's tasting menu also," Coco said. "If you're looking for something a little bit different, he'll make it on the spot just for you."
The restaurant also has an extensive wine list.
"We've actually been recognized by the Wine Spectator [magazine] for our list, that's almost 450 different wines," Coco said. "Our sommelier is on staff every night to answer any questions you may have or point you in the right direction."
Plus, the produce prepared in the restaurant is sourced from local farmers listed on the menu, when in season.
Nibi is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, and Sunday; and from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Serving classic comfort foods -- and featured desserts -- Cafe 24/7 was renovated in 2016. The restaurant offers a meal and a place to relax anytime day or night. And it's just a few steps from the casino floor.
Coco said the cafe also offers a diverse menu.
"Burgers, pastas, steaks, one of my favorites actually is the Cajun pasta," Coco said. "We just brought it back as an oldtime favorite. Wee heard ya; we just brought it back."
Coco said the Cajun pasta can be ordered as spicy as the diner prefers.
Also on the menu are featured desserts, including this month's red velvet cake.
Cafe 24/7 is open 24/7.
Just off Interstate 94, at exit 104 in Battle Creek, Michigan, FireKeepers features a 111,700-square foot gaming floor an eight-story, resort-style, 243-room hotel. Lodging options include 26 suites. The doors first opened in 2009, and a major expansion that included the hotel opened to the public in December 2012.