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Wednesday, August 19,2009

FOOD FINDER

by Cole Smithey

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FB = Full Bar
WB = Wine & Beer
TO = Take Out
D
= Delivery
RES
= Reservations
OM = Online Menu
P
= Patio
SF - Smoke Free
WiFi-Wireless Internet




Average price per person, not including drinks:
$ - Less than $8
$$ - $8 to $14
$$$ - $14 to $20
$$$$ - Over $20



Cafes & Diners


SAHARA’S—Under new ownership since February, this restaurant offers authentic Middle Eastern dishes and a daily lunch buffet from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 3536 Meridian Crossing, Okemos. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday; noon – 8 p.m. Sunday. (517) 347-3770.
TO, RES, SF, $-$$


SULTAN’S—Sit down Middle Eastern restaurant known for excellent chicken shawarma and hummus among its expansive menu. Also serves fresh-squeezed juices. 4790 S. Hagadorn Road, Suite 164, East Lansing. Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (517) 333-4444, TO, RES (groups of four or more), $$


WOODY’S OASIS— Mediterranean food lovers can relish in healthy, tasty meals including lamb, beef and chicken kabobs, grape leaves and several vegetarian and vegan options. 970 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday.
(517) 351-2280. www. woodysoasis.com. TO, OM, SF, $$. Additional location with full bar and patio at 211 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.-midnight Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday - Friday, noon-2 a.m. Saturday: noon-midnight Sunday. Hookah Bar from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday. FB, P, WiFI (517) 351-1600.



Mexican


EL AZTECO—A longtime Lansing favorite for everything Mexican, from the popular Topopo salad to enchilada, fajita, taco and burrito dinners. 1016 W. Saginaw, Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 485-4589.
Second location at 225 Ann St., East Lansing. 11 a.m.-midnight Monday- Saturday; noon-11 p.m. Sunday. (517) 351-9111. www.clickcitymenus.com. TO, P (East Lansing), WiFi (East Lansing), SF (except for patio), $-$$.


EL OASIS—Authentic Mexican food sold streetside from a towable stand. Ten kinds of meat are available to fill burritos, tacos, Mexican subs and other traditional fare, including breakfast burritos. Corner of Mt. Hope Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard and corner of Michigan and Francis avenues. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. (517) 316-5595 or (517) 214-6536. TO, $.


EL SOMBRERO—Sit down or drive-thru morning, afternoon or evening for a variety of Tex-Mex options. 4230 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing. 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday for winter. (517) 272-3530. TO, D, SF, $


FAMOUS TACO— Serving up its popular tacos, nachos, chimichangas and the “hungry man” breakfast burrito at several area locations. TO, D, SF, $ 1909 W. Saginaw St., Lansing. 9 a.m. – 3 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 a.m. Friday & Saturday. (517) 321- 8226. 3500 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 9 a.m. –11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 a.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday. (517) 393- 0766


LOS GRINGOS—Get a giant wet burrito, homemade chips and salsa and other South-of-theborder choices at this popular eatery serving southwest Lansing for three decades. 6030 S. Martin Luther King Jr.. Blvd., Lansing. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday. (517) 882-9636. TO, D (Cab Cuisine), $


LOS TRES AMIGOS— Casual Mexican dining featuring an expansive menu of more than 100 items and specializing in fajitas and chimichangas. 5010 W. Saginaw Hwy, Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday- Saturday. (517) 327- 0545. FB, TO, P, $-$$ Additional locations at 6404 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily (517) 324-9600.
FB, TO, RES, SF, OM, P $-$$. 1227 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing (517) 853-5800, 11 a.m. – midnight daily. FB, TO, P, $-$$. Smaller, taqueria location at 730 N. Clippert St., Lansing. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily (517) 324- 9600. TO, RES, SF, $-$$


MANGO’S GRILL— Serving fresh Mexican specialties, including homemade tortillas, tamales and salsas, as well as specialty platters with sizzling beef, chicken or seafood. 5900 Park Lake Road, East Lansing. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 339-8500. FB, TO, P, RES, $


MEXICO TO GO —Serving authentic dishes at two Lansing locations, this family-owned chain offers a full menu of tacos, enchiladas, burritos and more. Don’t forget to try the beef tongue. 418 Elmwood Road, Lansing. (517) 886-1113. MEXICO TO GO 2 at 16995 N. East St., Lansing. 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 484-2355. TO, SF, $-$$


PABLO’S PANADERIA—Enjoy a traditional Mexican breakfast, lunch or dinner at this family-owned and run restaurant. House specialties include La Torta (grilled Mexican salt bread filled with fried beans, meat, onions, avocado and jalapeños) and enchiladas with mole (pronounced mo-lay).
311 E. Grand River Ave., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. (517) 372-0887. P, TO, B, NS, $



Pizza & Pasta


CUGINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT—Savvy décor gives an upscale Italian dining experience as the signature fettuccine Florentine made with mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta cheese sauce sautéed with spinach and Italian spices satisfies hungry diners. 306 S. Bridge St., Grand Ledge. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 11 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11-10 p.m, closed Sunday. (517) 627-4048. www.cuginosmenu.com FB, WiFi, TO, SF, $$


DE LUCA’S RESTAURANT—A staple on the west side for more than 30 years, De Luca’s serves more than a dozen specialty pizzas (including the house special, which hasn’t changed recipes since the ‘60s) along with salads, sandwiches and several other Italian and American entrees.
2006 W. Willow St., Lansing. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. (517) 487-6087, www.delucaspizza.com, FB, TO, OM $$, Reservations Mon-Thurs.


DOLLY’S PIZZA—This popular
franchise offers 10 signature pizzas as well as pasta choices, like
mostaccioli and lasagna. Take out and delivery only. 719 Brookside,
Lansing. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday &
Saturday. (517) 327- 0077. TO, D, OM at www.dollyspizza.com, $.


EMIL’S—Serving Italian
favorites on Lansing’s east side for years. A signature dish is the
Chicken Diablo, featuring breaded, pan-seared chicken breast covered in
a creamy tomato sauce. 2012 E Michigan Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-midnight Friday- Saturday. (517) 482- 4430.
FB, RES, TO, $$


FALSETTA’S CASA NOVA— A
Lansing pizza institution with a legacy of more than 50 years in
business, this restaurant offers a full Italian menu plus plenty of
American and Mexican options.138 S. Waverly Road, Lansing. 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 323-9181. TO, FB, WiFi, $.


GUERRAZZI’S—With a
full menu of pastas, pizzas and more favorites made from scratch, this
family owned restaurant uses authentic recipes straight from Italy.
15643 S U.S. Highway 27, Lansing. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday: 7:30 a.m.-10
p.m. Tuesday. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. (517) 374-
6456. FB, TO, RES, P, $-$$


IZZO’S PUB & PIZZERIA—Serving East
Coast-style, brickoven pizza in Lansing’s Reo Town. Full pies and by
the slice. 1145 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday, closed
Sunday. Pub open later than pizzeria.
(517) 853-8500. FB. TO, $-$$


TONY M’S—Known for
its lasagna and sweet, zesty sauce served in a cozy, classic
restaurant. 3420 Creyts Road, Lansing. 7 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday.
(517) 322-2069. FB, TO, Wi-Fi, $$


RELLI’S—A family-style
Italian restaurant, serving homemade pizza and pasta. Featuring a pool
table and video games plus live entertainment on the weekends. 202 E.
Main St., DeWitt. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday.(517) 669-9243. TO, FB, P, $



Pubs & Clubs


AIRPORT TAVERN— Serving
up steaks, pub food and a mix of Mexican favorites on the northwest
side. 5000 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Monday-Saturday, Noon-9 p.m. Sunday.
(517) 321-3852. FB, WB, TO, P, $


ART’S BAR & GRILL— Over
200 menu items, including Art’s signature Italian grinders and pizzas,
in this authentic neighborhood pub atmosphere. 809 E. Kalamazoo St.,
Lansing.7 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday: noonmidnight Sunday. (517) 482-8328. FB, TO, $


BONNIE’S PLACE— Known
for its burgers, Bonnie’s Place features casual dining. The sports bar
in the basement will make sure you won’t miss any games this fall.
Bonnie’s features drink and food specials every day, including half off
burgers every Monday night, all you can eat perch on Friday night and
all you can eat spaghetti on Sunday from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Monday- Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday. 415 S. Saginaw, Lansing.
(517) 482-4404. FB, WIFI, TO, $$


BRANNIGAN BROTHERS—This laidback pub serves a variety of bar-food specialties, as well as a Sunday brunch to help soak up Saturday night’s party. 210 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily. (517) 702- 8001. FB, TO, $


CHAMPIONS SPORTS BAR—Serving tasty deli and sub sandwiches, freshly made specialty pizzas, entrees, appetizers and lunch specials Monday through Friday. 2440 Cedar St., Holt. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday- Saturday, noon-2 a.m. Sunday. (517) 694-7660. FB, TO, WiFi, P, $.


CITY LIMITS SPORTS GRILL—Inside the
Mason Bowling Center, this classic sports bar has lots of activities
(pool and video games), a large menu and daily specials.
801 N.
Cedar St., Mason. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Friday & Saturday. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 244-1090. FB, TO,
OM at citylimitssportsgrill. com. $$


DAGWOOD’S TAVERN & GRILL—Grab a serious burger or something deep-fried to go with that beer at this eastside institution. 2803 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. Kitchen hours: 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Monday – Thursday, 11a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday 11 a.m.- 1 a.m. Sunday. (517) 374-0390. FB, $


DARB’S TAVERN & EATERY—This smalltown
diner serves a little of everything, from steaks, burgers, pizza and
sandwiches to a taste of Mexican. Breakfast available on weekends. 117
S. Cedar St., Mason. 11 a.m.-midnight Monday- Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday.9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. (517) 676-5042. FB, WiFi, TO, B, $.


DUBLIN SQUARE—This casually
luxurious Irish pub and restaurant features a variety of freshly made
Emerald Isle specialties and live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday
nights.327 Abbott Road, East Lansing. 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. Monday – Sunday. (517) 351-2222. www.dublinsquare.net, TO, FB, P, OM $$-$$$


THE FIRM—With the
look and feel of an upscale, big city bar, this restaurant fuses dinner
with nightlife. Start off with Philly Cheesesteak Rolls — three spring
rolls filled with steak, red pepper and onions and topped with
provolone cheese. 229 Washington Square, Lansing. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Monday-Friday: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday: closed Sunday. (517) 487-3663. www.thefirmlounge.com, TO, FB, P, Wi-Fi, $$


FRANK’S PRESS BOX—All your
game-day favorites (burgers, pizza, subs) plus house specialties, like
the Canadian smelt basket or fish and chips. 7216 W. Saginaw Highway,
Lansing. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday- Saturday; noon-2 a.m. Sunday. (517)
886-1330.TO, FB, P, WIFI $.


IRISH PUB & GRILL— Neighborhood
pub specializing in homemade soups and casseroles and sandwiches made
with slow-cooked meats. Pool, darts and 19 beers on tap make for a fun
night out. 1910 W. Saginaw St., Lansing. 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. Monday –
Saturday, 11a.m.-midnight Sunday.(517) 482-3916. www. irishpubfest.com. FB, TO, Wi-Fi, $$$


HARRISON ROADHOUSE—Leave your
blues behind at this roadhouse, which mixes fine dining with sports bar
fervor. Burgers are the most popular item on the menu and we recommend
you try it out. 720 E. Michigan Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m.-12a.m. Friday - Saturday and 11 a.m.- 11
p.m. Sunday. (517) 337-0200, www.harrisonroadhouse.com. OM, FB, TO, P, $$

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