Each week, City Pulse offers local restaurant listings, rotated by category, to help readers find their ideal dining destination. In this section we’re serving up our Cafes & Diners, because whether you’re preparing for a productive day or trying to kill a hangover, breakfast is the most important meal of the day for any college student. Plus, you’ll notice it’s possible to grub at most of these spots without spending more than $8. Not too shabby.
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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
BACKYARD BBQ Lawn chairs, potted sunflowers and wooden shutters give a backyard feel in a light-hearted atmosphere.
Pork is smoked for 14 hours before being served in Backyard’s signature barbecue pork sandwiches. 2329 Jolly Road, Okemos.
10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday. (517) 381 8290.
Second location at 301 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday (517) 853 2777. TO, P, SF, $
BROTHER’S GRILL Big burgers stacked high from a little shop in the heart of East Lansing, Brother’s offers sandwiches of all stripes in addition to soups, sides and salads. 403 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday- Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. TO, D, SF, WiFi, OM at www. campusfood.com, $.
BETTER HEALTH CAFÉ Located inside the Better Health Market in the Frandor Shopping Center, this cafe features a deli, juice bar and espresso bar with a focus on organic and natural foods, including fair trade and organic coffees, organic juices and smoothies, organic salads and meats free of nitrates, antibiotics or preservatives. 305 N. Clippert Ave., Lansing. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday –Saturday; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday. (517) 332-6892. www.betterhealthstore.com. TO, $
COFFEE JAM Grab some classic comfort food and dessert here. The cookies are made fresh daily, but get there early because they sell out quickly. 6427 Centurion Drive, Lansing. 6:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 6:30 a.m.-4 pm. Friday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday: closed Sunday. (517) 327-1111. TO, D, Wi-Fi, SF $
THE DAILY BAGEL Serving fresh bagels made daily the old-fashioned way and a full menu of sandwiches and salads in downtown Lansing. 309 S. Washington Square. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, closed Saturday & Sunday. (517) 487- 8201. TO, OM, SF, WIFI, $
DALMATIAN’S FIREHOUSE GRILL A small restaurant, this place fills up fast. Try “The City’s Best BLT,” a heap of apple-smoked bacon served on toast with lettuce and tomato. 1107 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. – 1p .m. Saturday; Closed Sunday. (517) 485-7877. D, TO, P, Wi-Fi, $
DECKER’S COFFEE In addition to coffee and espresso drinks, this locally owned coffee shop and popular study spot offers a full menu of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, smoothies, ice cream and more. 220 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. (517) 913-1400. OM, P, SF, WIFI, $
DENNY’S Home of the original Grand Slam and Moons Over My Hammy, Denny’s knows breakfast is good anytime. Also serving a wide range of sandwiches, dinner and desserts. Open 24 hours. 7330 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. (517) 323-2110. Also at 2701 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 351-0421. TO, $$.
DIMITRI’S RESTAURANT This locally owned restaurant’s been serving breakfast and lunch in downtown Lansing for more than 30 years. Stop in for a grilled chili dog, with homemade sauce, or the popular chili cheese fries. 104 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 6:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – noon Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 487-1666. TO, OM, SF, $FISH & CHIPS Serving fish, fries and more on Lansing east side for almost 40 years. Dine in or pull up to the drive-thru window for dinner on the go. 2418 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday. TO, P, SF, $
FLEETWOOD DINER A staple on this throwback diner’s menu is the Hippie Hash, a medley of shredded potatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, onions and tomatoes combined with any meat and cheese on the menu. 2211 S. Cedar St., Lansing. Open 24 hours except 1 a.m.- 4 a.m. Friday- Saturday. (517) 267-7606.TO, $
FRANDOR DELI Pizza, sandwiches and more served cafeteria style in the Frandor shopping center. 300 N. Clippert St., Lansing. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 351-9342.
TO, SF, $.
GOLDEN HARVEST Featuring home-cooked meals made from scratch every morning, this breakfast and lunch spot has been a Lansing staple for more than 50 years. The restaurant’s specialties include the popular dragon sausage, made from a secret recipe. 1625 Turner St., Lansing. 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. (517) 485-3663. www.myspace.com/golden_ harvest. $
GONE WIRED CAFE This popular hangout and study spot serves more than coffee.
Hungry java junkies can also grab a quesadilla, salad or other menu
itmes. 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Summer hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9
p.m. Sunday. (517) 853-0550. www.gonewiredlansing.com.
TO, P, SF, Wi-Fi, $
GRAND TRAVERSE PIE CO. This bakery, cafe and
catering company is known for its pies. They serve fruit and cream
pies, potpies and quiches. Their menu also includes
sandwiches, salads and grab-and-go dinner items. Also serving espresso
and Fair Trade coffees. Warning: City Pulse is banned for being too
liberal. 3536 Meridian Crossing Drive, Okemos. 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. (517) 381-7437. www.
gtpie.com. D, TO, P, OM, WIFI, SF $ Second location at 1403 E. Grand
River Ave., East Lansing. 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. –
10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. (517)- 203-3304. D, TO, P, OM, WIFI $
Hearty soups, subs stacked high with meats and toppings and much more
are served cafeteria-style in this restaurant laden with sports
memorabilia. 930 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. (517) 351-3800. www.hobiesrestaurant.com.
OM, TO, Wi-Fi, WB, SF, $
HOMETOWN DINER Generous portions of breakfast
favorites and plenty of lunch options, too, highlighted by homemade
hamburgers. 1040 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Thursday, Friday 6am-8pm 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday –
Sunday. (517) 372-5535. TO, SF, WiFi , $.
JACKIE’S DINER This
south-side diner’s biggest draws are its breakfast special ($3.99
before 11 a.m.) and Friday night, all-you-can eat fish fry. 3812 S.
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. –
3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. (517) 393-1240. TO, $
GIZZARD CITY As “the only Gizzard City in the world,” this 1950s themed
diner (in restaurant only, not in the bar) brings customers in for
famous mounds of beer battered, deep-fried chicken gizzards. 120 W.
Main St., Potterville. The kitchen closes one hour before the bar
closes. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-? (usually not
before midnight) Friday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 645-2120. www.gizzardcity. com,
FB, TO, P, OM, Wi-Fi $
MAMA BEAR’S This Old Town café specializes in
locally grown and organic foods, serving soups, sandwiches and daily
specials. 1224 Turner St., Lansing. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, 8
a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. (517) 485-6262. TO, Wi-Fi, SF, $$
MENNA’S JOINT East Lansing-based franchise serving its trademark “dubs”
wrap sandwiches packed with, among other options, potatoes, chicken
cheese and more at three area locations.
115 Albert Ave., East
Lansing. Summer hours: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. –
5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. (517) 351-DUBS. TO, D, OM, SF, $ 4790
Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. Summer hours: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday –
Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. (517) 324-
TO, D, OM, SF, $ 208 Washington Square, Lansing. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Monday – Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday & Friday, 11 a.m. – 3
a.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 316-3827. TO, D, OM, SF, $
DINER Located near the Capitol City Airport, Mijo’s offers hearty
breakfasts like the massive western omelet made with five eggs to
satisfy the hungriest appetites. 5131 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. 6
a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday- Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. (517) 886-0406.
NEW YORK BURRITO Popular dishes include the Philly-cheese steak
and spicy Cajun chicken burrito. 216 S. Washington Square, Suite A. 10
a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. Friday & Saturday,
closed Sunday. (517) 374-8971. TO, P, SF, $
OLD TOWN DINER A
Lansing staple for more than 60 years, stop in at the Old Town Diner
for a breakfast skillet. Be sure to say hi to the regulars. 516 E.
Grand River Ave., Lansing. 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday -
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday (517) 482-4050. TO, $
From hand-battered onion rings to quarter pound burgers covered in
homemade Coney sauce, this restaurant makes almost everything fresh
daily. 1320 N. Grand River, Lansing. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
(517) 485-8584. www.
olympicbroil.com, OM, TO, $
O’NEALS This cozy, affordable eatery brags
it has the best eggs Benedict in town. Also home to “the big one,” a
nineegg omelet served free to anyone who can eat it in 30 minutes or
less (otherwise it’s $14.99). 1017 E. Grand River, East Lansing. 7
a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. (517) 203-4745. TO, $
AVE. DINER South-side diner known for its skillets and other breakfast
items, served any time. 6031 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. 7 a.m. – 8
p.m. Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday. (517) 272-0504. TO,
PITA PIT Chain restaurant offering a variety of fresh salads,
soups and wrapped pita sandwiches, like the popular chicken crave. 107
S. Washington Square, Lansing. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 372-2698. www.pitapitusa. com. TO, D, OM, SF, $ Second location at 219 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 333-9850.
GOURMET PANCAKE HOUSE Known for its all-natural, organic and local
approach to food, Sawyer´s also offers an express lunch menu and a
variety of dinner selections on weekends. 608 W. Saginaw St., Lansing.
7a.m.-3 p.m. Monday- Thursday; open 24 hours from Friday 7 a.m. to
Sunday 3 p.m. (517) 485-9410. SF, OM at gourmetpancakehouse. com,
SOPHIA’S HOUSE OF PANCAKES Pancakes and omelets fill the tables at
Sophia´s, but a dinner menu includes other favorites, such as stuffed
chicken breast. 1010 Charlevoix Drive, Grand Ledge. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Monday- Saturday; 7 a.m..-4 p.m. Sunday. (517) 627-3222. TO, WiFi, SF,
SOUP SPOON CAFE Offering gourmet meals for lunch, this café keeps
customers coming for dishes like pan-seared Atlantic salmon drizzled
with garlicdill or honey soy sauce. 1419 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 7
a.m.-3 p.m. Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. (517) 316-2377. www. soupspooncafe.com. OM, D, TO, smoke free, Wi-Fi, $
DOG CAFÉ Menu favorites at this downtown breakfast and lunch spot
include the chicken salad and spicy Thai slaw with chicken. 221 S.
Washington Square, Lansing. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday, closed
Saturday & Sunday. (517) 485- 7574. www.spotteddogcafe.com. TO, D, OM, P, SF, $
TED DEE’S SANDWICH SHOP This downtown Lansing spot serves a variety of deli Back to School sandwiches and specialties, like the chicken cheese panini. It also offer soups, fresh salads and desserts. Every
Friday there is a pulled pork sandwich special. 119 S. Washington
Square, Lansing. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday (517) 374-2784. www.ted-dees.com. TO, D (orders of $20 or more), OM, WIFI, SF $
THEIO’S Serving breakfast around the clock,
Theio’s is also great place to grab a burger for lunch or satisfy a
late-night craving. 2650 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Open 24 hours. (517)
487-3955. TO, P, Wi-Fi, $
TONY’S A lively restaurant near the MSU
campus that has something for everyone, with breakfast all day, lunch
specialties, burgers and dinners, such as the hot turkey sandwich. 350
Albert Ave., East Lansing. 8 a.m.-4p.m.
Monday-Sunday. (517) 332-5553. TO, $.
ZEUS’S CONEY ISLAND This eatery
offers Greek classics, like chicken kabobs marinated for 24 hours in
lemon juice, olive oil and a blend of secret herbs. Plus
American favorites like walleye. 6525 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. 7
a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday.
(517) 272-7900. TO, SF, WIFI, $