FOOD FINDER KEY:
FB = Full Bar
WB = Wine & Beer
TO = Take Out
D = Delivery
RES = Reservations
OM = Online Menu
P = Patio
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 Sq., Lansing. 10 a.m.– 7 p.m. Monday– Friday (517) 853–2777. TO, P, $
BETTER HEALTH CAFE — 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.–8 p.m. Monday –Saturday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday. (517) 332–6892. www.betterhealthstore.com. TO, $
BIG APPLE BAGELS — Yes, there's a variety of flavored bagels and creamed cheeses available, but Big Apple also has more than a dozen different sandwiches, ranging from triple–deckers to California Clubs. 248 East Saginaw Road, East Lansing. 6 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (517) 324–4400. TO, $
COFFEE AND FRIENDS CAFE — Peanut butter and jelly isn’t just for kids here: You can order cashew, almond or sunflower butter. Then you decide on jelly: strawberry, grape, blueberry, raspberry, honey or marmalade. In addition to sandwiches, quiches and salads, you’ll find an assortment of truffles, cookies, muffins and scones to satisfy your sweet tooth. 5100 Marsh Road, Suite 3, Okemos (517) 347–0962 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday– Thursday, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m.–6p.m. TO, WiFi, $
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, 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday: closed Sunday. (517) 327–1111. TO, D, Wi–Fi, $
D&L HEART AND SOUL CAFE — A unique fusion of American style breakfast and lunch menus with Asian cuisine as well. Quality comfort food, including a lunch buffet. Highlights include homemade sausage patties and General Tso's chicken. 4805 North Grand River Ave., Lansing. 6 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Sunday. (517) 321–6333. TO, WiFi, $
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. 6 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday–Friday, closed Saturday & Sunday. (517) 487–8201. TO, OM, WIFI, $
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.–6:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday. (517) 913–1400. OM, P, WIFI, $
DELHI CAFE — A quiet, family restaurant with authentic Greek cuisine, favorite American dishes from burgers to seafood to steaks, and a sampling of ethnic cuisines from Mexico to Asia to Italy. Daily specials and banquet room also available. 4625 Willoughby Road, Holt. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 694–8655. TO, WB, $$.
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. 7330 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. Open 24 hours. (517) 323–2110. Also at 2701 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 351–0421. TO, $$.
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 every day. (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, $.
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 omelets, waffles and pancakes, all which are homemade. 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. $
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 items. 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (517) 853–0550. TO, P, 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. 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, $. Other locations at 1403 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday. (517)–203–3304. D, TO, P, OM, WIFI $, and at 200 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 6:30 a.m.– 7 p.m. Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday. (517) 316–0900. D, TO, P, OM, WIFI, $
HALAL MEAT & GROCERIES — A grocery store with halal meats doubles as a mini–diner with south Asian fare from a ready–to–serve hot case. Samosas, tandori chicken, curries and flat bread can be found daily. A meal with two entrees and rice or bread runs $7. 2613 E. Michigan Ave. 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2:45–8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturday. (517) 367–7288. TO, $.
HOBIE’S — 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, closed on Sunday year–round. (517) 351–3800. www.hobiesrestaurant.com. OM, TO, Wi–Fi, WB, $
JACKIE’S DINER — This southside diner’s biggest draw is its breakfast special ($3.99 before 11 a.m.). 3812 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. seven days a week. (517) 393–1240. Second location at 4421 W. Saginaw Hwy. 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Breakfast buffet Saturday and Sunday only. (517) 323–6512. TO, $
JERUSALEM BAKERY & MORE — Some of the tastiest hummus you'll find in the area awaits you at this grocery store with a Mediterranean cafe twist. Short orders of baked kibbee, shwarma, falafel and much more are cooked fresh, while the hummus, tabouli and pillow–soft pita bread, among other selections, are ready to grab and go. 1456 E. Michigan Ave. 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday. (517) 485–9975. jerusalem–pita.com. TO, OM, $.
JOE’S 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.–1 a.m., Friday–Saturday, noon–10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 645–2120. www.gizzardcity.com, FB, TO, P, OM, Wi–Fi $
MENNA’S JOINT — East Lansing–based franchise serving its trademark “dubs” — wrap sandwiches packed with, among other options, potatoes, chicken cheese and more — at two area locations. 115 Albert Ave., East Lansing. 10:30 a.m.–3 a.m. every day. (517) 351–DUBS. TO, D, OM, $. 4790 Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. 10:30 a.m.–2:50 a.m. every day. (517) 324–DUBS. TO, D, OM, $
MIJO’S 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–Friday, 6 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Sunday. (517) 886–0406. TO, $
NEW YORK BURRITO/ DOWNTOWN SUBS & SALADS — 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. Barbecue menu on Friday & Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 374–8971.TO, P, $
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.–2:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Saturday –Sunday. (517) 482–4050. TO, $
OLYMPIC BROIL — 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 Ave., Lansing. 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 485–8584. www.olympicbroil.com, OM, TO, $
O’NEILS — This cozy, affordable eatery brags it has the best eggs Benedict in town. Also home to “the big one,” a nine–egg 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, $ Check us out on Facebook!
PENN AVE. DINER — South–side diner known for its skillets and other breakfast items, served any time. 6031 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. 7 a.m.–2 p.m. everyday. (517) 272–0504. TO, $–$$
RESTAURANT MEDITERAN DELI (new) – This bright, casual deli is set up as a New York–style take–out, but there are about 10 seats, if you want to sit by the window and watch the world go by. It offers fresh rotisserie chicken, pork and lamb, as well as fresh salads and wraps. 333 S. Washington Sq., Lansing. 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (lunch), 4:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (dinner) Monday–Friday, 4 p.m.–9 p.m. Saturday (dinner only). Closed Sundays. Deli side is open 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Friday. (517) 372–1072. www.restaurantmediteran.com. TO, OM, $.
SAWYER’S GOURMET PANCAKE HOUSE — Known for its all–natural, organic and local approach to food. 608 W. Saginaw St., Lansing. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday–Wednesday, 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursday –Sunday. (517) 485–9410. OM, $$.
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, $.
STATESIDE DELI AND GRILL — When Spencer Soka moved to mid–Michigan, he grew tired of driving all the way to his home city of Southfield for a good corned beef sandwich. Now the StateSide comes to East Lansing, featuring traditional Philly cheese steaks (with real Cheez Whiz!) and a deep–fryer with killer onion rings. 313 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, Noon–9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 853–3033. Second location at 3552 Meridian Crossings, Okemos. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, Noon–6 p.m. Sunday. (517) 853–1100. www.statesidedeli.com. TO, OM, $.
SOUP SPOON CAFE — Offering gourmet meals for lunch, this cafe keeps customers coming for dishes like pan–seared Atlantic salmon drizzled with garlic–dill or honey soy sauce. 1419 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday, 7 a.m.–midnight Friday, 8 a.m.–midnight Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 316–2377. www.soupspooncafe.com. OM, D, TO, WiFi, $
SPOTTED DOG CAFE — Menu favorites at this downtown breakfast and lunch spot include the chicken salad and spicy Thai slaw with chicken. 221 South Washington Square, Lansing. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday–Friday, closed Saturday & Sunday. (517) 485–7574. www.spotteddogcafe.com . TO, D, OM, P, $
SUGAR SHACK — A cupcake connoisseur's paradise, Sugar Shack has nothing but sweets to make your mouth sing: enormous and slightly less than enormous cupcakes, brownies, cookies, pies and more. 215 N. Clippert, Lansing. Summer hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Sunday, School year: 11 a.m.–1 a.m. Sunday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday & Saturday. (517) 316–2009. TO, D, OM, $.
TED DEE’S SANDWICH SHOP — This downtown Lansing spot serves a variety of deli sandwiches and specialties, like the chicken cheese panini. It also offers soups, fresh salads and desserts. Every Friday there is a pulled pork sandwich special. 119 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. (517) 374–2784. www.ted–dees.com. TO, D (orders of $20 or more), OM, WiFi, $
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, WiFi, $
TONY’S — A lively restaurant near the Michigan State University 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. Summer hours are 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 7 days a week, School year hours are 8 a.m.–8 p.m. 7 days a week. (517) 332–5553. TO, WiFi $.
WILD ROSE CAFE — Breakfast is served all day in an Old Town eatery that specializes in homemade fare. Subs and sandwiches fill the bill for lunch. For dinner, try some pulled pork or beef, smoked outside on a grill, and for dessert, there's plenty from grandma's recipe box like cheesecake, fudge or brownies. 1224 Turner St., Lansing. 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Monday. (517) 367–1117. TO, D(limited), WiFi, P, $.
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. 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday & Saturday. (517) 272–7900. OM, TO, WIFI, $
ALTU’S — Traditional Ethiopian food served with specials, including the Friday special of spicy shredded beef with jalapenos and ginger served with Ethiopian bread, yellow cabbage and a house salad. 1312 Michigan Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday. (517) 333–6295. www.EatAtAltus.com, OM, TO, P $
BAJA GRILLE — This family–owned restaurant in downtown Mason offers a wide range of options, from fresh seafood and hamburgers to homemade soups and chili. 402 S. Jefferson St., Mason. 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday, Closed Sunday. (517) 244–1181. www.bajagrille.net. TO, $
BENSON’S VINAIGRETTES — In the mood for some home–style cooking? Benson’s makes all of its “Michigan Farmhouse” cuisine from scratch and rotates the menu daily and seasonally. For lighter appetites, try one of the restaurant’s many sides and salads. 940 Elmwood St., Lansing. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 703–9616. OM, TO, D (for orders more than $20), P, $$.
BEST STEAK HOUSE — Low–cost dining for meat lovers, serving steaks and sandwiches, including a modified Philly cheesesteak. 3020 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. (517) 337–2210. TO, RES, OM $$.
BLUE GILL GRILL — This eclectic restaurant features a variety of fresh fish, including grouper, salmon, walleye, cod and bluegill made with a unique blend of spices in a secret family recipe. 1591 Lake Lansing Road, Haslett. 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Monday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–2 a.m. Sunday. (517) 339–4900. www.bluegillgrill.com. FB, TO, RES (eight or more), OM, WiFi, $$
THE BOARDROOM — A downtown watering hole for CEOs and average Joes. A full bar and to–go beer and wine attracts thirsty revelers, and a menu that includes hand–pattied, char broiled burgers, served on Great Harvest bread, brings the hungry. 107 E. Allegan, Lansing. 10:30 a.m.–2 a.m. Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–2 a.m., 4 p.m.–2 a.m. (517) 316–2312. TO, WiFi, P, FB, $.
BRUNCH HOUSE — Walking out of a diner, you don’t often find yourself thinking, “That was one fantastic Lebanese salad.” You might think that, however, after eating at The Brunch House, since owner Leo Farhat has peppered his traditional breakfast house menu with dishes rooted in his Lebanese heritage. Try “Leo’s house special,” which begins with seasoned beef, onions and pine nuts sauteed in a frying pan, then combined with a couple of eggs. 1040 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Monday– Friday, and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (517) 484–1567 TO, WiFi, $
CLARA’S LANSING STATION — Fun dining is the motto at this onetime railroad station with impressive decor and less–impressive food. Popular dishes include the chicken Hawaiian and dozens of sandwiches. A massive menu offers breadth but not much depth. Click here for a full review. 637 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 372–7120. www.claras.com, OM, TO, FB, WiFi, P, RES $$–$$$
COLONIAL BAR & GRILL — This 45–year–old Lansing institution features an upgraded menu, including deluxe burgers, grilled pizzas and daily specials. 3425 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. 9 a.m.–2 a.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–2 a.m. Saturday, noon–2 a.m. Sunday. (517) 882–6132. TO, FB, $–$$.
CONRAD’S COLLEGE TOWN GRILL — Featuring creative sandwiches such as the J.F.K. (with chicken, jalapenos, mozzarella and honey mustard) and a full slew of breakfast items, burgers and (we swear, this is what the menu calls them) “Magical Munchies.” 101 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.–3 a.m. Monday–Friday, noon–3 a.m. Saturday–Sunday. (517) 333–2723. www.conradsgrill.com. D, OM, $.
CORAL GABLES — Serving meals for generations, this family–style restaurant offers handmade desserts, homemade soups and a small menu of homemade Greek specialties. 2838 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday, 7 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 337–1311. www.coralgablesrestaurant.com, WB, WiFi, FB, TO, OM, $$
DIMITRI’S — The former stalwart of downtown Lansing now serves Delta Township with a full dinner menu along with familiar Coney dogs, burgers and fries. Also find full breakfasts and dinners like barbeque beef brisket and tilapia with lemon butter cream sauce on the expanded menu. 6334 W. Saginaw, Lansing, Monday–Saturday 7 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.–3 p.m., (517) 323–6867, TO, $$.
EDEN’S JUICE — Fast food that’s not fast food. All drinks are naturally low in calories, and are friendly to vegans and the lactose– and gluten–intolerant. It’s just fruit, ice and vitamins and minerals. 111 S. Washington Sq., Lansing. 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, Closed Sundays. (517) 372–7700. www.edensjuice.com. TO, OM, $.
EL BURRITO — A cozy, authentic taqueria offering homemade Mexican cooking and baked goods. Stop by early for a breakfast burrito, try a lunch special entree that comes with rice and beans, or fill a taco with marinated pork, beef tongue, chicken or a number of other meats. 5920 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 9 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, Closed Sunday. (517) 272–1665. TO, $$.
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. (517) 487–5774. TO, P, $
GENO’S PIZZERIA — Owner Geno Abbey has captured the essence of East Coast–style pie. The dough is made fresh from scratch several times a day, the sauce is composed of hand–crushed San Marzano tomatoes (considered the world’s best for making sauces) flown in from Italy, and all vegetable toppings are garden–fresh. Fresh salads are also available and calzones and strombolis are made to order. 208 S. Washington Sq., Lansing. 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday, 11:30–9:00 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays. (517) 580–7124. www.genospizzeria.com . OM, $$.
GRACIE’S PLACE — A classy, cozy restaurant in downtown Williamston offering customer favorites like the Dancing Zorba vegetarian sandwich with grilled veggies, roasted eggplant, zucchini, portabella mushrooms and baby tomatoes on a whole wheat tortilla with roasted red pepper hummus. Now open for dinner Thursday–Saturday.151 S. Putnam St., Williamston. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday–Wednesday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 655–1100. www.graciesplacebistro.com BW, TO, RES, P, WiFi, $$
GRANNY BEE’S SOUL & CREOLE — Soul food with a touch of Louisiana is on the menu. Po' boy sandwiches, jambalaya, sweet potato pie or just some homemade mac & cheese are a few of the many options available for takeout only. Drive–thru groceries coming soon. 2227 W. Holmes Road, Lansing. Noon–7 p.m. Monday–Wednesday, noon–8 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, Closed Sunday. (517) 272–2922. TO, D, P, $
GUMBO AND JAZZ — Owner Desi Anderson brings her Baton Rouge and Creole background to mid–Michigan in dishes like Louisiana red beans and rice, jambalaya, seafood gumbo and chicken with andouille sausage gumbo. 1133 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. The restaurant is open 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Thursday–Friday and available for catering daily. Occasional live jazz featured Saturdays (call ahead). (517) 664–8626. TO, WiFi, $$
HARRY’S PLACE — A bar and grill with Greek roots. Try the Greek chicken—a half chicken roasted in lemon oil sauce and doused with Mediteranean herbs. The all you can eat Friday fish fry is popular, too. 404 N. Verlinden Ave., Lansing. 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 484–9661. TO, FB, $.
HONEY–BAKED HAM — Stop by for a boxed lunch or shop for a few sundries at this deli/store hybrid. Specialty condiments are offered. Popular for ham and turkey. Catering for parties and events also available. 5601 W. Saginaw Highway, Suite A, Lansing. 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 327–5008. www.honeybaked.com, D, TO, OM, RES, $.
JULIE JOE’S — Take Mexican, add in some pizza, and you’ve got a little place on Lansing’s south side that’s perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Cool biker dcor to boot. 2515 E. Jolly Road, Lansing. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Friday, 5 p.m.–9p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 977–9415. TO, D, SF, WiFi, $.
JOSE’S CUBAN SANDWICH & DELI — Hearty sandwiches are heated up in a plancha — a flat grill press — at this inconspicuous eatery that’s well worth discovering. Try the medianoche (“midnight”), with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and onion, or the brie chicken, augmented with onion, cilantro and guacamole. 401 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Friday, noon–8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (517) 862–8420. TO, D, OM, $.
LANSING CITY MARKET — Stores include Iorio’s Italian Ice and Gelato, Caruso's Candy Kitchen, Aggie Mae’s Bakery, Shoua’s Kitchen, Seif Mediterranean Foods, Sarge's Soups and Sandwiches, an Uncle John's Fruit House Winery tasting station and the Waterfront Bar and Grill. The market sells fresh fruits, vegetables, gelato, wine and handmade items from around mid–Michigan. 325 City Market Dr., Lansing. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Closed Sundays and Mondays. (517) 483–7460. www.lansingcitymarket.com. TO, OM.
LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE — This national chain specializes in ribs, steaks and burgers, but the menu is large enough, with salads, lots of sides and a kid's menu, for even finicky eaters to find a meal. Monday–Wednesday: two meals for $14.99. 5800 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 327–4751. www.logansroadhouse.com WB, TO, FB, OM, $$.
NATIONAL CONEY STATION — A veritable institution in Southeast Michigan, National Coney features traditional items such as the Hani Special, and has added a special Station Savers Menu with wing dings, mozzarella sticks and Station Burgers that you can get for about $1. 565 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Wednesday and Sundays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, (517) 351–2100. D, TO, $.
PALACE OF JAMAICA — This tiny restaurant serves authentic island tastes in downtown Lansing, including curry goat, oxtail, fried plantains and jerk chicken. 424 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily. (517) 977–1763. D, TO, $$.
PITA PIT — Chain restaurant offering a variety of fresh salads, soups and wrapped pita sandwiches, like the popular philly steak pita. 107 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 372–2698. www.pitapitusa.com. TO, D, OM, $. Second location at 219 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 10:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m. Sunday, 10:30–midnight Monday–Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 a.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–3 a.m. Friday–Saturday. (517) 332–7482.
RAMON’S — The family–owned Tex–Mex restaurant has regrouped, reequipped, and relocated inside the Cedar Party Store, serving enchiladas made from scratch, carne guisada — a Mexican take on stroganoff — and chile con queso. Inside Cedar Party Store at 4114 S. Cedar St., Lansing (517) 882–7777 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday– Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday TO, $
SENOR GEORGIO’S MEXICAN GRILL — This eatery mixes a bit of south–of–the–border style into the Alimonos family’s tried–and–true Greek pizza concept. Specialties include burritos. 403 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–3a.m Friday–Saturday. (517) 336–5555. TO, $.
STATE SIDE DELI & GRILL —Mountains of meat await sandwich lovers. Popular for its corned beef, coleslaw and Russian dressing called “famous number 32.” Hot pastrami Reuben and every other sandwich comes with a half pound of meat and a giant pickle. Bring a carnivorous appetite or have meat for days after an event with their catering service. 3552 Meridian Crossings, Okemos, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Sunday. (517) 853–1100, 313 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, Noon–9 p.m. Sunday, (517) 853–3033. www.statesidedeli.com TO, D, OM, WiFi, P (Okemos only), $$
THAT LITTLE MEXICAN PLACE — Traditional–style tacos, with beef, cilantro and onion highlight the authentic menu. Nearly everything — gorditas, barbacoa, caldo, menudo and Mexican sweet bread — is made from scratch. 5600 S. Pennsylvania, Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday. (517) 393–7444. TO, D, WiFi, $$.
THE TIN CAN — The Tin Can’s beverage list is split into Cheap Beer, Pretty Cheap Beer and Really Cheap Beer, or you can splurge on the $6 Tin Can Happy Meal (a chili dog, a shot of Jack Daniels and can of Pabst Blue Ribbon). Their massive new wooden deck hosts DJs who pound music off the downtown buildings. 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 3 p.m.–2 a.m. Monday–Friday, 6 p.m.– 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. (517) 708–3441. www.tincanbar.com. FB, P, OM, $.
TRAILER PARK'D — This slow–cooked fast food served out of a trailer combines a gourmet sensibility with street attitude. The Ballin' Ass Tacos use homemade ground chorizo and the burgers go toe–to–toe with the best in town. Trailer Park'd is generally open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in Lot 56, Grand River Avenue and Turner Street in Lansing, but it's best to call or to check the website for the day's location. (517) 303–4445, http://trailerparked.com, TO, OM, $$.
TRAVELERS CLUB — Intercontinental cuisine meets John Phillip Sousa in the eclectic atmosphere of the Travelers Club International Restaurant and Tuba Museum. Different special every day. 2138 Hamilton Road, Okemos. 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday & Saturday. (517) 349–1701. www.travelerstuba.com, WB, TO, OM, P, $.
WOODY’S OASIS MEDITERRANEAN DELI — Home is where the hummus is at this ever–popular Middle Eastern restaurant. The location has changed, but Woody’s is still serving kafta wraps, lentil soup, falafel and kabobs. 1050 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) 351–2780. TO, D, P, OM, WiFi, S.
WILD BEAVER SALOON — Women dancing on a bar in a rustic Swiss chalet atmosphere — and now they’re serving lunch. A new menu features salads, sandwiches and traditional bar food, all for under $10. Come back after work for drink specials and, uh, dancing on the bar. 205 S. Washington Sq., Lansing. 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Monday–Sunday. (517) 374.1300. www.wildbeaversaloon.com/lansing. FB, OM, $ – $$.
3 TIMES CAFE — Everything is made fresh to order at this cafe, which features a menu of Korean favorites. 2090 Grand River Ave. Okemos. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Friday, 12 p.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m.–9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 349 3122. TO, RES, WiFi, $$
AI FUSION — East meets west and traditional meets trendy at this sit–down sushi bar and restaurant specializing in Asian favorites like Tapanyaki stir–fry. 2827 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday, 12 p.m.–11 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.–10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 853–3700. www.ai–fusion.com FB, WB, TO, RES, OM, WiFi, $$–$$$.
AKAGI SUSHI — Tucked away in an Okemos strip mall, this shop offers plenty of sushi, curry and noodle dishes and plenty of non–seafood entrees. 1745 Central Park Drive, Okemos. 11:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m.–9 p.m. Friday, 12 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Sunday. (517) 347–7333. WB, D, TO, RES, $$.
ANQI SUSHI EXPRESS—This tiny shop on Allegan Street has brought downtown diners what they’ve been craving: sushi. Beef don, Udon soup and all sorts of sushi. 111 E Allegan St., Lansing. 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday–Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday. (517) 485–9688. www.anqisushi.com. OM, $.
APPLE JADE — Traditional Taiwanese and Chinese cuisine served in the Frandor Shopping Center. Featuring beef, chicken, pork, seafood and vegetarian entres, as well as daily lunch specials. 300 N. Clippert St., Lansing. 11 a.m..–9 p.m. Every day. (517) 332–1111. TO, RES, $$.
CHEN’S RESTAURANT — This north side stalwart serves standard Chinese fare from a uniquely shaped domed building. 600 E. Thomas St., Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Noon–10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 372–7292. TO, D, OM, $.
CHINA EXPRESS — Offers a wide selection of traditional dishes and lunch and dinner specials. Party trays also available. 1630 Haslett Road, Suite 2, Haslett. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Monday –Saturday, 10 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Sunday. (517) 339–8318. TO, $.
EMOS — This deli offers Korean cuisine, including spicy chicken bulgogi made with thinly sliced chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, then sauteed with onion and peppers. 20 different $5 lunch specials on Monday–Friday from 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.. 901 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Friday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. (517) 803–4921. D, TO, RES, OM, $$
FINE CHINA RESTAURANT — Twenty–three chef's specialties highlight an extensive menu that focuses on seafood and poultry. Plenty of lunch special combination plates and a kid's menu also available. 1701 S. Waverly Road, Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily. (517) 321–1879. www.finechinarestaurant.net. TO, D, RES, OM, WIFI, $–$$.
FORTUNE HOUSE — This Thai and Chinese restaurant across from the Lansing Mall serves a wide variety of Asian specialties. 5407 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. 10:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Friday– Sunday. (517) 321–8808. TO, $
GOLDEN WOK — Dim sum, spicy Szechuan fish soup, sesame balls and salt and pepper squid are among the exotic items on the menu at this East Lansing eatery. 2755 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.–9:45 p.m. daily. (517) 333–8322. TO, D, SS.
HONG KONG — Authentic Sichuan cuisine, typically served hot and spicy, dominates the menu, which features everything from lo and chow mein to beef with tripe and pork blood. 315 S. Homer St., Lansing. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m–9 p.m, 12–10 p.m. Friday–Saturday, Noon– 8:30 p.m. Sunday. (517) 332–5333. TO, D, RES, OM, $–$$.
HOUSE OF ING — A mixture of traditional Chinese fare and American choices, with many seafood, beef, chicken and pork entrees to choose from. Friday and Saturday night specials include prime rib and crab legs. 4113 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday, Noon–11 p.m. Saturday, Noon–10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 393–4848. www.houseofing.com. FB, WB, TO, RES, OM, $–$$.
HUAPEI RESTAURANT — Serving a mix of handmade Chinese and Korean specialties, such as the signature Huapei Chicken. 401 E. Mount Hope Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., 5 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. (517) 484–0846. TO, $
KAMP BO — Carry–out Chinese food served fast. Mandarin and Szechuan dishes, house specialties and two dozen combination platters. 2220 N. Larch St., Lansing. 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Monday–Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 482–3880. TO only, $.
THE KUNG FU SZECHUAN CUISINE — The Szechuan menu ranges from egg rolls and fried rice to stir–fried kidney and deep–fried pork intestine — something for everyone. Weekday lunch buffet and bubble tea available, too. 730 N. Clippert St., Lansing. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Friday, noon–10 p.m. Saturday, noon–9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 333–9993. TO, D, WiFi, $$
LAMAI’S THAI KITCHEN — Famous for its rotating, daily buffet, Lamai’s is a Thai restaurant with a cult following. Try Pla Pad Prik Khing, fried catfish in curry breading with lime leaves, for milder tastes. 2033 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 11:30 a.m.– 3 p.m. & 5 p.m–9 p.m. Monday–Sunday. (517) 267–3888. TO, RES, $$
MARU SUSHI & GRILL — In addition to its many signature sushi rolls, this elegant, intimate restaurant also serves hot dishes, like Japanese style beef tenderloin and teriyaki chicken, as well as vegetarian options, all made from scratch. 5100 Marsh Road, Okemos. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. & 4–9:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11:30 a.m–9:30 p.m. Friday–Saturday, 4 p.m.–9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 349–7500. www.marurestaurant.com. FB, WB, TO, RES, OM, P, WIFI, $$.
MUMBAI — Chef Paddy Rawal brings the spice and flavor of India to mid–Michigan with a gourmet menu filled with authentic cuisine from the subcontinent. Elements of Indo–Chinese fusion are also featured, as well as a daily lunch buffet. 340 Albert Ave., East Lansing. 5 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Sunday–Thursday, 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Friday–Saturday. (517) 336–4150. TO, D, FB, $$$.
NEW CHINA RESTAURANT — More than 10 chef's specialties, an extensive selection of appetizers and lots of lunch specials for diners on the south side. 6250 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 12 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Sunday. (517) 882–7755. TO, SF, $$.
OMI SUSHI — This sushi bar has a wide variety of sushi rolls, including tempura, spicy or vegetarian. Also features appetizers such as lightly salted edamame or miso soup. 210 MAC Ave., East Lansing. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 337–2222. WB,TO, SF $$
PANDA HOUSE — An enormous menu and lots of lunch specials, from chop suey and sweet & sour dishes to chow mai fun and seafood. 3499 E. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing. 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m. (517) 333–1818. SF, TO, D $–$$.
RICE KITCHEN — Whether you’ve got a craving for late–night munchies or are just in the mood for some fast Chinese food, Rice Kitchen should be a number on your speed dial. The mu shu pork is outstanding, and the restaurant does a mean fried rice, too. 551 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Monday & Tuesday, 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Wednesday–Saturday, noon–12:30 a.m. Sunday. (517) 336–5810. D, TO, RES, OM at www.campusfood.com, WiFi, $
SANSU — Located in East Lansing’s Hannah Plaza, this Japanese restaurant offers a wide selection of sushi dishes, from five different kinds of California rolls to sashimi for more adventurous eaters. 4750 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 3 p.m.–10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 333–1933, www.sansu–sushi.com. FB, TO, RES, OM, $$
SHESHIANG GARDEN — Featuring a full Chinese and Japanese menu, Sheshiang Garden offers a spectrum of Asian tastes, from sushi and teriyaki beef to fried rice and General Tso’s chicken. 3536 Meridian Crossing, Okemos 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m–11 p.m. Saturday, noon–10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 349–6885. FB, TO, D, RES, OM, Wi–Fi $$
SINDHU INDIAN CUISINE — This restaurant’s buffet and a la carte menu offer classic Indian dishes like tandoori chicken and a variety of vegetarian meals. 4790 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, noon–3 p.m. Friday–Saturday, 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. for dinner daily. (517) 351–3080. sindhurestaurant.com, FB, RES, TO, $$–$$$
SUSHI MOTO — Serving sushi and teriyaki dishes on Lansing’s west side. Don’t see what you want on the menu? Order an “omakase,” which translates to, “I leave it up to you,” and leave it up to the chef to impress you with whatever seasonal ingredients are available. 436 Elmwood Road, Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Saturday, noon.–9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 580–4321. www.sushimoto.us. TO, RES, OM, WiFi. $$–$$$.
TASTE OF THAI — This East Lansing eatery serves authentic Thai soups, meat, seafood and plenty of vegetarian entrees, and a wide selection of noodles and fried rice. Daily lunch specials available. 1105 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.–9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 324–0225. TO, RES, SF, WiFi $–$$.
THAI PRINCESS — Artistic presentations of delicious Thai cuisine are served in a stylishly decorated environment in Okemos — upscale dining without the exorbitant cost or haughty pretense. 1754 Central Park Drive, Okemos. 11: 30 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Friday, noon–8 p.m. Saturday–Sunday. (517) 381–1558. TO, OM, R, WiFi, $$.
UKAI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE — Diners get dinner and a show, as their food is cooked hibachi–style right in front of them by chefs who artistically prepare each meal. 2167 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos. (517) 349–0820. 4 p.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 4 p.m.–11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m.–9 p.m. Sunday. www.iloveukai.com. FB, P, RES, OM, WiFi $$–$$$. Additional location at 754 Delta Commerce Drive, Lansing (off of West Saginaw, behind Bennigan’s). (517) 853–8888. Monday–Thursday: 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., 4 p.m.–10 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 4 p.m.–11 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fine Dining /Full Service
CHRISTIE’S BISTRO — Upscale dining with beef and seafood offerings, as well as pasta and salads. Inside the Lexington Hotel at 925 S. Creyts Road, Lansing. (517) 323–4190. www.sheratonlansing.com. Breakfast 6:30 a.m.–11 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Dinner 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Friday, Breakfast 7 a.m.–11 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Dinner 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Saturday, Breakfast 7 a.m.–10 a.m., Brunch 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sunday. Room service available 6:30 a.m.–midnight Monday–Friday and 7 a.m.–midnight Saturday & Sunday. FB, TO, RES, $$$.
DUSTY’S CELLAR — An intimate gourmet restaurant with an excellent wine list and a well–trained, friendly waitstaff. 1839 Grand River Ave., Okemos. Brunch 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday, Lunch 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Friday, Dinner 3:30 p.m.– 9 p.m. Sunday, 4 p.m.–10 p.m. Monday– Thursday, 4 p.m.–11 p.m. Friday–Saturday. (517) 349–5150. www.dustyscellar.com, OM, TO, FB, P, RES, $$$$
ENGLISH INN — Beautiful scenery and savory seafood dishes. Offerings include grilled salmon with dill sauce as a seasonal special. 677 S. Michigan Road, Eaton Rapids. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. & 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. & 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.–7 p.m. Sunday. (517) 663–2500. www.englishinn.com, FB, RES, P, OM, WiFi $$–$$$$
GILBERT AND BLAKE’S — A wide range of the “best in town” seafood, sizzling steaks and pasta dishes. 3554 Okemos Road, Okemos. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, noon–10 p.m. on Sunday. (517) 349–1300, www.gilbertandblakes.com, FB, TO, RES, OM, P, WiFi, $$$
HERSHEY’S STEAK AND SEAFOOD — Besides featuring its namesake, this East Lansing tradition offers a first–rate salad bar. 2682 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11:30 a.m.–9p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday–Saturday, closed most Sundays. (517) 337–7324, www.hersheyssteakandseafood.com, FB, WB, TO, RES, P, OM, WiFi $$$
HUMMINGBIRDS — Appetizers range from simple fried fare to spinach dip. Entrees include a variety of charbroiled steaks and seafood dishes and weekly specials. The menu also includes burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. Also features a full breakfast menu, including omelets, skillets and cold breakfasts. Inside the Causeway Bay Hotel, 6820 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m. daily. (517) 694–8123. FB, TO, RES, P, $$$
KNIGHT CAP — Featuring signature steaks and seasonal seafood specialties, this restaurant's been serving downtown Lansing for 40 years. 320 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Dining room hours: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–Midnight Friday & Saturday. Bar is open until midnight all six days. (517) 484–7676 www.theknightcap.com. FB, TO, RES, OM, P, $$$$
STILLWATER GRILL — Featuring favorites such as Cajun tenderloin steak tips and half–off wine on Sundays, Monday and Tuesdays, Stillwater is sure to be a summer hot spot. 3544 Meridian Crossings Drive, Okemos. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Friday, 3 p.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m.–9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 349–1500. www.stillwatergrill.com, FB, WB, TO, RES, P, OM, WiFi, $$$$
TROPPO — It’s Social Hour every day from 3–6 p.m. at this American bistro, dinner selections include veal picatta, lamb chops and pappardelle bolognese, featuring Italian sausage and homemade meatballs in meat gravy. 120 N. Washington Square, Lansing. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Tuesday, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday, Dinner served beginning at 4 p.m. each day. Closed Sundays. (517) 371–4000. www.troppo.org. FB, TO, RES, P, OM, Wi–Fi, $$$