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2019 Greater Lansing Farmers Market Guide

Here is an updated list of farmers market across Greater Lansing. Use the key to see what's available at the market, and what benefits they accept.
A slab of pineapple and ham from Good Slice Pizza.
A pizza oven will be firing 18-inch pizzas until 3 a.m. each weekend starting with this latest addition to downtown Lansing’s pizza scene.
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In the Restaurant Reviewer’s Handbook (if one exists) is the ironclad rule that “under no circumstances shall a reviewer invoke personal nostalgia. This crime is punishable by seven years of bad dining.” Screw it. For me, Art’s Pub is a tidal wave of nostalgia and not all of it is the happy kind.
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Chris Roelfs in front of his restaurant Tannin.
For nearly 100 years, Lansing’s east side Italian cuisine was defined by Emil’s on Michigan Avenue. The restaurant closed in 2015. But the long wait for freshly made pasta will be over soon as former Okemos mainstay Tannin moves in — blocks away from the old Emil’s site — in the former Tabooli and Kentucky Fried Chicken drive-thru restaurant.
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A sommelier's guide to independent wine labels

Selecting wines for dinner from a retail wine department can be a daunting task. There are at least 10,000 different wines sold by distributors in Michigan. In the Lansing area, there are 15 distributors that sell wine. 

Off the street: People's Kitchen opens indoors

The 300-square-foot food truck kitchen will be vacant for a while. Owner of Streetkitchen and The People’s Kitchen, Zane Vicknair, along with chef de cuisine Lissa Blan-Jacot, have called the truck home for the past 18 months. Now for the first time, the duo will cook in the building they’ve been overhauling at odd hours between working full time.

He Ate/She Ate: Art's Pub

In the Restaurant Reviewer’s Handbook (if one exists) is the ironclad rule that “under no circumstances shall a reviewer invoke personal nostalgia. This crime is punishable by seven years of bad dining.” Screw it. For me, Art’s Pub is a tidal wave of nostalgia and not all of it is the happy kind.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn owner Chad Jordan talks popcorn

After getting laid off from a job in 2003, Chad Jordan was fed up with the world of working for someone else. Drawing up a popcorn business plan in 2004 and acquiring popcorn equipment from a closed kettle corn shop at the Lansing City Market, Jordan started Cravings Popcorn in 2007 and never looked back. Now in a new Old Town location, Jordan continues his rich tradition of refining his recipes and brand for a local and national audience crazy for his craft.

Top 5 Sushi Places in Lansing

Whether a sashimi aficionado or california roll connoisseur, Lansing voted these sushi places a bar above the rest for Top of the Town 2018

Taiwanese dessert cafe comes to East Lansing

A popular Asian dessert and tea chain with over 650 locations across the world has made its Michigan debut in East Lansing.

Drink like a champ: A sommelier's guide to perfect bubbly

The Spartans are back in the Final Four, and while this feels commonplace over the last 20 years, the recent drought has left fans thirsty.

Italian eatery on cusp of arriving at Lansing’s east side

Pending light renovations, Tannin’s new home in the former Tabooli building will likely open within the next month. The upscale Italian eatery left Okemos in November to start work on its new east side Lansing home.

He ate/She ate: Tomato Brothers

Tomato Brothers 303 W. Grand River Ave. Howell, MI (517) 371-4000 Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday Noon to 9 p.m.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales set to open new location in East Lansing

A new Michigan craft brewery serving pub fare will open on Albert Avenue come next Fall.

New Indian restaurant specializes in biryani

With a scalding hot tandoor clay oven churning out fresh naan and tandoori chicken, Paradise Indian Cuisine brings an additional Indian food option to Lansing with daily lunch buffets and dinner specials representing all regions of India.

Bringing baccala to Lansing for 50 years

It was Roma Bakery’s first day in business, co-owners Filomena “Mena” Castriciano and her husband, Sostine Castriciano, were waiting eagerly to open their doors.

Lansing celebrates Fat Tuesday

It is all hands on deck at the Roma Bakery for Fat Tuesday. Though the activity at the dessert counter seems hectic, what is going on behind the scenes is even more of a spectacle as thousands of Paczkis are made by hand with veteran baker and Roma Bakery co-owner Sostine Castriciano directing.

Diner outside Grand Ledge is like stepping back in history

If you want to take a bite out of a piece of history, grab a seat at the bar of this miniature diner past Grand Ledge on M43 in the Village of Mulliken, Michigan. The somewhat lumpy yet supportive diner stool was installed in 1946 and hasn’t been reupholstered once.

He Ate/She Ate: Troppo

A bit too muchBy MARK NIXON Troppo is one of those if-the-wallscould-talk places. A cocktail oniontoss from the state Capitol, Troppo practically screams “Important People Hang Here!” To be sure,

Lansing's Mexican Markets are hidden gems of culture and delicious food

While Lansing has many great Mexican restaurants, its markets are where a lot of under-appreciated ingredients and dishes can be purchased. Here are just a few you should definitely check out.

The dizzying Mexican food scene in Lansing

At Casa de Rosado, more than a dozen are gathered to watch Latino activist Lorenzo Lopez demonstrate on how he cooks his signature enchiladas. It has the atmosphere of a lighthearted cooking show, sangria is poured and tortilla chips with salsa — made with Lopez’s own recipe — are served. Many interject with jokes as Lopez proceeds with his instructions and laughs are shared.

New in Town: Everything is Cheesecake

This new food truck will make any Lansing sweet tooth swoon.

Streetkitchen to expand as The People’s Kitchen in March

It started out as a simple idea to activate an unused office building in Lansing — park a food truck right beside it.

Streetkitchen brunch

My selection on a cold, sunny Saturday was “The Terrible Councel.” A good size portion of fried chicken over smoked gouda grits, jalepeno creamed corn and fried leeks as a garnish and an egg. I’m not big on runny eggs, which is why I won’t ever be a “true foodie.

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