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The best places to spend under $10 on food in Lansing

Ditch the dollar deal fast food pumped with preservatives and siphoning money for the local Lansing market. If looking for a cheap meal or snack, stick to these great deals offered by Lansing and Michigan-based organizations.
Pamplemousse, as served by the Wrought Iron Grill.
It was worth traveling from greater Lansing to Owosso for a drink with a French name, made with a Holland gin and topped with an Italian garnish. The Wrought Iron Grill — located on my usual path to Owosso Community Players’ Lebowsky Center — offers a chilled concoction called the pamplemousse.
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Members of The Rusty Mug's mug club can get drink, food specials as well as a custom mug.
The front door to The Rusty Mug in REO Town is open but hardly being used. Instead, patrons prefer to go through two massive garage doors opening up to Washington Avenue. With a breeze drifting through the restaurant, clacks of billiard balls from the pool table, noise from the street and the clinks of beer mugs make the atmosphere seem cafe-esque.
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Capital City BBQ's August special, the Big Rooster, a deluxe smoked chicken sandwich loaded with spicy chipotle mayo and red onion.
The Capital City BBQ is an international street food house that quietly sits on the corner of Saginaw Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. I’ve never had to wait in line to order here, but I’ve had three people this summer recommend that I should go to “that Vietnamese barbeque place.” Little did they know, I was converted years ago by their smoked meats and saucy renditions of banh mi.
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Get drunk on bacon this Saturday in Old Town 

Bacon. An American obsession that, by this point, has found itself infused into nearly everything. Bacon soap, bacon candy and bacon soda pop — it’s all been done before with varying degrees of deliciousness.  

Canned wines suited for paradise

Summer is important for Michiganians. It’s a time for moonlight swims, making sandcastles with the children and iconic road trips around the country. But it often feels far too short compared to the long winters. (Go away polar vortex.)

New in Town: Scratch kitchen Mexican eatery opens in Eastwood Towne Center

Before Cantina Eastwood even opened its doors, the restaurant competed against over a dozen Lansing restaurants for Margarita Fest 2019 and won first place.

Hard seltzer claws its way into Lansing 

Hard seltzer has dominated the competition to become this summer’s biggest drinking fad. While the drink isn’t entirely new, hard seltzer’s explosion in popularity is exposing many to it for the first time. 

New in Town: Detroit-style Coney Island opens on south side

From all-beef footlongs to loaded gyro wraps, Ziggy’s Coney Island is Lansing’s newest diner option for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

He Ate/She Ate: Ryan's Roadhouse

But if you want a sampler platter of an Up North bar, drive north on US-127 for 20 minutes. Take the M-21 exit to St. Johns and turn left. Two minutes later you’re Up North, sort of, at a place called Ryan’s Roadhouse.

Brunch sandwiches and more at Lansing’s newest food truck

Chef and owner Aaron Hebert is living the food truck dream. After years spent slinging breakfast sandwiches in Portland, Maine, Hebert buckles down in Lansing to bring his breakfast fare to the Midwest on four wheels.

Health conscious tea and shake store opens on Cedar Street

Over 60 varieties of tea and shake flavors will be offered at Lansing’s newest health and wellness shop. Focusing on nutrient-dense offerings, Central Lansing Nutrition hopes to be a one-stop shop aiding in Greater Lansing’s weight loss and healthy living goals.

The daily chaos of Mr. Taco

The legendary Lansing taco shop Mr. Taco has become a nexus of fast food and the absurd. Take one look at Mr. Taco’s social media presence and suddenly you’ll be questioning yourself: Is this a restaurant or a cult?

He Ate/She Ate: Arcadia Smokehouse

It takes chutzpah to look at a bank and think, “We can transform that old bank into a restaurant. Plus, we can store beer and wine in the bank vault.”

Tannin open on Michigan Avenue

After an eight-month hiatus, the former Okemos restaurant brings its upcycled tables and signature deep orange look to the new place as well as an updated menu with more diverse price points and food options.

Happening now: Strawberry Festival at Allen Farmers Market

Strawberry limeade, strawberry baked goods and even strawberry tattoos are featured at Allen Farmers Market’s annual Strawberry Festival, which lasts till 7 this evening. The fruit is at the height of its Michigan season and farmers from across greater Lansing will reap their harvest for the event.

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.

Pizza shop offering giant slices to open in Stadium District

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.

He Ate/She Ate: Sansu

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.

'New' Italian eatery comes to Lansing's east side

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.

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.

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