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After 11-year hiatus, Lansing’s Irish Pub returns under new ownership

From left: William Collins plays the bagpipes at the Irish Pub’s Tuesday (July 16) grand opening as Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, general manager Stephanie Robinson and co-owners Jeremy Werner, Dave Meredith and Brian Leyrer cut the ribbon.
From the early 1970s to 2013, the old Irish Pub on Saginaw Street was a fixture of camaraderie in Lansing’s westside neighborhood.

Farmstand corn crepes

Corn crepes with fresh salsa and pulled elk meat.
Roadside farm stands are making a comeback. They’ve been around forever, though they’re more common in some places than others. Growing up in New England,

TOP 5 PANCAKES

Based on your votes in City Pulse’s 2023 Top of the Town contest. Bon appétit!

Sandwiches steal the show at Arms & Embers grill

Arms & Embers Grill 219 N. Bridge St., Grand Ledge 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday (517) 731-6131 armsembers.com

The perfect handheld to wrap up the weekend

Though I’m grateful that my summer schedule is piping hot with invites to cookouts and bonfires, I’ll admit that I’ve been hitting the sauce (barbecue, that is). After a long holiday weekend, I was anxious to return to my usual diet of Middle Eastern cuisine.

Gaining garlic independence

Sometime in the mid-1990s, after a lifetime of servitude to the shriveled heads of garlic I would bring home from the supermarket, I finally declared myself independent.

Fabulous fried chicken, finally

I prepare food for a living, so it’s the last thing I want to do in my free time. I can’t afford to have every meal cooked for me, though, so I came up with a solution: I make a giant vat of pasta salad and eat that for every meal I don’t have at work.
SHE ATE / HE ATE
The Lebanese breadsticks and accompanying ranch dressing at Jimmy’s Pub have long been a favorite of both She Ate/He Ate critics.

Savoring old and new memories and dishes at Jimmy’s Pub

Jimmy’s Pub 16830 Chandler Road, East Lansing 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday Noon-8 p.m. Sunday (517) 324-7100 jimmyspub.net

The best of both worlds: Toscana’s food is as appealing as its atmosphere

The Toscana Stack, offered during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, is both an eyeful and a mouthful.
Toscana 3170 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday 4-10 p.m. Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4-10 p.m. Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4-9 p.m. Sunday (517) 246-4980 toscanalansing.com

The go-to spot for Mediterranean in Meridian

Bread Bites Mediterranean 5100 Marsh Road, Okemos 11:30-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday noon-7 p.m. Sunday (517) 708-7112

The Comfort Zone provides an all-around upscale experience

The Comfort Zone’s hand-cut New York strip steak is perfectly cooked to the orderer’s preference and topped with a generous amount of herby compound butter, which complements every bite, according to Gabrielle Lawrence.
600 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight Friday Noon-midnight Saturday Noon-8 p.m. Sunday (517) 882-7500 theczlounge.com

Dine like a townie at Corey’s Lounge

Corey’s Lounge 1511 S. Cedar St., Lansing 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-midnight Friday Noon-midnight Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday (517) 482-3132 coreyslounge.com
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Dillin’ like a Belarusian

Novices shouldn’t wait for the harvest season to start pickling. The middle of summer is a great time to ease into the groove, work on your skills, figure out your game plan and stock up on whatever gear and supplies you don’t have.

Canning the harvest should be a joyous and rewarding experience, but if you’re in over your head, it can be overwhelming or even dangerous.

South side gets a little more southern with new soul-food eatery

Mikal Moore (right) speaks at the grand opening of his new soul-food restaurant, Carrie’s Kitchen, on June 25. The event included live music and comments from Mayor Andy Schor.

Mikal Moore, 32, has worked in the restaurant industry since he was 16, including 12 years as a district manager for the Tampa, Florida-based fast food chain Rally’s. However, shortly after starting his career, the native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, began dreaming of creating his own culinary venture.

Sampling the menu at SushiYa

Bento boxes, like the ones at SushiYa in East Lansing, provide the ability to sample a variety of dishes without having to pay for — or stomach — full portions of each.

East Lansing is awash with Japanese restaurants, but none have been able to draw my continued patronage more than SushiYa.

Turn homemade cheese into a sweet and decadent treat

Fried cheese with whey caramel.

A farmer friend gave me a box of spinach a few weeks ago. It wasn’t long until the novelty wore off.

As summer solstice arrives, The garlic awakens

Scape toum with almonds and parsley.

It happens each spring. You cut into a clove of garlic to find its lily-white interior tainted by the green stripe of a developing shoot. A few weeks later, sprouts emerge from the tips of every …

She Ate

Gabrielle Lawrence

I’m a sucker for a good salad — something really special, with fresh, crunchy vegetables; little treats like candied nuts, dried cranberries or goat cheese croquettes; a nicely seasoned, …

Korean-style do-it-yourself dining spot already a hit in Lansing

At KPOT, guests can choose between Korean barbecue, where meat and vegetables are cooked on a communal grill in the middle of the table, or hot pot, where ingredients are cooked in a pot of boiling broth. Diners can try both options for an additional $5.

A communal dining experience that’s sweeping the nation has made its way to Lansing. KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot, a New York-based chain with more than 70 locations across the country, …

A really great rice plate

Chelsea Lake Roberts for City Pulse
When paired with a duo of shrimp spring rolls, Capital City BBQ’s tofu rice plate makes a perfect weeknight dinner

The tofu rice plate from Capital City BBQ never fails to provide the perfect mix of savoriness, crispiness, saltiness and freshness. When paired with a duo of shrimp spring rolls, this dish makes a perfect weeknight dinner.

The secret of the Iberians

Courtesy of Ari LeVaux
This Spanish-style omelet, made with secreto Ibérico and Manchego cheese, isn’t your mama’s bacon and eggs.

“Quién corta el jamón en tu casa?” asked the butcher, his breath smelling of wine. “Who cuts the ham in your house?”

The secret of the Iberians

This Spanish-style omelet, made with secreto Ibérico and Manchego cheese, isn’t your mama’s bacon and eggs.

“Quién corta el jamón en tu casa?” asked the butcher, his breath smelling of wine. “Who cuts the ham in your house?” “Yo,” I said, raising my …

A really great rice plate

When paired with a duo of shrimp spring rolls, Capital City BBQ’s tofu rice plate makes a perfect weeknight dinner

The tofu rice plate from Capital City BBQ never fails to provide the perfect mix of savoriness, crispiness, saltiness and freshness. When paired with a duo of shrimp spring rolls, this dish makes a …

New eatery invites customers to hobnob over pizza and drinks

At HobNob Pizza, diners can choose between two crust styles: the thin, square-cut Midwest cracker crust or the fluffier, pie-cut New York-style crust.

In fall 2022, Abigail Stellern’s father, Michael Purdum, brought his Columbus, Ohio-based restaurant chain, Old Bag of Nails, to Lansing’s Red Cedar Development. It was the first of the family’s 19 restaurants to open outside of the Buckeye State. On April 17, Stellern launched the second, HobNob Pizza, in a 2,500-square-foot space on the first floor of the University Edge apartments, also in the Red Cedar Development.

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Grape Summer Gatherings: Easy recipes to enjoy at warm-weather celebrations

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Celebrate Salad Season Outside the Bowl

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