For a food to be craveable, for me, it has to be something I won’t make at home. Maybe it’s a cooking technique I haven’t mastered, a spice blend I can’t put my finger on or something so labor-intensive that I’d rather pay someone else to make it for me. Lansing Brewing Co.’s IPA Cheese Bombs are craveable for all of those reasons, and also because they make me lose all self control.

These babies aren’t your typical bar fare moz- zarella sticks. They are dollops of thick mozzarella cheese that are oh-so-lightly breaded and flash fried. The breading is almost an afterthought, akin to tempura on sushi rolls, and it’s airy enough to let the cheese shine through. And shine it does, before you dip it in the spicy aioli and plop it into your mouth. A moment of ecstasy follows before the cheese bomb — which could be called a cheese pillow — melts in your mouth and you immediately reach for another.

Historically, I’m not a cheese lover or a fan of heavily breaded, fried foods. These defy all expectations and are reminiscent of carnival food in the best way possible. Remember the dough that funnel cakes are made from? Imagine that surrounding a clump of cheese. Are you craving them yet?

—Gabrielle Lawrence Johnson

Lansing Brewing Co.

11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday 518 E. Shiawassee St., Lansing (517) 371-2600,

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