But truth be told, I could have picked just about anything off of the bar’s menu. Waterfront has pared down its menu to a handful of sandwiches, burgers and salads, and they are all quite good. The secret ingredient here, the one that puts the Waterfront on my go-to list for summer dining, is the location.
For a city with miles of rivers, there is a dearth of river side drinking and dining options in Lansing. I understand there was a time when the river wasn’t pleasant to look at — and I’m still not eager to go for a swim in it — but it’s the perfect backdrop for a sandwich and a beer. Add in Waterfront’s killer view of the downtown skyline, and you’ve got one of the best patios in town.
But get there early. When the weather’s nice, the patio fills up quickly. If you’re lucky, maybe Deacon Earl or Mike Skory will be throwing down some live blues.
Waterfront Bar & Grill
11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday; noonmidnight Sunday 325 City Market Drive, Lansing (517) 267-3800, waterfrontlansing.com
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