Nov. 12 2008 12:00 AM


EL SOMBRERO—Sit down or drive-thru morning, afternoon or evening for a variety of Tex-Mex options. 4230 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing. 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

(517) 272-3530. TO, D, SF, $

EL TENAMPA— Authentic Mexican fare

with a reputation for great gorditas. Tacos are made by regional style, either from the north or south of Mexico, and breakfast is an option for early risers. 902 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

(517) 482-5775. D, TO, SF, WiFi, B, $.

FAMOUS TACO— Serving up its popular tacos, nachos, chimichangas and the “hungry man” breakfast burrito at several area locations. TO, D, SF, WIFI $ 3223 W. Saginaw St., Lansing. 9 a.m. – 3 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 a.m. Friday & Saturday. (517) 321- 8226. 3500 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 9 a.m. –11 p.m. dine-in and 10 a.m. –1 a.m. delivery Monday- Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 a.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday. (517) 393-0766

LAS PALMAS—Serving a variety of Mexican favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Lansing’s west side, with a wide selection of tacos, burritos and more. 1909 W. Saginaw St., Lansing.

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday. (517) 702-9080. TO, $

LOS GRINGOS—Get a giant wet burrito, homemade chips and salsa and other South-of-theborder choices at this popular eatery serving southwest Lansing for three decades. 6030 S. Martin Luther King J. Blvd., Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday.  (517) 882-9636. TO, D, $

LOS TRES AMIGOS— Casual Mexican dining featuring an expansive menu of more than 100 items and specializing in fajitas and chimichangas.
5010 W. Saginaw Hwy, Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday- Saturday. (517) 327- 0545. FB, TO, P, $ East Lansing location at 1227 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing (517) 853-5800

MANGO’S GRILL— Serving fresh Mexican specialties, including homemade tortillas, tamales and salsas, as well as specialty platters with sizzling beef, chicken or seafood. 5900 Park Lake Road, East Lansing. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 339-8900. FB, TO, P, RES, $

MEXICO TO GO — Serving authentic dishes at three Lansing locations, this family-owned chain offers a full menu of tacos, enchiladas, burritos and more. Don’t forget to try the beef tongue. 418 Elmwood Road, Lansing. (517) 886-1113. MEXICO TO GO 2 at 16995 N. East St., Lansing. 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday. (517) 484-2355.  MEXICO TO GO 3 at 1825 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.– 9p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday. TO, SF, $-$$

OFILIA’S BAKERY AND DELI—From tamales to empanadas, this eatery has your taste buds covered from spicy to sweet. 5131 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. (517) 321- 1443. TO, D (orders over $30), SF, Wi-Fi, $

PABLO’S PANADERIA—Enjoy a traditional Mexican breakfast, lunch or dinner at this family-owned and run restaurant.
House specialties include La Torta (grilled Mexican salt bread filled with fried beans, meat, onions, avocado and jalapeos and enchiladas with mole (pronounced mo-lay).  311 E. Grand River Ave., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. (517) 372-0887. Seasonal P, TO, B, NS, $

Pizza & Pasta

CARMELO’S ITALIANO RISTORANTE—Tasty homemade pizzas, calzones and lots of other authentic Italian dishes at this family-owned west side restaurant. 6131 W. Saginaw Highway., Lansing. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 323-9960.  WB, TO, D, OM, SF $$.

CUGINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT—Savvy dcor gives an upscale Italian dining experience as the signature fettuccine Florentine, made with mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta cheese sauce sauted with spinach and Italian spices, satisfies hungry diners. 306 S. Bridge St., Grand Ledge. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Friday 11 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. Saturday 11-10 p.m.: closed Sunday. (517) 627-4048. FB, WIFI, TO, $-$$

DE LUCA’S RESTAURANT—A staple on the west side for more than 30 years, De Luca’s serves more than a dozen specialty pizzas (including their house special, which hasn’t changed recipes since the ‘60s) along with salads, sandwiches and several other Italian and American entrees.
2006 W. Willow St., Lansing. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday- Saturday. (517) 487- 6087,, FB, TO, OM $$, Reservations Mon-Thurs.

DOLLY’S PIZZA—This popular franchise offers 10 signature pizzas as well as pasta choices, like mostaccioli and lasagna. Take out and delivery only. 719 Brookside, Lansing. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday & Saturday. (517) 327- 0077. TO, D, OM at, $.

EMIL’S—Serving Italian favorites on Lansing’s east side for years. A signature dish is the Chicken Diablo, featuring breaded, pan-seared chicken breast covered in creamy tomato sauce. 2012 E Michigan Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-midnight Friday- Saturday. (517) 482- 4430. FB, RES, TO, $

FALSETTA’S CASA NOVA— A Lansing pizza institution with a legacy of more than 50 years in business, this restaurants offers a full Italian menu plus plenty of American and Mexican options.  138 S. Waverly Road, Lansing. 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 323-9181. TO, FB, WiFi, $.

GUERRAZZI’S—With a full menu of pastas, pizzas and more favorites made from scratch, this family owned restaurant uses authentic recipes straight from Italy. 15643 S U.S. Highway 27, Lansing. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. (517) 374- 6456. FB, TO, RES, P, $-$$

TONY M’S—Known for its lasagna and sweet, zesty sauce served in a cozy, classic restaurant. 3420 Creyts Road, Lansing. 7 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday. (517) 322-2069. FB, TO, Wi- Fi, $$

RELLI’S—A family-style Italian restaurant, serving homemade pizza and pasta. Featuring a pool table and video games plus live entertainment on the weekends. 202 E. Main St., DeWitt. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday- Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. (517) 669- 9243. TO, FB, P, $