Dec. 23 2008 12:00 AM

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WB = Wine & Beer

TO = Take Out

D = Delivery

RES = Reservations

OM = Online Menu

P = Patio

SF - Smoke Free

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Average price per person, not including drinks:
$ - Less than $8
$$ - $8 to $14
$$$ - $14 to $20
$$$$ - Over $20

Eastern tastes

CHEN’S RESTAURANT—This north side stalwart serves standard Chinese fare from a uniquely shaped domed building. 600 E. Thomas St., Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday & Saturday; Noon-10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 372-7292. TO, D, SF, $.

CHINA EXPRESS— Offering a wide selection of traditional dishes and lunch and dinner specials. Party trays also available. 1630 Haslett Road, Suite 2, Haslett. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday - Thursday; 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday; noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday. (517) 339-8318. TO, SF, $.

DOK SING—Diners can customize their own meals at this accommodating Thai restaurant located across from the Lansing Mall. 5407 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday- Sunday. (517) 321-8808. TO, SF, $.

FINE CHINA RESTAURANT—Twentythree chef’s specialties highlight an extensive menu that focuses on seafood and poultry. Plenty of lunch special combination plates and a kid’s menu also available. 1701 S. Waverly Road, Lansing. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Sunday. (517) 321-1879. D, TO, SF, OM at www. finechinarestaurant. net, WiFi, $ (lunch) $$ (dinner).

HOUSE OF ING—A mixture of traditional Chinese fare and American choices, with many seafood, beef, chicken and pork entrées to choose from. 4113 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 12 p.m.- 10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 394-4848. FB, TO, RES, $$.

KAMP BO—Carry out Chinese food served fast. Mandarin and Szechuan dishes, house specialties and two dozen combination platters. 2220 N. Larch St., Lansing. 11 a.m.-9:45  p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 482-3880. SF, TO, $.

LAMAI’S THAI KITCHEN—Try Pla Pad Prik Khing, fried catfish in curry breading with lime leaves, for milder tastes. For real spice lovers, try Pad PedPla Muk, squid strips with zucchini, jalapenos, and chili peppers. 2033 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. (517) 267-3888. TO, $$.

MIDORI—It may take some searching to find this westside sushi shop and Korean BBQ tucked away off of Saginaw Highway, but it’s worth the effort. Try the bulgogi, a sweet and sizzling platter of tender beef, or one of many sushi items. 436 Elmwood Road, Lansing. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday; noon – 11 p.m. Saturday; 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 323-7991. WB, TO, $$-$$$

NEW CHINA RESTAURANT—More 2827 East Grand River, East Lansing (517)853-3700 chef’s specialties, an extensive selection of appetizers and lots of lunch specials for diners on the south side. 6250 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 11 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 12 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Sunday. (517)882-7755. TO, SF, $$.

OODLES OF NOODLES/NEW DYNASTY BUFFET—In addition to a daily smorgasbord of traditional Asian foods, this buffet offers fresh seafood, including crab legs on Friday and Saturday evenings.
1020 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday- Thursday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday: noon-9 p.m. Saturday: noon-9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 333-7171. www.lansingmenuguide. com, TO, OM, D, $-$$.

OMI SUSHI—For a healthy, tasty meal, try the Emerald Green Roll, made with pink salmon, tuna, egg, pickled squash, crabsticks, fresh cucumber, and sushi rice held together by a thin fish cake. 210 MAC Ave., East Lansing. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 337-2222. B&W, TO, $$.

PANDA HOUSE—An enormous menu and lots of lunch specials, from chop suey and sweet & sour dishes to chow mai fun and seafood. 3499 E. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 333- 1818. SF, TO, OM $-$$.

RICE KITCHEN— Whether you’ve got a craving for late night munchies or are just in the mood for some fast Chinese food, Rice Kitchen should be a number on your speed dial. The egg rolls and General Tso’s chicken are good, and the restaurant does a mean fried rice too. 551 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m. – midnight Monday & Tuesday; 11 a.m. – 4 a.m. Wednesday – Saturday; noon-midnight Sunday. (517) 336-5810. D, TO, OM, $.

EMOS—In addition to sandwiches and salads, this deli also offers Korean cuisine, including spicy chicken bulgogi made with thinly sliced chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, then sautéed with onion and peppers. 901 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday. (517) 488-0305. D, TO, SF, $.

SANSU—Located in East Lansing’s Hannah Plaza, this Japanese restaurant offers a wide selection of sushi dishes, from five different kinds of California rolls to sashimi for more adventurous eaters. 4750 S Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 333-1933, www. FB, TO, RES, OM, P, SF, $$.

SHESHIANG GARDEN—Featuring a full Chinese and Japanese menu, Sheshiang Garden offers a spectrum of Asian tastes, from sushi and teriyaki beef to fried rice and General Tso’s chicken. 3536 Meridian Crossing, Okemos Monday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday 12 – 10 p.m. (517) 349-6885 FB, WB, TO, D, RES, Wi-Fi $$.

SINDHU INDIAN CUISINE—This restaurant’s buffet and a la carte menu offer classic Indian dishes like tandoori chicken and a variety of vegetarian meals. 4790 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday- Sunday. (517) 351-3080., FB, RES, TO, $$-$$$.

TASTE OF THAI—This East Lansing eatery serves authentic Thai soups; meat, seafood and plenty of vegetarian entrées; and a wide selection of noodles and fried rice. Daily lunch specials available. 1105 E. Grand River, East Lansing. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 324-0225. TO, SF, $-$$.

UKAI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE—Diners get dinner and a show, as their food is cooked hibachi-style right in front of them by chefs who artistically prepare each meal. 2167 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos. (517) 349- 0820. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. FB, P, RES, OM, $$-$$$ Additional location at 754 Delta Commerce Drive, Lansing (off of West Saginaw, behind Bennigans). (517) 853- 8888. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.Fine Dining

ALL SEASONS BISTRO—Though the menu changes every few months, the fresh and hearty sea scallops and shrimp on polenta dish has been impressing for years. 1500 W. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday: closed Sunday. (517) 336-9890., FB, RES, TO, OM, SF $$-$$$.

BEGGAR’S BANQUET—This East Lansing staple makes complex gourmet meals look simple. 218 Abbott Road, East Lansing. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday- Thursday: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Sunday. (517) 351-4540., FB, TO, OM, RES, Wi-Fi, $$.

CAPITOL CITY GRILLE—Tasty steaks, seafood and more. 111 N. Grand Ave., Lansing. Inside the Radisson Hotel, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Sunday. (517) 267-3459. www.lansingmenuguide. com, FB, TO, RES, OM, $$-$$$.

CHRISTIE’S BISTRO— Upscale dining with beef and seafood offerings, as well as pasta and salads. Inside the Sheraton Hotel at 925 S. Creyts Road, Lansing. (517) 323-4190. www. 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday. FB, TO, RES, SF, $$$.

DUSTY’S CELLAR— This restaurant offers customers full flavor, especially in the macadamia and gingercrusted pork loin, which is topped with a maple volute and served with wild rice. 1839 Grand River Ave., Okemos. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 349-5150. www., OM, TO, FB, P, RES, $$-$$$.

ENGLISH INN— Beautiful scenery and savory seafood dishes. Offerings include grilled salmon with dill sauce and baked grouper coated with breadcrumbs. 677 S. Michigan Road, Eaton Rapids. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. & 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. & 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. (517) 663-2500. www., OM, TO, RES, FB, P, $$$-$$$$.

GILBERT AND BLAKE’S —A wide range of seafood, sizzling steaks, and pasta dishes. 3554 Okemos Road, Okemos. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. (517) 349-1300,, OM, TO, FB, Wi-Fi, RES $$$.

HERSHEY’S STEAK AND SEAFOOD—This traditional restaurant offers every manner of steaks and an impressive selection of seafood dishes. 2863 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11:30 a.m.-9p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; closed Sundays except major holidays. (517) 337-7324,, FB, D, TO, RES, P, OM, $$$.

HUMMINGBIRDS— Appetizers range from simple fried fare to spinach dip. Entrees include a variety of charbroiled steaks, fish and seafood dishes and weekly specials. The menu also includes burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. Also features a full breakfast menu, including omelets, skillets and cold breakfasts. Inside the Holiday Inn South, 6820 S. Cedar St., Lansing. Summer hours: 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily. (517) 694-8123. FB, TO, RES, P, B, $$$.