May 20 2009 12:00 AM

FOOD FINDER Have food news to share with our readers? Send it to us by e-mail at food@ lansingcitypulse. com, fax at (517) 371-5800 or phone it in at (517) 371-5600 x. 11.

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FB = Full Bar
WB = Wine & Beer
TO = Take Out
D = Delivery
= Reservations
= Online Menu
= Patio
SF = Smoke Free
= Wireless Internet

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


EL AZTECO—A longtime Lansing favorite for everything Mexican, from the popular Topopo salad to enchilada, fajita, taco and burrito dinners. 1016 W. Saginaw, Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 485-4589.
Second location at 225 Ann St., East Lansing. 11 a.m.-midnight Monday- Saturday; noon-11 p.m. Sunday. (517) 351-9111. www.clickcitymenus. com. TO, P (East Lansing), WiFi (East Lansing), SF (except for patio), $-$$.

EL GALLO LOCO— Serving a mix of Mexican favorites and burgers with the convenience of a drive-thru window. 902 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 484- 6002. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. TO, D, SF, $

EL OASIS—Authentic Mexican food sold streetside from a towable stand. Ten kinds of meat are available to fill burritos, tacos, Mexican subs and other traditional fare, including breakfast burritos. Corner of Mt. Hope Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard and corner of Michigan and Francis avenues. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. (517) 316-5595 or (517) 214-6536. TO, $.

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, closed Sunday for winter. (517) 272-3530. TO, D, SF, $

FAMOUS TACO— Serving up its popular tacos, nachos, chimi changas and the “hungry man” breakfast burrito at several area locations. TO, D, SF, $ 1909 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. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 a.m. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday. (517) 393- 0766

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 Jr.. Blvd., Lansing. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m.- 8 p.m. Sunday. (517) 882-9636. TO, D (Cab Cuisine), $

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, $-$$ Additional locations at 6404 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily (517) 324-9600. FB, TO, RES, SF, OM, P $-$$. 1227 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing (517) 853-5800, 11 a.m. – midnight daily. FB, TO, P, $-$$. Smaller, taqueria location at 730 N. Clippert St., Lansing. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily (517) 324- 9600. TO, RES, SF, $-$$

MANGO’S GRILL— Serving fresh Mexican specialties, including homemade tortillas, tamales and salsas, as well as specialty plat ters 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) 339-8500. FB, TO, P, RES, $

MEXICO TO GO —Serving authentic dishes at two Lansing locations, this familyowned 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. Monday- Saturday, closed Sunday. (517) 484-2355. TO, SF, $-$$

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 jalapeños) 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. P, TO, B, NS, $

Pizza & Pasta

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

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 the 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, www.delucaspizza. com, 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 www., $.

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 a 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 restaurant 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, $.