Nov. 23 2011 12:00 AM

Cafes & Diners

SUGAR SHACK — A cupcake
connoisseur’s paradise, Sugar Shack has nothing but sweets to make your
mouth sing: enormous and slightly less than enormous cupcakes,
brownies, cookies, pies and more. 215 N. Clippert St., Lansing.  Summer
hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Sunday; School year: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Sunday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday & Saturday. (517)
316-2009.  TO, D, OM, $.

downtown Lansing spot serves a variety of deli sandwiches and
specialties, like the chicken cheese panini. It also offers soups,
fresh salads and desserts. Every Friday there is a pulled pork sandwich
special. 119 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday. (517) 374-2784. TO, D (orders of $20 or more), OM, WiFi, $

THEIO’S — Serving breakfast
around the clock, Theio’s is also great place to grab a burger for
lunch or satisfy a late-night craving. 2650 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
Open 24 hours. (517) 487-3955. TO, P, WiFi, $

TONY’S — A lively restaurant near
the Michigan State University campus that serves breakfast all day,
lunch specialties, burgers and dinners, such as the hot turkey
sandwich. 350 Albert Ave., East Lansing. School year hours are 8 a.m.-8
p.m. 7 days a week. (517) 332-5553. TO, WiFi $. 

offers Greek classics, like chicken kabobs marinated for 24 hours in
lemon juice, olive oil and a blend of secret herbs. 6525 S.
Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. 7a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10
p.m. Friday & Saturday. (517) 272-7900. OM, TO, WIFI, $

Casual Dining

Traditional Ethiopian food served with specials, including the Friday
special of spicy shredded beef with jalapenos and ginger served with
Ethiopian bread, yellow cabbage and a house salad. 1312 Michigan Ave.,
East Lansing. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday &
Monday. (517) 333-6295., OM, TO, P $

— This family-owned restaurant in downtown Mason offers a wide range of
options, from fresh seafood and hamburgers to homemade soups and chili.
402 S. Jefferson St., Mason. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Closed
Sunday. (517) 244-1181. TO, $

— Benson’s makes all of its “Michigan Farmhouse” cuisine from scratch
and rotates the menu daily and seasonally. 940 Elmwood St., Lansing. 11
a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday & Saturday;
closed Sunday.  (517) 703-9616. OM, TO, D (for orders more than $20), P, $$.

— Low-cost dining for meat lovers, serving steaks and sandwiches,
including a modified Philly cheesesteak. 3020 E. Kalamazoo St.,
Lansing. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. (517)
337-2210. TO, RES, OM $$.

— This eclectic restaurant features a variety of fresh fish, including
grouper, salmon, walleye, cod and bluegill made with a unique blend of
spices in a secret family recipe. 1591 Lake Lansing Road, Haslett. 11
a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday; 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday. (517) 339-4900. FB, TO, RES (eight or more), OM, WiFi, $$

full bar and to-go beer and wine attracts thirsty revelers, and a menu
that includes hand-pattied, char broiled burgers, served on Great
Harvest bread, brings the hungry.  107 E. Allegan, Lansing.  11a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Thursday-Saturday; 4 p.m.-2 a.m.  (517) 316-2312.  TO, WiFi, P, FB, $

Leo Farhat has peppered his traditional breakfast house menu with
dishes rooted in his Lebanese heritage. Try “Leo’s house special,”
which begins with seasoned beef, onions and pine nuts sauteed in a
frying pan, then combined with a couple of eggs. 1040 S. Pennsylvania
Ave., Lansing. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday- Friday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday (517) 484-1567 TO, WiFi, $