Cafes & Diners

casual deli is set up as a New York-style take-out, but there are about
10 seats, if you want to sit by the window and watch the world go by.
It offers fresh rotisserie chicken, pork and lamb, as well as fresh
salads and wraps. 333 S. Washington Sq., Lansing. 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
(lunch), 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (dinner) Monday-Friday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday (dinner only). Closed Sundays. Deli side is open 10:30 a.m.-6
p.m. Monday-Friday. (517) 372-1072. TO,
OM, $.

You may have had blueberry pancakes before — but how about mango?
Sawyer’s is known for its all-natural, organic and local approach to
food, as well as for its diverse menu (which goes far beyond pancakes).
608 W. Saginaw St., Lansing. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 7 a.m.-8
p.m. Thursday –Sunday. (517) 485-9410. OM, $$.

Pancakes and omelets fill the tables at Sophia’s, but a dinner menu
includes other favorites, such as stuffed chicken breast. 1010
Charlevoix Drive, Grand Ledge. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-4
p.m. Sunday. (517) 627-3222. TO, WiFi, $.

Spencer Soka moved to mid-Michigan, he grew tired of driving all the
way to his home city of Southfield for a good corned beef sandwich. Now
the Stateside comes to East Lansing, featuring traditional Philly
cheese steaks (with real Cheez Whiz!) and a deep-fryer with killer
onion rings. 313 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Noon-8 p.m. Sunday. (517)
853-3033. Second location at 3552 Meridian Crossings, Okemos. 8 a.m.-8
p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. (517)
853-1100. TO, OM, $.

gourmet meals for lunch or dinner, this café keeps customers coming for
dishes like pan-seared Atlantic salmon drizzled with garlic-dill or
honey soy sauce. 1419 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday;
7 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-midnight Friday; 8
a.m.-midnight Saturday; closed Sunday. 

 (517) 316-2377. OM, D, TO, WiFi, $

SPOTTED DOG CAFÉ — Menu favorites
at this downtown breakfast and lunch spot include the chicken salad and
spicy Thai slaw with chicken. 221 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 9
a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; closed Saturday & Sunday. (517)
485-7574. . TO, D, OM, P, $

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-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 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; 11-2 Saturday closed 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 has something for everyone,
with breakfast all day, lunch specialties, burgers and dinners, such as
the hot turkey sandwich. 350 Albert Ave., East Lansing. Summer hours
are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 7 days a week; 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. Plus American
favorites like walleye. 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

ALTU’S — 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 $

BAJA GRILLE — 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, $

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 $$.

BLUE GILL GRILL — 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, $$

THE BOARDROOM — A downtown watering hole for CEOs and average Joes.  A
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, $.

BRUNCH HOUSE — Owner 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, $ 

cozy atmosphere and first-rate service outclass the food at this
one-time railroad station. The novel-length menu offers a vast array of
options, including American fare, Tex-Mex, seafood, basket meals,
sandwiches galore and much more. (Reviewed by Joe Torok in our June 15
issue.) 637 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday;
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. (517)
372-7120., OM, TO, FB, WiFi, P, RES $$-$$$

Featuring creative sandwiches such as the J.F.K. (with chicken,
jalapenos, mozzarella and honey mustard) and a full slew of breakfast
items, burgers and (we swear, this is what the menu calls them)
“Magical Munchies.” 101 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 4 p.m.-3
a.m. Monday-Friday, noon-3 a.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday. (517)
333-2723. D, OM, $.

CORAL GABLES — Serving meals for
generations, this family-style restaurant offers handmade desserts,
homemade soups and a small menu of homemade Greek specialties. 2838 E.
Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 8
a.m.-9 pm. Sunday. (517) 337-1311., WB,
WiFi, FB, TO, OM, $$ 

DIMITRI’S — The former stalwart
of downtown Lansing now serves Delta Township with a full dinner menu
along with familiar Coney dogs, burgers and fries.  Also find full breakfasts and dinners like barbeque beef brisket and tilapia with lemon butter cream sauce.  6334 W. Saginaw, Lansing; Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; (517) 323-6867; TO, $$

EL BURRITO — A cozy, authentic taqueria offering homemade Mexican cooking and baked goods.  Stop
by early for a breakfast burrito, try a lunch special entrée that comes
with rice and beans, or fill a taco with marinated pork, beef tongue,
chicken or a number of other meats.  5920
S. Cedar St., Lansing. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday; Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday. (517)
272-1665. TO, $$.

FISH & CHIPS — Serving fish,
fries and more on Lansing east side for almost 40 years. Dine in or
pull up to the drive-thru window for dinner on the go. 2418 E. Michigan
Ave., Lansing. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
(517) 487-5774. TO, P, $

American cuisine with a local and organic focus and a menu that
combines gourmet grilled cheese, "Ballin’ Ass Tacos," homemade meatloaf
and much more.  Menu adjusts
by season. It’s a gift to this area’s dining scene, an early holiday
present that will hopefully keep on giving for many years to come.
(Reviewed by Joe Torok in our Nov. 9 issue.) 2010 W. Saginaw St.,
Lansing. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, closed
Monday. (517) 580-3556. TO, OM, $$$ 

Abbey has captured the essence of East Coast-style pie. The dough is
made fresh from scratch several times a day, the sauce is composed of
hand-crushed San Marzano tomatoes (considered the world’s best for
making sauces) flown in from Italy, and all vegetable toppings are
garden-fresh. . 208 S. Washington Sq., Lansing. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11:30-9p.m. Saturday. Closed
Sundays. (517) 580-7124. . OM, $$. 

GRACIE’S PLACE — A classy, cozy
restaurant in downtown Williamston offering customer favorites like the
Dancing Zorba vegetarian sandwich with grilled veggies, roasted
eggplant, zucchini, portabella mushrooms and baby tomatoes on a whole
wheat tortilla with roasted red pepper hummus. Now open for dinner
Thursday-Saturday. (Reviewed by Joe Torok in our July 27 issue.) 151 S.
Putnam St., Williamston. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; closed Sunday.
(517) 655-1100. BW, TO, RES, P, WiFi, $$

HARRY’S PLACE — A bar and grill with Greek roots.  Try the Greek chicken—a half chicken roasted in lemon oil sauce and doused with Mediteranean herbs.  404 N. Verlinden Ave., Lansing.  10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday- Saturday, closed Sunday.  (517) 484-9661.  TO, FB, $.

Hearty sandwiches are heated up in a plancha — a flat grill press — at
this inconspicuous eatery that’s well worth discovering. Try the
medianoche (“midnight”), with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and
onion, or the brie chicken, augmented with onion, cilantro and
guacamole.  Two locations. 401 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.  2315 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday.  (517) 862- 8420. TO, D, OM, $. 

LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE — This national
chain specializes in ribs, steaks and burgers, but the menu is large
enough, with salads, lots of sides and a kid’s menu, for even finicky
eaters to find a meal. Monday-Wednesday: two meals for $14.99. 5800 W.
Saginaw Hwy., Lansing. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 327-4751. WB, TO, FB, OM, $$.