April 18 2012 12:00 AM

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. www.EatAtAltus.com, OM, TO, P $

BENSON’S VINAIGRETTES — Benson’s makes all of its “Michigan Farmhouse” cuisine from scratch and rotates the menu daily and seasonally. For lighter appetites, try one of the restaurant’s many sides and salads. 940 Elmwood St., Lansing. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday.  (517) 703-9616. OM, TO, D (for orders more than $20), P, $$.

BEST STEAK HOUSE — 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 $$.

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. www.bluegillgrill.com. FB, TO, RES (eight or more), OM, WiFi, $$

BRUNCH HOUSE — Walking out of a diner, you don’t often find yourself thinking, “That was one fantastic Lebanese salad.” You might think that, however, after eating at The Brunch House, since 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, $

CLARA’S LANSING STATION — Fun dining is the motto at this onetime railroad station with impressive decor and less-impressive food. A massive menu offers breadth but not much depth. Full review online at tinyurl.com/66g876o 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. www.claras.com, OM, TO, FB, WiFi, P, RES $$-$$$

COLONIAL BAR & GRILL — This 45-year-old Lansing institution features an upgraded menu, including deluxe burgers, grilled pizzas and daily specials. 3425 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, noon-2 a.m. Sunday. (517) 882-6132. TO, FB, $-$$