By City Pulse Staff


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FB = Full Bar
= Wine & Beer
TO = Take Out
= Delivery
RES = Reservations
= Online Menu
P = Patio
- Smoke Free

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

Cafes & Diners

SAWYER’S GOURMET PANCAKE HOUSE— Known for its allnatural, organic and local approach to food, Sawyer’s now offers an expanded menu that includes even more breakfast choices, an express lunch menu and a variety of dinner selections on weekends. 608 W. Saginaw St., Lansing. 7a.m.-3 p.m. Monday- Thursday; open 24 hours from Friday 7 a.m. to Sunday 3 p.m. (517) 485-9410. SF, OM at gourmetpancakehouse. com, $$.

SOPHIA’S HOUSE OF PANCAKES—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, SF, $.

SOUP SPOON CAFE— Offering gourmet meals for lunch, this café keeps customers coming for dishes like pan-seared Atlantic salmon drizzled with garlic-dill sauce. 1419 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. (517) 316-2377. OM, D, TO, smoke free, Wi-Fi, $

TED DEE’S SANDWICH SHOP — This downtown Lansing spot serves a variety of deli sandwiches and specialties, like the chicken cheese panini. They also offer soups, fresh salads and desserts. Every Friday there is a pulled pork sandwich special. 119 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. (517) 374-2784. TO, D (orders of $20 or more), OM, WIFI, SF $

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, Wi-Fi, $

TONY’S—A lively restaurant near the MSU 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. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday. (517) 332-5553. B, TO, $.

ZEUS’S CONEY ISLAND—This eatery offers Greek classics, like chicken kabobs marinated for 24 hours in lemon juice, olive oil Over $20 and a blend of secret herbs.
Plus American favorites like walleye. 6525 S. Pennsylvania Ave.,
Lansing. 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday &
Saturday. (517) 272- 7900. TO, SF, WIFI, $

Casual Dining

ALTU’S—Traditional Ethiopian food served with specials including spicy shredded beef with jalapenos and ginger and 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., OM, TO, SF $-$$

BAJA GRILLE—This family-owned restaurant in downtown Mason offers a wide range of options, from fresh seafood and hamburgers to small bites homemade soups and chili. 402 S. Jefferson St., Mason. Monday- Saturday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. -4 p.m.(517) 244-1181. TO, SF, $$

BENSON’S VINAIGRETTES—In the mood for some home-style cooking? 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.
Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (517) 703-9616. TO, D, P, SF, $-$$

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

CLARA’S LANSING STATION—Fun dining is the motto at this charming restaurant and one-time railroad station. Popular dishes like Cajun meatloaf and chicken Hawaiian are made from scratch. 637 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday- Saturday. (517) 372- 7120., OM, TO, FB, P, RES $-$$

COSCARELLI’S—Enjoy a martini or a glass of wine alongside of the restaurant’s innovative grilled gourmet pizzas. 2400 Cedar St., Lansing. Restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Friday, noon- 10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Bar is open from 4 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon – 1:30 (517) 482- 0238. FB, RES, TO, $$

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 Avenue, 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, www. coralgablesrestaurant. com, FB, TO, OM, P, $$

HONEY-BAKED HAM— Stop by for a tasty boxed lunch or shop for a few sundries at this deli/ store hybrid. Catering for parties and events also available. 5601 W. Saginaw Highwayy, Suite A, Lansing. 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday – Friday; 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. (517) 327-5008. D, TO, SF, OM at, $.

JR. ROOSTER—All the American fare you could want: wings, ribs, fish— from catfish to tilapia— gizzards, hamburgers, hot dogs and more. 4411 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon- 10 p.m. Sunday. (517) 321-3200. TO, SF, WiFi, OM, $.