By City Pulse Staff

Cafes & Diners

BACKYARD BBQ— Lawn chairs, potted sunflowers and wooden shutters give a backyard feel in a light-hearted atmosphere. Pork is smoked for 13 hours before being served in Backyard’s signature barbecue pork sandwiches. 2329 Jolly Road, Okemos. 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. (517) 381 8290. Second location at 301 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday (517) 853 2777. TO, D, P, SF, OM at, $

BETTER HEALTH CAFÉ – Located inside the Better Health Market in the Frandor Shopping Center, this cafe features a deli, juice bar and espresso bar with a focus on organic and natural foods, including fair trade and organic coffees, organic juices and smoothies, organic salads and meats free of nitrates, antibiotics or preservatives. 305 N. Clippert Ave., East Lansing. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday –Saturday; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday. (517) 332-6892. www. TO, $

COFFEE JAM—Grab some classic comfort food and dessert here. The cookies are made fresh daily, but get there early because they sell out quickly. 6427 Centurion Drive, Lansing. 6:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6:30 a.m.-4 pm. Friday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday: closed Sunday. (517) 327-1111. TO, D, Wi-Fi, SF $

DALMATIAN’S FIREHOUSE GRILL—A small restaurant, this place fills up fast. Try “The City’s Best BLT,” a heap of apple-smoked bacon served on toast with lettuce and tomato. 1107 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-7 a.m. – 1p .m. Saturday. (517) 485-7877. D, TO, P, Wi-Fi, $

DENNY’S—Home of the original Grand Slam and Moons Over My Hammy, Denny’s knows breakfast is good anytime. Also serving a wide range of sandwiches, dinner and desserts. Open 24 hours. 7330 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. (517) 323-2110. Also at 2701 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 351- 0421. TO, $$.

FLATS GRILLE— Although sandwiches are the specialty, this friendly eatery across the street from MSU also offers moist, cake-like cornbread that is good enough for dessert. 551 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Friday; 9 a.m.-10 pm. Saturday.(517) 332-8888. TO, WIFI $

FLEETWOOD DINER—A staple on this throwback diner’s menu is the Hippie Hash, a medley of shredded potatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, onions and tomatoes combined with any meat and cheese on the menu. 2211 S. Cedar St., Lansing. Open 24 hours except 1 a.m.- 4 a.m. Friday-Saturday. (517) 267-7606. TO, $

GOLDEN HARVEST — Featuring home-cooked meals made from scratch every morning, this breakfast and lunch spot has been a Lansing staple for more than 50 years. The restaurant’s specialties include the popular dragon sausage, made from a secret recipe. 1625 Turner St., Lansing. 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. (517) 485-3663. www. harvest. $

GONE WIRED CAFE— This popular hangout and study spot serves more than coffee. Hungry java junkies can also try one of several specialty pizzas or create their own omelet. Diners in a hurry can grab a pre-made wrap or sandwich and hit the road. 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 8 a.m. – midnight Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. – midnight Saturday & Sunday. (517) 853-0550. www. TO, P, SF, Wi-Fi, $

GRAND TRAVERSE PIE CO. — This bakery, cafe and catering company is known for its pies. They serve fruit and cream pies, potpies and quiches. Their menu also includes sandwiches, salads and graband-go dinner items.
Also serving espresso and Fair Trade coffees. 3536 Meridian Crossing Drive, Okemos. 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. (517) 381-7437. D, TO, P, OM, WIFI, SF$ Second location at 1403 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. (517)- 203-3304. D, TO, P, OM, WIFI $

GREEN RIVER CAFE— All foods made in this kitchen are organic and most are vegetarian.
The Veggie Delight is a menu standout, with hummus, avocado, cucumber, red onion, tomato and alfalfa sprouts generously piled on whole wheat bread. Pair it with a cup of homemade vegan miso soup for a hearty, meatless meal. 307 MAC Ave., East Lansing. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday- Friday; 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. (517) 999-3700. www. TO, D, OM, WIFI. SF $

HOBIE’S—Hearty soups, subs stacked high with meats and toppings and much more are served cafeteria-style in this restaurant laden with sports memorabilia. 930 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. (517) 351-3800. www. OM, TO, Wi-Fi, WB, SF, $

FB = Full Bar

WB = Wine & Beer

TO = Take Out

D = Delivery

RES = Reservations

OM = Online Menu

P = Patio

SF - Smoke Free

WiFi-Wireless Internet

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

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