By Joe Torok


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WB = Wine & Beer
TO = Take Out
D = Delivery
= Reservations
OM = Online Menu
P = Patio
SF - Smoke Free

$ - Less than $8 $$ - $8 to $14 $$$ - $14 to $20 $$$$ - Over $20

Cafes & Diners

BACKYARD BBQ— Lawn chairs, potted sunflowers and wooden shutters give a backyard feel in a light-hearted atmosphere. Pork is smoked for 14 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; Closed Sunday. (517) 381-8290. Second location at 301 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday (517) 853-2777. TO, P, SF, $

BROTHER’S GRILL — Big burgers stacked high from a little shop in the heart of East Lansing, Brother’s offers sandwiches of all stripes in addition to soups, sides and salads. 403 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday- Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. TO, D, SF, WiFi, OM at www., $.

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 andmeats free of nitrates, antibiotics or preservatives. 305 N. Clippert Ave., Lansing. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday –Saturday; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday. (517) 332- 6892. 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 $

THE DAILY BAGEL— Serving fresh bagels made daily the oldfashioned way and a full menu of sandwiches and salads in downtown Lansing. 309 S. Washington Square. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, closed Saturday & Sunday. (517) 487-8201. TO, OM, SF, WIFI, $

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.


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S. Washington Ave., Lansing. 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. –
1p .m. Saturday; Closed Sunday. (517) 485-7877. D, TO, P, Wi-Fi, $

to coffee and espresso drinks, this locally owned coffee shop and
popular study spot offers a full menu of breakfast sandwiches, bagels,
smoothies, ice cream and more. 220 S. Washington Square, Lansing. 7
a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4
p.m. Sunday. (517) 913-1400. OM, P, SF, WIFI, $

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, $$.

owned restaurant’s been serving breakfast and lunch in downtown Lansing
for more than 30 years. Stop in for a grilled chili dog, with homemade
sauce, or the popular chili cheese fries. 104 S. Washington Square,
Lansing. 6:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – noon Saturday,
closed Sunday. (517) 487-1666. TO, OM, SF, $

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. TO, P, SF, $

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, $

FRANDOR DELI—Pizza, sandwiches
and more served cafeteria style in the Frandor shopping center. 300 N.
Clippert St., Lansing. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday, closed
Sunday. (517) 351-9342. TO, SF, $.

Featuring homecooked 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. $

popular hangout and study spot serves more than coffee. Hungry java
junkies can also grab a quesadilla, salad or other menu itmes. 2021 E.
Michigan Ave., Lansing. Summer hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday –
Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday. (517) 853-0550. www. TO, P, SF, Wi-Fi, $

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 grab-and-go dinner items. Also serving
espresso and Fair Trade coffees. Warning: City Pulse is banned for
being too liberal. 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. www. 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,

HOBIE’S—Hearty soups,
subs stacked high with meats and toppings and much more are served
cafeteriastyle in this restaurant laden with sports memorabilia. 930
Trowbridge Road, East Lansing. 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday- Friday, 11 a.m.-8
p.m. Saturday. (517) 351- 3800. OM, TO, Wi-Fi, WB, SF, $

portions of breakfast favorites and plenty of lunch options, too,
highlighted by homemade hamburgers. 1040 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing.
6 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Thursday, Friday 6am- 8pm 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday. (517) 372-5535. TO, SF, WiFi , $.

Final feast Portable
Feast in Old Town will close its doors for the final time on Friday,
Nov. 13, concluding a run of more than seven years of feeding the city.
Portable Feast found a niche in serving food to people on the go who
didn’t want a greasy burger from a drive-thru window, with some of
their most popular items being mushroom brie soup, barbecue pulled pork
and its deserts.

“All the stuff was fresh — paninis, wraps, salads,” said owner Sharon Hind said. “Nothing fried. People seemed to enjoy it.”

said taking Portable Feast’s place will be a café-style eatery with an
emphasis on baked goods. The decision to close and sell the business
was a personal one, Hind said. “It was my choice. I’m sick of cold
weather, and I’m going south.”

asked if people tried to convince her to stay, she said with a laugh,
“It wouldn’t have done any good.” 1216 Turner St., Lansing. (517)

Learn from a pro Five
chefs from across the state will show off their cooking kills and share
their secrets next week at the “Taste of Michigan” event hosted by the
MSU Kellogg Center’s Visiting Chef’s Series. Dinner by the visiting
culinary masters on Nov. 19 is already sold out, but there is still
limited space available for events on Nov. 18, which includes a
demonstration-lecture on how to prepare a multiple course meal,
featuring samples of each course paired with wine. The demonstration is
at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in Big Ten Rooms B and C. $60. For reservations and
more information, visit www.kelloggcenter. com or call (517) 432-5049.

— Staff