March 29 2017
I imagine my first-bite reaction to Cugino’s arancini was similar to a dragon's thoughts while biting into a knight in full armor: “Crusty on the exterior but quite warm and rather chewy on...
Pairing wines with Hollywood’s most famous Christmas dinners
Dec. 7 2016
It’s time for some real holiday talk, Lansing
The Vault has sandwiches and salads on lock
Nov. 16 2016
Some of my fondest food memories revolve around picnics that began with a stop at the delicatessen. (Our favorite is Burritt’s Fresh Markets in Traverse City.) Now we have memories-in-the-making...
Local bars make a play for foodies with elevated pub fare
Oct. 19 2016
Grass-fed beef. Kale. Goat cheese. Focaccia bread. This may sound like the start of a shopping list for a trip to Whole Foods, but these ingredients are featured in the recently revamped menu at downtown...
May 25 2016
For a food to be craveable, for me, it has to be something I won’t make at home. Maybe it’s a cooking technique I haven’t mastered, a spice blend I can’t put my finger on or something...
April 6 2016
According to the menu, a Topopo Salad is a “mountain of salad, the Mexican counterpart to the American Chef salad, with lettuce, tomatoes, chicken, cheese, jalapenos, peas and scallions …...
Pizzano's offers 'pub grub' and beyond
Feb. 18 2015
Blue collar charm Standing in Piazzano’s parking lot, I looked across Grand River Avenue at a darkened, silent lumber yard. It struck me that Piazzano’s is like several other Lansing...
Jan. 14 2015
The State Room wasn’t one of those restaurants that I thought was cool when I was growing up in Lansing. When my friends and I spent our high school allowances on fancy dinners before prom, we headed...
Okemos eatery is surf and turf from top to bottom
May 9 2012
A small collection of cylindrical amber fixtures hang at one end of the dining room, bathing the space in an orange-hued light that highlights extensive woodwork, sage green accents and tables so clean...
Gay Okemos couple shares a lifetime of collecting with MSU and the community
June 13 2012
Mark Ritzenhein and Stephen Wilensky love to recall the afternoon in the early 1990s when they crossed the Yarlung River in a wooden boat, heading into Tibet, listening to the clicking of unsoftened yak...
Old Town barbecue eatery wins with comfort food staple
April 17 2013
In 1993, Canadian pop rockers Barenaked Ladies released their signature song, "If I Had $1000000 Dollars," which included the cute (but bizarre) segment: "If I had a million dollars/we wouldn't have to...
Old Town’s den of smoke and flesh pleases slobs and snobs alike
July 25 2012
I've never been to Memphis or Kansas City, west Texas or North Carolina. So for those of you entering competitions with whole chickens, racks of ribs and a handful of butts, take my word with a grain of...
Soup Spoon Caf expands its menu for the season; check out the new Dawg in East Lansing
July 22 2011
Server Eric Austin, an enthusiastic ambassador of all things Soup Spoon, explains that the Spoon-I-pino concept is an interpretation of cioppino, a type of fish stew originating from Italian fisherman...
Fleetwood Diner is a haven for coffee lovers
Sept. 14 2011
Fleetwood Diner on Cedar St. looks like one of those Airstream trailers from the 1950’s with rounded edges, a low profile and a glinting chrome exterior. In reality the atmosphere is much more nuanced...
Dusty’s Cellar may sound like a second-hand store, but the food and service are definitely first-rate
Oct. 26 2011
Table service is well executed at Dusty’s. Clad in all-black, the serving staff is friendly, knowledgeable and purposeful
Williamston is buzzing over an awesome eatery
July 27 2011
I learned quickly of its popularity on a Friday evening. The dining space was bustling with activity, conversations layered one on top of another, waitstaff bouncing like lasers from kitchen to table and...
Trailer Park’d crew settles into a permanent home, but the food and service remain sensational
Nov. 9 2011
The ownership s new brick and mortar restaurant, at the point where Saginaw Street and Oakland Avenue converge, continues the excellence. See for yourself. Take a date, your parents, someone from out of...
Enso has ample ambiance and some fine dishes, but certain elements could use a bit of polishing
Aug. 24 2011
A red carpet greets diners at the front door and sets the upscale mood. The patio, perhaps the best in the area, is a distinct dining space not just a slab of concrete with some patio furniture, like...
930 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing M-Sat 10 am-7 pm; Sun 11 am-5 pm; (517) 580-4009
Dec. 15 2010
Since opening a few months ago, Homemade Hydroponics/Alternative Medicines has been providing patients with a steady stream of quality strains at good prices, no membership necessary. They also advertise...
California-launched Submarina chain brings great food to Lansing
March 9 2011
California subs: They’re now in Michigan, — warm fresh buns, avocados on top.If the "California Gurls" beat of Top 40 sugar-pop sex-kitten Katy Perry doesn’t draw you to Submarina in...

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