As the temperatures hovered in the mid-50s Thursday, I couldn’t resist the urge to get out of the office and wander down to the El Oasis food truck, purveyors of some of Lansing’s finest Mexican treats. Apparently I wasn’t the only one bitten by the El Oasis bug, as the crew diligently worked to keep up with a line of customers that was of- ten 10 to 12 people deep.
I ordered my small burrito and then settled on a bench to people watch. El Oasis is one of the rare places in Lansing where suit-andtie types eat lunches next to construction workers and Eastside Neighborhood natives mingle with MSU students brave enough to wander west of I-127. The common denominator, of course, is El Oasis’ no-frills, consistently solid Mexican fare.
I love the small burrito for lunch because it’s hefty enough to satisfy my appetite but small enough to avoid the dreaded mid-afternoon food coma. This little guy is packed with beans, rice, avocado, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream and your choice of meat. I generally float between asada (grilled steak) chorizo or desebrada (shredded beef).
This food is worth waiting in the snow for, but when you have the chance to enjoy a burrito in the sunshine, you should take it.
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Saturday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
2501 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
(517) 648-7693, eloasistruck.com
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