Feb. 17 2016
It’s true, I am a Coney Island hot dog snob. I’ve wolfed down Coneys from Cincinnati to the West Coast to those famed Coney competitors in Detroit, American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney...
Jan. 20 2016
Thursday-Saturday 402 S. Washington Square, Lansing (517) 977-1349,
Dec. 30 2015
Attached to Zoobie’s, a former factory bar, Cosmos turns out amazing gourmet pizzas and tapas-style dishes. The triple creme brie on bruschetta with basil pesto and balsamic reduction left me giddy....
Dec. 16 2015
Knight Cap 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday
Nov. 18 2015
Let’s get the bad news out of the way — the hummus at Zaytoon Mediterranean isn’t very good. An integral part of hummus is tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds. Unfortunately,...
Sept. 16 2015
Downtown Lansing's food scene has been a bit of a revolving door of late. From Brannigan Brothers transition to Suits and back to wine bars and donut shops and the ever evolving Urban Feast franchises,...
Aug. 19 2015
Pho-nomenal In 1968, I hitchhiked with a girl named Kelly from East Lansing to south Lansing. It was winter, it was late, and we didn’t care. We were on a quest for the most exotic food I’d...
May 27 2015
The plant eaters had won, or so we thought. Even our family was riven by the war. My son convinced our granddaughter that eating meat was a crime, and unhealthy. Another granddaughter took to Facebook...
April 22 2015
Garden of brothy delights Let’s begin on an upbeat note. There is some fine cooking going on in Asia’s Finest restaurant in South Lansing. The servers flash sincere looking smiles as you...
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...
Dec. 17 2014
It’s safe to say you can’t fully appreciate a culture until you can appreciate its cuisine. My appreciation of Middle Eastern cuisine is a work in progress
Nov. 12 2014
Urban revival cuisine It’s not much of a stretch to say that Harry’s Place grew up alongside the American automobile. Since the early 1920s, this watering hole on Lansing’s west side...
Oct. 8 2014
Tap-dancing taste buds Dining out has its distinct pleasures, especially when it literally means dining out. Given a perfect evening, there are few al fresco dining spots in Greater Lansing to match...
June 11 2014
Downtown Lansing’s Waterfront Bar & Grill is a work in progress. For those who have longed for a vibrant riverfront, including restaurants, the fact that Lansing now boasts a restaurant gracing the...
April 9 2014
It’s said that a small town lacking a social hub is in danger of becoming a ghost town. Bars often serve as this social glue, sometimes schools or churches
Feb. 12 2014
If you doneuro;t go much for beer, my advice is to go to HopCat anyway. With close to 100 beers on tap, thereeuro;s a good chance youeuro;ll find a beer that appeals. If youeuro;re a complete teetotaler,...
Jan. 15 2014
Everybody loves RaySome folks will take one look at Huapei Restaurant and keep going. Its inconspicuous location next to a shuttered Shell gas station is one reason. Its exterior appearance, which...
Oct. 9 2013
Restaurants naturally strive to set themselves apart, but so often fall victim to their own hyperbole. So when another Italian restaurant hits the scene with a motto that calls its food “intoxicating”...
June 12 2013
The Japanese like to say that you first eat with your eyes. Maru, the latest sushi spot in Greater Lansing, understands this implicitly
May 8 2013
Ever read a glowing restaurant review and think, "The reviewer must be on the payroll — no place is that good."