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Michigan Avenue TARDIS transports food from those who have to those who don’t

A TARDIS has appeared on Michigan Avenue, but Doctor Who hasn’t transported to Lansing in 2019.
Hoopes Vineyard's 2015 bottling of The Mutt is generous in its richness and goes for about $23 retail.
I try to cook an array of world cuisines at home, and often enough, I have dependable wines and wineries in my head. But that all depends on if I know I can find an adventurous bottle on that particular day.
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Owner of Amanecer Mexicano Marcos Torrez is opening a new restaurant on the east side.
The greasy spoon diner vibes on the east side’s Michigan Avenue corridor came to an end in 2018 with the demolition of Theio’s, closure of Fish & Chips and brief run of Lee Lee’s Coney Island. Filling the vacuum is Amanecer Mexicano, a refined breakfast digs with east-side roots dating back 13 years.  
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Clinton Tarver of Clint's Hot Dog Cart.
We’ve all been there. We’ve got a bank account barely afloat, but really can’t stand making any more Ramen noodles or home cooked meals. We need to eat damn it. Here are Lansing’s local cheap eat havens for when hunger strikes.
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Where Can I Find: Coffee Shops

Lansing’s coffee scene is bursting at the seams with latte artists, baristas and roasters alike. Big-name roaster Paramount Coffee is headquartered here and hundreds of pounds of beans are freshly roasted each day in the Capital city.

Where Can I Find: Local Grocers

In the heart of the mitten surrounded by agriculture, Lansing retains a healthy network of farmers for fresh fruits and veggies throughout the year.

Where Can I Find: Craft Breweries

Lansing is home to many breweries. Some are geared for high speed can production while others prefer to keep beer in wood barrels until ready to serve.

He Ate/She Ate: Red Cedar Grill

How does Williamston's Red Cedar Grill stack up?

New in Town: Drive-thru barbecue joint opens at busy Lansing intersection

The drive-thru line at 517 BBQ began to wrap around the building as Lansingites sunk their teeth into smoked brisket, pork and chicken on the restaurant’s opening day. The drive-thru’s only establishment is owned by Lansing native Eric McClain.

Roma Bakery to close after 50 years in business

The longtime Lansing institution serving freshly baked bread, pastries, deli sandwiches and more will close its doors for good on Sept. 30 with the sale of its building, at 428 N. Cedar St. Castriciano declined to comment on who the building was sold to. Roma Bakery Deli & Fine Foods announced the news via its Facebook page Monday.  

The best places to spend under $10 on food in Lansing

Ditch the dollar deal fast food pumped with preservatives and siphoning money for the local Lansing market. If looking for a cheap meal or snack, stick to these great deals offered by Lansing and Michigan-based organizations.

The Wrought Iron Grill’s pamplemousse is a mouthful

It was worth traveling from greater Lansing to Owosso for a drink with a French name, made with a Holland gin and topped with an Italian garnish. The Wrought Iron Grill — located on my usual path to Owosso Community Players’ Lebowsky Center — offers a chilled concoction called the pamplemousse.

New in Town: REO Town pub offers garage doors and American fare

The front door to The Rusty Mug in REO Town is open but hardly being used. Instead, patrons prefer to go through two massive garage doors opening up to Washington Avenue. With a breeze drifting through the restaurant, clacks of billiard balls from the pool table, noise from the street and the clinks of beer mugs make the atmosphere seem cafe-esque.

Doing it 'Big' at Capital City BBQ

The Capital City BBQ is an international street food house that quietly sits on the corner of Saginaw Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. I’ve never had to wait in line to order here, but I’ve had three people this summer recommend that I should go to “that Vietnamese barbeque place.” Little did they know, I was converted years ago by their smoked meats and saucy renditions of banh mi.

Get drunk on bacon this Saturday in Old Town 

Bacon. An American obsession that, by this point, has found itself infused into nearly everything. Bacon soap, bacon candy and bacon soda pop — it’s all been done before with varying degrees of deliciousness.  

Canned wines suited for paradise

Summer is important for Michiganians. It’s a time for moonlight swims, making sandcastles with the children and iconic road trips around the country. But it often feels far too short compared to the long winters. (Go away polar vortex.)

New in Town: Scratch kitchen Mexican eatery opens in Eastwood Towne Center

Before Cantina Eastwood even opened its doors, the restaurant competed against over a dozen Lansing restaurants for Margarita Fest 2019 and won first place.

Hard seltzer claws its way into Lansing 

Hard seltzer has dominated the competition to become this summer’s biggest drinking fad. While the drink isn’t entirely new, hard seltzer’s explosion in popularity is exposing many to it for the first time. 

New in Town: Detroit-style Coney Island opens on south side

From all-beef footlongs to loaded gyro wraps, Ziggy’s Coney Island is Lansing’s newest diner option for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

He Ate/She Ate: Ryan's Roadhouse

But if you want a sampler platter of an Up North bar, drive north on US-127 for 20 minutes. Take the M-21 exit to St. Johns and turn left. Two minutes later you’re Up North, sort of, at a place called Ryan’s Roadhouse.

Brunch sandwiches and more at Lansing’s newest food truck

Chef and owner Aaron Hebert is living the food truck dream. After years spent slinging breakfast sandwiches in Portland, Maine, Hebert buckles down in Lansing to bring his breakfast fare to the Midwest on four wheels.

Health conscious tea and shake store opens on Cedar Street

Over 60 varieties of tea and shake flavors will be offered at Lansing’s newest health and wellness shop. Focusing on nutrient-dense offerings, Central Lansing Nutrition hopes to be a one-stop shop aiding in Greater Lansing’s weight loss and healthy living goals.

The daily chaos of Mr. Taco

The legendary Lansing taco shop Mr. Taco has become a nexus of fast food and the absurd. Take one look at Mr. Taco’s social media presence and suddenly you’ll be questioning yourself: Is this a restaurant or a cult?

He Ate/She Ate: Arcadia Smokehouse

It takes chutzpah to look at a bank and think, “We can transform that old bank into a restaurant. Plus, we can store beer and wine in the bank vault.”

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