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Best eats and drinks in and near East Lansing

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School is back in session, but when you’re not in class where can you enjoy a drink and some good food? We recommend you check out these popular drinking holes and eateries.

Bars

Crunchy's
Crunchy's
Crunchy’s

What makes Crunchy’s an amazing bar? That's simple: karaoke. This quintessential Spartan bar has regular karaoke nights that are a surefire way to create some golden drunken memories. Crunchy’s is also home to delicious burgers; after all, it won Best Burger in the City Pulse-Fox 47 News 2020 Top of the Town Contest.

254 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
Monday-Wednesday, Sunday 11 a.m. to Midnight Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Crunchyseastlansing.com
(517) 351-2506

Hop Cat
Hop Cat
HopCat

HopCat’s selection of brews to choose from is nearly endless. There’s also a massive menu of clever cocktails that test out a whole world of different tastes and flavors. The Cosmik Fries, freshly redubbed from Crack Fries, are also widely celebrated across Michigan.

300 Grove St., East Lansing Monday-Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Hopcat.com
(517) 816-4300

The Riv
The Riv
The Riv

The Riv is home to a popular MSU drinking tradition: Rama. Every T h u r s d a y morning students donning their favorite sports jersey will lineup outside of The Riv for a long day of cheap pitchers of beer and burgers and fries. Brush up on drinking games like Quarters and Flip Cup and just try not to get too wasted, or you might find yourself wandering over to Harper’s.

231 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing Monday-Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, noon to 2 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, noon to 2 a.m.
Therivel.com
(517) 351-5855

Green Dot Stables
Green Dot Stables
Green Dot Stables

Green Dot Stables is home to a great equestrian decorative theme that makes for a fun and interesting atmosphere. It also hosts great trivia nights where its easy to snatch up gift cards that make the beer and sliders even more economic than they already are. The little burgers served at Green Dot Stables are famous for their crazy level of variety, featuring anything from Korean BBQ to Nashville-style hot chicken.

410 S. Clippert St., Lansing Thursday-Sunday, 4 pm. To 9 p.m.
Greendotstables.com
(517) 574-4214

Tin Can
Tin Can
Tin Can

The Tin Can maintains a classic dive bar vibe. If you just want to chill out in a classic dark room and enjoy a few beers while rowdy college kids shift in and out, this is your spot. Considering there are more than 100 different types of canned beer for you to choose from, you’re bound to find something you dig. The gourmet stuffed burgers aren’t too bad either.

313 E. Grand River Road, East Lansing Daily, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Tinbar.com
(517) 331-9309

Restaurants

Peanut Barrel
Peanut Barrel
Peanut Barrel

Peanut Barrel is another classic of East Lansing and is well preserved in the memories of countless alumni. If you want to familiarize yourself with a restaurant that’s heavily established in the lore of Michigan State University’s campus, this is a great place to start. The outdoor seating section is comfy and an excellent spot to people watch as college kids hustle up and down Grand River. There’s lots of tasty food, beer and cocktails that are bound to keep you satisfied.

521 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
Monday-Thursday, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to Midnight
Peanutbarrel.com
(517) 351-0608

Sansu
Sansu
Sansu

Sansu offers an awesome highend Japanese dining experience. It’s earned high praise over the years for not only having delicious food, but a soothing and classy atmosphere that allows you and your party to sit in a sunken table on the hard wooden floor, which requires you to remove your shoes, in the style of a traditional Japanese restaurant. The multiple sushi rolls to choose from are exquisite, and you can also try your hand at enjoying some hot sake.

4750 Hagadorn Road #100, East Lansing
Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sansu-sushi.com
(517) 333-1933

Woody's Oasis
Woody's Oasis
Woody’s Oasis

Woody's Oasis is a local favorite, thanks to tasty Mediterranean food that delicious, convenient and cost effective. Seriously, ditch McDonald’s and check out this beloved East Lansing restaurant. It’s a great place to pickup a healthy meal to take with you on the go. Woody’s Oasis still ranks high nearly three decades into its tenure in the college town

1050 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing
Daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Orderwoodysoasis.com
(517) 351-2280

El Oasis
El Oasis
El Oasis

El Oasis has long been considered the best Mexican dining in Lansing, and it finally has an East Lansing chapter. Note that this is a food truck, not a sit-down restaurant, but here you will find Mexican dishes that easily outclass the competition. The taco dinner combo is a great choice, as are any of its burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas. You can also venture into Lansing on the No. 1 bus to the equally excellent location on Michigan Avenue.

2778 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
Monday-Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(517) 648-7693

2501 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eloasisfood.com
(517) 648-7693

Swagath Indian Cuisine
Swagath Indian Cuisine
Swagath Indian Cuisine

If you’re not looking closely, Swagath can be easy to miss. Tucked away in a shopping plaza on Trowbridge Road next to Fresh Thyme, this little spot has seriously great Indian food. If you’re a fan of Thai and Chinese food, Indian cuisine is something you must try out. But if you’re not accustomed to super spicy food, try going easy on yourself and order your dish mild instead of hot — you’ll thank me later. Everybody else, be prepared to indulge in an awesome amount of spice.

1060 Trowbridge Road #3, East Lansing
Monday, Wednesday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Swagathcuisine.com,
(517) 763-2277

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