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Where Can I Find: Cheap Eats


As part of the Newcomers Issue, City Pulse compiled several lists under the title “Where Can I Find…” These lists are meant as a brief guide for people unfamiliar with Lansing.

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.

El Oasis

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday,  2501 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing (517) 648-7693 www.facebook.com/ElOasisLLC

Most things on the menu of this beloved eastside food truck are under $10. Stave off hunger with a brick sized burrito, taco combo or quesadilla.

Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant

11:30 a.m to 3 p.m., 5 to 8 p.m Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, CLOSED Sunday and Monday, 3308 S. Cedar St., Lansing (857) 615-8393, naing-myanmar-family-restaurant.business.site

Every dish is homemade at this Burmese and Myanmar-themed restaurant. Its delicious pad thai noodles will set you back $8, but are brimming with authentic flavor. 

Jerusalem Bakery

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, CLOSED Sunday, 1456 E.  Michigan Ave., Lansing (517) 485-9975, www.jerusalem-pita.com

Grab a shawarma sandwich for only $5 at this longtime Lansing Middle Eastern establishment. Not into a wrap? Jerusalem bakery also offers grape leaves and tabouli for under $10. Even Gov. Gretchen Whitmer frequents the place as her cheap eat destination.

Clint’s Hot Dog Cart

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, Capitol and Michigan Ave., Lansing (517) 285-3021, www.clintontarver.com

Clinton Tarver has supplied downtown Lansing with delicious dogs and sausages for 25 years. His Polish sausage special with all the fixings runs for only $4, which includes his house made chili, onions, mustard, ketchup and relish. 

Fleetwood Diner

24 hours Monday to Friday, 5 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday, 2211 S. Cedar St. Lansing (517) 267-7606, www.thefleetwooddiner.com

This retro classic American diner with big booths, tiled floors, chrome and neon serves up signature diner delights on a budget. Get a loaded “hippie hash,” the diner’s signature dish, for $8. It comes with two eggs any style, hash browns, peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and broccoli topped with feta cheese. 

Also Check Out:

Old Town Diner

7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 516 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing (517) 482-4050, www.facebook.com/oldtowndiner

Ziggy’s Coney Island

7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 3812 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing, MI (517) 977-1327, www.ziggysconeyisland.com


11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Thursday, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday, 2803 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing (517) 374-0390, dagwoodstavern.com

Olympic Broil

10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, CLOSED Sunday, 1320 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing, (517) 485-8584, www.olympicbroil.com/food.html

Choupli Wood Fired Kabob

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, CLOSED Sunday, 4411 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing (517) 708-0404, www.choupli.com



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