Check out the MSU Dairy Store in the center of the beautiful MSU campus. Made fresh and with numerous different flavors. THis is a must if you are in Spartan territory during any of the warmer Michigan months.
If you find yourself in town, you must eat at Bilbo's pizza place and El Azteco Mexicaon Reseraunt! Both are GREAT college town eateries! And Bilbo's is (or at least was!) open late into the night!
I have just been informed that Bilbo's has been closed for a couple of years!! This is a true travesty! They had the absolute best cheese bread sticks with dill sauce I have ever had...*sigh* I guess it is true about your college years, you can never go back.....
Bennigan’s is the perfect place to celebrate over great food and drink surrounded by that indomitable Irish spirit.
Favorite Dish: Try the "Buffalo ’n Beyond" Wings which are Bennigan's famous chicken wings lightly fried and basted with your choice of three delicious sauces (Hot ’n Spicy Buffalo, Tangy Barbecue, or Citrus Asian).
Funky mexican joint serving good food at real good prices. The atmosphere at El Azteco is a causal one, so be prepared for a good time with friends and family.
Favorite Dish: The Burrito Plate (with 2 beef burritos served with rice and frijoles) is an excellent choice.
One of East Lansing's finest dining establishments, located within walking distance ot MSU campus and all sports facilities (includes a full bar, full menu, open air patio).
Favorite Dish: Now it's been a few years since I've been here but the Jack Daniel's New York Strip (a tender, hand-cut, broiled-to-order steak served with Jack Daniel's black peppercorn sauce with your choice of vegetable, potato, or rice) was a hit.
Allthough I found Army Basic Training at 17 to be more enjoyable than grad school at MSU, Bilbo's Pizza was one of the few bright spots that I remeber-that and Turtle Cookies at the Trowbridge Quality Dairy. I looked in the phone book for a pizzeria that delivered lite beer with their pizza-and Bilbo's was the only one who did. Large Whole Wheat Crust Pizza with a six pack of Bud Light (my favorite beer then was Miller Lite.). The perfect way to spend a tiring Friday night! Maybe I could have shared some with the Spartan Village cockroaches that infested our apartment!
Favorite Dish: I say that those whole wheat pizzas were all that I ordered from them, except the beer. They had a whole wheat crust for the health conscious consumer. I comapred it to Godfather's Pizza of the early 80's which went out of business in Toledo.
The Peanut Barrel is a great place to go for either a meal or a drink, although the menu is a bit limited; it's pretty much all burgers. But they're pretty cheap though. A quick scan of the menu and you'll find that everything is less than $7 (for the food at least). For drinks, they are similar to any other bar in the area, offering a variety of choices.
The service is pretty good and the atmosphere is nice. There are some dart boards, a juke box, and a couple of televisions for entertainment.
One of the biggest draws to the Peanut Barrel is sitting outside when the weather is nice. They have a decent sized patio right on Grand River Avenue, but it's really popular so it may be tough to get a seat.
The only downside is parking. There is no parking on Grand River, and in order to park behind the Peanut Barrel you have to use a "pay to park" lot. On my most recent trip it cost me $2 for parking.
When I was a student this was the place to be for awesome nachos. 20 years later, they are still great. I am sure the other dishes are excellent too. Which is why there is always a huge line outside the door. The only thing I am bummed out about is the way the building has changed. It is now much more built up and it looks almost sterile. Back in the day, it was a downstairs dump and you prayed a fire was never started. I must admit I dug that bohemian vibe which it does not have anymore. Good food though! The service was so, so. Nobody seemed to care much.
Favorite Dish: The nachos with beef
This is a East Lansing staple for sure!! THE place in town for a great bar burger and cheap beer that comes in buckets. Somewhat of a dive, (in other words, not totally douchbag yuppie like most of East Lansing bars) A little bit of a mix as far as age group. When I was in college, I could not go a week without a classic Crunchy Burger and they still taste great now. I know this sounds crazy, but I also like the fact they give you a hole big tube of mayonnaise.
After the Michigan State hockey game, we decided to grab dinner nearby in town. We stumbled into Buffalo Wild Wings, which seemed to be one of the busiest places in town. This seemed to be the gathering place for about half of the Ohio State football fans in town for the next day's game. We grabbed one of the few remaining tables not too far from the bar in this massive restaurant.
We ordered a couple of their huge 23 ounce draft beers that were dirt cheap at $5 for Blue Moon and Sam Adams. We also got a half dozen hot wings ($4.50) and a half pound of fried shrimp with fries ($7.50). The food came out pretty quickly, and we enjoyed our late-night snack before returning to our hotel a mile away.
During our meal, all of the TVs in the place were tuned into about every sport imaginable, and the customers seemed to be having a good time!
I've never eaten anything at this place and not been totally satisfied. The barbeque ribs are the best I've ever eaten. I'm not a big steak person, but everyone I've eaten with there says the prime rib is out of this world.
Since it is a chain, the decor is somewhat typical. To me, it seems like a cross between a TGI Friday's (fun, silly signs and props on the walls) and a red lobster (wooden wall coverings, large tables). The staff has always been very friendly.
This is not a super fancy restaurant, but it is great for things like birthday parties with a small group of friends, or hanging out with a friend who's in town. Entrees range from about $7 to $18. My boyfriend and I await the special occasions where we can return for the great food.
Favorite Dish: The barbeque ribs are named "best in town", and they aren't lying. They have 2 choices of barbeque sauce: sweet (my favorite) and Kansas City (a little tangier). The meat melts off the bone into your mouth, and even a half slab is plenty to fill you right up.
This restaurant welcomes you from the moment you step inside. Covered in pictures of customers from all over, there are games to play, multiple TV's to watch, and even a couch and swinging bench. Outdoor tables area available, and all meals come with free side items.
Udon is best known for their bubble tea. Unlike most bubble tea locations in the US, the bubbles here (small gelatin balls in the bottom of the tea that take on the flavor of the tea) are made fresh throughout the day. There are 40 choices of tea to choose from (sesame, chinese green tea, strawberry...) The purple drink in the picture is blueberry, and although a little sour, it's one of my favorites.
The owner of this restaurant is a very friendly guy who likes to strike up conversations and have a good laugh. This is an excellent place to hang out with friends, as they are open until 2 am.
Favorite Dish: The Udon soup with california roll is an excellent choice for a flavor you can't really find anywhere else in town. The soup is a noodle and leafy veggie mix with a light flavor. The sushi is all made to order, and incredibly fresh and tasty.
For those that like spicy food, I highly recommend the spicy oxtail soup, which is a mixture of clear noodles, oxtail meat, and an assortment of veggies with tons of spice. Hits the spot! (pictured)
Of the three Indian restaurants in or near East Lansing, Sindu's in the Hanna Plaza is my favorite. Though they are a little over priced, the food is great and the naan bread is out of this world.
Favorite Dish: Anything off the Southern Specialities menu is great and is a good price. Dosa is my favorite.
Woody's is an East Lansing classic in a city where restaurants come and go. It has a large and flavorful menu for both vegetarians and flesh eaters. Prices are very reasonable.
Favorite Dish: Falafel sandwich-no turnips please. It can't be beaten.