Restaurants & Bars

Bistro 43 at East Lansing Marriott
Bubble Island
Buffalo Wild Wings
Charlie Kang’s Chinese and Korean Cuisine
Conrad’s College Town Grill
Emo’s Korean Restaurant
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Gumby’s Pizza
Hannah’s Koney Island
Insomnia Cookies
Jimmy’s Pub
Lou & Harry’s Bar and Grill
Menna’s Joint
Noodles & Company
Qdoba Mexican Grill
The Peanut Barrel
The Pita Pit
The Riviera Café
Stateside Deli
Woody’s Oasis Bar and Grill
Sushi Ya


Firehouse Subs

After two firefighters in Florida thought of the idea to start a sub sandwich shop in 1992, a Firehouse Subs was finally established in East Lansing in the summer of 2013, just one of more than 700 nationwide.

The shop sets itself apart from other sandwich restaurants because the workers steam the meat and cheese and toast the bread separately. Firehouse Subs also sells the buckets that the pickles come in for two dollars and donate the funds to equipment for firefighters, police and emergency response in East Lansing.

The best-selling subs at this location are the Italian sub and the beef brisket sub. Subs are priced between $6 and $9.

Changes have not been made to the menu since the opening of the restaurant, but will be made in March 2014. Chips, brownies, cookies, chili, soup and salad are also offered.

245 Ann St.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Accepts all major credit cards

Best parking option is Albert Street parking lot

Monday to Wednesday: 10:00a.m. to 11:00p.m.
Thursday to Saturday: 10:00a.m. to 3:00a.m.
Sunday: 10:00a.m. to 10:00p.m.

—Katie Stiefel

Bul Go Gi

Bulgogi is a Korean dish consisting of grilled, marinated beef. It is also the name of a restaurant established in early 2013 at 340 Albert Ave.

Most of Bul Go Gi Korean Cuisine’s tables have grills installed in them, allowing customers to grill their own ingredients.

There are also made-to-order items such as their most popular dish, Dolsot Bibimbap, assorted vegetables over rice in a hot stone bowl with a choice of beef or fried tofu.

Entrees may cost anywhere from $9 to $25 and ingredients to grill are all between $16 and $19. There is a kid’s menu available with items under $5.

340 Albert Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823


All major credit cards accepted except American Express

Best parking option is the Charles Street parking garage (one-hour parking validation)

Monday to Friday: 11:30a.m. to 10:00p.m.
Saturday: Noon to 10:00p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 9:30p.m.

—Katie Stiefel

Tutti Frutti and O’ My Buns!

Your frozen yogurt will never be lonely with the option

There are 50 toppings available at Tutti Frutti to cover your frozen yogurt.

There are 50 toppings available at Tutti Frutti to cover your frozen yogurt.

of 50 different toppings to place upon it, or five different sauces.

At Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, established in early 2013, there are always 12 flavors of frozen yogurt available, with two flavors changing every month.

The price of the treat depends on the weight of the frozen yogurt and toppings combined. The cost is $.45 per ounce. The heaviest frozen yogurt filled bowl the staff has ever seen was priced at $19.18.

The toppings can be as basic as sprinkles or as unique as bobas, slightly translucent edible balls that burst with juice when bit into.

Buns on display at O' My Buns! The buns range from salty to sweet-tasting.

Buns on display at O’ My Buns! The buns range from salty to sweet-tasting.

Within Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, the store O’ My Buns! can be found. This is a bakery shop selling specialty buns, ranging from cheese-filled buns to sweet-tasting buns. Buns are dough pastries with the weight of a donut that cost $2 to $3.

 515 E. Grand River Ave.

East Lansing, MI 48823


Visa and Mastercard accepted

 Best parking is in the Bailey Street parking lot


 Monday to Thursday: 11:00a.m. to 11:00p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 11:00a.m. to midnight

Sunday: Noon to 11:00p.m.

—Katie Stiefel

Spartan Hall of Fame Café

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 9.32.51 PMThe Spartan Hall of Fame Café opened its doors in 2007, after current owner Steve Montayne remodeled his restaurant, formerly known as Damon’s. It is tough to imagine a venue more in tune with Michigan State University. Every wall is adorned with banners, pictures, and other mementos of Spartan athletics.

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 9.34.20 PMIn addition to casual dining and bar-area seating, the venue also features the Spartan Room, a spacious and private room geared toward business lunches and corporate events. Next door to the Spartan Room is the equally spacious Duffy Daugherty Room, which has housed many rehearsal dinners and other private family events. Both rooms can also be used for large-scale catering.

Another feature is the Champions Room, which is a private dining spot tucked behind the bar area. The Champions room is reserved solely for MSU coaches. It features a round dining table, complete with linen tablecloth, fine glassware, and luxurious seats.

Arrica Bannerman, a manager and server at The Hall of Fame Café, said the restaurant is most heavily involved with MSU football. On game days, the restaurant opens early, serves breakfast, and even provides a shuttle service to the football game, and back. Bannerman said that any customer can purchase a bus voucher to and from the game for only $2.50 per person, and that a free appetizer coupon comes with the purchase.

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 9.35.36 PMThe Hall of Fame Café menu includes: caramelized salmon, grilled steaks, premium BBQ baby back ribs, bourbon chicken, and a variety of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pizzas and salads. Abby Arnett, an LCC student and member of the wait staff, said the caramelized salmon with baby back rib combo is one of the most popular meals her customers.

Daily Specials:

Monday: $1 Drafts and Half-Price Pizzas
Tuesday: “Two For Tuesday”. Buy your favorite pasta or pizza and get the second one (of equal or lesser value) free. Mix-and-match options are available.
Wednesday: Half-price wine by the glass.
Friday: Margarita Madness! $1.99 Traditional Margaritas and $2.99 Flavored Margaritas.
Sunday: Several different menu item combinations for $7.99.

1601 W. Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823


Mon-Sat: 11 a.m. to midnight
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

—Richie Carni

Beggar’s Banquet

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Bob Adler founded Beggar’s Banquet at its Abbott Road location in 1973. Beggar’s Banquet boasts an array of alcoholic beverages, with more than 44 wines and 20 beers on tap. Breakfast is served daily at Beggar’s Banquet until 2 p.m.

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Waiter Donnie Opolski said the restaurant provides much more than just a casual dining experience by hosting many private dining events for Michigan State University and other businesses.

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Entrees include: eggs Benedict, London broil, chargrilled pork chops, fish tacos and more. Opolski said that the pork chops, London broil, and fish tacos have become incredibly popular with his customers.

Daily Specials:

Monday: “Flashback Day” $4 Draft Night and $9.99 London broil (Same price as it was in 1973). All Hospitality employees enjoy half off bottles of wine and 20% off everything! Proof of current employment is required.
Tuesday: The “J’s” have it. All liquors beginning with the letter “J” are $3.
Wednesday: Half off all bottles and glasses of wine.
Thursday: $4 drafts and half off all appetizers.
Friday: Bartender’s choice
Saturday: Bartender’s choice
Sunday: $2 Bloody Marys, $5 beer flights and half off glasses of wine


Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Sunday-Tuesday: Bar closes at 12 a.m.
Wednesday-Thursday: Bar closes at 1 a.m.
Friday-Saturday: Bar closes at 2 a.m.

218 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823


—Richie Carni

Georgio’s Pizza

Georgio’s Pizza has been serving up slices in East Lansing since 1995. Georgio’s has two locations in East Lansing, on Grand River Avenue and on Charles Street.

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 10.40.23 PMVakis Nicolaou, owner of the GrScreen Shot 2014-02-05 at 10.40.44 PMand River location, said he takes pride in making superb quality pizza, adding that the pizza dough is made fresh daily, and all ingredients are freshly prepared. Georgio’s is unique in that it serves up pizza by the slice. This allows for students and residents to sample many of the 50 pizza combinations that Georgio’s offers without having to commit to buying an entire pizza.

Georgio’s offers 18-inch slices, and whole pizzas with sizes of: 12, 16, and 18 inches. Prices by the slice range from $2 to $4, and wholepizzas can cost anywhere from $10 to $25. Customers can also create their own combination of pizza toppings. Nicolaou said his Stuffed Meat Lovers Pizza, which comes packed with: sausage, bacon, ham, ground beef and pepperoni, is one of the most popular slices.

Georgio’s has vegetarian pizza options, and gluten-free and whole-wheat pizza. A variety of pastas, calzones, grinders, gyros and salads are also available at Georgio’s. Other menu features include: 4-cheese garlic bread sticks, lemon chicken and rice soup (seasonal), and homemade rice pudding. Georgio’s offers a variety of Pepsi products, along with Gatorade, SOBE Drinks, and apple juice.

With delivery services and online ordering made available, Georgio’s provides three ways for customers to enjoy their pizza.

Sunday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.

1010 East Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Order Online at:

—Richie Carni

Bruegger’s Bagels

Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 6.03.54 PMBruegger’s Bagels is a cafe located on Grand River in East Lansing. It primarily sells bagels but it also has coffee, sandwiches and soups. It opened in 2007 and is part of a chain which started in New York. Its best sellers are the western and asiago. There is free wifi when you dine in and Sparty Cash is accepted. They cater events and there is a delivery charge of $10.

505 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing MI 48823


Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

—Rachel Tang

Moes Southwest

Moes Southwest is one of the many Mexican fast food joints on Grand River. Its options include burritos, quesadillas, tacos and salads. Its most popular meal besides burritos is the wrong dog slacker, which is a crunchy wrap modeled after the one available at Taco Bell but much bigger. Moes is part of a chain of restaurants started in the south and it opened in East Lansing in 2012. Moes does delivery with a $2 charge.

551 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Everyday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

—Rachel Tang

Sushi Go

 Sushi Go is one out of the three Japanese restaurants on Grand River. It serves both Korean and Japanese dishes. Food is available for dining in, take out and delivery. You can order online using It opened in 2007 and is not part of a chain, but family owned.


553 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing MI 48823


Monday to Sunday: 4-11 p.m.

—Rachel Tang

What Up Dawg?

Bill Shcramm behind the counter.

General manager Bill Shcramm behind the counter.

Whether you’re looking for a Flint style coney dog, or Detroit style, What Up Dawg? has got you covered. Located on M.A.C, What Up Dawg? has been serving coney dogs since February 2011.

General Manager Bill Schramm says his dogs are the best because they are Dearborn brand, and almost all of their produce is Michigan made, fresh cut in house, including hand cut Michigan potatoes used for their fries.

What Up Dawg? features all Michigan beers on draft, with the exception of a green beer, brought in for the Michigan State Spartans.

What Up Dawg? has specials daily.  Michigan beers are $2.50 all day Thursday, and Fridays are “FRY-DAYS”, where if you ask you can receive a free small fry with the purchase of a ‘dawg’ and drink.

317 M.A.C Ave
East Lansing, MI 48823


Tuesday-Wednesday: 11 a.m. to midnight

Thursday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-3 a.m.

Sunday – Monday: Closed

—Lindsay Benson


Tasty Twist
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“Serving you since 1960,” Tasty Twist is an ice cream shop on Grand River that offers soft-serve ice cream and at least 16 flavors of hard-serve ice cream. Tasty Twist’s menu also includes smoothies, slushies, sundaes and shakes. The store’s most popular treat is any one of the dozen flavors of “twisters” that guests can order. Most menu items range from $2-$6.

1137 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823



Twitter: @ELTastyTwist

Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

Sunday: Noon – 11 p.m.

Discover, MasterCard, Visa

—Colin Dilworth

Red Cedar Cafe

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Established in August 2011, the Red Cedar Cafe provides a relaxed, casual atmosphere for friends to grab a cup of coffee or one of various flavors of muffins. All of Red Cedar Cafe’s baked goods are made fresh on location. In addition to a bakery that includes several popular breakfast/dessert items, Red Cedar Cafe’s menu includes salads, sandwiches, wraps and more. Red Cedar’s most popular menu items include their pumpkin pie latte and their scotcheroos. Most menu items range from $2-$8.

1331 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 111

East Lansing, MI 48823




Twitter: @RedCedarCafe

Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Free WiFi

Visa, MasterCard, Discover

Accepts SpartyCash

Delivery/Catering: Yes


—Colin Dilworth

Grand Traverse Pie Company

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Established in 1996, Grand Traverse Pie Company is a bakery that offers over at least 16 flavors of pie and an array of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Grand Traverse Pie Company’s most popular menu items include its chicken pot pies and tomato basil soup. Pies range from $13-$16, while the rest of the menu ranges from $3-$8. Guests will find they can order soups, salads, sandwiches, bakery items and more. Grand Traverse Pie Company provides a casual atmosphere that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

1403 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823



Twitter: @GTPie

Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Free WiFi

Discover Card, MasterCard, Visa, American Express


Delivery/Catering: Yes

—Colin Dilworth

El Azteco

El AztecoA little bit of Mexico located right in East Lansing, El Azteco boasts a menu of mixed Mexican and South Western flavor that’s lasted for over 37 years. It started out in the basement of a building located one-and-a-half blocks from its current residence, and has since expanded to the two level dining room it fills today.

The menu features low-priced meals reasonable for students including their long standing $2 burritos as well as free chips and salsa! The restaurant is most famous for its Topopo salads and enchiladas. They serve dinner options or a la carte items. They also feature drink specials including margarita pitchers Mon-Thurs for $17.50 or $10.00 for the fiesta’s, depending on what type of alcohol.

El Azteco new Rooftop Bar

Rooftop Bar

Under new ownership this past year, El Azteco has expanded its building to a rooftop top bar and seating area. With the expansion came a whole new range of tequila’s and drinks, including margaritas, sangrias, and different draft beers.


225 Ann St.
East Lansing, MI

Restaurant Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

—Lilli Khatibi

Reno’s Sports Bar

Reno's Sports BarIf you’re looking for a place to sit, eat, drink, and watch your favorite team play, then look no further – Reno’s Sports Bar is the destination for you. With a menu of over 53 items using Michigan grown products, and an appetizer list full of Reno classics, you’ll be sure to find something to indulge in. The restaraunt has two locations: Reno’s East and Reno’s West.

Loaded Waffle Fries

Loaded Waffle Fries

Their famous Loaded Waffle Fries are just one of the many different munchies on the menu. Reno’s also offers an extensive drink menu, which features different types of martini’s, fish bowls, mojitos, and a top 10 list of Reno classics.

For the past 15 years, Reno’s has been to the host to Thursday night coaches corner, featuring Michigan State University’s own coaches. The coverage includes show’s on men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant, head football’s Mark Dantonio, and men’s hockey coach Tom Anastos.

Reno’s East: 517-351-7366
Reno’s West: 517-321-7366

Reno’s East: 1310 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI

Restaurant Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

—Lilli Khatibi

Leaf Salad Bar

Recently opened the first week of August 2013, this “fresh perspective of food on the go” has Leafbeen the dream for owner Mark Sprinkle for over 30 years. Leaf is designed to be a healthy alternative to food on the go.

It maintains a fully stocked salad bar with at least four different kinds of lettuce, as well as 63 other healthy toppings to enjoy. It also serves three different kind’s of soup a day hand picked by the chef, which include a vegetarian options as well. Salad is priced at $8.49 a pound and includes a side dinner roll.

Smoothie Bar

Smoothie Bar

Leaf also offers a make-your-own smoothie option to add to the budding fresh and healthy perspective. Designed like the salad bar, 18 different kinds of fruit are offered to create your perfect smoothie for $5.49 in three easy steps: 1) Choose your own fruit and vegetable; 2) Choose your blend of either low-fat vanilla yogurt, low-fat yogurt, soy milk, fat-free milk, coconut milk, almond milk, orange juice, cranberry juice, apple juice, water & ice; 3) Chia seeds, flax seed, honey, vanilla whey protein powder, wheat grass, cinnamon, agave nectar, cocoa powder, oatmeal, or pick-a-nut.


1542 W. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI

Monday-Saturday: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Smoothies only), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Smoothies Only), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

—Lilli Khatibi


Harrison Roadhouse

Bar with Big Ten flags hanging from ceiling

Bar seating area at Harrison Roadhouse

Harrison Roadhouse has been a popular restaurant in East Lansing since 1981. Built inside an old gas station, the Roadhouse has a bar area and fine dining. Popular menu items include the “Holy Harrison” burger stacked high with ham, bacon, green olives, melted Swiss and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato, pickles and house-made chipotle aioli. Meals are in the $8 – $10 range. Come in for live music, great food, and fast service. All major credit cards are accepted, as well as Sparty Cash.

Burger with olives and special olive house sauce on it

Olive Burger

720 Michigan Av.e,
East Lansing, MI


Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to Midnight
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

—Kelsey Puckett

Flap Jack Restaurant

Seating area with two rows of bench tables

One of the dining areas in Flap Jack Restaurant

Flap Jack is a family friendly diner known for its breakfast but also has many options for lunch and dinner. Known best for its pancakes, Flap Jack uses a sourdough base that was originally brought to Michigan in 1975 from Alaska. The service is quick and the people are friendly. It’s a very popular breakfast spot on weekends and is busiest after church on Sunday. Most meals are around $7. The entire menu is available to go, and Flap Jack accepts orders by phone or as walk-ins. All major credit cards are accepted, as well as Sparty Cash.

Sausage, hash browns, eggs and french toast

Hearty Breakfast at Flap Jack

3000 E. Grand River Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912


Monday-Saturday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

—Kelsey Puckett

Wings Over East Lansing 

Dining area with blue checkered floor and menu over counter

Dining area for Wings Over East Lansing

Whether you’re ordering food to watch the big game at home or are just looking for a great meal, Wings Over East Lansing has cheap and good wings for you. Wings over has a fun airplane themed menu and décor with names of their combo meals including the Zeppelin to the B-17 Bomber. Wings Over also offers a fast delivery service and the wings are always freshly made and hand battered. Wings Over East Lansing offers 22 flavors of wings as well as sandwiches, ribs and wraps. All major credit cards are accepted, as well as Sparty Cash.

Boneless honey barbecue wings

Honey Barbecue Boneless Wings

1391 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823-4913


Monday-Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Thursday: 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.

—Kelsey Puckett

Cold Stone Creamery

Entrance of Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery entrance                   Erin Smith/Entirely East Lansing

Cold Stone Creamery offers many ice cream creations. It offers “create your own,” where customers can choose from the different ice creams and add elements, such as cookie dough or brownie bits. Or customers can choose one of the signature creations—different ice cream and elements planned out by Cold Stone—such as All Lovin’ No Oven, which contains cake batter ice cream, cookie dough, fudge and whipped topping.

If customers are cheesecake fans, they can try cheesecake fantasy which has cheesecake ice cream, graham cracker pie crust, blueberries and strawberries. It has other creations for the chocolate fans, and even the coffee fans.

Cold Stone also offers shakes and cakes. When customers walk in, they will be greeted by a member of the staff that will ask him what they would like, and then they will prepare it for them while they watch.

200 Mac Ave.
East Lansing, Mich.


Every day: noon to 10 p.m.
Price: $4-$10 for ice cream, $9-$50 for cakes, offer gift cards
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
Parking: Available for .60 per hour in the Charles Street parking ramp

—Erin Smith
Dublin Square

Dublin Square of East Lansing is full of classic Irish decor.

Dublin Square of East Lansing is full of classic Irish decor.

The goal of Dublin Square is to bring an Irish flare to the city of East Lansing.  Located a block north of Grand River Avenue on Abbot Road, Dublin Square is in the heart of East Lansing, which means it gets plenty of foot traffic.

It features a relaxed, old time Irish atmosphere that is appropriate for the whole family.  On weekends the bar is usually flooded with Michigan State students.

The featured menu item is the Irish strip steak seasoned with fresh rosemary and garlic. The rest of the menu is extremely diverse, including entrees such as fish and chips, a reuben sandwich and the limerick burger.  Prices of entrees vary from about $8 for the burgers to about $25 for some of the steaks.  The drink list features more than 15 types of wine, which can be bought by the glass or by the bottle.

Dublin Square accommodates parties ranging from 10 to 200 people.  It features several smaller rooms for intimate gatherings as well as the game room and event room for larger parties.

327 Abbot Road
East Lansing MI, 48823


Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday Noon to 2 a.m.

—Max Lapthorne


Tony's of East Lansing has a menu that contains all types of American items.

Tony’s of East Lansing has a menu that contains all types of American items.

“The best American food in East Lansing”  is the tagline of Tony’s.  It is located on Albert Avenue, however they encourage patrons to order online and have their food delivered.  Delivery charge is $1.

Tony’s menu features a variety of American food items.  Their breakfast items are extremely popular as well as the philly cheese steak sandwich.  Most menu items are under $7 and the portions are generous.  Beverages are Pepsi products, tea and coffee.

Tony’s has an old time restaurant atmosphere with table seating as well as seating at the counter.


350 Albert Ave.
East Lansing MI, 48823

Hours:  Everyday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

—Max Lapthorne


Cosi of East Lansing utilizes a large oven to bake flatbread sandwiches

Cosi of East Lansing utilizes a large oven to bake flatbread sandwiches

“Life should be delicious” is the slogan of Cosi of East Lansing located on Grand River.  Cosi uses a large stone oven in the middle of the restaurant both to bake sandwiches and to create a homely atmosphere.

Flatbreads are the specialty at Cosi as well as the chicken t.b.m. sandwich, which features grilled chicken, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese.  Almost all items are under $9, which makes Cosi an affordable choice.  Cosi also prides itself in its coffee and espresso selection, which features an iced latte and caffe con panna.

Cosi offers online for pick-up as well as free wifi.

301 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing MI, 48823


Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

—Max Lapthorne

Sansu Sushi

Chefs at Sansu Sushi prepare dinners for its patrons.

Chefs at Sansu Sushi prepare dinners for its patrons.

Sitting in Hannah Plaza is a family owned restaurant serving homemade sushi and dinner plates — Sansu Sushi.

Sansu Sushi is located just a few blocks from Michigan State University’s campus at 4750 S. Hagadorn Road, providing a popular dining option for students and local residents alike.

The menu includes a wide selection of sushi from “Sansu Creations” to roll specials, including vegetarian, simple, spicy, tempura and hand rolls. For those who might not enjoy fish or seafood, Sansu Sushi offers dinner entrees made with chicken, beef or tofu.

There also is a shortened lunch menu for the 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. hours
The decor in the restaurant is something out of the ordinary for an East Lansing establishment.

The restaurant has the sushi chefs lined along the far right wall so patrons can watch their sushi being made, and to the left of the entrance is a raised deck area for patrons to sit on pillows and eat.

Monday through Saturday: 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ; Sunday: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

4750 S. Hagadorn Road
East Lansing, MI 48823


—Alyssa Girardi

Sushi Ya

Sushi Ya is a sushi restaurant in the heart of East Lansing between the MSU Federal Credit Union and Chipotle.

Sushi Ya offers various types of rolls including traditional ones like shrimp and California to site-specific rolls like the MSU or Spartan rolls.  There are also lunch specials Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

Prices typically range from $3 to $12 per roll.

529 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Monday through Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday through Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

—Michelle S. Gibbs

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The Peanut Barrel

The Peanut Barrel has been a staple of the East Lansing dining scene for decades. The restaurant is well known for its one-third pound, never-frozen hamburgers.

Eric Skusa, manager of The Peanut Barrel, said the freshness of the patties is what separates a Peanut Barrel burger from the competition.

A bacon and cheese rodeo burger from The Peanut Barrel.

The olive burger is the signature dish of the restaurant. The patty is topped with “olive sauce,” a mayonnaise-based spread containing green olives.

The manager said his favorite item on the menu is the rodeo burger, a patty topped with bacon and your choice of cheddar or Swiss cheese. All burgers can be paired with potato salad, coleslaw or seasoned French fries.

Joe Bell, the owner of The Peanut Barrel, bought the bar 32 years ago. It used to be twice the size it is today, according to Skusa.

However, Bell shrunk the restaurant down to its current size and turned it into a more family friendly environment. The Peanut Barrel is now one of the oldest privately owned restaurants in East Lansing. It has regular customers that have been dining there for three decades.

Customers have ways to entertain themselves before or after their meals. The restaurant contains three dart boards, a Pac-Man and a Spider Man arcade game, and a billiards table.

Skuza said there is a lot of tradition at The Peanut Barrel that makes you “feel like you are part of something.”

521 E. Grand River Ave.


—Alex Barhorst

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The Pita Pit

This “Fresh thinking, healthy eating.” restaurant serves breakfast or dinner items in a pita wrap. It has a friendly environment and there is often music playing in the background.

The Pita Pit offers a “punch card” so that after you buy nine pitas, you get the 10th pita free.

Rush hours are usually from noon until 3 p.m. and bar times between 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. Other options include online ordering and on-call delivery.

All major credit cards are accepted, as well as Sparty Cash.
The owner, Nick Hurst, may even be around if you have any serious questions, inquiries, comments or concerns.

219 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Sunday through Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Thursday through Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.

—Tiarra Frank

Noodles & Company

Hungry for a cheap, authentic meal in the heart of East Lansing? Noodles & Company are conveniently located on Grand River, directly opposite Michigan State University campus.

Whether you live, work, or just visit MSU’s campus, Noodles & Company provides for a great and cheap meal, with the average price of a main meal costing between $8 to 10. Its service is reliable and quick, and there is something for everybody, specializing in noodles, pasta and fresh salads.

If you are an MSU student, the acceptance of Sparty Cash at Noodles & Company makes it easier to pay for your meal without having to worry about cash or credit cards. However, major credit cards are accepted.

205 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Monday through Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Cuisine: Asian/Mediterranean
Reservations: Yes
Take-Out: Yes

—Josh Bozin

Conrad’s College Town Grill

This College Town Grill is a place for all college students. Positive energy flows through the atmosphere as music is playing, and sporting events or movies are always being shown on television.

Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. there is a $5 lunch menu option including wraps, salads, coney dogs, grilled cheese, a bacon burger, a veggie delight, plus you can add fries, tots or drinks for $1.

Conrad’s accepts all major credit cards, Sparty Cash, and is working on getting coupons.

Online ordering is an option and the restaurant delivers on campus, as far as Coolidge Road and a little past Hagadorn Street. The cutoff point is Lake Lansing Road.

101 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 38823


Regular Store Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. every day
Delivery Hours:
Sunday through Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Thursday through Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

—Tiarra Frank

Menna’s Joint

Menna’s Joint is famous for its dub wraps, stuffed with meat, vegetables, and sauces. There are breakfast and dinner item choices available any time. It is a very college-student oriented place that plays loud music and serves long after the real bar crowd rush begins. Sparty Cash is accepted, along with all major credit cards. Online ordering and delivery is also offered.

115 Albert Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Sunday through Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Thursday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. until 4 a.m.
Seasonal Perks: Spartan football ticket giveaways

—Tiarra Frank

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People crowd Crunchy’s for its burger, pizza, and microbrew beer, but they really come out starting on Thursdays for karaoke.

Paul Grattarola opened Crunchy’s in the fall of 1982. The business, and one of the best burgers in town, come from his college nickname.

The Crunchy burger is a half-pound burger that literally melts in your hand.

Another favorite that Grattarola introduced to college students is his bucket of beer. A bucket of beer consists of 270 ounces of your choice. It takes at least four people to start a bucket.

Mike Krubger is general manager, and said that you can get a bucket of appetizers, as well. “The two favorites are pizza nugs and pretzels,” he said.

Krubger’s favorite part of the job is deciding what beer he wants to put on the menu. Crunchy’s has 27 taps and 23 of those are microbrews.

Tuesday nights you can expect a DJ, Wednesdays Crunchy’s has live acoustic music and Thursday, Friday and Saturdays are all karaoke.

254 W. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI


Monday through Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Thursday through Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

—Nick Vanderwaal
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Bubble Island

Although there are numbers of tea shops in East Lansing, Bubble Island is the only one offering Taiwanese bubble tea. The story started when the owner of Bubble Island traveled to Taiwan, had the bubble tea there and loved it. Then he came back and opened this tea shop in 2003. The drink menu is pretty simple and you can create a lot of combinations by yourself. Bubble Island offers milk tea, green tea, turtle tea, thai tea, calpico, snow bubbles, and smoothies. There are lots of flavors among which taro is the most popular one. Most drinks are available hot or cold. You can also add black bubbles, colored bubbles, jellies or mango stars.

When asked what made Bubble Island special in the community, Camille Warfield,

Camille Warfield, General Manager of Bubble Island

Camille Warfield, General Manager of Bubble Island

General Manger of the store told us that the one of a kind Taiwanese bubble tea with so many options of flavors is the secret weapon of Bubble Island. The store is close to campus, and therefore attracts lots of MSU students. To better serve the community, Bubble Island sponsors numerous events held by Greek Community, Asian Community, East Lansing High School, and other local organizations.

For those night owls, Bubble Island is a nice place to go because it often stays open late night. Recently, the store has two promotions in the coupon books offered by Student Book Store on Grand River Avenue.

515 E Grand River Ave
East Lansing, MI 48823


Sunday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Parking: paid parking in the back

Credit cards: every kind of credit card except American Express

—Rou Weng
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College student waitress behind counter in coney island restaurant.

MSU communications student Kirsti Cunningham at Hannah’s counter.

Hannah’s Koney Island

This is one of the places around East Lansing where you can get an authentic Detroit-style coney island hot dog. Owner Anton Prenaj learned the trade working for about 20 years in Detroit around Seven Mile Road and Schaefer and opened this shop in 2006. It is not unusual to find him working the kitchen as Michigan State students work the counter, booths and tables. Like many coneys, Hannah’s does a big business in all-day breakfasts, salads and gyros. There are many options for $5 to $10 meals. Prenaj says working at the restaurant seven days a week can be a bit much, but that business is holding up. He hopes to get a liquor license someday, and the counter has more of a bar look with its height and tall chairs rather than the lower lunch counter and stools in traditional coney islands.

Two kinds of hot dogs on one plate

A Tony, left, with a coney.

Hannah’s has a couple of menu items not seen on other coney islands: Tony’s hot dog and Tony’s hamburger, both topped with chopped tomato, feta cheese and mustard.

One other unusual item is the bacon salad. Despite a promising name, we were told no one orders it.

4790 Hannah Plaza
S. Hagadorn Road
East Lansing, MI 48823


Sunday: 7:30 to 3 p.m.
Monday to Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.

Parking: shopping center’s lot is free
Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover
Carryouts, but no delivery
10% discount for senior citizens and MSU students with ID.

—Joe Grimm

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Woody’s Oasis Bar and Grill

The downtown East Lansing location of Woody’s Oasis is perfect for the more mature crowd. It has an authentic Mediterranean menu with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Local favorites include hummus and chicken schwarma. It has a full bar (try the Stoli Around the World). Daily drink and food specials help keep Woody’s prices reasonable. It definitely lives up to its motto: “Always fast, healthy and fresh!”

E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Sunday: noon to midnight
Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m. to midnight.
Wednesday to Friday: 11 a.m. 2 a.m.
Saturday: noon to 2 a.m.

Cuisine: Mediterranean
Full bar
Parking: private lot
Reservations: no
Take-out: yes
Wheelchair accessible

—Devyne Lloyd
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The Riviera Cafe

The Riviera Café, better known as the Riv, is a laid-back downtown East Lansing bar and grill best known for Burgerama on Thursday nights. Featuring a DJ every night from 10 p.m. until close and a dance floor, ”dirt-cheap” drink specials, and a pool tournament every Tuesday night, the Riv is definitely more suited for the younger crowd.

231 M.A.C. Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48825


Sunday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Saturday: noon to 2 a.m.

Cuisine: pub/bar
Parking: private lot
Reservations: no
Take-Out: yes
Wheelchair accessible
Pool tables, arcade games, three big-screen TVs, dance floor

—Devyne Lloyd
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Buffalo Wild Wings

Affectionately known by locals as “BDubs,” Buffalo Wild Wings is definitely the place to be on game day. Whether you enjoy watching football, basketball, baseball, or even MMA fighting, you’re sure to see your favorite sport showing on one of the many televisions. For the ultimate sports lover, Buffalo Wild Wings also hosts various fantasy league competitions. With tailgate packages, a full bar, lunch specials and 50-cent wings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Buffalo Wild Wings is definitely the hangout spot.

360 Albert Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Daily: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Cuisine: wings, pub/bar
Parking: parking structure
Reservations: yes
Take-Out: yes
Wheelchair accessible
Full bar

—Devyne Lloyd
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Jimmy’s Pub

16804 Chandler Road
East Lansing, MI 48823-6108


Sunday: noon to midnight
Monday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

They deliver and have free Wi-fi.
Bus 26 stops right across the street at The Landings.
Free parking.

—Alethia Kasben

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Lou & Harry’s Bar and Grill Lou Has New Dance Stage

Lou & Harry’s, being one of the most popular places to be on game day is in the process of relocating from their simple small location on M.A.C. and Ann Street to the not so spirited Chandler Road. Hopefully the many fans and loyal customers of Harry and the restaurant will follow them to their new huge and improved location. It is said to reopen in early 2011.
Lunch, dinner, drinks

16800 Chandler Road

Daily: 11 a.m to midnight

Walk-ins welcome, good for groups & kids, Take-out, Catering, Waiter services, out door seating.

Free parking lot, street parking.

—Teresa Gebhardt
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Bistro 43 at East Lansing Marriott

For a student looking for a getaway with a significant other or a special occasion, this bistro is quite the elegant one. Want the feeling of being back home going out to dinner with the ‘rents? This place will do the job and fill your stomach with some delicious food that you don’t actually have to use a can opener for.

300 M.A.C. Ave., second floor
East Lansing, MI

—Teresa Gebhardt
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Stateside Deli

During summer 2010, a small sandwich shop opened on East Grand River Avenue. This sandwich shop is Stateside Deli, owned by Spencer Soka.

Soka is originally from Southfield, Mich., but spent a lot of time working in Detroit. During his time in the Motor City, he became quite familiar with the various delis and sandwich shops in the area, especially the ones that serve corned beef.

Stateside’s signature sandwich, The Famous #32, was modeled after the simple yet delicious Detroit sandwich shops: corned beef, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on double baked rye bread. This sandwich is not only the first sandwich offered to customers when they walk through the door, it is also Soka’s favorite food.

In addition to The Famous #32, Stateside also offers a variety of other sandwiches featuring a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables and breads. Customers can get anything from the S.S. Special (corned beef, pastrami, coleslaw and Russian dressing) to the Nova Scotia Lox (lox, cream cheese, tomato and onion on a bagel). It also serves hot sandwiches, hearty soups, salads and a stunning baklava.

“At Stateside Deli our goal is to continually provide you with the greatest quality of food and service you’ve experienced from any deli, anywhere,” according to the Stateside website and Soka stands by the website’s claim.

In addition to the Stateside on Grand River, there is also a Stateside Deli Bar & Grill in Okemos (Exit 110 off of I-96), also owned by Soka, which opened two years ago.

When asked why he chose to expand to the East Lansing area, he said he researched the area and discovered that there were not any really good sandwich shop. He felt the East Lansing deserves the best, so he opened up his second location.

“We care more about customer service and are dedicated to serving the best quality breads, meats and cheeses,” said Soka. “We are a real deli and we serve fresh food cooked daily, as if you were at home.”

The East Lansing Stateside is located at 313 E. Grand River Ave. near Barnes & Noble. The Okemos Stateside is located at 3552 Meridian Crossings near NCG Cinemas. Both locations offer online ordering through and accept all major credit cards. Both locations also offer catering and delivery.

East Lansing location: 517-853-3033
Okemos location: 517-853-1100

—Devyne Lloyd
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Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Est. 1986, the East Lansing location opened on Oct. 7, 2010. “Most popular burger is the Bacon Cheeseburger” “All toppings are free” “Complimentary peanuts while waiting for food” “Voted best burger.” “Best bang for your buck.” “So good it might become an addiction.”

623 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI


Sunday to Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

—Ashley Banks
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Qdoba Mexican Grill

1127 E. Grand River Ave.

Sunday to Thursday: 10 a.m to 1 a.m.
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m to 3 a.m. Fri-Sat

Est. 1996 81st location in East Lansing.
Five hundred stores nationwide.
Most popular order is the Chicken Queso.
Students receive free drink w/ID.

—Ashley Banks
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Gumby’s Pizza

At this East Lansing location for 10 years, Previously located in Frandor since about 1996. Best-selling pizza is pepperoni. On busy days, receives 200-300 orders for its famous Pokie Sticks (garlic, cheesy and butter). Flavored crusts consist of garlic, butter, Parmesan. Dough is made fresh daily.

311 W. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI


Monday tp Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Thursday to Saturday: 11 a.m to 4 a.m.

—Ashley Banks
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Insomnia Cookies

Have a sweet tooth? Then Insomnia Cookies might be able to satisfy your craving. From white macadamia nut cookies to brownie batter ice cream, Insomnia Cookies has a variety of desserts in-store and available for delivery. Originally at the University of Pennsylvania, Insomnia Cookies has now expanded to 12 locations nationwide including East Lansing.

603 East Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Sunday to Wednesday: 1 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Thursday to Monday: 1 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Parking: paid lot

—Tony Briscoe
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Charlie Kang’s Chinese and Korean Cuisine

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Freshman Joyce Lee finishes off her dinner by eating a fortune cookie.

Charlie Kang’s is the place to go if you’re craving authentic Chinese or Korean food. Located in downtown East Lansing on Grand River since 1987, Charlie Kang’s has become a staple of East Lansing’s diverse cuisine options. Its varied options can cater to anyone’s taste, with a menu ranging from fried rice to bibimbap. The interior is traditional and casual for when you want to eat out, with booth and table seating. If staying in sounds like a better option, Charlie Kang’s has free delivery, starting at 4:30 p.m.

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Chicken bibimbap served as a lunch special at Charlie Kang’s.

If you happen to visit Charlie Kang’s for lunch, take full advantage of the Korean lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. With prices ranging from $5 to $7, you get a large size meal. Soup and kimchee are offered with each lunch special.

Charlie Kang’s accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

127 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823
517-332-4696 or 517-332-4697
Monday to Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday to Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 9:30 p.m.
Delivery available after 4:30 pm
Parking available at 203 Albert Street for 70 cents per half hour

—Kate Kerbrat

Emo’s Korean Restaurant

Away from the bustle of downtown East Lansing is Emo’s Korean Restaurant, a small, homey place just off of Trowbridge and Harrison. Emo’s is known for its Korean barbecue and affordable lunch specials, which usually range between $5 and $7. Emo’s opened in 2006 and was formerly known as Rivi’s Deli. Now Emo’s, a family owned restaurant, caters to the East Lansing area with its homemade food available onsite or through delivery.

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Kalbi, or short ribs, served with kimchee and rice.

The best time to go to Emo’s is Monday through Friday during the lunch period, when the full lunch menu is available for its low cost, or to order online during the week.

901 Trowbridge Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Parking on-site

Monday to Friday: 3 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 12 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Delivery costs $1.50

—Kate Kerbrat


2014-01-30 13.32.17The McDonald’s in East Lansing is a bit different than your typical McDonald’s. The home of the Big Mac has gotten into the Spartan spirit. The two-story, green and white McDonald’s has an array of Michigan State University themed décor. Audrey Roby,the eateries manager, is a huge fan of McDonald’s and loves the fact that East Lansing’s is specific to the area. Roby loves working at the MSU decorated McDonald’s. That is why it is not unusual to see her helping customers with their orders behind the register. In addition to the double decker building being MSU inspired, the McDonald’s remains one of your fondest childhood memories.

The restaurant offers McDonald’s entire original delectable menu. Including the world famous Big Mac, McCafe, and the always affordable and accommodating Dollar Menu.

The second story of the building features an additional sitting area for customers.

1024 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823-4542

Open 24 hours
Store Parking
Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover

—Jalen Anthony Dann


Cottage Inn Pizza

Established in 1948, popular restaurant Cottage Inn Pizza is located on Grand River Avenue.

Popular for its barbeque pizza, Cottage Inn has a diverse menu ranging from Italian to Green, with 31 meat, vegetables and fruit toppings, seven types of crusts and various sauces and dipping cups. Their pizzas come in four different sizes; small, medium, large and party tray along with two different shapes, with prices ranging from $3.99 to $21.99.

“I lov cottage Inn pizza because its dough is the softest I’ve ever eaten and I love their gluton free stuff,” said Larrissa Zhao.

615 E Grand River Ave. East Lansing, MI 48823


Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am-3am

-Ipshita Moitra




The interior is spacious, with colorful seating arrangements and bright paintings creating a casual and friendly atmosphere. Known for having great chicken burritos and chicken tacos, which are usually served with queso and chips. The Restaurant has a complex menu to appease various taste buds, which also includes five different kinds of salsas.

“Our El Gordo burritos are really popular with college students especially during the late nights and weekends,” says Maurice Cain, general manager of the restaurant. “We have great chicken tacos and burritos; they are fresh and good to eat.”

125 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823


Hours: Monday to Sunday: 11am to 3am

—Ipshita Moitra


No Thai
No Thai is one of the most popular joints in East Lansing. Best known for its Pad Thai, the restaurant stays very busy attracting college students, business associates and occasionally families. According to many customers the quality of the food stays consistent, with the menu being very authentic and appealing.

“If a dish is worth $7 you can be sure you are getting every dollar worth of the $7 you spend”, says Ellie Seelye, a regular at No Thai, who loves the Pad Thai with tofu. “This is probably one of the only restaurants where the vegetarian food is great.”

Other popular dishes at the restaurant are drunken noodles, shrimp spring Rolls, satay, green and red curry among many others. The dish is made according to one’s taste depending on how spicy one wants it. The restaurant is very accommodating with a very friendly staff and tries to meet the expectations of its customers.

“Their drunken noodles and Pad Thai is pretty solid. I always like it a bit spicy,” says Colin Rahn, a regular at No Thai.

403 E. Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823


Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (closed Tuesday)
Sunday noon to 10 p.m.
(Dine-in ends 30 minutes prior to closing each night)

—Ipshita Moitra



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