Lansing Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Lansing

April 14, 2018 Elouise Mccaul

The birthplace of the Oldsmobile and Michigan's automotive center, Lansing offers visitors a number of car-related sites like plant tours and automobile museums, but there are other forces driving this capital city. On the political side, there's the award-winning State Capitol Building, completely restored in 1992, where tourists are wowed by the glass-floor rotunda and acres of decorative handpainted surfaces. The Michigan Historical Museum, which boasts a great collection of items from Michigan's past, including a recreated copper mine, will please history buffs. Children and families will enjoy taking a camel ride at the Potter Park Zoo or spending the day biking through Sleepy Hollow State Park. On the cultural side, the nearby campus of Michigan State University is a must-see for the Kresge Museum and for the beautiful campus itself. Entertaining and educational attractions, great shopping, fabulous restaurants and a variety of affordable accommodations make Lansing worth the ride.
Things to do in Lansing

1. Zaytoon Mediterranean Grill

940 Elmwood Rd, Lansing, MI 48917-2092 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner +1 517-203-5728
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Zaytoon Mediterranean Grill

Reviewed By HoughtonLakeDaisey1 - houghton lake

I saw this restaurant featured on Dinners, Drive-ins, and Dives and wanted to give it a try. We live 45 minutes away but the drive was worth it. Food is fresh and the wait was short. Prices are very reasonable. Hummus is fresh and tasty. Lived the lamb stuffed grape leaves! Staff is so friendly and helpful. Can't wait to return!

2. Swagath Indian Cuisine

1060 Trowbridge Rd, Suite 3, East Lansing, MI 48823-5248 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 13 +1 517-336-0700
Excellent
66%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 222 reviews

Swagath Indian Cuisine

Authentic Indian Cuisine

Reviewed By Howard F - Uppsala, Sweden

When we went to this attractive place for dinner, the patrons were a large Indian family (which usually inspires confidence in the food) and a lot of university students (which often indicates low price). The food was good, the quantity enormous, and the prices low. When I visit Lansing again, I'll be back to Swagath.

3. Deluca's

2006 W Willow St, Lansing, MI 48917-1814 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 517-487-6087
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 581 reviews

Deluca's

Reviewed By Traveler0419 - Kalkaska, Michigan

Let me just tart by saying, I had 2 different people recommend this restaurant. We decided to give it a try. We had about a 10 minute wait before getting our table. I bet it can take much longer during the super peak eating times. But the wait is worth it! The food was hands down amazing! It is that old Italian Eatery. The pizza was so good. The bread sticks were huge and delicious! Will eat again when back in that area.

4. Crunchy's

254 W Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823-4212 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 517-351-2506
Excellent
45%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 162 reviews

Crunchy's

Reviewed By MeanderingMike1 - Chicago

A number of local beers on tap. Good sandwich and salad selection. Grilled blackened chicken was great. Wife had a southwest salad which was very good. Pub atmosphere. Can get very crowded ( tons of people coming in after sate basketball finals and big waiting line). We thought it was well worth the visit.

5. Meat Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine

1224 Turner St, Lansing, MI 48906-4383 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 517-580-4400
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 405 reviews

Meat Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine

Reviewed By Adam N

Stopped in for our first visit and were not disappointed. I had the half order of nachos and smoked chicken wings. Both were fantastic. My gf had the pulled pork sandwich and loved it. I also enjoyed my 40oz PBR that was appropriately served in a brown paper bag. We were also surprised at how reasonable the prices were. Can’t wait to go here again and try the ribs!

6. HopCat

300 Grove St, East Lansing, MI 48823-4327 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +1 517-816-4300
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 255 reviews

HopCat

Reviewed By William M - Sterling heights, Mi, United States

This is the 3rd visit to this HopCat location. The poorly managed location is living off blind adoration of its excellent beer selection. The vestibule was swamped with water. The waiting area has a had couch in it with no-legs for at least 6 months, and it was also dirty. The hostess mismanaged my table lead-time by 36 minutes. So much for their fancy I-Pad program intended to seat guests.... Recommendation- go somewhere else until they hang a signout side that says -retrained by Detroit location or better still (but painful) the UM HopCat Manager is now in charge.

7. Soup Spoon Cafe

1419 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912-2106 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Soups, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 16 +1 517-316-2377
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 577 reviews

Soup Spoon Cafe

Reviewed By Chipperhigh2 - Okemos, Michigan

Meet a friend for lunch at the Soup Spoon Cafe. Plenty of parking next to restaurant. It was busy, but service was good and the wait for food was very good also. We both ordered the special - Cafe Tenderloin Stroganof. It was excellent. Nice waitress and interior of restaurant was OK also. Will be back to try other dishes.

8. State Room

219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824-4551 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 38 +1 517-432-5049
Excellent
52%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 166 reviews

State Room

The State Room Restaurant is one of the premier restaurants in Greater Lansing featuring casual-upscale American cuisine, 500 bottle wine list, Michigan craft beers and a sophisticated lounge.

Reviewed By scubaDave52 - Lansing, Michigan

We ate at the State room for a recent birthday. Choosing an entree is difficult because they all sound good. Some restaurants are mostly variations on the same theme with a couple of exceptions. The state room has interesting and great tasting variety. I haven't had a bad meal there. Service was efficient and friendly, although the previous time we were there about 6 months ago the server was not good-several errors. A couple of things to keep in mind. Thursdays, bottles of wine are 1/2 off and for birthdays the celebrant gets their entree free.

9. Lansing Brewing Company

518 E Shiawassee St, Lansing, MI 48912-1295 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 +1 517-371-2600
Excellent
47%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 167 reviews

Lansing Brewing Company

The Lansing Brewing Company serves as a living testament to the hard-working men and women who built our great city. We embrace our city's roots while heralding in a new beer-loving generation just in time for Lansing's rebirth. Visit our tap room for a craft brewed pint and indulge in one of our fresh gastro pub inspired dishes.

Reviewed By Dana O - Naperville, Illinois, USA

I wasn't hugely impressed with the pizza, the poutine or the beer. All of it was about average and there are quite a few other unique breweries in town.

10. The Cosmos

611 E Grand River Ave, Lansing, MI 48906-5339 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 517-897-3563
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

The Cosmos

Reviewed By IKE48 - Holland, Michigan

We had a large group (25) The Cosmos accommodated. AWESOME service! We had great pizzas, salads, bacon deviled eggs, wine selection and craft beer options. Highly recommend one to experience Cosmos!

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