A Guide to Brunch in East Lansing

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My freshman year at Michigan State, I remember taking some Buzzfeed personality quiz and getting brunch as my result. SnyPhi cafe had brunch on Sunday’s and I hated it. I didn’t want breakfast food at lunchtime. Little did I know, two years later it would be my favorite meal.

I can’t pinpoint how or when it started, but at some point during my junior year I discovered how wonderful brunch is. Maybe it’s that I recently turned 21 and realized that brunch is not complete unless a Mimosa and/or a Bloody Mary accompany it. Maybe it was that I wasn’t even awake until lunchtime. I might never know, but I do know that once you go brunch you never go back. Whether you want to give brunch a try or need help deciding where to go, here’s my ranking of three hot brunch spots in East Lansing.

3. Black Cat Bistro –

Salmon Cake Eggs Benedict from Black Cat Bistro

Salmon Cake Eggs Benedict from Black Cat Bistro

Black Cat Bistro is good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a bit on the pricey side. A Bloody Mary there is $6, which is the most expensive of the three places. Their entrees are filling but the majority of them are more than $10. They do come with edible flowers, though! If you are ballin’ on a budget like me, I would pass on making this your go-to spot.

BLT Benny and Hangover Scramble and Mimosa substitute at HopCat

BLT Benny and Hangover Scramble and Mimosa substitute at HopCat

2. Hopcat – Hopcat’s brunch menu is limited to only eight options, but they have something for everyone. The prices for their entrees are more affordable and many include crack fries! The majority of them are about $9 and they have a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar for $5. The Bloody Mary bar is cool, but on a night after drinking getting up to make your own drink doesn’t sound that appealing. They don’t have champagne for mimosas, but they can make something very similar with one of their hard ciders. It’s good, I promise.

And the winner is… 

Cali Benedict with home fries from Beggar's Banquet

Cali Benedict with home fries from Beggar’s Banquet

1. Beggar’s Banquet – They have the most variety in the menu and are the most affordable. Plus, they have a $3 Bloody Mary special on Sunday’s! I would recommend the spiciest one, which includes their homemade jalapeno vodka (don’t worry; it’s not too spicy). Their mimosa’s come with the cutest little bottle of

champagne and you pour them yourself so you can make them as strong as you desire. The entrée prices range from $5.99-11.99. If you have the option between home fries or potato cakes, definitely choose the home fries. This is by far my favorite place to get my brunch on.

Tags: Beggar's Banquet, Black Cat Bistro, Brunch, East Lansing, HopCat, May 2016