Capital City Eats: For when you feel like going out of your comfort zone

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There’s nothing wrong with getting your usual burger and beer from Hopcat on the weekends, but if you’re looking to expand your restaurant horizons this school year, look no further than the city to our west: Lansing. The streets of our capital city are filled with hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.

Glazed & Confused
107 S. Washington Square
Go classic: Original Glazed
and Confused donut
Go crazy: Jalapeno Chipotle donut
“I love how most of their ingredients are sourced locally, and the donuts are made from scratch.”
— Mariah Bashore

Golden Harvest
1625 Turner St.
Go classic: Mar’s Scramble
Go crazy: Any of their daily specials; Cereal-Killer San’wich
“The restaurant is so unique. I spent the whole time looking at the weird things they had on the walls.”
— Sarah Gonyea

The Cosmos
611 E. Grand River Ave.
Go classic: Basil Pesto pizza
Go crazy: Goat cheese; Fig-N-Bacon Jam bruschetta; Boursin pizza
“This place had such a unique spin on traditional coal oven pizza. They mix strange ingredients and it turns out so wonderful. Also, the deck is great to sit on in the summertime.” — Zoe Zappitell

Soup Spoon Café
1419 E. Michigan Ave.
Go classic: Voodoo pasta
Go crazy: Naan pizza of the day; Pork “schnitzel”
“I was so happy to stumble upon this place. The food and service was great and I have become a regular ever since I first tried it.”
— Danielle Bucco

1224 Turner St.
Go classic: The Classic Chopped Brisket Meatwich
Go crazy: The Chin-Gorilla Meatwich
“The first time I tried Meat was at a catered event, and I ended up getting four plates full because the food was so great.” — Tommy Gut

Tom + Chee
123 S. Washington Square
Go classic: Mac & Cheese
Grilled Cheese
Go crazy: Choco Bacon Bliss Donut
“This place is like my childhood dream come true. I’ve never eaten the same thing twice!”
— Emma Gaffney

Pablo’s Panaderia
311 E. Grand River Ave.
Go classic: Taco dinner
Go crazy: Chicken Mole Poblano
“This place has very authentic Mexican food that tastes delicious.” — Maeghan Fitzgibbon

Theio’s Restaurant
2650 E. Michigan Ave.
Go classic: Chocolate
Chip Pancakes
Go crazy: English Scramble
“Theio’s is like an escape from campus life. They have amazing pancakes, and you get a lot for your money.” — Anna Ellison

El Oasis Food Truck
2501 E Michigan Ave.
Go classic: Ramona’s Special Burrito
Go crazy: Nachos
“This authentic Mexican food lets you know that at the first bite. Their homemade hot sauce is one of a kind! Plus, the food truck vibes makes the experience all the more enjoyable.” — Jake Silbert


Katie Susko is a senior professional writing major. She loves fashion, football, and traveling. Katie has worked for Vim Magazine, Penguin Random House and FAITH Catholic Publishing.


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