Address: 4790 S. Hagadorn Road, Stes 114-116, East Lansing, MI 48823
“East Lansing’s #1 game day destination place” is their tagline, and we love Pizza House’s Chicago-style pies. With over 400 seats in the house, they can definitely hold the game day crowd, and they even offer a shuttle to the MSU stadium.
Of course, we recommend their pizza, but they also serve up salads, burgers, sandwiches, and other entrees. The patty melt is our go-to choice, or you can choose their turkey burger for a lighter option. Pair your meal with a beer from one of their 24 microbrews on tap, or grab a pint on the way to the MSU game.
Address: 225 Ann St., East Lansing, MI 48823
El Azteco is our local recommendation for whenever you’re in the mood for good Mexican food. They serve up all the classic dishes, including tacos, nachos, and some of our favorite guacamole. The restaurant is a pretty relaxed spot with a rooftop patio where you can hang out with friends when the weather is nice out.
We suggest the topopo salad, blue corn enchiladas, or the gorditas dinner. They also have a variety of flautas, fajitas, tostadas, and combination plates.
Stop by on Margarita Mondays from 4-11 p.m. for specials, including $3 Cuervo margs and $10 blue corn nachos.
Address: 218 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823
“Gimmie eat … since 1973”, Beggar’s Banquet is an interesting restaurant and saloon in East Lansing. Named after the Rolling Stones album, they have an extensive wine and beer list, and a number of unique twists on classic dishes that you can only find here.
For breakfast, their Beggar’s Bowl is a great early morning combination, and we also like their breakfast burritos. For lunch or dinner, try The Hipster sandwich and Sticky Fingers (messy fries).
MSU students can go on Mondays for their special $4 Spartan Mule. They also have an $8 burger and beer special on Tuesdays, and a variety of other drink specials throughout the week.
Address: 109 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823
This is a small Chinese and Korean restaurant featuring traditional dishes in East Lansing. You can dine in, carry out, or have it delivered to the MSU dorms and other places on campus.
We typically start with an order of spring rolls and fried rice, and then mix and match different dishes. They have many to choose from, and we try a new one each time, such as their bulgogi, kimchi, or stir fry.
Their prices are very reasonable, especially for a college budget, and portions are a good size, so they will fill you up for a full night of studying.
Black Cat Bistro
Address: 115 Albert Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823
The Black Cat Bistro claims that they have the best brunch in town. We’re not overly choosy, but we think it’s pretty good! Stop by on Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and try one of their four flavors of bloody marys.
This bistro serves up New American-style dishes that blend a variety of cuisines, such as a croque madame sandwich and sesame chicken satay. For dinner, fill up with a frenched pork chop or a cowboy rib-eye.
For those on a college budget, go during happy hour for half off selected appetizers and menu cocktails.