Any good eats in Lansing, MI?
- Rob Jun 12, 2005 06:39 PM
I moved to Lansing about 6 months ago and have not found any good Italian eats? Looking for Chinese as well. No bakeries that I could find either. Any help would be apprecitated. Thanks!
I know this is a really late response, but East Lansing is actually a pretty good place for bread. Both of these places sell freshly made bread only ... no day old.
The East Lansing Food Coop on Northwind Drive carries Zingerman's bread (and a few other baked goods) that is delivered fresh from Ann Arbor every day. The lineup varies from day to day. It's open Monday-Saturday 9 to 8 and Sunday 11 to 7. L&L Markets also carry Zingerman's bread but I haven't been to one to see what they're carrying. I assume they also follow the "toss-it-after-one-day" rule (which Zingerman's insists on).
Also, in Brookfield Plaza at Hagadorn and Grand River (northwest corner, in the building perpendicular to Grand River), the International Bread Company is very good. It's open Monday through Friday 7 to 6 and Saturday 7 to 2. There are about 8 breads made every day, breads that rotate regularly throughout the week (the focaccia on Fridays is great) and an additional bread of the day (Monday through Friday only) that is offered on an irregular basis ... check the in-store calendar or the website below. Most of these breads are yeast-raised, but a some of the once-a-month offerings are quick breads such as Mexican corn bread or chocolate zucchini bread.
In addition, soup is made Monday through Friday (again, check the calendar) and there's a regular lineup of sandwiches. There's also a $1.50 pastry case with cookies, scones, danishes, and cinnamon rolls, a dessert case, usually with cheesecake (generally good to excellent when newly made but beware if they've been sitting around a while), sometimes flourless chocolate cake, and pastries made by a local pastry chef. IBC also has a small cheese case. The cheeses come from Murray's in New York! Once a month, there's a themed cheese tasting at 6 p.m. on Saturday (advance tickets required).
Chapelure is the best bakery I have found in the area - it is in the Hannah plaza in E Lansing. I haven't found any italian/chinese I am happy with either.
Try the Hong Kong restaurant
315 South Homer Street Lansing
for Sichuan food. They actually translated the Chinese menu (usually reserved for Chinese customers in most restaurants) into English.
The authentic foods to order are from the Chef's Special (M1 to M34) and Chinese appetizers (Z01 to Z09)
If you get a good server they can steer you in the right direction.