Sultan's off of Hagadorn in Hannah Plaza, chicken swarma is great! Better even than Woody's.
If you want to spend a little more, great bistro restaurant. Lake Lansing road just off 127. All Seasons Bistro, the dinner is fabulous and has some very reasonable entrees, if you want it even cheaper, you can go for lunch. P.S. The chef is a wizard with sauces!
Forgot to add Mitchell's Fish Market in Edgewood Towne Center, off Lake Lansing road and 127. A chain, but a great one!
Spagnuolo's on Grand River towards Williamston and East of Meridian Mall in Okemos maybe tops 5 miles from the
heart of East Lansing is probably the best Italian around. It's owned by a brother and sister team that also own Spag's which is less than 2 miles east of Spagnulo's.
The food is far better than Olive Garden. Try the Baked
Ziti,house salad dressing and house chinti. They also have nightly specials - closed Sunday. Spag's though is
open Tues-Sunday mostly a sports bar good burgers. Patio
overlooks parking lot. Nachos not so good...
Also Pizza House located on Hagadorn in a plaza in East Lansing open really really late. Mission Style furniture, good burgers, fish fry good. casual, very clean. Specials on spirits....
Coral Gable on Grand River probably 1 or less mile from
heart of E Lansing. Old restaurant been there for yrs very clean, family owned daily specials, broiled fish good, greek salad or salad bar great. Baked eggplant good - enjoy w/beer. homemade ice creams and pies. Restaurant is updated, friendly staff and owners.
Not much for choices - college town & schools out...
good luck .... town of Williamston has a great restaurant called Brookshire. located on golf course.
Red Cedar pricey i was not impressed w/food nor service. Cruchies in E Lans very very smoke filled- el Az Restaurant in E Lansing crowed can be smokey, patio upstairs, cheap cheap drinks. good (sp?)
Topiko? salad 2-3 can share. Have fun!
I haven't spent any amount of time in E.L. since graduating from MSU several years ago, so I'm not aware of anything new. But, I have very fond memories of the burgers at Crunchy's on Grand River(?) just west of campus. They are super cheap and very tasty.
There is also a great family-owned Italian place on Grand River just past Okemos called Spagnuolus. I loved their pizza.
I've also always enjoyed Beggar's Banquet.
On recent visits I've seen many new restaurants, but I haven't had the time to try them.
My favorite E Lansing spot is the original Woody's Oasis on Trowbridge, next to Goodrich's Shop Rite. Great sandwiches, salads, hummus, daily specials. Great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. I think its the best Middle Eastern in the Lansing area - the downtown E Lansing locations just doesn't compare at all.