[bowl]Rick\’s American Cafe, Cosi, The Riv, Buffalo Wild Wings, Potbelly; most MSU students are familiar with these popular restaurants and bars even if they\’ve never stepped foot through the doors. All advertise great food at a somewhat reasonable price and typically have specials to lure in the customers.
There may be nothing wrong with grabbing a basket of wings or a burger and fries on a Friday night, but where can one go to get a mouth-watering Gyro or appetizing hummus and falafel? Check out the listing compiled below for these answers and more, no matter what your taste buds are craving.
Located at 300 N. Clippert St. near Frandor, this authentic Middle Eastern restaurant offers a quaint atmosphere, friendly service, weekly entertainment and most importantly, quality food at an affordable price. Customers can choose from a wide variety of vegetarian dishes including the ever-popular hummus, or several meat dishes like shish kafta, a ground lamb kabob. For a truly cultural experience, Aladdin\’s features belly dancing on Friday nights.
Always a popular hangout, Woody\’s on Grand River Avenue advertises itself as \”Mid-Michigan\’s Original Mediterranean Deli.\” Offering nine different types of hummus, various meat kabobs, salads, sandwiches and desserts, the restaurant has expanded to MSU\’s campus. Locations can be found in the dorms, at Sparty Stores, and in the International Center Food Court, to name a few. With reasonable prices and numerous locations, Woody\’s has been an MSU favorite for years.
Sindhu Indian Cuisine
One of the few better-known Indian restaurants in the area, Sindhu is located at 4790 S. Hagadorn and is highly recommended among students and community members alike. With a daily lunch buffet at an unbeatable price, customers can enjoy their favorite dishes ranging from chicken or lamb to seafood or vegetarian. Portions are offered a la carte or Thali, a traditional south Indian meal including several choices from the menu.
Another popular place to pick up tandoori chicken or fish curry, India Palace is located at 340 Albert Rd. One feature targeted toward students is the restaurant\’s advertisement on Ugrub.com, a popular sight for delivery services. They will also prepare food mild to spicy to suit a variety of tastes.
Ukai Japanese Steak House
At this popular Japanese hibachi restaurant and sushi bar, the only thing better than the food may be the entertainment. Customers can watch the skilled chefs as they light the grill and toss around medleys of chicken, steak, or seafood with mushrooms, zucchini or bean sprouts. The meal won\’t be complete with out the addition of Sapporo (Japanese beer) or Saki. Ukai is located at 2167 W. Grand River Ave.
One of East Lansing\’s many sushi joints, Sushi Ya is arguably at the top. With a large variety of specialty rolls and acceptable prices, students don\’t mind trekking a few minutes west on Grand River for great sushi. The Kamikaze roll and Diablo roll are highly recommended among regulars.
Taste of Thai
Whether you\’re into tofu or chicken, the menu will have something to accommodate your taste. Located at 1105 E. Grand River Ave., Taste of Thai is the premier place for MSU students to get great pad thai at a reasonable price. With nearly 60 meals to choose from, walking away satisfied should not be a problem.
Altu\’s Ethiopian Cuisine
Located on Michigan Avenue, just before Frandor, Altu\’s is one of the only Ethiopian restaurants in the area. The food is traditionally served on one platter, family style, with enough food to satisfy several appetites. The various stew-like dishes come vegetarian or full of meat and the spices are catered to your taste. One more reason to stop by on a Saturday night is the live music between 6:30-8 p.m.
The ideal restaurant for a nice evening out, P.F. Chang\’s caters to those willing to spend a bit more for an unmatched atmosphere and high-quality dishes. One could make a meal out of the appetizers alone, especially if they start with the chicken lettuce wraps. The giant stallion statues greet customers at the door and the service is sure to leave no one disappointed. A great date spot, P.F. Chang\’s is located in the Eastwood Towne Center on Lake Lansing Road.
On the more affordable side, Panda Express is easily accessible to MSU students as it is located in the International Center Food Court. With simple dishes like orange chicken, fried rice and egg rolls, this Chinese food can be eaten in or taken to-go. The combination platters make ordering easy and the speedy service keeps the line moving.
For a cross-cultural experience, Charlie Kang\’s offers both Chinese and Korean cuisine. Their menu boasts family dinner options and imperial dinners for a higher price, or simple sweet and sour chicken for one on the go. Located at 127 E. Grand River Ave., the restaurant is on the main strip and beckons passersby.
If it\’s too hard to agree on one type of ethnic food, the Travelers Club has a solution. Latin, Asian, Middle Eastern and North American dishes can be found on the same menu. Located at 2138 Hamilton in Okemos, the restaurant\’s food and prices are well worth the drive. As an added bonus, one can visit the Tuba Museum attached to the restaurant. If you\’re not yet convinced, the various micro brews and 120 varieties of bottled beer may do the trick.