Off-Campus Dining

East Lansing, MI
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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a very large variety of restuarant options.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I have found my new favorite Chinese place to eat!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: While I don't hear about student discounts at all, there are plenty of options along Grand River to eat at. There are a few fast food places, but more are local spots or mid-to-high end restaurants. My personal favorites (and many other students' favs as well) are Noodles and Co. and Traverse Pie Company.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of bars and cheap quick meals

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love off campus dining! It is very nice to have loads of restaurants and stores right off campus, literally across the street. The options are nice too, I've never ran out of interest. Plus I eat on campus as well, so it really makes it enjoyable, meaning I never get tired of anything.


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  • 31st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 456th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel McElroy
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Students can only stomach cafeteria food for so long before going crazy from the monotony of pre-heated pasta bars and curly fries. Luckily, Downtown East Lansing has a fairly diverse restaurant industry only a short walk from campus. Grand River Avenue is the best area to flock toward. This popular spot has everything to offer a bored or hungry student. There are enough ice cream parlors, restaurants, and coffee shops to seat an entire army. Student favorites include Noodles and Company, Cosi, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

The majority of Grand River eateries are reasonably priced and cater to students. Some of the restaurants have outdoor eating, which provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy the weather and do some people-watching before it turns cold. It is relatively easy to eat out and eat healthy, too. Many restaurants offer delicious low-fat, low-cholesterol meals. Though it may
become quite pricey, make sure to save enough money to try a different restaurant at least every month. Students who do this not only become more familiar with the downtown area, but also get to eat some of the most delicious and unique meals the city has to offer.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Fellini's
  • Flats Grille
  • Panchero's
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • IHOP
Best Asian
Asian House
Best Breakfast
Tony's Restaurant
Best Healthy
Pita Pit
Best Pizza
Hungry Howie's
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • 7-Eleven
  • BD's Mongolian Barbecue
  • Burger-Rama
  • Charlie Kang's
  • Gourmet Village
  • Panera Bread
  • Red Lobster
  • Rice Kitchen
  • Sushi-Ya
Did You Know?
  • With just a few clicks of the mouse, students can order off-campus food from the Web at The site has become a favorite amongst MSU students because it only takes a few seconds to peruse the menus and daily specials of nearly 20 restaurants and order some grub for delivery.
  • The Parlour hosts the Dare to Be Great Challenge-an eating competition to finish off 21 large scoops of ice cream within an hour. Those who accomplish the task get the ice cream for free and their picture placed on the wall of the restaurant.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

1550 W. Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing
(517) 351-9361
Meijer Inc.
2055 W. Grand River, Okemos
(517) 347-9101

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

All Seasons Bistro
Food: Gourmet
1500 W. Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing
(517) 336-9890
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: It's one of the fancier restaurants in the Lansing area and great for a date.
Food: Steaks and sandwiches
2450 Coolidge Rd., East Lansing
(517) 336-5926
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The décor displays photographs and memorabilia highlights of local heroes and history.
Asian House
Food: Asian (Chinese/Vietnamese)
1001 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 332-3950
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Serves both a Chinese and Vietnamese menu.
Food: Ice cream
1137 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 332-8513
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: 31 flavors of ice cream!
Beggars Banquet
Food: Breakfast, sandwiches
218 Abbott Rd., East Lansing
(517) 351-4540
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Offers a new menu every six months.
Bells Greek Pizza
Food: Pizza
1135 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 332-0858
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Home of the $0.94 slice!
Bennigan's Grill & Tavern
Food: Irish meals, steaks, and sandwiches
2085 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos
(517) 349-2321
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Staff members get together and sing for customers on their birthdays.
Food: Deli and salads
1201 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 351-9800
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Many of the sandwiches are low-fat
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Grill and bar
220 M.A.C, East Lansing
(517) 333-2999
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: There are two big-screen televisions and smaller TVs on every corner.
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
200 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing
(517) 337-9550
Price: $3-$5
Cool Features: Great selection of ice cream flavors and mix-ins.
Cottage Inn Pizza
Food: Pizza
615 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 324-4300
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Fast delivery.
Food: Burgers and beer
254 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 351-2506
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Hosts karaoke nights on Thurdays-Saturdays when MSU is in session.
D.P. Dough
Food: Calzones
986 Trowbridge Rd., East Lansing
(517) 324-7000
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Calzones are awesome.
Food: American family dining
2701 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 351-0421
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The breakfast smile is only $4.99.
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
966 Trowbridge Rd., East Lansing
(517) 351-7100
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Pick up or delivery.
El Azteco Restaurant
Food: Mexican
225 Ann St., East Lansing
(517) 351-9111
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Voted "Best Mexican Restaurant" and "Best Margaritas" by the Lansing State Journal over the past several years.
Expresso Royale Café
Food: Coffee, dessert
547 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 332-5224
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: An indoor fireplace with an indoor/outdoor front room.
Flats Grill
Food: Flats, sandwiches
551 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 332-8888
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Each flat comes with cornbread
Georgio's Gourmet Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
1010 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 351-1000
Price: $5-$10
Gumby's Pizza
Food: Pizza
315 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 351-8400
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Try the Pokey Sticks!
Harper's Restaurant & Brewpub
Food: Burgers, pizza, pasta, and beer
131 Albert Ave., East Lansing
(517) 333-4040
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Check Web site for weekly specials and live music updates. Usually 6-8 microbrews on tap at one time.
Harrison Roadhouse
Food: Burgers, sandwiches, and beer
720 Michigan Ave., East Lansing
(517) 337-0200
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Check Web site for weekly drink specials, and great menu, including fish and chips and cajun pasta.
Hungry Howie's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2622 N. East St., East Lansing
(517) 374-9550
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Can pay with Spartan Cash, even for delivery.
Food: Breakfast
2771 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 337-8311
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Awesome service, but get there early on weekends because it can get packed very quickly.
India Palace
Food: Indian
136 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 336-4150
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Banquet/private room
Food: Asian
1500 W. Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing
(517) 333-3328
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Take out or delivery.
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Subs and sandwiches
4790 S. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing
(517) 333-1800
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Combos available, with drink and side.
Korea House Restaurant
Food: Asian
978 Trowbridge Rd., East Lansing
(517) 332-0608
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Korean specialties.
Lou & Harry's Five Star Deli
Food: Greek
245 Ann St., East Lansing
(517) 351-5566
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Voted best deli in East Lansing
Lou & Harry's Greek Grill
Food: Greek
235 Ann St., East Lansing
(517) 853-8590
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Known for their great breakfasts.
Mancino's Pizza & Grinders
Food: Pizza, grinders, salads
2843 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 337-8612
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Toasted sandwiches, whole or half grinders, and medium or large pizzas.
Food: Japanese, sushi
210 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing
(517) 337-2222
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Omi means "big ocean."
P.T. O'Malley's
Food: Irish, burgers, and beer
210 Abbott Rd., East Lansing
(517) 332-2959
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: MSU students come here before and after football games.
Panchero's Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
125 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 351-3620
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Homemade tortillas
Papa John's
Food: Pizza
1219 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 337-1234
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Fast delivery.
Papa Leo's
Food: Pizza
515 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 351-1811
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Accepts Spartan Cash, even for delivery.
The Parlour
Food: Ice cream, burgers, sandwiches
321 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 324-9600
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Large portions of ice cream!
The Peanut Barrel
Food: Burgers and sandwiches
521 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 351-0608
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: A pool table in the back of the restaurant, and of course, they serve peanuts.
Peking Express
Food: Chinese
603 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 351-0533
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Offers either quart-size or pint-size meals.
The Pita Pit
Food: Sandwiches/pitas
219 E. Grand River, East Lansing
(517) 333-9850
Price: $5-$10
Pizza House
Food: Pizza
4790 S. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing
(517) 336-0033
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Chicago-style pizza
Reno's East Side Sports Bar/Grill
Food: Pizza and beer
1310 Abbott Rd., East Lansing
(517) 337-2333
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: "Hall of Fame" homemade pizza. Guinness is always on tap.
Rick's American Café
Food: Burgers and beer
224 Abbott Rd., East Lansing
(517) 351-2285
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Specials on burger baskets and pizzas throughout the week.
Riv Café
Food: Burgers and beer
231 M.A.C., East Lansing
(517) 351-5855
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Three big screen TVs and three pool tables.
Sir Pizza
Food: Pizza
1500 W. Lake Lansing Rd., East Lansing
(517) 332-2727
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Lunch specials everyday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Spartan Hall of Fame Café
Food: American
1601 W. Lake Lansing Road
(517) 337-4680
Price: $10–$20
Food: Coffee/desserts
401 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 332-0398
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Earvin "Magic" Johnson owns this Starbucks.
Food: Sub sandwiches
330 Albert Ave., East Lansing
(517) 381-1455
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Many of the sandwiches are low-fat.
Sultan's Restaurant
Food: Middle Eastern
4790 Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing
(517) 333-4444
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: A banquet/private room is available for large parties.
Taste of Thai
Food: Asian
1105 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 324-0225
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Lunch specials Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thai Kitchen
Food: Asian
2843 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
(517) 332-8866
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Very fast service.
Tony's Restaurant
Food: Italian
235 Ann St., East Lansing
(517) 332-5553
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Best breakfast around campus.
Traveler's Club International Restaurant
Food: Greek, Middle Eastern, American
2138 Hamilton Rd., Okemos
(517) 349-1701
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Home of the Tuba Museum.
Udon Sushi Restaurant
Food: Seafood and sushi
134 N. Harrison Rd., East Lansing
(517) 332-5995
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Extensive menu of sushi nakami, rolls, and platters.
Woody's Oasis
Food: Middle Eastern
970 Trowbridge Rd., East Lansing
(517) 351-2280
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Daily specials.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 216 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 242 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 5% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 37% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 56% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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