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Nearby Restaurants in East Lansing

One thing East Lansing knows well is great food. With enough excellent restaurants and innovative bars to feed the hungry MSU student body, you’ll find plenty of options for whatever mood you’re in. 

 Start your day off right with a tasty cake donut from local legend, Mitten’s Bakery, savor Cajun penne and cornbread for lunch at Black Cat, and end your day with a bang with Münster, Havarti and smoked Gouda mac n’ cheese at the Beggar’s. At every turn, you’ll be surrounded by restaurants that take pride in their Michigan-style faire, and even prouder MSU alumni to eat it.  

Here’s five of the best restaurants, bakeries and breweries to check out now in East Lansing. 


Mitten Raised Bakery

When it comes to baked goods, Mitten Raised Bakery expertly demonstrates why homemade is always better. Mitten Raised is a locally-owned bakery based in East Lansing, with an emphasis on bringing world-class desserts to Michigan.

From inventive pastries to one-of-a-kind wedding cakes and other gourmet goods, owner Katie Anne Lambert has been sharing her skills with the area since 2014. Whether you’re after an assortment to feed a hungry crowd or looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, you won’t find anything better than Mitten Raised.  

Insider Tip

Snag a Miss Piggy Cookie Sammy for a treat that’s sweet and savory.

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Mitten Raised Bakery

Black Cat Bistro

What’s better than New American food in a casual, contemporary space? Get to East Lansing favorite Black Cat Bistro for a diverse menu of elevated eats and delicious cocktails and desserts.

Quaint interiors and top-notch service are two things you’ll love about Black Cat Bistro, but you definitely won’t leave disappointed with the food either. Order the Famous Black Cat Corn Bread and Cajun Penne, trust us. 

Insider Tip

You have to do Saturday brunch, especially a bloody mary complete with Benny’s Meat Straw.

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Black Cat Bistro


No bar in East Lansing channels the college spirit quite like Crunchy’s. Enter the bar and MSU Alums will be flooded with nostalgia for their college days while first-timers will wish they had a Crunchy’s during theirs. Crunchy’s keeps it simple: beers are cold, food’s in a bucket, and good times are never more than a moment away. 

Unlike local breweries like Ellison’s, Cruncy’s keeps on tap craft beers from all over the country. Taste New Belgium out of Colorado or Stone Brewing Co. out of Escondido, CA, alongside regional favorites like Arbor Brewing Co. and Short’s Brewing Co., both based right here in Michigan.

Insider Tip

Order a bucket of sliders to go with your cold beer. Yes, a literal bucket full of sliders.

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Beggar’s Banquet

It’s no famine and all feast at Beggar’s Banquet, an eatery whose menu (and wine list) is as boundless as the name suggests. Named for the proprietor’s favorite Rolling Stones album, Beggar’s Banquet has served hungry East Lansing students and residents alike since 1973. The restaurant is both elegant and casual, making room for just about anyone in need of food and drink. 

Try their elevated twists on classic comfort food dishes like macaroni and cheese, which gets a Beggar’s Banquet upgrade of Münster, Havarti and smoked Gouda cheeses. Pair that with Beggar’s brews, carefully curated wines, and craft cocktails.

Insider Tip

Stop by for Wine Wednesday and order the baked brie.

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