So you’re finally tired of the café food and even the combo options at Owen and the Union aren’t cutting it! With all of the stress of midterms and projects, you deserve to treat yourself and eat like the Beyoncé you are. There are a variety of restaurants to satisfy your cravings and provide decent portion sizes, while being college student budget friendly. Here’s where to get the best food around Michigan State!
1. Peanut Barrel
If you’re in the mood for a burger, look no further than Peanut Barrel. Nested in the center of Grand River, from the Rodeo Burger to the Garden Burger, there is something for everyone’s dietary needs. Don’t forget to check out the drink menu as well, Peanut Barrel is known to have the best Long Island in the area. Long Island Love Sunday’s are real! If you don’t know what that is, it’s never too late to find out!
Out of all of the Mediterranean places in the area, Sultan’s is the most authentic. From the numerous vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, the chicken shawarma combo is the one to try if it is your first time. The portion sizes are enormous and I usually end up taking enough home for later. Also, Sultan partners with the Hooked app (download it on your phone if you don’t have it, I’ve been able to save quite a bit!) and usually have a $5 chicken shawarma combo box to go deal. Don’t forget to grab a health juice or Baklava on your way out!
With weekly specials like $5 off burgers during Happy Hour and half off Crack Fries Mondays, HopCat has student budgets in mind. Crack fries?! What are Crack fries, you ask?! If you think you’ve had fries before, let me tell you, you haven’t…the loaded crack fries dipped in warm cheese are a gateway to heaven. HopCat has burgers, tacos, salads, and paired with one of their signature beers, and you’re sure to walk out feeling satisfied!
4. No Thai!
One of the best things about NoThai is how everything on their menu is customizable, from the protein to spice level, you can get your food just how you like it. The portions are great whether you eat in or get your food delivered. The restaurant does a great job of serving authentic food with an American twist. Pair the Pad Thai curry with the Thai iced tea, the combination is to die for!
5. Bruegger’s Bagels
Bruegger’s is the perfect place to meet friends for brunch. Make your own bagel sandwich or try one of their signature creations. They have seasonal sandwiches and coffee to satisfy any craving for all times of the year. Try the Sriracha Honey Sunrise for a warm and sweet heat flavor explosion!
6. Sindhu Indian Cuisine
Stop by between their lunch times to try their all you can lunch buffet for $13! With options like a DIY Chaat station, Tandoori Chicken, Paneer, Biryani, and Mango custard, you are not going to leave still hungry. You can also order food during other times and get huge portions for reasonable prices. So if you’re looking to try authentic Indian food close to campus, Sindhu’s is where you’ll find the best food around Michigan state!
7. Lansing Brewing Company
This is a restaurant that I’ve only recently tried this year and fell in love with. The environment caters to a casual lunch with friends or business dinners. With huge proportions from the appetizers to the main course, the customizable menu doesn’t disappoint. They have a wide selection of drinks and there is something for everyone, from the Beer fiend to the classy Sangria lover.
8. Golden Harvest
They say eating food is an experience, and Golden harvest provides just that. With long lines no matter when you go, Golden Harvest is eclectic and unique right from the décor to the delicious food. From waffles to sandwiches to quesadillas, Golden Harvest has something for everyone with almost everything under $10. This local restaurant is something everyone needs to try at least once! Don’t forget to bring cash, as that is the only form of payment they accept.
From Macaroons to entire fruit cakes, Chapeleure is the bakery that has it all. The desserts almost look too pretty to eat, but once you taste them, you will come back wanting for more! The quiet atmosphere also provides a welcoming study spot to finish that last minute paper on a Sunday afternoon.
10. Poké Lab
Hidden as a small shop on Grand River, Poké lab seems to be another world once you enter. In this restaurant, it seems as though Qdoba meets Sushi as you choose from a variety of options to make your own sushi bowl for under $10. They also have Bingsoo, a popular Korean shaved ice dessert, that is customizable with fresh fruit and syrups.