Harrison Roadhouse's Spartan chefs pack a manifold pub menu with signature items that have delighted local palates for 30 years. A secret white-chicken-chili recipe ($4.99) quiets blabbing appetites from revealing the key to four consecutive victories at the annual East Lansing Chili Cook-Off. Among more than 20 sandwiches and burgers, marble rye and homemade Thriller sauce hug the Miller's Thriller's blend of roast and corned beef ($8.99) as bourbon beef chili pours like a meaty hailstorm over a juicy Roadapple burger ($8.49).
The dining room at City Limits Sports Grill is a peaceful retreat from the bustling bowling center just outside, where pins clatter and leagues cheer beneath flat-screen TVs and a colorful wall mural. The grill's menu collects classic American comfort food, such as 13 kinds of grinders, St. Louis–style baby back ribs, and beer-battered fish sandwiches. Pints of beer or root-beer floats poured into frosty mugs help round out each meal. In addition to leagues, City Limits also hosts open bowling, birthday parties, and bowling fundraisers.
Elk and wild boar make unlikely bar guests, but the stuffed trophies of both are regulars on the walls at Jimmy’s Pub alongside a cadre of vintage portraits. This East Lansing bar—which has the old-fashioned, outdoorsy air of a brick-paved street, complete with antique-style street lamps—has been serving frosty mugs of Fat Tire and Guinness brews for more than a decade. Behind the wooden, horseshoe-shaped bar, bartenders pour drafts and mix specialty martinis such as the Blue Angel, whose vodka, blue curaçao, and crème de cacao come together only when shaken at 7 Gs. A hefty menu of Italian and American bar bites complements the libations with plates of seven-layer lasagna, half-pound burgers, and pretzel-crusted salmon. Fifteen high-definition televisions broadcast sports games throughout the expansive dining space, and a jukebox thrums with peppy tunes.
Boasting a hand-carved mahogany bar, stunning stained-glass windows, and artifacts culled from the historical St. James Gate Brewery, Dublin Square bathes customers in the essence of Ireland like a tub full of Lucky Charms. The menu blends American bar favorites with authentic Irish specialties. Salute great canines of the past with the corned-beef-stuffed dublin hush puppies ($6.99), or submerge muttonchops in the irish beef dip ($8.99). A bevy of burger options includes the barbecue with irish bacon, with a generous slab of Angus beef slathered in green-apple barbecue sauce and cheese, then adorned with irish bacon ($8.99). Or stay green with a veggie panini, a combo of cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, onions, olives, mushrooms, and cheese on toasted ciabatta ($7.99). Match your meal with one of the 19 craft beers from the full bar, including Guinness, or chase down the Dirty Leprechaun, a mischievous mix of Bailey’s, crème de menthe, Kahlua, and vanilla vodka that warms bellies like an embrace from a bashful rainbow.
Buddies Pub & Grill’s menu is so diverse that the nachos alone come in four styles. They range from a Southern-style plate of chips crowned with barbecue beef and jalapeños to a meatless plate of garden nachos topped with extra veggies and love letters from local garden gnomes.
For over 15 years, the eatery has sated appetites with a massive menu that includes sandwiches, upscale steaks, and seafood. Assorted burgers and salads round out the menu, along with customizable pizzas with toppings such as pepperoni, Philly cheese steak, and banana peppers.
The restaurant's three locations feature interiors that also emphasize variety, with dining tables that are flanked by flat-screen TVs, pool tables, and high-stool bar tables.