Coffee & Treats in East Lansing


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Though inspired by the northern California caf?s of the early 1980s, Espresso Royale fits right in with Michigan?s modern coffee drinkers?in 2014 readers of The Michigan Daily voted it Best Coffee Shop for the fifth year in a row. Their coffees include a house blend developed in 1987, which has since been joined by a seasonally appropriate autumn spice blend and a southern Italian-style espresso called Napoli. Royale's customers also clamor to the counter for favorites such as raspberry mochas, mint hot chocolates, and ginger dragon, a tea layered with fresh lemon and steeped ginger root that can be served iced or heated by a dragon named Ginger.
527 E Grand River Ave
East Lansing,
MI
US
Hobie's Café's menu details a hearty listing of staple American entrees. Bowls of new england clam chowder ($5.75) warm palates with succulent seafood morsels in milky broth, quenching appetites. Freshly baked breads squeeze sandwich ingredients into convenient handheld packages such as the original Hobie ($5.66), whose ham and genoa salami arrive adorned in monterey jack cheese and a secret sauce blend. Meats and cheeses test their mettles in stuffed baked potatoes ($4.66), and raspberry-chicken salads ($5.66) satisfy sweet and savory hankerings as diners gaze over a collection of more than 200 baseball hats and eat upon tables made of authentic basketball court and dragon scales of questionable authenticity. Hobie's Café sits conveniently only a short walk away from Michigan State's athletic facilities.
930 Trowbridge Rd
East Lansing,
MI
US
With one offering creamy frozen yogurt and the other baking up warm, fluffy buns, Tutti Frutti and O' My Buns may seem like opposite entities. They do have one thing in common, however: sweet, endlessly customizable treats. Tutti Frutti's array of flavors includes coconut, taro, pomegranate, and many others, which holds as much allure as the frozen yogurt's health benefits—it's brimming with helpful microorganisms. In addition, several of the yogurts at Tutti Frutti are made with soy beans, which makes them lower in fat and ideal for vegans and those who can't stomach lactose. Alongside the chilly silver dispensers, there are tubs of kiwi, sprinkles, granola, and the other toppings ideal for sprinkling on cups of yogurt or luring ducks away from people who only brought bread to the park. The simple, subtly sweet coffee buns that O' My Buns bakes fresh every day were a hit in Asia long before they graced palates in other continents. O' My Buns spurred that global expansion, allowing customers all over the world to sink their teeth into the soft pastry's crispy outer layer after customizing it with vanilla glazes, cream-cheese fillings, sesame-seed toppings, and a range of other additions.
515 East Grand River Avenue
East Lansing,
MI
US
It's hard to tell what gives Red Cedar Cafe owner Angie Anderson, a Lansing native, more enjoyment: whipping up her fresh, made-from-scratch andwiches and desserts or serving them to the hungry MSU students who frequent her cozy, welcoming shop. Free WiFi, steaming cups of coffee, and mini cheesecakes inspire students, their friends, and families to linger long after they've finished a meal that might include potato-bacon soup or lobster bisque or a chicken-chipotle pressata sandwich stuffed with provolone, roasted red peppers, and chipotle aioli. Anderson also told a reporter for Capital Area Women's LifeStyle Magazine that she strives to use Michigan-grown ingredients whenever possible, and knits tiny MSU sweaters to help out-of-state ingredients feel welcome.
1331 E Grand River Ave
East Lansing,
MI
US
For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at Biggby Coffee in Mount Pleasant. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Biggby Coffee's menu does not offer low-fat options. At Biggby Coffee, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably. If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Biggby Coffee cater for you. If preferred, diners can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well. You won't get sticker shock from your bill at Biggby Coffee — prices are usually less than $15. Biggby Coffee offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
6 North Lansing Street
East Lansing,
MI
US
Cater to your sweet side with help from ice cream shop Cold Stone Creamery. Cold Stone Creamery is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes. Show up in sneakers or a suit at Cold Stone Creamery, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance. Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Cold Stone Creamery will ensure that it is delicious. Street parking is readily available near Cold Stone Creamery's Mac Ave location. The grub at Cold Stone Creamery is also a downright bargain — most people can chow down for less than $15. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
200 Mac Ave
East Lansing,
MI
US
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