Despite the fact that they sell frozen treats, Swirlberry isn't synonymous with sweet—their artisan-made frozen yogurt embraces crisp, refreshing flavors that aren't overloaded with sugar. The machines at each location dispense classic variants such as Greek tart and vanilla, fruity spoonfuls of pomegranate and strawberry, as well as Hershey's ice cream and vanilla custard. Even the flavors that skew toward desserts—birthday cake, for example—are still low-fat and don't overpower the palate.
Every flavor is also kosher, gluten-free, and host to four active live cultures that may aid in digestion. And, Swirlberry's resident yogurt mixologist keeps the menu fresh by inventing seasonal flavors, rather than by combining chocolate with vanilla and calling it "mystery taste." Guests can embellish their yogurt with toppings that run the gamut from fresh fruit and berries to cereal bits and chocolate chips. More decadent non-yogurt treats such as vanilla custard and Hershey's ice cream are also available.
Since 1967, the crew at the locally owned Bell's Greek Pizza has supplied East Lansing with a fusion of Greek and Italian fare. That's more than 45 years of hot shawarma sandwiches bumping elbows with gooey pizzas topped with gyro meat or slices of salami and pepperoni. After sopping up hummus with warm flatbread, guests can wrap their hands around hot 6- or 12-inch grinders or customize 14-inch pies with toppings such as feta, lamb, and black olives. And because Bell's is open until 4 a.m., it's an ideal locale for late-night studying via free WiFi or a predawn breakfast for the early bird who finds worms a tad antediluvian.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location customers can sample thin pitas that encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for its bread and meats, and by offering a selection of healthy sandwiches.
Being a public restaurant on a private golf course has its perks when it comes to landscaping. Situated on the rolling greens of Walnut Hills, Copper Dine and Drink treats guests to picturesque views from the patio as well as classic American cuisine. Families, couples, or golfers retiring from the links can settle in for entrees such as grilled salmon with vegetables and lemon butter or spicy chicken cavatappi pasta with andouille sausage, Cajun chicken, peppers, and onion.
Thin slices of shawarma fall from the twirling rotisserie spit as the chef fills pita bread for one of Sizzling Kabobs' hearty sandwiches. Chicken shawarma is just one of the options on a menu filled with Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. The kitchen team marinates chicken before grilling it in kebabs or baking it tandoori-style to a rose-pink. They also make hashwi by blending ground beef, rice, chicken, and almonds—a nutritious meal that makes it unnecessary to spike coffee with Flintstones vitamins.
At Spagnuolo's Chocolate, Fudge, & Ice Cream Company, chocolatier Vic Spagnuolo concocts chocolate-covered desserts, flavored fudges, and more than 95 flavors of ice cream. Candysmiths toil away behind the ice-cream parlor's counter, making creamy truffles, peanut-butter fluffs, and chocolate-covered marshmallows and cookies. The menu also offers more savory fare, such as olive-topped burgers, chili dogs, and chicken sandwiches, punctuated with still more classic sweets such as shakes, sundaes, and parfaits. Unlike Cookie Monster steaks, some confections are also available in sugar-free varieties, such as caramels, chocolate-covered nut clusters, and cherries.