The Watershed Tavern & Grill's menu teems with house-made ground-beef-patty burgers, tender meaty sandwiches, and other grill favorites. Loaded with either chicken or beef, the cooked-to-order Bangin' burrito lounges upon a bed of beans and revels in cascading homemade sauce, melted cheese, and garnishments such as tomato and tortilla chips ($8.99). Potato-gun soldiers call truces in the name of the Shed Chips, which see russet potatoes sliced, fried, seasoned, and distributed with chunky blue cheese ($5.49). Parmesan-encased chicken breast saunters atop angel-hair pasta steeped in pesto cream sauce ($14.99). Five Michigan-made microbrews round out the sudsy trove of a full-service bar, which wields wines, 15 tap beers, and hand grips for mid-meal pull-ups.
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.
There aren't many restaurants anymore where you can sit in the same booth your parents might have dined in 40 years ago. But such is the case at Beggar's Banquet. The self-proclaimed restaurant and saloon took root in 1973, founded by Bob Adler and named after his favorite Rolling Stones album. The pub-like main dining area remains down-to-earth and casual, welcoming guests with wood-paneled walls and stained-glass windows. The names of "beggulars" are etched on gold plates above the bar, and local families celebrate milestones in an elegant room dedicated to private parties. All of this, coupled with the nostalgic atmosphere and tasty, homestyle dishes, has helped Beggar’s Banquet earn praise as one of Lansing's best restaurants by 10Best.
Twenty ever-changing craft beers on tap and a wine list that ranges from malbecs to piesporters fuel the jovial ambiance. Cooks innovate creative spins on classic comfort food, adding muenster, havarti, and gouda to their baked mac 'n’ cheese and a blueberry compote to char-grilled pork chops. They also serve breakfast until 2 p.m., the time each day when orange juice magically transforms into soda pop.
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).
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.