The best thing about eating breakfast at noon is the ability to kill two meals with one spork. Master the art of dual dining with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of comfort fare and drinks at Beggar's Banquet in East Lansing.
Beggar's Banquet dishes out a wide assortment of classic comfort food and drinks in a cozy environment. The restaurant welcomes early and belated birds with breakfast offerings (served seven days a week until 2 p.m.) such as the pesto omelet, brimming with roasted red pepper, spinach, tomato, and feta cheese in a green sea of pesto sauce ($8.99). Later-day diners can fill up inner chalices with tasty soups and salads before sinking into artful sandwiches such as Beggar's chicken salad ($8.99), recently featured in Bon Appetit magazine. Stomachs' hunger songs finally abate with satiating entrees, including the pork porterhouse ($17.99), a 16-ounce pork chop glazed in cider that's fallen on hard times.
Beggar's Banquet's staff provides friendly service in an atmosphere inclusive to families, students, and traveling circus professionals. Peruse the Internet with free WiFi while sampling from the saloon's extensive [wine] (http://www.beggarsbanquet.com/menu_winelist.htm) and beer selections.
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.