Hey foodie families in Greater Lansing! Got a mini Top Chef Jr. in the making or a daring food explorer in your crew? Choose Lansing and spice up your family outings with a culinary adventure in our vibrant region! Treat the kids to a feast of their favorite dishes or challenge their taste buds with something new and exciting. Whichever path you choose, a delicious adventure awaits in the diverse eateries of Greater Lansing. Bon appétit! 🍽️

Have a picky eater? Check out our recommendations here!

Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, prepare for a delicious journey at The Cosmos in Old Town Lansing. Find mind-erasing pizza pies with tasty topping combinations. Get daring and try the "Trust Us" pizza which changes daily. The toppings are a mystery—seriously they won't tell you what it is—it shows up, you put it in your mouth and get your socks get knocked off. Be sure to order the local favorite, the Cosmic Devils—deliciously good deviled eggs topped with candied bacon and pickled onions. Here you can also find arcade tables, a variety of small plates and salads, and an inviting outdoor bar patio.

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This is the place for foodies young and young-hearted alike. The People's Kitchen is a culinary haven where local ingredients shine, friendships flourish, and every bite is a burst of flavor. Their menu boasts a delicious array of house-made specialties from "Really Good Fu%@incg Pancakes" for breakfast to "Smoked Bone Marrow" at dinnertime. Open for brunch on weekends and lunch and dinner from Wednesday-Sunday. Your kiddos will find a lot of new flavors to explore that will leave their taste buds dancing with joy!

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Step into Social Sloth Cafe, a comfy breakfast and lunch spot that offers freshly cooked, homemade Turkish dishes infused with a Mediterranean twist. With an extensive menu filled with wraps, sandwiches and small plates, along with kid-friendly options like Kebaps and Kofte—Turkish Meatballs, you'll find something to satisfy your cravings. Be sure to get dessert, the Baklava is a must-try! At Social Sloth you can let the kiddos embrace in the art of slow dining, savoring each mouthful with the relaxed pace of a sloth.

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Your foodie family will love the newest addition to the riverfront scene—Lansing Shuffle. With seven diverse restaurants including Yeti Kitchen, Browndog Creamery, Kin Thai, Irie Smoke Shack, Takitos AF, Beirut Kitchen, and Osteria Vegana, there's a flavor for every palate. But that's not all—find some friendly competition with five shuffleboard courts, unwind at the two full-service bars, relax in the lounge, and soak in the riverside charm on their large patio.

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Craving a taste of the South? Than your family will love Meat. Southern B.B.Q. & Carnivore Cuisine. Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, their meats are meticulously slow-smoked for hours, resulting in a moist, flavorful, and buttery texture. From mouthwatering combo plates to homemade sauces and sides, and a range of southern-inspired comfort dishes, their menu is a true celebration of Southern hospitality. Be sure to try the Nachos—hand-cut tortilla chips topped with a blend of brisket, bacon, pork, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, fresh avocado and topped with the sweet and tangy, Jazzy Q sauce.

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Indulge in this cozy spot in Downtown Lansing, where traditional staples are given a creative twist. Like the Grilled 3 Cheese & Tomato featuring sharp cheddar, gruyere, provolone, and tomato, or treat yourself to Pierogis filled with smoked pork belly and sour cream-green onion mashed potatoes. With a seasonal menu and a rotating list of made-from-scratch soups, this spot is a must-visit for foodies looking for a unique and tasty experience. Pro tip: swing by during the week to skip the Saturday crowds and savor every bite without the wait!

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A special thanks to my dear friend Chelsea and her adventurous foodie crew! Thank you for sharing your passion for food and exploration with us.

Photography: Takitos AF (header image—in the Lansing Shuffle), Choose Lansing, James Lenon and our wonderful Choose Lansing Members.