It’s lunchtime in Greater Lansing and you’re trying to figure out where to go. You may be trying to schedule a business lunch meeting, visiting the area, or just want to go with your co-workers to grab a bite to eat. And then it starts. “Where do you want to go?” and then “What’s open for lunch?” If you’re looking for something locally owned, with lunchtime hours, why not try the following restaurants?

*Please call ahead to ensure that the restaurants are open and offer dine-in due to staffing and COVID restrictions.*

American Bistro
American comfort food like from a diner with a casual atmosphere.
Open Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

AnQi Sushi
Modest take-out or eat-in place offering a familiar selection of rolls & sashimi, plus bubble tea.
Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Arcadia Smokehouse
Craft brewery and smokehouse.
Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 7 days a week

Beggar's Banquet
Extensive wine list and rotating craft beer selections. Comfort food with a twist of elegance.
Open: Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thur. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

An MSU staple, this feels like a neighborhood bar with great bar food.
Open Tue.-Wed. 11 a.m.–midnight, Thu.-Sun. 11 a.m.–1 a.m., Mon. Closed.

American comfort food. Gluten-free pizza crusts and Incredible burger for vegans.
Open Mon.-Tue. 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Wed.-Fri. Noon-2 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

For Crêpe Sake
Creating sweet and savory crepes, salads, wraps and smoothies.
Open Tue.-Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Thu.-Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-9 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Mon. Closed.

Harrison Roadhouse
Bustling bar & grill with craft beers on tap, hearty pub grub, house cocktails, plus a roomy patio.
Open Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Harry’s Place
A neighborhood bar and grill with affordable prices and great burgers and sandwiches.
Open Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. Closed

Jolly Pumpkin
Offering great appetizers, salads, bowls, burgers and granite-baked pizza.
Open Sun.-Wed. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Thu.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Lil G’s
An Italian leaning menu. Lots of gluten free offerings.
Open Wed.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m., Mon.-Tue. Closed.

Meat Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine
Brisket, beef and pork options. Small courtyard patio.
Open Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. Noon-5 p.m., Mon. Closed.

Midtown Brewing Company
All American cuisine with locally sourced ingredients.
Open Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Nuthouse Sports Grill
Sports bar serving American chow & daily drink deals
Open Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

One North Kitchen
Scratch kitchen, diverse menu, great service.
Open Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight

Pablo’s Old Town Mexican Restaurant
Informal Mexican restaurant featuring classic taqueria fare and outdoor seating options.
Open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

People’s Kitchen
Indoor and outdoor seating. Creative menu that changes frequently.
Open Wed.–Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mon.-Tue. Closed.

Pizza House
Pizzeria with a laid-back feel plus airy dining room serving deep-dish pies and other Italian eats.
Open Mon.-Sun. 10:30-4 a.m.

Red Haven
Locally sourced creative food options with tapas offerings. Casual yet upscale environment.
Open Tue.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-8:30 p.m., Sat. 5-8:30 p.m., Sun.-Mon. Closed.

Reno's North
Sports bar with sandwiches, burgers, salads and a great indoor/outdoor patio.
Open Wed.--Mon. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Closed Tue.

Reno's East
Sports bar fare-salads, handhelds and burgers.
Open Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight.

The Rusty Mug - REO Town
American pub fare
Open Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.- midnight, Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

The Rusty Mug - Westside
Domestic and craft beers, burgers, salads and great apps.
Open Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.- 2 a.m., Sun. noon - 11 p.m.

Saddleback BBQ REO Town
Craft BBQ with in-house smoked meats. Sandwiches, meats, tacos and sides.
Open Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saddleback BBQ Okemos
Craft BBQ with in-house smoked meats. Sandwiches, meats, tacos and sides.
Open Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

SanSu Sushi & Cocktails
Japanese staples from sushi to katsu in a contemporary space with traditional low tables.
Open Tue.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30-9 p.m., Sun. 4:30-8 p.m., Mon. Closed.

Soup Spoon Café
Colorful & cozy cafe offers homemade soup, a diverse menu of homestyle eats & regional beer.
Open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. Closed

Spartan Hall of Fame Café
Michigan State University sports memorabilia dominates the decor at this casual American restaurant.
Open Tue.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun.-Mon. Closed

St. Johns Brewing
Burgers, barbeque, salads and of course craft beer.
Open Tue.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun.-Mon. Closed.

Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe
Award winning pies. Quiches, sandwiches, and delicious baked goods.
Open Tue.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Closed Sun.-Mon.

Wing Heaven Sports Haven
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No alcohol served at this sports bar, just great wings and American cuisine.
Open Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

*Please call ahead to ensure they are indeed open. COVID protocols and staffing shortages may shift hours.

Photo credit: Tom Genarra