A meat-lover’s dream dining destination, Meat Southern BBQ and Carnivore Cuisine cooks up some of the best-loved barbecue in all of Lansing. Opt for one of its meat plates of either pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked turkey, Texas hot link sausage or wings, and pair with sides like BBQ pit beans, spicy cream corn, jalapeño and cilantro slaw. Otherwise, go for one of its hearty sandwiches, appropriately dubbed ‘meatwiches.’ They have a range of fancy fries too, parmesan-garlic and chili bacon included, and made-to-order mac ‘n’ cheese that diners can personalize with toppings like bacon, caramelized onion and roasted red pepper.
A chef-driven restaurant specializing in wood-fired pizzas, The Cosmos has been wowing local diners with its delicious signature pies since first opening its doors in early 2015. It’s a fun space with a sci-fi inspired interior that matches its name, a 120-seat outdoor patio and arcade tables where guests can play retro games while they wait for food. Chef Dan Konopnicki’s creativity results in inventive, gourmet pizzas like the roasted pumpkin with chorizo, red onions, arugula and feta, or the runny egg with pancetta, spinach, oven-dried tomato and mozzarella. Bruschetta and shareable dishes are served as well, alongside classic cocktails, wine, and craft beer.
The Cosmos, 611 East Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI, USA, +1 517 897 3563
Located in the heart of Lansing’s Old Town, Pablo’s Panaderia is the city’s go-to for authentic, delicious Mexican eats. A cozy and casual little spot, guests at Pablo’s Panaderia can expect a laid-back atmosphere and all the usual suspects on the menu, from quesadillas and tacos to chimichangas and chicken mole poblano. Breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos are served too, but Pablo’s real specialty are its tortas, a Mexican sandwich crafted from homemade bread filled with beans, shredded cheese, tomato, onion, avocado, jalapeño and a choice of meats.