You need a great space to conduct an interview, have a lunch meeting with a client or simply for networking. We asked our readers for the 411 on their go-to spots in the 517.
For networking, so many places in the region fit the bill. Locals seem to love One North Kitchen and Bar, 5001 W. Saginaw Highway in Lansing, for the diverse menu and casual and entertainment-based environment. The great patio was seen as a definite plus. Good Truckin’ Diner, 1107 S. Washington Ave. in Lansing, was also noted for networking in a small, eclectic spot with a great breakfast and lunch menu. Buddy’s Pizza, a newer arrival to West Saginaw Highway, was mentioned, as well as Social Sloth Café and Bakery, which is located in downtown Lansing and offers free Wi-Fi, tasty artisan food, and great tea and coffee.
As for great places to take a client, we know from experience any of the places mentioned in our networking category would fit the bill as well; however, the following are very popular favorites, as mentioned by our readers. The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Road in East Lansing, has a spectacular menu at the State Room Restaurant that will impress your best clients with the likes of grilled sea scallops with saffron rouille along with an award-winning wine menu. Soup Spoon Cafe on East Michigan Avenue in Lansing was also given love by our readers. It’s known for 12 draft microbrews focused on Michigan, boutique wines and classic cocktails along with a menu that impresses foodies.
The quiet atmosphere at Bread Bites, 5100 Marsh Road in Okemos, was noted as a great place for a more private meeting like an interview. The counter ordering allows for less interruptions than a full-service restaurant, which may help lend to the privacy, according to one of our readers. Cask and Co. , 3415 E. Saginaw Highway across from the Frandor Shopping Center, is also known to have a quiet ambiance for lunch, along with an exceptional menu. Beggar’s Banquet at 218 Abbot Road in East Lansing was also listed by our readers and is known for its elegant dining in a casual atmosphere.
It’s important to note that no matter where you are in the 517, there are exceptional places to wine, dine and enjoy the company of co-workers and clients alike. Places like Cugino’s Italian Restaurant in Grand Ledge and Lansing staples Leo’s Lodge, Art’s Pub, DeLuca’s, Zoobie’s, Fidler’s on the Grand and so many more were also mentioned by readers. Missed your favorite? Then make sure you follow us on Facebook and watch for our monthly polls. We also poll on Instagram and on the streets when we are out and about. Have an idea for our “Best Of” monthly food feature? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.