Lansing on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Are you a fan of Guy Fieri, the host of the Food Network’s popular show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives? It turns out he is an equally big fan of Lansing! The Food Network favorite features Fieri traveling in and around the country, with a handful of stops in Lansing. He meets chefs, restaurateurs, and has celebrity guests. Together, they create, share, and indulge in their signature dishes. Then, they see first-hand how these local classics are made. 

If you’re looking for a local favorite, or a hidden hole-in-the-wall gem with a “Triple D” claim to fame and good eats to boot, look no further, Lansing Mom has got you covered! Watch the episode that suits your fancy with your family, then go out and discover the out-of-this-world eateries of the Lansing area!

Lansing on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Photo by: John Lee ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P., sourced from

Capital City BBQ | 1026 W Saginaw St, Lansing

CLAIM TO FAME: Banh Mi, Pho, Bun Bo Hue and an assortment of freshly prepared rice plates. Featuring pulled pork cheese fries, chili chicken dinner, or smoked brisket at this classic barbecue joint. Capital City BBQ is a unique restaurant providing traditional barbecue as well as a local favorite in Lansing, Vietnamese food!

Eastside Fish Fry & Grill  | 2417 E Kalamazoo St, Lansing

CLAIM TO FAME: Salmon or Mac and Cheese Bites. Featuring items such as comfort food classics like fried chicken buckets, chicken wings/crack wings, or french fries, alongside exoctic food fare like frog legs, crawfish, and alligator tails. Eastside has an array of seafood such as trout, walleye, and catfish. But among the favorites in-house, we can’t pass up decadent desserts like deep fried Oreos, banana pudding, and cheesecake!

Joe’s Gizzard City |120 W Main St, Potterville

CLAIM TO FAME: Chicken Gizzards or “The DDD Burger Special.” Featuring items such as deep fried green olives, huge baked pretzels, deep fried Oreos, and all-time fan-favorite—elephant ears! Deep fried items are hand-battered with their famous batter mix and, they claim to have one of the best burgers around.

Meat Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine | 1224 Turner St, Lansing

CLAIM TO FAME: Disco Fries and Fresh Barbecue. Featuring items like traditional barbecue sauce flavors made in house, Texas red chili, starters you won’t want to miss, and unique french fries. At Meat Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine, they believe and live by the motto, “Everyone deserves great BBQ!” 

The Cosmos | 611 E Grand River Ave, Lansing

CLAIM TO FAME: Wood Oven Pizza. Featuring an out-of-this-world experience, The Cosmos have out-of-this-world pizza, alongside 14 draft beers and over 25 types of wine. Here, you can find menu items such as duck fat fries, runny egg pizza, fried goat cheese salad, and other amazing cuisine. As told on their webpage, here you will find “mind-erasingly good pizza pies hyper thematically-scorched in a wood-fired oven from the galactic beyond.”

Zaytoon | 940 Elmwood Rd, Lansing

CLAIM TO FAME: Chicken Shawarma. Featuring authentic Middle Eastern cuisine and Mediterranean classics. Here you will find that all menu items are prepared fresh each day with ingredients delivered fresh daily, all served with presentation and perfection. Enjoy a variety of meat or vegetarian salads and homemade pitas.

Do you know a local classic that should be featured on Triple D? Tell us all about it in the comments! After you hit one of these gems, maybe you need some ice cream, too?

Post by guest author Kailyn McMahon, Wallflower Writing


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