Eat! Lansing

August 18, 2007

The Cadillac Club

Filed under: American, Lansing, REO Town, Steak — erithmetic @ 7:21 pm

The Cadillac Club
1115 South Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910
Phone: 517-853-1912

Tue – Thur: 11am – 11pm, Fri: 11am – 1am, Sat: 4pm – 11am

The Cadillac Club could be personified as a wealthy French-born teenager adopted by middle class American parents in the 60’s.

On the one hand, it’s a higher-priced restaurant featuring several gourmet-sounding steak entrees and creme brulee. Pictures of historic Lansing decorate the walls and bottles of wine are carefully placed on each table. The serving staff wear formal attire and attempt to be informative and helpful.

On the other hand, the Club is a kitchy nostalgia restaurant complete with sliced up 60’s-era Cadillacs adorning a central dance floor and hanging above bathroom doors, as well as life-size plaster statues of Marylin Monroe, the Rat Pack, and the Blues Brothers. The bowling alley-styled carpet, a live lounge band, and a featured dish, entitled “Chicken en Fuego” are icing on the cake. You’d think they would have named it “Pollo en Fuego.”

If you enjoy paying $20 a plate for mediocre food in a kitchy environment, then the Cadillac Club is for you. Next time, I’ll pass.

Update: Cadillac Club is now only open for Sunday brunch for the summer of 2008.


Filed under: Site News — erithmetic @ 2:27 am

Having recently moved to Lansing from Northern Virginia (the DC area), I’m constantly on the lookout for great places to eat.  Northern Virginia had an amazing cornucopia of restaurants  – Lebanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Salvadoran, Russian, Ethiopian, and Chinese.  My dining hero was Tyler Cowen and his amazing Ethnic Dining Guide. While I’m sure I cannot match Tyler’s knowledge of authentic ethnic foods, I hope that my journey of exploring Lansing’s eateries will help others find the perfect place to eat.

When you think of mid-Michigan, you wouldn’t normally think of culinary variety. However, with a large university and its proximity to Detroit (and its sizable Middle Eastern population), a scratch below Lansing’s surface reveals a health variety of restaurants.

However, this guide will not focus on ethnic food or “indie” restaurants. Even the run-of-the-mill suburbian steakhouses are fair game!

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