Local Information

Food and Coffee

Nearby Coffee Shops
Click above map of locations for nearby coffee shops.

In addition to those on the map, there is also a Sparty’s Cafe on the first floor of Brody.  It is open 7:30am – 10:00 pm, Mon – Fri and 12 noon to 10:00 pm on Sat/Sun.

Starbucks in Wells Hall (building with Plenary) opens at 7am.

Quality Dairy – corner of Harrison and Michigan Ave (across street from dorm) has coffee 24 hours a day.

In Order of Proximity to Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

The State Room Restaurant – Upscale casual dining within KHCC featuring vegan and gluten-free options

Brody Square – Check out daily menus of Brody Square’s dining room.

At the center of this complex stands Brody Square — a unique dining destination for students and one of the largest non-military dining facilities in the country — and many classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces.

The Brody Square Dining Room comprises almost the entire second floor of Brody Hall, and the impressively spacious dining area provides a nearly endless variety of colorful open, private, booth, café, and other styles of seating. The welcoming nature of the space may be what keeps people there, but it’s the food at Brody Square that brings them to the door in the first place. An executive chef oversees nine independent venues within the dining hall, each with a recurring item or concept, and the menus change daily.

Homestyle serves American cuisine, such as rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes, while Pangea and Boiling Point offer build-your-own stir-fry or pasta bowl, respectively. Veg Out provides vegetarian meal options, and S2: Salad and Sushi has exactly what the name implies. If you have any room left after your all-you-can-eat meal, Dolce features ice cream, smoothies, cakes, cookies, and other freshly baked treats for dessert. Also, read more here about all the Green initiatives.

Any attendee can purchase meal tickets à la carte at Brody.

  • Breakfast $6.25
  • Lunch $9.99
  • Dinner $9.99

MSU Union
Union Pizzeria – Ready-to-go pepperoni pizzas, pizza by-the-slice, breadsticks, salad
Serrano’s – Counter-serve Mexican fare
Union Deli – Made-to-order sandwiches, traditional sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts
Sparty’s Express – Convenience store
Biggby Coffee – Featuring a large variety of specialty coffees, teas, and baked goods
MSU Dairy Store – Featuring MSU’s own ice cream and cheese products

Crossroads Food Court (In the MSU International Center)
Sparty’s Refresh – Snacks and beverages
UP Pizzeria – Pasta bakes, salads, pizzas, and calzones
Panda Express – American Chinese cuisine
Woody’s Oasis – Counter-serve Mediterranean fare
Subway – Sandwich chain

Harrison Roadhouse – Casual tavern in a renovated gas station with 20+ draft beers, cocktails, and a broad pub-grub menu
Udon Sushi – Popular, quirky restaurant featuring sushi, Asian fusion, and Chinese
Hungry Howie’s Pizza – Pizza chain known for its flavored crusts, such as sesame and garlic herb
Jimmy John’s – Counter-serve chain specializing in sub and club sandwiches
Domino’s Pizza – Pizza, chicken wings, and other sides
Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine – Low-key, independently owned outpost for traditional Ethiopian fare
Biggby Coffee – Regional coffeehouse chain serving specialty drinks, smoothies & baked goods


Additional Dining Options

From fine dining and farm to table, Greater Lansing offers a diverse dining landscape that will not only satisfy your taste buds, but it will fit in with your lifestyle and budget. Click here for a list of restaruants in the area. Learn even more about Lansing’s dining scene, including events, when you visit our page for foodies.

Things To Do

When you have downtime before, during, or after the conference, check out the variety of things to do locally and state-wide.

MSU campus

MSU Museum - Michigan’s first Smithsonian-affiliate, this museum is filled with research artifacts and natural wonders from around the world, including dinosaurs!

W. J. Beal Botanical Gardens
 - This is the oldest continuously-operated garden of its type in the U.S. with over 2,700 species organized in systematic landscape and ecological groupings. The gardens are near the museum and within walking distance from the conference center, making for a great outing.

Beaumont Tower - While you’re at the museum, you’ll see the beautiful tower that is the icon of the university and where the noontime bell recital plays on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the summer.

Abrams Planetarium - Located in the middle of MSU campus, you can sit back and enjoy the wonders of the universe in the sky theatre.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum - This new art museum on MSU campus contains groundbreaking, international contemporary art across all media and is an architectural wonder in and of itself.

* Please see the Lodging page for information about the tobacco-free policy on the MSU campus.

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