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Good Eats: Late night stops for a trip on the town

February 26, 2015
<p>Ann Arbor resident Rosemarie Royce tells her friend, alumna Natassa Christides, how to pose for a photo Feb. 24, 2015, at the Peanut Barrel, 521 E. Grand River Ave. The group was celebrating Christides' 22nd birthday over drinks. Allyson Telgenhof/The State news.</p>

Ann Arbor resident Rosemarie Royce tells her friend, alumna Natassa Christides, how to pose for a photo Feb. 24, 2015, at the Peanut Barrel, 521 E. Grand River Ave. The group was celebrating Christides' 22nd birthday over drinks. Allyson Telgenhof/The State news.

Luckily for MSU students, there are a variety of places in East Lansing that stay open late to provide a wide array of midnight snacks for nights out on the town.

Conrad’s College Town Grill

“They have the perfect drunk people food. They got tots, they got cheesy tots, they got cheesy fries ... they just got good drunk people food.” — Studio art senior Mariya Avanesyan

Conrad’s College Town Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. on weekends.

This makes it a viable option if you’re looking for something in the late evening or super early morning.

Avanesyan said Conrad’s is her go-to place when she’s craving something late at night.

She said she usually orders their cheesy fries.

Human resource management junior Tariq Alsaeed said he usually orders a Number One Wrap.

This wrap consists of chicken, mozzarella and cheddar, tots, ranch and sour cream.

“What I hate is the line in the restaurant — everything else was good,” he said.

Alsaeed said he thinks Conrad’s is a popular option among students because it’s conveniently located near the bars.

The Peanut Barrel

“In the summer especially, the patio makes it a great option. There aren’t really a lot of patios in town which I kind of find surprising, but that and it just kind of has a small, cozy feel to it.” — MSU alumnus Tony Homrich

The Peanut Barrel is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., making it the place to go when you want to actually go out and sit down somewhere to eat.

Owner Joe Bell said some of the most popular late-night drinks include draft beer and the signature Long Island.

“There are a variety of different specials,” he said. “We offer a dollar off everything from 10 to close, only thing that doesn’t count is the daily special.”

Homrich said he usually orders a chicken sandwich or burger.

Bell’s Greek Pizza

“I like Bell’s because it’s open late, it’s cheap and it’s a good deal for a late night meal.” — Kinesiology sophomore Kyle Gomes

Open every day from 10 am to 3:30 am, Bell’s Greek Pizza is a late-night-go-to for a number of students.

Bell’s is ideal for any students who happen to be craving pizza, breadsticks or even cheese fries.

Computer science sophomore Jon Lynch said that Bell’s Greek Pizza is great for people who live on campus and are up studying late.

“Going to Bell’s is convenient because they deliver to the dorms,” computer science sophomore Jon Lynch said.

Bell’s Greek Pizza’s menu consists of baklava, Greek spinach pie, and hummus and of course — the pizza.

“The pizza tasted really good,” computer science sophomore Matt Bender said.

Rice Kitchen

“It has a good reputation and they’re usually pretty fast with delivery.” — Finance sophomore Sane Ciccone

Rice Kitchen is another East Lansing favorite.

Ciccone is a fan of Asian food and said what he likes about Rice Kitchen is their late night delivery.

Acknowledging students’ late-night hunger, Rice Kitchen’s website said it is open very late for those with cravings after midnight.

Offering a number of authentic Chinese dishes, Rice Kitchen serves multiple Chinese appetizers along with different meat, vegetable and soup dishes.

But what is also appealing to Ciccone are the cheap prices.

“It’s affordable for most college kids,” Ciccone said.

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