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Good Eats: Date night for any budget

February 12, 2015
<p>Grand River Coffee Cafe presents special Valentines Day themed treats Feb 10, 2015 at 515 West Grand River Ave, East Lansing.</p>

Grand River Coffee Cafe presents special Valentines Day themed treats Feb 10, 2015 at 515 West Grand River Ave, East Lansing.

Photo by Kennedy Thatch | The State News

Here are some ideal date locations, depending on how much you hope to spend on that Valentine’s Day date.



GrandRiver Coffee Cafe

515 West Grand River Ave.

“My favorite order is the honey nectar tea latte. I’ve always had such a nice time going there ... I would recommend it for Valentine’s date for a cute breakfast, although it’s not fancy, it is cozy.” — Meg Vindischman, criminal justice and psychology freshman

GrandRiver Coffee Cafe is perfect to get a low-cost sandwich, dessert or coffee drink.

Drinks cost anywhere from $2 to $5 and pastries cost between $2 to $3.


New relationship:

El Azteco

225 Ann Street

“It is a cozy and authentic Mexican feel. It’s typically spicy, even their mild stuff, but it’s definitely a good place for young couples who don’t have budgets for fancy restaurants.” — Monica Watt, international relations junior

El Azteco is a place to get a cultural experience without killing your wallet.

Some lunch menu items can range from $2 to $8 and dinner entrees can range from $7 to $12.

This restaurant has a full bar, featuring Mexican beer, American beer, margaritas and other beverages.

Manager Lupe Holguin’s favorite dish is the enchiladas de jocoque.

“It has been my favorite for the last 38 years I’ve been working here, and I’m still eating it,” Holguin said.


Casual dating:

Max & Erma’s

2515 Lake Lansing Road

“It’s pretty awesome, especially the chocolate chip cookies. They have great appetizers and drink specials and it’s a fun place to catch up with friends.” — Neelam Mehta, psychology senior

Max & Erma’s is a good place to take a date when looking for a reasonable price range, but still when wanting to treat your date. Manager Brandon Schultz said full meals on the menu range anywhere from $9 to $15.

Max & Erma’s has a three-course meal for two deal for Valentine’s Day.


For your specialsomeone:

Sansu Sushi & Cocktails 

4750 South Hagadorn Road

“I like the volcano roll because of the spicy crab and the sweet and spicy sauce on top.” — Dylan Chmura, nutritional sciences sophomore

Sansu Sushi & Cocktails is located on South Hagadorn Road. Owner Rebecca Jeon said the items on the menu cost between $4.50 and $25.

If you want to impress a date, this is one possible stop.

Jeon said their most popular sushi is the Salmon Bento, which costs about $19 with a soup and salad included.


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