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Where to find authentic international cuisine in the Capital area

August 29, 2018
Altu's Ethiopian Cuisine is pictured on Aug. 29, 2018.
Altu's Ethiopian Cuisine is pictured on Aug. 29, 2018. —
Photo by Matt Schmucker | The State News

MSU prides itself on being a diverse campus with diverse students coming from all 50 states and more than 138 countries. During the 2016-17 school year, there were over 5,000 international students on campus, with 1,000 in the freshman class alone.

While students come to MSU for education and to experience the United States, sometimes it is comforting to have reminders of home. What's a better comfort than food sometimes?

The East Lansing and Lansing area have a wide variety of cuisines to try. Here are a few authentic international food restaurants to check out. 

Altu’s Ethiopian Cuisine

Location: 1312 E Michigan Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823

Named after the founder and owner Altu Tadesse, Altu’s serves traditional Ethiopian food family style. There, you can find meat or vegetarian dishes of all flavors and levels of spice. Born and raised in Ethiopia, Altu developed a love of preparing food to engage all the senses. This restaurant calls the Lansing Area home and strives to bring a taste of Ethiopian flavor to the surrounding community. 

To view their menu and learn more about their mission, visit their website.

Jerusalem Bakery

Location: 1456 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912

This Mediterranean bakery bakes pita bread fresh daily. All of their menu items are made from scratch. The Bakery also caters events hosted by the MSU International Studies Program and often takes part in Lansing area food events. Online reviews say it's warm and welcoming and  that their food, like hummus and falafel, never disappoints.  Jerusalem Bakery is also available for ordering on Grubhub for easy access while on campus.

Hong Kong Restaurant 

Location: 315 S. Homer St., Lansing, MI 48912

Hong Kong is one of five Chinese restaurants in Michigan owned and operated by Chuancai Fang Group.  Hong Kong specializes in authentic Chinese entrees, with daily house specials, vegetarian dishes and new Ginseng inspired hot pots.  They're also available for delivery on Grubhub.

East Cafe

Location: 1001 E. Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823

East Cafe offers dining, takeout and delivery to East Lansing, MI.  Their menu is a blend of traditional Chinese dishes, alongside modern interpretations for new dishes. Located on Grand River across from campus, students can walk and dine in or order online and have a late night dinner delivered.

Alicia's Authentic Mexican Deli and Catering

Location: 5025 North Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906

Serving the Lansing community since 2008, Alicia’s Authentic Mexican Deli is owned and operated by Alicia Gonzales. Their menu has something for taste buds craving authentic Mexican food. Alicia's hosts catered weddings, quinceañeras and provides service to small or large groups of people. Their menu features traditional recipes for tamales, enchiladas, salsa and pico de gallo.  Alicia’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has deli take-out items available. 

For more information on their menu items or their catering services, visit their website.   

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