Corky and I have been meaning to try this restaurant for ages. We were heading into town to have breakfast at Dalmatian’s on South Washington (highly recommended and will review it soon) when we remembered Soup to Nutz Bistro
at 123 E. Kalamazoo Street in Lansing. We were surprised to find the restaurant full when we arrived just before noon today. They have about 12 tables inside and there was one table open and one party leaving when we walked in. The back outdoor patio has at least 12 more tables and was about half full. We chose a table outside and sat to start reading our Sunday LSJ. Then we continued to sit…and read…and sit… The waitress finally asked if we had been helped (she was the only server, so I think that was a rhetorical question) at about 12:15 and finally gave us our menus. We had set the limit of five more minutes sitting before we would have walked out and headed for our first choice in restaurant. We were VERY glad that we did not leave. While the service was not even adequate, the meal more than made up for our initial annoyance. We later heard the owner tell someone she had mistakenly not staffed for a “first Sunday” and that they had been slammed for awhile there. I can definitely forgive the service once and give them another try.
As far as the meal goes, we were both more than happy with our choices. I ordered the Poached Eggs Phoenix. It had chipotle spiced chicken topped with cheese and jalapenos with two poached eggs on top. It was served with wonderful wheat toast. Corky and I split an order of bacon and he ordered Eggs Enchiladas that were to die for. They were filled with black beans, tomatoes, onions (very fresh) baked with homemade sauce and cheese then topped with two poached eggs and a dollop of sour cream. I took one bite and agreed that it was delicious. He also ordered a sticky bun that was homemade, chewy and delicious. It was heavy on the brown sugar and not as soft or cinnamony as a commercial roll like a “Cinnabon”. Corky even stated that this was the “best breakfast he has had in Lansing.” That is a pretty high compliment from that man! I think he was trying to kiss up to me though, as he followed that with “except for the fried egg and cheese sandwich you made me last weekend and served me in bed on Memorial Day!”
I took pictures of our food, but since we were outside in partial shade, the shadows make them difficult to see. I highly recommend that you check out this restaurant. They are open from 10 am to 3 pm during the week, closed on Saturdays and open 10 am to 2 pm for Sunday Brunch.
My breakfast…Poached Eggs Phoenix with a side of bacon.
Corky’s Eggs Enchiladas…this was honestly to die for…
Corky’s sticky bun…house made and pretty darn incredible.
This is what I looked like after two bites of the sticky bun…it was coma-inducing sugar laden sticky goodness. Thankfully this sleepiness passed in about 20 minutes.
Our bill with one cup of coffee and one soda came to $17.81 pre-tip. We spoke briefly with the owner on the way out and were told that the Summer Menu starts tomorrow. That is reason enough for me to return soon! I can’t wait to see what the new menu has in store for us!