Archive for Thursday, October 22, 2009

How times have changed in Lansing

October 22, 2009

Awhile back I wrote about the new IHOP coming to town. Since then we stopped at the newest restaurant named the China King. It is in the mall next to the Holiday Inn and just two doors up from the Mexican restaurant, Azul Tequila. Both have excellent food and lots of choices. The new street is named Express Lane where there are more new businesses.

There are so many good eating places now from which to choose, all within a small area. Besides the two just mentioned, there is Burger King, Popeye's Chicken, Arby's, Pizza Hut, and across the highway is Dairy Queen. On up the highway a little ways is the La Mesa Mexican Restaurant, Connie's Cafe and Jimmy Johns. We didn't mention yet the new Sonic Drive Inn catty corner from the City Hall and the brand new and now open Barista's Daily Grind.

Then, there are the chain gasoline service stations that also have everything you need food wise. They are Wood Oil, Petro Deli and the newly renovated CoOp. Go west on Eisenhower to a nice place called Ashlee's just beyond the Country Club that has elegant dining too. WOW!!

When old friends come back for reunions, we start reminiscing about the places we had in Lansing way back when we were teenagers. They find it hard to believe that our little town has changed so much. When we were teenagers we only had three or four places to eat

Most of the time we went to the coffee shop next to the hotel on East Kansas or we went to Thomas' Cafe that in the 50's changed to Noll's Cafe, where we could get a Coke and a good meal.

In the old days, after dances or ball games, a lot of us would end up at the Chatterbox, which was open late on a Saturday night. It was then on the southwest corner of Main and Eisenhower and served great hamburgers and fried chicken, and the older guys could not pass up a beer or two to go along with the good food. Those were the days. I find it hard to agree with the kids nowadays when they say "there's nothing to do in Lansing." All you have to do is look around and be thankful for what we have.

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