Last Saturday when it was absolutely gorgeous out, after a morning of running errands, I decided I was gonna treat myself to a mini adventure and find a new place to go eat for lunch.

I honestly don't get out much. So when I have a weekend day off, I savor it.

I love Old Town. And I have eaten at a few of the restaurants there.

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I love Punk Taco and I have eaten there plenty. Highly recommended. You're in for a treat if you go. It's loud, it's different, it's delicious. I did not eat here on this visit but if you go, you must try the STRAWBERRY PORK NACHOS (that description alone screams "what the hell is going on" right lol), ROASTED DUCK TACOS (read that again), and a plethora of made from scratch in house salsas (green dragon is my favorite).  They have some pretty bomb vegetarian dishes too. 

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Photo: McConnell Adams/TSM Lansing

That burger you see above and the empty plate below are both from The Creole Burger Bar & Southern Kitchen.

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Sure it says burger bar and you're probably thinking greasy spoon. Nah. This is different. The interior has a certain flair of super cool class and style. If you drink, the bar greets you as soon as you walk in. Nice and cozy but not too hip for the room. You gotta see it and experience it. And perfect for you and your bestie for lunch. As a matter of fact they have a pretty dope $10 lunch special through the week featuring those amazing burgers.

The one featured above and that I shall rave about is The Sysol.

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If you're a mushroom burger lover, THIS ONE IS FOR YOU. The waitress helped me to decide on this one and when she came back I was angry after I had tasted it. I WAS ANGRY WITH MYSELF THAT I WAITED SO LONG TO COME EAT HERE. Easily, one of THE TOP FIVE BURGERS I HAVE EVER EATEN IN MY LIFE. That description and the picture do it no justice. You gotta eat this thing. Double handed, you're doing the hunch, it's messy, gooey, delicious. And they have these portabella fries?!? And THAT AIOLI MAN!!!!

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I can't wait to go back to The Creole, but as of right now...and until I eat another one that takes it's place from anywhere else, the best burger I have eaten recently goes to The Sysol at The Creole. I could write a dissertation on this thing. Or just eat another one. It's so good.

Finally, a quick word about MEAT!

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ONE OF THE BEST SANDWICHES I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE is the PORK BELLY REUBEN from MEAT. PERIOD!

I love great barbecue. I love a great reuben. Someone over at Meat decided to marry both of my loves together. And I would love to marry whoever came up with THIS WORK OF SANDWICH ART!

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There it is on the menu. Stop doing whatever it is you're doing and go make everything better by getting this sandwich in your life right now.

I have been to Meat a handful of times since I have moved to Lansing from Alaska. I have not made it past the wings and THIS SANDWICH. I am sure they have some other amazing things on the menu but this...THE PORK BELLY REUBEN is the business my friends. Go here. Eat this. You will not be sorry.