I originally reviewed Clara’s Lansing Station on April 14 (review HERE) after my girlfriend I and stopped in for dinner on a Sunday night. We liked the place so much, we decided to get Mother’s Day Brunch reservations since her parents were going to be in town. The atmosphere is what sold us on the return the visit. The old train station is just beautifully restored that she wanted to show her parents.
Reservations were a good thing. The place was packed and there were people waiting. We got there about 10 minutes before our reservation, but were shown to a table right away. This time, we were up in the balcony. The buffet is on the main floor and takes up space where there are tables the rest of the time. The trip up the stairs was probably good for us to burn a few calories before hitting the line.
Right by the door, the buffet started with an omelet station and a carving station. I passed on both, but my girlfriends mom stopped and got an omelet that was loaded with two kinds of cheese. Next came the buffet line. It started with breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage then transitioned into lunch food like cheesy potatos (which my girlfriend LOVED), ham steaks, and chicken wings. I, of course, loaded my plate with meats. The bacon was crispy, but pretty generic. The ham was good and the chicken wings were hot. Nothing would have been fabulous had I ordered it off a menu, but for a brunch buffet, this stuff was good.
There was also a salad bar to the back and a huge spread of desserts. I just grabbed a piece of chocolate chip cheesecake with an oreo crust. My girlfriend got a huge sampler platter to share with her mom and her stepdad came back with his own assortment of goodies. The desserts were all top notch.
The brunch price was around $17 per person, so it did end up being pretty expensive, but it’s one of the better brunches. I’ve definately paid more and gotten less. Clara’s was really packed which is always a good sign when it comes brunch. I’ve heard it was the best in town and I have no reason to doubt that. Clara’s was the first repeat visit for us since moving to Lansing and we’ve been really happy with both meals.