- 809 E. Kalamazoo St.
- Lansing, MI 48912
- No Known Website
Art’s Bar and Grill claims to be Lansing’s oldest sports bar serving up award winning pizza and out of the ordinary pub food. After doing some Internet research, my girlfriend and I decided to give it a shot for a Saturday night dinner.
We both had a few reservations as we were heading to the bar. The neighborhood surrounding Art’s is full of rundown buildings and it just didn’t look that inviting…nor did the exterior of Art’s, but we thought we’d give it a chance anyway since it has been highly recommended on the web.
When you walk in, you come right to the main dining room. There’s also a bar area to the back and video games are spread throughout the space. We found a table near the back of the dining room near the shuffleboard table. There was only one waitress working the entire restaurant and she was busy. She noticed us right away and yelled over that she’d be right there. After unloading her tray
filled with drinks, she came over with menus and took our drink order. After coming back with drinks we were ready to order.
My girlfriend went with the chicken strip basket. Deep fried chicken strips and fresh cut fries. YES! FRESH CUT FRIES! This place already scores extra points with me. She liked the chicken and the fries and the portion size was more than enough for her with a little left over for me so I could get a quick bite of the chicken.
I went for a house special. Art’s Burger. I didn’t realize what I was getting into when I ordered this. 1lb. of burger broken up into two 1/2lb patties that had a 2oz. slice of ham wedged between them. With cheese on top, this made for one helluva sandwich. I couldn’t even get the thing in my mouth. The burger was nice and juicy and the ham and bun were both toasted adding this amazing flavor. The burger came with chips on the side and a pickle. The waitress asked me if I wanted fries and I said yes assuming that the fries would replace the chips, but they didn’t. I got a huge side of the fresh cut fries on top of the meal. I think it goes without saying, but I definately did not leave the table hungry.
Art’s was a chance we took and we’re both so glad we did. The clientel was all over the board including many different social groups. Art’s has great pub food in a great atmosphere. From my table I could see at least three different TV’s including a giant screen projection in the corner. After a little hesitation up front, we will probably be going back to Art’s regularly.