Golden Harvest

15 03 2009
  • 1625 Turner Street
  • Lansing, MI 48906
  • (517) 485-3663
  • Website
  • Menu
Golden Harvest on Turner Street in Lansings Old Town neighborhood

Golden Harvest on Turner Street in Lansing's Old Town neighborhood

OH! MY! GOD!  Why did it take me a year to find Golden Harvest?  Why did no one twist my arm, grab me by the ear and drag me there? Seriously? 

J’s parents were still in town and they’re big breakfast people, so we decided to get up and go for breakfast.  I think I remember someone suggesting it a long time ago, but we don’t usually get up for breakfast, so we never considered it.  I was surfing the web looking for breakfast and found some pretty glowing reviews for the place. 

Golden Harvest is in Old Town on Turner Street.  We found it was a little tough to find when going north due to the configuration of Larch Street right before you get to the restaurant.  The GPS didn’t update fast enough and we missed a right turn, but went around the block and made it back.  The building is very tiny and it sits right on the corner.  When we pulled up, there was a line out the door.  I got out to see how deep the line was.  Since it was only two parties in front of us, we got in line and waited it out. 

It took about twenty minutes for a table to clear up.  When it did, two actually opened up.  One was a table for two.  The other was a table for four.  The party in front of us was just two women.  Guess where they sat.  Seriously, the two of them took the table for four instead of the table for two.  J asked them if they would mind taking the other table.  They hesitantly did.  Seriously!  Who does that?

Inside Golden Harvest is quite interesting.  There are only seven tables and counter with maybe ten seats.  The walls are covered with old tin serving trays.  It’s very kitchey.  The cook top is right behind the counter so you can enjoy a show if you happen to sit at one of the stools.  There was only one waitress working the whole area and she was running around non-stop.  She came over with menus and took drink orders.  Everyone at the table got coffee except for me.  I got a Pepsi.  J’s step-dad also got an orange juice.  Another guy who walked around with the coffee pot and cleared tables came by with water.

Easily the best breakfast town.  The Golden Harvest on Lansings north side.

Easily the best breakfast town. The Golden Harvest on Lansing's north side.

The waitress took a few minutes to come back which gave me time to make a decision.  I could find four or five things on the menu that sounded good.  What I settled on was the steak and eggs.  I always say I don’t order steak at restaurants because it’s the worst value on the meal.  Breakfast is a different story.  Most times, you get a pretty good size piece of meat.  In this case, it was a nine ounce sirloin that I had cooked medium rare.  The meal came with two eggs (over hard), home fries, and wheat toast.  The waitress set down a bottle of A1 when she brought the plate out, but there was no need. The steak was delicious.  You could tell the flat top was well used and seasoned.  The steak had a great flavor of grease and pepper.  The eggs soaked up a lot of the juice from the steak which gave them a flavor like I’ve never had on eggs.  Even the home fries were delicious and I usually don’t like potatoes that haven’t been deep fried.  The little pieces were cooked perfectly and there was a Cajun season on them…again, combine that with the juices from the steak and you ended up with a unique flavor profile.  The toast was toast.  It was two slices of bread that had been buttered.  By the time I got to the bottom of the plate, I was stuffed and really happy. 

J and her mom both ordered one of the specials. It was a fresh blackberry & Irish creme custard french toast.  J’s mom eats restaurant breakfast fairly often.  She said it was, by far, the best french toast she ever had.  J agreed.  There were fresh blackberries on top of the creme.  Both of them got hash browns and choice of meat.  J got bacon.  She got five pieces of super crispy bacon which is her favorite.  J’s mom got a home made spicy sausage patty.  She loved that as well noting that there were big pieces of pepper in the patty.  The hash browns were also done exactly the way J likes them.  They had a good crust on top and they were cooked all the way through.  That seems to be a problem at a lot of restaurants, but Golden Harvest hit this one out of the park.

J’s step dad got a cinnamon swirl french toast.  His breakfast came with hash browns and choice of meat as well.  He got the home made sausage patty as well, but opted for the mild.  He cut off a piece for me and even the mild sausage had a little kick to it.  He really liked the french toast as well saying that it was very rich and filling. 

The bill for the four of us was just under $40 and it could have been the only meal we ate all day.  Bring cash though because they don’t accept credit cards or checks.  The waitress leaves the ticket on the table as soon as she gets done writing down the order.  When you’re ready to pay, you just take it to the cash register near the counter.  Golden Harvest was incredible.  Not only is the atmosphere incredible, but the food is legendary.  The whole meal was an experience that everyone living within a hundred miles of Lansing needs to experience at least once, but really multiple times. 

It took about an hour and a half from the time we parked the car until the time we paid the bill.  When we pulled up, there was only a wait of two parties.  By the time we left, the line had grown exponentially and the wait was probably going over and hour.  Fortunately, it was a nice day and the Golden Harvest is completely worth the matter how long you wait outside.

We really need to get this place on Diner’s, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  E-mail the producer at and tell the producer why they need to stop in Lansing!

This is part of the line at 12:30 waiting to get in to the Golden Harvest for breakfast on a Sunday afternoon.

This is part of the line at 12:30 waiting to get in to the Golden Harvest for breakfast on a Sunday afternoon.




12 responses

16 03 2009

Ah, so you have discovered Lansing’s best restaurant at last!! My family has been getting Sunday brunch at the Harvest for about 8 years now. We’ve seen them through a couple of owners, a fire and rebuilding afterwards. There’s a reason that people are willing to wait an hour for a table – even in the winter you’ll see that line out the door!

I’ve submitted their name to Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives in the past, maybe with a new barrage of comments they’ll consider it!

16 03 2009
Mid-Michigan Dining

Yeah….can’t believe it took me a year. Golden Harvest is the kind of restaurants we freakin love and will travel to eat it. I can’t believe it was right here in Lansing….

16 03 2009
Zach B.

I couldn’t believe how long it took me to find Golden Harvest existed either, but I try to get there at least once a month now. Another place I would recommend that a lot of people don’t know about or haven’t tried is Soup to Nutz Bistro which is downtown. Seriously good food, and it caters to a full range of tastes. Go during the summer so you can sit outside.

16 03 2009
Mid-Michigan Dining

Soup to Nutz was a back up to Golden Harvest this weekend….we tried a few times last summer to go there, but always ran into a problem. We’ll try again this summer.

17 03 2009

I suggested this to you a couple months back when i suggested olympic Briol which is just around the corner. The northside by far has more choices for little hometown resturants then any other area in Lansing. Other Places to try on the Northside are:
Piazzano’s, Grand River about a 1/2 mile from Golden Harvest, Great all-round food
Guerazzi’s, on old 27 they have a Sunday morning brunch, only go for the brunch otherwise it is just typical fare.

17 03 2009
Mid-Michigan Dining

I remember you suggesting Golden Harvest….I just didn’t get in a big hurry. That was a big mistake.

10 04 2009

I totally agree with the Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives suggestion! It was my first thought as I was waiting for my food to come up. I have been there in the past, but that was about 4 years ago, so my dad and I went up the other day around 10:30 for breakfast and that place was still hopping! We only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table, but in my opinion it was worth it. The food was great, the staff was great and you can’t beat the electic, home-town atmosphere! I will definitely be going back more often.

12 05 2009
Pam Stoffregen

If you could bring some of that French toast with you next time you come down to Chi-town, that would be lovely. You’re making my mouth water! I heart breakfast!!!

12 05 2009

You need to come see us Pam! And we’ll take you there! 🙂

14 05 2009

I like the Adam and Eve on a Raft. Two eggs, one slice of French Toast, and meat for less than $5. I love their spicy sausage. Does anyone know where they get it?

24 08 2009
Zane V

Gary, we make it. Lots of it. A hundred pounds a week. I think Ive cracked over half a million eggs in the 5 years I’ve been there… We are big fans of this blog! please stop in and say hi…

24 08 2009
Mid-Michigan Dining

Thanks for reading. We’re big fans of your restaurant! I don’t crave breakfast food very often, but I crave Golden Harvest.

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