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Hobies Restaurant at 107 E. Allegan in downtown Lansing, June 23, 1976.(Photo: Lansing State Journal file photo)Buy Photo

Whatever ups and downs downtown Lansing has gone through, it’s always been a hot spot for lunch.

State and city workers, state reps, legislators and anyone else in the vicinity can don their walking shoes for a quick bite to eat.

Downtown had some unique lunch spots over the years.

The Dancing Goat on South Washington Square not only offered delicious coffee drinks, but also salads, soups and pastries. They were on the corner in the space now occupied by Backyard Bar BQ.

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Dancing Goat coffeehouse exterior in downtown Lansing, on the coffehouse’s last day open, Nov. 20, 1998. 
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Friends Trent Mannina, left, John Thompson, center, and Bart Vitou, right, talk and drink their coffee Oct. 3, 1996, at the dancing goat coffeehouse in downtown Lansing. 
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Dancing Goat coffeehouse regular customer Robin Rosenbaum, left, talks with coffeehouse owner Judith Corlett in downtown Lansing, Nov. 20, 1998. 
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Judith Corlett stands outside her business, the dancing goat coffeehouse, in downtown Lansing, Oct. 3, 1996. 
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A sign outdoors at The Dancing Goat in downtown Lansing on the coffeehouse’s last day open, Nov. 20, 1998. 
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Hobies Restaurant at 107 E. Allegan in downtown Lansing, June 23, 1976. 
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Hobies Restaurant at 107 E. Allegan, downtown Lansing, Jan. 4, 1984. 
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Hobies Restaurant at 107 E. Allegan, downtown Lansing, Jan. 4, 1984. 
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Hobies Restaurant at 107 E. Allegan, downtown Lansing, Jan. 4, 1984. 
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Hobie’s Restaurant at 107 E. Allegan in downtown Lansing, Jan. 4, 1984. 
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Hobie’s Restaurant at 107 E. Allegan in downtown Lansing, Jan. 4, 1984. 
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Hobie’s Restaurant at 107 E. Allegan in downtown Lansing, Jan. 4, 1984. 
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Hobie’s Restaurant at 107 E. Allegan in downtown Lansing, Jan. 4, 1984. 
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Soup to Nutz Bistro greets with its bright yellow exterior and warm orange interior, Jan. 26, 2011. 
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The Capital City Deli on Kalamazoo Street in downtown Lansing, March 12, 1997. 
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Jim Perry, owner of The Capital City Deli on Kalamazoo Street, makes a sandwich for a customer, March 12, 1997. 
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The Spotted Dog Cafe, located at 221 S. Washington Square, closed June 24, 2015. 
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The Spotted Dog Cafe, located at 221 S. Washington Square, closed June 24, 2015. 
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Spotted Dog Cafe employee Eryka Stamatakos ladles a to go cup of turkey chili made with black beans as cafe manager Christopher Miller fills another order, Sept. 21, 1999. 
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Menu board at the Spotted Dog Cafe, located at 221 S. Washington Square, which closed June 24, 2015. 
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The Sports Page was located in downtown Lansing on Washington Square, undated photo. 
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Rose McNamara, left, owner of Sidestreets Delicatessen, takes an order as assistant manager Sara Schmidt, center, and Kit Geary, right, work behind the counter, Oct. 1, 1996. 
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Larry Duncan gives change to customer Bruce Elam who had just ordered lunch at the Rib Crib at 424 S. Washington Square. Larry’s brother Dennis, left, looks on while mom Cozetta Duncan and sister Paula Duncan prepare food in the kitchen, March 25, 1996. 
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Cliff Jorden, left, and his son Branden Jorden enjoy lunch in the smoking section at the Parthenon Restaurant in downtown Lansing, April 28, 2000. 
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Barb Terpstra, of Grand Rapids, Cynthia Beauford also of Grand Rapids and Roberta Briggs of Ionia share lunch and a laugh at The Parthenon in Lansing, Dec. 22, 1997. 
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Restaurant Mediteran, 333 S. Washington Square, brought an Eastern European influence to downtown Lansing, June 22, 2006. 
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Mirko Jurkovic, top, serves customers Dan Metzger, left, and Tony Olkowski, right, at the Restaurant Mediteran in downtown Lansing, Feb. 1, 2010. 
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Patrons enjoy lunch on the patio at Tavern on the Square, 206 S. Washington Square. 
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The now-closed Spad’s in downtown Lansing, Feb. 9, 1999. 
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The Sports Page was a sports bar, but an atypical one. A lot smaller, always packed at lunchtime and serving great sandwiches and salads. They were right at the corner of Kalamazoo Street and South Washington Square.

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The Sports Page was located in downtown Lansing on Washington Square, undated photo. (Photo: Lansing State Journal file photo)

Hobie’s Downtown (there’s another in East Lansing) offered a wide selection of homemade soups and sandwiches. The restaurant had entrances on both East Allegan and South Washington Square.

Capital City Delicatessen was just that — a deli — with sandwiches and soups — on East Kalamazoo Street. Wraps, pasta, and delicious daily specials were also on the menu. At Sidestreets Deli on South Washington Square you could order a corned-beef-on-rye sandwich, soup-and-sandwich specials, even a side of chopped liver.

The Spotted Dog Cafe served homemade soups, sandwiches, leafy salads, and everyone’s favorite — the chicken salad. The broccoli cherry pasta, strawberry salad and turkey chili were also favorites. They closed in June of 2015.

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The Spotted Dog Cafe, located at 221 S. Washington Square, closed June 24, 2015. (Photo: Lansing State Journal file photo)

Restaurant Mediteran was located in the Sports Page’s former space and served some of the best spinach pie, schnitzel, and homemade German noodles in the city. The restaurant closed in January 2015 and owner Igor Jurkovic opened Mediteran Café and Catering in late March inside the Capitol National Bank building at 200 N. Washington Square.

There are many others, but here’s a small sample of the downtown lunch spots we miss.

Contact Vickki Dozier at (517) 267-1342 or vdozier@lsj.com. Follow her on Twitter @vickkiD.




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