Bill’s bites_ college tour – crunchy’s at msu

The place Michigan State University alums tell people to go if they haven’t been to East Lansing — that’s Crunchy’s and it’s our next stop on the Bill’s Bites College Tour.

With football season in full swing, Bill’s Bites is searching for the best, or most interesting, places to eat on a college football Saturday at your favorite campus.

In Battle Creek, we are surrounded by several college towns, from Olivet College and Albion College on the small side, to two of the biggest schools in the country in East Lansing and Ann Arbor.

So grab your fork and your football, put on your favorite old school sweatshirt and get ready for this traveling tailgate for the Bill’s Bites College Tour.


With one of the largest campuses in the country, there is plenty of room to tailgate on a football Saturday at this Big Ten university. Can you get noodles and company to go But if you are looking for a bite to eat or a “bucket” of beer, you probably want to venture to the fringe of campus for a stop at Crunchy’s. Noodles and company wheaton Grand River Avenue is just a short walk from Spartan Stadium, home of the Michigan State University football team, and the road is the main artery through East Lansing with shops and restaurants for any taste. Kt noodles menu Near the end of the string of stores is Crunchy’s, snug in-between two other buildings where the main access is down a narrow alley.

Once inside, the Bill’s Bites crew realized Crunchy’s is unmistakeably a Michigan State University hangout with wall-to-wall Spartan photos and green and white logos. Noodles and company nashua There are the scribbles of generations of students on the tables, doors, walls and ceilings as the restaurant invites all to leave their mark on one of the iconic establishments in East Lansing.

The fame goes beyond the Michigan State University borders, however, as Crunchy’s invariably shows up on “Best Of” lists for burgers and hangouts in the Big Ten by local and national media alike, year after year.

Saying Crunchy’s has the “Best Burger in Town” isn’t just something they throw on the menu and let it sit there. Noodles and company greeley co As well as local media, like the Lansing State Journal, pointing out Crunchy’s is tops, the Big Ten Network and the website Thrillist also mention the bar on its various best-of lists. Ingredients for noodles All of which is nothing new to the large alumni base for MSU, since the restaurant opened in 1982.

The Famous Crunchy Burger is the star of the show, as the 1/2-pound chargrilled burger should be the choice for all first-timers to experience what a perfectly cooked and seasoned burger tastes like. Noodles and company evanston Served with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles, it can be ordered at a minimum with American, Michigan State-made cheddar, MSU jalapeno jack, Swiss or mozzarella.

But after experiencing the original, longtime visitors to Crunchy’s look to add some of the signature toppings. Noodles and company university ave A personal choice is the Merucci, with sauteed onions, pepperoncinis and mozzarella cheese. Noodles and company corporate But also, if you want it a little hotter, you can’t go wrong with the Cajun, which is sauteed green peppers, onion, jalapeno jack cheese and Cajun spice, or the Atomic, with chili, jalapenos and jalapeno jack cheese.

It’s still fresh in the memory of many MSU fans of the football team getting back to the Rose Bowl in 2014 after nearly 30 years of not making it to Pasadena. Noodles and company appleton wi What is a bowl, if not another name for a bucket — the vessel that makes Crunchy’s unique among the many bars in East Lansing.

At Crunchy’s you can order a “bucket of beer.” This isn’t a bucket of ice with bottles or cans of beer in it. Noodles and company email This is an old mop bucket full of the beer of your choice to scoop your glasses or mugs in while you are enjoying the atmosphere of this authentic college hangout. Noodles menu prices It is one of the most unique experiences on the Bill’s Bites College Tour so far, with a full 270 ounces of beer coming to your booth, sloshing around at your feet or in the middle of the table.

In the early years, the choice in the bucket was limited to Stroh’s. Noodles and company restaurant But now, Crunchy’s is also known to have some of the “best taps in town” with more than 27 beers on tap, including many of Michigan’s microbrewers.

Taking a clue from one of college football’s most famous mascots, going to Crunchy’s is a Sparty party for those who enjoy good food and fun times. Noodles and company tampa Starting with one of the tastiest burgers around, you can never go wrong when the waiter brings you beer and food in a bucket. Noodles and company employment Did I forget to mention, you can also get “buckets” of onion rings, pork sliders and fries? But I would suggest the tater tots — to my taste, the perfect complement to the Crunchy Burger.

Which means, if you are looking for someplace to eat before or after the big game, or are just spending time near the Red Cedar River during the fall, one of the prettiest locations in the state, going to Crunchy’s has to be on your bucket list of things to do.

Tell us about a favorite or unique food item at a local restaurant and Bill’s Bites may make a visit. Noodles and company menu and prices Send tips to bbroderi@ battlecreekenquirer.com.