Visiting Lansing, Michigan, and need a restaurant suggestion? Or are you a local Lansing food-lover looking for a new favorite restaurant? Either way, I think you will enjoy a stop at the Soup Spoon Cafe.
Soup Spoon Cafe in Old Town Lansing
It was a gray and chilly day last week in Lansing, and I was visiting a friend in the district nicknamed “Old Town.” It was the weather of scarves, sweaters, and boots, and warm savory soup sounded like just the thing to help us recover from our outdoor exploring. To our delight, we passed by a restaurant called Soup Spoon Cafe. We entered and saw several tables in the room and more in adjoining rooms but there was counter bar, a feature I hadn’t expected in a restaurant entitled “cafe,” and it had a pleasant draw so we grabbed two seats. The first thing I noticed, upon being greeted by our friendly server, were the supplies behind the bar. True to the restaurant’s name, the bar is equipped to serve all manner of coffee drinks. But next to the espresso machine and coffee grinders was a line of beer taps, and above those, shelves of liquor! Another glance found a blackboard listing twenty different varieties of wine available. I sat there dumbfounded but with growing excitement. What an amazing availability of beverages! I had never come across a cafe serving alcohol alongside coffee, but for me, drinking a glass of wine or beer in an atmosphere of a cafe has much appeal.
Soup Flight In Lansing
Turning our attention to the menu, we saw some excellent dishes that boast of local farm-to-fork nature. What caught my eye , however, was their option of a “soup flight.” The restaurant has six soups, two main and four that change daily. This flight includes four cups of your choice and a serving of French bread for just ten bucks, and it’s enough to feed two people! Perfect for soup lovers, I wasted no time in ordering it. Out came our cups and they held the café’s soups of the day: Roasted Carrot and Coconut stew, Spicy Pork and Basil stew, Pumpkin bisque, and Butternut Squash bisque. All were absolutely delicious and warmed us right down to our chilly toes. The bisques were creamy and smooth, the pumpkin bisque tasting like pie, and the butternut tasting savory and warm. My favorite was the carrot and coconut stew whose broth was perfect for dunking the soft slices of French bread.
Soup Spoon Cafe Atmosphere
The Soup Spoon Cafe runs with efficiency and focus natural to a restaurant, while the atmosphere is more like a coffee shop, more comfortable and relaxed. I felt that if I had any type of drink in hand, I could wander around the rooms and diners, looking at artwork and chatting with the servers.
The building’s brick front has big display windows along each of the three rooms facing the street, providing a nice complement of natural light with the soft lighting inside. The entrance opens into the first room on the left, a room that contains a bar, a waiting area, dining tables, and a standing rail, ideal for late night drop-ins. Moving through an open doorway to the right, the next room houses the kitchen and more dining tables, restrooms, and a little two-person table by a bookshelf that looked vaguely like a reading nook. The third and furthest room from the entrance holds even more tables. The walls are covered in blackboard signs and tasteful artwork while painted glass window frames hang from the high ceilings. The space is open, well-lit, and friendly, the perfect atmosphere for dining while keeping a friendly, casual atmosphere.
So, wine with soup? Yes please. Twelve rotating taps of craft Michigan beer? Awesome. How awesome to go out for dinner or drinks in such a casual, relaxed atmosphere and be able to choose a Vivant ale, a Chardonnay, an Amaretto Sour, or a Chai tea? My experience left me wanting to visit again, and if I lived in the area I would want to be a regular customer. With soup options changing daily and the diverse drinking options, it’s the perfect destination for any occasion with an atmosphere conducive to just hanging out and enjoying yourself.
Have you ever been to the Soup Spoon Cafe in Lansing? Do you have another Lansing favorite restaurant or soup spot to share?