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Review: Zoup! has great food, setting

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Pictured is Joseph Dilts, the store manager at Zoup! in downtown Lansing.  Photo by Mallory Stiles

Mallory Stiles

Five out of Five Stars

By Mallory Stiles
Editor in Chief

With the weather being so awful, I needed something to chase away the chill. I decided to go to Zoup!, located at 214 S. Washington Square in downtown Lansing, and will happily be qualifying it as a five-star experience.

To be fair, I have been going to Zoup! for years, but as a result, I know it is good every time. I have never had a complaint and always leave wondering why I don’t go there more. Then life happens.

I used to walk back and forth to and from class when I first started attending LCC. I was working a $12 an hour job and there wasn’t always a lot of grocery money left over, but sometimes I splurged and ate out.

There was nothing worse than hiking miles, on the really cold days, by myself, into a darkening sky. Stopping in to the warm glow of Zoup! always helped.

There are bright, friendly, yellow walls and hanging lights over most tables to add a level of class. The front of the eatery is a shop-window setup, which provides a great view of the outside world.

My most recent meal came to $18.24 which sounds pricey, but I added a $3 tip because the service demanded it. I am a chronic taste-tester and today I got to try Cajun Chicken & Shrimp Gumbo on recommendation.

My order, though tempted to change, ended up to be my usual, which is a bowl of Lobster Bisque and Cali Chicken Sandwich. I would have gotten a lemonade – it’s fresh and promises minerals – but there was no time. 

The Lobster Bisque is creamy but not too thick and has real pieces of lobster that I couldn’t live without. The Cali Chicken Sandwich has roasted red peppers and mashed avocado with a roasted jalapeño ranch.

I’m hooked.

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