I first fell in love with Zoobie’s on a quiet, hot August day in Old Town when my friends and I were in search of cold, craft beer. Not only did we find exactly what we were looking for, we found so much more. The space is upbeat, a retro vibe, and has a drink list approximately one Grand River mile long. The moment the bartender offered to let me come behind the
bar to put truffle oil on my popcorn to ensure individual preference, I was hooked. I continue to make regular trips to bar, even during the winter months, and was marginally disappointed in their lack of food options; even I can only eat so much truffle popcorn. Imagine my surprise when I learned Aaron Matthews and Alan Hooper, the owners, were opening an adjoining pizzeria; The Cosmos.
Cosmos has a happy, retro atmosphere with giant extraterrestrial-esque lights, video game consoles that double as table tops, and an 8,000 pound wood fired brick pizza oven. The pizzeria boasts super quick, super crispy
artisan pizzas with a variety of cheeses made in house by head chef Dan Konopnicki. Trust my first hand experience when I tell you the food was out of this world (no pun intended)! I ordered Fried Cheese Salad (fried goat cheese, candied pecans, baby tomatoes, and a honey mustard vinaigrette), Duck Fat Fries (with truffle parmesan), Sweet Potato Pizza ( toasted hazelnut, kale, Brussels sprouts, ricotta, and garlic) and Cinnamon Donuts. Yes, it was a lot of food, but I couldn’t stop myself.
The absolute BEST part of The Cosmos is that you can order beer and liquor next door from Zoobie’s and vice versa; you don’t even have to get up from your video game! Zoobie’s and Cosmos can be found at 600 E. Grand River in Lansing just east of Old Town. You can also find more information on their Facebook pages and websites. Happy eating Michiganders!