To help get the board moving:
What is your favorite, local, non chain restaurant? I have a lot.
Pub-I love going to MBC. The food is incredible. My only complaint is that their drink list is all beer, which is fine with me, but its always a nogo for my non beer drinking friends.
Sushi-It used to be Maru, every fresh, very unique. But pricey. XIAO just opened in Frandor and is just as good and much more reasonable (especially on Saturdays when they have $3 beers and $3 sushi rolls.)
Steak-The best steak I ever had in Lansing was at the Knight Cap. But again, pricy. Stillwater is really good too!
Breakfast-????? I like T&D's Coney Island in Okemos, but this town is in serious need of more breakfast restaurants!
I could name more, but I'll give others a chance too!