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25 Kitchen & Bar 25 Ottawa Ave. SW. 616-805-5581 AMERICAN. Casually comfortable with a high energy twist. Located next to Van Andeal Arena, 25 serves sharable plates and unique entrees, plus a selection of 25 wood-fired pizzas. Also features 25 signature cocktails and 25 draft beers. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Variety, especially beer and pizzas.

Big O’ Café 80 Ottawa NW. 616-451-1887 ITALIAN. The downtown (and downstairs) restaurant has a reliable menu featuring pizza, pasta, and sandwiches that are Italian and Cuban influenced. A great spot for lunch or a quick glass of wine and plate of pasta before a downtown event. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Dead Head Vegetarian Pizza, Cuban dinners on Friday nights

Bistro Bella Vita 44 Grandville Ave. SW. 616-222-4600 ITALIAN. One of Grand Rapids’ best dining experiences, featuring Mediterranean inspired country cuisine, a swanky yet comfortable downtown atmopshere and personable ser- vice. BBV’s culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes made with locally grown produce, fresh seafood and rotisserie roasted meats. Specialty gluten-free menu, and can prepare custom dishes for lactose intolerant, vegetarian, and vegan diets. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mediterranean Country Cuisine & Martinis

Bite 151 Ottawa NW. 616-451-8000 DELI. The hard-to- categorize restaurant is part deli, part coffee shop, part bakery. A quick stop for breakfast and lunch, with smoothies, sandwich wraps, soups and salads, as well as muffins, cookies, brownies and other baked goods. >> SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday . GO THERE FOR: Soups

Blue Water Grill 5180 Northland Dr. 616-363-5900 SEAFOOD. One of Grand Rapids’ most inspired restaurants in terms of overall ambiance, with Frank Lloyd Wright style architecture, a stunningly massive fireplace, and some of the best water views in West Michigan. The food is similarly inspired, drawing from Italian, Mediterranean and classic American influences. All the traditional favorites are accounted for with a wide variety of wood-fired pizzas, seafood, steaks,

chops, salads, and sandwiches. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Grass Fed Beef

Bobarino’s 20 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-356-2000 ITALIAN. A melting pot of food, live entertainment and fun. Live music Tuesdays through Saturday, including rock, jazz, retro, country, rockabilly and more. Large game room with video games, billiards and shuffle board. Menu includes vast array of wood-fired pizzas, plus burgers, entrees and classic appetizers. Lunch buffet with pizza, pasta, and salad for $6.45. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Wood-fired pizzas

Bombay Cuisine 1420 Lake Dr. 616-456-7055 INDIAN. The Eastown res- taurant has grown from neighborhood favorite to one of the region’s best-known spots for Indian cuisine. That’s left some of the locals who used to slide in there for a cheap meal grumbling, but the quality of the food is undeniable at any price. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Naan, Rogan Josh

Brandywine 1345 Lake Dr./2844 East Beltline NE 616-774-8641/ 616- 363-1723 AMERICAN. Both locations do a brisk business at breakfast, especially on Sundays, but also offer a solid lunch and dinner menu featuring sandwiches, pasta, Mexican favorites and the legendary beehive potatoes. >> SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Breakfast

Brick Road Pizza 1017 Wealthy St. SE. 616-719-2409 ITALIAN. Not a typical pizza joint. Brick Road has won favor with the local vegan and vegetarian community for its extensive offerings that suit their dietary needs, but it’s also won over carnivores and omnivores with a variety of offerings including the area’s best deep dish pizza. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Vegan Faux Meat Lovers Pizza, Buffalo Tofu Pizza, Brick Road Sticks

Bulls Head Tavern 188 Monroe NW. 616-454-3580 AMERICAN. Downtown eatery is a great spot for business lunch or casual pre- show dinner, with a wide ranging-menu that includes salads, burgers, pasta, seafood and steaks. Specialties include the ostrich burger, sashimi tuna and smoked Gouda chicken pasta. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: The Ostrich Burger

REVUE’S dining listings are compiled by staff and minions. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of restaurants in the region; for a more comprehensive listing of restaurants, visit Our magazine listings will constantly change and grow in scope based on openings and closings, editorial space, budgets, deadlines, acts of God, congressional hearings and, of course, visits and meals at restaurants throughout the region. The listings are not intended to be reviews of West Michigan restaurants, although we will inject some opinions into the listings based on experiences or the personal preferences of staff. Our intention is to expand and sharpen the content every month to make it the region’s most user-friendly and accurate dining guide. To submit or correct information in a dining listing, please send an e-mail to

Chapbook Cafe 40 Fountain NW/2660 28th St. SE./ 3165 Alpine Ave. NW. COFFEE /SANDWICHES. Located inside Schuler Books and Music’s three Grand Rapids locations, the cafes serve up a variety of baked goods, coffee drinks and solid menu of sandwiches, salads and soups for noshing while you digest your books and periodicals. Also serving beer and wine. >> SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Homemade soups!

Charley’s Crab 63 Market SW. 616-459-2500 SEAFOOD. A staple on the fine-dining scene in Grand Rapids. Fresh seafood, a world-class Sunday brunch and a comfortable, upscale atmosphere for drinks and dining. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The Sunday brunch buffet

Cherie Inn 969 Cherry SE. 616-458-0588 BREAKFAST. The East Hills restaurant is one of the area’s most-loved breakfast and lunch spots. A neighborhood staple for more than 60 years, the eatery offers a cozy, café-style setting complete with French flags, weathered brick walls, pressed tin ceiling, and intimate tables. Breakfast is the true star, with a variety of regular dishes like eggs Florentine and blueberry pancakes, as well as specials like red-flannel hash and almond joy pancakes. >> SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa Sn. GO THERE FOR: Eggs Florentine

Cherry Deli & Catering 834 Cherry SE. 616-459-6182 DELI. An expansive deli menu with 55 different sandwiches named after Grand Rapids streets. The immense menu offers fifteen selections for vegetarian sandwiches, as well as four meat-menu items that are 98% fat free (Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, AND Chicken!). Great soups. >> SERVING: Lunch OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Vegetarian/Vegan Sandwiches

The Corner Bar 31 N. Main St.. 616-866-9866 AMERICAN. The downtown Rockford tavern serves a solid menu of burgers, burritos, salads and sandwiches, but it is best known for hot dogs – serving almost 1,000 per day. Their hot-dog eating challenge has been conquered by more than a few, but it raises the question: Why would you want to consume Corner Bar dogs in a hurry rather than savor each bite? >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days . GO THERE FOR: Hot dogs

The Cottage Bar 18 LaGrave SE. 616-454-9088 AMERICAN. A great spot to go for a beer and a burger before a downtown show, or after one. It’s cozy, noisy and serves up the best burger in Michigan, as judged by USA Today. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Burgers and Chili

Cygnus 27 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-774-2000 ECLECTIC. High atop the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Cygnus 27 offers breathtak- ing views of Grand Rapids, a cosmopolitan setting, and a broad menu featuring globally influenced American entrees, an extensive selection of small plates, plus a first- rate wine and cocktail list. A AA Four-Diamond restaurant that offers “fine dining without the fine dining price,” says Chef d’ Cuisine Werner Absenger in this month’s Q&A (see page 55) >> SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Seasonal Sunday Brunch

Derby Station 2237 Wealthy St. SE. 616-301-3236 TAVERN. Like its near north side counterpart, Graydon’s Crossing, the East Grand Rapids restaurant has an extensive list of beers – including a hand-pulled cask ale every day – and a unique menu that mixes English, Indian, French and American influences. Perhaps the best example of this is the Nachos of the Gods, a humongous plate of nacho chips covered with braised pork, blue cheese crumbles, tomatoes, arugala and Sriracha Sour Cream, with curried salsa for dipping. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Chef Flaska’s Monthly Menu, Great beers on tap

Fat Boy Burger 2450 Plainfield NE. 616-447-2200 DINER. The north end landmark is a no-frills burger joint that just happens to serve up one of the best olive burgers, made from beef that’s ground fresh every day, on the planet. Onion rings on the side, thank you. >> SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Burgers.

Founders Brewing Company 235 Grandville SW. 616-776-1195 BREWPUB. A beer- lover’s paradise, Founders has built a national reputation for flavorful, award-winning beers. Likewise, the brewpub’s menu consists mainly of flavorful handcrafted deli sand- wiches that can stand up and complement the beers (or vice versa). >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Award-winning beer, handcrafted sandwiches




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