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Fred’s Italian Restaurant Pizzeria and Grill 3619 Plainfield NE. 616-361-8994 ITALIAN. The lengthy name above might confuse most locals, who know this NE side institution simply as “Fred’s Pizza.” Yes, they serve up seafood, prime rib, chicken and great salads, but the traditional oven-baked pizza is the star here. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: A varied Italian menu

GP Sports 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-774-2000 SPORTS BAR. High-energy sports bar with a high-energy menu for both lunch and dinner. 40 TVs and two large screens for games; wings and 10-ounce char-grilled Score Big Burgers top the menu. Casual fare in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Score Big Burgers

G.R.P.D. (Grand Rapids Pizza and Delivery) 340 State St. SE. 616-454-9204 ITALIAN. The current Grand Rapids location was opened in 2004, and it was the first established pizzeria in the Heritage Hill district. The location serves as a common meeting area for lo- cal folks, business professionals and college students, a place where one could gather for a quick meal or a reflective lunch. They offer both hand-tossed pizza and Chicago-style stuffed pizza, as well as pasta, sandwiches, salads, and chicken wings. They offer online ordering. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza.

Grand Woods Lounge 77 Grandville Ave SW. 616-451-4300 AMERICAN. The restaurant’s interior exudes a warm, casual ambiance reminiscent of the great eateries of the Pacific Northwest;

the outdoor porch features two outdoor bars and a fire- place. Menu stocked with affordable appetizers great for sharing, plus salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Lots of domestic and microbrews, plus an array of martinis in- cluding the “Woodstini,” a tasty mix of Stoli Orange Vodka, mandarin oranges and raspberries. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Cocktails

Graydon’s Crossing 1223 Plainfield NE. 616-726-8260 TAVERN. An authentic take on the English Pub, with a huge selection of beers on tap and a menu that includes classic English dishes like Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Stew, as well as Indian specialities like Tandoori Chicken and Tikka Masala. A great casual atmosphere for drinking and dining. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer and authentic pub food.

The Green Well 924 Cherry SE. 616-808-3566 ITALIAN. This month, REVUE’s “Hanging out…” columnist Steven de Polo writes “Green Well Gastro Pub is the best restaurant in Grand Rapids” (see page 16). The East Hills gastro-pub serves up an every-changing menu featuring local ingredients, and its beverage offerings include a wide array of local craft brews and wines. The green refers also to the LEED© certified building and managements commitment to leav- ing behind a small carbon footprint. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Baked local goat cheese, Michigan maple whiskey chicken over rissotto (DePolo).

Gilly’s 20 Monroe NW. 616-356-2000 SEAFOOD. Gilly’s may not be the biggest name on the seafood block, but it takes second place to no one in regards to quality, freshness and inspiration. Avast array of exotic fish is line caught, flown in and prepared fresh daily. Every facet of Gilly’s speaks to impeccable attention to detail. >> SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Fresh seafood at a great price


THERE ARE NOT MANY restaurants where you can get a full meal for less than six dollars and have it be worthwhile. The Score changed that two years ago with its Fab Five for Five deal. Not only do you get a full-sized appetizer for $5, or a full-sized entrée for $5.99, but you also get what every American loves: ample choices. Choose between seven appetizers including chicken quesadilla, boneless wings, onion rings, fried mushrooms and more. Then, dig into your choice of nine entrées, including chicken chop salad, chicken broccoli alfredo pasta, fried shrimp, fish and chips among others. “People are blown away at the value,” said Brandon Monroe, marketing

manager at The Score. “There is no catch.” Not only does The Score have cheap eats, but it also is the place to be for the

Ultimate Fighter Championship. The Jan. 1 Pay Per View UFC 125: The Resolution Live will not only be broadcast sans cover at The Score, but will be accompanied with $2.75 Miller Lite pints and $3.75 Stoli vodka. —Lindsay Patton-Carson

The Score, 5301 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids,, (616) 301-0600


Honey Creek Inn 8025 Cannonsburg Rd N.E. 616-874-7849 AMERICAN. Located in the Village of Cannonsburg, the Honey Creek is one of the oldest pubs in Kent County, dating back to the 1930s. It’s a warm and cozy spot with a diverse menu, though it’s best known for fresh fish, prime cuts of beef and baby back ribs. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday M T W Th F Sa . GO THERE FOR: BBQ Ribs, Whitefish

Hopcat 25 Ionia SW. 616-451-4677 TAVERN. Rated the 3rd


beer bar on the planet by Beer Advcoate, Hopcat’s spin on its food is thus: “It’s the food your Mom would feed you, if your Mom loved beer.” That’s specifically true for Hopcat’s beerbar cheese, cheese ale soup and porter braised beef, but mom would also love the Hippie wrap (it’s vegetarian), the crack fries (they’re not real crack), and the Killer Mac and Cheese. Because what mom doesn’t like Mac and Cheese?>> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Widest variety of beers, crack fries.

J Bar 20 Monroe NW. 616-356-2000 STEAKS. Highly lauded and oft-awarded as Grand Rapid’s top steakhouse, fea- turing grass fed beef selection plus an ample selection of seafood, chops and house specialties. Extensive wine cellar and tastefully upscale ambiance that’s comfortable

rather than stuffy. >> SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday . GO THERE FOR: Choice-cut prime rib, 10-oz. Baseball Filet, 14-0z. Top Sirloin

Leo’s 60 Ottawa NW. 616-454-6700 SEAFOOD. With high ceil- ings, wood floors and nautical murals, Leo’s just feels like an upscale but casual place for a business dinner or a special date. The menu features a broad selection of seafood, from perch to scrod to swordfish, as well as pasta, chicken, beef and vegetarian options. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Seafood.

Louis Benton Steakhouse 77 Monroe Center NW. 616-454-7455 STEAKS. Award- winning big-city steakhouse with rich mahogany wood, tapestries, and a warm fireplace as backdrop to white linen, candlelit tables. Features USDA prime and all- natural steaks, plus fresh seafood. Great selection of appetizers. >> SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Steaks and service

Lumber Baron Bar 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-774-2000 LOUNGE. Historic bar with fireplace, leather club chairs and a large selection of premium drinks and appetizers. >> SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa. GO THERE FOR: Scotch or brandy after a Symphony concert

Maggie’s Kitchen 636 Bridge St. NW. 616-458-8583 MEXICAN. The store- front restaurant on GR’s west side has quietly built a reputation as one of the best places in town for authentic Mexican food, especially its tacos and breakfast items like huevos a la Mexicana (scrambled eggs with onions and jalapenos). >> SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa Sn. GO THERE FOR: Tex-Mex

Marie Catrib’s 1001 Lake Dr. 616-454-4020 ECLECTIC. The East Hills eatery has one of the most hard-to-categorize menus in West Michigan, but here’s a line from its website that begins to do owner Marie Catrib’s menu justice: “a twist of Lebanese, a hint of Yooper and yen for unique pastries.” Everything is made from scratch with local ingredients, and there are plenty of items suited for vegetarians and vegans. Get there early for lunch, as there is almost always a wait. >> SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Salads, soups and sandwiches.

The Melting Pot 2090 Celebration Dr NE. 616-365-0055 FONDUE. The Knapp’s corner restaurant has established a reputation as an intimate and romantic dining spot, with private booths and decadent cheese, chocolate and entrée fondues. Of course, the art of fondue is highly sociable, making the Melting Pot a great spot for small groups, and couples get-togethers. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fondue.

Olive’s Restaurant 2162 Wealthy St. SE. 616-451-8611 ECLECTIC. The Gaslight Village restaurant is a mainstay for Easties looking to have a cocktail and casual dinner. The menu is surprisingly broad, with innovative starters (e.g., Napoli fritters, Paella cakes) and diverse entrees like Southern meatloaf, braised short ribs and mobu tofu. >> SERVING:


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