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go after we’ve finished breakfast. >> SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Breakfast

XO Asian Cuisine 58 Monroe Center NW. 616-235-6969 ASIAN. Downtown eatery features an array of authentic Asian dishes from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Excellent pad thai and Tuesday sushi specials are a mainstay of the downtown business lunch crowd. Full bar and outdoor seating in the summer months. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pad Thai

TOP 5Pulled Pork Green Well PHOTO: STEVEN DE POLO

Yesterdog 1505 Wealthy St. SE. 616-336-0746 HOT DOGS. The hippie décor, trading floor lingo, throw-from-the-counter tip jar and pizza boards are all part of the experience, but as President Bill Clinton might have said: “It’s the hot dogs, stupid.” The steamed buns and generously sloppy toppings keep people coming back, especially at 2 a.m. when the bar crowds at nearby Billy’s and Mulligans let out. Associate Editor Lindsay Patton describes Yesterdog’s charms this way: “It’s so chill and laid-back…and ev- eryone who works there is grouchy.”>> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Ultra Dogs or Veggie Dogs

TWISTED ROOSTER Dry rubbed, braised, and simmered at 250° for at least six hours in a spicy, smoky, sweet and vinegary sauce – then served up with crispy noodle slaw and cheddar cheese on a soft bun. “When done, it creeps and finishes its bouquet of flavor in a manner usually reserved for whiskey lovers,” notes REVUE’s dining guy Matt Simpson Siegel.

GREEN WELL Small plate rather than sandwich, but still juicy and smoky, then dressed up with wilted spinach over polenta. REVUE columnist Steven DePolo likes to “hang out” at the Green Well because he says, “The pulled pork at the Green Well adds a touch of gourmet to a naughty pleasure.” He recommends the restaurant’s hot sauce for the more daring porkers.

NEW HOLLAND Not only does New Holland do beer well, it also serves up an old-school Carolina- style pulled pork that’s flavored with mustard and vinegar. Served on a bakery fresh bun with bread and butter pickles, horseradish mayo and lettuce – the Cabin Fever Ale (6 ABV) is optional, but recommended.

ARCADIA BREWING COMPANY You can smell the hickory smoke almost as soon as you pull into downtown Battle Creek, courtesy of Arcadia’s outdoor commercial smokers. Arcadia smokes brisket, ribs, prime rib (weekends) and, occasionally, salmon, but it’s the pulled pork that is the true star. Served with three side sauces (Carolina, traditional, chipotle), it’s available in sandwich and platter form, or as a pizza topping.

Z’S The behemoth that satisfies. Slow cooked pork shoulder marinated in the same award-winning barbecue sauce that tops the downtown nightspot’s famed ribs. Piled high on a bun and topped with a touch more sauce for good measure. Hard to beat, and even better with cheddar.


Zeytin Restaurant 400 Ada Dr SE. 616-682-2222 MEDITERRANEAN. Authentic Turkish restaurant featuring a range of dishes, including kebabs, seafood and vegetarian entrees, appetziers and a full bar. Interior is decorated with booths and Turkish pillows and rugs.. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Kebabs

Z’s Restaurant & Bar 168 Louis Campau Promenade. 616-454-3141 TAVERN. The downtown GR bar and restaurant, tucked away on a quiet street between Monroe Ave and the Grand River, is best known for its award-winning BBQ ribs. The 43-foot bar is the centerpiece of the restaurant, which has lots of TVs for watching sports. Open late. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Ribs


Bil-Mar Restaurant 1223 S. Harbor St., Holland. 616-842-5920 AMERICAN. A destination restaurant for locals and tourists for more than 60 years. Dazzling sunsets and an All-American menu featuring fresh seafood and hand-cut steaks. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Lake perch, lobster strudel, prime rib.

Blue House Bistro 220 W. 8th Street, Holland. 616-355-1994 AMERICAN. Chef-owned boutique bistro located in downtown Holland, with an extensive menu featuring small plates, sand- wiches, soups, salads, pizza, desserts, dine-in, take-out, delivery catering, beer and wine to-go. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN: T – Sn. GO THERE FOR: Seafood gumbo, Saturday and Sunday brunch

Boatwerks Restaurant 216 Van Raalte Ave., Holland. 616-396-0600 AMERICAN. Located on the waterfront, Boatwerks’ design borrows from the classic vintage motorboats of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. Similarly, the approach to food borrows from the classics: high-quality ingredients, time-tested methods and expert craftsmanship, no shortcuts, trends or fads.

Friendly atmosphere inside and out, efficient service in a clean relaxed environment where you can relax and enjoy the waterfront. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Sizzler Special

CityVu Bistro 61 East 7th Street, Holland. 616-796-2114 AMERICAN. Located atop CityFlats Hotel in downtown Holland, CityVu Bistro offers unique breakfast creations, an array of flat- bread dinners, and small plates. Full bar with extensive wine list and great views of Holland. Hours of operation change with the seasons >> SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Flatbreads

Everyday People Cafe 11 Center St., Douglas. 269-857-4240 AMERICAN. REVUE Publisher Brian Edwards calls Everyday People Café his favorite restaurant along the lakeshore. The atmosphere is casual and upbeat, the staff knows its stuff about wine and food, and the seasonal menu is filled with meticulously preprared, eclectic comfort food like Butternut Squash Risotto, Braised Lamb Shank and Ahi Tuna. A great wine list and tremendous desserts. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Gorgonzola Pork Chop, Greek Salad with Grandma Gigi’s Dressing (Edwards)

Fricano’s Pizza Tavern 1400 Fulton Ave., Grand Haven. 616-842-8640 ITALIAN. Claims to be the first pizzeria in Michigan, but customers care less about its longevity than the amazingly crispy thin crust and simple ingredients atop its much-lauded pies. Four other locations around West Michigan, including Comstock Park, Muskegon, Holland and Kalamazoo. >> SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza

Hearthstone Business 31 at Norton Ave., Muskegon. 231-733-1056 CONTINENTAL. With its classic bistro look, Hearthstone is a Muskegon favorite for traditional European favorites such as Carpaccio of Beef, Classic French Steak and Pommes Frites, Croque Monsieur Sandwich, Chicken Milanese, Crispy Flatbreads, and an array of gourmet salads, sandwiches and soups including its “Magical” Cheddar Cheese Soup. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Almond Brioche Perch, Panko Crusted Walleye, 30 oz Bone-in Tomahawk steak

Kirby House 2 Washington, Grand Haven. 616-846-3299 AMERICAN. The Grill Room doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is - a chop house and grill. The atmosphere is warm with Tuscan tones, atmospheric lighting, classically cool music and the ever-popular black leather booths. The menu focuses on the steaks and chops and makes no apologies for it. The steaks are prime USDA choice, the seafood selection immaculate, and the wine and beverage list is top shelf. A relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. >> SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Nightlife

Lemonjello’s Coffee 61 East 9th Street, Holland. 616-928-0699. COFFEE. A hip hangout for Hope College students that serves up unique coffee creations, baked goods and light lunch options, and live music on Friday nights – usually of the folk variety. Gluten-Free, vegetarian, & vegan options. Free Wi-Fi. Outdoor seating is available in season. >> SERVING:


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