Cygnus 27 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-774-2000 ECLECTIC. High atop the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Cygnus 27 offers breathtaking views of Grand Rapids, a cosmopolitan setting, and a broad menu featuring globally influ- enced American entr&#xE9;es, an extensive selection of small plates, plus a first-rate wine and cocktail list. A AA Four-Diamond restaurant that offers &#x201C;fine dining without the fine dining price,&#x201D; says Chef d&#x2019;Cuisine Werner Absenger.
7 days. GO THERE FOR: Seasonal Sunday Brunch. &#xBB; SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Open
Derby Station 2237 Wealthy St. SE. 616-301-3236 TAVERN. Like its near-north side counterpart, Graydon&#x2019;s Crossing, the East Grand Rapids restaurant has an extensive list of beers &#x2013; including a hand-pulled cask ale every day &#x2013; 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, bleu cheese crumbles, tomatoes, arugula and Sriracha Sour Cream, with curried salsa for dipping.
Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Chef Flaska&#x2019;s Monthly Menu, Great beers on tap.
&#xBB; SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:
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 &#x2013; made from beef that&#x2019;s ground fresh every day &#x2013; on the planet. Onion rings on the side, thank you.
Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Burgers. &#xBB; SERVING: Breakfast Lunch
Founders Brewing Company 235 Grandville SW. 616-776-1195 BREWPUB. A beer- lover&#x2019;s paradise, Founders has built a national reputation for flavorful, award-winning beers. Likewise, the brewpub&#x2019;s menu consists mainly of flavorful handcrafted deli sand- wiches that can stand up and complement the beers (or vice versa).
days. GO THERE FOR: Award-winning beer, handcrafted sandwiches.
&#xBB; SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7
Fred&#x2019;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 &#x201C;Fred&#x2019;s Pizza.&#x201D; Yes, they serve up seafood, prime rib, chicken and great salads, but the traditional oven-baked pizza is the star here.
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.
ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Score Big Burgers. &#xBB; SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN
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 local folks, business professionals and college students, a place
where one could gather for a quick meal or a reflective lunch. It offers both hand-tossed pizza and Chicago-style stuffed pizza, as well as pasta, sandwiches, salads, and chicken wings. It also offers online ordering.
Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza. &#xBB; SERVING:
Grand Woods Lounge 77 Grandville Ave SW. 616-451-4300 AMERICAN. The restaurant&#x2019;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 entr&#xE9;es. Lots of domestics and microbrews, plus an array of martinis in- cluding the &#x201C;Woodstini,&#x201D; a tasty mix of Stoli Orange Vodka, mandarin oranges and raspberries.
Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Cocktails. &#xBB; SERVING: Lunch
Graydon&#x2019;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&#x2019;s Pie and Irish Stew, as well as Indian specialties 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. REVUE&#x2019;s &#x201C;Hanging out&#x2026;&#x201D; columnist Steven de Polo writes, &#x201C;Green Well Gastro Pub is the best restaurant in Grand Rapids.&#x201D; The East Hills gastro-pub serves up an ever-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&#xA9; certified building and management&#x2019;s commitment to leaving behind a small carbon footprint.
Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Baked local goat cheese, Michigan maple whiskey chicken over risotto (DePolo).
&#xBB; SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:
Gilly&#x2019;s 20 Monroe NW. 616-356-2000 SEAFOOD. Gilly&#x2019;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. A vast array of exotic fish is line-caught, flown in and prepared fresh daily. Every facet of Gilly&#x2019;s speaks to impeccable attention to detail.
ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Fresh seafood at a great price.
The Grill at 1913 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-774-2000 STEAK. A classic big-city steakhouse, and one of Grand Rapids&#x2019; best at that. Specializes in USA Prime Steaks, as well as fine cuts of beef, lamb, veal and pork. &#xC1; la carte side dishes, and a full wine list and cocktails.
Lunch (M-Fri) Dinner (M-Sat.) OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Hand-selected cuts of Prime grade steak.
Honey Creek Inn 8025 Cannonsburg Rd. NE. 616-874-7849 AMERICAN. Located in the Village of Cannonsburg, Honey Creek is one of the oldest pubs in Kent County, dating back to the 1930s. It&#x2019;s a warm and cozy spot with a diverse menu, though it&#x2019;s best known for fresh fish, prime cuts of beef and baby back ribs.
Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: BBQ Ribs, Whitefish. &#xBB; SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: &#xBB; SERVING: Dinner OPEN
KNOW YOUR CHEF: Eric Gillish, 33, The Union
Quick Bio I was born in Arlington Heights, Ill., moved to Newport Point, Penn., and then moved to Muskegon. When I graduated high school, I wanted to go into architecture. I took a tour of GRCC&#x2019;s cu- linary school and changed my major. When I was in culinary school, I worked at Amway Grand for three years and learned a huge amount. When I graduated, I spent some time with Garden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster), then moved to Columbus Ohio for a few years at a midsize hotel. I then spent two and a half years in Kansas City at another hotel, then started quietly looking in Michigan and was hired at Millennium Restaurant Group (The Union) in July 2002.
Signature dish There are a lot of dishes I feel I do well. I enjoy mixing old and new ingredients, and fuse things together. We have a delicious Brazilian salmon
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dish that has a robust spice rub blended with chipotle, cyan and a hint of clove, and is served with an avocado salsa. There&#x2019;s also a strip steak that&#x2019;s marinated with Bell&#x2019;s IPA, has a Arcadia Dark Larger mole sauce, and topped with Michigan Brewing Company&#x2019;s Nut Brown Ale grilled onions.
Cooking playlist We usually listen to 107.7 RKR. We have &#x201C;Angel&#x201D; by Aerosmith playing right now.
Nights off I try to spend as much time with my family as pos- sible. I have my beautiful wife Cecilia and our four children &#x2013; two boys, two girls.
Last great restaurant you&#x2019;ve been to Cosmo&#x2019;s Cucina (in Kalamazoo). It was phenom- enal. It was an off-the-beaten-path kind of place, but it was beautiful. &#x2014;Lindsay Patton-Carson
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