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DINING


The Score 5301 Northland Dr. NE. 616-301-0600 SPORTS BAR. Multi-faceted restaurant and sports bar has a lot to offer, including expansive menu with discount options, happy hour specials, countless big screen and projection TVs broadcasting big games and pay-per-view UFC matches, outdoor beach volleyball and live music in the summertime … the list goes on.


Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Sports Bar Atmosphere. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:


Tavern on the Square 100 Ionia Ave. SW. 616-456-7673 ECLECTIC. The re- fashioned former Irish pub still has that neighborhood feel, and offers up a unique menu with salads, antipasto, appetizers, a pub burger, and an array of unique “Yankee Tapas” like Seared PBJ Tuna, Anaheim Chile Rellenos and the ultimate West Side tapas: Pierogies. A hodgepodge to be sure, but fun.


7 days. GO THERE FOR: PBJ Tuna. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open


Timber’s Inn 6555 Belding Rd. NE. 616-874-5553 AMERICAN. Never mind that it’s located behind a strip mall, Timber’s pulls off the hunting lodge atmosphere pretty well. The portions are hearty and the menu is stocked with pizzas, burgers, steaks, fish, wild game and ribs.


ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Seafood Risotto, Wild Game Shepherd’s Pie.


» SERVING: Dinner OPEN


Twisted Rooster 1600 E. Beltline. 616-301-8171 ECLECTIC. The former chain restaurant has been “unchained” into a unique independent restaurant serving classic comfort foods with a twist. The lobster mac-and-cheese is a new “to-die-for” dish in the GR area and the barbecue rates highly with REVUE Food Writer Matt Simpson Siegel. The menu changes seasonally and focuses on using lo- cal suppliers. The lounge is comfortable, featuring live music once a week.


ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mac and Cheese. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: DIY Bloody Mary Bar Special, Yucca Fries.


The Winchester 648 Wealthy St. SE. 616-451-4969 ECLECTIC. Upscale Wealthy Street bar and restaurant feels like it was plucked from Chicago’s Bucktown or Logan Square neighborhoods. A comfortable spot to drink or dine, with an always evolv- ing menu featuring shared plates, salads and inventive sandwiches. The Cuban Reuben, originally created as something of a joke, remains a (very tasty) staple item.


Wolfgang’s Restaurant 1530 Wealthy St. SE. 616-454-5776 BREAKFAST. The bustling Eastown breakfast spot is home to some of the heartiest breakfast dishes and funniest menu descrip- tions. Courteous staff never fails to offer a cup of coffee to go after we’ve finished breakfast.


Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Breakfast all day.


» SERVING: 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.


Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pad Thai. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 64 | REVUEWM.COM | FEBRUARY 2011


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.”


Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Ultra Dogs or Veggie Dogs.


» SERVING: Lunch


Zeytin Restaurant 400 Ada Dr SE. 616-682-2222 MEDITERRANEAN. Authentic Turkish restaurant featuring a range of dishes, including kebabs, seafood and vegetarian entrées, appetizers and a full bar. Interior is decorated with booths and Turkish pillows and rugs.


Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Kebabs. LAKESHORE


84 East 84 East 8th St., Holland. 616-396-8484 ITALIAN. While we categorize it as “Italian,” that’s a bit limiting for this downtown Holland spot, which specializes in creating in- ventive pasta dishes. Housed in an old industrial building, 84 East is a favorite splurge spot among REVUE’s Hope College minions (or, alternatively, the place they ask their parents to bring them when visiting). 84 East also serves up designer pizzas and a few non-pasta house special- ties like Pork Marsala and Mahi Mahi.


Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sunday GO THERE FOR: Baked Spaghetti Pie, Tuxedo Chicken Pasta.


» SERVING: Lunch » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:


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 barbecue ribs. The 43-foot bar is the centerpiece of the restaurant, which has lots of TVs for watching sports. Open late.


Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Ribs. » SERVING:


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.


Lunch Dinner OPEN: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Lake perch, lobster strudel, prime rib.


» SERVING:


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.


days. GO THERE FOR: Sizzler Special. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN: Open 7


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.


Dinner OPEN: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Flatbreads. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch


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


CHEAP EATS: J Gardella’s Tavern


BEFORE YOU NIX THE IDEA of bar food just yet, take a look at the $4 menu that is featured ev- ery Wednesday night (5-11 p.m.) at J. Gardella’s Tavern. The establishment features jazzed-up items like a mini southwest layer dip with seasoned chicken, refried beans, melted co-jack cheese, salsa, and homemade tortilla chips, for example. Not only does the menu feature bar food staples such as loaded potato skins (the most ordered off the menu), cheddar pretzels, and pretzel sliders, but it also has filling dinner options like the pulled barbecue pork sandwich topped with co-jack cheese and served on a Kaiser bun, which Assistant Manager Amy Baker says is the most popular dinner item. Also, try the quarter-pound turkey burger, or the chicken gyro with cucumber sauce, lettuce, onion tomato and feta if you’re looking for a cheap night of dinner and drinks. Oh, and speaking of drinks, they’re half-off from 5-11 p.m. on Wednesdays as well. —Lindsay Patton-Carson


J. Gardella’s Tavern, 11 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, jgardellastavern.com, (616) 459-8824


PHOTO: DAVID CARSON


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