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filled with meticulously prepared, 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).


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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.


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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.


ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Almond Brioche Perch, Panko Crusted Walleye, 30 oz Bone-in Tomahawk steak.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN


Kirby House 2 Washington, Grand Haven. 616-846-3299 AMERICAN. The Grill Room doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is – 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.


Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fairly Traded Organic Coffee.


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Mia & Grace 1133 3rd St., Muskegon. 231-725-9500 AMERICAN. Calls itself a bakery and bistro, but that’s too limiting to describe the creativity of Mia & Grace’s menu. The farm-to-table eatery in downtown Muskegon is casual and comfortable and serves lots of one-of-a-kind items like the Pork Belly Reuben or the Duck PB&J (duck confit, carmelized onions, cashew-peanut butter, green pepper jelly, anadama bread).


» SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Salads, Soups, Creme Brulee.


New Holland Brewing Company 66 E. 8th St., Holland. 616-355-6422 BREWPUB. One of West Michigan’s premier microbreweries serves up better than average pub grub, including the Tarheel barbecue Pulled Pork, Grilled Portobello and The Treehugger, which is billed as “a vegetarian sandwich utopia.”


Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mad Hatter IPA, Dragon’s Milk.


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» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Portabella Mushroom Fries.


Phil’s Bar & Grille 215 Butler St., Saugatuck. 269-857-1555 AMERICAN. This cozy (some would say “small”) bar and grille in downtown Saugatuck is one of those unassuming spots you might easily overlook, though locals in Saugatuck will tell you about their love affair with Phil’s. Eclectic menu is all over the place, but in a good way, and the staff is super-friendly.


Piper Restaurant 2225 South Shore Drive, Holland. 616-335-5866 AMERICAN. Upscale-but-still-casual spot located on Lake Macatawa, offering great views from virtually every table. Menu includes tastefully prepared items like Almond Crusted Walleye and Grilled Pork Loin, as well as wood- fired pizzas. Reservations are welcomed.


Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Almond Crusted Walleye.


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Salt of the Earth 114 East Main St., Fennville. 269-561-7258 AMERICAN. Salt of the Earth is a farm-to-table-inspired restaurant, bar, and bakery located in the heart of SW Michigan farm country in Fennville. Salt focuses on fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients whenever possible. Also serves up live music on weekends.


Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: House made rustic cuisine. KALAMAZOO/BATTLE CREEK


Arcadia Brewing Co. 103 Michigan Ave., Battle Creek. 269-963-9520 BREWPUB. You’ll find some of the usual suspects on the Battle Creek brewpub’s menu, including wood-fired pizzas and some of the best barbecue in the region. But you’ll also find some delightful surprises – Osso Bucco in a brewpub?! – on the menu, courtesy of award-winning Chef Sean Kelly.


7 days. GO THERE FOR: Handcrafted ales and barbecue. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open


Bell’s Eccentric Cafe 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave. 269-382-2332 BREWPUB. Eccentric Café’s regular menu of appetizers, sandwiches, sides and salads – plus the daily soups and specials – exists for a simple and important purpose: to complement the Kalamazoo microbrewery’s award-winning beers. Eat up while you drink up.


Open 7 days. (Closed Sat. lunch) GO THERE FOR: The Beer. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. (Closed Sat. lunch) GO THERE FOR: A great dining experience.


Bravo! 5402 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo 269-344-7700 ITALIAN. Much-lauded restaurant has earned its stripes over past 23 years as one of the region’s best dining experiences, including a 3-star rating in the 2010 Forbes Travel Guide (formerly the Mobil Travel Guide). The Tuscan-inspired cuisine is spectacular, the atmosphere comfortable and intimate, and the service first-rate. Also brews its own beer in small batches for pairings with menu offerings.


Epic Bistro 359 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo. 269-342-1300 AMERICAN. Upscale but not stuffy wine bar in Kalamazoo’s Epic Center downtown, featuring small plates, wood-fired pizzas and signature steaks and chops. As you might expect, the wine list is expansive with lots of value bottles in the $30-50


range. » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Cheese boards and charcuterie.


Fieldstone Grille 3970 W. Centre St., Portage. 269-321-8480 AMERICAN. Lodge-retreat atmosphere overlooking the natural wet- lands of the Moors Golf Club. The “field-to-plate” menu features burgers, pizzas, steaks and some eclectic items like quail. Try the FSG chips, a combination of potato, beet and sweet potato chips.


ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Blue Burger, Almond Crusted Walleye, FSG Chips.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN


Food Dance 401 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. 269-382-1888 AMERICAN. An eclectic American menu that reflects ownership’s fixation on “finding honest-to-goodness fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs that come from the farm, not the factory.” Lots of unique choices, for breakfast (gingerbread pancakes), lunch (crab cake sandwich) and dinner (beer roasted chicken).


Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh Local Foods.


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Martell’s 3501 Greenleaf Blvd., Kalamazoo. 269-375-2105 AMERICAN. Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood that overlooks Willow Lake, Martell’s offers casual ambiance and an expansive menu with steaks, prime rib and other comfort food entrées like Italian style meatloaf and pork shank.


(Sundays-dinner only) GO THERE FOR: Quiet casual ambiance.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days


Olde Peninsula 200 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo 269-343-2739 BREWPUB. Downtown brewpub serves up the expected (e.g., steaks, ribs), the authentic (e.g., London Broil) and some pleasant surprises (e.g., extensive vegetarian offer- ings, Italian food). Offers a range of beers brewed on the premises and served on tap, plus a full bar. Check out the seasonal porters on tap right now, including the Vanilla Porter (5.5% ABV) and Stout Chocula (5.25% ABV).


SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer-B-Que Ribs, London Broil.


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Rustica 236 S. Kalamazoo Mall. 269-492-0247 CONTINENTAL. Rustic European cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, sustainable and local products. Blends influences from France, Italy, Spain and other European countries with regional Michigan fare. House-cured meats, handmade cheese, stocks, soups, and desserts.


OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Local, sustainable cuisine.


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Union Cabaret & Grille 125 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo. 269-384-6756 AMERICAN. A partnership with Western Michigan University, Union features eclectic food and cocktails, plus live jazz music performed by WMU faculty and students.


Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Portabella Fries, Bloody Maries with infused vodkas. n


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