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DINING


Rose’s On Reeds Lake 550 Lakeside Dr. SE. 616-458-1122 ECLECTIC. The East Grand Rapids landmark is one of those places that has a different feel in each season. In the summertime, it’s a great spot to hang on the decks and have cocktails and light ap- petizers; when the snow is falling, it’s a warm and cozy spot for a hearty meal and big glass of wine. The menu draws from a multitude of influences including Mediterranean, Italian, and Casual American. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Root Chips.


Sandmann’s 1200 Wealthy St. SE. 616-459-0900 BARBECUE. The smell of barbecue wafts through the air at Wealthy and Fuller, making it hard to drive by and not want to stop at this perpetual award winner for GR’s best barbecue. Great ribs, chicken and rib tips, plus Soul Food Sundays for down-home southern goodness. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa Sn. GO THERE FOR: Barbecue Ribs and Chicken.


San Chez Bistro 38 W. Fulton. 616-774-8272 EUROPEAN. Back before downtown GR was bustling and small plates were the rage, there was San Chez. For the better part of two decades, San Chez has been one of the restaurants in Grand Rapids where you could bring your friends from Detroit, Chicago or New York and not have them look down their noses at you. The tapas bistro has excelled at serving up authentic European and Mediterranean cuisine in a fun, laid-back and artful atmosphere. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Tapas, Sangria.


Schnitz Deli 1315 E. Fulton. 616-451-4444 DELI. Locally owned New York-style deli. Sandwiches on the Schnitz’s fresh baked bread featuring slow cooked pastrami, corned beef, roast beef and other deli meats, cheeses and condiments. Hearty soups, salads and desserts made from scratch daily. » SERVING: Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Awesome deli sandwiches.


Stella’s Lounge 53 Commerce Ave. 616-356-2700 TAVERN. The Chicago- style whiskey bar has more than 200 varieties of distilled spirits, old-school video games, a superexcellent jukebox stocked with rock and punk classics, and a menu filled with vegetarian and vegan bar food – and stuffed burg- ers. Did we mention you can sip cans of PBR, Blatz and other classic beers, as well as sangria, out of a mason jar? REVUE’s British ex-pat David Smith, the limey bastard who writes “Emails to Blighty” calls Stella’s his favorite bar in the world. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Vegetarian and vegan bar food.


Six.One.Six 235 Louis NW. 616-242-1448 ECLECTIC. Inspired menus, sweeping views of downtown, and a sophisti- cated ambiance make for one of downtown’s premier spots for sipping cocktails or noshing at any time of the day. The dinner menu has both “small eats” and “big eats” that reflect a variety of global influences (e.g., gastro pubs, sushi), and the lunches are creative takes on familiar themes.


Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Variety and being seen.


» SERVING: Breakfast Lunch


Sundance Grill 40 Pearl St. 616-776-1616 ECLECTIC. Much-loved break- fast and lunch eatery is a favorite for downtown business meetings during the week, and a great weekend spot to avoid the crush at suburban eateries. Sundance also serves dinner, with a tilt toward Southwestern dishes as well as


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fish, steaks and pasta. Two more words: Margarita Bar. Also has a location on 28th Street. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days (hours vary). GO THERE FOR: Southwestern food.


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


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


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Bike Bar atmosphere.


Teazers Bar and Grill 819 Ottawa NW. 616-459-2481 TAVERN. Near NE side tavern has a biker bar feel and one of the best olive burg- ers in a town that relishes them. And the beer is ultra-cold, too.


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


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


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 evolving menu featuring shared plates, salads and inventive sand- wiches. The Cuban Reuben, originally created as something of a joke, remains a (very tasty) staple item. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: DIY Bloody Mary Bar Special, Yucca Fries.


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 descriptions. Courteous staff never fails to offer a cup of coffee to go after we’ve finished breakfast. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Breakfast all day.


PHOTO: BRIAN EDWARDS


PERFECT PAIR: Salt of the Earth Grilled Hanger Steak + The Stump Jump Shiraz


SOMETIMES “BEST KEPT


SECRETS” get outed by their own simple brilliance. Take, for example, Fennville’s Salt of the Earth, an off-the- radar favorite of local foodies, and its food-and-wine pairing of a grilled hanger steak and an Australian Shiraz. The hanger steak, so named because


it hangs from the steer’s diaphragm, used to be a well-kept secret. Sometimes called the “butcher’s steak” because it was the cut butchers saved for themselves, the hanger lies below the kidney, adjacent to the flank. Like the flank steak, the hanger has some flavorful iron tones given its proximity to the liver, but it’s less muscular and tough than the flank. “It’s a somewhat economical cut of


beef that has incredible flavor and is very tender if properly executed,” says SOTE Executive Chef Matt Pietsch. His keys to proper execution:


season the hanger for 24 hours, cook it rare to medium rare, and slice it very thin against the grain. He serves it with


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.


a whole, oven-roasted shallot onion, a brown butter sauce and a Michigan po- tato puree. The dish ($19.50) comes with homemade bread; a side of Salt of the Earth’s flash-fried Brussels sprouts ($4.95) offers a nice accompaniment. For pairing, Salt of the Earth


Proprietor Mark Schrock bucks the con- ventional Cabernet Sauvignon wisdom and instead suggests a glass of The Stump Jump ($6.50), a spicy Shiraz from the land down under. “The hanger steak is a little lighter


and more delicate than chomping into, say, a rib eye, so a Shiraz is change of pace,” he says. “It complements a wide variety of food because it has that subtle spice, which does a nice job of cutting through the fats in the steak and the sour cream and butter in the dish.” —Brian Edwards


Salt of the Earth, 114 East Main Street, Fennville; (269) 561-SALT (7258); saltoftheearthfennville.com


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


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