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DINING and laid-back…and everyone who works there is grouchy.”


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


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. » 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 barbecue 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.


LAKESHORE PHOTO: JON CLAY


KNOW YOUR CHEF: Erin “EJ” Jeffers, Olive’s Restaurant and Bar


Quick Bio My grandmother and I would bake the day following Thanksgiving when I was very young. We’d spend one day making 2,000 cookies and the next just frosting them. She taught me so much. I graduated Le Cordon Bleu at Brown College in the Twin Cities. It was a great base for education. I returned to GR and worked an internship at the Flat Iron Grill in Lowell for a year while serving at Centennial Country Club where I became a line cook and worked my way up to Executive Chef in three years. I’ve been with Olive’s since January of 2008.


Ingredient You Can’t


Live Without I am a vinegar freak.


Signature Dish There are so many to choose... the Southern Meatloaf. Most items don’t carry over (from season to season) but this has. It begins with ground turkey, andouille and pork prepared with a chipotle and Coca-Cola glaze. It sits on


a cheddar cheese grit, served with warm ham and an arugula salad on the side. It’s definitely a southern dish.


Cooking Playlist There’s always a CD on and we’re always fighting back there about what to play. Several of my guys like heavy metal, which is OK for awhile. I’m into indie rock—Decemberists, The Used, Stars.


Nights Off I eat out on my night off because I’ve already been cooking all week. I read, work out. I’m an avid movie watcher and we don’t have cable, so I feel like I can accomplish so much more.


Last Really Good Restaurant


You’ve Been To Bloom, which unfortunately closed. The pho at Wei Wei Palace on Division is a great secret. —Matt Simpson Siegel


Olive’s Restaurant and Bar, 2162 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids / eatatolives.com, (616) 451-8611


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 specialties like Pork Marsala and Mahi Mahi. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sunday GO THERE FOR: Baked Spaghetti Pie, Tuxedo Chicken Pasta.


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, sandwiches, 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 atmo- sphere 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


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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 pre- pared, 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 MI, 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 – 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: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fairly Traded Organic Coffee.


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


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