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 entrées, an extensive selection of small plates, plus a first-rate wine and cocktail list. A AA Four-Diamond restaurant that offers “fine dining without the fine dining price,” says Chef d’Cuisine Werner Absenger.
7 days. GO THERE FOR: Seasonal Sunday Brunch. » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Open
Derby Station 2237 Wealthy St. SE. 616-301-3236 TAVERN. Like its near- north side counterpart, Graydon’s Crossing, the East Grand Rapids restaurant has an extensive list of beers – including a hand-pulled cask ale every day – 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.
Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Chef Flaska’s Monthly Menu, Great beers on tap.
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 – made from beef that’s ground fresh every day – on the planet. Onion rings on the side, thank you.
OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Burgers.
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.
Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:
Grand Woods Lounge 77 Grandville Ave SW. 616-451-4300 AMERICAN. The restaurant’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 fireplace. Menu stocked with affordable appetizers great for sharing, plus salads, sandwiches, and entrées. Lots of domestics and microbrews, plus an array of martinis including the “Woodstini,” a tasty mix of Stoli Orange Vodka, mandarin oranges and raspberries.
ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Cocktails. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN
Graydon’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’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: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Founders Brewing Company 235 Grandville SW. 616-776-1195 BREWPUB. A beer-lover’s paradise with a national reputation for flavorful, award- winning beers. Likewise, the brewpub’s menu consists mainly of flavorful handcrafted deli sandwiches that can stand up and complement the beers (or vice versa).
SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Award-winning beer, handcrafted sandwiches.
Fred’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 “Fred’s Pizza.” 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. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN
Gilly’s 20 Monroe NW. 616-356-2000 SEAFOOD. Gilly’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’s speaks to impeccable attention to detail.
ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Fresh seafood at a great price.
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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’s “Hanging out…” columnist Steven de Polo writes, “Green Well Gastro Pub is the best restaurant in Grand Rapids.” 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© certified building and management’s commitment to leaving behind a small carbon footprint.
SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Baked local goat cheese, Michigan maple whiskey chicken over risotto (DePolo).
The Grill at 1913 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-774-2000 STEAK. A classic big-city steakhouse, and one of Grand Rapids’ best at that. Specializes in USA Prime Steaks, as well as fine cuts of beef, lamb, veal and pork. Á 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’s a warm and cozy spot with a diverse menu, though it’s best known for fresh fish, prime cuts of beef and baby back ribs.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: BBQ Ribs, Whitefish.
HopCat 25 Ionia SW. 616-451-4677 TAVERN. Rated the 3rd best beer bar on the planet by Beer Advcoate, HopCat’s spin on its food is thus: “It’s the food your Mom would feed you, if your Mom loved beer.” That’s specifically true for HopCat’s
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Widest variety of beers, crack fries.
beerbar cheese, cheese ale soup and porter braised beef, but mom would also love the Hippie wrap (it’s vegetarian), the crack fries (they’re not real crack), and the Killer Mac and Cheese. Because what mom doesn’t like mac and cheese?
J Bar 20 Monroe NW. 616-356-2000 STEAKS. Highly lauded and oft-awarded as Grand Rapid’s top steakhouse, featuring grass-fed beef selection plus an ample selection of sea- food, chops and house specialties. Extensive wine cellar and tastefully upscale ambiance that’s comfortable rather than stuffy.
GO THERE FOR: Choice-cut prime rib, 10-oz. Baseball Filet, 14-oz. Top Sirloin.
» SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday.
J. Gardella’s Tavern 11 Ionia AVE SW. 616-459-8824 TAVERN. A popular Grand Rapids restaurant and nightspot, J. Gardella’s is conve- niently located next to Van Andel Arena. The architecture and decor is much like that of a Chicago tavern, complete with wooden floors, an embossed metal ceiling, red brick walls, and gorgeous hand-carved moldings.
Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Low priced beverages, large portioned meals, selection of single malt scotches and microbrews.
JD Reardon’s Bar & Grill 940 Monroe Ave NW. (616) 454-8590 AMERICAN. Neighborhood pub offers 15 Michigan beers on tap and more bottled, along with a full menu of handmade appetizers, pizzas, salads, sandwiches and 16 half- pound burgers. Nightly drink specials and karaoke on Tuesday night.
7 days. GO THERE FOR: Burgers.
Marie Catrib’s 1001 Lake Dr. 616-454-4020 ECLECTIC. The East Hills eatery has one of the most hard-to-categorize menus in West Michigan, but here’s a line from its website that begins to do owner Marie Catrib’s menu justice: “a twist of Lebanese, a hint of Yooper and yen for unique pastries.” Everything is made from scratch with local ingredients, and there are plenty of items suited for vegetarians and vegans. Get there early for lunch, as there is almost always a wait.
» SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Salads, soups and sandwiches.
The Melting Pot 2090 Celebration Dr NE. 616-365-0055 FONDUE. The Knapp’s corner restaurant has established a reputation as an intimate and romantic dining spot, with private booths and decadent cheese, chocolate and entrée fondues. Of course, the art of fondue is highly sociable, making the Melting Pot a great spot for small groups, and couples get-togethers.
7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fondue. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open
Noto’s Old World Italian Dining 6600 28th St. SE. 616-493-6686 ITALIAN. A mainstay of GR’s restaurant scene for three decades, Noto’s is a family owned business that delivers on it’s promise of “Italian fine dining” with a casually elegant ambiance and an extensive-but-not-overwhelming menu of Old World Italian favorites. The restaurant’s Wine Cellar, stocked with 900- some varieties of Italian wines, is one of the region’s most unique settings for a group dinner.
Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Old World Italian cuisine and award-winning wine cellar.
» SERVING: Lunch » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open
Leo’s 60 Ottawa NW. 616-454-6700 SEAFOOD. With high ceilings, wood floors and nautical murals, Leo’s just feels like an upscale-but-casual place for a business dinner or a special date. The menu features a broad selection of seafood, from perch to scrod to swordfish, as well as pasta, chicken, beef and vegetarian options.
ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Seafood. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN
Louis Benton Steak House 35 Ionia Ave NW. (616)-45-GRILL STEAK. Grand Rapids’ premier steak house offers a variety of different steaks, along with soups, salads, seafood and starters. This fine dining restaurant also has a variety of drinks and desserts to choose from and valet parking.
Lunch and Dinner. OPEN ON: Closed Sundays. GO THERE FOR: A good steak.
Lumber Baron Bar 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-774-2000 LOUNGE. Historic bar with fireplace, leather club chairs and a large se- lection of premium drinks and appetizers.
Dinner OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa. GO THERE FOR: Scotch or brandy after a Symphony concert.
Maggie’s Kitchen 636 Bridge St. NW. 616-458-8583 MEXICAN. The storefront restaurant on GR’s west side has quietly built a reputation as one of the best places in town for authentic Mexican food, especially its tacos and breakfast items like huevos a la Mexicana (scrambled eggs with onions and jalapenos).
Olive’s Restaurant 2162 Wealthy St. SE. 616-451-8611 ECLECTIC. The Gaslight Village restaurant is a mainstay for Easties looking to have a cocktail and casual dinner. The menu is surprisingly broad, with innovative starters (e.g., Napoli fritters, Paella cakes) and diverse entrées like Southern meatloaf, braised short ribs and mobu tofu.
Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: A broad selection. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:
One Trick Pony 136 E. Fulton. 616-235-7669 AMERICAN. The downtown eatery is a favorite for downtown theatre and music goers looking for a nice dinner before the show – except, of course, when One Trick is hosting its own live music events (ie, “Acoustic Stew” and “Hat Trick” concerts). Good selection of beers and wines to accompany its pastas, pizzas and entrées.
Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Great food and great live music. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on
Ottawa Tavern 151 Ottawa NW. 616-451-8000 AMERICAN. Downtown hot spot for lunch and happy hour, featuring varied entrées and a “build-your-own burger” menu with more than 50 toppings to choose from. As name suggests, OT has a tavern casual feel, with lots of plasma big screens for watching games. A favorite during March Madness for downtown business people. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Build your own burger.
» SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa Sn. GO THERE FOR: Tex-Mex.
The Pita House 1450 Wealthy St. SE/Monroe Center (downtown)/28th Street. 616-454-1171 MEDITERRANEAN. Gyros so big you can club someone with them, the smoothest hummus in town and a variety of other Mediterranean fare, including kibbe, kafta and falafel. Additional locations on 28th Street and Kalamazoo SE. Gyros and other sandwich wraps are made to order with fresh vegetables and ingredients.
SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh pita wraps.
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