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
» 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.
ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Seafood Risotto, Wild Game Shepherd’s Pie.
Tre Cugini 122 Monroe Center NW. (616)-235-9339 ITALIAN. The Italian cuisine and large wine list make it a great spot for a night out, business luncheons or a place for celebration.
PHOTO: BRIAN EDWARDS
PERFECT PAIR: Arcadia Brewing Company’s Osso Bucco + India Pale Ale
FOR SOME BARS AND PUBS, feeding customers still involves breading a vegetable, meat or dairy product and then dunking it in boiling, 375-degree oil. Battle Creek’s Arcadia Brewing Company, which makes British-style beers and ales, is trying to inject more “gastro” into the pub business. “I don’t have a single deep fryer
here,” says Arcadia’s award-winning Executive Chef Sean Kelly. Honored for his cooking by the Battle Creek Enquirer as the “Best of Southwest,” the veteran chef has added several unexpected foodie items to the menu since joining Arcadia last year. Take, for example, his osso bucco
entrée. Kelly uses a pork shank, as op- posed to veal, because it offers more flavorful shank for the buck. He braises it for a couple of hours in the oven, and then finishes it in Arcadia’s wood-fired oven, rotating the shank to the flames in order to caramelize and give it a crispy finish. He rests it on a mound of mashed potatoes, drenching it in a slightly sweet,
tangy sauce made with red wine vinegar, raspberry jam, Arcadia’s Scotch Ale and fresh rosemary. Putting fork to shank, the meat falls off the bone with even the slightest prodding. While pairing it with the Scotch Ale
might be a first thought, Kelly goes in another direction. “Just because you’re cooking with
a beer, that doesn’t mean it’s the best pairing for the dish,” he says. Instead, he recommends Arcadia’s IPA. The copper- colored brew pours with a slight head and a bit of lacing, hitting the nose with floral hops and a trace of citrus. Taste wise it’s hoppy and slightly malty, with a citrus tone that “balances out the sugars and plays along with the shank’s sauce,” Kelly says. Between the beer and the bucco, there’s a great balance of sweet and spice that doesn’t overwhelm as you trade bites and sips. —Brian Edwards
Arcadia Brewing Company, 103 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek; (269) 963-9690, arcadiaales.com
Closed Sundays, dinner only on Saturdays. GO THERE FOR: Authentic Italian dining.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner. OPEN ON: » SERVING: Dinner OPEN
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.
7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pad Thai. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open
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. Editor Lindsay Patton describes Yesterdog’s charms this way: “It’s so chill 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.
GO THERE FOR: Kebabs. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days.
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 local suppliers. The lounge is comfortable, featuring live music once a week.
ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mac and Cheese.
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.
Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Ribs. LAKESHORE » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN
Vitale’s 59 W. Washington Ave. (616) 772-5900 ITALIAN. This family owned restaurant specializes in Italian dining, but also has a full menu that includes Mexican and American specialties. In addition to its happy hour, there are daily bar specials.
ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza. » 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.
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.
OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Breakfast all day. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch
XO Asian Cuisine 58 Monroe Center NW. 616-235-6969 ASIAN. Downtown eatery features an array of authentic Asian dishes from
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» SERVING Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days (closed Sunday for dinner). GO THERE FOR: Soup and Shakes.
8th Street Grille 20 W. 8th St. 616-392-5888 AMERICAN. Set against old style charm, the restaurant offers burgers, sandwiches, dinner entrees, salads and a soup bar featuring three soups daily, including its famous Chicken Corn Chowder. The casual family restaurant also features a full bar, as well as shakes and malts made the old-fashioned way.
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.
OPEN ON: Closed Sunday GO THERE FOR: Baked Spaghetti Pie, Tuxedo Chicken Pasta.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner
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.
Blue House Bistro 220 W. 8th Street, Holland. 616-355-1994 AMERICAN. Chef-owned boutique bistro located in downtown Holland,
» SERVING: Lunch
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