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with an extensive menu featuring small plates, sand- wiches, soups, salads, pizza, desserts, dine-in, take-out, delivery catering, beer and wine to-go.


Dinner OPEN: T – Sn. GO THERE FOR: Seafood gumbo, Saturday and Sunday brunch.


» SERVING: Lunch


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 atmosphere inside and out, efficient service in a clean, relaxed environment where you can relax and enjoy the waterfront.


days. GO THERE FOR: Sizzler Special. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN: Open 7


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 with the seasons.


Dinner OPEN: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Flatbreads. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch


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.


Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza. » SERVING:


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, sand- wiches and soups including its “Magical” Cheddar Cheese Soup.


THERE FOR: Almond Brioche Perch, Panko Crusted Walleye, 30 oz Bone-in Tomahawk steak.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO


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 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.


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


KNOW YOUR CHEF: Chef Jeff Brandon, executive chef at Railside Golf Club | by Matt Simpson Siegel


BIO I have worked in the hospitality indus- try for the past 20 years. After earning my Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from Grand Rapids Community College in 1996 I have held executive and corporate chef positions in various restaurants, distributors and catering operations. I have enjoyed cooking for members of government, dignitaries, famous musicians and people from all walks of life, but most enjoy cook- ing for my wife Amy and three boys, Spencer, Nick and Ryan. I currently work as an Import Sales Specialist for Superior Foods.


SIGNATURE DISH Risotto. I just enjoy the “labor of love” aspect of the dish in addition to the variety of ways it can be prepared.


64 | REVUEWM.COM | APRIL 2011 WHAT’S YOUR COOKING


PLAYLIST? “Down to the Bone” and B.B. King.


WHAT DO YOU DO ON YOUR NIGHTS OFF? I spend quality time with my family.


WHERE WAS YOUR LAST GREAT MEAL THAT YOU DIDN’T


PREPARE? The Twisted Rooster.


WHAT INGREDIENT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT? Butter.


Railside Golf Club is located at 2500 76th St. SW, Byron Center (railsidegolf.com).


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


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).


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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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-


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DINING SIGHTS | SOUNDS | SCENE


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