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DINING


Restaurant listings arranged by region


GRAND RAPIDS


25 Kitchen & Bar 25 Ottawa Ave. SW. 616-805-5581 AMERICAN. Casually comfortable with a high-energy twist. Located next to Van Andel Arena, 25 serves sharable plates and unique entrées, plus a selection of 25 wood-fired pizzas. Also features 25 signature cocktails and 25 draft beers.


7 days. GO THERE FOR: Variety, especially beer and pizzas.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open


Angel’s Thai Café 136 Monroe Center NW. 616-454-9801 THAI. This downtown restaurant makes your order fresh, fast, and hot. You can order your entree with your choice of meat and spice level, or create your own.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Thai Steak and Yum Talay.


Bar Divani 15 Ionia Ave. SW. 616-774-WINE (9463) WINE BAR. Sophisticated wine bar in downtown Arena District is a favorite spot for after-work sipping and noshing on creative small plates, rice bowls, flatbreads and salads, as well as a small selection of entrees. More than 40 wines by the glass, plus a reserve list of bottles and a wide array of martinis and cocktails.


» SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sundays. GO THERE FOR: Excellent service.


Big O Café 80 Ottawa NW. 616-451-1887 ITALIAN. The downtown (and downstairs) restaurant has a reliable menu featuring pizza, pasta, and sandwiches that are Italian and Cuban influenced. A great spot for lunch or a quick glass of wine and plate of pasta before a downtown event.


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Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Dead Head Vegetarian Pizza, Cuban dinners on Friday nights.


Bistro Bella Vita 44 Grandville Ave. SW. 616-222-4600 ITALIAN. One of Grand Rapids’ best dining experiences, featuring Mediterranean- inspired country cuisine, a swanky yet comfortable downtown atmopshere and personable service. BBV’s culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes made with locally grown produce, fresh seafood and rotisserie roasted meats. Specialty gluten-free menu, and can prepare custom dishes for lactose intolerant, vegetarian, and vegan diets.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mediterranean Country Cuisine and Martinis.


Blue Water Grill 5180 Northland Dr. 616-363-5900 SEAFOOD. One of Grand Rapids’ most inspired restaurants in terms of overall ambi- ance, with Frank Lloyd Wright-style architecture, a stunningly massive fireplace, and some of the best water views in West Michigan. The food is similarly inspired, drawing from Italian, Mediterranean and classic American influences. All the traditional favorites are accounted for with a wide variety of wood-fired pizzas, seafood, steaks, chops, salads, and sandwiches.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Grass Fed Beef.


Bobarino’s 20 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-356-2000 ITALIAN. A melting pot of food, live entertainment and fun. Live music Tuesday through Saturday, including rock, jazz, retro, country, rockabilly and more. Large game room with video games, billiards and shuffleboard. Menu includes vast array of wood-fired pizzas, plus burgers, entrées and classic appetizers. Lunch buffet with pizza, pasta, and salad for $6.45.


» SERVING: Lunch


Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Wood-fired pizzas.


Bombay Cuisine 1420 Lake Dr. 616-456-7055 INDIAN. The Eastown restau- rant has grown from neighborhood favorite to one of the region’s best-known spots for Indian cuisine. That’s left some of the locals who used to slide in there for a cheap meal grumbling, but the quality of the food is undeniable at any price.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Naan, Rogan Josh.


Brandywine 1345 Lake Dr./2844 East Beltline NE 616-774-8641/616- 363-1723 AMERICAN. Both locations do brisk business at breakfast, especially on Sundays, but also offer a solid lunch and dinner menu featuring sandwiches, pasta, Mexican favorites and the legendary beehive potatoes.


Chapbook Cafe 40 Fountain NW/2660 28th St. SE./ 3165 Alpine Ave. NW. COFFEE/SANDWICHES. Located inside Schuler Books and Music’s three Grand Rapids locations, the cafes serve up a variety of baked goods, coffee drinks and solid menu of sandwiches, salads and soups for noshing while you digest your books and periodicals. Also serving beer and wine.


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SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Homemade soups.


Charley’s Crab 63 Market SW. 616-459-2500 SEAFOOD. A staple on the fine-dining scene in Grand Rapids. Fresh seafood, a world- class Sunday brunch and a comfortable, upscale atmosphere for drinks and dining.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The Sunday brunch buffet. » SERVING:


Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Breakfast.


Bulls Head Tavern 188 Monroe NW. 616-454-3580 AMERICAN. Downtown eatery is a great spot for business lunch or casual pre-show dinner, with a wide-ranging menu that includes salads, burgers, pasta, seafood and steaks. Specialties include the ostrich burger, sashimi tuna and smoked Gouda chicken pasta.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: The Ostrich Burger.


Cherie Inn 969 Cherry SE. 616-458-0588 BREAKFAST. The East Hills restaurant is one of the area’s most-loved breakfast and lunch spots. A neighborhood staple for more than 60 years, the eatery offers a cozy, café-style setting complete with French flags, weathered brick walls, pressed tin ceiling, and intimate tables. Breakfast is the true star, with a variety of regular dishes like eggs Florentine and blueberry pancakes, as well as specials like red-flannel hash and almond joy pancakes. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa Sn. GO THERE FOR: Eggs Florentine.


Cherry Deli & Catering 834 Cherry SE. 616-459-6182 DELI. An expansive deli menu with 55 different sandwiches named after Grand Rapids streets. The immense menu offers 15 selections for vegetar- ian sandwiches, as well as four meat-menu items that are 98% fat free (Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, AND Chicken!). Great soups.


» SERVING: Lunch OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Vegetarian/Vegan Sandwiches.


REVUE’S dining listings are compiled by staff and minions. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of restaurants in the region; for our full list, visit revuewm.com/ restaurants. Our magazine listings will constantly change and grow in scope based on openings and closings, editorial space, budgets, deadlines, acts of God, congressional hearings and, of course, visits and meals at restaurants throughout the region. The listings are not intended to be reviews of West Michigan restaurants, although we will inject some opinions into the listings based on experiences or the personal preferences of staff. Our intention is to expand and sharpen the content every month to make it the region’s most user-friendly and accurate dining guide. To submit or correct information in a dining listing, please send an e-mail to editor@revuewm.com.


Cambridge House 600 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-356-1622 TAVERN. Near north tavern is embracing the gastro-pub philosophy with a unique new menu featuring locally sourced small plates, sandwiches and appetizers that are “familiar, but guaran- teed to surprise and excite your soul,” claims the website. A dozen excellent local and regional microbrews on tap, plus a wide selection of bottled beers and wines by the glass.


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SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pulled Pork Nachos, Chorizo Meatballs.


Chez Olga 1441 Wealthy SE. 616-233-4141 CARIBBEAN. The latest tenant of the Eastown building with the funky wooden façade serves up home-style Caribbean and Creole dishes, includ- ing gumbo, red beans and rice, Haitian coffee and other specialties.


» SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Creole Style Tilapia, Fried Plantain Sandwich.


The Corner Bar 31 N. Main St. 616-866-9866 AMERICAN. The downtown Rockford tavern serves a solid menu of burgers, burritos, salads and sandwiches, but it is best known for hot dogs – serving almost 1,000 per day. Its hot-dog-eating challenge has been conquered by more than a few, but it raises the question: Why would you want to consume Corner Bar dogs in a hurry rather than savor each bite?


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


Erb Thai 950 Wealthy St. SE #1A. (616) 356-2573 THAI. Food that is rooted in traditional Thai cuisine, but also made to accommodate health conscious and special diets. Not too strong, not too weak, like harmony and melody. Marketing representative Molly Rizor was a Thai virgin when she went and is now glad Erb Thai was her first experience.


OPEN ON: Closed Sundays. GO THERE FOR: Peanut Curry Noodles.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner


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.


ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Burgers.


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).


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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


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