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on. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Sports Bar Atmosphere.

Tavern on the Square 100 Ionia Ave. SW. 616-456-7673 ECLECTIC. The re- fashioned former Irish pub still has that neighborhood feel, and offers up a unique menu with salads, antipasto, 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.

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

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.

Sundays, dinner only on Saturdays. GO THERE FOR: Authentic Italian dining.


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.

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.

ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Breakfast all day. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN

Vito’s Pizza 658 W. Fulton. (616) 451-8277 PIZZA. In business for 31 years, Vito’s is recently remodeled and will be featured in the film 30 Minutes or Less this August. It offers college discounts, lunch and late night deliveries.

Lunch and dinner. OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Late night pizza.

» SERVING: » SERVING: Lunch Dinner. OPEN ON: Closed

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.

» SERVING: » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN

XO Asian Cuisine 58 Monroe Center NW. 616-235-6969 ASIAN. Downtown eatery features an array of authentic Asian dishes from 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.


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: 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 inven- tive 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

» SERVING: Lunch Dinner

KNOW YOUR CHEF: Salt of the Earth’s Executive Chef Matthew Pietsch

QUICK BIO Originally, I was in engineering, but switched to culinary at Grand Rapids Community College. I was in pastry for four to six years and moved to the east side of the state. I worked at Opus One [a refined dining experience near Greektown] and [Iron Chef] Michael Symon’s Roast. I came back to West Michigan in the fall of ‘09. I’ve been here since.

WHAT’S THE INGREDIENT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? Olive oil…butter…salt. Last, but definitely not least, pork.

WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A piece of Leelanau Cheese Company’s Raclitte

— a traditional Swiss, historically warmed by a fire and scraped onto bread.

WHAT DO YOU DO ON YOUR NIGHTS OFF? I spend time with friends and family. Woodworking. Hand tools.

WHAT’S ON YOUR COOKING PLAYLIST? There are appropriate and inappropriate times. We’re focused on service during the day and night. [When we play it], an eclectic mix. My go to, Hoots and Hellmouth, is intense indie- folk from Philadelphia; very high energy.

LAST REALLY GREAT RESTAURANT YOU’VE EATEN AT? Trattoria Stella in Traverse City. Roasted lamb soup, duck, pork knuckle, oysters on the half- shell…the list goes on and on. —Matt Simpson Siegel

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