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DINING


pizzas and a few non-pasta house specialties like Pork Marsala and Mahi Mahi.


ON: Closed Sunday GO THERE FOR: Baked Spaghetti Pie, Tuxedo Chicken Pasta.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN


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.


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Blue House Bistro 220 W. 8th Street, Holland. 616-355-1994 AMERICAN. Chef-owned boutique bistro located in downtown Holland, with an extensive menu featuring small plates, sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, desserts, dine-in, take-out, delivery catering, beer and wine to-go.


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


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner


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


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


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.


PHOTO: DAVID CARSON


CHEAP EATS: Grand Rapids Brewing Co.


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ead chef Marty Murray has concocted a marvelous lunch special featuring 11 delicious


dishes that ought not to break your bank at an unbeatable belly-bursting price of $5.99. Offered daily from 11-4 p.m., there is something for everyone on the menu. The Monte Cristo is no longer for croquettes in its shaved smoky ham and Swiss splendor, tucked between French toast with maple syrup. The Che Torta of roasted pork, smoked ham, and pepper jack cheese tries to hide a fried egg somewhere within a Kaiser roll. Not up for a sandwich? The Classico Calzone is stuffed with sweet Italian sausage, ‘shrooms, mozzarella,


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onions and ale marina and baked to perfection. For a lighter lunch in the summer heat, I’ll mos def vouch for the Sesame Tuna Salad—a yellow fin tuna in sesame seeds, seared and served on a bed of romaine, cucumbers, carrots and cabbage, tossed in a Cusabi dress- ing with fried wontons tossed on for good measure. I’d suggest the latest take on a Pale Ale to round out the palate. By Matt Simpson Siegel


Grand Rapids Brewing Co. 3689 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids grandrapidsbrewingcompany.com, (616) 285-5970


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


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.


7 days. GO THERE FOR: Gorgonzola Pork Chop, Greek Salad with Grandma Gigi’s Dressing (Edwards).


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN: Open


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.


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


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.


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


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN


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.


OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fairly Traded Organic Coffee.


» SERVING: Breakfast Lunch


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).


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


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 eas- ily 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-friendly.


SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Portabella Mushroom Fries.


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Piper Restaurant 2225 South Shore Drive, Holland. 616-335-5866 AMERICAN. Upscale-but-casual spot located on Lake Macatawa, offering great views from virtually every table. Menu includes tastefully prepared items like Almond Crusted Walleye and Grilled Pork Loin, as well as wood-fired pizzas. Reservations are welcomed.


Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Almond Crusted Walleye. » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON:


Salt of the Earth 114 East Main St., Fennville. 269-561-7258 AMERICAN. Salt of the Earth is a farm-to-table-inspired restaurant, bar, and bakery located in the heart of SW Michigan farm country in Fennville. Salt focuses on fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients whenever possible. Also serves up live music on weekends.


Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: House made rustic cuisine. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:


Saugatuck Brewing Company 2948 Blue Star Highway. 269-857-7222 BREWPUB. Enjoy a traditional Irish-style pub that features quality beer, wine, food and service. Try one of 12 unique brews that are served in the pub and bottled and distributed throughout the Midwest.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days.


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