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Cygnus 27 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-776-6425 ECLECTIC. Enjoy the skyline as you dine atop the Glass Tower. Indulge in a variety of globally infused dishes at this AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. Casual attire; no jacket required. Private dining also available.


SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Seasonal Sunday Brunch.

GP Sports 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-776-6495 SPORTS BAR. Three large screens, more than 30 HD flat screens, pool tables, video games, outdoor patio seating, pizza, signature burgers and more.


Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sundays. GO THERE FOR: Score Big Burgers.

Garden Court Lounge 187 Monroe Ave. NW. 616-774-2000 LOUNGE. An excellent choice for a quick drink with friends or when you desire relaxing with your favorite drink. The Garden Court Lounge offers a fine array of beer, wine, cocktails and liqueurs.

» SERVING: Drinks OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Specialty cocktails.

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

Gilly’s 20 Monroe NW. 616-356-2000 SEAFOOD. Gilly’s may not be the biggest name on the seafood block, but it takes second place to no one in regards to quality, freshness and inspiration. A vast array of exotic fish is line-caught, flown in and prepared fresh daily. Every facet of Gilly’s speaks to impeccable attention to detail.


ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Fresh seafood at a great price.

G.R.P.D. (Grand Rapids Pizza and Delivery) 340 State St. SE. 616-454-9204 ITALIAN. The current Grand Rapids location was opened in 2004, and it was the first established pizzeria in the Heritage Hill district. The location serves as a common meeting area for local folks, business professionals and college students, a place where one could gather for a quick meal or a reflective lunch. It offers both hand-tossed pizza and Chicago-style stuffed pizza, as well as pasta, sandwiches, salads, and chicken wings. It also offers online ordering.

Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza.

Grand Woods Lounge 77 Grandville Ave SW. 616-451-4300 AMERICAN. The restaurant’s interior exudes a warm, casual ambiance reminiscent of the great eateries of the Pacific Northwest; the outdoor porch features two outdoor bars and a fireplace. Menu stocked with affordable appetizers great for sharing, plus salads, sandwiches, and entrées. Lots of domestics and microbrews, plus an array of martinis including the “Woodstini,” a tasty mix of Stoli Orange Vodka, mandarin oranges and raspberries.

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

Graydon’s Crossing 1223 Plainfield NE. 616-726-8260 TAVERN. An authentic take on the English Pub, with a huge selection of beers on tap and a menu that includes classic English dishes like Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Stew, as well as Indian specialties like Tandoori Chicken and Tikka Masala. A great casual atmosphere for drinking and dining.

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).


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 up seafood, prime rib, chicken and great salads, but the traditional oven-baked pizza is the star here.


Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: A varied Italian menu.

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Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer and authentic pub food.

» SERVING: » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN

The Green Well 924 Cherry SE. 616-808-3566 ITALIAN. REVUE’s “Hanging out…” columnist Steven de Polo writes, “Green Well Gastro Pub is the best restaurant in Grand Rapids.” The East Hills gastro-pub serves up an ever-changing menu featuring local ingredients, and its beverage offerings include a wide array of local craft brews and wines. The green refers also to the LEED© certified building and management’s commitment to leaving behind a small carbon footprint.

Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Baked local goat cheese, Michigan maple whiskey chicken over risotto (DePolo).

» SERVING: Lunch

» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: BBQ Ribs, Whitefish.

HopCat 25 Ionia SW. 616-451-4677 TAVERN. Rated the 3rd best beer bar on the planet by Beer Advcoate, HopCat’s spin on its food is thus: “It’s the food your Mom would feed you, if

Honey Creek Inn 8025 Cannonsburg Rd. NE. 616-874-7849 AMERICAN. Located in the Village of Cannonsburg, Honey Creek is one of the oldest pubs in Kent County, dating back to the 1930s. It’s a warm and cozy spot with a diverse menu, though it’s best known for fresh fish, prime cuts of beef and baby back ribs.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:

TOP 5Hot Dogs

YESTERDOG Nationally recognized. Lovably messy. Ultimately delicious. You know the story. Yesterdog remains one of the best hot dog venues in Michigan. Hmm… you think it could be because of the hot dogs? Its “Ultradog” takes the crown as the restaurant’s most popular, as it oozes its contents (chili, cheese, onion, pickle, ketchup, mustard) onto your favorite t-shirt. Without question, Yesterdog is a must whether you’re a native or tourist. 1505 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids / (616) 262-3090 /

DAM DOGS Dam Dogs is a unique place because of its location. It’s not tucked behind skyscrapers, nor is it isolated in rural West Michigan. Instead it stands on its own, in sight of all who pass through Rockford. Ironically, or maybe not so much, its most popular hot dog is called “The Rockford,” where a 100 percent beef hot dog is loaded with chili, ketchup, mustard, cheese, pickle and onion. Aside from hot dogs, Dam Dogs serves walking tacos and nachos. 25 Squires St., Rockford / (616) 863-9565

ONE STOP CONEY SHOP The only question you need to ask yourself is whether to get it “ripped” or “grilled.” Ripped, by One Stop’s standards, means that the hot dog is deep fried, then bombarded by the rest of the accoutrements. Really, you can’t go wrong with any of your options, though if you’re scared, I’d go with the very simple “Bacon + Ranch,” where the dog is ripped, then wrapped in bacon. Lettuce, tomato, cheddar and ranch are then

added. Too much to handle? Watching your weight? Well, One Stop Coney Shop gives you the option to make any dog a veggie dog. 154 Fulton Rd. E, Grand Rapids / (616) 233-9700/

BUTCH’S BEACH BURRITOS Don’t let the name trick you, or the hot dog descriptions scare you — this place knows what it’s doing. With two locations in West Michigan (the other is in Spring Lake), Butch’s serves up specialty hot dogs by adding a little hint of Mexican influence. The “Chiwawa Chili Dog” is the most popular dog at Butch’s, and is topped off with taco meat, beans, cheese, and salsa. It’s then placed in a bun and — here’s the kicker — wrapped in a tortilla. Different, yes, but you’ll never want to go back to just a regular Ball Park Frank after you’ve been to Butch’s. 726 S Harbor Dr., Grand Haven / (616) 842-3690 /

JOHNNY B’Z What really sets this gem apart is the ability to choose your own toppings. This gives the customer endless possibilities, though many continue to resort to one: The Chicago. This dog has mustard, pickles, sweet relish, diced sweet onions, sport peppers, diced tomatoes and cel- ery salt on a Texas Toast bun. Why does everyone resort to the tradish? Because it’s damn good — many Chicago natives agree. 638 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids / (616) 551-1108

—Garrett Dennert



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