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DINING


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


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.”


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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.


OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Ribs. LAKESHORE


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


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner


way. » SERVING Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days (closed Sunday for dinner). GO THERE FOR: Soup and Shakes.


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 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.


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HE FUL TON S TRE E T Farmers Market is a Grand Rapids tradition dating back to 1922, when farmers first started gathering in a group


instead of plying their wares on carts. Current Market farmer Leonard Goodell owns Goodell’s in Stanton and has been coming to the market for 15 years. You may know him as the friendly man in a hat and glasses selling fresh herbs in Ziploc baggies for pocket change. Some of these, like thyme and sorrel are noteworthy for their fresh- ness and low price, while others, like chocolate mint, can be impossible to find elsewhere. He grows a number of herbs and vegetables, but his specialty


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is squashes of all varieties. Goodell, sometimes with a grandson in tow, can be found at the Fulton Street Market every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from May to around October, when the winter squash is ready. Gavin, 11, is the eldest of his seven grandsons and says he likes helping out working the counter. “That’s a part of my goal in life: to work with my grandsons,” Goodell says. Gavin adds that “Meeting new people” is the fun part. Goodell agrees that the customers, both regulars and new faces, are the best part about selling at the market. “The most inter- esting people in the world come to see us.” By Lydia Clowney


» 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.


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


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