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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.

» SERVING: TOP 5Pizzas

BERNIE O’S You may never want to taste another pizza in your life after you’ve had Bernie O’s The Twist. The crust has a honey mustard based sauce, crispy bacon, deep-fried chicken chunks and a mozzarella cheese blend. But that’s before it goes in the oven. After it’s cooked, the pizza is topped with pineapple, tomato, yellow pep- per, jalapenos and a winding circle of ranch dressing all the way to the middle. Did we mention it’s been ranked in the Top 3 pizzas in the nation? 321 Center @ Ruddiuman, North Muskegon; (231) 744-4900,

BRICK ROAD PIZZA CO. The Brick Road Pizza Co., a family owned and operated business, knows you can’t go wrong with a classic. Its customers are catching on too, as the Brick Road Deluxe pizza takes the crown as Brick Road’s most popular. The pie is covered with green peppers, onions, mush- rooms, sausage and pepperoni. It is available in a seven, 12, or 16-inch crust. Brick Road’s menu caters to both meat lovers and vegans, as it include faux meats on pizzas and sand- wiches. 1017 Wealthy St., Grand Rapids; (616) 719-2409,

FRICANO’S PIZZA Talk about history. With the help of his Uncle Curly, Cosimo (Gus) Fricano bought the Ottawa Tavern in 1949, and has since then wowed cus- tomers with their pizzas. It wasn’t until 1951 though that the recipe had been perfected—the recipe you see today. The most popular pizza


at Fricano’s today is the EBA, which is an acronym for: Everything Besides Anchovies. It comes with pepperoni, mushroom, green pep- per and Italian sausage, all on a thin crust. 1400 Fulton St., Grand Haven; (616) 842-8640,

UCCELLO’S Not only has Uccello’s been voted the #1 Sports Lounge in Grand Rapids, but the local chain has solidified its reputation as pizza experts. The Faro is its most eye-opening and popular pizza. It’s included in a series of stuffed pizzas, where toppings are wedged between a top and a bot- tom crust. The Faro in particular is stuffed with mozzarella, ham, pepperoni, spicy cappicola, Italian sausage and fresh mushrooms. 4787 Lake Michigan Dr., Walker; (616) 735-5520,

VITALE’S For more than 40 years and across Western Michigan, Vitale’s has been pleasing customers with fresh ingredients in its pizzas. Its top- selling specialty pizza – the Barbeque Chicken – is smothered in barbeque sauce and topped with chicken, red onion, cheese and oregano. Even better, there are $11.99 house specials throughout the week where the most popular pizza is a 16” pepperoni and sausage combo. Multiple locations, including 59 West Washington Ave., Zeeland; (616) 772-5900,

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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.

» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 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.

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

» SERVING: » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN

certified building and management’s commitment to leaving behind a small carbon footprint. » SERVING: Lunch

The Green Well 924 Cherry SE. 616-808-3566 ECLECTIC. 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©

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

» 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.


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