The Pita House 1450 Wealthy St. SE/Monroe Center (downtown)/28th Street. 616-454-1171 MEDITERRANEAN. Gyros so big you can club someone with them, the smoothest hummus in town and other Mediterranean fare, including kibbe, kafta and falafel. Additional locations on 28th Street and Kalamazoo SE. Gyros and other sandwich wraps are made to order with fresh vegetables and ingredients.
OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh pita wraps. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner
Pietro’s Italian Ristorante 2780 Birchcrest SE. 616-452-3228 ITALIAN. A local tradition for more than 30 years, serving a range of regional Italian cuisine at a variety of price points. From fresh-made pasta to stromboli to Chicago-style pizzas, Pietro’s has introduced GR to a variety of regional Italian cuisine. Mangia Bene Paisano (“Eat Well, My Friends”).
Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Freshly made pasta. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:
Red Jet Cafe 1431 Plainfield Ave. NE. 616-719-5500 ECLECTIC. The funky restaurant in Creston’s old library is the kind of place you’d find in Chicago’s hip neighborhoods, offering non-sequitur menu items that somehow seem to work. Seriously, how many other places in town can you find that serve high-end organic coffees, crepes, wood-fired pizzas and artisan baked goods. Is it a bistro? Is it a coffeehouse? Does it matter?
SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Crepes.
Rose’s On Reeds Lake 550 Lakeside Dr. SE. 616-458-1122 ECLECTIC. The East Grand Rapids landmark is one of those places that has a different feel in each season. In the summertime, it’s a great spot to hang on the decks and have cocktails and light appe- tizers; when the snow is falling, it’s a warm and cozy spot for a hearty meal and big glass of wine. The menu draws from a multitude of influences including Mediterranean, Italian, and Casual American.
ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Root Chips. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN
Sandmann’s 1200 Wealthy St. SE. 616-459-0900 BARBECUE. The smell of barbecue wafts through the air at Wealthy and Fuller, making it hard to drive by and not want to stop at this perpetual award winner for GR’s best barbecue. Great ribs, chicken and rib tips, plus Soul Food Sundays for down-home southern goodness.
Sn. GO THERE FOR: Barbecue Ribs and Chicken. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa
Schnitz Deli 1315 E. Fulton. 616-451-4444 DELI. Locally owned New York-style deli. Sandwiches on the Schnitz’s fresh baked bread featuring slow cooked pastrami, corned beef, roast beef and other deli meats, cheeses and condiments. Hearty soups, salads and desserts made from scratch daily.
SERVING: Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Awesome deli sandwiches.
x. 235 Louis St. NW. 616-242-1448 ECLECTIC. Market- inspired menus, sweeping views and progressive rhythms combine to create a memorable dining experience. The dishes tempt taste buds and is the perfect spot for foodies.
Stella’s Lounge 53 Commerce Ave. 616-356-2700 TAVERN. The Chicago- style whiskey bar has more than 200 varieties of distilled spirits, old-school video games, a superexcellent jukebox stocked with rock and punk classics, and a menu filled with vegetarian and vegan bar food – and stuffed burgers. Did we mention you can sip cans of PBR, Blatz and other classic beers, as well as sangria, out of a mason jar? REVUE’s British ex-pat David Smith, the limey bastard who writes “Emails to Blighty” calls Stella’s his favorite bar in the world.
SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Vegetarian and vegan bar food.
The Score 5301 Northland Dr. NE. 616-301-0600 SPORTS BAR. Multi- faceted restaurant and sports bar has a lot to offer, including expansive menu with discount options, happy hour specials, countless big screen and projection TVs broadcasting big games and pay-per-view UFC matches, outdoor beach vol- leyball and live music in the summertime … the list goes 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.
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.
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: 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 » SERVING: Dinner OPEN
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.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner. OPEN ON: Closed Sundays, dinner only on Saturdays. GO THERE FOR: Authentic
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.
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.
OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Ribs. LAKESHORE » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch
Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 Days GO THERE FOR: Variety and being seen.
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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.
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.
SERVING Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days (closed Sunday for dinner). GO THERE FOR: Soup and Shakes.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner
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.
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 flatbread dinners, and small plates. Full bar with extensive wine list and great views of Holland. Hours of operation change with the seasons.
Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Flatbreads. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN:
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 »
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
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
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