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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.

than average pub grub, including the Tarheel barbecue Pulled Pork, Grilled Portobello and The Treehugger, which is billed as “a vegetarian sandwich utopia.”

» 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

Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mad Hatter IPA, Dragon’s Milk.


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.


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

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.

GO THERE FOR: The Beer and Scallop Marinara. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days.

Vitale’s 59 W. Washington Ave. (616) 772-5900 ITALIAN. This family owned restaurant specializes in Italian dining, but also has a full menu that includes Mexican and American specialties. Voted best Pizza 7 years in a row by the Grand Rapids Press. In addition to its happy hour, there are daily bar specials.

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

SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Handcrafted ales and barbecue.

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave. 269-382-2332 BREWPUB. Eccentric Café’s regular menu of appetizers, sandwiches, sides and salads – plus the daily soups and specials – exists for a simple and important purpose: to complement the Kalamazoo microbrewery’s award-winning beers. Eat up while you drink up.

Open 7 days. (Closed Sat. lunch) GO THERE FOR: The Beer. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:

Bravo! 5402 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo 269-344-7700 ITALIAN. Much-lauded restaurant has earned its stripes over past 23 years as one of the region’s best dining experiences, including a 3-star rating in the 2010 Forbes Travel Guide (formerly the Mobil Travel Guide). The Tuscan-inspired cuisine is spectacular, the atmosphere comfortable and intimate, and the service first-rate. Also brews its own beer in small batches for pairings with menu offerings.


Arcadia Brewing Co. 103 Michigan Ave., Battle Creek. 269-963-9520 BREWPUB. You’ll find some of the usual suspects on the Battle Creek brewpub’s menu, including wood-fired pizzas and some of the best barbecue in the region. But you’ll also find some delightful surprises – Osso Bucco in a brewpub?! – on the menu, courtesy of award-winning Chef Sean Kelly.


SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. (Closed Sat. lunch) GO THERE FOR: A great dining experience.


Epic Bistro 359 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo. 269-342-1300 AMERICAN. Upscale but not stuffy wine bar in Kalamazoo’s Epic Center downtown, featuring small plates, wood-fired pizzas and signature steaks and chops. As you might expect, the wine list is expansive with lots of value bottles in the $30-50 range.

FOR: Cheese boards and charcuterie. » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE

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