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DINING


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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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


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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.


» 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


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.


its food is thus: “It’s the food your Mom would feed you, if your Mom loved beer.” That’s specifically true for HopCat’s beerbar cheese, cheese ale soup and porter braised beef, but mom would also love the Hippie wrap (it’s vegetarian), the crack fries (they’re not real crack), and the Killer Mac and Cheese. Because what mom doesn’t like mac and cheese?


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Widest variety of beers, crack fries.


J Bar 20 Monroe NW. 616-356-2000 STEAKS. Oft-awarded as Grand Rapid’s top steakhouse, featuring grass-fed beef selection plus an ample selection of seafood, chops and house specialties. Extensive wine cellar and tastefully upscale ambiance that’s comfortable rather than stuffy.


SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Choice-cut prime rib, 10-oz. Baseball Filet, 14-oz. Top Sirloin.


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J. Gardella’s Tavern 11 Ionia AVE SW. 616-459-8824 TAVERN. A popular Grand Rapids nightspot, J. Gardella’s is conveniently located next to Van Andel Arena. The architecture and decor is much like that of a Chicago tavern, complete with wood floors, an embossed metal ceiling, brick walls, and hand-carved moldings.


SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Low priced beverages, large portioned meals, selection of single malt scotches and microbrews.


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JD Reardon’s Bar & Grill 940 Monroe Ave NW. (616) 454-8590 AMERICAN. Neighborhood pub offers 15 Michigan beers on tap and more bottled, along with a full menu of handmade appetizers, pizzas, salads, sandwiches and 16 half-pound burgers. Nightly drink specials and karaoke on Tuesday


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).


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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.


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


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TOP GRANDWICH The B.O.B.’s G-Wrap


» SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN


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FTER MORE THAN TWO WEEKS and almost 50 sandwiches, only one could earn the title of Grandwich. That one is Bobarinos G-Wrap at the B.O.B. Brainchild of The B.O.B’s executive chef, Jared Miller, the winning entry comprises crispy pulled pork


and locally made andouille sausage, drizzled in spicy barbecue sauce, topped with pickle slaw and wrapped in spicy naan bread. If that isn’t enough to get your taste buds watering, the wrap is accompa- nied by a mound of sweet potato ‘moss’ and a sour cream apple tart. What makes this particular sandwich so delectable is the blend


of fiery and chilly. The spicy pork and andouille light up your mouth while the slaw cools it down. Rounding out the sandwich is the naan bread, giving the G-Wrap a slightly sweet finish. The taste tempting dish was chosen out of the 10 finalists by


a panel of judges including chefs, food critics and local celebrities in a ceremony at Rosa Parks Circle on Aug. 6, earning Bobarinos the right to style itself the ‘Home of the Original Grandwich.’ The sandwich will remain on the menu for the foreseeable future to accommodate those who haven’t yet had a chance to enjoy the G-Wrap, and to trumpet Bobarinos’ sandwich-smithing supremacy. Other finalists included Grand Central Market, Skywalk Deli,


25 Kitchen and Bar, St. Mary’s Health Care, Peppinos, Green Well Gastro Pub, HopCat, Omlette Shoppe and Rico’s Deli-Liquid Cargo. —Carl Dunker


Bobarinos at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids / (616) 356-2000 / thebob.com


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DINING SIGHTS | SOUNDS | SCENE


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