night. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Burgers.
Louis Benton Steak House 35 Ionia Ave NW. (616)-45-GRILL STEAK. Grand Rapids’ premier steak house offers a variety of different steaks, along with soups, salads, seafood and starters. This fine dining restaurant also has a variety of drinks and desserts to choose from and valet parking.
Lunch and Dinner. OPEN ON: Closed Sundays. GO THERE FOR: A good steak.
Lumber Baron Bar 187 Monroe Ave. NW. (616) 774-2000 LOUNGE. Settle into the warmth and charm of this historic bar – complete with a fireplace, leather club chairs and a large selection of premium drinks and appetizers.
» SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sundays and Mondays GO THERE FOR: Scotch or Brandy after a
Maggie’s Kitchen 636 Bridge St. NW. 616-458-8583 MEXICAN. The storefront restaurant on GR’s west side has quietly built a reputation as one of the best places in town for authentic Mexican food, especially its tacos and breakfast items like huevos a la Mexicana (scrambled eggs with onions and jalapenos).
» SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: T W Th F Sa Sn. GO THERE FOR: Tex-Mex.
Marie Catrib’s 1001 Lake Dr. 616-454-4020 ECLECTIC. The East Hills eatery has one of the most hard-to-categorize menus in West Michigan, but this line from its website begins to do it justice: “a twist of Lebanese, a hint of Yooper and yen for unique pastries.” Everything is made from scratch with local ingredients, and there are plenty of items suited for vegetar- ians and vegans. Get there early for lunch, as there is almost always a wait.
Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Salads, soups and sandwiches.
Mixology 235 Louis St. NW. 616-242-1448 LOUNGE. Casual, upscale service and atmosphere allows guests to relax and enjoy the city views. This type of service allows guests to complete business tasks while still enjoying the accessibility to great food and libations.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: Specialty cocktails.
The Muze 925 4 Mile Rd. NW. (616) 608-4506. AMERICAN. Warm and contemporary ambiance with natural wood and silver metals. Five levels, plus a large outside deck. Come on Wednesdays for two for one wet burritos – one of the best burritos in town.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN
ON: Closed Sundays GO THERE FOR: Smoked pulled pork and ribs.
O’Toole’s 448 Bridge St. 616-742-6095 PUB. This West side pub is equipped with delicious and outrageously topped burgers, as well as an extensive beer selection, and arguably, the best happy hour specials in town. If food is not your passion, this is a prime place to kick off your
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» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 Days. GO THERE FOR: Gourmet burgers, Absolut Bloody Mary bar.
Sunday Funday with its $3 Absolut Bloody Mary bar.
Olive’s Restaurant 2162 Wealthy St. SE. 616-451-8611 ECLECTIC. The Gaslight Village restaurant is a mainstay for Easties looking to have a cocktail and casual dinner. The menu is surprisingly broad, with innovative starters (e.g., Napoli fritters, Paella cakes) and diverse entrées like Southern meatloaf, braised short ribs and mobu tofu.
Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: A broad selection. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:
Ottawa Tavern 151 Ottawa NW. 616-451-8000 AMERICAN. Downtown hot spot for lunch and happy hour, featuring varied entrées and a “build-your-own burger” menu with more than 50 toppings to choose from. As name suggests, OT has a tavern casual feel, with lots of plasma big screens for watching games. A favorite during March Madness for downtown business people. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Build your own burger.
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.
Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh pita wraps.
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”).
ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Freshly made pasta. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN
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.
Rockwell-Republic 45 S. Division Ave. 616-551-3563 ECLECTIC. With a menu offering dishes ranging from sushi to burgers and everything in between, Rockwell-Republic has something for everyone. The cocktail menu runs the gamut from classics like the Manhattan to more modern variations and the beer and wine menus are nothing to sneeze at either.
GO THERE FOR: Specialty cocktails, broad menu, lively atmosphere.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days.
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.
W Th F Sa Sn. GO THERE FOR: Barbecue Ribs and Chicken. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: T
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.
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.
» 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 Italian dining.
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. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch
Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 Days GO THERE FOR: Variety and being seen.
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 clas- sic 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.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Sports Bar Atmosphere.
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.
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
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 September. It offers col- lege discounts, lunch and late night deliveries.
Lunch and dinner. OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Late night pizza.
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
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
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