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.
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: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Widest variety of beers, crack fries.
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 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?
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
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.
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.
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.
Louis Benton Steak House 35 Ionia Ave NW. (616)-45-GRILL STEAK. Grand Rapids’ premier steak house offers a variety of different steaks,
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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. Menu offerings range 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.
Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Specialty cocktails, broad menu, lively atmosphere.
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
Ruth’s Chris Steak House 187 Monroe Avenue NW. 616-776-6426 STEAKHOUSE. Serving only the best steaks, Ruth’s Chris hand-selects its steaks from the top two percent of the country’s beef, which is then broiled to perfection at 1800 degrees. Enjoy the freshest seafood, classic sides and homemade desserts that satisfy any craving.
SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sundays. GO THERE FOR: Steak.
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.
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.
sure, but fun. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: PBJ Tuna.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN
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
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: 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.
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
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
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 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
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-
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner
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