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.
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.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Vegetarian and vegan bar food.
» SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN
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: 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
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.
OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mac and Cheese. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner
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
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- 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.
» SERVING: Lunch Dinner
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 flat- bread dinners, and small plates. Full bar with extensive wine list and great views of Holland. Hours of operation change with the seasons.
OPEN: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Flatbreads. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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
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
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
PERFECT PAIR: HopCat’s Michigan Maple Ice Cream Sandwich + Fornicator Doppelbock
beer bar on Earth featured such dessert items, HopCat has managed to create a perfect pairing for your alcoholic sweet teeth this winter — ice cream beer. Beginning with HopCat’s own Fornicator beer, Chief
Beer Geek Steve explains “the Fornicator is a rich, malty doppelbock with a light finish. It is a very quaffable session beer with an 8 percent ABV. There’s a richness and hearti- ness of a malt beer with the finish of a lager, even though session style beers are moderately low in ABV.” It almost adheres to the Reinheitsgebot, the German
Purity Law, except for the addition of Michigan maple syrup. With such a high ABV, this beer may put you over the edge rather quickly.
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ARFLY VENTURES’ NEW Executive Chef David Ogren unveiled several ice cream treats this past November during Restaurant Week. Although it may seem odd and questionable that the third best
To offset it, indulge in a dessert that features the same
heavy, dark maple pour from the Leelanau area found in the Fornicator. Created by Cook Levi Jaqua, the Michigan Maple Ice Cream Sandwich is a generous scoop of special vanilla ice cream placed between two sugary shortbread cookies, all of which is drizzled with Michigan maple syrup. It may be more fitting to consider it an ice cream burger. However, the Fornicator doppelbock and maple syrup are chief ingredients in the ice cream itself. “The Fornicator is in the ice cream and not blended in
afterword. Guinness sort of started it off [the idea of beer ice cream] but they blend it in. It doesn’t taste good,” Ogren said. —Matt Simpson Siegel
HopCat is located at 25 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids; (616) 451-4677 (hopcatgr.com
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