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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:34 AM
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Any good restaurants in Grand Rapids Michigan???
I will post this in the MI forum but thought I would ask here...
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Dangerously Amused Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:37 AM
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1. Pietro's. Pizza/Italian place. South side.



VERY good.



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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:41 AM
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2. I will check and see if they have a web site
I am looking for something for my in laws...they live in the historic district and I would like to get them something for christmas that they can enjoy together..
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:48 AM
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3. Charley's Crab
Downtown on the Grand River. It's very good. Here's a link to their website:

http://www.muer.com/locations/chcrab-grandrapids/chcrab...
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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:17 AM
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4. I've eaten at other Charley's, and they are good.
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Puglover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 06:31 AM
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20. They have the BEST bread evah!
But you had better like salt.
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:56 AM
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5. there must be some place to get a good bowl of cereal
:shrug:
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:59 AM
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6. .
:spray: :rofl:


you beat me to it. well-played!
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:08 AM
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7. That's Battle Creek
Not GR. You'd have to drive about 60 miles....
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:53 PM
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8. The Beltline Bar (wet burritos) and others
The Beltline Bar is on the corner of South Division and 28th Street.

Yesterdog is a cheap and yummy coney island on Lake Drive in Eastown. They are open late on Saturdays, but are closed on Sundays.

Down the street a couple of miles on Lake Drive is a breakfast place called the Cherie Inn-they have the best Eggs Benedict on earth.

Pietros is good, the Adobe (if it's still there) has good mexican food.

The local chain of Arnies restaurants and bakeries are excellent. If you go to one, get a loaf of banket from the bakery before you leave-it's the local specialty, a loaf of phyllo-like dough with a creamy almond center. Or a piece of Black Forest torte. Mmm.

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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:36 PM
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11. Burritos made with colby cheese: yes!
:rofl:

I actually do like them, but for a long time the Beltline Bar was my inauthentic impression of what Mexican food was.

Now when El Sombrero opened, people were like wow this is authentic.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:27 PM
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9. Olive Garden!
Two of 'em, in fact:

http://locator.olivegarden.com/cwc/apps/w2gi.php?client...

And, no one has (as yet) been sickened by eating at either Grand Rapids Olive Garden! :bounce:

:evilgrin:
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 12:29 AM
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18. D'oh! Beat me to it!
Hey, here's a Maui pic for you. I really miss Hawai'i.

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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:34 PM
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10. RUSS' BEATS ALL.
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 02:37 PM by LoZoccolo
Be sure to go to one of the ones where you order from your table with a phone:

http://www.russrestaurants.com

Tell any Grand Rapidian that you went to Russ' when you visited, and you will be told that you experienced Grand Rapids.

There is also Mr. Burger:

http://umbralatro.tripod.com/id15.html

But Russ' is more Grand Rapids.

There used to be this really good chain of fast food restaurants named Mr. Fables but they shut down. They'd make burgers with chopped up olives and pimentos as well as lettuce and tomato that were a Grand Rapids staple.

There seems to be an unusual number of local chains and other businesses in the area, and I have a theory as to why that is, but I'm not sure I can say it on DU.
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:19 PM
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13. I forgot about Russ-the dutch Big Boy!
A complete fried chicken dinner for $5. And it's good, far better than Big Boy's food.

I miss Mr. Fables, though.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:52 PM
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15. you know when my husband and I visit there over new years
I am going to have to check out this Russ's place...

the "dutch big boy"...that's pretty funny...
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:51 PM
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14. geez...I have heard of Fables but never went to one...I married a GR
native...but we live in da' Burgh...

I am looking for something a bit fancier..
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:53 PM
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12. I live in Kentwood - My picks
Stockbridge Pub or Beltline Bar for burritos

BD's Mongolian BBQ stir-fry - BD's is a pretty active place, so if you're looking for some quiet time, I wouldn't suggest it.

Brann's and Mountain Jacks are good steakhouses.
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Pied Piper Donating Member (363 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:16 PM
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16. Hello, ih8thegop!
I grew up in Kentwood, but I've lived in Boston for 16 years now. Noonwitch (above poster) and I went to high school together, and we reconnected on this board. I'll be home for the holidays beginning next Wednesday for about 9 days or so.

I remember the Beltline Bar well, and fondly, but I had forgotten about Russ' and Mr. Fable. My favorite hangout from my college days was the Cottage Bar, just off Fulton near the Veterans' Park. I'm pretty sure it's still there.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 12:26 AM
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17. I am also an EK alum! (nt)
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Pied Piper Donating Member (363 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 06:23 AM
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19. What year?
Noonwitch and I were both class of '82.
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