Damon's: Don't miss the Ribs and quiz
An incrdible experience !!! THis typical american rib bar was excellent value for money, and you only paid for one beer. Every time your glass looked two thirds empty, it would be topped up again. Too many ribs too eat, but if you did those too would be replaced with some more. Each table had a button console which allowed to take part in a quiz with all the other tables in the resturant, and quite a good banter between tables began. Also that resturant also was measured against other resturants within North America. It was almost likea national quiz.
Favorite Dish: Onion loaf was to die for. ribs were tremendous
Little Mexico: Great Mexican Food
A mexican food with really good mexican food. They have some pretty good margaritta's as well. The best part of this place is the three singers who saranede you through dinner.
I've been there once and my freinds adore Little Mexico.
Favorite Dish: I really liked the El Presidente.
La Cantina: Grand Rapids Needs Mexicans!!!
I guess you couldn't say this restaurant was in Grand paids, MI, as we had to drive miles down Rt 11 to find ANY Mexican food. (Hey, Taco Bell and Garcia's are NOT real Mexican restaurants). We should have seen it coming, as it was obviuosly a bar that serves food, but we tried it anyway.
Now, I can't say that the bland, questionable ingredient concoctions didn't make me sick, or if it was the flu, but the enxt day I had a high fever and was puking. I had ordered a chimichanga, but it tasted as if they poured "Prego" spaghetti sauce on top of it.
I would recommend NOT stopping here for a bite to eat.
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Schnitzelbank: German food
2/17/07 update, per page comment below, the restaurant has been torn down and turned into a parking lot-bummer!
David has tried to stop at this place a couple of times but he always is passing through on a Sunday when the restaurant is closed.
The decor is not fancy and is a little dated but it's just what I expect when I visit smaller towns in the midwest. it's filled with German items like beer steins, cuckoo clocks and the animated dwarf quartet that you can see in the picture.
Our waitress was as obliging and pleasant as any waitress could be, offering substitutions and mixing special salad dressings.
Favorite Dish: I tried the wiener schnitzel which was very well prepared and a perfect sized portion for dinner. It came with mashed potatoes/gravy.
David tried a combination plate with wiener schnitzel in a mushroom gravy, sauerbraten and ham with a side of mashed potatoes/gravy and spatzel. The spatzel wasn't the best I've ever had but he enjoyed everything else on his plate.
Entrees came with a soup or salad, the white clam chowder was very good, the salad was mostly iceberg and I wished I had gotten the soup. You also had your choice or sauerkraut, beets or another vegetable but I passed and got some applesauce instead.
I should have also passed on dessert but they had homemade bread pudding with a warm vanilla sauce, what can I say? Very delicious!
Khazneh Cafe: Middle Eastern at the Petra exhibit
A delightful touch to the Petra exhibit at Calvin College was the Khazneh Cafe where you could try a taste of Middle Eastern food. The exhibit runs through August 15, 2005 after which I suspect the cafe will close as well.
Favorite Dish: There were 6 options for lunch, we tried the chicken gyros and shawarma (beef steak gyro) but there was also a beef/lamb gyro (looked suspiciously like the meat you get in the grocery store gyro packages), a grecian salad, grilled vegetable pita or baba ghanoush. There were at least a dozen different sauces, vegetables and spices that you could add.
It wasn't as good as middle Eastern food I've had abroad or in restaurants in Chicago but I thought it was a nice tie in to the exhibit.
Panera Bread: A Highlight
The best part about Panera is high quality and creative food at a price even college students can afford. The restaurants are always clean and are designed to be a comfortable place to stay and chat.
Favorite Dish: I love the "U Pick 2" option and often get the 1/2 greek salad and a bowl of french onion soup. It's served with french bread (or an apple or wheat baguette, etc.).
From the bakery, the cinnamon crunch bagels are the best!
Great Wall Restaurant: Great Chinese Food
This is a great authentic Chinese food restaurant. They also have American Chinese food, but the real stuff is on the "Beijing Style Menu" on the back of the regular menu. Its the only place in Grand Rapids to have hot pot, where you cook your own meal in a pot of broth placed in the middle of the table.
Favorite Dish: I really like the jiaozi (dumplings)
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One of my favorites is the...
One of my favorites is the Cygnus atop the Grand Plaza hotel. Rembrandt's in the Bridgewater Center is also very nice.
Since it's on the top of the tallest building downtown, the 360 degree view is magnificent.
Favorite Dish: I loved the Walleye Pike coated in hazelnuts.
San Chez: San Chez
One of GR's best restaurants. Only there I could drink my 'Caipirinha'!
Tapas are its speciality and they are quite good. The restaurant is considered 'One of the 50 Best Hispanic Restaurants in the U.S.A.' by the Hispanic Magazine.
The sagria could be improved! One time I asked to have some more wine in the sangria and they wanted to charge me for that, this is a sangria pitch that costs $11! The sangria wine is pretty cheap...
Go early on Friday's and Saturday's, because it gets crowded.
Favorite Dish: Tapas!!
What are you in the mood for...
What are you in the mood for tonight? The Bistro Bella-Vita downtown is an italian favorite. Or for Spanish appetizers as a meal, visit the San-Chez. Many local pubs also offer a varied menu selection. Don't forget the classy 1913 Room in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, or Charlies Crab on the river. Dubas for fine dining near the Meijer Gardens.
The patrons of most restaurants in GR wear dressy casual attire. You will want to look good for the 1913 Room, Charlies Crab and Dubas.
The BIB: Excellent Place
The BIB is actually out on Gun Lake (25 miles from GR) but the place is excellent to go with your friends.
The waitresses are loud and obnoxious but as long as you give as good as you get you'll have a fantastic time
Cascade Roadhouse: Nice lunch
Had a mini-VT Meet here with Parrothead2. Silly me, forgot the camera in the car and she drove, so no pics of the meet. We had a good time, discussing the fine points of vacationing in North Carolina over lunch.
Food itself wasn't the greatest I ever had, but not bad. I think we both ended up getting soft shell chicken tacos. I'd order something else next time, though. The place itself has two parts as you walk in, a restaurant area on the left and a bar/pub room (which is where we were) on the right. There's also an outside patio where you can sit on a nice day.
Charlies Crab Shack located on...
Charlies Crab Shack located on the river downtown.
Bob's is also a famous place to eat, dance and party..
located downtown also.
Favorite Dish: The Beltline Bar located on 28th St and Division has great wet burritos. I recently had dinner with Parrothead there.
Charlies Crab shack has great seafood and steaks. Fabulous meals and service.
Paunchy Pete's: Paunchy Pete's
On weekends they open the dancefloor to a dj, and on weeknights you can enjoy kariokee.
Probably the best feature is the deck in the summer.
Favorite Dish: Cajun Shrimp and Chicken Pasta -> It's a huge helping of pasta, olive oil, veggies, and just the right amount of cajun flavoring
Burritos -> Saying the burritos are huge is an understatement. Good price too.
Yesterdog was featured in the movie American Pie and is a local favorite, especially with the college crowd. It's a rustic looking place, with the walls covered in pictures of people wearing the Yesterdog t-shirt in distant lands.
You also tip the help by whipping change into a tuba behind the counter.
Favorite Dish: Obviously the chili dogs.
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