souvlaki plate

Greek restaurant closes doors

A husband-and-wife team has closed their Greek restaurant in a Grand Rapids neighborhood.
Grain Sandwich Shop Berry Clucking Delicious

West Side sandwich shop wins Grandwich competition

A sandwich shop on the city’s West Side has won the 2019 Grandwich contest.
Patrick Rubley right and Derian Frutos left

Chef Profile: No Shortcuts

At Sapporo Ramen & Noodle Bar, chef and co-owner Patrick Rubley wants you to start with the hakata modern — a bowl of ramen in a gorgeous pork bone broth (tonkotsu) that takes 12-18 hours to simmer.
Chef de cuisine Stephan VanHeulen brings palpable passion to the penthouse kitchen at Cygnus 27. Photo by Michael Buck

Chef Profile: ‘Going the Extra Mile’

Two hours before dinner service commences, Cygnus 27 chef de cuisine Stephan VanHeulen has deftly inspected the kitchen, marveling at the diver scallops — gorgeous, pearly pink and way more substantial than anything you can buy at a supermarket; smelling the exhilarating earthiness of the fluffy hen-of-the-woods, royal trumpet and white beech mushrooms; and tasting the whipped root vegetable purée. But it’s the massive octopus with eight tentacles, a dangerously delicious beast, that stopped him in his tracks.

Heritage Hill Restaurant Offers Nostalgia with ‘70s Theme

If you fondly remember eating dinners off of TV trays while settled into the family room couch watching the evening's sitcoms, you’re going to love the newest addition to the Heritage Hill neighborhood.
Danzon Cubano Media Noche sandwich.

Danzón Cubano Transports Your Taste Buds to Havana

One of the best parts of traveling is trying the cuisines of other places. But for many people the ability to travel is limited. Stefan Nava said that is one of the inspirations behind Danzón Cubano.
Eklectico Greek Kouzina

Couple Brings Authentic Greek Food to Alger Heights

A local husband and wife team has brought traditional Greek food to Grand Rapids. Eklectico Greek Kouzina, located in Alger Heights, has always been a dream of Andreas Papangelopoulos and his wife, Nicole Thrasher-Papangelopoulos.
MeXo guac

MeXo Highlights Mesoamerican Cuisine with Bold Flavors and Bright Colors

If you think you know Mexican food, think again. MeXo brings pre-Hispanic, Mesoamerican cuisine (think before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors to Mexico) to Grand Rapids in a way that still says 2018.
Forty Acres Chef Trimell

Putting The Soul Back In Soul Food

Ever since Trimell Hawkins started spending time with his grandmother in her kitchen, cooking has been an important part of his life. As he grew up, Hawkins noticed he always ended up being the chef for his friends because he loved to entertain. transforms into French bistro

Six.One.Six Transforms Into French Bistro

Get ready to savor the splendor of French cuisine right here in Grand Rapids. JW Marriott’s restaurant,, is transforming into a French bistro with new menu offerings of curated French cuisine.
Roam's satay, tamales and chips 'n dips.

Global Street Food is the Focus of San Chez Owners’ New Restaurant Roam

New restaurant Roam promises to take your taste buds on a journey around the world.
Georgina's offers Asian & Latin fusion

Georgina’s Brings Taste of Nicaragua to Wealthy Street

Whether you are trying something new like tallarines y chorizo (homemade chorizo sautéed with lo mien noodles and baked with queso fresco) or you want a more typical taco, chef Tony Craig said at Georgina’s you’ll find “comfort food.”
JW Marriott & Downtown Market have teamed up for a Gourmet Weekend.

The Gourmet Getaway Everyone Will Be Talking About

With January’s slow, nothing-to-celebrate slump settling in, I was looking for an experience to set the tone for the new year ahead. I craved a getaway or staycation that catered to exciting the senses—something my husband and I could enjoy together in our own town, on our own time.
Littlebird opened in November 2017 at Monroe Center.

Littlebird: A love story of trains, ramen bars and delicious breakfast

The first thing you see when you enter Littlebird is the bar.
Butcher's Union

Butcher’s Union, Metropolitan on the Outside, Midwestern Charm on the Inside

"Butcher’s Union is a place where you can get a square meal and a stiff drink at an affordable price.”
Zoko 822 brings Basque Country cuisine to Grand Rapids.

Zoko 822 Draws Inspiration From Spain’s Basque Region

Basque Country is nestled in the north of Spain near the western border of France. The autonomous community sits at the foot of the Bay of Biscay and celebrates a culinary culture that’s unique to mainstream exported Spanish cuisine.
Matchbox's Hangover Burrito.

Matchbox Diner Delights Over Drinks, Deli Sandwiches and Dill Havarti Omelets

Matchbox Diner and Drinks owner and executive chef Eric Chaitin knows the Grand Rapids food scene better than most. Originally from the North Shore of Chicago, he served as the executive chef at Rose's on Reeds Lake and later at the Watermark Country Club. He’s since snapped up West Michigan favorites like Ottawa Beach Inn in Holland and the dockside Mermaid Bar and Grill in Saugatuck.
New Hotel Mertens serves up traditional "meat & potatoes" French cuisine.

Former Hotel Gets New Life as French Brasserie

Walking into New Hotel Mertens is like stepping back in time. That’s because many of the building’s features harken back to previous decades, including the original flooring, which bares the building’s name and was first laid in 1914, when it opened.
Pho 616 head chef Cam Loan Nguyen.

Pho 616 is a Family Affair

Some men might not want to admit stopping into their parents’ house on a regular basis for a home cooked meal, but Ty Nguyen said he regularly goes to his parents’ house for lunch and dinner.
Rendezvous bar in the Amway Grand Plaza

New Amway Grand Plaza Bar Hints at Historic Past

The new Rendezvous bar at Amway Grand Plaza has quickly become a hot spot since opening two weeks ago.




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