Downtown Market promotes ‘Alpha-Bites’ offerings in September


Kids and adults alike are invited to taste their way through the Downtown Market from A to Z this month.

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market, at 435 Ionia Ave. SW, said Monday, Aug. 30, it will highlight featured food favorites from market hall merchants and restaurants all September long during regular business hours, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

“Taste your way through the alphabet in the most delicious way — can you try all 26 features?” the market said.

As an ode to the back-to-school season, kids who take up the A-to-Z challenge can flip over their Alpha-Bites menu for a Downtown Market coloring sheet. Crayon packets will be available at the second-floor admin office for children of all ages.

Featured items

Almond Croissant — A flaky butter croissant filled with a special blend of almonds, sugar, dark rum and vanilla (Field & Fire)

Beef Pho — Freshly made beef broth with rice noodles, sliced beef, meatballs, cilantro and onions. Served with bean sprouts, Thai basil and lime (Pho616)

Cheeseburger — Two house grind beef patties cooked to order, topped with caramelized onions, Thousand Island dressing, pickles and lettuce, served on a fresh bun with a side of house fries (Carvers)

Doughnut — A rotating assortment of fun iced and topped cake doughnuts (Juju Bird)

Espresso Soda — Choose from vanilla, pineapple or lemon espresso sodas, made in small batches using real ingredients (Alt City Beverage Co.)

Fish & Chips — Your choice of halibut, perch or cod, lightly battered and fried until tender inside and crispy, golden brown on the outside. Served with gribiche and house fries. (Fish Lads)

Gouda Cheese — An Aperitivo staff favorite, the Ewephoria sheep’s milk gouda has a mild, nutty flavor and is tasty on its own as a snack or melted down. (Aperitivo)

Hazelnut Bon Bon — A handcrafted dark chocolate bon bon filled with a silky hazelnut filling, using only the best ingredients (Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolate)

Iced Latte — A classic coffee pick-me-up, made with espresso from Onyx Coffee Roasters and buyer’s choice of dairy or non-dairy milk options (Squibb Coffee Bar)

Jambon-beurre (Ham & Butter Sandwich) — Locally sourced ham, roasted with rosemary and served on a Field & Fire roll with house made butter (Gaby’s Gourmandise)

Kobe Beef — Marbled and tender, flavorful Kobe beef steak, available in several cuts (Carvers)

Lavender Peach Tea — Refreshing tea infused with peach, lavender and rose, available iced or hot (Spice & Tea Merchants)

Madeleine — A traditional French cookie with a sponge cake texture, flavored with honey and olive oil, also available dipped in passion fruit chocolate (Gaby’s Gourmandise)

Nashville Hot Chicken — Chicken fried and dipped in Nashville hot sauce, available as a sandwich, strips, boneless wings or drum and thigh (Juju Bird)

Orange Chicken — A hearty bowl filled with breaded wok-fried chicken with a sweet orange glaze, topped with sesame seeds and steamed rice (Rák Thai)

Pulled Pork — “The Reason” sandwich, made of sustainably, family farm-raised pork butt, rubbed with sweet and spicy blend, then slowly smoked until falling apart and juicy, served on a Kaiser roll and topped with coleslaw and dill pickles (Slows Bar BQ)

Quesadilla — Made with a fresh tortilla and cheese with choice of protein, including vegetarian options, available in kids’ size, medium and large (Tacos El Cuñado)

Root Beer — Over 15 different types of craft root beer (High Tide Soda)

Scallops — Jumbo dry pack scallops available by the pound or as a prepared dish, served with sweet fruits and salad (Fish Lads)

Toasts — Enjoy a variety of house made topped toasts, including avocado, rosemary and goat cheese, Spanish tuna and strawberries and ricotta (Squibb Coffee Bar)

Unagi — Sushi Market has plenty of Unagi (eel) rolls to choose from, including a Black Dragon roll topped with Eel BBQ sauce (Sushi Market)

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream — Made with grass-fed milk, pure vanilla extract from Madagascar and Indonesia and flecks of vanilla bean, available in scoops, pints and quarts (Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolate)

White Cheddar Jalapeño Popcorn — Classic big-kernel popcorn with a spicy cheddar kick, available in multiple sizes (Dorothy & Tony’s Popcorn)

“Xtra” Virgin Olive Oil — A variety of regional, cold pressed extra virgin olive oils, free of preservatives or additives (Old World Olive Company)

Yuzu Salmon Bowl — A poke bowl filled to the brim with salmon, yuzu soy, cucumber, edamame, cilantro, crispy onions, gochugaru and yuzu tobiko, available in small or large (Pinktail Poke)

Zucchini Muffin — Made with organic ingredients and locally sourced zucchini (Field & Fire)

More information about the Alpha-Bites promotion is online.

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