From East to Westside: A visit to Ando Asian Kitchen & Bar

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:27 |

You remember your first Asian restaurant. No, come on, now — not the one with a hundred blessed dishes to choose from, each with the gooey, gloopy consistency and a Day-Glo sauce to match. The real one.

Thornapple Brewing offers something for every taste

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:31 |

Here’s a common refrain every homebrewer with decent chops has heard dozens of times: “Your beer is really good. You should open a brewery.”

While it may often be a polite declaration from a gracious recipient of free beer, it has nonetheless empowered more than a handful of hobbyists to consider making the leap into the professional leagues. 

However, making that jump is not as easy — or as inexpensive — as it may sound.

Last Call: The Velvet Underground from Donkey

Written by Nick Macksood | Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:27 |

Justin Whitman, the bar manager at Donkey admitted to us that when he and his staff have trouble coming up with cocktail names, they tend to lean on band names. Well bravo, team. The Velvet Underground manages not only to taste like a smoky NYC bar circa 1964, its Day-Glo orange also looks like it could have doubled as a prop in Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Weekend Getaways: The Up North Drinking Edition

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:21 |

Not that long ago, going up north for the weekend meant stepping back in time by leaving cellphone coverage and craft beverages behind for a few days.

Revue takes a sneak peek at what Restaurant Week GR 2017 has to offer

Written by Revue Staff | Tuesday, 08 August 2017 12:24 |

Restaurant Week GR is a celebration of outstanding local food. It’s an opportunity to try something new while experiencing the best that Grand Rapids restaurants have to offer. We sent Revue writers to four participating restaurants for a sneak preview of what’s coming to your table. 

Your Cup of Tea

Written by Elma Talundzic | Tuesday, 11 July 2017 14:11 |

It’s no secret that coffee tends to hog the caffeinated spotlight from time to time. But we’re here for you, tea lovers. We’d like to widen that spotlight and shift our attention over to a hot (or iced) cup of tea. Here’s a small guide to just a few local specialty tea shops to help you get started on your next leafy quest.

Table Talk: Meagan Freriks, One Bourbon

Written by Nick Macksood | Tuesday, 11 July 2017 13:48 |

Mad Men has been off the air for two years now — it’s high time we millennials admit that Don Draper taught us how to drink whiskey. The education shouldn’t stop there, and fortunately for our tastes, Bridge Street is at it again with another establishment dedicated to upping our collective spirits knowledge. This month, Revue sat down with Meagan Freriks of One Bourbon to talk whiskey, fried chicken and daily homemade pie that would make Dale Cooper blush.

Fruit Loops: Revue tasting panel weighs in on Michigan-made fruit beers

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 10 July 2017 10:25 |

If you want to drink something fruity and alcoholic, we suggest wine, cider or even mead. However, if you’re dead-set against those other ferments and need a fruity Michigan beer, Revue gathered a baker’s dozen of fruit beers made by Michigan breweries and put them before our tasting panel.

Last Call: Henry's Absent Absinthe Verte at Bier Distillery

Written by Nick Macksood | Monday, 10 July 2017 09:13 |

Owner operator Joel Bierling demonstrates how they serve absinthe at Bier Distillery and Tasting Room in Comstock Park.

Dining Review: Butcher’s Union

Written by Troy Reimink | Wednesday, 07 June 2017 11:09 |

Butcher’s Union, occupying the former Monte's space, is the new rage. You may already know this if you use Facebook or Instagram, which lately seem to exist for the sole purpose of enabling Grand Rapids diners to inform their friends they’ve secured seating there. 

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