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. 

Alfresco Appetites: Where to dine (and drink) in the open air

Written by Troy Reimink | Wednesday, 07 June 2017 09:37 |

Yes, outdoor dining season is upon us. We kicked off last summer by surveying some notable alfresco eating locations in the area, and we could have filled an entire issue with it. But since print space, like summer, is finite, we’ll simply offer another (admittedly incomplete) pile of suggestions for outdoor dining spots that are new, notable or worth revisiting.

Holland’s Coppercraft Distillery to reopen May 5 with restaurant

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:55 |

With a new restaurant that opens Friday, Coppercraft Distillery in Holland wants to showcase the possibilities of pairing food with cocktails.

Dawn of the Doughnut

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 02 May 2017 10:26 |

A new era of doughnut consumption has dawned. West Michigan is home to several beloved doughnut stops — Marge’s Donut Den, Sandy’s Donuts, Van’s Pastry Shoppe, to name a few — but here are some of the impressive new players that have joined the market in the past year.

Strip Mall Sensations: Hidden excellence in pedestrian plazas

Written by Elma Talundzic | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 15:34 |

When it comes to dining, strip malls get a bad reputation. The universally drab architecture of strip-mall buildings could make you think they hold no culinary gems. However, we all know it’s what’s inside that counts. With excellent food from all over the world, here’s a few strip mall sensations that deserve a visit.

You Can Go Home Again: Excellent meals plucked from the family tree

Written by Missy Black | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 15:30 |

Family recipes on the menu bring back the power of food made from love, magic and a little history. Whether it’s your mom, nonna or uncle’s secret sauce, you can rest assured no one slaps their name on a dish unless it has achieved perfection through generational lore. 

Let’s Do Brunch: Eggs, pancakes and bloodies galore

Written by Kelly Brown | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 14:58 |

Brunch is no longer just a late breakfast for lazy folk. No — this weekend tradition is a sacred event dedicated to early morning drinking and specialty menus, far superior to your standard breakfast offerings. Read up on where to find stellar brunch menus and Bloody Mary bars. 

The Fast Supper: Kalamazoo heats up late night with Food Truck Rally

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 10:25 |

Eager to feed the demand for after-hours eats and pop-up excitement in Kalamazoo, local food trucks last year hosted the city’s first-ever Food Truck Rally. Now, the five-event series has just announced another run for 2017 following the mouthwatering praise it earned during last spring and fall.

The Final Course: Exquisite desserts from local eateries

Written by Missy Black | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 10:20 |

If you’re the kind to flip immediately to a menu’s dessert page, maybe you can help us settle a score: We’re pitting rich, sensual chocolate against nature’s best to see which one makes for the ultimate sweet treat. These are the kinds of delicacies that warrant a visit all on their own, but you can grab some dinner while you’re at it too, we suppose.

“Authentic” is the kind of adjective applied to food so indiscriminately that one forgets what it was supposed to signify in the first place. (See also: “organic,” “natural,” “artisanal.”) But even if the idea of food authenticity hadn’t been mostly marketed into meaninglessness, it’s a slippery concept to begin with.

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