Forward to the Past

Written by Troy Reimink | Monday, 05 December 2016 18:19 |

The future of West Michigan dining is here, and it feels a lot like the past. See examples from the oldest restaurant in Grand Rapids (Cherie Inn) and a new eatery (The Lazy Susan).

Truck Yeah! GR gets friendly with food trucks

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:48 |

During this year’s ArtPrize, downtown Grand Rapids was filled with the expected sights — oversized artwork, misused crosswalks, the guy riding a fish bicycle. But there was a surprise greeting visitors who flocked to the eighth-annual event: Food trucks. All over the place. With lines in front of them.

Kitchen Preview: Rockford Brewing Co. cooks up some gourmet comfort

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 07 October 2016 15:38 |

This week, Rockford Brewing Co. took its new kitchen for a test drive with a multi-day soft opening.

Fork, Knife and Pint: Why breweries are stepping up their food game

Written by Troy Reimink | Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:16 |

Just a few years ago, most breweries could get away with treating their food menu as a greasy afterthought — maybe a few token appetizers or sandwiches to keep the regulars warming the barstools.

But breweries in Beer City and throughout West Michigan are learning, sometimes the hard way, that a successful operation needs more than just good beer to distinguish itself in 2016.

Table Talk: Jeff Butzow of Fish Lads & Carvers

Written by Nick Macksood | Wednesday, 05 October 2016 08:15 |

There’s no shortage of primo fish to reel in from our state’s tens of thousands of inland lakes (including four of the largest lakes in the world) and 300-plus rivers. And yet, nothing compares to an oceanic jewel like fresh king or coho salmon. That’s where Fish Lads comes in — purveying only the finest fillets in Grand Rapids’ own Downtown Market. We talked with Jeff Butzow, owner of Fish Lads, about his aquatic philosophy and plans for the new meat emporium, Carvers, set up just a few feet away.

HopCat Kalamazoo to open this week

Written by Revue Staff | Tuesday, 04 October 2016 11:55 |

HopCat is opening yet another set of doors this Saturday, Oct. 8 in Kalamazoo.

In the Stomach of the Beholder: Top local chefs make a case for the art of cuisine

Written by Troy Reimink | Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:04 |

In Kitchen Confidential, the bestselling chronicle of the food industry’s colorful underbelly, Anthony Bourdain warns of the mayhem and mediocrity that can occur “when the chef starts thinking of himself as an artist rather than a craftsman.” But can food be art? Revue asked some of the area’s top chefs to explain what in the restaurant world, if anything, qualifies as artistic.

Several restaurants have firmly established themselves in West Michigan as go-tos for vegetarian-friendly menus. But if you can’t always convince your friends or significant other to patronize those, you can still find good vegetarian food in unexpected places. Consider this your guide to off-brand, below-radar veggie cuisine in Grand Rapids, broken down by meal.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids: 2016 Featured Menus

Written by REVUE | Tuesday, 09 August 2016 08:26 |

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is back! With more than 50 participating restaurants throughout the city, this event is a good excuse to try out a new restaurant (or two!). Between August 10-21, you can sample 3-course dinner menus for a special price — all 3-course menus are $28 per person (or 2 dine for $28). Read on to see our roundup of featured menus.

The Great Outdoors: How to Eat Fly Under the West Michigan Sky

Written by Troy Reimink | Friday, 01 July 2016 12:52 |

A roundup of top outdoor dining spots in Grand Rapids and beyond.

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