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.

Get the Pho Out!

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 10:02 |

Pho, it seems, is having a moment. If you’re new to the dish — a traditional Vietnamese offering of noodles, broth, meat and various herbs and vegetables — welcome! You’ve got a bit of catching up to do, but the journey is going to be delicious.

Cheap Eats: 10 dinners for $10 or less and other dining deals

Written by Josh Veal | Tuesday, 04 April 2017 09:28 |

Here are 10 delicious, filling dinners in West Michigan that all cost $10 or less (before your generous tip, of course). Plus: Find out where to score cheap happy hour deals and other specials every day.

HAZE CRAZE: Michigan-made New England-style IPAs take the market by storm

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 03 April 2017 09:50 |

For many craft beer drinkers, tastes in IPAs have started to evolve from the bitter, palate-wrecking hop bombs toward a gentler, juicier flavor. Revue tasted six examples of New England-style or juicy IPAs, with Old Nation’s M-43 leading the pack.

Last Call: PT1 cocktail from Butcher’s Union

Written by Nick Macksood | Friday, 31 March 2017 09:45 |

Learn how to make our featured cocktail of the month: The PT1 from Butcher's Union in Grand Rapids, and watch an exclusive video tutorial with Butcher’s Union Bar Manager Nick Hindley.

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