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Dining Review: BarFly’s new Venture, Waldron Public House

Written by Troy Reimink | Thursday, 17 March 2016 20:32 |

In February, BarFly Ventures closed the 10-year-old McFadden's restaurant, pub and dance club to redesign the space and replace the concept with a British-style pub, The Waldron Public House. With a completely revamped menu, The Waldron claims to serve the best fish and chips in Grand Rapids — a bold statement, but does it live up to the promise? Here is our dining writer's assessment.

Table Talk: Katy Waltz of Brewery Vivant

Written by Nick Macksood | Friday, 04 March 2016 09:38 |

Too often I’m guilty of turning down dessert at the end of a meal.

That was not the case this month, because I sat down with Katy Waltz, the talented head pastry chef at Brewery Vivant. Waltz, 31, of Grand Rapids, talked desserts and beers. Here’s what she had to say.

All Aboard! Railtown Brewing breaks the mold in pursuit of quality

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:50 |
Railtown Brewing Co. founders Justin Buiter and Gim Lee like to say their year-old West Michigan craft brewery sits “in the middle of nowhere and between everything.” Instead of having the flashiest taproom or branding, the brewery instead invested in the quality of its liquid, focusing on buying equipment that will ensure its beers live up to the owners’ high standards.

Red hot: Where to find good chili in West Michigan

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 01 March 2016 13:30 |

Every self-respecting person has a go-to chili recipe, forged and perfected in the foul depths of innumerable Michigan winters. If not, then at the very least, everyone should have a set of finely calibrated preferences for chili that is served to them.

Like, how much kick? What kind of meat, if any? How chunky/liquidy? Sweeten or don’t? What kind of beans? 
How much garlic?

In any case, chili is personal and these equations are not to be messed with.

Photo gallery: Winter Beer Fest 2016

Written by Kim Kibby | Saturday, 27 February 2016 16:05 |

Photos from day 1 of Michigan Brewers Guild's Winter Beer Fest 2016.

Michigan Craft Beer Tasting Notes: The What’s (Sorta) New Edition

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 03 February 2016 12:17 |

Everyone loves to find a new favorite craft beer.
In this tasting session of new beers that just hit distribution in West Michigan, we’ve found two options we’d happily recommend you seek out — and a host of others worth trying as well.

Cheap Eats: Three Dining Deals to Devour

Written by Nick Macksood | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:08 |

When I reveal that I’m a food writer, inevitably, I hear the same things. “That would be fun.” Yes, it is. “How do you find a good restaurant?” Well, the answer is simple. Choose a restaurant (really, any one will do), sit down and order food, then determine whether or not you’d come back. I promise, there are no secrets here.

An All-Day Guide to Eating Vegetarian in Grand Rapids

Written by Marjorie Steele | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:03 |

For beginners in the West Michigan veggie game, finding tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes can be problematic. Where should you start?

Here are just a few local spots offering more than a house salad. Revue has you covered on breakfast, lunch and dinner, too.

In the case of Cedar Springs Brewing Co., 95 N. Main St., Cedar Springs, founder Dave Ringler apprenticed at German breweries in the 1990s after graduating from Kalamazoo College and has leveraged that training to bring a true taste of Bavaria to West Michigan.

BEER BRIEFS: Atwater launches new beers; BRRRewFest hits Ludington

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 13:39 |

Detroit’s Atwater Brewery is launching three new beers, and along with them, a new branding scheme. The company tapped Detroit artist Tony Roko for the new designs, which will debut this month.

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