TACO TOUR: Revue Hits the Streets of GR on a Taco Crawl

Written by Nick Macksood | Monday, 06 June 2016 16:05 |

If you want to start a heated food fight, tell a group of people where to find the best tacos in town. 

For reasons unknown, tacos and burritos seem to be America’s most divisive foods and everyone has his or her own favorite spot. With that in mind, what better way to decide who is king than a taco crawl through the streets of Grand Rapids? Here's a quick route.

Summer wheat beer taste-off: Will king Oberon keep its crown?

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 06 June 2016 15:12 |

Oberon from Bell’s Brewery served as a gateway for many drinkers entering the world of craft beer. 

It’s an approachable wheat ale that’s become synonymous with summer and warm weather. But we wondered how the iconic Oberon would hold up to some of the other offerings from West Michigan breweries that loosely fit into the same style profile. Here’s what we determined. 

The Rebirth of Bartertown: Crystal Lecoy & Thad Cummings of Bartertown Diner

Written by Nick Macksood | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 17:53 |

This month I sat down with the new owners of Bartertown Diner, Crystal Lecoy and Thad Cummings, to chat about their vegan diner’s recent transformation and revamped plant-based menu. Find out the reformist restaurateurs’ noble game plan and how they’re handling the business after taking the reins from former Bartertown owner Ryan Cappelletti.

Meet the Butchers: Where’s the Beef? Revue Investigates

Written by John Wiegand | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 15:31 |

After a long day’s work there are few things I enjoy more than curling up, Ron Swanson-style, with a thick, juicy hunk of animal meat and an equally luscious single-malt scotch. 

While my appetite for vast quantities of meat is admittedly less than the mustachioed libertarian of Parks and Recreation fame, I do possess a vigorous ferocity for cuts of all shapes and flavors.

Traveling the Cocktail Trail with Coppercraft

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 15:23 |

Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery plans to make a big splash in its third year as the official spirit for the Tulip Time Festival. 

Fresh off of winning a bronze medal for its Rum and a gold medal and best in class honors for its Cask-Strength Bourbon at the American Distilling Institute Expo last month, the craft distillery partnered with 13 local restaurants on the Copper Trail, a passport promotion running from May 7-31. 

On a gorgeous sunny Friday last month, this writer and the Revue team — aka The Merry Band of Millennials including Kelli Belanger, Rachel Harper, Nick Manes, Josh Veal and John Wiegand — decided to break out of the office to see what the breweries of Muskegon and Grand Haven had to offer. Here’s what we uncovered.

Now Open & Coming Soon: New Restaurant and Brewery Report

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 10 May 2016 17:20 |

By the time you read this list, it will probably be inaccurate. Ten years ago, the arrival of a new restaurant concept in little ol’ Grand Rapids was an extraordinary, blessed occurrence. Now, it seems not a day goes by without the announcement of a trendy new brewpub, small-plate restaurant, beer garden, artisan cocktail bar, tasting room or gourmet coffee purveyor, often attached to a mixed-use development and usually accompanied by a sleek Squarespace website.

Fired Up: Q&A with Shelby Kibler of Field & Fire

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 10 May 2016 15:28 |

If you want to see Shelby Kibler’s eyes light up, ask him about the miracle of fermentation.

His Field & Fire artisan bakery, one of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market’s original tenants, specializes in a style of baking consistent with the ethics of the “farm to table” movement, employing a two-to-three-day fermentation period for all dough awaiting its turn in one of the bakery’s two enormous wood-fired ovens.

It’s Amore: Q&A with Chef Jenna Arcidiacono

Written by Mayra Monroy | Monday, 09 May 2016 18:37 |

Jenna Arcidiacono, a self-proclaimed foodie, is the owner and founder of Amore Trattoria Italiana. Arcidiacono brings authenticity and passion in every dish at Amore, having learned from her own observations in Italy, working alongside her husband and mother-in-law while studying other ristoranti e trattories. 

Amore’s specialty is simple but striking dishes. While seemingly simple in nature, her menu is packed with high quality, local ingredients.

The proud “farm-to-fork, fork-to-mouth” advocate chatted with Revue about her humble beginnings and what’s most exciting about West Michigan dining these days. Here’s what she had to say. 

Totally Fried: Grand Rapids’ must-try french fries

Written by Troy Reimink | Monday, 09 May 2016 17:50 |

We do, in fact, want fries with that.

Once upon a time, you would never be able to consume a plate of fries in public without leaving a bit of your dignity at the door. But we now live in the age of Fancy Versions of Ordinarily Inexpensive Things, so fries have gotten serious, becoming a canvas that allows chefs to play around with interesting flavor combinations and seasonings. Check out this list of must-try fries, with something in Grand Rapids for every fry craving.

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