Check out the best comfort food West Michigan has to offer:
Are you ready to warm up your body and fill up your belly at the same time? West Michigan has plenty of establishments that offer soups and stews to die for. Here are a few.
THE BIG COUNTRY at UNCLE CHEETAH'S SOUP SHOP
You really can't go wrong at this specialty shop offering a consistently updated and always appetizing menu. With this choice, you'll be scooping up spoonfuls of potato, smoked kielbasa and mirpoix out of a thick, creamy base. A taste of bayleaf and black pepper further delight your taste buds.
Uncle Cheetah's Soup Shop 1133 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
AUSTRIAN STEAK GOULASH at ALPEN ROSE RESTAURANT
If you're not familiar with this hearty Eastern European dish, prepare yourself for a generously seasoned stew that's easily a meal in its own right. Discover beef, onions, tomatoes and potatoes underneath a thick, brown sauce. Spicy paprika adds a welcome kick to these humble ingredients.
Alpen Rose Restaurant 4 E. 8th St., Holland
WISCONSIN CHEDDAR SOUP at THE HEARTHSTONE
What's better than spoonfuls of hot, creamy cheese to bring warmth to wintry nights? How about if those spoonfuls also contained bites of popcorn and cheese balls? Yep, this soup goes above and beyond—and you know a state revered for its dairy products isn't going to disappoint.
The Hearthstone 3350 Glade St., Muskegon
IRISH STEW WITH LAMB at HENNESSY's IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT
Another meat-and-potatoes dish to fill you up: a blend of lamb with carrots, onions and yes—potatoes. Dip into it with the fresh-baked Irish soda bread accompanying it. Hennessy's also serves an entrée option with local sausage, mashed potatoes and Guinness gravy.
Hennessy's Irish Pub & Restaurant 885 Jefferson St., Muskegon
BRAZILIAN BLACK BEAN STEW at THE GREEN WELL
You don't have to visit an exotic locale to get warmed up—sample its native cuisine instead. Head to The Green Well for this medley of black beans, braised pork, sausage and chicken poured over cilantro Basmati rice and topped with a fried egg, salsa and lime sour cream.
The Green Well 924 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids