Check out the best comfort food West Michigan has to offer:
Your entree is the star of your meal. So, if you are on the hunt for something that will provide the down home comforts of the dinners your mom used to make, try some of these suggestions.
ROGAN JOSH at BOMBAY CUISINE
Its menu description — "a complex blend of spices and savory lamb in a creamy sauce" — doesn't give Indian cuisine newbies much of an idea of what to expect. But if juicy meat smothered in flavor alongside buttery white rice sounds good, you'll definitely want to try this satisfying entrée.
Bombay Cuisine 1420 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids
SHEPHERD'S PIE at CURRAGH IRISH PUB
On the other hand, there's nothing wrong with simple. This Shepherd's Pie has all the things you'd expect it to: ground beef, carrots, peas and onions swimming in rich gravy. Baked mashed potatoes come on top, and vegetables and soda bread come on the side.
Curragh Irish Pub 73 E 8th St., Holland
LASAGNA at VITALE'S PIZZA
Mmm, lasagna. Garfield's favorite food for a reason. Settle in to your chair at Vitale's and enjoy layers of pasta, meat sauce and ricotta beneath melted mozzarella. If you can handle, order the cheesy breadsticks as an appetizer.
Vitale's Pizza 59 W. Washington Ave., Zeeland
SOUTHERN MEATLOAF at OLIVE'S
If you loved Mom's meatloaf growing up, you're going to appreciate the slightly more sophisticated version at this Gaslight Village establishment: ground turkey, pork and andouille covered in a chipotle-cola glaze, accompanied by warm cheddar grits and a refreshing snap bean salad.
Olive's Restaurant & Bar 2162 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
MICHIGAN WHITE BEAN CASSOULET at GROVE
A slow-cooked casserole native to the south of France, cassoulet has found its way onto American menus and predictably assumed several variations. Grove offers a gourmet marriage of braised beans, venison confit, pork, sausage, bread crumbs, apple puree and a fried egg.
Grove 919 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids