The Next Best Thing

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:26 |

We present three former food fixtures with cult followings whose flavors are gone, but not forgotten. We attempt the impossible with the next best thing.

So Close We Can Taste It: Downtown Market Opens Outdoor Market This Month

Written by Steven DePolo | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:22 |

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market has been busy over the past several months, securing vendors and completing construction on the $30 million culinary cathedral. It is set to open its outdoor seasonal market May 4 and its indoor market in July.

Food After Midnight

Written by Revue Minions | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:18 |

Not all of us are on the same eating schedule. Here are some of the best joints in town for you night owls.

Incubators Help Businesses Get into the Market

Written by Jane Simons, Carly Plank | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:13 |

For local would-be food entrepreneurs, incubators give them a chance to get their ideas out of the kitchen and into the market.

Eat Like a Minion

Written by Minions | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:06 |

We gave our current and former minions $20 to try a new restaurant and tell us about their experience. Here are the results, as told to us by the minions.

Taste This: Two Beards Deli and more

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:04 |

Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., the younger bearded brother of the Cherry Deli and cousin to the recently closed 4th Street Deli serves up several dozen of the city's exquisitely stuffed sandwiches and decadent salads.

Taste This: Rustica; The Green Well; Old Burdick's

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:43 |

Co-owner Bill Weier's quote "give me some crusty bread, simple food, good friends and a bottle of wine ... now that is a meal!" does not give Rustica a fair description. This small, cozy Kalamazoo Mall wine bar has a ton more to offer.

Taste This: Top 5 Brewpub Menus

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:03 |

Brewery Vivant has an ever-evolving rotation of French, Belgian and Bavarian-inspired dishes that deserve a published cookbook. Dinner specials change often and past plates have included roasted half-chickens in a vivacious pan jus and a cumin and bee pollen rubbed pork tenderloin sided with rosemary scented beets.

Cool Brews. Hot Eats. — Tasting Beer in a New Way

Written by Audrey Sochor | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 08:58 |

With so many businesses devoted to craft brews, and new ones constantly popping up, it's safe to say Grand Rapids loves beer. Recently voted Beer City USA and named one of the Top 10 Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers, the city is home to dozens of microbreweries and counting.

Taste This: Licari's Sicilian Pizza Kitchen

Written by Matt Simpson Siegel | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:25 |

Chances are you already know last year was chaotic for couple Gianni and Lisa Licari, having been featured on the Food Network's "3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay." The couple opened the only authentic Sicilian restaurant in Grand Rapids last April with Flay's help, whose greatest accomplishment was convincing Gianni's mother to share several of her secret recipes. Nearly a year later and the Licari's kitchen has settled into a north side pizza staple.

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