A long night out doesn't truly commence until food is involved. The biggest problem, however? Finding a place that's open past midnight. Here is a guide to some locales where you can go to soak up some of that alcohol.
If you've recently watched Pulp Fiction, take your friend/date/Tarantinophile to McKay's Downtown for the Grandwich-winning Royale With (Bleu) Cheese for a definitive chuckle and conversation. If you expect an actual burger by normal definitions, you'll be surprised by its brioche bun stuffed, quarter-pound grass-fed ground ham and beef, candied bacon, pickled slaw, bleu cheese ice cream and chocolate balsamic reduction.
It's hard avoiding words and phrases such as "artisan," "authentic," "dairy-free," "farm-to-table," "gluten-free," "hand-crafted," "healthful," "organic," "scratch-made," "seasonal" or "vegan-friendly" when describing New American cuisine these days.
This has been a great few years as new establishments have sprouted about West Michigan and forged strong followers; others have downright failed miserably, while some have changed hands for the better. Terra GR is of the latter.
Mouths have been drooling since the menus for more than 65 area restauranteurs were announced on July 15, presenting West Michigan's finest fare this side of US-127 from Aug. 14-24 for the 4th Annual Restaurant Week.
It's hard to make it past the appetizers at Everyday People Cafe in Douglas. The menu kicks off with braised local pork belly in a bed of arugula in apple-quince chutney and jiaozi pot stickers full of shrimp, pork and ginger, steeped in a black vinegar and soy sauce.
Little "GF" logos are showing up on local restaurant menus– and they don't mean food for your girlfriend. That's because more and more local restaurants are retooling their menus is to accommodate those with gluten and wheat intolerances, which vary.
A recipe for deep-fried pork chop with crispy polenta, Tempura apples, wilted young greens.
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.
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