Last Call: New Hotel Mertens

Written by Nick Macksood | Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:08 |

Patrons of New Hotel Mertens may notice that the French restaurant’s cocktail menu is original to the erstwhile hotel in the 1940s. It’s a classic, pre-prohibition era menu gracefully updated with both modern and internationally renowned spirits. 

Brut IPA: The real champagne of beers

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:03 |

With a newly created IPA variation, craft brewers are offering a novel way to showcase hops in a style that falls on the opposite end of the spectrum from the much-hyped New England IPAs. 

Suburban Satisfaction: Fantastic eateries on the outer edge

Written by Nick Macksood | Wednesday, 29 August 2018 16:57 |

Jell-O salads, 44-oz. drinks, Wish Bone Italian dressing, John Cheever — these seemingly disparate items conjure up nothing if not our preconceived image of the suburbs, in all its milquetoast glory. 

Sip, Savor, Sample: A firsthand preview of Restaurant Week 2018

Written by Revue Staff | Monday, 30 July 2018 15:27 |

Now in its ninth year, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids has more than 60 restaurants participating in the 12-day event. Each eatery creates a menu specifically intended to branch out and create something new while staying true to its core concept. It’s a chance for newcomers to try new restaurants and regulars to try new dishes, and it’s happening at nearly every restaurant in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

IPAs for days

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 30 July 2018 15:16 |

Despite consumers’ shift in recent years to lighter beer styles, most drinkers continue to vote with their dollars for hoppy IPAs, which remain the growth engine for the craft beer industry.

Sweet Summer: Where to get your own cone

Written by Elma Talundzic | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 15:34 |

It’s no doubt that ice cream steals the spotlight on those hot summer days. Cool off and treat yourself to some quality scoops from a few of the best local ice cream parlors. Here’s some (but not all) of our favorites.

Last Call: Strawberry Lemonade Bomb from Duke's Bar

Written by Nick Macksood | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 14:45 |

There’s something special about a dive bar in the middle of the day during a workweek. Whether you’ve played hooky and hit the golf course in the morning or you’re an industry vet appreciating your quiet before the storm, dives are always a welcome retreat.

Shandy: A summer dandy

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 14:29 |

Also: Gose — not so, gross-uh (unless it is)

Serving up Great Lakes fish is something Trevor Bethke had always wanted to do as a chef. But because of some rather Byzantine laws regarding wild-caught fish, food safety and distribution, it has long been difficult to do what seems so simple: see fish, catch fish, serve fish.

Parade of Patios: Our guide to outdoor drinking and eating this summer

Written by Kelly Brown | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 13:36 |

In Michigan, “patio” is its own season. At the first sign of 65-degree weather, we open the back door, sweep off the remaining dead leaves (and sometimes snow) and break out the camp chairs. Really, does anything beat drinking a cold beer on the back porch with a cool breeze cutting the humidity, listening to your favorite summer jams? Probably not.

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