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.

Since launching Blue Falcon Productions in 2012, Dan Campbell and Jude Walko have spent much of their time helping others produce movies and web series. But last month on July 31, Blue Falcon released its first feature film to iTunes, Amazon, Family Video and more.

Best of People & Services

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 30 July 2018 14:08 |

In a way, all of Best of the West is about the people. We don’t have any categories for Best Automated Factory Robot — although, even if we did, it takes a human to design that robot. But in this section, we narrow our focus to the specific people who shine bright in our community, as well as the businesses who work hard to make our lives better.

Best of Nightlife & Activities

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 30 July 2018 12:33 |

Ah yes, “Nightlife & Activities,” a good example of how hard it can be to divvy up life into neat little boxes.

Best of Shopping

Written by Missy Black | Monday, 30 July 2018 12:16 |

From a self-diagnosed “stuff person,” I know the strong urge to buy all the things. In the quest to live our best lives, it takes some books, flowers, massages, health food goodies, the right footwear and clothes — lots of clothes. A look at the winner’s circle shows you the shops and people that are dominating the scene, providing great customer service and quality merchandise.

Best of Drinking

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 30 July 2018 11:31 |

Per usual, we decided to shake it up a bit this year and made the Drinking section all about the liquid itself.

Best of Dining

Written by Jack Raymond | Monday, 30 July 2018 10:13 |

A lot like summer love, some restaurants are here for a season while others are here for a reason.

Best of Music

Written by Eric Mitts | Sunday, 29 July 2018 23:29 |

They say once is chance. Twice is coincidence. But the third time — that’s a pattern. Tallying our votes for the third year of Best of the West here at Revue, several favorites in the music category achieved what has eluded many in any given field: the illustrious three-peat.

What We Learned from Best of the West 2018

Written by Josh Veal | Sunday, 29 July 2018 23:11 |

In Best of the West, there are plenty of victors to go around. Revue’s annual reader poll asks anyone and everyone in West Michigan to vote for their favorite local people, places, events, food and drinks. We spend all year telling you about the best entertainment around, so this is your chance to teach us a thing or two.

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