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Volume 48 Number 5

May 2011 Features Homegrown goodness

More than 200 vendors bring homegrown food and homemade crafts to the Fulton Street Farmers Market, attracting customers who are increasingly interested in buying local. . ...................48

Lake living

While the Great Lakes are the largest supply of fresh water on earth, Michigan is also home to 11,000 inland lakes, and their uses are as varied as their sizes, serving as educational, recreational and economic resources. .........54

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Volume 48 Number 5

May 2011


72 on the cover:

Photography by Johnny Quirin

In Every Issue Life & Style

Old World sweets; pairing food and art; Cherry Bomb at Bar Divani; Erick Pichardo; grocery delivery. ............................11-16

Speaking Up Etc.

By Carole Valade..................... 8 Travel

By Jen Pider Destination Morocco. . ....... 18


Grand Times

Award-winning golf instructor Patti Butcher won her first victory at age 5 and last year was named Golf Professional of the Year. . ......................... 22

By Gordon G. Beld Steamin’ along on the Grand. . .......................... 20 Critic’s Choice

By Mark F. Miller From bleak to inspired...... 40


Jodi and Kirby Watson renovated their historic Heritage Hill house to suit their lifestyle. ................. 39-46

Art Appreciation

City Guide

By Ira Craaven Little Mexico. ...................... 80

Magdalena “Maggie” Garcia of Maggie’s Kitchen profiled; complete dining list; Hideout Brewing Co. . ............... 67-104 Calendar of Events. ............93

By Joseph Antenucci Becherer Manet, the master. ............ 46 Dining Review

Grand Vine

By A. Brian Cain California pinots rule. ........84 Fresh Hops

By Jon C. Koeze Beer from down under. .....88

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How a tank of gas fuels thousands by Carole ValaDe

GRAND RAPIDS METRO AREA residents share a great deal of pride for the environmentally sensitive transition and growth of the downtown and the region — just as much as recently heralded events that range from ArtPrize to pillow fights and LaughFest, which create a thriving activity center and vibrancy that extends beyond the venues. Even as the winter arts and performance events wind down, the farmers markets provide a new vibrancy and the promise of availability of locally grown foods and products. This community has distinguished itself not just for the world’s first LEED-certified art museum or its top rank for number of LEEDcertified buildings per capita, but also for a “local” first preference. The milestones are many, and the voters in six contiguous communities will be asked to determine another milestone May 3. The Rapid mass transit system is requesting voters in six cities to approve the current 1.12 mills used to operate the entire bus system and add 0.35 mills for route expansions, new service areas and length of daily service. The millage renewal and addition would continue through 2017. The increase would average $26.25 per year (for owners of a $150,000 home). That amounts to less than the cost of a tank of gas. One tank of gas contributed by homeowners in those six cities then multiplies to extend “the gas” for thousands of residents. (The six cities are East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Grand Rapids, Walker, Kentwood and Wyoming.) Mayors in each of those communities have told Grand Rapids Magazine and sister publication Grand Rapids Business Journal of their support for the transportation service and the necessity of route expansions and schedule improvements. Grand Rapids Magazine advocates for approval of this request. One need only to talk with a fast-food restaurant manager or retailer, from Woodland to RiverTown

Crossings, to find out how many businesses depend on that transportation to get their employees to work. In fact, 75 percent of the 10 million riders use the transportation to get to work. Grand Valley State University is the source of so many riders that The Rapid has continuously expanded service to the college community, breaking all previous rider records. University leaders have determined it is no longer necessary to construct planned additional parking areas, because the students prefer public transportation to the costs of driving a vehicle. The Rapid has earned national recognition for almost every aspect of operation including cost-efficiencies, but its service through the first surprise of ArtPrize and coordinated park-and-ride lots with Meijer for ArtPrize 2 distinguished it to the local community. The Rapid is already in line for federal and state transportation funds (and had to earn the funding based on those national recognitions), but the state and federal governments also require that the communities that benefit give approval to a share of their dollars before such funds are released. Since Michigan as a whole, and West Michigan in particular, receives fewer federal funds returned, compared to what taxpayers give the government, it also is a way to bring back to this community some amount of our taxes. The facts bear out each aspect of the millage request, and the return of tax dollars from the federal (and state) government to the metro area is, by itself, a point to celebrate with approval.

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Sharing Old World sweets


Josie Lomonaco

Lina Kalyvas

parents were big cooks. My friends would always say ‘bake this for us or bake that.’ So when the new law passed, I thought it could be a great opportunity for me.” She named the bakery for her daughter. “She was my inspiration,” said Kalyvas, who uses the original recipes her grandmother and mother wrote down on napkins and scraps of paper. Kalyvas specializes in eight authentic sweets made to order, from baklava to tsourekia, an Easter bread. John and Josie Lomonaco started Josie’s Biscotti several years ago after taking their cookies to a 50th wedding anniversary party held at a restaurant. “The chef at the restaurant tasted

“This cookie has been a passion of mine. It makes me so proud that something I grew up on, I am now able to share with so many others and have them enjoy them, as well.” — Josie Lomonaco

them and absolutely loved them,” Josie said. “He asked if we would consider baking them for some events at the restaurant, and it blossomed from there into what it is today.” Earlier this year, they expanded the business and renamed it Lomonaco Sicilian Cookie Co. Six varieties of the soft, almond-flavored cookies are available for purchase online and at several local businesses. “This cookie has been a passion of mine,” she said. “It makes me so proud that something I grew up on, I am now able to share with so many others and have them enjoy them, as well.” To order from Lomonaco Sicilian Cookie Co. or to see where the cookies are sold locally, go to Athena’s Greek Bakery can be found at — Alice Keyes

Photography by Michael Buck (top & bottom); courtesy wragg (background)

amily recipes handed down through generations allowed two local women to turn their home-baked desserts into successful businesses. Lina Kalyvas of Athena’s Greek Bakery makes baklava and other Greek specialties in her Ada kitchen and sells them online. Josie Lomonaco grew up eating her mother’s Sicilian cookies. Now she and her husband churn out six varieties in a commercial kitchen and sell them in area stores. Both women share a love of baking. Kalyvas, a stay-at-home mom, launched Athena’s Greek Bakery last November after reading about the passage of Michigan’s Cottage Food Act. “I have been baking for 20 years, at least,” she said. “I’m from Lebanon and my husband is from Greece. Both of our

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Van Gogh, Renoir and Cezanne are my heroes ...

For the love of art

PhotograPhy by Michael buck

PhotograPhy by Michael buck (toP & bottoM); courtesy istockPhoto.coM/Mark wragg (background)

At the top of Chris Brown’s priority list, art and food are side by side. Literally. Three years ago, he and his wife, Pia, opened Washington Square Art Gallery in Holland’s Historic Square, right next door to Pereddies Restaurant and Deli, the European-style eatery Brown launched 28 years ago. “I eat good food,” he said. “I like good art.” While Impressionist painting was his first love — “Van Gogh, Renoir and Cezanne are my heroes” — he put art on the

backburner to build Pereddies. The Browns moved from Dearborn to West Michigan in 1976. She worked as a chemist, he opened a flower shop. A few years later, Brown and Pia’s brother decided to open a restaurant specializing in homemade Italian cooking. But his love of art never faded. Trips to Provence and Tuscany in search of culinary inspiration triggered the need to get back into art. “Art is necessary,” Brown said, “whether it’s art you are hanging on a wall or art that

“art is necessary, whether it’s art you are hanging on a wall or art that you’re listening to or that you’re eating.” — chris brown

you’re listening to or that you’re eating.” In March 2008, the couple opened the gallery, a cooperative of local artists whose work includes photography, sculptures, acrylics, oil, watercolor, ceramics and jewelry. The space is contemporary, yet

designed to have a warm ambience. “Kind of like a restaurant,” said Brown, who was pleased to discover how many talented artists live in West Michigan. His specialty is oil pastels, and Brown said he paints whatever he is immersed in — whether food from his restaurant, flowers from his garden or scenes from his travels. Pia is a ceramicist whose slab-built creations range from raku pieces to whimsical garden imps. For gallery information, go to washingtonsquareartgallery. com or call (616) 396-0230. — KATie BROWN

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Author readings with a twist CHRISTINA OLSON AND ELENA PAS-

During the past two years, Cherry

ARELLO DID NOT name their read-

Bomb line-ups have included a memoirist

ing series after the famous female rock

who moonlights as a hula-hoop performer,

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cooking contest, a wine tasting, and, of

Rapids literary scene, the co-founders of

course, a variety of authors.

The Cherry Bomb Reading Series could

“There’s this lovely burgeoning group of writers, a lot of them from indie presses,

fit the bill. The series, which boasts “newly published authors, wild-card performances and delicious cocktails,” started on Cherry Street in the East Hills neighborhood.

and they’re fantastic. We thought it’d be great to see them early,” Pasarello said. But the human ear can only take so much, she added, explaining why com-

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of course,” said Olson. She and Pasarello

audience a different type of energy than

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The series was held at Corez Wine Bar until it closed in 2010. Bar Divani is the

Working together in (colorful) harmony ABBING BOLD splotches of paint onto a canvas, Erick Pichardo talked about the importance of color. “Color is life. It is energy,” the Caribbean artist said. “Color grabs people’s attention. Color is how I am showing a little piece of where I come from.” A native of the Dominican Republic, Pichardo moved to West Michigan in 2001. “Basically, I came here on vacation,” he said, “and I fell in love with this area.” He also loved the opportunities to develop his artwork. Pichardo is president of the Caribbean Coalition for the Arts and Culture of West Michigan, a nonprofit group that promotes island culture. In 2008, he founded the Caribbean Art Festival, a 24-day summer celebration featuring artists, musicians and folk dancers. He has worked with the Girl Scouts, Cook Arts Center on Grandville Avenue and the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “I feel that, as artists, we play a very important role,” he said. “Not just creating artwork but to contribute to make a better society for all of us.” One of his large oil paintings, “The Articulated Unity,” was auctioned in March at the Hispanic chamber’s Annual Award Banquet and will be featured on the cover of its 2011 directory. “In this painting,” he said, “it is interesting to see people from different backgrounds working together in harmony.” Adjusting to a new country and culture wasn’t always

harmonious. “It was a new lifestyle — new weather,” he said with a grin. “It was a very different way of life from my country.” He discovered West Michigan was more conservative than the Caribbean. Reactions to his earlier work featuring nudes were not always positive. “But my paintings have evolved. My work has become more spiritual.” Pichardo recently moved into a new studio with plans to “reorganize all of my stuff and my website.” He’s also talking to galleries in Florida and in Spain. “I feel this is the right time for me to show my work outside of Michigan,” he said. — MARTy PRiMeAU

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current host of the series, and its urban, intimate private room is just what the cofounders envisioned as a perfect location. Readings take place every other month, offering a new, explosive theme and accompanying cocktail recipe at each event. The events are free and the series operates without any outside funding. All food and drink sales go to the venue, and the authors take home the money from any book sales.

“there’s this lovely burgeoning group of writers, a lot of them from indie presses, and they’re fantastic. we thought it’d be great to see them early.” — elena Pasarello Olson and Pasarello said they’re lucky to have the support of local students and of their colleagues. Student volunteers from local universities help promote and work the events, while promotional posters are created and donated by GVSU professor Todd Kaneko. The series is “like tying literature into a knot with your tongue,” according to the website — but what does that mean? “It’s about having a cocktail, getting PhotograPhy by Michael buck (toP); Johnny Quirin (bottoM)

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Groceries at your doorstep If grocery shopping isn’t your bag, several services around GR are willing to roam the aisles for you — for a price. “It’s not an easy thing for people to wrap their minds around,” said Fred Stingle, who launched The Grocery Guy six years ago. He charges a flat fee of $24.95 for home delivery in Grand Rapids and surrounding communities. “Most people don’t want to pay a fee for something they can do on their own.” But Stingle, who has worked in the grocery industry for 15 years, said he’s been able to win over customers by showing how they save money by eliminating impulse purchases and planning weekly menus. “It just takes time,” he said. “We’re growing slowly.” Sensing a trend, two other grocery delivery businesses opened last year. After Lora Brown came up with the idea Personal shopper lora brown Groceries R Us for Groceries R Us, she 26 -12 of groceries r us drops off 540 l cal or ok ebo Fac spent four months handan order to Patty watson. The Grocery Guy 723-6724 ing out 5,000 brochures. or “When my kids were Grocery Getters younger, I wasn’t a big grocerydeliverygrandra or 401-8890 fan of grocery shopping,” Artisan Food Expressm or 644-5995 she said. “There were other things I wanted to do. So I knew there was a market for this.” She delivers within a 15-mile radius of downtown Sheri Rop of Artisan Food Express GR, charging 20 percent of the tab with a caters to consumers who want organic $30 minimum. produce, local meats, farm fresh eggs, Paul Dinkel started Grocery Getters and handcrafted cheeses, breads and conthinking there are plenty of people who diments — delivered weekly for $15. either hate going to the grocery store Even grocery giant Meijer is experior don’t have time. He delivers to Grand menting with options for customers, both Rapids and surrounding communities for in GR and around the world. Grocery $15-$40. Express is a pick-up service offered at “I’ve gotten several responses from four Meijer stores, including the Knapp’s folks out of state who are worried about Corner location. And the Walker-based a parent or other relative having enough retailer recently introduced meijerdoor to eat,” he said, “especially during the, shipping non-perishable holidays.” items straight to a shopper’s doorstep All three shoppers have similar opera- anywhere that UPS delivers. tions: going to customers’ favorite stores, — MARTy PRiMeAU buying the brands they prefer and emphasizing personalized service. And they aren’t the only ones banking on the convenience factor.

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Mission Morocco AS A STUDENT OF PEACE with a deep appreciation of music, I’ve traveled to Morocco to study at Moulay Ismail University in Meknes. During this season, when Arab revolts are on the hearts and minds of every North African, understanding the region and its culture is increasingly important. The rich history of Morocco lends to its cultural multiplicity. Echoes of the ancient nomadic tendencies can be found in the rural areas through shepherding and in the trading practices of the old cities or medinas. However, the Ville Nouvelle — New Town — demonstrates the architecture and civil engineering of the French colonial era, with large looming structures and a grid of wide, sidewalk-lined streets. Moroccans commonly compare the country to a palm tree with its roots in

Moroccans commonly compare the country to a palm tree with its roots in africa and its branches in europe.

scenes from the old medina (market) in Meknes, Morocco, where every price is negotiable and often the bidding starts at triple the value of the item. opposite page: the Jamaa alkabir Mosque in Meknes.

Africa and its branches in Europe. It’s a member of the Arab League as an Islamic Monarchy, but Morocco also enjoys “advanced status” with the European Union in terms of trading, mainly with agricultural products like oranges and olives. The combination is reflected in the language — a mix of the Arabic dialect Darija and French. Many Moroccans also speak some English, especially shop owners and students. Shopping in the old medinas can be culturally jarring for Americans who are used to set prices and faceless selections. Here, the maze of clay-walled stalls selling wares such as fabric or clothing, shoes, blankets and carpets, spices and vegetables, meat and fish calls for constant interaction with the bartering professional. Every price is negotiable, and often the bidding starts at triple the value of the item. It’s advisable to take along a Moroccan guide or friend for the first experience to aid in the haggling process. The country is easily navigated using trains and taxis. Petit taxis have meters to monitor the price, but always ask the cost to reach your destination before entering the car — and make sure the meter is running. These taxis hold only three passengers, and the fare is generally inexpensive when split between them. It’s advisable for female passengers, especially foreign ones, to sit in the back to avoid potentially uncomfortable moments with a fresh cab driver. Though Morocco is an Islamic state, alcohol consumption is legal. Foreigners are welcome to visit the pubs, but for Muslims it’s frowned upon, especially for women. The gender barriers are more progressive than other Arab nations, but even so, females should not be out after dark unaccompanied. Often, I’ve been the only female out for a drink with my friends in a bar of 50 or more men. In fact, Moroccan women found in places that serve alcohol are often “working girls.” Smoking is very common and ventilation systems are non-existent, so non-smokers are sure to quickly become uncomfortable in many of these establishments. Moroccans love music of all kinds. During the warmer months, the country erupts with festivals to celebrate their appreciation for the art form. Two noteworthy examples are the pop-culture-oriented Mawazine, held

PhotograPhy by Jen Pider

by Jen Pider

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May 20-28 this year in the capital city of Rabat, and the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, which returns for its 18th year June 3-12. This year, I have the pleasure of interning for the latter, which mixes sacred music concerts with dialogues for peace in venues throughout the city. I’ve enjoyed learning the cultural differences in festival planning and witnessing the global community contribute to the effort. The 2011 festival will feature performers from Italy, Senegal, France, Morocco, India, Afghanistan and Latin America, with folk singer/songwriter Ben Harper representing the United States. The festival is the brainchild of Dr. Faouzi Skali, who believes that people can reach out across their differences through the power of music. “In a world where technology is breaking down barriers of trade and communication so quickly,” said Faozi, “the spirit of the festival aims to facilitate a similar free flow of human dignity and spirituality, breaking down divides to allow all cultures to share goodwill and celebrate diversity of thought and religious belief.” Jen Pider is a student at Grand Valley State University and director of the Michigan Film Festival.

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History: Grand Times

Steamin’ along on the Grand by gordon g. beld

steamboats operated on the Grand, most on the downriver route between the rapids and Grand Haven. Flat bottoms and shallow drafts made it possible to sail in sections of the river that were not navigable for other boats. The typical shipping season, from March through November, sometimes was extended by warmer than usual weather. One of the better known steamships on the Grand was the Humming Bird, built in 1847 at Lamont. Historian Albert Baxter described it as a boat “on two canoes with a single paddle wheel in the middle.” Another was the William H. Barrett, which sailed the river for 20 years after it was built in Grand Rapids in 1874. Sparks from its stack started an 1893 fire in Spring Lake that destroyed much of the village’s east side. A year and a half later, the Barrett itself burned while moored in Grand Rapids. The May Graham was the last steamer to make the run between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, passing through the swing bridge at Eastmanville shortly before the bridge rusted shut, about 1917. After being disassembled, the steamer was used as a barge. Its pilothouse and upper decks served as a cottage at Grand Haven until the 1950s. Though it may seem as if Eastmanville’s rusty bridge was the villain that ended steamboat travel on the Grand, rail transportation was the real culprit. Steam-driven trains reached Grand Rapids and Grand Haven in 1858, and electric interurbans came in at the start of the 20th century. Investors in Grand Rapids tried to keep steamboat operation alive and built two sternwheel replicas of Mississippi riverboats in 1905. Named the Grand and the Rapids, they started sailing between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven the following year, but competition by interurban lines forced their sale in 1912. Today, the diesel-powered Grand Lady offers summertime cruises between its dock at Grandville and Grand Haven, but the steamers that once sailed the river are no more than cherished memories for a few old-timers. Gordon G. Beld has written more than 250 historical features for newspapers and magazines since the 1960s.

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during the next 80 years, more than 40 steamboats operated on the grand, most on the downriver route between the rapids and grand haven.

IT’S BEEN NEARLY A century since the sound of steamboat whistles echoed between buildings along the Grand River shore at Grand Rapids, but for many years the steamers churned the water downriver to Grand Haven and upstream to Lyons. The first was the Governor Mason, a side-wheeler that made a trial run to Grandville July 4, 1837. It had no whistle, so a bugler signaled its arrivals and departures. Though the rapids prevented most steamships from operating both up and downstream, the Mason, after sailing the lower part of the river, did manage to go upstream to Lyons in December 1837. High water in the river — combined with tugging by horses, oxen and 20 Indians — managed to get the boat through the rough stretch. A few months later, however, high water resulted in the Mason taking an unscheduled, unfortunate voyage. A freshet tore the boat loose from its dock and carried it along flooded terrain several blocks to the east of the river. When the water receded, considerable cash and effort were needed to return the Mason to the stream. Two years later, the boat ventured into Lake Michigan and was blown ashore and wrecked at the mouth of the Muskegon River. A second steamer, the Owashtanong, also began sailing the Grand in 1837. This boat had a whistle. “I waited until we got well out of town before I tried it,” its designer said. “We were down near the log schoolhouse a short distance downstream, and the children heard it and were afraid to go to school because they thought it was a panther howling in the woods.” During the next 80 years, more than 40

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She’s come a long way award-winning golF instructor Patti butcher won her First Victory at age 5 and last year was naMed lPga ProFessional oF the year. BY ARIEL CHRISTY



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atti Butcher is at the top of her game. Patti Butcher She’s director of club and golf operations Organization: blythefield country club at Blythefield Country Club — one of the few women in the nation to hold such a title at a Web site: private country club. Last year, the LPGA’s Teaching Residence: grand rapids and Club Professional organization named her Golf township Professional of the Year, given to an outstanding female community involvement: golf professional directly involved in the entire golf Peter M. wege Pro am, operation. american cancer society invitational, First tee of Since moving to West Michigan in 1992, Butcher west Michigan has worked with several top golfers and won numerous awards for golf instruction. Twice she has been honored as LPGA Midwest Section Teacher of the Year. Last June, she was named one of the 50 Best Women Teachers in America by Golf Digest. “I want to continue to innovate and expand,” she said. “At Blythefield, we’re the first club with an indoor winter training program. We have a motivated staff with my own management model that I developed, with incentives matching outcomes. I want to be on the cutting edge and continue to inspire others to use golf for personal growth.” Her personal growth has been inspirational. Butcher was only 5 when she chipped and putted her way to victory at a junior golf event. Though she wasn’t smitten with the game then, she said she loved the attention and competition. She earned a golf scholarship to Penn State University where head coach Annette Thompson became a key mentor. “I was there at the right time, and it was so special to be a part of a group that was so creative and inspiring,” Butcher said. Her teaching career started at Oak Hill Country Club in New York where she worked as an associate professional under award-winning Craig Harmon. “He inspired me to see how good I could be at being a club professional in all aspects of the position, such as the business, teaching the game, and the relationships,” said Butcher. Butcher, who grew up in Flint, moved to West Michigan to confidence comes from within.” In 2005, Butcher was named director at Bylthefield, a 365become director of instruction at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. She also opened Patti Butcher Enterprises, a day operation in Belmont. “I’m so grateful for Blythefield to recognize something in me golf instruction company. “I really enjoy helping competitive golfers or juniors learn to that I didn’t see myself,” she said. “I love the membership and be in a present mind all day and making champion choices,” said building a community around golf.” After focusing on teaching and coaching for the past 13 years, Butcher. “I like to help kids design a plan to be successful and Butcher said receiving the LPGA Professional of the Year award develop a program that works.” Besides helping competitive juniors, Butcher said she loves was a surprise. “I’m very passionate about giving back, because golf has “helping people get through self-imposed barriers, whether they GR are mental or physical — also helping people understand that opened doors that I didn’t even know existed.” 22 Grand rapids May 2011

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CUSTOM DESIGN FURNITURE Mary Collins, President Jan VanderHorn-Brown, Vice-President 2875 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids (616) 575-9004 Credentials: Led by Mary Collins and Jan VanderHorn-Brown — who together offer more than 54 years’ industry experience — Custom Design Furniture is West Michigan’s exclusive dealer of L. & J.G. Stickley furniture, as well as Stickley-owned John Widdicomb and Nickels & Stone furnishings; the company also serves as Grand Rapids’ exclusive Lloyd Flanders’ Coastal Living Collection dealer. Inspirations: “Many of our clients are repeat customers,” notes Al Collins, general manager. “We know a majority of them by name, as they stop in the store frequently, and we’re starting to see second-generation ‘Sticklets’ — younger people who’ve grown up having learned the value of quality furniture.” Career high point: “Being appointed our Stickley dealership in June 2008,” Collins said. “Based in New York, Stickley is one of the finest furniture manufacturers in the U.S.”

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Collins and his wife, Mary — a veteran interior designer — discovered they shared the same penchant for timeless furniture with Jan VanderHorn-Brown, who had spent 29 years working for Klingman’s as an interior designer. They hired her at their own established interior design studio on 36th Street in spring of 2008. By September that same year, these three new partners earned approval from new york-based Stickley Furniture owners to launch a well-defined, exclusive retail store in Grand Rapids that focused on the company’s quality, hand-crafted lines. Ranging from urban Metropolitan to John Widdicomb and Colonial

Williamsburg, these lines are crowned by Stickley’s original Mission Collection, which first gained international renown in the early 20th century for its solid construction and hand-rubbed finishes. The company’s Craftsman Leather, Fine Upholstery and durable, diverse nickels & Stone offerings are also gaining fast popularity. “Stickley consumers are passionate about the product and appreciate working with dedicated people who share their enthusiasm,” noted Bob evearitt, who represents the manufacturer in West Michigan with his wife, Dee. “al, Mary and Jan provide great service. all of us have been impressed with the outstanding job they have done — the success they

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have had in a difficult economy.” a high regard shared by the store’s owners and their customers for distinctive furniture is the reason, Collins said. While Custom Design Furniture has meticulously expanded its offerings to include high-end, outdoor products from Michigan-based Loyd Flanders’ Coastal Living Collection and Sherill Furniture’s premiere leather and upholstery line, a new generation of “Sticklets” is expanding the legacy brand’s fan base. “We’re seeing grown children of our Stickley customers coming in to pick out pieces for their own houses now,” Collins said. “Sometimes they’ll stop by to visit a piece they are saving for — they’ve learned the value of quality furniture, and they’re passionate about it being american-made.”

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vices that range from in-store consultations to house calls. in addition to space planning, room colors and flooring, the business also manufactures its own custom window treatments and bedding, inviting clients’ involvement. “Our customers are always very satisfied because we ensure they get the right style and size of furniture for their space,” al Collins said. “Whether it’s a whole house or one room, redesign can be overwhelming. We walk people through the entire process so that it’s a good experience.”

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If the kitchen is the heart of the home, what better place to express your individuality and personal style?

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oday’s plethora of products suitable for kitchen applications is making cookie-cutter kitchens a thing of the past. They provide a wide range of options to transform a ho-hum kitchen into an inviting place that reflects your own distinctive sense of style. According to local experts, there is a multitude of unconventional ways to add flavor to a kitchen without even turning on an appliance — or breaking the bank.

A good foundation

The floor is considered the fifth wall of a room. In a kitchen, functionality is as significant as the esthetic. There are water hazards, durability, maintainability, stainresistant qualities and other factors to take into consideration when choosing a kitchen floor with character. According to Deb DeGraaf, owner of DeGraaf Interiors, Floors and More — a three-location resource that offers a complete design package from flooring and countertops through ceramic tile and backsplashes — today’s product array is geared toward busy lives. “If you want something that is very family and pet friendly, laminate is a good option,” she said. “With the technology

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that’s available today, you can have laminate, plank or luxury vinyl tile that is almost indiscernible from the real thing. These options provide lower maintenance floors that hide life as it happens in your home, yet are gorgeous to live with. And if you have your heart set on authentic wood floors, there are livable, low-maintenance products that will also appeal to environmentalists, such as the made-in-Michigan Chelsea hardwood line,” DeGraaf added. “With the innovation of textures and character in hardwood today and the wide variety of widths available, you can create the dimension your remodel project or new home requires, and it’s even LEED certified.” DeGraaf Interiors is the exclusive West Michigan distributors of this particular line.

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Another personal statement can be made with countertops. “For years, everybody wanted granite, but now there are laminate products that look so much like granite, it is even engineered so that you can add under-mount sinks,” DeGraaf explained. “It lets people have the look they want without being priced out of its use. Whether the budget is for a do-it-yourself project or includes the use of our certified installers — whose work we warranty for a lifetime — we offer all the resources and knowledge that we have to help eliminate extra cost and make the project go smoothly.” According to Degraaf, one of the least expensive but most impactful changes you can make in a kitchen is with a ceramic backsplash. “It’s a very economical way to personally customize your kitchen,” she explained. “You can add dimension by tipping a tile on the diagonal or by adding individual pieces of glass, metallics or even brick accents. There are no boundaries when it comes to a design with ceramic tile. With the options and opportunities available out there, anything is possible.” Today’s design options for individual expression are indeed plentiful, agreed Jayne and Bill Wolf, owners of Dream Maker Bath and Kitchen — an award-winning, one-stop remodeling company whose goal is to provide a seamless, world-class experience in the design, production and implementation of any remodeling project. Their onsite interior design and production staff helps assure success.

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“You can express yourself really nicely through your choice of paint colors, backsplash, custom cabinets, or through new hardware on your cabinetry if you’re not replacing it,” Bill said. “A good start might include jazzing up the countertops and backsplashes.” He agreed that a tile backsplash is an easy way to add personal pizzazz. “The design can take you anywhere from a casual Tuscan or cozy cottage feel to an upscale urban or more formal look,” he explained. “There are so many backsplash options — ceramic, glass, metallics, natural stone and mosaics that combine them in new and creative ways as well,” he said. “Painting is certainly one thing you can do inexpensively, while other ‘wow’ factors can be an investment, such as beautiful cabinetry and granite or quartz countertops. He recommends taking into consideration the length of time you plan to live in a space to aid in making economically sound decisions. Providing designer advice on every aspect of a project, Bill added that specialized lighting is another way to personalize a space. “We take it all into consideration, whether that be indirect or tasklighting, or something that conveys a specific ambience. We use a consultative approach and spend a lot of time asking questions, visiting the home, and looking at it through professional eyes to ensure a personal design,” he explained, speaking from their West River Drive showroom where a full array of product choices are on display, including cabinets, countertop materials, decorative tilework and hardware. “It’s important to understand how people use the space uniquely, whether it’s for gourmet cooking, gathering with the family, entertaining, or to accommodate something special like a wine collection or a computer nook.”

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— and even switchplates — is a quick and easy, inexpensive way to update your cabinetry or add a very personal touch,” explained Elaine Dreyer, co-owner of Modern Hardware — a local, family-owned store that boasts the largest selection of decorative hardware in West Michigan, with much of it in stock. “It makes a huge difference and can change the whole look of a kitchen,” she said, adding that their staff can assist from the selection process through professional, precise installation.

Although any kitchen can be made functional, it’s personalization that lends the “wow” factor. “Needs change throughout different stages of life,” Jayne pointed out. “Personalizing sometimes means that you need more space to entertain. Maybe more storage cabinets are needed to help make order out of chaos. One client wanted a space to make cookies with her grandkids, while another was into antiques and wanted to save some vintage corner hutches. By providing personal service throughout the project, we were able to bring together new products that integrated well with those accessories. There are different challenges with each design.” Modern Hardware/ Schaub

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Hardware is the jewelry of a kitchen. It’s the final touch that makes a room pop with that certain something extra. “Changing out your kitchen’s hardware

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Today’s trends include bronze and brushed nickel finishes, but Dreyer notes that there is a return to chrome that best accommodates a cottage look. And that’s only the beginning. Drawer pulls and cabinet hardware can be found in every color, shape and form, from the fun and very unusual to the more staid and traditional. “There are all kinds of styles and price points,” Elaine noted. “Some people have the perception that if you’re going to shop in a specialty store, it will be expensive, but that’s not necessarily true. We’ll help you find something that fits both budget and personal style. If you have a bar area, we have martini-glass, cocktail shaker and beer mug-shaped hardware, and there is a whole selection of individual options to make a wine cabinet special.” Modern Hardware’s vast selection ranges from art glass to organic rocks and all stops in between. You can add ‘bling’ with inset Swarovski crystals or add character with artfully designed human figures that give the illusion your cupboards are being invaded. Bring in a bit of nature with faux branches, vines and leaves, or go celestial with stars, moons and planets. Whether your style is quiet and classy or fun and funky, there is something for every theme and individual. Why not give yourself a kitchen that makes it personal. To learn more, visit www.degraafinteriors. com, and www.

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Every time The Shade Shop is approached by other West Michigan home professionals to partner on a project, it’s a pat on the back that these specialists from the family-owned business on GR’s historic West Side hold in high regard. Photography by Michael Buck

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Beyond being the region’s premiere Hunter Douglas Gallery Dealer and offering the most innovative, high-efficiency window treatments and solutions, The Shade Shop is renowned for its dedication to exceptional personal service, satisfaction guaranteed. By Lisa M. Jensen

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“Along with special promotions, we can offer our customers Hunter Douglas’s Right Choice Promise,” said Susan McKey, who owns The Shade Shop with her husband, Barry. “They stand behind us on every product, so if a customer isn’t happy with a custom order, they can change it out for something else.” But there’s rarely a need. Catapulting the shade repair business founded by his great-grandfather in 1935, Barry provides in-home consultations and lends certified design and motorization expertise. While Susan aids with sales and design, fourth-generation son Brett serves as

The Shade Shop’s certified installer, and Barry’s retired father, Ron, maintains the workroom. In addition, seasoned in-store designer Corinne Alt creates custom cushions, bedding, slip covers and other accessories to coordinate with custom draperies, valances and trims. “We definitely take a team approach in this business and family. Our customers are a big part of both,” Susan said. “We’re also finding there’s a growing team approach in our industry.” Much like the medical field, she observed, the design industry has branched from one go-to person who handles everything into experts who specialize in different fields, whether it’s flooring, lighting, furniture or window treatments. “Today, there’s so much more technology and knowledge — every area has become so much more detailed and complex,” Susan noted.

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The Shade Shop partnered with Bruce Hey Builders and ROI Design to ensure homeowner satisfaction (above right and on next page). Both the embroidered sheer drapery and linen privacy fabric behind it in this master bedroom are motorized within the home’s automation system.

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In the sitting room, motorized hunter Douglas Designer roller Shades (also programmed into the home automation system) gently diffuse light through a filtering, sheer polyester fabric. “even when these shades are fully lowered,” Susan shared, “you don’t feel closed in.”

Visbeen associates, inc. and Jeffery Roberts Homes. “it’s an honor to work with people who are not only very creative and innovative in their field,” Susan said, “but a pleasure to be around.” Generations of customers return to The Shade Shop for the same reasons: Friendly, educated guidance paired with service and products that are second to none. in the store’s inviting, exclusive Hunter Douglas Gallery showroom, full-size displays allow shoppers to see, touch and compare an array of window treatments including honeycomb, pleated and woven wood shades; hardwood, polysatin and hybrid shutters; privacy

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sheers; gliding window panels, wood blinds and motorized options. “Motorization is the fastest growing aspect of the industry today,” Susan said. “From the most simple battery remotes to very complex, hard-wired smart home automation systems, virtually every Hunter Douglas product can be outfitted to enhance efficiency, ease of use and ambience. “Our expertise is finding what’s right for a customer and working within their framework to achieve their vision. There’s a solution for every budget.” To learn more, visit and

Barry and Susan McKey Owners/Sales & Design 422 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids (616) 459-4693 Credentials: Incorporating three generations of window covering expertise beginning in 1935, The Shade Shop’s team is continually trained, educated and certified in the latest products and technology being innovated by Hunter Douglas Window Fashions. Inspirations: Our creative partnership with area builders, architects, and designers who work alongside us; the revitalization of our community and the renovation of so many wonderful historic downtown buildings; and the continued loyalty of our customers and friends who open the doors of their homes to our business which invigorates our own ingenuity and dedication. Career and personal high point: Receiving thank you notes from clients has immense meaning to us personally and as a business. These reinforce our work ethic of going the extra mile or two: That progression from client to friend is our high point.

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From the outside in, Steve and Karen Patterson* wanted their new home on Reeds Lake to feel like those French farmhouses they and their son often passed in the European countryside. The basic structure of the 1950s’ cinderblock house they had bought in East Grand Rapids lent itself to exterior updates that could make the transformation possible — and so did the home’s hilly, wooded lakeside surroundings. BY LISA M. JENSEN


ur charge was to be as green,

and-batten shutters for every

authentic and timeless as pos-

window. These were sand-

sible,” said builder/designer

blasted for an aged look.

Jeffery Roberts, who oversaw the exten-

“Today most shutters are

sive renovation project. “We painstakingly

purely decorative and don’t

removed, restored and reinstalled all of

match the windows’ width,”

the home’s own copper eaves troughs

said Terry Pfeiffer, a sales

and downspouts — they had an incredible

consultant for Standale. “But

patina, and were a great original element

these were done to scale, and

we felt was important to keep.”

shutter dogs (hardware used

But Roberts replaced the old shingles

to hold them open) were even

with a new cultured slate/cement roofing

added for authenticity’s sake.”

product that added a 6.0 R-Value. Several

Chocolate-brown, French

other new features key to capturing the rich

casement-style windows from

character desired were achieved through

Jeld-Wen trimmed in a char-

Standale Lumber in Grand Rapids.

coal hue add another splash

Equipped with a full-service mill shop,

of Old World flair against the

Standale’s craftsmen worked from Roberts’

home’s exterior, which was

drawings to make French-inspired, board-

revived with creamy, puttycolored paint. “These windows are quite European and old-fashioned — you have to unlatch them, push them open and tighten

carriage-style doors from Clopay’s Coach-

a knob,” Pfeiffer noted. “Each was custom-

man Collection were installed by the Over-

built to spec to fit the home’s cinderblock

head Door Company and Calumet Building


Group, Ltd. in Grand Rapids. “These doors

Outdoor Spaces Standale Lumber also provided durable, maintenance-free PVC (plastic) trim, decorative detailing and beadboard ceiling from AZEK for the Pattersons’ screened porch. A beadboard ceiling crowns the three-stall garage’s interior, as well, which Roberts outfitted with an entire new floor, drainage system, and woodwork-trimmed walls. Outside, insulated steel and composite

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views over the updated bluestone patio’s lowered original stone wall lead through a pergola to a French garden with raised stone planting beds, potting shed and a fountain the couple reclaimed. Neatly layered in varying heights, manicured boxwood, lavender and yellow roses define the have an R-Value of 9.0, which helps keep

formal entertaining patio, which features a

this heated garage warm,” noted Over-

two-ton table cut from Blue River stone. Red

head’s Keith Keen.

buds, dogwoods, perennials, low shrubs

Decorative wrought iron accents and the appearance of swing-out design add to

and other native plantings also augment the home’s relaxed, pastoral character.

the doors’ nostalgic appeal, while nearby,

“Working with Jeffery, Steve and Karen

Roberts’ team crafted from reclaimed barn

was just an incredible team opportunity,”

wood a recycling/trash shed. “It looks like

Brian said. “Collaboration is what made this

an antique chicken coop,” Roberts said.

project so special, and successful.”

Throughout the property, Brent and

This series about the Patterson home

Brian Diemer from Everett’s Landscape in

renovation project continues through Sep-

Grand Rapids worked with Roberts and the

tember. Read about reclaimed treasures and

Pattersons to create their French country-

other interior design elements in the June

inspired terrain.

issue of Grand Rapids Magazine.

EDESIGNING HOME” is being presented as a special prelude to Design Home 2012, the first custom residence to be built at Wilcox Gardens in East Grand Rapids. In sharing Steve and Karen Patterson’s renovation journey — which culminates in a photographic tour of their French farmhouse on Reeds Lake in the October issue — Grand Rapids Magazine introduces readers to the expert team that is also crafting distinctive, European country-style homes in Wilcox Gardens, as well as the ingenuity and attention to historic detail that will set Design Home 2012 apart. Located within immediate proximity to schools, shopping and recreation, Wilcox Gardens will offer the rare opportunity to build within the land-locked community of East Grand Rapids. This site-condominium development will be a combination of existing and new single-family homes. Jeffery Roberts Homes, in conjunction with Visbeen Associates, Inc., has developed several design concepts for these exceptional historic home sites. Don’t miss this opportunity to build in one of America’s most livable communities. To inquire about available lots in Wilcox Gardens please contact Katie Karczewski at (616) 575-0119.



While a naturally-laid outcropping of Blue River ledgerock cascades from the home’s steep perch down to the shore,

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Design: Critic’s Choice

From bleak to inspired by Mark F. Miller, AIA

The little gems found in the nooks and crannies of a city sometimes lead to fascinating discoveries of innovation and resourcefulness. These discoveries give insight into the creativity that fuels dynamic cities — the kind of imaginativeness that envisions possibilities in even the most mundane structures.

The shimmering white box, with its expertly designed details, represents what can happen to even the most basic buildings when a creative vision is applied. It also represents the kind of resourcefulness our city needs to continue to embrace. One such formerly banal structure at 330 Market Ave. SW has been recast into a sleek modern building that exudes creativity, rehabilitation, sustainability and vision. The structure, home to Kantorwassink, an advertising, design and problem-solving agency, is a simple preengineered building that has been repurposed into an inspiring office while maintaining the best parts of its original bones. The building’s industrial heritage, which included a truck repair facility and powder coating outfit, resulted in an exterior clad in a patchwork of tin, with very few windows and the general aura of hopelessness associated with buildings that have outlived their speci-

fied purpose. Its cobbled-together interior was equally bleak, with compartmentalized spaces and remnants of industrial debris. The building sat empty and hardly noticed until Dave Kantor and Wendy Wassink, along with architect Tom Nemitz, began tearing away the layers of grit. Inspired by the intricate lines of the roof purlins and the patterned mesh that supports the exposed roof insulation, the team resolved to salvage the parts of the building that best represented the vibe of the neighborhood. This desire to augment the “indescribable essence” of the building led to preserving the distressed concrete floors, a majority of the building envelope and the structural grid. Large windows were added in front to reconnect to the street as well as to flood the interior with natural light. This glass wraps around the northwest corner of the structure to accentuate the building’s modern lines and break down the rigid structural cadence. This all-glass corner accommodates the only signage on the building — a retro exposed bulb marquee that simply states “Wow” in large flashing letters. The other front corner also breaks down the grid by turning the entire southern bay into a covered outdoor space, or beer garden, which provides an alternative venue for the creative staff to work in, as well as a chic space for entertaining clients. The beer garden is screened by vintage 1960’s-era decorative con-

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crete blocks, which were painstakingly sourced and reclaimed by McGraw Construction during the remodel. The interior, enclosed by the basic box of the original structure, is a series of spaces that are organized hierarchically from private to public. A wall divides the space longitudinally and provides a functional and expansive display surface for the firm’s work in progress on its private side, while its more visible face holds an immense 27-by-10-foot painting whose vibrant colors and powerful imagery serve as a counterpoint to the minimalist interior. The shimmering white box, with its expertly designed details, represents what can happen to even the most basic buildings when a creative vision is applied. It also represents the kind of resourcefulness our city needs to continue to embrace. Mark F. Miller, AIA, is an architect and urban designer at Nederveld.

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Pictured, from top left: the Watsons, who love to entertain, chose red for the dining room walls to add “energy and excitement.” they replaced the existing chandelier with a more contemporary fabric shade. in the living room parlor, damaged wooden floors were replaced with travertine tile. the Watsons added white leather sofas and contemporary artwork. the couple restored the 1930s grand piano that had been left in the house. the stairway leading to the second floor features beautiful curves.

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omething about the house at 222 Fountain St. NE caught Jodi Watson’s eye and “stopped me cold in my tracks.” She was intrigued by the styling and detail of the historic, Italianate-style manse. “It seemed lovingly cared for even though it was old and needed help.” That was two years ago, soon after Jodi and her husband, Kirby, had moved to Grand Rapids with Jasper, a 6-year-old French bulldog. Having been urban dwellers in Seattle and San Francisco, the couple was renting a downtown condo. “We just weren’t ready to buy,” said Watson, vice president of global e-commerce and consumer insights at Wolverine World Wide. “But while walking though Heritage Hill on that snowy day, I fell in love with the house on Fountain Street. When the ‘for sale’ sign went down, I was really sad.” Fast forward 18 months: The Watsons were now in the market to purchase a home and knew they wanted to live on the Hill — close enough to GR’s downtown to walk to restaurants, entertainment and Kirby’s office at Full Circle Marketing on north Monroe Avenue. “That same weekend, the house went up for sale again,” Watson said. “It was kismet.” They signed the papers in July 2010 and spent three months renovating the 4,000-square-foot house — one of six that will be open May 21-22 for the Heritage Hill Home Tour. The Victorian Italianate house — a style defined by exaggeration of many Italian Renaissance characteristics — was built in 1874 by John C. Wenham, a noted Grand Rapids Realtor. It was a single-family dwelling until the mid-1930s, when it became a boarding house. In the late 1980s, Sally Hale and Chuck Carter bought the house and restored it to a single-

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family home before opening the Fountain Hill Bed & Breakfast. “Luckily, previous owners had kept it in pretty decent shape,” Watson said. “But it definitely wasn’t our taste.” The couple wanted “a house to live in, to suit our lifestyle and be comfortable for guests. We didn’t want it to be a museum piece.”

PhotograPhy by Michael buck

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“i have a lot of shoes. a lot. so we really needed a big closet. We punched a hole through one wall and turned a bedroom into a walk-in closet.” — Jodi Watson Their first do-it-yourself endeavor was to strip the wallpaper that covered most rooms in the house. Some of the 12-foot-high walls on the main level had as many as eight layers, “which meant having to repair some of the plaster walls,” she said. They also ripped up carpet to reveal the original red oak floors. “Most of the floors were too damaged to restore,” Watson said, “so we put in all new red oak floors as well as travertine tile in the front parlor.” Choosing the color palette was one of Watson’s favorite projects. “I usually start with an idea board,” she said. “I have tear sheets from magazines and about 200 paint chips for each room.” Incorporating the principles of feng shui, Watson wanted the rooms to fit and flow together — “yet I want each to have its own personality.” She narrowed her choices by tone and color family, picking three colors to paint on the board before making a final decision. Most of the hues are warm but neutral, including varying shades of gray and taupe. The first-floor “fireplace room” where the couple spends time relaxing and watching television is a rich shade of molasses. The dining room is red. “We wanted energy and excitement because that’s where we entertain.” The walls provide a canvas for the couple’s eclectic collection

of art and photographs. 42ND HERITAGE HILL Watson describes her WEEKEND TOUR OF HOMES taste as transitional: “I What: Tour of eight private lived in Turkey for a couhomes and two buildings in ple of years so we have Heritage Hill, one of the largest some great carpets. And urban historic districts recogI have a lot of antiques nized by the National Register mixed in; but overall, of Historic Places it has a contemporary When: May 21-22 bent.” Times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. While the Watsons Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. wanted to maintain many Tickets: $15 until May 20; of the house’s historic $18 on the tour weekend features, some things in Info: the huge, two-story space or (616) 459-5980 had to change. “I have a lot of shoes,” she said with a grin. “A lot. So we really needed a big closet. We punched a hole through one wall and

one of the original bedrooms was transformed into a walk-in master closet. the “wannabe chefs” replaced all of the kitchen appliances with new, including a Wolf stove with a grill. the Watsons didn’t replace the cabinets but say they may do more extensive remodeling in the future.

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Design: Art Appreciation

Manet, the master The ColleCTion of PRinTs, drawings and photographs at the Grand Rapids Art Museum is one of the most significant parts of its permanent collection and an important cultural asset for the community. An extraordinary recent addition to the collection is Edouard Manet’s 1866-67 print, “The Dead Christ with Angels.” Manet (1832-1883) is among the most critically important figures in the history of art. The French painter’s reputation was central

Manet presents a very human interpretation — an image remindful of mortality. For his divinity, this Christ seems one of us.

to the art world pulsating in and from Paris during the mid-19th century. His achievements are central to the advent of Impressionism, although he was not an official member of the movement, and his works are recognized as the very foundation of Modern art. Two items in particular are essential to his artistic biography. First was his concentration on the realities of his time. He was inspired by the sites and people around him rather than the more typical historical scenes found in the museums and exhibitions of the day.

Second was his recognition that a twodimensional work of art should not be limited to a compelling illusion of three-dimensional space. He liberated artists by providing opportunities to explore the formal and aesthetic properties of art in new ways. Impressionists, Cubists and even Abstract Expressionists can trace the challenging nature of their imagery to Manet’s liberation. “Dead Christ with Angels” is an intimate work. Approximately 16-by-14 inches, it is more personal than the large canvas of this subject he painted two years earlier. Religious themes are a rarity within Manet’s repertoire and seem to contradict his usual scenes of modern life. Although images of the dead Christ exist in great abundance from the first moments of Christian art, this scene is quite different. Manet presents a very human interpretation — an image remindful of mortality. For his divinity, this Christ seems one of us. Were it not for the slight indication of a halo and the wings of the two supporting figures, many would not presume this to be an image of the divine. It is a forthright description of death. The corpse is presented in straightforward terms to be inspected and mourned — not idealized. Creating an illusion of depth or presenting an environment to be explored is not important to Manet. He is telling us that this is a print, not a window into some fictional realm as was the tradition. He wants to hold our attention at the picture plane. The limited but sumptuous use of atmosphere and shadow is truly noteworthy. This is an etching, and Manet seems intent on showing us his mastery of line to both define forms and create tonal value. Manet worked primarily as a painter, and his revolutionary influence is certainly felt in that arena. Although he created very few prints, many of his objectives are acutely understood in this aspect of his repertoire. This masterful etching and aquatint transforms a traditional subject into one with an honest and contemporary sensibility. It also speaks volumes about the visual achievements available in printmaking. Joseph Becherer is a professor at Aquinas College and curator of sculpture at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

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Photograph of Manet’s print “the dead christ with angels” Courtesy Grand Rapids Art Museum

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More than 200 vendors bring homegrown food and homemade crafts to the Fulton Street Farmers Market, attracting customers who are increasingly interested in buying local.

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isser Farms “was country when country wasn’t cool.” At least that’s how 23-year-old Case Visser likes to refer to the 225-acre Zeeland farm that has been a family operation for several generations. “My grandfather worked on the farm when he was a kid,” said Visser, who shares farming duties with his father, uncle, brothers and cousins. And now that country is cool as the demand for locally grown products is booming, the Vissers stay busy, selling to 20 area markets, offering CSA shares, supplying area restaurants — even welcoming the public to pick strawberries. A few miles away, Groundswell Community Farm also is taking advantage of the “buy local” movement. Katie Brandt started the farm six years ago and grows 150 varieties of 30 different crops on four acres of land in Zeeland. Unlike Visser, Brandt, 33, didn’t grow up on a farm and hadn’t planned on becoming a farmer. “I always thought I’d go into something academic,” she said. But her interest in organic farming grew when she worked at Trillium Haven Farm in Jenison while attending college. “Later I realized it was what I wanted to do as a profession.” Both Visser Farms and Groundswell sell their produce at the Fulton Street Farmers Market, along with more than

200 other vendors who offer everything from homemade fudge to heirloom tomatoes during the May to December season. Going into its 89th year, the Grand Rapids farmers market, operated by the Midtown Neighborhood Association, is flourishing, said Melissa Harrington, the market’s manager since 2007. “During the recession, there was a growing awareness that the more money you keep locally, the better it is for the community,” she said. Recent food safety recalls also inspired folks to buy from farmers, she said. “People want to know how and where their food is grown.” To accommodate the demand, the market is planning a major expansion

GROUNDSWELL COMMUNITY FARM Katie Brandt worked at other organic farms in West Michigan before starting seven-acre Groundswell Farm with Anna Hoekstra in 2006. When Hoekstra left to travel, Tom Cary, one of the founders of the West Michigan Cooperative, joined the farm. “I think our diversity is what draws people to our stall at the farmers market,” she said. “We have about 40 varieties of tomatoes. We also have about 10 different salad mix ingredients and set them out in baskets. Plus, we have interesting stuff, like weird white salad turnips.” Brandt, who is pursuing a master’s degree in biology, has no plans to be a year-round farmer. “One of the things I love about farming is that we’re busy all summer and have down time in the winter.”


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visser Farms Visser Farms is a huge farming operation in Zeeland offering year-round produce. “We’re trying to break people away from the idea that they can only buy local produce in the summer,” said Case Visser, who works on the family farm with his dad, uncles and cousins. “We grow produce in our greenhouse all winter, so we have lettuce and tomatoes all year. We also harvest carrots, potatoes and beets in October and November, so we have a nice supply.” In addition to selling at 20 farmers markets in West Michigan, Visser Farms sells to restaurants and offers CSa shares.

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Platte Farm, Grand Rapids “I grow everything I bring,” said John Platte, who took over his parents’ farm in 1977. “My family started at the Fulton Street Farmers Market in 1965,” he said. Apples are his main crop, but Platte also sells sweet corn, tomatoes and a few other things. “By today’s standards, we’re a pretty small operation,” he said. “My wife works with me full time, along with any sibling I can con into helping.”

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Crane Dance Farm, Middleville Jill Johnson, right, discovered agriculture while studying at Western Michigan University. “And what I learned made me want to grow my own food.” Sixteen years later, she did just that. Johnson founded Crane Dance Farm in 1996 with a goal of running a sustainable farm that emphasized the humane treatment of animals. Co-owned by retired teacher Mary Wills, the farm provides chemical-free pork, beef, lamb, poultry and eggs. Crane Dance Farm is the first Michigan farm certified “Animal Welfare Approved” for pigs and chicken eggs by the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

project — including an indoor vendor area to allow selling year-round — with a grand opening in 2012. “The public phase of the fundraising campaign will launch in June,” Harrington said. “It’s pretty exciting.” But right now, she’s concentrating on keeping things rolling smoothly during the 2011 season. Starting May 7, the market will be open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. During the first few weeks, perennial plants, asparagus and rhubarb are the first offerings; a plethora of crops start arriving late May to early June. “Including strawberries, if we’re lucky,” Harrington said. Some of the larger farms — like Visser — will set up shop the entire time, while vendors selling one specialized crop, such as cherries or gladiola bouquets, may only need a space for a short period.

By the rules, farmers get first dibs and vendors must grow the majority of what they sell. “I think a lot of people are surprised to discover that the farmers market isn’t just produce,” Harrington said. “We have a lot more, including five vendors who sell locally grown meat.” Visitors can also find coffee, breads, cheeses, maple syrup, honey, cut flowers, kettle corn, cider and homemade dog biscuits. Farmers say they’re pleased that consumers are seeking out local goods. “The market just continues to grow,” said Sharon Schierbeek of S&S Lamb in McBain. She and her husband make the trek to Grand Rapids Fridays and Saturdays to sell lamb and eggs. “We see new faces every week,” she said. “And more and more people ask us about healthfully

raised meats.” Consumers also seem to be better educated about produce, said Jeri Kiel of Blueberry Heritage Farms in Grand Haven. “They really seem concerned about how the food is handled,” she said. By far the greatest demand at Fulton Street is for organic products, said Harrington. “The majority of our farms aren’t certified organic,” she said. “Getting the certification can be pretty expensive. But we have several who farm organically without chemicals or pesticides.” More importantly, she said, “Shoppers can talk directly to the farmer and ask how things are grown.” John Platte, a longtime farmer who sells mostly apples and sweet corn, remembers when the market was in a slump

Blueberry Heritage, West Olive Wayne and Jeri Kiel started transitioning their 200-acre blueberry farm to certified organic eight years ago. “That’s our main focus right now,” said Jeri, who sells at the Fulton Street Market beginning in July. Blueberry Heritage is a third-generation farm founded by Wayne’s grandfather. “With our two daughters helping, it’s really four generations,” Jeri said. The family sells half a dozen varieties of blueberries, from Jerseys — one of the originals — to Liberty, “one of the newest, a very sweet, late berry.” The farm also grows cranberries.

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S&S Lamb, McBain Pierre and Sharon Schierbeek, married 35 years and working the McBain farm her grandparents founded, had never thought about selling their lamb and eggs at a farmers market. “We raised animals for our own freezers and for people in the community,” Sharon said. But six years ago, their son, Adam, suggested they try Fulton Street Farmers Market. The couple stopped by “on a whim” and have been selling their lamb products every since. Shoppers also love their eggs. “We keep about 200 to 300 laying hens and pack eggs the day we leave for market,” Sharon said. “Customers tell me they won’t buy eggs in a grocery store ever again.”

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Lubbers Family Farm, Tallmadge Township Karen and Jeff Lubbers have been farming sustainably since 1995, soon after their youngest daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer. Concerned about what was in the nation’s food supply, the Lubbers decided to raise their own, including beef, pork, lamb, eggs and veggies. In recent years, they’ve added bread — baked the old-fashioned way by son, Casey, pictured at left. “It’s how bread was made before the 1940s, without chemicals and high-speed mixers.” Cheese is made on the farm at Cowslip Creamery.

back in the 1980s. “There was a lack of interest,” he said. “Jeff Dykstra, a local farmer, took over and ran the market for a dozen years and saved it. Midtown has helped further his efforts.” In 2009, the Fulton Street Farmers Market started participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, with help from a grant from the Dyer-Ives Foundation. Electronic benefit cards can be swiped at the office for FSFM wooden tokens that can be redeemed for produce and foods. Customers can also use credit cards to buy the tokens, making it easier for those who arrive without cash. Anticipating the switch to a year-round market, the market stayed open on Satur-

days throughout the winter months. Half a dozen vendors set up every week, Harrington said. “For us, the new market will be very important,” said Visser, who never missed a Saturday. “We have produce we can grow in our green house so lettuce and tomatoes are available all year. And after we harvest in October and November, we can supply things like carrots, potatoes, beets and more. We want people to understand they can buy from local farmers all year.” GR For more info on the Fulton Street Farmers Market, including a list of all vendors, go to

More market mania It’s all that — and a bag of freshly popped kettle corn. Beginning May 18, more than 50 vendors will line the open-air Holland Farmers Market, 150 W. Eighth St. Fresh produce, plants and flowers are staples, along with such local specialties as de Boer Bakkerij Almond Coffee Cake, Six Lugs Cherry BBQ Sauce, Grassfields free range eggs and Grand Daddy’s Kettle Corn. The market, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, also includes street performers and fun events, said Kara de Alvare, event coordinator. “It’s a festive atmosphere.” Saturdays at the market include a 10 a.m. Chef Series. Local chefs select ingredients from vendor stalls and prepare a healthy, quick meal. On Wednesdays, children can take part in farm-market themed activities from 10 a.m. to noon. Special events — including a Salsa Showdown in August — are planned throughout the summer. Amanda Reenders and Markets in Rockford, Ada and other West Meghan Carrier at the Michigan cities open in June. For a complete listHolland Farmers Market ing, go to

Paw Print Gardens, Walker Jim and Darla Dubridge grow lots of perennial plants, flowers and ornamentals. “Last year we expanded into herbs and garlic,” Jim said. “It was a huge business — I guess the cooking shows on TV are pushing fresh, fresh, fresh. We were bringing quarts of fresh herbs to the market through the end of the season.” The Dubridges spend much of their time at the market educating customers about plants. “We ask them about their yards so we can help them find something that will grow and thrive.”

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enry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond was not actually a pond at all, it was a lake — a lake that prompted the philosopher to state: “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is the earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” For residents of Michigan, a state surrounded by and filled with these bodies of fresh water, this quote illuminates the depth of the power of these natural resources to touch the lives of those who reside near their shorelines. In Michigan, you are never more than six miles from a natural water source or more than 85 miles from a Great Lakes shoreline. While the Great Lakes are the most notable on a grand scale — in fact, the largest supply of fresh water on earth — Michigan is also home to 11,000 inland lakes, and their uses are as varied as their sizes, serving as educational, recreational and economic resources. “The main use for inland lakes is recreational, but it depends on the size of the lake and the zoning of that area,” said Alan Steinman, director of Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute, which researches freshwater resources and offers outreach and education to the community. Steinman explained that no matter what their use, it is crucial that communities seek to understand how their daily lives have an effect on their lakes. “People don’t realize that their storm drains go right into the lakes. No matter where you live, at some point what’s in the drains feeds into a lake,” Steinman said. Even easy things, such as disposing of yard and car waste in local recycling facilities, can have a major impact on keeping the lakes clean. West Michigan takes an active role in caring for the resources with organizations such as AWRI and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council offering community programming to learn more about water stewardship. “We’ve been doing studies around the area for the past 10 years, and industrial activities have always been quite prevalent, even when the environmental stewardship wasn’t in place,” Steinman said, “Now we have water management best practices, but we have to keep learning.” While there are plenty of resources in the community and online to learn more about water stewardship, getting out and actually seeing exactly what is worth protecting has no replacement.

acre lake and nearly 20 miles of trails, and occupies land in four cities: Grand Rapids, Walker, Grandville and Wyoming. Built on land formerly used for gypsum mining and gravel pits, the park, which officially opened in summer

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Since its opening, the park has been in a constant state of development, with additions being made to the nature trails and expansions that allow for more water recreation activities such as fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking.

Urban park experiment: Millennium Park Getting to a sandy beach doesn’t have to involve a long drive: Millennium Park, positioned along the Grand River southwest of downtown Grand Rapids, is one of the nation’s largest urban parks, twice the size of New York’s Central Park. The park includes a 100May 2011 Grand Rapids 55

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2004, is a sustainable urban water retreat. One of the goals of the Kent County Parks, which planned and developed Millennium Park, was to maximize the potential for water-related recreation. Since its opening, the park has been in a constant state of development, with additions being made to the nature trails and expansions that allow for more water recreation activities such as fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking. A new boating center is slated to open this summer that will offer kayaks, canoes, paddle and rowboats for rent, and an elevated boardwalk to connect the area to the adjacent beach.

Lake living: Reeds Lake Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids has long been home to a variety of community events and go-to destinations. Ramona Park, an amusement park operated by the Grand Rapids Street Railway Co., offered day trippers and vacationers waterslides, a double wooden-track roller coaster, a dancing pavilion and Reeds Lake

a popular theater. The flourishing downtown of East Grand Rapids now occupies the land where Ramona Park once was, and the tradition of lakeside activities has not faded over time. Year-round events include the Reeds Lake Triathlon, Reeds Lake Run, an annual kite festival, art festival and a Polar Plunge. Along the lakeshore are the Grand Rapids Yacht Club, a branch of the Kent District Library and Rose’s, a restaurant with a four-season deck overlooking the water. “The lake is obviously a big draw,” said William Koski, general manager of Rose’s. “It’s such a beautiful spot and there’s a 100-year-plus history of people coming to the water.” The lake also offers a 4.2-mile trail that allows walkers, runners and bikers a route that blends residential sidewalks with shoreline paths. The Reeds Lake Trail begins and ends in John Collins Park, which also provides a boat launch. The park is a popular gathering place in the summer when it hosts a concert series, movie nights and kids days. Fishermen are a staple on the lake, especially in the winter when ice-fishing shanties and warming huts are scattered across the ice. Over the past year, there has been ongoing construction to a multi-million dollar addition, Waterfront

The park is a popular gathering place in the summer when it hosts a concert series, movie nights and kids days.

Park. The park is 18 acres and includes increased public fishing access, additional trails and interpretive kiosks that provide information on the wildlife and history of the area. More benches and picnic areas have been installed, as well as a floating boardwalk that allows visitors to literally walk on water. Homes line the shores of the lake, something that can be gift and a curse. “The lake enhances the homes’ property values, but it also presents unique challenges for home improvement,” said Steinman from AWRI. Allowing as much natural vegetation to grow as possible and planting rain gardens are small actions that can bear tremendous results, said Steinman. Rain gardens are planted depressions that absorb rainwater runoff from streets, driveways and roofs, improving the water quality of nearby bodies of water. 56 Grand Rapids May 2011

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The stuff of legends: Pickerel Lake You won’t see any homes or restaurants on Pickerel Lake, but white-tailed deer and a variety of other woodland creatures are a sure sight. Located in Cannonsburg Township, Pickerel Lake is home to the Fred Meijer Nature Preserve and the “legend” of “Indian Joe.” Indian Joe was actually Joseph Cizauskas, a Lithuanian immigrant who owned and resided on the property around Pickerel Lake for 40 years, protecting it from land developers. It is said that he sustained his humble homestead by selling Christmas trees for $5 apiece, and that he buried the money on the property. He allowed the neighboring Camp Roger to use his property, and the camp now holds its

annual Joe’s Big Race in his honor. After his death in 1988, his heirs sold the property to Kent County for operation as a public park and nature preserve. The park is filled with trails for cross-country skiing, walking and hiking — along with a boardwalk that bridges two of its shorelines. The lakes of West Michigan are as varied as the people who visit and live on them. While they offer places for contemplation and celebration, it’s important to remember that they serve a vital role in local ecology, and how we care for them will reflect on us for years to come. GR Contributing writer Alexandra Fluegel is a freelance writer and marketing assistant at the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids.

Creating stewards through education Docked in Grand Haven, the D.J. Angus Research Vessel has been a floating classroom and research facility since 1986. In the 25 years since the vessel was donated, nearly 74,000 people have climbed aboard and learned about Lake Michigan and the adjoining waters through a unique hands-on experience. The 45-foot boat is used for the Water Resources Outreach Program, run by Grand Valley State University’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute, and offers students in grades four through 12 the chance to explore the bodies of fresh water through customizable programming led by aquatic science instructors. Students are taken out for two-and-a-half hour trips and

instructors guide them in the use of water sampling equipment and instruments to collect water quality data. More than 40,000 students from at least 27 Michigan counties have been on board the D.J. Angus over the years. Janet Vail, associate research scientist and AWRI liaison for education programming, said it’s been a gratifying experience to see students gain a better understanding of water as a resource. The AWRI also operates the W.G. Jackson, a research vessel that is stationed in Muskegon and was endowed in 1996 through the Making Waves in Muskegon Campaign, a partnership between the Muskegon community, the Community Foundation of Muskegon Coun-

ty, Grand Valley State University and the state of Michigan. The W.G. Jackson has had almost 59,000 people on its decks since its endowment. “Grand Valley has always run and operated the vessels,” said Vail, adding that students use the vessels to conduct research. Grand Valley students have conducted water-quality sampling and analysis on the D.J. Angus, which Vail said is an invaluable experience. “The students have been able to fulfill coursework through real-life application,” she said. There are onboard laboratories that include stations for various types of water analysis, microscopes with video cameras and Global Positioning Systems used to examine position and depth. The data the

participants collect are studied to develop an understanding of Lake Michigan, inland lakes and river ecology. Both vessels make their trips from April to October, and the AWRI also offers supplemental classroom proagramming at its Educational Foundation Classroom at the Lake Michigan Center in Muskegon. The AWRI’s mission is “to integrate research, education, and outreach to enhance and preserve freshwater resources,” and the D.J. Angus and W.G. Jackson continue to create stewards of these resources with each trip. For more information on the program and AWRI, visit www.

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COOKING IN MICHIGAN … FROM COAST TO COAST, Michigan’s mitten is a vast menu of culinary destinations, each serving up one mouth-watering plate after another. In a state widely recognized for its agricultural diversity, restaurants, shops, bed-and-breakfasts, resort hotels and even family destinations are digging in and serving up one-of-a-kind gastronomic experiences.


Southwest Michigan

ucked away in Michigan’s fruit belt, historic orchards, farms and vineyards dot the landscape in a tribute to their agricultural heritage. Juicy peaches, apples, cherries and blueberries are found by the bushel at roadside stands and markets along scenic byways. Food Dance Café in Kalamazoo puts their own spin on traditional comfort foods

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and non-traditional entrees, made with products sourced from nearly 20 nearby farms, including Mud Lake Farm in Hudsonville, Otto’s Turkey in Middleville and Blue Dog Green Farm in Bangor. Start out with an appetizer of fried curry-seasoned chickpeas, then move on to the mac-n-cheese and finish with one of a dozen sweet desserts from the bakery. On Thursdays, enjoy half-off bottles of wine — including many Michigan

favorites. Classes and special events are also offered throughout the year. Although open for less than two years, Salt of the Earth in the tiny town of Fennville, has garnered much attention for its rustic cuisine, all cooked inside a simple wood-fired brick oven. An unwavering dedication to local growers and purveyors has served this restaurant well. Earlier this year, Salt and nearby Palazzolo’s Artisan Gelato

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& Sorbetto hosted a crew from the Food TV Network’s “Outrageous Foods.” The segment will air in May, 2011. As you tour south along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail — which extends from Fennville south to Paw Paw, Baroda and Berrien Springs — don’t miss the chance to stop in at the award-winning Chocolate Garden in Coloma. These meltin-your-mouth truffles come in a variety of delicious gourmet flavors. If you time your visit right, you can “Toast the Coast” on Saturday, June 18, at the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival — which is held right on the sand at Weko Beach in Bridgman.


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Skirting the shoreline, Harbor Country — an eight community region that stretches out for a dozen miles along Lake Michigan from Sawyer south to Michiana — is said to be a locavore’s delight. Kites Kitchen and Retro Café in New Buffalo serves a grassfed roast beef hash, sourced locally from Middlebrook Farm — where the lowline black angus are raised free of antibiotics, steroids, hormones and pesticides. Wheatberry Restaurant & Tavern in Buchanan serves made-from-scratch regional American cuisine, with attention to locally-sourced ingredients. Try the colorful “Three Sisters” — a hearty vegetarian hash made with roasted butternut squash, toasted corn and pinto beans over grilled polenta and topped with sweet peppers, onions and a light roasted garlic sauce. Located off-thebeaten path and overlooking the St. Joseph River, the restaurant is near several wineries: Free Run, Founders, Hickory Creek, Lemon Creek, Round Barn and Tabor Hill, many of which are featured on the wine list.


Greater Grand Rapids & West Michigan

onsidered one of the state’s fastest growing culinary markets, the Greater Grand Rapids area has no shortage of restaurants, shops, attractions and events catering to even the most discriminating foodie. The lost art of charcuterie has been rediscovered and showcased at Reserve GR — located downtown between the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Performance Hall. Settle into one of the communitystyle tables and peruse the menu and pick three to five selections of locally cured meats and cheeses — includReds

ing several from Evergreen Lane Farm in Fennville and Grassfield’s in Coopersville. The Smoked Fish & Potato Croquettes — prepared with a batter of Atwater Dirty Blonde Ale (made in Michigan) and served with a celery root remoulade — is just one of the many mouth-watering options. Offering the only seasonal outdoor, riverfront dining space in downtown Grand Rapids, the JW Marriott’s also boasts an on-premise chef’s garden chockfull of heirloom vegetables and herbs throughout the summer and fall seasons. A handful of other nearby farms and producers — including Kami Family farms, Dogwood Farms, Trillium Haven Farms and Groeb Farms, contributes to the locally-infused, seasonally-focused menu. Since 1922, the Fulton Street Farmers Market — the largest and oldest in the city — has served as a gathering place for urban residents to procure the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, baked goods and flowers from local farmers and producers. Located in the Midtown Neighborhood and operated by the Neighborhood Association, the market is open 8am to 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from May through Christmas. Brewery Vivant, located in trendy East Town (across from Green Well Gastric Pub — another foodie hot-spot), draws its inspiration from the French and Belgian countrysides with entrees like roasted hen, farmhand cassoulet, rabbit rillette and pulled duck confit salad. Start off with the bar cheese, served with hops crackers and a spent-grain baguette, which pairs exceptionally with the farmhouse-style ales and locally-produced wines and spirits. Just north of Grand Rapids, destination diners will find Reds on the River in Rockford well worth the trip. Reds is a true scratch kitchen. In fact, there is only one small freezer for dairy desserts, meaning the entire menu is prepared fresh each day. All steaks are aged and hand cut, with the trimmings turned into steak burgers. Fish is flown in daily and every night, stock pots are loaded up for soups, sauces and reductions. All desserts and pastries are made on site as well. Would-be chefs will enjoy the monthly cooking and wine school classes.


NW Michigan

he Village at Grand Traverse Commons is a piazza, embracing the historic former site of the Northern Michigan Asylum. Here, you’ll find two coffee shops, a deli, gelato shop, two wineries, a bakery, cheesecake factory and Trattoria Stella — the anchor of the quarter-mile-long Building 50. Each week, Stella’s hearty menu proudly lists farms which supply the fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses for the authentic Italian cuisine. The wine, beer and spirits list also plays homage to the Michigan’s thriving beverage industries.

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ings? The Traverse City CVB has a selfguided foodie tour brochure, which can be picked up for free at the downtown visitors’ center or downloaded online at

U cooks’ House

The Cooks’ House embraces the seasonal bounty of artisanal products harvested from local farmers and growers. Start with a plate of heirloom tomatoes with olive oil and Fleur de Sel; then move on to the tasty pork belly — served with a poached egg, East Indian-style chickpea puree and Swiss chard; then cap off the evening with the Cappuccino crème brulee and a cup of Espresso. Or, leave it to the chef to come up with a five- or seven-course tasting menu picked specifically with you in mind. As a souvenir, pick up a copy of “Cooks’ House: the art and soul of local, sustainable cuisine” by chefs Jennifer Blakeslee and Eric Patterson. If you’re up for an adventure, set sail on Grand Traverse Bay aboard the Tall Ship Manitou. Weekly themed excursions feature Moomer’s Ice Cream, Short’s Brewing, Leelanau Cellars, Left Foot Charley Winery and Crusted Creations Pizza. In September, spend three days aboard a “windjammer” focused specifically on wine and food pairings. If you prefer paddling to sailing, take one of the “Wine & Water” tours — either the day trip or the three-day B&B retreat – offered by Uncommon Adventures. New this summer is the “Tour de Brew” single-day excursion, which starts at Bowers Harbor and includes a kayak trip to Power Island for a day of hiking, beaching and an ale-themed menu of beer-battered whitefish tacos, stout marinated perch or porter flank steak fajitas. The excursion also includes stops at nearby Jolly Pumpkin Brewery and Right Brain Brewery in downtown Traverse City. A multitude of foodie festivals are held throughout the Grand Traverse region each summer, starting with the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival over Memorial Day Weekend at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Other events include the Leland Wine Festival, June 11; Green Cuisine at Food for Thought in Honor, July 13; Paella in the Park at Clinch Park in downtown Traverse City, August 5; and the much-anticipated return of the Epicurean Classic to be held at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, September 13-15, to name only a few. Looking for even more culinary offer-

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Mid Michigan

nique culinary offerings are right in the palm of your hand, as you head toward the state’s capital. Soup Spoon Café is just blocks from the heart of downtown Lansing, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full-bar featuring a dozen draft Michigan microbrews, wines and spirits. As the name implies, soup is the specialty of the house and thankfully with so many tasty options, there is a “flight” available which allows you to choose four flavors to your liking — including French Onion and Seafood Chowder, which are always available. Just down the road, a stop at the Lansing City Market is a must. On Saturdays during the growing season, the outdoor plaza — stretching out along the Grand River — features local growers and producers. Stroll from vendor to vendor, hand selecting fruits, veggies, breads and cheeses, then settle in at one of the picnic tables or spread out a blanket on the grass and enjoy a leisurely meal under the sun. Inside, the market is open year round. One of the newest additions is the Uncle John’s Cider Mill winery tasting room, where you can sample their Fruit House wine, cider and perry. If you need more of a country farm experience, take a road trip up US127 north to their 240-acre, fifth-generation, 120-year old family farm — which is open year round, with a restaurant, bakery and farm market. At the MSU Dairy Store, you will find more than 30 flavors of ice cream as well as some of the most interesting cheeses ever made – including chocolate cheese. A selfguided tour of the dairy plant via an observation deck educates visitors on the basics of milk, cheese and ice cream production. A simple atmosphere inside an historically-restored building, along with a complex menu await foodies at Wrought Iron Grill in Owosso. The chefs have developed partnerships with local and regional producers to provide the finest ingredients. Owosso Organics provides the kale, chard, lettuce, onions, peppers and tomatoes which are grown inside eight greenhouses (with 15,000 square feet) on its 80-acre farm. Baked goods come from The Breadsmith, which operates five locations in Michigan — including one in Okemos. Even the shrimp is local. Yes, Okemos is home to the only indoor shrimp farm in the world.


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Spend the day going from shed to shed at Eastern Market, stretching out over 43 acres along Russell Street in downtown Detroit. Celebrated as the largest historic public market district in the U.S., as many as 40,000 visitors find their way through the crowds each Saturday as part of this authentic urban adventure. Here, a dozenplus restaurants line the streets alongside more than 250 independent vendors and merchants hawking fresh produce, baked goods, organic meats and cheeses, locally-produced specialty foods like jam and maple syrup, and more. Just off the famed Woodward Avenue in Ferndale — in a 5000-square-foot building that once housed the Wolverine Pool Table Co., — you’ll find the new martini bar and distillery operation for Valentine Vodka. Sip on cocktails made the way they were meant to be made — with fresh juices, homemade tonic water and special infusions only available at the tasting room. Crafted using only Michigan-grown wheat, barley and corn, Valentine Vodka ranks among the top in the world. North of Detroit, the quaint town of Rochester boasts Michigan’s only “organic certified restaurant” in Mind Body & Spirits. An on-going relationship with local farmers means diners here are served only the finest and freshest ingredients. An onsite greenhouse also supplies the culinary team with the much needed herbs, heirloom tomatoes and other specialty produce it needs to create the gourmet menu items such as Pumpkin-Chai Bisque and Roasted Beet Salad or entrees like Michigan FreeRange BBQ Ribs and Butternut Squash Risotto with Michigan five-spice chicken. The “Locavore” movement has been alive and well at The Lark in West Bloomfield for nearly 30 years, well before the term was officially coined in 2005. Much of the produce used to create the menu is sourced from farmers markets — including mushrooms, garlic and herbs like chocolate mint from Tantre Farm — a 40-acre “Community Support Agriculture” (CSA) farm located between Chelsea and Ann Arbor. With its European country-inn feel, the Lark’s 12 indoor tables overlook lush gardens where many of its vegetables and herbs are grown. Tallulah Wine Bar & Bistro in

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Birmingham embraces its farm-to-table concept, reaching out to local purveyors who encourage a growing trend for healthier and environmentally-responsible sustainable-living practices. The menu changes seasonally, using primarily local ingredients. Produce comes from Werp Farms in Buckley and Gass Centennial Farms in Ray, while dairy products are purchased at Calder’s in Carelton. Even the ice cream comes from Guernsey Dairy in Nashville (Michigan). Start with an artisanal cheese board (sourced from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor and Traffic Jam in Detroit), followed by the chopped vegetable salad and then indulge with the sweet potato gnocchi with sage, brown butter, chestnuts and butternut squash.


Ann Arbor

his college town boasts an impressive collection of microbreweries: Arbor Brewing (which also operates Corner Brewery in nearby Ypsilanti), Blue Tractor, Grizzly Peak and Jolly Pumpkin (one of three locations in Michigan). Overall, more than 80 craft breweries are found in Michigan, supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.” Within walking distance to all the breweries is Grange Kitchen & Bar. A passion for fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced items means good eats for diners. A dozen area farms help make up the rustic menu. Handcrafted cow and goat milk cheese comes from Four Corners Creamery in Tecumseh, while naturally-raised beef and buffalo come from TMZ farm in Pinckney. Fresh maple syrup — used as a sweetening ingredient in several recipes — comes from Snow’s Sugar Bush in Mason. A partnership with Eat Local Eat Natural in Ann Arbor makes it easier for Grange and other area restaurants to buy locally-grown and raised natural foods. Plan a visit for Sunday brunch, where you’ll find Michigan shrimp and grits a unique menu offering. Housemade duck confit and potato hash with fried eggs, buttermilk lemon pancakes with local maple syrup or the fried walleye sandwich are also tasty selections. It’s said the crepes at Zola Café & Bistro are works of culinary art. Freshly ground buckwheat flour complements the savory selections like the Crepe Zola with garden-fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Pastry flour is ideal for the sweeter, dessert crepes — such as the Blintz which is filled with cinnamon-scented farmer cheese and topped with brandied cherry preserves and crème fraiche. Items not made from scratch come from small bakeries in the area and whenever possible, produce, dairy, eggs, poultry and meat are organic and locallysourced. The culinary team at Vinology is committed to buying local ingredients for its menu, with as much as 85 percent of the

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items coming from about a dozen area farmers and producers. Taste the local flavor as you dig into the braised rabbit stew with stone-ground polenta, mushrooms and herbs; the roasted pork with sweet corn succotash and house maple-cured bacon; or the herb and garlic-crusted leg of lamb with apple and root vegetable puree. Special events, including an annual “100 Mile Dinner,” give guests the chance to meet with the chefs and local farmers. Undoubtedly one of Michigan’s most recognizable culinary destinations is Zingerman’s ... whether it’s the Roadhouse, Bakehouse, Creamery or Deli. The entire enterprise has garnered international attention for its quality products and over-thetop customer service. Cornman Farms in Dexter provides a bulk of the meats for the Roadhouse menu — including the pitsmoked bar-b-cue beef and pork, which are both lovingly prepared over 12-14 hours. Cornman’s also grows over 130 varieties of more than two dozen vegetables including heirloom tomatoes and corn, as well as beans, squash and potatoes. Zingerman’s uses local milk from Calder Dairy in Carelton and Green Meadow Dairy in Elsie for its artisanal cheeses. Of course, it’s not all about just consuming at Zingerman’s. A variety of classes are offered from cheesemaking to baking, as well as international culinary tours lead by leaders in the business. For more culinary touring options, log onto and click on “Things to Do” then “Road Trips” and then “Foodie Tours”.

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Authentically delicioso Maggie garCia has PasseD aLong her CooKing sKiLLs to her son anD granDson anD is haPPy to WeLCoMe seConD generation CustoMers to Maggie’s KitChen. by JuLIe burCh


ou can find three generations cooking together at Maggie’s Kitchen Restaurante Mexicano. Owner Magdalena “Maggie” Garcia works with her son, Luis Ramirez, and her grandson, Luis Ramirez Jr. Making it a full family affair, Luis Jr.’s mother, Angelica, can also be found in the kitchen of the friendly northwest-side neighborhood eatery that has become a perennial nominee in Grand Rapids Magazine’s annual dining awards. Born in Chicago, Maggie was 3 when her family moved back to their native Mexico, settling in New Laredo, just across the border from Laredo, Texas. It was there that she found her first cooking job at a small restaurant near the immigration office. She fulfilled her goal of getting into the kitchen of a fine hotel when she found work at the Hotel Plaza Laredo. From there she held positions in Texas at the Hamilton Hotel and La Posada Motor Hotel. When she decided to return to Chicago, the chef at La Posada begged her not to go, but Maggie relocated to help open the McCormick Inn in 1973. Before long she joined the staff at the Hyatt Regency, where she worked in its French kitchen. When she came to Grand Rapids to visit her brother, Maggie and her husband, Eustacio, also a chef, fell in love with the area. They moved here in 1975, taking chef positions at Little Mexico — one of the few Mexican restaurants in town. Eustacio recognized a need to bring authentic Mexican culinary ingredients and products to the area if Grand Rapids natives were to experience the true flavors of Mexico. He established Moctezuma, a wholesale restaurant and supply business

that quickly grew to include retail. Maggie worked by his side, developing recipes during the day and returning to her chef job in the evenings. Before long, the new business was booming and Maggie was working full time at Moctezuma in a small corner kitchen that offered take-out only. Customers began clamoring for more. They couldn’t get enough of her authentic guisado, menudo and barbacoa. To fill the demand, they expanded and added a few tables. A second expansion took place in the late ’90s, and the rest is local culinary history. Eustacio passed away in 1998, and Moctezuma was sold three years ago, but Maggie’s Kitchen is still going strong. What has happened with Maggie’s Kitchen since our last interview 10 years ago? We have a lot more customers and we do a lot of custom catering business. We also have added a small banquet facility in the basement for business meetings and parties for up to 75 people. how did you get started cooking? I don’t remember a time when I didn’t cook. I learned from my mother. When I was around 5 years old, it was my job to watch the bean pot as it came to a boil and to tend it by stirring the pintos until the beans were tender. My

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beef fajitas serves: 4

prep time: 3 days to marinate; 15 minutes to prepare

1 large beef skirt steak Maggie’s Kitchen fajita sason (available at restaurant) 1 large white onion, sliced green, red and orange bell peppers, sliced

rub seasoning all over the steak so it is well covered. wrap tightly in plastic wrap and put in refrigerator to marinate for up to three days. heat grill to very hot and add steak, then onion and peppers, and grill to desired doneness, mixing vegetables as they cook. slice the meat across the grain and serve with tortillas, tomatoes, guacamole, rice and beans.

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I carry a molcajete from my own mom that I have used for over 30 years. I still use it today to grind all of our spices fresh. mother would say to me, “Don’t burn my beans!” and I would stir and stir. Then I learned how to make flour tortillas when I was 6 and I kept learning more. I just love cooking. Now I have taught my son, Luis, and his son, Luis Jr., so we keep the family tradition of fresh food daily. Does the food of Maggie’s Kitchen represent a specific region of Mexico? Yes, from Michoacan. The state of Michoacan has its own style of cooking with very old recipes handed down from the Aztec Indians that created all the specialties with fresh ingredients, from corn, chili peppers, spices, tomatillos and fruits. Do you have a kitchen philosophy that guides you? To make everything fresh daily — and with a lot of love. We care for what we do and use the best ingredients in the market to make the best flavors we can. Are there any special cooking utensils important to Mexican cooking? My molcajete y tejolete (mortar and pestle made of rough volcanic rock); it’s the Mexican blender. I carry a molcajete from my own mom that I have used for over 30 years. I still use it today to grind all of our spices fresh. All of the spices we use here we mix together ourselves to create the special flavors. What seasonings are essential to Mexican cooking? Fresh garlic cloves, cumin, ground black pepper which I grind fresh by hand, guajillo peppers, Mexican chocolate, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds and almonds. And of course, fresh cilantro and jalapeños, which are key items in the Mexican food chain. What would you like our readers to know about Mag-

gie’s Kitchen? We would like to thank all the loyal customers who keep coming back to Maggie’s Kitchen, for sharing word to mouth and bringing their families. We are so pleased with customers who come back and say, “I ate here when I was little and now I’m bringing back my children.” What are some of your most popular dishes? People seem to like most everything here. Our beefsteak or chicken fajita platter is very popular. The fajita salad and the tortas are famous, too. On the weekends, the Mexican menudo. Also barbacoa with pico de gallo; the barbacoa is a tradition. We like to give the customers what they are looking for, and we have been working to create something to fill the demand for fish tacos, which we recently added to the menu. Tell us about the recipe you’re sharing here. It is for the beef fajita plate. Here we marinate the beef for three days in our special spices that tenderizes and gives it the flavor. You can buy the special spice blend — fajita sason, which means seasoning in Spanish — here at Maggie’s Kitchen. GR

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New American

gumbo and a creative steak dish are staples. Also, appetizers, soups, sandwiches/wraps and pizzas. Not licensed for alcohol. Closed Mon. 220 W. 8th St, Holland, (616) 355-1994; bluehousebistro. com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE $

25 KITCHEN AND BAR — Dining and bar space on separate levels and a menu that offers 25 pizzas, 25 beers, 25 specialty cocktails, 25 appetizers and inventive entrees artfully presented. Open daily 11 am-2 am. 25 Ottawa Ave SW, 8055581. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$

BLUE WATER GRILL — Wood-burning rotisserie and wood-fired pizza oven allow for inspired dishes from fresh seafood to beef. Nice wine selection and The BOB’s microbrews. Lakeside views, outdoor patio with fireplace, full-service bar. 5180 Northland Dr NE, 363-5900. thegilmore H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$

Upscale, contemporary cooking including ethnic twists on familiar standbys.

BAR DIVANI — Wine flights, large array of spirits; classy surroundings. European-inspired food with plates meant for sharing, flatbreads, sushi and a variety of entrees. Closed Sun. 15 Ionia Ave SW, 774-9463. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ FBISTRO BELLA VITA — Big-city casual; fresh French and Italian cuisine, locally sourced and prepared over a wood fire; mammoth martini bar, nice wine selection. 44 Grandville Ave SW (downtown), 222-4600. H, L, D, C, $ 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP .BLUE HOUSE BISTRO — Neo-American Creole fusion fare from New Orleans-trained chef/owner. Entrees reflect best of market, while jambalaya,

A dash of Lebanese Offering Mediterranean cuisine, Le Kabob has opened in the space that once housed Thai Basil Cuisine. Lebanese specialties from appetizers, salads, soups and sandwiches to entrees like shish kabob, tawook and kafta, ghallaba, shawarma, mujadara, and even lamb, seafood and quail dishes grace the menu. (4022 Alpine Ave. NW; 647-9722;

BOBARINO’S AT THE BOB — Grill on 2nd floor of The BOB offers a wide variety, from woodfired pizza, burgers and sandwiches to pasta and up-scale entrées. Full-service bar with The BOB’s microbrews on tap. Live entertainment in Cisco’s Island Lounge. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 3562000. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ BUTCH’S — New York-style deli by day, fine dining cuisine by night. Menu changes seasonally. More than 200 bottled beer selections and 700 varieties of wine available for takeout. Closed Sun. 44 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 396-8227. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $$

CITYVU BISTRO — Top-floor restaurant in Hol­ land’s eco-friendly City Flats Hotel specializing in creative flatbreads and small-plate fare with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. 61 E 7th St, Holland, (616) 796-2114. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ COBBLESTONE BISTRO — Eclectic, globally in­­ spired menu executed with pizzazz in attractive surroundings, complete with fireplace, waterfalls and koi pond. Full bar. Open for weekend breakfasts. 9818 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, 5883223. H, (B), L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ FCYGNUS 27 — Stylized décor reflects a celestial theme that matches the views from the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza. Casual, seasonally driven menu encourages sharing. Open Tue-Sat eves; Sun brunch Labor Day to Mother’s Day. 187 Monroe Ave NW, 776-6425. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $$ DERBY STATION — Sophisticated pub grub with full bar featuring an array of specialty beers. 2237 Wealthy St SE, 301-3236. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $ ELECTRIC CHEETAH — Eclectic menu changes weekly with an emphasis on locally grown fare and creative combinations. Sandwiches, soups, salads, entrees, house-made desserts and unique Sunday brunch in modern setting. Liquor license pending. 1015 Wealthy St SE, 451-4779. electric ¢-$ H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DC, DS EVERYDAY PEOPLE CAFÉ — Changing bistro menu from appetizers through dessert. Impressive wine list with appropriate food pairings served in comfortable atmosphere. Open daily for dinner. 11 Center St, Douglas, (269) 8574240. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ GILLY’S AT THE BOB — Innovative takes on seafood on the 1st floor of The BOB, complete with raw bar. Seasonal menu offers cutting-edge fare from appetizers to desserts. 20 Monroe Ave NW, 356-2000. H, L (Sat), D, C, 3, V, MC, AE $-$$ GRAYDON’S CROSSING — English pub serves Indian food with a British influence. Full bar features impressive array of specialty beers. 1223 Plainfield Ave NE, 726-8260. graydonscrossing. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $ GREEN WELL GASTRO PUB — Daily menu features comfort fare with a flare, emphasizing local and seasonal ingredients. Full bar; more than 20 rotating draught beers, many from area microbreweries. Open daily. 924 Cherry St SE, 8083566. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ GRILL ONE ELEVEN — American-with-a-twist menu, full-service bar and lounge on the lower level. Sunday Brunch buffet 10 am-2 pm, otherwise opens at 11 am. 111 Courtland Dr, 863-3300. H, B (Sun), L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$

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➧CAJUN CAT — Cajun-influenced menu features by-the-pound or half-pound fish and seafood selections from catfish and cod to shrimp, lake perch and more. Gumbo, red beans and rice, sandwiches with Andouille sausage, pulled pork barbecue, chicken salad. Take-away or grab one of eight seats. Shares parking lot with Walker Roadhouse. 3280 Remembrance Rd, Walker, 735-2416; Facebook. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$

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GP Sports keeps you in the action with 40 televisions and three large screens. Alongside the family-friendly atmosphere, GP Sports serves only the best savory dishes such as oven-fired pizzas, top-notch burgers, and premium salads.

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Chicago’s miffed and New York City won’t return our calls. Sometimes, jealousy is a good thing. Cygnus 27 is redefining fine dining in a big way. Whether you come for drinks and the exceptional views or to savor Chef Absenger’s culinary creations, one thing’s for certain. You’ll leave satiated, body and soul.

EAT. DRINK. CONNECT. Serving American food, bistro-style.

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LocAted inSide the downtown courtyArd by mArriott


located atop the amway grand plaza hotel


BUY ONE, GET ONE valid for dinner only

Reserve your table by calling 616.242.1448. Buy one regular priced dinner entrée and receive a second entrée free with this coupon at Valid May 1–31, 2011. Not valid on holidays. Does not apply with any other discounts or offers. An 18% gratuity is added prior to discount. Located in the JW Marriott Grand Rapids.

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FMARCO NEW AMERICAN BISTRO — Cozy dining in French-country-casual, white-linen atmosphere. Creative dinner fare and pizza with a more casual lunch menu available for takeout. Full bar, nice wine list. Closed Sun. 884 Forest Hill Ave SE, 942-9100. H, L, D, C, V, $-$$ MC, AE, DS, RSVP MIA & GRACE BISTRO — Locally grown products creatively composed by husband/wife team chefs and owners are served in an intimate, artsy space in downtown Muskegon. Breakfast/ lunch service year-round with special dinners during growing season. Bakery, too. 1133 Third St, Muskegon, (231) 725-9500. H, B, L, (D) V, MC, AE $ OLIVES — Seasonally inspired menu of creative fare and comfort foods featuring locally grown produce and hormone-free, organic meats. Full bar; two-level seating and alfresco balcony. Closed Sun. 2162 Wealthy St SE, 451-8611. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ ONE TRICK PONY — Eclectic menu with samplings of vegetarian, Mexican and European

cuisines, creative lunch and dinner specials. Congenially casual surroundings; dine alfresco on street-front patio. Occasional live music. Closed Sun. 136 E Fulton St, 235-7669. H, L, ¢-$ D, C, V, MC, AE PIPER — Stunning lake view, fun décor, good service and a menu with everything from appetizers, pasta and wood-fired pizza to creative entrées and homemade desserts. Closed Sun and Mon during winter. 2225 South Shore Dr, Macatawa, (616) 335-5866. H, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$$ ROCKWELL-REPUBLIC — Diverse menu emphasizing locally sourced ingredients. California cuisine, sushi, steaks, Great Lakes fish, chicken, pastas, creative comfort food, plates to share. Multi-level, arts-inspired décor with upper-level outdoor seating. 45 S Division Ave, 608-6465 or 551-3563 H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ ROSE’S — Dockside dining on EGR’s Reeds Lake with a variety of sandwiches, salads, pastas, wood-fired pizzas, entrées and desserts. Comfortably casual; three-season porch seating. 550 Lakeside Dr SE, 458-1122. Takeout at Rose’s Express, 2224 Wealthy St SE, 458-4646. thegilmo H, B (weekends), L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS $ SALT & PEPPER SAVORY GRILL & PUB — Pubgrub with creative twists using Michigan-sourced ingredients. Full bar. Back patio for alfresco din-

ing. Closed Sun. 11539 E Lakewood Blvd, Holland, (616) 355-5501. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ SALT OF THE EARTH — Rustic fare and bakery emphasize locally sourced products ranging from wood-fired pizzas to an array of affordably priced entrees. Full bar; closed Sun. 114 E Main St, Fennville, (269) 561-7258. saltoftheearthfenn H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS ¢-$ SCHNITZ ADA GRILL — Deli by day, casual fine dining by night in cozy surroundings with full bar. Nice selection of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, pasta and more. 597 Ada Dr, Ada, 682-4660. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$$ SIX.ONE.SIX — Market-fresh, contemporary American fare “with a global soul.” Interact with chefs in the mini Chef’s Lab exhibition kitchen, or visit Mixology lounge. JW Marriott, 235 Louis St NW, 242-1500. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $-$$ TAVERN ON THE SQUARE — Tapas-style fare with small plate/appetizers, soups, green plate/ salads, house specialties and desserts. Full bar with wine; nice list of microbrews. Open daily; patio seating. 100 Ionia Ave SW, 456-7673. tavern H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ WILD DOG GRILLE — Interesting appetizers, salads, sandwiches, stone-baked pizzas and entrees marry a complexity of flavors. Desserts made in-house. Closed Mon in winter months. Full-

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THE HERITAGE — Grand Rapids Community College culinary arts students prepare gourmet dishes from steaks to vegan fare at a reasonable cost. Menu changes weekly. Wine offered with dinner. Open Tue-Fri during academic year. Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St NE, 234-3700. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $-$$

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City Guide service bar. 24 Center St, Douglas, (269) 8572519. H, L (Fri-Sun), D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $-$$ WINCHESTER — Locally sourced menu aims to reinvent bar food; affordably priced comfort food specialties, reclaimed century-old space with shuffleboard court-patio. 648 Wealthy St, SE, 451-4969. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

Classic American

Restaurants and diners serving traditional dishes popular across the country. 8TH STREET GRILL — Entrées range from catfish Valdosta to ribs, with sandwiches, salads, burgers and pasta also on the menu. Closed Sun. 20 W 8th St, Holland, (616) 392-5888. H, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE $ 84 EAST FOOD & SPIRITS — Neat restoration lends atmosphere; varied menu includes unique pasta dishes and thin-crust pizzas. Closed Sun. 84 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 396-8484. 84east H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DC, 
DS ¢-$ ABERDEEN STEAK HOUSE — All-natural, grainfed, choice-cut aged steaks, prime rib, lamb and pork chops, Greek-style roasted chicken and halfpound burgers in refurbished surroundings. Full bar; closed Sun. 785 W Broadway, Muskegon, (231) 733-6400. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ ACORN GRILLE AT THOUSAND OAKS — Blend of traditional and innovative cuisine, artfully presented in handsome dining room with golf course views. Open daily in season. 4100 Thousand Oaks Dr, 447-7750. H, L, D, C, $$ 3, V, MC, AE, DS ARBOREAL INN — New England-style inn offers fresh whitefish, Alaskan king crab, tournedos Oscar and more. Cozy atmosphere with dining and bar area. Portion of menu requires 24-hour notice. Closed Sun. 18191 174th Ave, Spring Lake, (616) 842-3800. H, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $$ ARNIE’S BAKERY & RESTAURANT — Uniquely GR. Breakfast, sandwiches, baked goods and desserts; dinner menu too. Open daily. 3561 28th St, 956-7901; 710 Leonard St NW, 454-3098; 777 54th St SW, 532-5662; 34 Squires St, Rockford, 866-4306. H, B, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE $

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Aryana Restaurant & Bar — Comfortable dining room in the Crowne Plaza Hotel offers breakfast buffet, lunch and fine dining selections from an extensive seasonal menu. Open daily. 5700 28th St SE, 957-1770. mainstreetmed B, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP $-$$ BEAR LAKE TAVERN — Historic North Muskegon tavern offers favorites that include yellowbelly lake perch dinner, BLT burger and hand-cut onion rings. 360 Ruddiman Rd, North Muskegon, (231) 744-1161. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ BENTHAM’S RIVERFRONT RESTAURANT — Upscale selections served in casually elegant surroundings. Open daily in the Amway Grand Plaza, 774-2000. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $

BIL-MAR RESTAURANT — Beachfront dining with a great view of Lake Michigan; a wide selection of fine-dining entrées. Full bar; open daily. 1223 S Harbor St, Grand Haven, (616) 842-5920. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, $$ DC THE BISTRO — Formerly Blue Plate in the Marriott Downtown Courtyard Hotel; offers warm, urban décor with large-screen TVs, wraparound bar and barrista serving Starbucks. Casual menu covers all tastes from breakfast through dinner. Open daily. 11 Monroe Ave NW, 242-6000, ext 6646. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ BOATWERKS WATERFRONT RESTAURANT — Vintage motorboat ambiance overlooking Lake Macatawa. Spacious outdoor patio and two menus: casual dining in main dining room, bar and patio, with another room for fine dining. 216 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, (616) 396-0600. boat H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $-$$ BONEFISH GRILL — Offers fresh-from-the-seas fare. Casual, white-linen dining. Seafood selections augmented by innovative sauces and toppings; also chicken, beef and pasta dishes. 1100 East Paris Ave SE, 949-7861. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ BOSTWICK LAKE INN — Roomy, cottage-style eatery offers regionally influenced cuisine in casual surroundings. Favorites include fresh seafood, pasta, steaks and ribs. Open Tue-Sat, also Mon between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 8521 Belding Rd NE, Cannon Township, 874-7290. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $ BOULDER CREEK RESTAURANT — Boulder Creek Golf Club restaurant serves an affordable selection of appetizers, sandwiches and salads as well as fowl, seafood and beef for dinner. Enjoy golf-course views from inside or on the deck. 5750 Brewer Ave NE, Belmont, (616) 363-1330, ext 2. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ BRANDYWINE — Pleasant café atmosphere serving extensive breakfasts, innovative lunches with vegetarian choices and salads, and dinner selections from Mexican to beef Wellington. 1345 Lake Dr SE, 774-8641; 2844 East Beltline Ave NE, 363¢-$ 1723. H, B, L, D, 3, V, MC BRANN’S SIZZLING STEAKS AND SPORTS GRILLE — Famous sizzler steaks with grill items and salads, baskets and Mexican entrees. All locations offer high-tech projection screens and sporting events. Menu tweaked to add more bar munchies. Brann’s of Grandville, 3475 Fairlanes, Grand Village Mall, 531-6210; Mike & Johnny Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, 401 Leonard St NW, 454-9368; Tommy Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, 4157 S Division Ave, 534-5421; John Brann’s of Cascade, 5510 28th St SE, 285-7800; Brann’s of Holland, 12234 James St, (616) 393-0028; Brann’s of Muskegon, 5510 Harvey St, (231) 7981399; Brann’s of Portage, 700 Martin Luther King Dr, (269) 321-8852. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ BULL’S HEAD TAVERN — A dozen appetizers from brie to pot stickers. Lunch menu showcases salads, soups and sandwiches. Dinners include warm bread and chef-selected sides. 188 Monroe Ave NW, 454-3580. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $

C.F. PRIME CHOPHOUSE & WINE BAR — Prime NY strips and some all-natural beef selections. Gourmet treatment from starters through salads, plus seafood, vegetarian options and desserts made on-site. Impressive wine list, full-service bar. Closed Sun. 950 W Norton, Muskegon, (231) 737-4943. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $-$$ CASCADE ROADHOUSE — Relaxed atmosphere with a diverse menu from fish and chips and gourmet burgers to fine-dining appetizers and entrées. Good bar, wine list. Closed Sun. 6817 Cascade Rd SE (at Old 28th St), 949-1540. H, L, D, C, V, AE $-$$ CHARLEY’S CRAB — Fresh seafood from a menu that changes nightly. Located on the Grand River. Early menu (4:30-6 pm daily), Sun brunch. GR Steamer Bar has its own menu. 63 Market Ave SW, 459-2500. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP $-$$ CHARLIE’S BAR & GRILL — Well-rounded menu features dinners ranging from ribs, steaks and seafood to kielbasa and kraut. Also Mexican fare, sandwiches and more. Full-service bar. 3519 Plainfield Ave NE, 364-0567. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ FTHE CHOP HOUSE — In the tradition of the best American chophouses with aged prime beef and more. A la carte sides are big enough to share. Great wine list. Downstairs is La Dolce Vita dessert and cigar bar. Closed Sun. 190 Monroe Ave NW, 451-6184. H, $$ D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC COUSIN’S TASTY CHICKEN — A 25-year local alternative to the chains with some of the tastiest fried chicken and side dishes around. Also serving seafood and other fried fare. Closed Sun. 1209 Leonard St NE, 456-5244. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ CRAZY HORSE STEAK HOUSE & SALOON — Holland’s family-friendly eatery, renowned for steaks and prime rib. Saturday night special is prime rib and lobster. 2027 North Park Dr, Holland, (616) 395-8393. crazyhorsesteakhouse. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $$ DEE-LITE BAR & GRILL — Nice selection of appetizers, house-made soups, salads and sandwiches. “Fresh-Mex” dinner selections, plus seafood, chicken, steak and pasta. Live music and martinis in the Theatre Bar. Open daily; Sun brunch. 24 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 844-5055. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ THE DINING ROOM AT CLEARBROOK — New entrées daily feature locally grown products. Known for hand-cut steaks, double-cut lamb chops, Canadian walleye. More casual dining in The Grill Room. Open daily in summer. Clearbrook Golf Club, 6594 Clearbrook Dr (just north of Saugatuck), (269) 857-2000. clearbrookgolfclub. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC, RSVP $-$$ DOCKERS FISH HOUSE & LOUNGE — Waterside dining on Muskegon Lake with lively summer tiki bar, seafood and land-lubber options. Full bar, dockside seating. Dockhands assist with boat tie-up. Closed Oct-Mar. 3505 Marina Point View, Muskegon, (231) 755-0400. dockersfishhouse. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ DUGAN’S PUB & GRILLE — Casual dining with steaks, seafood, pasta and more at The Elks at May 2011 Grand Rapids 73

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the FaLCon’s nest — Creative lunch menu with a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, barbecue ribs, appetizers, chili and salads. open 11 am-7 pm. 17000 lincoln ave, grand haven, (616) 842-4040. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae ¢-$ FaLL CreeK — appetizers, gourmet pizzas, salads, pastas, sandwiches, house-made desserts, and creative entrées. Closed sun-Mon. 201 Jefferson st, hastings, (269) 945-0100. fallcreek h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds ¢-$ FIreroCK grILLe — sunny, bistro-style atmosphere, nightly features and extensive menu of imaginative fare that includes firerock options: cook your own on a 500-degree stone. open daily. sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. stonewater Country Club, 7177 Kalamazoo ave se, 656-9898. stone h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae $ FLat rIVer grILL — Casual atmosphere in turnof-century building on the river in lowell. al fresco dining on patio. Menu ranges from american comfort food to wood-fired pizzas. full bar with extensive wines by the glass and The bob’s house of brews beers on tap. superb brunch. 201 e Main st, lowell, 897-8523. thegilmorecollection. com/flatriver.php. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $-$$ FLeetWood dIner — extensive diner-style american menu with greek influences. famous for hippie hash. open 6:30 am for breakfast (8 am-4 pm sun), serving dinner until 8 pm MonThu, 9 pm fri-sat. outdoor patio. 2222 44th st se, 281-2300. h, b, l, D, C, v, MC, ae ¢-$ Forest hILLs Inn — a casual neighborhood favorite with a broad menu, excellent pizza. Closed sun. 4609 Cascade rd se, 949-4771. h, b, l, D, C, v, MC, ae $ Fry daddy’s Fresh FIsh — fried fresh fish, wing-dings, walleye, orange roughy, catfish, blue gill, perch, smelt and shrimp, by the pound or in baskets with french fries in pleasant surroundings or to go. Closed Mon. in Kentwood’s Trinity plaza, 1720 44th st se, 455-fish. h, l, D, v, MC ¢-$ grand rapIds breWIng Co. — Microbrewery with extensive menu that matches the handcrafted beers and natural ales. 3689 28th st se, 285-5970. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $ the grand seaFood & oyster bar — in grand haven’s former grand Theatre. oyster and sushi bar, seafood and steaks. open daily. 22 washington ave, grand haven, (616) 847-8944. h, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds, DC $-$$ grand traVerse pIe Co. — bakery and café offer an extensive menu that covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with quiche, soups, salads, sandwiches and pastries. open daily. 3224 28th st se, 977-7600. h, b, l, D, v, MC, ae, Ds ¢-$ grand VILLa — longtime favorite serving prime rib, seafood, complete salad bar, full service bar. Closed sun. 3594 Chicago Dr sw, 538-1360. h, l, D, C, 3, v, MC, ae, DC, Ds $ great LaKes shIppIng Co. — Kitchen does

Hot off the grill byron Center’s once private dining room at railside golf Club has opened its doors to the public. railside alder bar and Grille offers fine american cuisine and a friendly dining experience daily, with sunday brunch 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. emphasizing Michigan-made products and locally grown produce, the menu also includes fresh seafood, gluten-free and health-conscious options, with a lighter-fare bar menu also available in the dining room. (2500 76th st. sw; 878-1140; marn e. Walker is a casual, family-friendly spot in walker with creative appetizers, hearth-fired pizzas, above-the-norm sandwiches, Mexican selections, from-scratch american entrees, a full bar and daily dessert specials. The eatery offers live entertainment wednesday-saturday evenings. (4322 remembrance road, walker; 453-3740) You can now find a wee bit o’ the green in Muskegon with the recent opening of hennessy’s irish pub & restaurant. rub elbows at the pub rails or enjoy traditional irish fare and a good chinwag in comfortable, irish-inspired surroundings. (885 Jefferson st., Muskegon; 231-728-3333; gr’s restaurant diversity continues to grow with the addition of latin fusion cuisine at las palmas restaurant in the wyoming space that formerly housed the short-lived empanada Kitchen. with the goal of offering a dish from every latin nation, the specialty is argentinean churrasco. (1551 28th st. sw).

everything from beef, seafood, fowl and beyond in comfortable dockside motif. patio open in summer. no lunch, but open sun afternoons. 2455 burton st se, 949-9440. h, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds, rsvp $-$$ grILL house & roCK bottoM bar — allegan’s grill-your-own steakhouse with grillmasters on call. bottomless salad bowl and potato bar; tasty desserts. rock bottom bar opens 11 am daily; grill house opens 5:30 pm weekdays, 11 am sundays. 1071 32nd st (M-40), allegan, (269) 686-9192. h, l (downstairs), D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds, rsvp (weekends) $-$$ the grILL rooM — aged steaks/chops, fresh seafood and fine wines in top chophouse tradition, served in an unpretentious atmosphere. Closed sun during winter. Kirby house, 2 washington ave, grand haven, (616) 846-3299. thegilmorec h, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $$ grILLe 29 — varied menu includes salads, soups, specialty panini, pasta, pizza and variety of entrées. full-service bar. open daily for breakfast and dinner. holiday inn select, 3063 lake eastbrook se, 285-7600. h, b, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $ the grILLe at WaterMarK — innovative menu in relaxing atmosphere overlooking golf course. open for lunch and dinner Mon-sat; sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. banquet facilities. reservations accepted. 5500 Cascade rd se, 949-0570. h, l, D, C, 3, v, MC, ae, rsvp $-$$ honey CreeK Inn — Daily specials are the highlight, mixed with traditional fare that earns rave reviews from patrons. Closed sun. 8025 Cannonsburg rd, Cannonsburg, 874-7849. honey h, l, D, C, v, MC ¢-$ hudsonVILLe grILLe — steaks, chops, chicken, soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican favorites and breakfast, as well as fish specialties. full bar; closed sun. 4676 32nd ave, suite f, hudsonville,

662-9670. h, b, l, D, v, MC, Ds ¢-$ J bar — The bob’s steakhouse restaurant caters to those with a penchant for meat and potatoes with style and expertise. open 5-11 pm; closed sun. 20 Monroe ave nw, 356-2000. h, D, C, local 3, v, MC, ae $$ JaCK’s — breakfast and lunch, plus dinner menu with appetizers, wine by the glass and a wide range of entrées, located on the grand river at grand haven waterfront holiday inn. 940 w savidge st, spring lake, (616) 846-1370. higrand h, b, l, D, C, 3, v, MC, ae, Ds $-$$ KIrby grILL — Casual side of the Kirby house offers more than an average grill with innovative touches to the american menu. family-friendly dining upstairs. 2 washington ave, grand haven, (616) 846-3299. php. l, D, C, v, MC, ae $ Kopper top — uniquely gr. raw copper tops the bar and tables at this gr staple with a longstanding tradition of seasonal decorations. entrées with a homemade taste. no lunch sat, closed sun. 638 stocking ave nw, 459-2001. l, D, C, 3, v, MC, ae ¢ the LandIng — nautical décor with windows overlooking the grand river. Menu features american favorites and german specials. live music and dancing in the lounge. 270 ann st nw (radisson riverfront hotel at us 131), 363-7748. h, b, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, DC, Ds $ OLeo’s — Combines fine dining and casual comfort with great service, impressive wine list and full bar. fresh seafood is the specialty, but steaks and other dishes are just as good. street level in parking ramp at ottawa and louis. Closed sun. 60 ottawa ave nw, 454-6700. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds, rsvp $-$$ LouIs benton steaKhouse — upscale steakhouse with a big-city ambiance features premium

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the highlands golf Club. adjacent glendevon offers banquet facilities. 2715 leonard st nw, 453-2451. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $-$$

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City Guide Buckhead beef, wet- and dry-aged steaks, lamb, pork and veal chops, seafood and more. Superb wine list. Closed Sun. Free valet parking at Ionia entrance. 77 Monroe Center Ave NW, Suite 100, 454-7455. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP $-$$ MAIN STREET PUB — Casual restaurant and sports bar offers large-screen TVs and varied menu of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and nice entrée selections. Open 11 am daily, with breakfast 8 am Sun. 11240 University Parkway, Allendale, 895-1234. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

RAINBOW GRILL — Longtime favorite offers breakfasts, homemade soup, chili, steak sandwiches, daily luncheon specials, chicken, fish and other dinner staples. Closed Sun. 4225 32nd Ave, Hudsonville, 896-0033; 4158 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, 534-8645. H, B, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ RED JET CAFÉ — Gilmore Collection restaurant in the former Creston Heights library. Coffee bar along with breakfast, omelets, crepes, soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis, specialty pizzas and more in casual, upbeat surroundings. Full bar;

opens 7 am. 1431 Plainfield Ave NE, 719-5500. H, B, L, D ¢-$ (Tue-Sat), C, V, MC, AE, DS FREDS ON THE RIVER — Located on the Rogue River, Reds combines casual sophistication with Tuscan sensibilities. Varied menu, good wine list. Lunch served 11-4 pm; closed Sun. 2 E Bridge St, Rockford, 863-8181. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $-$$ RIO GRAND STEAK HOUSE & SALOON — Texasstyle barbecue ribs, steaks and more are offered

MAXFIELD’S — Vast lunch and dinner menus are enhanced by daily feature buffets. Open Tue-Sun. 11228 Wyman Rd, Blanchard, (800) 550-5630. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $$ MEADOWS RESTAURANT — GVSU’s professional and student-staffed restaurant; patio and dining room overlook golf course. Full menu offers everything from burgers to NY strip steak. Seasonal hours; closed Sun. 1 W Campus Dr, Allendale, 895-1000. H, L, $-$$ D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP MIDDLE VILLA INN — Weekly prime rib specials, salad bar, casual atmosphere, occasional live bands; in Grand Rapids call 891-1287 for restaurant info. Open daily. 4611 N Middleville Rd, Middleville, (269) 795-3640. middle-villa-inn. com. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, DS $ MOE’S CONEY & GRILL — Coney Island-style hotdogs and extensive menu from sandwiches to entrees. Wide-ranging breakfast menu, all reasonable prices. Open daily; closes 2 pm Sun. 3603 S Division Ave, 514-1650. H, B, L, D, V, MC, DS ¢-$


MR. BURGER — Longtime favorite serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 2101 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 453-6291; 5181 Northland Dr NE, 363-3888; 2300 28th St SW, 538-4439; 1750 44th St SE, 4558604; 950 44th St SW, 538-0363; 5835 Balsam Ave, Hudsonville, 662-5088. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢ NOEL RESTAURANT — It’s Christmas year-round at this restaurant in a former church and parsonage family-style dinners, lighter fare on lunch menu. Gift shop on lower level. Hours now by reservation only; parties of 10 or more preferred. 2371 Riley St, Jamestown, 896-6427. noelrestaur ¢-$$ H, L, D, V, MC, RSVP

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OTTAWA TAVERN — The full-service, full-menu sister restaurant sharing space with downtown’s Bite. Sports venue with weekday Happy Hour bar specials 4-7 pm. Closed Sun. 151 Ottawa Ave NW, 451-8000. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$$ PAL’S DINER — A real diner with breakfast, lunch and dinner all day, served in fun surroundings. No alcohol served. Closed Sun. 6503 28th St SE, 942-7257. H, B, L, D, V, MC, DS ¢

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PEARL STREET GRILL — Bright, airy restaurant in the downtown Holiday Inn (formerly Days Hotel). Breakfast, lunch and steaks, pasta, chicken and fish for dinner. Open daily. 310 Pearl St NW, 2357611. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE $ ➧POP’S FAMILY RESTAURANT — Family-friendly spot serves breakfast all day long, along with classic American comfort food and Mexican specialties. Open daily. 1339 Walker Village Dr NW, 453-9339. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ May 2011 Grand Rapids 75

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City Guide at these Western-style Schelde restaurants. Open daily. 5501 Northland Dr NE, 364-6266; 1820 44th St SW, 534-0704. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ ROSEBUD — Sandwiches, soups and pizza for lunch; steaks, ribs, pasta and more pizza for dinner. Live music Thu-Sat. Open daily. 100 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 846-7788. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, ¢-$ DS ROSIE’S DINER — The original 1946 Paramount diner made famous by paper towel commercials continues the tradition of classic homemade diner fare. Open daily. Half-mile east of US 131. 4500 14 Mile Rd, Rockford, 866-3663. rosies H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ RUSH CREEK BISTRO — Diverse menu of starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, generous entrees and desserts, all done with flair in handsome, club-like surroundings. Weeknight and happy hour specials. Sunnybrook Country Club, 624 Port Sheldon Rd, Grandville, 457-1100. H, L, $ D, C, V, MC, AE, DS RUSS’ RESTAURANTS — Fast service, family friendly, inexpensive fare. Closed Sun. 3966 Plainfield Ave NE, 381-7545; 2750 28th St SE, 949-8631; 2340 28th St SW, 538-3410; 531 Alpine Ave NW, 784-2230; 6444 S Division Ave, 281-2790; 4440 Chicago Dr, Grandville, 531-1146. ¢ B, L, D, 3 SAM’S JOINT — Award-winning ribs and unique décor of antiques and memorabilia. Extensive menu includes Mexican selections; full bar. 2412 Briggs Rd, Gun Lake, (269) 795-3965; 7449 68th St, Dutton, 698-1833; 107 E Main St, Caledonia, 891-1128; 19 N Main St, Rockford, 866-3324; 6618 Old Grand Haven Rd, Norton Shores, (231) 7987155; 15520 48th Ave, Coopersville, 837-8558; 1665 Viewpond SE, Kentwood, 455-2111. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC $ SANDI’S FAMILY RESTAURANT — Home-cooked meals, family-friendly dining in casual surroundings. Daily specials; all-you-can-eat ocean perch on Fri. Senior discount Mon-Tue. Closed Sun. 6597 S Division Ave, 281-3160. sandisfamilyrestau H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ SPINNAKER — Upscale menu features large selection of seafood and landlubber entrees in a nautical themed dining room. Open daily, Sun brunch. 4747 28th St SE (Hilton Grand Rapids Airport), 957-1111. H, B, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP $-$$ SUNDANCE GRILL — Breakfast-and-lunch spot also offers a dinner menu in the California/ Southwestern tradition. Selection of steaks, salmon, salads and pasta, along with a margarita bar. 5755 28th St SE (Esplanade Plaza), 9565644; 40 Pearl St NW (breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Tue-Sat), 776-1616. H, B, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS $ SWAN INN RESTAURANT — Home-cooked meals such as pot roast, Salisbury steak and meatloaf, daily specials, and burgers, chicken, seafood and more. Huge breakfasts. Cygnet Lounge offers cocktails and nibbles as well as dinner menu. 5182 Alpine Ave NW, 784-1245. H, B, L, C, D, V, MC, DS ¢-$ TERRACE GRILLE AT BAY POINTE INN — Casual gourmet dining, impressive wine list, martini bar and lakeside dining on terrace. Seasonally changing menu includes seafood, steaks, pasta

and specials emphasizing regional fare. Open daily. Sun brunch 10 am-2 pm. 11456 Marsh Rd, Shelbyville (off US 131), (269) 672-5202 or (888) GUN-LAKE. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC, RSVP $-$$ THAT PLACE ON PLAINFIELD — Classic American diner food, along with some surprises like Filipino and vegetarian dishes, in diner-style surroundings at reasonable prices. Closed Sun. 2162 Plainfield Ave NE, 365-6669. H, B, L, D, V, ¢ MC, DS TILLMAN’S — Uniquely GR. Chicago-style chophouse that’s been “hidden” in a warehouse district for more than 25 years. Known for steaks but something for every taste, from liver and onions to frog legs and escargot. Closed Sun. 1245 Monroe Ave NW, 451-9266. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, RSVP $-$$ TIMBERS INN — Menu ranges from appetizers, gourmet salads, sandwiches and charbroiled burgers to wild game offerings and lumberjack meat ’n’ potatoes fare in lodge-like surroundings. Open daily. Sun omelet bar til 2 pm. 6555 Belding Rd NE, 874-5553. H, L, D, C, 3, V, ¢-$ MC, AE TULLYMORE — Restaurant at Tullymore Golf Club offers seasonally inspired menu with layers of flavors and artful presentations in beautiful surroundings. Expansive views, large patio for outdoor dining. 11969 Tullymore, Stanwood, (800) 972-4837. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $-$$ TWISTED ROOSTER — Classic dishes with unexpected twists. Full bar featuring 18 beers on tap, local beers/wines. Open daily. 1600 East Beltline Ave. NE, 301-8171. H, L, D, V, MC, AE ¢-$$ VILLAGE INN PIZZA PARLOR — Longtime local favorite for pizza, pasta, burgers, chicken, soups, salads, Mexican and more, with karaoke nights Thu-Sat. Full bar. Open daily; weekday lunch buffet. 2215 44th St SE, Kentwood, 281-1444; 934 Washington St, Holland, (616) 392-1818. vipizza. ¢-$ net. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE WALLDORFF BREWPUB & BISTRO — Microbrewery with menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, barbecue specialties, small plates, steaks, pork and lamb chops, duck, pastas and wood-fired pizzas. 105 E State St, Hastings, (269) 945-4400. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ WEST COAST GRILLE — Daily breakfast buffet, hearty lunch fare and dinner menu ranging from quesadillas and burgers to prime rib to seafood, inside Holland’s Doubletree Hotel. Open daily. 650 E 24th St (just off US 31), Holland, (616) 3940111. H, B, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ WHITEFISH LAKE GOLF AND GRILL — Menu offers hand-cut steaks, barbecued ribs, fresh seafood and other dining specialties grilled over an apple-wood fire. Open daily. 2241 Bass Lake Rd, Pierson, (616) 636-5260. whitefishgolfand H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ WINTER INN — Seafood, steaks and prime rib along with such specialties as seafood au gratin and pan-fried walleye in historic inn. Convivial bar. Banquet facilities. 100 N Lafayette St, Greenville, (616) 754-7108. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC $ WOODY’S PRESS BOX — Pulled pork with piz-

zazz in a restaurant complex that includes two bars, a patio and bowling. Menu offers sandwiches and shrimp as well as barbecue fare. Open daily (breakfast and lunch only Sun). 5656 Clyde Park Ave SW, 530-3242. H, B, L, D, C, 3, V, MC $

Daytime casual Eateries that specialize in breakfast and lunch.

ANNA’S HOUSE — Family dining offers great breakfast fare. Open daily for breakfast and lunch until 2 pm. 3874 Plainfield Ave NE, 361-8500. H, B, L, V, MC ¢ CHERIE INN — Café is relaxed setting for upscale breakfasts and innovative specials, served until 3 pm. Closed Mon. 969 Cherry St SE, 458-0588. B, L, 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ FAT BOY BURGERS — Uniquely GR. Legendary burger joint in the Cheshire neighborhood offers breakfast 6-11 am weekdays (7 am Sat) and lunch until 3 pm in newly renovated surroundings. Closed Sun. 2450 Plainfield Ave NE, 361-7075. H, B, L, V, MC ¢ GARDEN ROOM CAFÉ — Cheery spot in Grand Central Plaza offers great breakfast and lunch with an “outside the box” menu. Open daily. 2055 28th St SE, 452-8544. H, B, L, V, MC, AE, DS, ¢-$ DC THE GATHERING PLACE — Cozy setting and country décor complement an imaginative menu. Terrific homemade soups, dessert selections. Open daily until 2 pm. 6886 Cascade Rd SE, 9493188. H, B, L, V, MC, AE, DS $ OMELETTE SHOPPE & BAKERY — A plethora of omelets, along with baked-fresh daily pecan rolls, cinnamon pastries and more. Open daily til 3 pm. 545 Michigan St NE, 726-5800; 1880 Breton Rd SE, 726-7300. H, B, L, V, ¢-$ MC, AE, DS REAL FOOD CAFÉ — Open early for breakfast and lunch, with everything made fresh from scratch by chef owners in cheery locale in Alger Heights. Second location on the northeast side. Open until 2 pm; closed Mon. 2419 Eastern Ave SE, 2414080; 5430 Northland Dr NE, 361-1808. H, B, L ¢ RED GERANIUM CAFÉ — Popular spot is known for its specialty omelets, homemade soups, breads and desserts. Two locations: 6670 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 656-9800; 5751 Byron Center Ave. 532-8888. H, B, L ¢ SUSIE’S CAFÉ — Coffees, baked goods, breakfast served through lunch. Sandwiches, homemade soups and burgers from the grill. Malts, shakes, smoothies and ice cream. Walk-up window open late in summer. Open daily. 1120 Knapp St NE, 363-1530. H, B, L ¢ WOLFGANG’S — Popular spot renowned for breakfasts. Menu includes omelets, salads and sandwiches. Private meeting rooms available. Open 6:30 am-2:30 pm daily. 1530 Wealthy St SE, 454-5776. H, B, L, 3 ¢

Vegetarian GAIA CAFÉ — Innovative, totally vegetarian fare served in a cozy atmosphere. Closed Mon. 209 Diamond Ave SE, 454-6233. On Facebook. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE ¢

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City Guide LITTLE AFRICA CUISINE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Humble storefront cafĂŠ with dining area offers vegetarian dishes only. Hearty vegetable stews; sauces and fixings are served on Ethiopian flat bread. Sample other Ethiopian specialties. Cash or checks only. Open daily. 956 E Fulton St, 222-1169. H, L, D, 3 ¢

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plete with pool tables and dart board. Hoagies, Reubens and burgers; appetizers (served until 11 pm) satisfy snackers. Lots of liquor choices and good-size wine list. Takeout available. 600 Monroe Ave NW, 356-1622. cambridgehousegr. ¢-$ com. L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS CASCADE SPORTS GRILL â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Not your average sports bar: calamari, crab cakes, potstickers, stuffed â&#x20AC;&#x2122;shrooms, sandwiches, chicken, steak and more. Sizable bar with 10 brew taps and extensive martini menu. Pool tables, dartboards, TVs and other amusements. Live DJ Sat night. Cascade Centre, 6240 28th St SE, 974-3338. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ CHEERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Popular neighborhood spot with something for everyone: munchies, salads, south-of-the-border favorites, fish, steaks, burgers, breakfast fare, omelets, served daily in a log-cabin environment. 3994 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-1188. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢ CHEQUERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Creative cuisine with a British flair ranges from beef tips Sherwood to Welsh rarebit, fish and chips, shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pie and imported beer served in an English pub atmosphere. Open daily in summer. 220 Culver St, Saugatuck, (269) 8571868. H, L, D, V, MC,AE $

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THE COTTAGE BAR â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Uniquely GR. Longtime favorite since 1927. Famous Cottage burgers and fries, signature chili, house-made soups and sandwiches, daily specials, imported beers, full bar and cordial atmosphere. Closed Sun. 8 LaGrave Ave SE, 454-9088. L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢ THE CURRAGH â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Downtown Holland traditional Irish pub features all the fun foods, spirits, music and environment of Old World Ireland. Enjoy a pint and authentic Irish fare from a full menu. Outdoor seating, live entertainment, valet parking. 73 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 393-6340. curragh H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$$ ELBOW ROOM BAR & GRILL â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cozy neighborhood watering hole with bar food to match: burgers, sandwiches, nachos, salads, chicken fingers, etc. Open daily 10 am-2 am. Play darts, Golden Tee or the jukebox. 501 Fuller Ave NE, 454-6666. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ FLANAGANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Popular Irish pub, imported beers, 20 on tap, includes Guinness stout. Homemade soups and stews, specialty sandwiches, munchies and entrĂŠes with an Irish influence. Frequent live music. Closed Sun. 139 Pearl St NW, 454-7852. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC ¢ FOUNDERS BREWING CO. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sip microbrew samples in the spacious taproom, serpentine bar and stage for live music Thu and Sat. Expanded

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City Guide menu features sandwiches and light pub fare. Covered (heated) porch. 235 Grandville Ave SW, 776-1195. H, L (11-2 MonFri), 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ GP SPORTS — Sports bar and restaurant with three big screens and 40 flat-screen TVs. Menu features create-your-own pizzas and burgers, along with salads and sandwiches. Closed Sun. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 776-6495. amway $ H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS GRAND WOODS LOUNGE — Year-round alfresco dining complete with fireplace. Eclectic menu selections mix with upscale takes on comfort foods. Live entertainment, pool tables, spacious bar. 77 Grandville Ave SW, 451-4300. grandwoods H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ ➧THE HOLIDAY BAR — Classic 40-foot horseshoe bar with nine HD TVs, 12 beers on tap, a variety of appetizers and homemade “porter” pulled pork. Fun atmosphere with pool tables, darts, Golden Tee, Nudgemaster and Club Keno. 801 5th St NW (at Alpine Ave), 456-9058; on Facebook. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS c-$ HOLLY’S BACK DOOR BAR & GRILL — Fullservice menu and good selection of munchies at the bar in the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel. Opens 5 pm; closed Sun & Mon. 255 28th St SW, 241-1417. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $ HOPCAT — Crafted brews with close to 50 beers on tap and 150 bottled. Full bar, and tasty fare including appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrées from meatloaf to mussels. Open daily. 25 Ionia Ave SW, 451-4677. H, L (SatSun), D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ HUB’S INN — Sandwiches, burgers, wet burritos and thin-crust pizza. Closed Sun. 1645 Leonard St NW, 453-3571. H, L, D, C ¢ INTERSECTION CAFÉ — Roomy entertainment venue offers sandwich wraps and panini, great burgers, quesadilla selections, soups, salads, appetizers, flatbread pizza, vegetarian options. Full bar. 133 Grandville Ave SW, 459-0977. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢ JD REARDON’S — Restaurant and lounge in The Boardwalk offers American, Southwest, Thai and more, with nibbles, soups, sandwiches, dinner-size salads, steaks and other appealing entrées. Banquet facilities; outdoor seating. 940 Monroe Ave NW, 454-8590. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $-$$ J GARDELLA’S TAVERN — Massive antique bar is matched by gargantuan menu ranging from homemade chips to build-your-own burger. Three floors of seating. Open Sun for arena events. 11 Ionia Ave SW, 459-8824. jgardellastav H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ LOGAN’S ALLEY — Free popcorn complements a premium-libation special in these cozy digs. From two Reubens to a garden burger, the 18-item sandwich-and-appetizer menu even lists pizza rolls. Seasonal deck seating. Open daily. 916 Michigan St NE, 458-1612. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ MILL CREEK TAVERN — Comstock Park’s cozy eatery offers appetizers, from-scratch daily soups, sandwiches, wraps, burgers and wet burritos, as well as full dinner options. Full bar with separate dining room. 3874 West River Dr, 784¢-$ 3806. H, L, D, C, V, MC, DS

MOJO’S — Lively dueling piano bar and restaurant open for dinner at 5 pm Wed-Sat, with starters, pastas, sandwiches, salads and reasonably priced entrées, plus late night “munchy menu.” RSVP for dinner early, show starts at 8 pm WedThu, 7 pm Fri-Sat, DJ, dancing, pool tables, VIP Room and flat-screen TVs on 2nd floor. 180 Monroe Ave NW, 776-9000. H, D (Wed-Sat), C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ NEW HOLLAND BREWING CO. — Munchies, salads, pizza and sandwiches augment a wide array of handcrafted beer. 15-minute lunch menu. Beer and wine only. Closed Sun. 66 E 8th St, Holland. (616) 355-6422. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ NITE CAP BAR & GRILL — Roomy and bright with outdoor patio, pool tables, video games, bigscreen TVs, Keno and karaoke Thu-Sat evenings. Daily drink specials, soups, salads, sandwiches, subs, flame-broiled burgers, Mexican selections and dinners. 801 W Fulton St, 451-4243. nitecap H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢ PEPPINO’S RISTORANTE PIZZERIA AND SPORTS LOUNGE — Contemporary ambience, separate sports bar. Italian specialties and pizza, char-grilled Sicilian-style steak and chicken, burgers, etc. 5053 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Allendale, 895-1615. Family-friendly Peppino’s Sports Lounge in downtown GR, 130 Ionia Ave SW, 4568444. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, ¢-$$ DS O’TOOLE’S PUBLIC HOUSE — Pub grub includes appetizers, sandwiches and burgers served on
 a mountain of fries. Open daily. 448 Bridge St NW, 742-6095. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ PUB 43 — Cozy atmosphere caters to all, but is especially popular with artists and the gay crowd. Board games, more than a dozen TVs, fully stocked bar with usual bar fare from burgers to more upscale items. Jukebox, occasional live entertainment. Open daily at 3 pm. 43 S Division Ave, 458-2205. H, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ QUEEN’S PUB SPORTS BAR — Adjacent to Bombay Cuisine with English pub grub, full bar and lots of beers on tap. Big-screen TVs, pool table, dart boards, wireless connection. 14201424 Lake Dr SE, 456-7055. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, ¢-$ DS QUINN & TUITE’S IRISH PUB — One of the largest selections of Irish whiskies in the area and Guinness on tap. Traditional Irish music, Celtic rock, open mic Fri eves, live bands Sat. Typical bar fare includes burgers, brats, sandwiches, munchies. 1535 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-8380. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ ROCKY’S BAR & GRILL — Burgers, appetizers, fried fish baskets, sandwiches and more. Art Deco bar, pool table. Kitchen open late; check for evening entertainment. Open daily, Sun at 5 pm with $1 beer specials. 633 Ottawa Ave NW, 356-2346. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ SAZERAC LOUNGE — New Orleans-style lounge featuring bar food with a Cajun bent. Live entertainment Sat nights. Open for lunch Tue-Sat, Mon at 4 pm. 1418 Plainfield Ave NE, 451-0010. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE $ THE SCORE — Restaurant and sports bar with a wide-ranging menu that includes pizza, ribs,

hand-cut steaks, seafood, chicken and comfort dishes like meatloaf. 5301 Northland Dr NE, 3010600. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ SHAMROCK BAR & GRILL — Small but interesting menu offers choices such as coconut shrimp and house-made tortilla soup in addition to burgers and steak. Nice children’s menu. Open daily at 11 am. 2501 Wilson Ave NW, 735-3888. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ STELLA’S LOUNGE — Mostly vegan menu but a stuffed burger for carnivores. Advertises strong drinks and more than 200 whiskies. 53 Commerce Ave, 742-4444. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC ¢-$ TAPHOUSE LOUNGE — Renovated historic surroundings with dozens of beers on tap. Sports bar menu runs the gamut from appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches to entrées such as ribs, perch and steak. Atrium cigar lounge. Open daily until 2 am. 8 Ionia Ave SW, 774-3338. taphouse H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $ TEAZERS BAR & GRILL — Burgers and pasta entrées, sandwiches, salads and Southwestern bites. Kids menu. Look for live music on the stage. Open daily. 819 Ottawa Ave NW, 459-2481. teaze H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ VITALE’S SPORTS LOUNGE & PIZZERIA — Serving pizza and pasta plus legendary panini sandwiches and wraps in sports-centric surroundings. Multiple screens, outside deck, live entertainment, 29 beers on tap. Open daily. 3868 West River Dr NE, Comstock Park, 784-2526, takeout 784-5011. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ WEST SIDE BAR — No-frills neighborhood tavern with bar-food menu that includes the Hog Burger, a half-pound burger made fresh daily and stacked with a choice of ham or bacon and all the fixings. Live entertainment weekends. 1568 Broadway NW, 459-1240. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢ Z’S — Sports-themed eatery known for its ribs. Soup-salad-sandwich lunches. Features 43-foot bar and multiple TVs. Carry-out available. 168 Louis Campau Promenade NW, 454-3141. zsbar. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$

Delis, Dogs & Bagels Places that serve sandwiches, bagels and/or hot dogs.

BAGEL BEANERY — All locations bake a variety of bagels and serve great breakfast and deli sandwiches. Vegetarian options, soups, salads and specialty coffees. Catering, kids meals, free Wi-Fi, outdoor seating. 455 Michigan St NE, 235-7500; 2845 Breton Rd SE, 245-4220; 5316 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, 249-9500. bagelbeanery. com. H, B, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS ¢-$ BIG APPLE BAGELS — Fresh bagels and 15 cream cheese mixtures. Choose your favorite bagel to wrap around the sandwiches or breakfast options, or build your own from the deli. 3915 Plainfield Ave NE, 364-1919; 2058 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 735-2390; 6670 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 5547915. H, B, L, D, 3 ¢ ➧BIGGBY COFFEE — East Lansing-based chain offers specialty coffee and non-coffee drinks, fresh-daily selection of baked goods, fruit cups, yogurt parfaits, bagel sandwiches. Wi-Fi, seasonal

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City Guide outdoor seating. More than a dozen locations in West Michigan (see website): BITE — Deli side of Ottawa Tavern features daily soups, big wraps, salads and build-your-own burgers. Weekday Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials 4-7 pm. Closed Sun. 151 Ottawa Ave NW, 451-8000. ¢-$$ php. H, B, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS BITTER END — Full array of specialty coffee drinks, bagels, muffins, pastries and deli sandwiches in atmosphere of a 1930s French café. Free Wi-Fi. Open 24/7. 752 W Fulton St, 4516061. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE ¢ BOARDWALK SUBS — 20 huge Jersey-style subs using family-recipe Italian dressing and specialty meats such as capicola and prostitini in addition to familiar choices. Also soups, chili, salads, chips, fresh-baked cookies, ice cream and kids meals. Take out or eat in. Catering and delivery. Open daily. 5422 S Division Ave, Kentwood, 7242492. H, L, D, V, MC ¢ CAFÉ SCALA — Tre Cugini’s cousin in the Ledyard Building offers sandwiches and other Euro nibbles at reasonable prices. Open 11:30 am-2:30 pm Mon-Fri. 125 Ottawa Ave NW, 235¢ 9115. H, L, V, MC, AE, DS, DC CHERRY DELI — Extensive menu offers more than 50 sandwiches, a dozen salads, five soups, with catering and takeout options. Outdoor patio; closed Sun. 834 Cherry St SE, 459-6182. cherry H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

CORNUCOPIA — Bakery, sandwich spot, pizzeria, take-home specialties, lunch buckets, freshground coffees, one-of-a-kind wine selection. Open daily. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 776-6428. H, B, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE ¢-$ CRAZY CHARLIE’S — Coney Island-style dogs plus a daily soup, chips, shakes, slushies, fountain drinks and soft-serve ice cream service with walkup window on Bagley Ave in warmer months. 2184 Wealthy St SE, 451-6720. H, L, D, V, MC ¢ DAM DOGS — On the dam in downtown Rockford serving everyone’s favorite variation on the hot dog theme in old-time surroundings, plus ice cream. 51 E Bridge St, Rockford, 863-9565. H, L, D ¢ THE DOG PIT — Every variation on a hot dog, with house-made chili topping a specialty. Large variety of condiments. Also daily soups. Closed Sun. 132 Monroe Center NW, 988-1508. H, L, D ¢ FERRIS COFFEE AND NUT CO. — Breakfast and light lunch items in Plaza Towers on West Fulton. Both locations feature global gourmet coffees, nut selections and sweet treats. Gift baskets available at Winter Ave location. 235 W Fulton St, 227 Winter Ave NW, 459-6257. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE ¢ FRENZ COFFEE HOUSE — Besides tea and coffee specialties, menu offers soups, salads and wrap sandwiches. Closed Sun. Musicians on Fri. Free Wi-Fi. Local artists display and sell their work.

8 E Bridge St, Rockford, 863-8750. frenzcoffee ¢ H, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS THE GRAND CONEY — Home-style dinners, burgers, salads, sandwiches, Mexican fare, desserts and all-day breakfast in addition to authentic Coney Island hot dogs. Open 24/7. 809 Michigan St NE, 776-5580. H, B, L, D, Cash only ¢ JERSEY JUNCTION — Sandwiches, ice cream treats, candies and hot dogs served in old-fashioned “soda shop” atmosphere. Open daily in season beginning March 1. 652 Croswell Ave SE, Gaslight Village, EGR, 458-4107. jerseyjunction. ¢ com. H, L, D JONNY B’Z DOGS AND MORE — Southern-style, all-meat chili dogs on Texas-toast-style buns: fatty’s (all beef), skinny’s (all turkey) hotdogs, house-made gumbo, burgers, “cajon” sausage, smoked brisket, sandwiches, vegan dogs, vegetarian chili; lots of toppings; modern-retro ambience. Closed Sun, open until 2 am Thu-Sat. 638 Wealthy St SE. Facebook. L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ JW’S — Art gallery meets coffeehouse with rotation of local artists’ works. Specializing in light, health-conscious lunch fare, plus every coffee drink under the sun. Closed Sun. Free Wi-Fi. 850 Forest Hill Ave SE, 285-1695. H, B, L, 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ KAVA HOUSE — Uniquely GR. Popular Eastown spot with bakery items (known for the scones) and java served in bowl-sized cups. Plenty of seat-

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For truly exceptional kitchens, two names stand out.

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Make that three.

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The staff is friendly and food arrived quickly. But the entrees were hit or miss on three occasions.

Diners awarded



Little Mexico Café 401 Stocking Ave. NW Grand Rapids (616) 456-0517

Little Mexico Café, which reopened last February after a devastating fire in 2008, has been a fixture on the west side for 40 years. The interior of the renovated space is bright and bold, with Aztec-inspired murals and custom furniture that suggest a south-of-the-border experience. We just wish the food had been as colorful and authentic. On a Saturday night around 6:30, the restaurant was bustling but not packed and we were seated right away in the bar area. Our server arrived immediately, as did the chips and salsa (the first basket is free; additional chips are $1.50). The menu has plenty of offerings, from traditional Mexican favorites to seafood selections that include lobster and shrimp fajitas ($19.95). We ordered the evening’s special, a housemade Sangria ($3.99) that seemed to have no punch, and the Queso Flameado, a “flaming cheese” appetizer. Typically, this dish is made with asadero or a similar white melting cheese and fresh peppers and served in a shallow dish with warm tortillas for assembling. This version was more like nachos in a bowl, a gloppy mixture of melted yellow cheese and chorizo topped with what appeared to be slices of pickled jalapenos. Though it arrived with a large serving spoon, our waitress told us to eat it with chips. The concoction had a nice zing, but ladling it onto the breakable chips made for a frustrating experience. On a second visit, diners tried the 20-ounce margaritas (specially priced at $3.75) and the Little Mexico Sampler ($8.25). The kitchen did a better job with the more mainstream fried chicken wings and potato skins stuffed with chicken, bacon and cheese. The plate also included a quesadilla packed with onion and

melted cheese, and a sizeable mound of nachos piled with refried beans, ground beef, cheese, onions and tomatoes. No complaints. And we certainly had no complaints about the service on any visit. The staff is friendly and food arrived quickly. But the entrees were hit or miss on three occasions. One dish that inspired kudos was the Camarones Costa Azul ($13.50), five jumbo scampisize shrimp stuffed with cheese and wrapped with bacon. It came with tortillas and a choice of rice, baked potato or French fries. On other visits we tried combination platters ($9.25-$9.99) to sample such Mexican fare as tamales, tacos, tostados, enchiladas and a chile relleno. While the chicken enchilada was packed with tender, white-meat chicken, the green sauce had no oomph. The tamales were ample, but tasteless. The beef tacos were fine but not memorable, and the accompanying refried beans and rice were lackluster. We had higher hopes for the “homemade chile relleno” on the combo plate. It arrived tepid, so the cheese inside was firm rather than soft and melting, and again the sauce was bland. Since Little Mexico is one of the rivals laying claim to inventing the wet burrito, one diner ordered the ground beef version ($9.99). It was plentiful — about half a pound of ground beef tucked inside the large flour tortilla with grilled onions, peppers and tomatoes. It was sprinkled with green onion and came with refried beans, guacamole and sour cream. Our wet burrito taster found it satisfying. For dessert, we passed on the fried ice cream and went for the flan ($3.50). The generously sized custard arrived in a puddle of caramel with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Overall, fans of Midwestern Mexican fare probably will find Little Mexico satisfying. Anyone craving more authentic Mexican food should keep searching. GR

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City Guide continued from page 79 ing (outdoors, too). Bakery includes homemade pizzas, spinach pies, sausage rolls and soup. 1445 Lake Dr SE, 451-8600. Facebook. H, B, L, D, 3, V, ¢ MC KAVA HOUSE BY GEORGE — Separately owned store in Gainesville Township offers bakery items and light lunch fare like wraps and seasonally inspired soups and chili. Full array of coffees. Free Wi-Fi. 6633 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 971-4560. H, B, L, ¢ 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS LOCAL MOCHA — Downtown location offers favorite coffee specialties and smoothies as well as grilled breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Closed Sun. Free Wi-Fi. 96 Monroe Center NW, 4590082. H, B, L, V, MC, AE ¢ MAMA’S PIZZA & GRINDERS — Busy spot in Thornhills Plaza offering large grinders (half-size available), pizza, salads and pasta selection. 6504 28th St SE, 954-1964. mamaspizzaandgrinders. ¢ com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS MUSEUM CAFÉ — Deli-style sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and beverages on the second floor of the Van Andel Museum Center with a view of the riverfront. Closed Sun. 272 Pearl St NW, ¢ 456-3977. H, L NUNZIA’S CAFÉ — Combo specials of soups, chili, salads, sandwiches, pasta and Italian dishes. In Merrill Lynch building by Calder Plaza. Open 11 am-3 pm weekdays. 250 Monroe Ave NW, No. ¢ 140, 458-1533. H, L, V, MC, AE, DS OLGA’S KITCHEN — Greek-style wrapped sandwiches, salads and desserts, with uniquely flavored fries, appetizers, smoothies and desserts. Open daily. 2213 Wealthy St SE, 456-0600; 3195 28th St, 942-8020; 3700 Rivertown Parkway SW, Grandville, 531-6572. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ ONE STOP CONEY SHOP — Hot dogs plus salads, sandwiches, fries and house-made original condiments in downtown GR. Open 11 am-9 pm Mon-Sat. 154 E Fulton, 233-9700. onestopconey ¢ H, L, D, V, MC RAMONA’S TABLE — EGR deli with selections made from scratch: soups, sandwiches, salads, baked items and meals from 8 am-8 pm daily; takeout and catering. 2232 Wealthy St SE, 4598500. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ RITZ KONEY BAR & GRILLE — Hot dogs, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads plus chicken fingers, nachos, wings and fries. Full bar with limited wine list. Closed Sun. 64 Ionia Ave SW, 451-3701. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC ¢-$ SCHNITZ DELICATESSEN — Deli with a German flair. Sandwiches, creamy potato salad and fudgy brownies. All available for takeout. Closed Sun. 1315 E Fulton St, 451-4444; Schnitz East, 597 Ada Dr SE, 682-4660; Schnitz South, 1529 Langley St SE, 281-5010. H, L, D, 3, V, MC ¢-$ TASTE OF THE GARDENS CAFÉ — At Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Deli selections, soups and fresh-baked pastries. Brunch on second Sun of month by reservation only. 1000 East Beltline Ave NE, 977-7691. H, L, 3, V, MC ¢-$ URBAN MILL CAFÉ — Deli-style, grilled and baked specialty sandwiches on freshly baked

breads. Top-notch soups, salads, desserts, baked goods. 629 Michigan St NE, 855-1526. urbanmill. com. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE ¢-$ VANILLAS COFFEE TEA CAFÉ — Gourmet coffees, teas, smoothies and pastries. Special-order bakery for cakes, cookies, cupcakes. Check out the dollar menu. Closed Sun. 3150 Plainfield Ave NE, Plainfield Plaza, 447-0080. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ WEALTHY STREET BAKERY — Fresh breads, cinnamon rolls and pastries in reclaimed, roomy location, with sandwiches and daily soup specials. Club, specialty and vegetarian sandwiches on fresh-baked breads. Free Wi-Fi. Closed Sun. 608 Wealthy St SE, 301-2950. wealthystreetbakery. com. H, B, L, V, MC, AE, DS ¢

— Spacious location features Italian fare with American and Mexican choices in addition to thincrust pizzas. Ten beers on tap. Big-screen TVs, pool tables, darts, video games, Foosball. 4261 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 455-2230. florentinespizza. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ FLORENTINE RISTORANTE — Italian and American cuisine. Pizza and pasta served in the lounge until midnight; full-menu dinner 4-10 pm. Closed Sun. 3245 28th St SW, 534-5419. florentin H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC $ FRANCO’S PIZZERIA — Spaghetti, manicotti, lasagna, stromboli plus pizza and subs with fresh ingredients. Limited seating, takeout available (delivery offered). Cash only; open daily. 2103 Alpine Ave NW, 361-7307. H, L, D ¢-$

WG GRINDERS — Oven-baked gourmet grinders, excellent variety of deli and signature salads, soups and desserts. A few hot pasta selections. Catering, delivery and takeout. Closed Sun. Esplanade Center, 5769 28th St SE, 974-3354. H, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

FRANKIE V’s PIZZERIA & SPORTS BAR — Roomy space with pool tables, jukebox, covered patio. Appetizers, subs, stromboli, pizza, pasta entrées, plus burgers and Mexican. Weekday lunch buffet. Tap your own 100-ounce beer tower. 1420 28th St SW, 532-8998. H, L, ¢-$ D, C, V, MC, AE, DS

➧WINDY CITY GRILLE — Authentic Chicago-style sandwiches: gyros, Italian beef, Chicago dogs and more. Greek and chicken salads, soups and, with 24-hour notice, will make tabbouleh to suit. Cozy atmosphere peppered with Chicago photos. Closed Sun; will cater. 5751 Byron Center Ave. SW, Wyoming, 261-2489; Facebook. H, L, D, V, MC, (AE w/$50 purchase), DS ¢

FRED’S PIZZA AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT — Longtime favorite offers Italian fare, including fresh pasta and gourmet pizza. Full-service bar. Closed Sun. 3619 Plainfield Ave NE, 361-8994. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$

WIRED ESPRESSO BAR — A gamut of coffee concoctions, espresso-based beverages, baked goods, sandwiches and more in Creston Business District. Free wireless Internet and occasional live weekend entertainment. 1503 Plainfield Ave NE, 805-5245. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, ¢ DS YESTERDOG — Uniquely GR. The city’s favorite hot dogs in a fun, nostalgic Eastown setting. Try the Ultradog. Closed Sun. 1505 Wealthy St SE, 262-3090. L, D ¢

European ALPENROSE — European-inspired restaurant with fare ranging from Certified Aged Black Angus steaks to poultry and fish dishes. Five private dining rooms, banquet facility, bakery and café. Award-winning Sun brunch buffet. 4 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 393-2111. alpenroserestaurant. com. H, B, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC, DS, RSVP ¢-$$ AMORE TRATTORIA ITALIANA — Authentic regional Italian dishes using local produce, meats and cheeses as well as Italian imports. House-made desserts. Banquet facility available. Closed Mon; no lunch Sat. 5080 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park. 785-5344. amoretrattoriaitaliana. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC $ BELLA MIA PIZZERIA & ITALIAN GRILL — Italian dishes and New York-style pizza (even dessert pizzas) in roomy, window-fronted dining room. Daily lunch buffet. 6333 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Suite 450, 554-9930. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ BRICK ROAD PIZZA — A nice selection of pasta, pizza, salads, desserts and vegan specialties. Buffet available at lunch. Meatball crust specialty. Open daily. 1017 Wealthy St SE, 719-2409. brick H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ FLORENTINE PIZZERIA & SPORTS LOUNGE

FRICANO’S PIZZA RESTAURANT — Famous for its thin-crust pizza. Also, pasta dinners with a sauce that has made its way to the retail market. Closed Sun. 5808 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, 785-5800. H, D, C ¢-$ MANGIAMO — Historic mansion houses familyfriendly Italian eatery. Steaks and seafood in addition to pasta and pizza. Open daily for dinner; extensive wine list, evening entertainment. 1033 Lake Dr SE, 742-0600. mangiamo.php. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, DC $-$$ MARINADE’S PIZZA BISTRO — Specialty woodfired pizzas, ethnic salads, sandwiches, appetizers, dips, soups, desserts and coffee. Open daily. 2844 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 453-0200; 109 Courtland St, Rockford, 863-3300; 450 Baldwin, Jenison, 457-7400. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ MARRO’S — Authentic Italian fare and housebaked goods, extensive array of pizza toppings. Open mid-April through autumn; closed Mon. 147 Waters St, Saugatuck, (269) 857-4248. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ MONELLI’S RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR — Southern Italian cuisine from the folks who own Monelli’s Pizza. Spacious sports bar with big screen TVs; family-friendly dining room with fireplace. 5675 Byron Center Ave, Wyoming, 530-9700. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ NOTO’S OLD WORLD ITALIAN DINING — Elegant decor, extensive menu and impeccable service. Offerings include appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, veal, fish and desserts. Special wine cellar dinners in unique surroundings; lounge menu features light fare. Closed Sun. 6600 28th St SE, 493-6686. H, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP $-$$ PEREDDIES — Italian fine-dining and a deli with baked breads, salads, meats, pâté, desserts and imported food. Wine list, full bar, wine to go. More casual fare in Scusi lounge. Closed Sun.

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City Guide 447 Washington Ave, Holland, (616) 394-3061. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DC $-$$ PIETRO’S BACK DOOR PIZZERIA — Tucked behind Pietro’s Restaurant off 28th Street, featuring Chicago-style, thin-crust, Sicilian pan and wood-fired pizzas. Also skillet pastas, paninis, appetizers, salads and desserts. Kids menu. 2780 Birchcrest Dr SE, 452-7488. ¢-$ pizzeria/. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, DS PIETRO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE — Regional and contemporary Italian cuisine. Fresh-baked breads, Tuscan wines, desserts and cappuccinos. Nightly features. Kids menu, meeting room and takeout available. 2780 Birchcrest Dr SE, 452-3228. H, L, D, 3, V, MC, AE, DS $ RESTAURANT TOULOUSE — Seasonally inspired menu with French classics such as cassoulet and bouillabaisse. Delectable appetizers and desserts. Award-winning wines. Hours vary seasonally; private parties can be arranged. Sun brunch during summer. 248 Culver St, Saugatuck, (269) 857-1561. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, RSVP $$ SALVATORE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT — Sicilian and southern Italian fare using family recipes. Separate sports bar; patio seating. Weekday lunch buffet. All menu items, beer and wine available to go. Delivery and catering. Closed Sun. 654 Stocking Ave NW, 454-4280.

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SAN CHEZ, A TAPAS BISTRO — Legendary downtown hotspot offers Spanish bill of fare focusing on tapas-style appetizers, side dishes and entrées. Extensive wine and beer list includes Spanish varieties and sherry. 38 W Fulton St, 7748272. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS $-$$ SEASONAL GRILLE — Hastings’ Italian-themed eatery features fresh, locally sourced, creative fare in handsome surroundings. Full bar, craft cocktails, nice wine list. Open daily. 150 W State St, Hastings, (269) 948-9222. seasonalgrille. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ TRE CUGINI — Authentic high-end Italian menu, impressive wine list, fresh daily pastas and risotto specialties, plus beef, veal, lamb, chicken and seafood dishes. Outdoor seating in mild weather. Closed Sun. 122 Monroe Center, 235-9339. tre $-$$ H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS TWO TONYS TAVERNA GRILLE — Italian, Greek and American specialties with full-service bar, extensive wine list. Menu includes wood-fired pizzas and nightly specials. Artsy ambience, open kitchen and large patio. Closed Sun. 723 E Savidge Rd, Spring Lake, (616) 844-0888. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ UCCELLO’S RISTORANTE — Pizzeria, grill and sports lounge with Italian cuisine, American dishes and an array of freshly baked pizzas. Open daily. 2630 East Beltline Ave SE, 954-2002;

4787 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 735-5520; 8256 Broadmoor SE, 891-5958. H, L, D, ¢-$ C, V, MC, AE, DC, DS VITALE’S — The original. Traditional Italian ristorante serving regional dishes from family recipes since 1966. Open daily. 834 Leonard St NE, 458-8368 (Vitale’s Sports Lounge next door, 458-2090), takeout 458-3766. theoriginalvitales. com. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ VITALE’S OF ADA — Multi-regional, upscale, from-scratch menu in the trattoria style of modern-day Italy. Family-friendly atmosphere; microbews to martinis in separate sports pub. Open daily. 400 Ada Dr SE, Ada, 676-5400. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE ¢-$ VITALE’S PIZZERIA — Multiple locations serving pizza and pasta from original Vitale family recipes. 59 W Washington St, Zeeland, (616) 772-5900,; 4676 32nd Ave, Hudsonville, 662-2244, vitaleshudsonville. com (no alcohol served); 5380 S Division Ave, Kentwood, 530-8300. H, L, D, C, V, ¢-$ MC, AE


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California pinots rule by A. Brian Cain

California wines scored significantly higher (31.25 points average) than those from Oregon (22.9 points average). Those results speak loud and clear that the average wine drinker prefers fat and fruity to light and lean.

This year’s Pinot Party, an annual wine tasting hosted by Dan and Jackie Hansen at Lakeshore Bed & Breakfast in Grand Haven, turned into a duel between California and Oregon wines. This is a big change from years past, when California wines were not included in the judging. Dan believed that California wines — typically higher in alcohol with riper fruit and fuller texture — tend to distract from the finer subtleties of the Oregon wines. Perhaps, but the fact is that California wines scored significantly higher (31.25 points average) than those from Oregon (22.9 points average). Those results speak loud and clear that the average wine drinker prefers fat and fruity to light and lean. One other trend emerged regarding regions. Most of the top-scoring California wines were from the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. Wines from Santa Barbara and elsewhere in the Central Coast scored slightly higher than wines from Napa Valley or those simply labeled “California.” Here’s how the tasting was conducted: After each of five tables completed a blind tasting of five wines, the first-place wines were set aside and all of the second-place wines were judged again by another panel to select two

wild card wines. Those two wines plus all of the first-place wines were then re-judged by a panel of table captains to establish the favorite wines of the entire tasting. Since each participant brings an undisclosed bottle of wine, no one — including the organizers — knows what wines are tasted until all is revealed at the end. For this reason, it is entirely possible for more than one person to bring the same wine. In this year’s judging, there were three bottles of Cloudline Oregon Pinot Noir, two bottles of Jargon California Pinot Noir, and two bottles of Sequana Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir plus a bottle of Sequana Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir. Here are the wines listed in order of first to seventh. A total of 25 wines were evaluated, with the higher-scoring wines evaluated two or three times. The scores are mine, adjusted to a 100-point scoring system. Keep in mind, the seventh-place wine listed here is hardly last place: It scored better than 18 other good wines. The listed price is what the entrant paid. Enjoy in good health! Contributing editor A. Brian Cain is a certified wine educator and freelance wine writer.

Pinot Party winners 1st place: 2007 Sequana Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Sonoma, Calif. $40. Classic Pinot! Tastes like a great Burgundy in a great vintage. Velvet-like texture, soft and easy, with echoes of earth, toasted fruit and forest floor. The texture is absolutely luxurious. 95 points 2nd and 3rd place: 2007 Sequana Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Sundawg Ridge, Sonoma, Calif. $55. The funky, earthy, slightly musty (not corked, though) bouquet changes as soon as the velvety texture coats the palate with cherry, and a bracingly bright fruit finish stays long and rich in the mouth. 90 points 4th place: 2006 Consilience Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir, Calif. $40. This is one huge, classic, mature Pinot on a grand scale. Cedar, black truffle, hints of green herbs with a lush mouth feel also includes a pleasantly bitter crispness. 95 points 5th place: 2008 Bergstrom Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Cumberland Reserve, Ore. $36. The

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black red color stands out among the mostly brick to tawny-edged light red wines in this competition. The cherry component is somewhat volatile like Kirsch liqueur, while a light creosote-like earthiness and fresh, simmering red fruit complete the bouquet. On the palate, rich mouth-coating tannin stays soft, spelling a promising future. This blockbuster came in second in its flight behind the Consilience. 89-plus points 6th place: 2009 Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Calif. $21. I was very surprised that this was a California wine. It is very light, not unlike wines from the East Coast or Oregon. There is plenty of complexity, with a meat-like aroma, typical forest-floor subtleties and a pleasantly balanced finish. In the context of the giants in this tasting, it was hard to appreciate its finesse. This was a second-place wine in its flight, beating out three wines from Oregon. 75 points 7th place: 2008 Woodbridge Pinot Noir, Calif. $9. I had only two words to describe this wine. How it made its way to the winners’ table validates Hansen’s reservations about allowing California wines into a Pinot Noir tasting. This bulk-grade wine would probably show well with other $9 wines, but in this tasting, it wasn’t even there. So how did it get to the winners table? The rest of the flight was composed of four Oregon wines. The big fruit and high alcohol of California wine does make it impossible to appreciate the finesse of light and lean Oregon wines. 65 points

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AKASAKA SUSHI — Sushi plus Korean and Japanese offerings in low-key atmosphere in the Cascade Centre. Occasional sushi classes offered. Closed Sun. 6252 28th St SE, 977-0444. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ ALPINE TERIYAKI AND SUSHI — Sushi selections with some deep-fried roll options, shrimp tempura and more, all masterfully presented. Pleasant, diminutive surroundings; closed Sun. 4089 Alpine Ave NW, 647-9935. H, L, D, V, MC, DS ¢-$ ANGEL’S THAI CAFÉ — Extensive Thai fare; menu includes a your-choice stir-fry option from a long list of ingredients. Vegetarian-friendly, fromscratch sauces. Pleasant surroundings. Open daily. 136 Monroe Center NW, 454-9801. angels H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP ¢-$ ASIAN PALACE — Chinese and Vietnamese fare with extensive menus for each cuisine. Family owned and operated. Try the “Bo 7 Mon” specialty, a seven-course beef sampling. Closed Mon. 825 28th St SW, 534-7770. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, ¢-$ DC BANGKOK PALACE — Wide selection of traditional Thai, noodle and curry dishes with vegetarian, chicken, seafood, beef, pork, duck and chef specialty selections (and name-your-spice-level options). Closed Mon. 1717 28th St SW, Wyoming, 534-5010. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ BANGKOK TASTE — Features fresh Thai fare at reasonable prices. Nice lunch buffet, with Pad Thai, Thai curry and Thai fried rice prepared fresh daily. Closed Sun. 674 Baldwin St, Jenison, 6678901; 15 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, 3565550. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ BANGKOK VIEW — Thai food and Chinese fare. Lunch buffet. Closed Mon. 1233 28th St SW, 5318070. L, D, V, MC ¢-$ BEIJING KITCHEN — Extensive menu featuring Hunan, Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines at reasonable prices. Cashew chicken is a specialty. Lunch specials priced at $5.95. Open daily. 342 State St SE, 458-8383. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ BLUE GINGER ASIAN KITCHEN — Extensive menu is vegetarian-friendly. Noodle-based Thai dishes, chicken, seafood, beef and pork entrees, curries. Open daily. 5751 Byron Center Ave (Bayberry Market strip mall), 261-8186. bluegingergr. com. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ BOMBAY CUISINE — Indian fare includes tandoori and vindaloo dishes spiced to diner’s satisfaction. Naan (bread) is cooked to order. Full bar service, eight beers on tap, live music Thu-Sat eves. Takeout available. Closed Tue. 1420 Lake Dr SE, 456-7055. Facebook. H, L, D, C, V, MC $ CHINA CHEF — Family-style Chinese restaurant in Standale strip mall with some innovative dishes. Szechuan-style entrées are popular. Hunan choices, too. Closed Mon. 4335 Lake Michigan Dr NW, 791-4488. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ CHINA CITY — Nice selection of Chinese cuisine. Lo mein is a specialty, along with Hong Kong-style chow mein noodles. Lunch prices all day Tue; free soup and egg roll Sun; closed Mon. 5299 Eastern Ave SE, 257-7038. H, L, D, V, MC, DS ¢-$ CHINA GOURMET BUFFET — Daily lunch and din-

ner buffets with more than 100 items to choose from. Dinner buffet served all day on weekends; discount for seniors; special prices for children 10 and under. Open daily. 2030 28th St SW, 2521379. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ CHINA INN — Menu includes Mandarin, Szechuan, Hunan and Cantonese cuisine; cocktails served at West Shore Drive location only. Open all week at two locations: 2863 West Shore Dr, Holland, (616) 786-9230; 1080 Lincoln Ave, Holland, (616) 395-8383. chinainnrestaurants. com. L, D, V, MC $ CHINA PALACE — Chinese eateries with all the amenities; large selection of popular dishes. Open daily. 3330 Alpine Ave NW, 785-9668; 3633 Eastern Ave SE, 246-9966. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS $ CHINATOWN RESTAURANT AND JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE — Chinese and Japanese cuisine with tabletop, Benihana-style meals available. Lunch and dinner buffets. Full bar service. Open daily. 69 28th St SW, 452-3025. chinatowngr H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$ CHINA WONG — No-frills ambience serving authentic Chinese fare from spicy Hunan and Kung-Po dishes. Open daily. 6719 S Division Ave, 281-8816. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ CHINA YI WANG — Chinese dishes including seafood, beef, poultry and chef specialties, combination plates and spicy Hunan dishes. Open daily. 1947 Eastern Ave SE, 241-3885. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ EAST GARDEN BUFFET — Cantonese, Hunan, Szechuan cuisine in Kentwood. Open daily with buffet and large menu selection. 6038 Kalamazoo Ave SE, 698-8933. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ EMPIRE CHINESE BUFFET II — Full scale, all-youcan-eat Chinese buffet served all day. More than 80 freshly made items, reasonably priced. Special seafood buffet Sat-Sun. Delivery available. 4255 Alpine Ave NW, 785-8880. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ EMPIRE WOK BUFFET — More than 150 daily selections of fresh Chinese food, complete with Mongolian barbecue and sushi stations. Open daily. 4176 28th St SE, 940-9928. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS $ ERB THAI — Traditional Thai roots. Appetizers, soups, salads, noodle dishes, stir-fried rice, curries, chicken, beef, pork, tofu, shrimp, scallops and crab; desserts, kids’ menu, bubble tea smoothies. Will accommodate special diets: vegetarian, gluten-free, no MSG, etc. Simplistic surroundings. Open daily. 950 Wealthy St SE, Suite 1A, 356-2573. L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, DC ¢ FAR-EAST RESTAURANT — Serving Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean dishes; vegetable-oilonly cooking. Carryout and catering available. Open daily. 3639 Clyde Park Ave SW, 531-7176. L, D, V, MC, DC, DS $ FIRST WOK — Mandarin, Hunan, Szechuan cuisine. Dine-in and take-out seven days a week. Three locations: 2301 44th St SE, 281-0681; 3509 Alpine Ave NW, 784-1616; 6740 Old 28th St SE, 575-9088. H, L, D, C, 3, V, MC, AE, RSVP $ FUJI YAMA ASIAN BISTRO — Attractive surroundings offer seating at hibachi grill tables with show-chef preparations, or in the dining room with Chinese, Japanese and Thai selections. Full

bar. Open daily. 1501 East Beltline Ave NE, 7191859. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$ FORTUNE CHEF — Chinese cuisine and a range of American fare from sandwiches to pork chops and steak. Opens 6 am weekdays, 8 am weekends with breakfast served all day. 9353 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, 891-1388. for H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ GOLDEN 28 — Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin cuisine complemented by a Vietnamese menu. Seasonal specialties and family dinners, served in an elegant atmosphere. Closed Mon. 627 28th St SW, Wyoming, 531-2800. H, L, D, V, MC, DS $ GOLDEN DRAGON — Chinese, Mandarin and Japanese cuisines with Japanese steakhouse, occasionally excellent. Closed Sun. 3629 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-1318. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DC $ GOLDEN GATE RESTAURANT — Tasty Chinese fare in pleasant, roomy surroundings, affordably priced. All-inclusive lunch combination plates, tasty egg rolls, great sweet-and-sour dishes with some hot and spicy choices. Takeout, too. 4023 S ¢ Division Ave, 534-7087. H, L, D, V, MC, AE GOLDEN WOK — Knapp’s Corner eatery offers wide variety of lunch and dinner options, including Hunan-spiced dishes along with other favorites in a cheery dining room. Open daily. 1971 East Beltline Ave NE, 363-8880. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, ¢-$ DS GRAND LAKES — A wide selection of Chinese dishes and specialties, along with daily lunch combination plates. Take out or dine in, next to Breton Village D&W. Open daily. 1810 Breton Rd SE, 954-2500. H, L, D, V, MC, DS ¢-$ HIBACHI GRILL & SUPREME BUFFET — PanAsian cuisine from sushi to buffet, offering 200plus Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian and American dishes at reasonable prices. Watch chefs prepare specialties at the glassed-in hibachi grill. 785 Center Dr NW (Green Ridge Shopping Center), 785-8200. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ HONG KONG EXPRESS — Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine for dine-in or carry-out. Allyou-can-eat lunch buffet; reasonable prices. Open daily. 150 E Fulton St, 235-3888. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ HUNAN — Full menu of Chinese options, house and family dinners for groups, efficient service in pleasant surroundings. 1740 44th St SW, 5303377; 1263 Leonard St NE, 458-0977. hunangr. com. H, L, D, 3, V, MC, RSVP $ INDIA TOWN — Indian fare in a humble but cozy atmosphere. Tandooris are especially good. Closed Tue. 3760 S Division Ave, 243-1219. india H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DC, DS ¢-$ JADE GARDEN — Extensive menu of Chinese cuisine, limited selection of American dishes, children’s menu and an array of tropical drinks. All dishes cooked with vegetable oil, no MSG. Open daily. 4514 Breton Rd SE, 455-8888. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP ¢-$ LAI THAI KITCHEN — Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese fare. Closed Sun. 1621 Leonard St NE, 456-5730. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ MARADO SUSHI — Sushi bar in downtown GR also offers a wide selection of Japanese fare along with a few Korean specialties. 47 Monroe Center,

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MYNT FUSION BISTRO — Classy surroundings with a fusion of Asian fare that includes Thai, Korean and Chinese. Renowned for its curries: blue, peanut or yellow. Closed Sun. 800 W Main St, Lowell, 987-9307. H, L, D, V, ¢-$ MC, AE, DS NING YE — Family-owned Chinese restaurant in Ada also serves Korean fare. Closed Sun during winter months. 6747 E Fulton St, Ada, 676-5888. H, L, D, V, MC, AE $ NU-THAI BISTRO — More than 70 options from appetizers, soups, and Thai salads to fried rice, curries and noodle dishes with options to add chicken, tofu, vegetables, beef, pork, shrimp scallops or seafood. Also seafood and duck specialty plates. 2055 28th St SE, 452-0065. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP ¢-$ OYSY TEPPANYAKI AND SUSHI BAR — Korean and Japanese fusion fare with a single-priced allyou-can-eat lunch from the sushi buffet or teppanyaki grilled fried rice and vegetable option with chicken, steak or shrimp choices. Closed Sun. Centerpointe Mall, 3665 28th St SE, 575-8110. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ PALACE OF INDIA — Indian cuisine with a sizeable menu that includes 20 vegetarian-friendly selections. Lunch buffet 11 am-3 pm. Open daily. 961 E Fulton St, 913-9000. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, ¢-$ DS PEKING WOK — Cheery window-fronted Chinese eatery, affordably priced, in the Cascade Centre. Closed Sun. 6264 28th St SE, 956-6525. H, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ PHO SOC TRANG — Vietnamese cuisine in large, windowed dining room. Variety of appetizers and soups, plus vermicelli and rice plate options. Open daily. 4242 S Division Ave, 531-0755. H, B, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS ¢ RAK THAI BISTRO — Thai-fusion fare with Chinese and Japanese influences and a sliding scale for spiciness. Appetizers, soups, salads, stir-fries, curries, pad Thai noodle dishes and more. No alcohol, but try the fruity, milkshake-like bubble tea. 5260 Northland Dr NE, 363-2222. H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, RSVP ¢-$



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Beer from down under by Jon C. Koeze

A quick Internet search revealed a robust regional and craft beer scene in Australia, but after searching several local beer stores, I was hard pressed to find much available.

In 2004, the Kirin Research Institute of Drinking and Lifestyle published an enlightening report of world beer consumption. Kirin is the Japanese beverage and pharmaceutical company that produces Kirin beer. The results of the report were eye opening. We think we drink a lot of beer here in the U.S. — and we do. As a nation, we are second only to China in beer volume according to the report. But the U.S. isn’t even in the top 10 when it comes to beer consumption per capita. It comes in at No. 13, with 82 liters of beer per person consumed annually. Europe as a region consumes almost a third of all the beer on the planet. The Czech Republic sits comfortably in the top spot with an amazing 157 liters per person annually. Second is the land of Guinness: Ireland lists at 131 liters per capita. Germany holds the third spot at 116 liters. The next country was a surprise: Australia holds the No. 4 spot at 109 liters. Most of us are aware of beers from Germany, Ireland and even the Czech Republic, but local choices for beer from “down under” are limited. A quick Internet search revealed a robust regional and craft beer scene in Australia, but after searching several local beer stores, I was hard pressed to find much available. I widened my search to include Tasmania and New Zeeland but only came up with one more beer to sample. Finally, I located some excellent craft beers produced by Australia’s only independently owned international brewery. Here are the results of that expedition. Foster’s: I feel somewhat obligated to mention this internationally distributed beer, not because it’s made in Australia — it isn’t — but because I prefer its Oil Can Lager to other commercial lagers. Locally, you can find Foster’s

Premium Ale and Oil Can Lager in most beer stores and supermarkets. If you look closely at the label, you’ll notice they are made in Georgia and Texas under “supervision.” Steinlager Pure: This New Zealand lager is a commercial beer that advertises its crisp, clean flavor with pictures of mountains and fresh water from that beautiful island. It has an almost retro flavor, very light and easy to drink. Sheaf Stout: I have enjoyed this beer for decades. When everyone else was raving about Guinness Stout 25 years ago, I preferred this delicious Australian cousin. Like Irish stout, the stouts from Australia are a bit more bitter than those of the English variety. They also tend to be sweeter and more flavorful. The brew is deep, dark and thick with a very relaxed pour. There are very intense notes of chocolate and nuts that appear as the beer warms up. This is one of Australia’s best beers. Coopers Brewery: These ales were difficult to locate until I visited Siciliano’s Market, 2840 Lake Michigan Drive NW. Coopers ales are fermented traditionally with top fermented yeast, unfiltered, with noticeable sediment in the bottom. Coopers Sparkling Ale is a full-bodied ale with a mouthful of flavor. Like the name says, the head is full of sparkling bubbles that continually rise from the bottom of the glass. The flavor profile reminded me of Bell’s Oberon, but that may be an unfair comparison because the balance of grain, yeast and hops is really what this ale is about. Coopers Best Extra Stout is comparable to the Sheaf Stout, bitter but also very sweet. Very intense black patent malt and chocolate flavors across the tongue make this an interesting taste experience. The Coopers Vintage Ale apparently has been laagered, or stored, in a cool place for an extended period of time. The flavors are unique and complex and reminded me of the Marzen-style of brewing found in Bohemia. It has deep, rich, caramel flavors with a very dry, sharp aftertaste on the tongue. Highly recommended, but you probably either will love it or hate it. Jon Koeze is cable television administrator for the city of Grand Rapids. He has made and tasted beer since 1980.

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City guide Middle eastern/ Mediterranean MarIe CatrIb’s — eclectic eatery in bright surroundings in east hills Center. “Care-free food” includes Middle-eastern-leaning fare. on-site bakery; seasonal specialties; Turkish coffee. breakfast 7 am Mon-fri, 8 am sat, with lunch/ dinner starting at 11 am weekdays, noon on sat. 1001 lake Dr se, 454-4020. h, b, l, D, v, MC, ae, Ds, DC ¢-$ MedIterranean grILL — Mid-east fare: gyros, kabobs, shwarma, falafel, fattousch, hummus, kafta. all meats are halal, in accordance with islamic requirements. Cozy, attractive dining room with hand-painted murals. Closed sun. Cascade Center, 6250 28th st se, 949-9696. h, l, D, v, MC $ osta’s Lebanese CuIsIne — authentic lebanese cuisine, from grape leaf appetizer and tabbouleh to shish kebob, falafel and baklava. Takeout and full-service catering. Closed sunMon. 2228 wealthy st se in egr, 456-8999. h, l, D, C, 3, v, MC, Ds ¢-$ parsLey MedIterranean grILLe — Mediterranean appetizers, salads, soups, pitas, lunch and dinner combos of chicken, beef, seafood and vegetarian entrees, kabobs and more. open daily. 80 ottawa ave nw, 776-2590. h, l, D, v, MC, ae, Ds ¢-$

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the pIta house — gyros with all the trimmings, chicken salad with cucumber sauce and a variety of other Middle east specialties. open daily. 1450 wealthy st se, 454-1171; 3730 28th st se, 9403029; 6333 Kalamazoo ave se, 698-8722; 134 Monroe Center nw, 233-4875. h, l, D, v, MC, ae, Ds ¢ FshIraZ grILLe — fine persian cuisine: firegrilled kabobs, beef, chicken, lamb, seafood and rice dishes, khoreshes (delicate stews), vegetarian options and desserts. full bar, fine wine list, martinis. 2739 breton rd se, 949-7447. shirazgril h, l (sun), D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds, rsvp $ ZeytIn — Turkish-american cuisine reflects influences from the Mediterranean and Middle eastern regions, including saganaki, borek, dolma, shish kebab, falafel, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh. extensive beer and wine lists. 400 ada Dr se, ada, 682-2222. zeytinturkishrestau h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $

Latin American/ Caribbean 7 Mares — full-scale Mexican meals and specialty dishes that go well beyond the norm. excellent seafood selections, along with friday fish fry by the pound. super breakfasts. 1403 Kalamazoo ave se, 301-8555. facebook. h, b, l, D ¢-$$ adobe In & out — The usual Mexican offerings served quickly at drive-through or seated (grandville location is drive-through only). open daily. 617 w fulton st, 454-0279; 1216 leonard st ne, 451-9050; 4389 Chicago Dr, grandville, 2577091. h, l, D, v, MC ¢ FbeLtLIne bar — longtime local favorite. big wet burritos are the claim to fame from the americanized Tex-Mex menu. The big enchilada curbside service: call in your order and have it delivered to your car. 16 28th st se, 245-0494. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae $

Cabana tres aMIgos — large menu of authentic Mexican fare: daily specials, children’s menu, à la carte items, full bar, take-out service and nice vegetarian selection. spacious surroundings with fireplaces and Mexican décor. open daily. 1409 60th st se, 281-6891. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae ¢-$ CaFÉ san Juan — puerto rican, Mexican and Cuban menu offers bistec, chuletas and pollo dishes along with appetizers, soups and sandwiches. open daily. 3549 burlingame ave sw, 530-2293. h, b, l, D, v, MC ¢-$ CanCun restaurant — neighborhood eatery specializes in Mexican seafood dishes but offers a full range of fare. open daily. 1518 grandville ave sw, 248-2824. h, l, D, v, MC ¢-$ CantIna — extensive menu of Mexican specialties in an authentically decorated setting with fullservice bar. 2770 east paris ave se, 949-9120. h, l, D, C, v, MC, Ds, ae $ CheZ oLga — Caribbean and Creole fare. red beans and rice, gumbo, fried plantain, Creole chicken, pork ragout and more. vegetarian/ vegan options. lunch specials. open until 2 am fri-sat, closed sun. 1441 wealthy st se, 2334141. l, D, v, MC ¢ CInCo de Mayo — Mexican eatery offers fajitas, tacos, burritos and enchiladas, carnitas and steak asada. full bar service. open daily. 123 Courtland st, rockford, 866-3438; 114 Monroe Center nw, 719-2404. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds $ Costa aZuL — american/latin fusion and fresh-made Mexican fare in the unassuming former JoJo’s americana supper Club space, 107 blue star highway, Douglas, (269) 857-1523. facebook. h, D, C (wine/beer), v, MC, ae, Ds ¢-$ doWntoWn trInI’s — sparta’s destination for Mexican food. Traditional taco, fajita and wet burrito offerings are augmented with other creative dishes. gigantic portions; full bar. Closed sun and Mon. 134 e Division ave, sparta, 887-2500. h, l, D, v, MC, Ds ¢-$ eL arrIero — authentic taste of Mexico in an airy location near woodland Mall. extensive menu offers favorites and specialty dishes, with à la carte selections for smaller appetites. Mexican and domestic beers, great Margaritas. 2948 28th st se, 977-2674. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds ¢-$ eL burrIto LoCo — More than 70 authentic, affordable Mexican selections in contemporary surroundings. Complimentary chips and salsa; beer, wine and good margaritas from the full bar. open daily. 1971 east beltline ave ne, 447-0415; 4499 ivanrest sw, 530-9470; 4174 alpine ave nw, 785-4102. h, l, D, C, v, MC, ae, Ds ¢-$ eL granJero — generous portions of tasty Mexican fare, from steak and shrimp dishes and dinner platters to à la carte selections and traditional menudo on weekends. no alcohol but tasty virgin coladas. open daily. 950 bridge st nw, 458-5595. h, b, l, D, v, MC ¢ eL soMbrero — offers the wet burrito, and dry ones too. weekly specials. Closed sun. 527 bridge st nw, 451-4290. h, l, D ¢ grand VILLa dungeon — Mexican food is the specialty. 40-inch Tv screen broadcasts satellite programs and sporting events. Closed sun. 3594 Chicago Dr sw, 534-8435. grandvillarestaurants. com. h, l, D, C, 3, v, MC, ae, Ds $ grIngo’s grILL — latin american-inspired fare such as scallop or sticky-shrimp tacos, burritos, May 2011 Grand rapids 91

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City Guide empanadas, chiles rellenos, chicken and seafood dishes and filet medallions served with polenta and fried goat cheese. Open daily at 11 am. 2863 West Shore Dr, Holland, (616) 994-9722. gringos H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $-$$ JAMAICAN DAVE’S — Jerked, fricasseed or curried chicken; curry goat, oxtail, beef and chicken patties; jerked wings; salt fish and spicy “escoveitched” fish; tofu-with-veggies; plus Jamaican fruit cake. With only a couple tables, takeout is the best bet. 1059 Wealthy St SE, 458-7875. H, L, D, 3 ¢ JOSE’S RESTAURANTE — Authentic Mexican fare in a low-key locale with jukebox, pinball and a video game. Patrons crave their chalupas, burritos and tostadas. Open daily. 3954 S Division Ave, 530-7934. H, L, D ¢ LAS CAZUELAS — Opens for breakfast at 10 am, serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. Genuine flavors from Hispanic kitchen features chalupas, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, carne asada, fajitas, tampiquena and more. 411 Wilson Ave NW, Walker, 726-6600. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢

das to combination plates. 3475 Plainfield Ave NE, 363-7111; 6539 28th St SE, 956-3424; 509 44th St SE, 257-0057; 2529 Alpine Ave NW, 365¢ 9255. H, L, D, V, MC TACOS EL CAPORAL — Two locations serving generous portions of Mexican fare with menudo served Sat and Sun. Open daily; quick takeout. 1024 Burton St SW, 246-6180; 1717 28th St SW, Wyoming, 261-2711. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢ TACOS EL RANCHERO — Mexican fare in lowkey surroundings to eat in or take out. Cash only. 1240 Burton St SW, 245-6514. H, L, D ¢ TRES LOBOS GRILL & BAR — Lobster fajitas and parrilladas. Full-service bar has 10 Mexican beers, top-shelf tequilas. Lunch ’til 4 pm daily in GR; closed Mon in Holland. 825 28th St SE, 245-5389; 381 Douglas, Holland, (616) 355-7424. treslobos H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS ¢-$

LINDO MEXICO — Daily specials feature true Mexican fare, including specials such as tacos de barbacoa, tripitos or lengua. Enchiladas, burritos, combo plates and more. Open daily. 1292 28th St SW, 261-2280. lindomexicorestau H, L, D, V, MC, AE, DS, DC ¢-$ -LITTLE MEXICO CAFÉ — All new space at its original location offers some of Grand Rapids’ most beloved traditional Mexican food and cocktails. Favorites include fajitas, burritos and margaritas. Open daily. 401 Stocking Ave NW, 4560517. H, L, D, C, V, MC, AE, DS $ MAGGIE’S KITCHEN — Authentic Mexican food, homemade with a lighter taste in bright café setting. Breakfast, too. Cafeteria-style ordering. 636 Bridge St NW, 458-8583. H, B, L, D ¢ MEXICAN CONNEXION RESTAURANTE — Mexican favorites in large, inviting surroundings. Open daily. 131 S Jefferson St, Hastings, (269) 945-4403. L, D, V, MC ¢-$ MICHOACAN — Restaurante y taqueria offers a huge selection of Mexican dishes plus seafood, chicken and steak dishes. Jukebox and flat screen TV. Open daily at 9 am. 334 Burton St SW, 4520018. H, B, L, D,V, MC ¢-$ MI TIERRA RESTAURANT — Tacos, burritos, enchiladas and other traditional Mexican dishes from Spanish-speaking staff whether dining in or driving through. 2300 S Division Ave, 245-7533. H, L, D, V, MC ¢ SAN MARCOS — Mexican Grill with extensive menu. Top-shelf tequilas, complimentary chips/ salsa, kids menu, lunch specials, desserts and veggie plates. Mariachi band plays monthly. Open daily. 9740 Cherry Valley Ave SE, Caledonia, 8912511. H, L, D, C, V, MC ¢-$$ SU CASA — Full array of Mexican choices with burritos especially popular. Breakfast served beginning at 8:30 am; open daily in the Super Mercado, 306 W Main St, Fennville, (269) 5615493. H, B, L, D, V, MC ¢-$ TACO BOB’S — Fresh-Mex tacos, burritos, quesadillas, taco salads and the “funny taco,” a hard-shell taco wrapped in a soft shell, with nacho cheese in between. 250 Monroe Ave NW, 4581533. H, L, V, MC, AE, DS ¢

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bols to area restaurant amenities as a service to our readers. H — Handicapped accessible B — Serves breakfast L — Serves lunch D — Serves dinner C — Cocktails 3 — Checks accepted V — Visa MC — MasterCard AE — American Express DC — Diner’s Club DS — Discover Card RSVP — Reservations preferred ¢ — Inexpensive (under $10)* $ — Moderate ($10-$20)* $$ — Expensive (Over $20)* * Prices based on average entrée. - — Reviewed in this issue ➧ — New listing . — Listing update O — GRM’s 2010 Restaurant of the Year F — GRM’s 2010 Award of Excellence — Chef Profile in this issue Additions, corrections and/or changes must

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City Guide CANCER: American Cancer Society’s 5K walk supports the progress being made to fight the disease. 8 am registration, 9 am walk. Rosa Parks Circle. May 7-14 - 82nd ANNUAL TULIP TIME FESTIVAL: Join Holland as it celebrates its culture and heritage with more than 6 million tulips, fireworks, parades, Klompen dancers, outdoor concerts, music and variety shows, children’s events and more. Also see Music, Art and Sports. Schedule and ticket info: (616) 396-4221, (800) 822-2770,,

On your mark … If you haven’t been training already, better get started. The 34th Annual Fifth Third River Bank Run — the largest 25K in the nation — happens May 14, starting and finishing in downtown GR. The run is expected to attract 22,000 participants during race week, which also includes a 10K and 5K run, a 5K walk and junior events. Race weekend opens May 13 with a Sports & Fitness Expo at DeVos Place, held in conjunction with late registration/packet pick-up, pre-race pasta dinner, Gazelle Sports Fashion Show and panel discussion. See Sports

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Special Events May - FULTON ST FARMERS MARKET: A GR tradition since 1922 opens for the season the 1st Sat in May. Shop for locally grown produce, plants and flowers, baked goods, meat and cheese, honey, crafts. 8 am-3 pm Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat. 1145 E Fulton St (just west of Fuller Ave). www.fulton

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May - HOLLAND FARMERS MARKET: Opening May 18, more than 50 vendors offer fresh produce, flowers, plants, baked goods and meats plus garden art and furniture. 8 am-4 pm Wed and Sat. Eighth St Marketplace. www.hollandfarmers Thru May 1 - WEST MICHIGAN SMALL MUSEUMS TOUR: Twenty-two small museums along the Flat, Grand and Thornapple rivers conduct tours Apr 30-May 1, many with exhibits commemorating 150th anniversary of the Civil War. 11 am-5 pm. intopast2011.pdf. May 1 - GRACE HUNGER WALK: Annual 5K and 12K walk to raise support for local programs. 8 am. First United Methodist Church, 227 E Fulton St. May 1 - KIDNEY WALK: National Kidney Foundation walk promotes education and prevention of kidney and urinary tract diseases and awareness of need for organ donation. Noon check-in, 1 pm walk. Fifth Third Ballpark. www.

May 5 - ARTFEAST 2011: Health Intervention Services presents a relaxing evening of art for sale by local and national artists, along with Asian, Italian and Latin cuisine. Cash bar. 6-9 pm. Goei Center, 818 Butterworth St SW. $75 (475-1326 or May 6 - EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARD GALA: Davenport University presents the 2011 Peter Cook EIB award to James Hackett, president and CEO of Steelcase. Keynote speaker is actress and director Diane Keaton. 6 pm reception, 7 pm dinner. DeVos Place. $250 (233-3412 or May 6-7 - AFTERNOON OF FASHION AND TEA: Guided tour of Victorian-era Voigt home, plus tea and sweets in the dining room. Reservations required (456-3977). 1-2:30 pm. Voigt House, 115 College Ave SE, 456-4600, $12, $10 members. May 6-7 - FIESTA!: Latin Americans United for Progress annual celebration with a fiesta queen and king contest, low-rider car show, Latino entertainment, carnival, exhibitors and food. Noon-9 pm Fri, 10 am-9 pm Sat. Civic Center, 150 W 8th St, Holland. May 7 - KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY: Wear festive attire and Derby hats for food, fun and prizes at Holland Museum’s annual fundraiser. 5 pm. Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, 2157 South Shore Dr, Macatawa. Tickets TBD. www.hollandmuseum. org. May 7 - MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST

May 10 - STORY SPINNERS: Folk tales and original stories for all ages. 7 pm. Meijer Gardens Cafe. Free. May 11 - GREAT GARDENS PARTY: Meijer Gardens’ annual fundraiser includes live and silent auctions, food, cocktails and entertainment. 6 pm. $100 ( May 12 - LAKESHORE RETIREMENT & SENIOR LIFESTYLE EXPO: Focuses on retirement, wealth, health, fitness and leisure, with free seminars and health screenings. 9 am-2 pm. Grand Haven/ Spring Lake Waterfront Holiday Inn. May 12 - TEDXGRANDRAPIDS: InnovationX: Thought-provoking national speakers, performances and conversations, inspired by the TED Conference. Doors open 8 am. Civic Theatre. May 12 - THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Fashion and furniture fundraiser for Liz’s House and Bridge Street Place, housing communities of Dwelling Place. Fashions modeled by media personalities and community leaders, plus hors d’oeuvres. 7:30 pm. Gorman’s Home Furnishings, 2320 28th St SE. $50 (855-0401, www.dwelling May 14 - STARRY NIGHT: Mason Street Warehouse’s spring benefit features Broadway and recording star Maureen McGovern. 5:30 pm doors open. 400 Culver St, Saugatuck. $125$195 (269-857-4898, www.masonstreetware May 15 - GRAND RAPIDS LIP DUB VIDEO: A nine-minute version of Don McLean’s “American Pie” will be filmed in Rosa Parks Circle. Event also features marching bands, pillow-fight, concerttype event, football game, kayaks on Grand River, Metro Cruise cars, swing dancers, etc. For more info, see Rob Bliss Events on Facebook. May 20-21 - RELAY FOR LIFE: 24-hour fundraisers for American Cancer Society research and programs in EGR, Forest Hills and Rockford. www. May 20-22 - GREAT LAKES KITE FESTIVAL: Giant kites and expert kite fliers from all over the world, plus dozens of demonstrations and seminars. 2-5 pm Fri, 11-5 pm Sat and Sun. State Park, Grand Haven. Free (usual state park parking fee). May 21 - GLUTEN-FREE FOOD FAIR: Anchor Baptist Church presents its fifth annual fair with opportunities to taste gluten-free products. 10 am-5 pm. DeltaPlex. Free. foodfair/. May 21 - INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMISSION FESTIVAL: Celebrating Our Multicultural Connections is a free family event with entertainment, ethnic food booths and children’s activities. 11 am-4 pm. Kollen Park, 240 Kollen Park Dr, Holland. May 2011 Grand Rapids 93

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City Guide May 21 - WALK AND REMEMBER HOSPICE OF MICHIGAN: 16th annual 5K walk for friends, families and co-workers to remember loved ones while supporting HOM’s mission of ensuring quality end-of-life care. 8 am. EGR Middle School. May 21 - WALK MS: Three-mile fundraising walk to benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. 9 am registration, 10 am walk. Aquinas College Donnelly Center, 157 Woodward SE. May 21-22 - HERITAGE HILL HOME TOUR: Tour eight homes in GR’s historic district. 11 am-5 pm Sat, noon-6 pm Sun. $14.50 in advance (4598950), $18 day of. See for list of homes. May 27-28 - MEMORIAL DAY RIB FEST: Live music and lots of ribs to benefit Ward Goff Scholarship Fund. Kick-off party 3 pm Fri with live music 7-11 pm, ribs 5-9 pm. Sat: 11 am-7 pm Rib Fest, live music 2-6 pm and 7-11 pm. 20 N First St, Grand Haven. May 27-Jun 11 - SPRING PARADE OF HOMES: Home and Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids presents its showcase of home construction, design and interiors. 1-9 pm. $12 adults, children 13 and younger free (281-2021 or www. May 29 - ALLEGAN ANTIQUE MARKET: 400 exhibitors (200 inside, 200 outside) rain or shine, last Sun of month. No pets allowed. 8 am-3 pm. $4. Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan County Fair Dr, Allegan. 735-3333, www.allegan May 30 - DOUGLAS MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Center St, downtown Douglas. 10 am. May 30 - GRAND HAVEN MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Washington St from 6th to Waterfront Stadium. 9:30 am. May 30 - GRAND RAPIDS MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Begins at Newberry and Division Ave, goes south to Fulton St, east to Veterans Park, where there will be a ceremony. 7:30 pm. www. May 30 - HOLLAND MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Begins 9:30 am and travels from 8th St and River Ave to Columbia Ave, south to 16th St and east to Pilgrim Home Cemetery for a ceremony. Preparade music by American Legion Band. May 30 - KALAMAZOO MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Begins at 10 am at Church St and Michigan Ave, going east to Riverview, north to Gull Road, east to ceremonial site at Riverside Cemetery. May 30 - LOWELL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: 10 am in downtown Lowell. May 30 - ROCKFORD MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Rockford American Legion sponsors parade through downtown. 9 am. May 30 - SAUGATUCK MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Parade begins at 9 am on Butler St downtown.

Music May - CALVIN COLLEGE CONCERTS: 7:30 pm May 2, Handbell Ensemble, FAC. 7:30 pm May 4, Symphonic Band, FAC. 8 pm May 7, Artist Series: Season Finale with John Nelson, guest conductor, FAC ($35-$45). 7:30 pm May 14, Fiesta del Canto (A Celebration of Songs), Calvin Alumni Choir, Cathedral of St. Andrew (tickets TBD). Concerts

free unless noted. Tickets available at box office or 526-6282. May - FRIDAY NIGHTS AT GRAM: GR Art Museum hosts live music, social games, gallery talks, cash bar and dinner options 5-9 pm every Fri. May theme: theater. May 6, The Art of Improvisation. May 13 and May 27, GRAM Theater Group: “Audubon on Stage,” short play by Tanya Eby. May 20, The History of Alternative Theater by Rachel Finan. See website for details. $5 nonmembers, members free. May - THE INTERSECTION: Nightclub hosts local and national music. May 3, Eoto. May 4, Hed to Head Tour with (Hed) PE and Mushroomhead. May 5, The Digitour 2011. May 12, Lee Brice. May 18, Rev. Horton Heat. See website for updates. Ticket prices vary (Beat Goes On, Purple East, Vertigo Music, Intersection box office or Ticketmaster). 133 Grandville Ave SW. www.sect May - MUSIC AT MID-DAY: Free concerts 12:1512:45 pm every Tue. May 3, Grandville Middle School Jazz Band. May 10, Jonathan Tuuk, organ. May 17, River Rogues Jazz Band. Park Congregational Church, 10 E Park Place NE. www. May - ONE TRICK PONY CONCERTS: Restaurant offers live music at 8 pm. May 5, An Dro. May 12, We Know Jack. May 14, Lazy Blue Tunas. May 21, Natchez Trace. See website for updates. 136 E Fulton St. May 1 - COLIN HAY: Singer/songwriter formerly with Men at Work performs. 8 pm. Saugatuck Center For Arts, 400 Culver St, Saugatuck. $35 (269-857-2399 or May 1 - GR YOUTH SYMPHONY CONCERT: Features winners of Skip Gates Concerto Competition. 3 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets TBD (at door or 866-6883). May 1, 22 - JUBAL BRASS CONCERTS: Amateur and semi-professional brass players present classical, hymn and contemporary praise pieces. 6 pm May 1, Beckwith Hills CRC, 2100 Chelsea Rd NE. 6 pm May 22, Trinity Baptist, 2050 Aberdeen NE. Free. May 2, 16 - HAT TRICK SERIES: WYCE 88.1 presents concerts that raise money for a local nonprofit. May 2, Electric Junkyard. May 16, Zoe Lewis. 7 pm. One Trick Pony, 136 E Fulton St. Donations accepted. May 3, 17 - FARM MUSEUM JAM NIGHT: Bring your guitar, fiddle or other non-electric instrument. Singers and listeners welcome. 5 pm doors open, 6-9 pm jam. Coopersville Farm Museum, 375 Main St, Coopersville. Free with admission ($4). May 4 - TAIZE SUNG PRAYER SERVICE: Taize worship consists of repeated choruses, often accompanied by instruments, vocal solos. 7 pm. First United Methodist, 227 E Fulton St. www. May 6 - “COOL JAZZ”: Swingin’ jazz tunes with Byron Center Jazz Orchestra and drummer Herlin Riley. 7:30 pm. Van Singel FAC. $16.50 adults, $11.50 students (878-6800, May 6 - NACC SPRING CONCERT: North American Choral Company presents its annual spring concert. 7:30 pm. Central High School. $6 adults, $4 students (774-9268, www.thechoral

May 6-7 - “ORCHESTRAL GEMS”: GR Symphony presents a classical concert of organ music, a remix of an audience favorite and world-class violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. 8 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. $28-$77 (Symphony and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). www. May 6-7 - “SIMPLY SWINGING” WITH STEVE LIPPIA: West Michigan Symphony presents popular songs by Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone and Sammy Davis Jr. 7:30 pm. Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon. $10-$35 (Frauenthal box office or Star Tickets). May 7 - “CHICAGO REEL”: Irish music concert featuring Pauline Conneely. 8 pm. Fenian’s Irish Pub, 19683 Main St, Conklin, (616) 899-2640, $20. May 7 - EDYE EVANS HYDE: Jazz, blues and pop vocalist performs in concert. 7 pm. Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon. $6 (Frauenthal box office or Star Tickets). May 7 - KENNY CHESNEY: Country singer’s Goin’ Coastal Tour with guests Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker. 7 pm. Van Andel Arena. $49.50$79.50 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). May 9 - “PIANO MEN: MUSIC OF BILLY JOEL AND ELTON JOHN”: Kelly Carey and Ryan Potts perform music from two well-known artists. 7 pm. Circle Theatre, Aquinas College PAC, 1607 Robinson Rd SE. $15 (456-6656, www.circlethea May 11-14 - ACB 2011 CONVENTION CONCERTS: West Michigan Concert Winds hosts Association of Concert Bands, with four nights of free concerts. 7 pm. Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon. www. May 12 - THE CONTOURS, MARVELETTES AND DIAMONDS: Three groups perform at Tulip Time featuring vocal harmonies and Motown hits. 7 pm. Central Wesleyan Auditorium, 446 W 40th St, Holland. $36 (Tulip Time office, 238 S River Ave, Holland; 800-822-2770; or May 12-14 - TULIPALOOZA: Outdoor concerts at Holland’s Tulip Time. May 12, Taddy Porter and Shadow Status. May 13, Battle of the Bands. May 14, Ty Stone and Soul of James Brown, Thirsty Perch Blues Band and Friday Battle of the Band Winner. 7 pm. Sixth St Stage at College Ave, Holland. $10-$15 (Tulip Time Festival office, 238 S River Ave, Holland; 800-822-2770; or www. May 13 - BJ THOMAS & GARY PUCKETT AND THE UNION GAP: Tulip Time performance features American pop music. 7 pm. Central Wesleyan Auditorium, 446 W 40th St, Holland. $36 (Tulip Time Festival office, 238 S River Ave, Holland; 800-822-2770; or May 13-14 - MIGHTY WURLITZER CONCERTS: Organ concerts with guest musician Clark Wilson. 7-9 pm Fri, 2-4 pm Sat. Public Museum. $10 adults, $5 children; $8/$4 members (456-3977, or at front desk). May 13-15 - “WICKED DIVAS”: Grand Rapids Symphony presents “Wicked” stars Julia Murney and Jennifer Laura Thompson singing favorites from “Wicked,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “My Fair Lady” and “Chicago.” 8 pm, 3 pm Sun. DeVos Performance Hall. $28-$77 (Symphony and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster). www.

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Tulip Time’s diverse sounds Baby boomers will be humming along as some favorite artists from the past take the stage at Tulip Time Festival 2011. The May 7-14 festival is an annual celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that includes parades, concerts, trolley tours, children’s events, Dutch dance performances and, of course, streets lined with tulips. This year’s concert line-up includes the Tulip Doo Wop Show starring The Contours, Marvelettes and The Diamonds, with dazzling choreography and tunes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. “It brings back memories,” said Sarah VanderZee, Tulip Time’s interim director. “These are the songs that people sing along to.” B.J. Thomas, best known for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” will perform with boomer pop star Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, whose hits include “Young Girl” and “Woman Woman.” There will be plenty of local talent, as well, including a musical collage performed by a show The Diamonds choir of students from four area schools. The Holland Jazz Orchestra will present the History of Jazz, a musical journey beginning with the origins of jazz. Wrapping up the festival is the three-day outdoor concert series, Tulipalooza. The celebration will be held under a heated tent and highlights a variety of music GR’s Thirsty Perch Blues Band genres and includes performances by six bands. See Special Events

May 14 - “SCHUBERT’S GOT TALENT, PART DEUX”: Music by the Schubert Chorus, Half and Half and Good Libations includes show tunes, classical, folk, spirituals, oldies and soft rock. 7:30 pm. EGR PAC, 2211 Lake Dr SE. $17 (752-7470 or May 14 - “SHAKE RATTLE AND RING; HANDBELLS IN MOTION”: Embel­lish Handbell Ensemble presents its spring concert with special guest Bellistic! 8 pm. Creston HS Auditorium, 1720 Plainfield Ave NW. $10 adults, $7 students (915-0134 or or $12/$10 at door. May 15 - DMITRI BERLINSKY: Muskegon Community Concert Association presents violin virtuoso. 7:30 pm. Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon. $18 (Frauenthal box office or Star Tickets).

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May 15 - GRAND BAND AND GRAND STRING ORCHESTRA: St Cecilia Music Center hosts a free concert of classical, Broadway and pop music. 3 pm. 24 Ransom Ave NE. May 15 - MASSED CHOIR CONCERT: Combined choirs of First United Methodist, Westminster Presbyterian and Park Congregational showcase “Gospel Mass” by Robert Ray, accompanied by jazz ensemble. 3 pm. First United Methodist Church, 227 E Fulton St. Free-will offering. May 16 - JAZZ GUMBO: West Michigan Jazz Society presents cabaret concerts every third Monday. 6:30-8:30 pm. Kopper Top Guest House, 639 Stocking Ave NW. $12 includes gumbo or chili; other food available. Cash bar. May 19 - DAVID SCHIFRIN AND GLORIA CHIEN: St. Cecilia’s Classical Series hosts clarinetist David Schifrin and pianist Gloria Chien featuring works by Debussy, Ravel, Rossini and Benny

Goodman. 7:30 pm. 24 Ransom Ave NE. $30$35 adults, $10 students; pre-concert wine and appetizer reception $15 (459-2224). May 20-22 - MAYFEST BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association presents 16th annual concert with local and regional bluegrass groups. Camping available. Begins 6 pm Fri. Kent County Fairgrounds, Lowell. Day passes: $10 Fri, $17 Sat, $5 Sun. Weekend passes: $20 in advance, $25 at gate. www.wmbma. org. May 21 - 20TH/21ST CENTURY PIANO FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION: Free music performances from age 7 to university level. 10 am-5 pm. PAC and Cook-DeWitt Center, GVSU Allendale campus. May 21 - CONCERT ORCHESTRA AND CONCERT BAND: St Cecilia Music Center’s intermediate preparatory string ensemble and honors middle school band performs traditional, classical and original works by local musicians. 5 pm. 24 Ransom Ave NE. $10, children 10 and under free (459-2224 or May 21 - GR WOMEN’S CHORUS: 15th annual spring concert “La-La Palooza.” 8 pm. EGR PAC, 2211 Lake Dr SE. Free. May 21 - JAZZ VESPERS: Live jazz with Hugh DeWitt and Friends. 6 pm. First United Methodist Church, 227 E Fulton St. www.grandrapidsfumc. org. Free. May 21 - SINFONIA AND PHILHARMONIC CONCERT: St Cecilia Music Center’s beginning and advanced orchestra performs. 8 pm. 24 Ransom Ave NE. $10, children 10 and under free (459-2224 or

May 21 - TUMBAO BRAVO: Cuban jazz, including mambo, cha-cha, rumba, bolero and more, from a seven-piece band. 8 pm. Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St, Saugatuck. $25 (269857-2399 or May 21-22 - ROCK THE COAST: Christian music festival features concerts and rides at Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park. Performers include Thousand Foot Krutch, Jason Eaton Band, Kerrie Roberts and Sanctus Real. Proceeds go to Youth for Christ and First Priority ministries. Tickets TBD. May 22 - SACRED SOUNDS OF ST MARK’S: A service of English Evensong. 5 pm. St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 134 N Division Ave, www. Free. May 26 - NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK & THE BACKSTREET BOYS: Two American “boy bands” perform. 7:30 pm. Van Andel Arena. $32-$92 (Van Andel and DeVos Place box offices or Ticketmaster).

Art Thru Jun 16 - ARTPRIZE REGISTRATION: Open art competition Sep 21-Oct 9 in downtown GR registers artists thru Jun 16 and matches artists and venues May 31-Jun 30. May 5-7 - REGISTRATION FOR MMA REGIONAL EXHIBITION: Muskegon Museum of Art invites artists 18 and older who reside in area codes 231, 517, 616 and 269 to submit up to two entries for exhibit that runs May 26-Aug 3. See www.muske for details. May 7-8 - TULIP TIME ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: More than 200 juried exhibitors. 9 am-5 pm Sat, May 2011 Grand Rapids 95

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May 20-22 - ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: Wood crafters, silversmiths, candle makers, stained glass, baby clothes, dog treats, scrap-booking, handmade soaps. Plus face painting and food vendors. 9 am-5 pm. Hackley Park, downtown Muskegon. May 21 - ARTS IN ADA: Ada Arts Council hosts its spring art festival, that also includes food, dance and music performances. 9 am-4 pm. Bronson St near covered bridge. Free. May 31-Jun 3- CALL FOR ARTWORK: Lowell Area Arts Council invites artists 13 and older to drop off art for Going Green: Blending Art and Nature exhibition Jun 7-Jul 16. Art should celebrate the environment, recycling and ways society is going green. More info: 897-8545 or www.lowell May - AQUINAS COLLEGE GALLERY: Thru May 8, BFA exhibition. Aquinas Art & Music Center (enter off Fulton St), 632-2408, www.aquinas. edu/art/gallery.html. May - ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER GRAND RAPIDS: Thru May 27, mixed media artist Abigail Bradley; reception 5-6:30 May 5. 532 Ottawa Ave NW, May - BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH: Thru May 31, Musical Arts for Justice in the Community (MAJIC) presents paintings by Vivian Visser. 250 Commerce Ave SW, 456-1741, May - CALVIN CENTER ART GALLERY: May 6-21, BFA and BA exhibitions; reception 6 pm May 20. Calvin College Covenant FAC, 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE, 526-6271, gallery. May - CASCADE GALLERY: Thru Jun 11, The Civil War: A 150th Anniversary Exhibition. 2840 Thornapple River SE at Cascade Rd, 949-4056. May - DEPREE GALLERY: Thru May 8, Graduating Senior Art Show. Hope College, Holland, (616) 395-7500, May - DESIGN QUEST GALLERY: Thru May 1, Furniture Competition. May 5-Jul 10, sculptural masks by Laura Goodrich, who has worked with Civic Theatre and GR Ballet for 30 years. 4181 28th St SE, 940-0131, May - FIRE AND WATER GALLERY: Thru Jun 30, Deidre Wingelaar, mixed media; reception 5-7 pm May 6. 219 W Main St, Lowell, 890-1879, www. May - FOREST HILLS FAC: Thru May 11, FHPS Student Exhibit. May 17-27, Avenue for the Arts Mini-Exhibit; 6 pm May 21, opening event. 600 Forest Hill Ave SE, 493-8965, www.fhfineartscen May - FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK: Thru May 8, Jim Dine: Sculpture. Permanent exhibits include more than 100 worldclass sculptures indoors and in the 30-acre park. See Museums & Attractions. May - GAINEY GALLERY: May 2-31, Mixed Media by Byron Center Public School Student Artists. Van Singel FAC, 8500 Burlingame SW, Byron Center, (616) 878-6800, May - GALLERY UPTOWN: May 2-31, Watercolor Exhibit; reception 5:30-8 pm May 6. 201 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, (616) 846-5460,

Fashionable fundraiser Bold colors. Soft neutrals. Happy prints. Those are three top fashion trends for spring/summer 2011, said Patrick Plank, creative director at Leigh’s in Breton Village. The upscale boutique is providing clothes and accessories for There’s No Place Like Home, a May 12 fashion and furniture fundraiser benefiting Liz’s House and Bridge Street Place, housing communities of Dwelling Place. “There’s a return to the styles of the early ’70s,” Plank said. “You’ll see a lot of pattern mixing that is very upbeat and fun.” Leigh’s has been promoting a retro theme: “Are you a Marlo or a Mary,” referring to sit-com TV personalities Marlo Thomas and Mary Tyler Moore. “The styles back then were lady like,” Plank said. “In recent years, we’ve seen a bohemian influence, but this season the look is more cleaned up.” Expect to see lots of dresses, he said. “We do have great jackets and separates, but dresses are a big trend because they’re so easy to wear.” Pants have higher waists and wider legs, a trend that will continue into fall. Neutral hues in shades of beige, sand and nude are a nice balance to the plethora of color and patterns. “That’s especially true for shoes,” Plank said. “Otherwise, you’ll look like a walking rainbow.” Fashions will be modeled by community leaders such as Joan Secchia, and media personalities, including WGVU morning show host Shelley Irwin, pictured wearing an Etro dress and Michael Kors cage sandals. The event will be held at Gorman’s Home Furnishings, 2320 28th St. SE. See Special eventS

May - GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM: Thru May 1, Art in Bloom; 3 pm May 1, People’s Choice Award announcement. Thru May 22, Ladislav Hanka: Meditations on Michigan’s Land, Lakes and Rivers. Thru Aug 14, Birds of America: Audubon Prints from Shelburne Museum. Thru Aug 14, Awash in Color: Watercolors by Michigan Artists from the Permanent Collection. 10 am-5 pm Tue, Wed, Thu and Sat; 10 am-9 pm Fri; noon5 pm Sun; closed Mon. General admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors/students with ID, $5 children 6-17, 5 and under free. 101 Monroe Center, 8311000, May - HOLLAND AREA ARTS COUNCIL: May 1-Jul 1, Tulip Time Regional Exhibit. May 1-14, Tulip Time Festival Quilt Show. May 15-Jul 1, Juneteenth: The Works of Jon MacDonald. 150 E 8th St, Holland, (616) 396-3278, www.holland May - HOLLAND MUSEUM: Thru May 22, The Cat Under the Hat: The Secret Art of Dr Seuss. Dutch Galleries exhibit 17th- to 20th-century Dutch paintings and cultural objects. See Museums & Attractions.

May - KALAMAZOO INSTITUTE OF ARTS: Thru May 15, Young Artists of Kalamazoo County. May 7-Jun 26, West Michigan Area Show. May 21-Jun 19, High School Area Show. 10 am-5 pm Tue-Sat, noon-5 pm Sun, closed Mon. $8 adults; $6 students, seniors; $4 members. 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, (269) 349-7775, May - KENDALL GALLERY: May 3-Jul 20, Annual Graduate Studio Excellence Awards. Kendall College of Art & Design, 17 Fountain St NW, 4512787, May - LOWELL AREA ARTS COUNCIL: Thru May 5, Middle and High School Student Art Exhibition. 149 S Hudson St, Lowell, 897-8545, www.lowell May - MUSKEGON MUSEUM OF ART: Thru May 1, Jest for Fun: Playful Works from the Permanent Collection. Thru Jun 26, Horsepower: Images of Horses from the Permanent Collection. Thru Jul 31, Flippers, Buzzers and Bells: Pinball Machines. May 26-Aug 3, 83rd Regional Exhibition. Noon4:30 pm Sun; closed Mon and Tue; 10 am-4:30 pm Wed, Fri and Sat; 10 am-8 pm Thu. $5 adults

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City Guide (Thu free); members, students, kids under 17 free. 296 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, (231) 7202570, May - RIVERTOWN ARTISTS GUILD: May 1-31, Gene Sampson, Walker Library, 4293 Remembrance Rd. May 1-31, Diane Houle and Pauline Zadvinskis, EGR Library, 746 Lakeside Dr. May 1-31, Loretta Sailors and Kacey Cornwell, Wyoming Library, 3350 Michael St. May 1-31, Donna Stressman, GR Association of Realtors, 660 Kenmoor SE. May - SECOND REFORMED CHURCH: Thru May 29, Cross Walk: Lent to Easter. 225 E Central Ave, Zeeland, 772-2153, May - TERRYBERRY GALLERY: May 5-31, A Closer Look: Jennifer Gould and Ann Willey, textiles; reception 5:30-8 pm May 6. Lower floor, St Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave NE, 4592224, May - UICA: Thru May 15, Associations, work by UICA’s Visual Arts Committee and more than 25 invited artists. Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, 41 Sheldon Blvd SE, 454-7000,

Film May - UICA: Urban Institute for Contemporary Art shows independent, foreign and documentary films. Call for schedule. $4-$7 (454-7000, www. May 1-5 - JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: 4:30 pm May 1, “Little Traitor.” 6:45 pm May 1, “La Raffle” (“The Roundup”). 7:30 pm May 2, “For My Father.” 7:30 pm May 3, “Anita.” 6 pm May 4, Festival Dinner.” 7:30 pm May 4, “Precious Life.” 7:30 pm May 5, “The Matchmaker.” Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr NE. $6 at door or $36 for eight admissions in advance (942-5553). www.

or May 5-21 - “HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING”: Circle Theatre presents a satire about a window washer who becomes a high-powered business executive. 7:30 pm, 5 pm Sun. Aquinas College PAC, 1607 Robinson Rd SE. $25 (456-6656, www.circlethea May 7 - RIVER CITY IMPROV: Calvin College alumni improv team weaves skits, games and songs with audience suggestions. 6:30 pm doors open, 7:33 pm show. Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd SE. $9 (at door or Calvin box office). May 10-11 - “CHICAGO”: Broadway Grand Rapids presents the award-winning musical. 7:30 pm. DeVos Performance Hall. $30.50-$55.50 (DeVos, Van Andel and Broadway GR box offices or Ticketmaster). May 12-22 - “DEAD END”: Stark Turn Players present a modern translation of Sartre’s “Huis Clos” about three recently deceased people locked in a hotel room and their experience in hell. 8 pm, 3 pm Sun. Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson Ave SE. $12 adults, $6 students and seniors (8941252 or May 13-22 - “ROMEO AND JULIET”: Grand Rapids Ballet Company presents a new interpretation of the two lovers’ struggle for love. 7:30 pm, 2 pm Sun. Wege Theatre. $40 adults, $30 seniors, $20

children (ballet box office or Ticketmaster). www. May 19-22 - “YEOMEN OF THE GUARD”: A prisoner in the Tower of London is falsely accused during the reign of Henry VIII. 7:30 pm Thu, 1 pm and 8 pm Fri, 8 pm Sat, 2:30 pm Sun. Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St SE. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $5 students (459-4788, ext 131). May 20-22 - “STOMP”: Eight-member troupe uses matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps to make rhythm. 8 pm Fri, 2 pm and 8 pm Sat, 1 pm Sun. DeVos Performance Hall. $25-$45 (DeVos, Van Andel and Broadway GR box offices or Ticketmaster). May 26-Jun 4 - “REEFER MADNESS! THE MUSICAL”: GRCC Actors’ Theatre presents the story of Jimmy, who becomes a murderous fiend after being led astray by the “devil weed.” 8 pm. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St NE. $24 adults, $20 students and seniors (234-3946).

Museums & Attractions May - AIR ZOO: More than 50 rare aircraft, plus exhibits, educational activities, full-motion flight simulators, 4-D Missions Theater, Magic Planet, Space Ball, Zero G, Michigan Space Science Center. 9 am-5 pm Mon-Sat, noon-5 pm Sun. 6151 Portage Road, Portage, (269) 382-6555, www. See website for admission prices.

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Stage May - COMEDY MONDAYS: Dog Story Theater presents improv, standup, sketches, films, music, puppets, magic, one-act plays at 8 and 9 pm, and a free, open improv jam at 10. 7 Jefferson Ave SE. $5. May - DR GRINS COMEDY CLUB: Stand-up comedians perform 9 pm Thu, 8 pm and 10:30 pm Fri and Sat. See website for updates. The BOB, 20 Monroe Ave NW. $5 Thu, $10 Fri and Sat (356-2000,

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Thru May 8 - “BITTER FRIENDS”: Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents a drama that confronts US/Israeli issues and examines the conflict of divided loyalties experienced by modern Jews. 8 pm, 3 pm Sun. Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St NE. $18 adults, $15 seniors, $5 students (Spectrum Theater box office or 234-3946). Thru May 14 - “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”: Master Arts Theatre presents the turmoil of a young girl as her lawyer father defends a young Negro wrongfully accused of a crime. 7:30 pm Thu-Sat, 2 pm Sat. Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St SW. $15 adults, $13 seniors and students (4551001, May 5-7 - “DANNY TROOPER IN THE HALL OF VALHALLA”: Lowell Area Arts Council’s Thebes Players present a young boy’s visit to a mythical world of heroic characters. 7 pm Thu-Sat and 2 pm Sat. Lowell High School PAC. $5 (897-8545


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how does a skinny asian nerd with big glasses, bad hair and a huge jaw grow up to be a bona-fide successful doctor? dr. anthony youn, a greenville native, reveals all in his newly published memoir, “in stitches,” including what it’s like to be raised by a “tiger dad.” youn, a graduate of Michigan state university, practices in troy but often returns to grand rapids where he completed his plastic surgery residency. he also spent a year in beverly hills to apprentice with a noted plastic surgeon. “While in l.a., i was fortunate to be on “dr. 90210,” said youn, who is now a regular on the “rachael ray show.” on May 2, he’ll sign copies of his new book at literary life bookstore, 758 Wealthy st. se. “i believe most medical memoirs are too grim and detached, neglecting the two things that helped me survive the difficult medical school years: humor and relationships,” he said. “so i set off to write a book that both medical professionals and the general public could enjoy and appreciate.”

May - GERALD R. FORD MUSEUM: Thru Jun 17, The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute to Soldiers and Marines from the Civil War to Iraq. Permanent exhibits include The 1970s, An Overview; video history of the Watergate scandal; replica of the White House Oval Office; New Mood at the White House, a holographic presentation. 9 am-5 pm daily. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 college students, $3 kids 6-18, 5 and under free. 303 Pearl St NW, 254-0400, www.fordlibrary May - HOLLAND MUSEUM: Cultural attractions from the “old country” and exhibits that explore local history. I Spy Adventure and activities in Mark’s Room for children. 10 am-5 pm Mon, WedSat. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, children 5 and under free, members free. 31 W 10th St, Holland, (888) 200-9123, www.hollandmuseum. org. May - JOHN BALL ZOO: Mighty Mike and his crocodile pals return mid-May. Attractions include a new bobcat, colubus monkeys, New Guinea baboons, ring-tailed lemurs, Lions of Lake Manyara, penguins, Komodo dragon, Mokomboso Valley chimps, Spider Monkey Island and Living Shores Aquarium. Redesigned petting zoo includes goats, Mexican micro pigs, a cow brushing station and tractor. 9 am-6 pm daily. $8.50 adults and seniors over 62, $6.50 kids 3-13, kids 2 and under free. 1300 W Fulton St, 3364300, May - KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: 1,100 acres of forests, prairies and wetlands. 9 am-5 pm Mon-Sat, 1-5 pm Sun. $6 adults, $5 seniors 55 and over, $4 children 4-13, children under 4 free. 700 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, (269) 381-1574,

May - BINDER PARK ZOO: Animals are exhibited in natural, lush forest setting, including 50-acre Wild Africa exhibit. 9 am-5 pm Mon-Fri, 9 am-6 pm Sat, 11 am-6 pm Sun. $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors, $10.95 children 2-10, under 2 free. 7400 Division Dr, Battle Creek, 269-979-1351, www. May - BLANDFORD NATURE CENTER: This month: 1-3 pm May 7, Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk ($3). 6-7 pm May 12, Creating a Backyard Habitat (cost TBD). 2 pm May 14, Gardening 101 ($3). 2-3 pm May 21, Nature Mentors and Outdoor Kids ($3). 143 acres of diverse ecosystems, trails, natural history exhibits, Heritage Buildings (log cabin, blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse). Interpretive Center open 9 am-5 pm Mon-Fri. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, 735-6240, www.blandfordnatu Free. May - CAPPON & SETTLERS HOUSE MUSEUMS: Restored Cappon House is the Italianate Victorian home of Holland’s first mayor, 228 W 9th St, Holland. Tiny Settlers House recalls hardships of early settlers, 190 W 9th St, Holland. Noon-4 pm Fri and Sat. For admission prices, see Holland Museum. (616) 392-6740, www.hollandmuseum. org. May - COOPERSVILLE FARM MUSEUM: Regular exhibits include tractors from 1930 to present, eclipse windmill, 100-year-old barns, interactive kids area. 10 am-2 pm Tue, Thu and Sat. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children 3-18, under 3 free. 375

Main St, Coopersville, 997-8555, www.coopers May - COOPERSVILLE & MARNE RAILWAY: Restored 1920s-era railway has regular excursion rides at 11 am and 1 pm Wed and Sat; $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors 60 and over, $7.50 ages 2-12, under 2 free. Also, 11 am and 1:30 pm May 30, Veterans Troop Train includes brass band reception, military re-enactors and military equipment displays; $7.50, veterans free. 311 Danforth St, Coopersville, 997-7000 (for advance tickets), May - DEGRAAF NATURE CENTER: Apr 27-May 1, Exploring for Birds at the Straits of Mackinaw to Whitefish Point: Michigan Audubon Road Trip ($595). 18-acre preserve includes Interpretive Center, indoor pond, animals, SkyWatch (images of earth and the universe) and more than 240 plant species. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. 9 am-5 pm Tue-Fri, 10 am-5 pm Sat, closed Sun, Mon and holidays. 600 Graafschap Rd, Holland, (616) 355-1057, Free. May - FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK: See Great Gardens Party in Special Events. May 14-15, Michigan All-State Bonsai Show. May 28-29, Iris Show. Outdoor exhibits include Children’s Garden, Michigan’s Farm Garden, 30-acre sculpture park, boardwalk nature trail, tram tours, themed gardens. Indoors has sculpture galleries, tropical conservatory, carnivorous plant house, Victorian garden, café and gift shops. 9 am-5 pm Mon-Sat, 9 am-9 pm Tue, 11 am-5 pm Sun. $12 adults, $9 seniors and

May - KALAMAZOO VALLEY MUSEUM: Thru May 30, Playing with Time. Thru Aug 21, Go Figure. Permanent exhibits include simulated mission to space, 2,300-year-old mummy and Science in Motion. See website for planetarium shows ($3) and activities. 9 am-5 pm Mon-Thu and Sat, 9 am-9 pm Fri, 1-5 pm Sun. 230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, (800) 772-3370, www.kalamazoo Free. May - LAKESHORE MUSEUM CENTER: Exhibits include Michigan Through the Depths of Time; Body Works: It’s All Up to You; Habitats and Food Webs; Science Center; and Voices of Muskegon. 9:30 am-4:30 pm Mon-Fri, noon-4 pm Sat-Sun. 430 W Clay, Muskegon, (231) 722-0278, www. Free. May - LOWELL AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Exhibits about Lowell history, and a Victorian parlor, dining room and porch. 1-4 pm Tue, Sat and Sun, 1-8 pm Thu. $3 adults, $1.50 children 5-17, under 5 free, families $10 max. 325 W Main St, 897-7688, May - MEYER MAY HOUSE: Frank Lloyd Wright 1909 prairie-style house restored by Steelcase in 1986-87 features many original furnishings. Open for guided tours 10 am-2 pm Tue and Thu, 1-5 pm Sun (last tour begins one hour prior to closing). 450 Madison Ave SE, 246-4821, meyer Free. May - NELIS’ DUTCH VILLAGE THEME PARK: All things Dutch: import shops, Delftware, Dutch architecture, canals, windmills, klompen shoes,

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City Guide cheese making and petting zoo. Theme park open daily 10 am-6 pm; gift shops open 9 am-6:30 pm; extended hours for Tulip Time (May 7-14) and other special events. 12350 James St (at US 31), Holland. Theme park admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 children 3-15; shops free. (616) 3961475, May - PUBLIC MUSEUM: Thru Jun 19, Bodies Revealed, human skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and circulatory systems ($15 adults, $14 seniors, $10 children; includes general admission). May 9, free carousel rides in honor of the late Peter C Cook. Permanent exhibits include: Streets of Old Grand Rapids; Newcomers, The People of This Place; Anishinabek, The People of This Place; 1928 carousel ($1). 9 am-5 pm Mon, Wed-Sat, 9 am-8 pm Tue, noon-5 pm Sun; open until 9 pm May 1, May 17-20. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3 ages 3-17. Van Andel Museum Center, 272 Pearl St NW, 4563977, May - ROGER B. CHAFFEE PLANETARIUM: State-of-the-art, 3-D, Digistar-powered shows. 2 pm daily, 7 pm and 8 pm Tue, 1 pm Sat and Sun, “Our Bodies in Space,” museum admission plus $3. 3 pm Sat and Sun, “Under Starlit Skies,” free with admission. Saturdays thru May 29, laser light shows: 9 pm “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd, and 10 pm Rush: Greatest Hits. Van Andel Museum Center (see Public Museum). May - TRI-CITIES HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Exhibits include train depot, Michigan Logging and

Early Pioneers. 9:30 am-5 pm Tue-Fri, 12:30-5 pm Sat and Sun. 200 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, 842-0700, Free. May - VEEN OBSERVATORY: Astronomical observatory owned and operated by GR Amateur Astronomical Association. Public viewing: 9:30 pm-midnight May 14 and May 28, weather permitting (call 897-7065 for updates). $3 adults, $2 kids 5-17, children under 5 free. 3308 Kissing Rock Ave SE, Lowell,

Lectures & Workshops May - BABY BELOVED CLASSES: 10 am May 21, Breastfeeding: Getting a Strong Start ($40). 1:30 pm May 21, Maximizing Your Milk Supply ($20). Registration required. Baby Beloved, 555 Midtowne St NE, Ste 100, 977-5683, May - ENHANCEFITNESS: Senior Neighbors fitness program increases strength and endurance and improves balance. Varying times and locations. (616) 233-0283 or www.seniorneighbors. org. $2 suggested donation. May - GRAND RIVER FOLK ARTS SOCIETY: Dance instruction events. 7:30 pm May 6, First Friday Dance with Hawks & Owls and open mic calling, 5th St Hall, 701 5th St NW, $8 adults, $7 students/seniors, $6 members. 7 pm May 13, Second Friday International Folk Dance, Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St SE, $5. 7 pm May 27, 4th Friday Contra Dance with music jams, 5th St

Hall, 701 5th St NW, $6. May - GR TANGO: Beginner and intermediate dance lessons 8-9:30 pm every Thu, followed by free practice 9:30-10:30 pm. Richard App Gallery, 910 Cherry St SE, $12 drop-in. May - METRO STROLLER FIT: Metro Health offers a Mommy and Me Stroller Workout. 1-2 pm every Wed. Registration: 252-7117. Metro Health Professional Building Lobby, 5900 Byron Center Ave SW, Wyoming. $5. Thru May 5 - SUCCESSFUL GARDENER SERIES: Meijer Gardens presents gardening talks including: best plants for shade gardens; newest varieties of annuals, temperennials and tropical plants; irrigation and fertilizing; time- and money-saving gardening; container gardens; edible gardens; designing outdoor spaces; pruning and more. Times vary. Pre-registration required: www.meijer $21 adults, $18 members. Two classes/one evening: $35/$30. May 2 - BOOK SIGNING: Literary Life Bookstore hosts the book launch of Dr Anthony Youn’s memoir. 7 pm. 758 Wealthy St SE, 458-8418, May 2 - FRESH START COOKING CLASS: Metro Health presents a healthy, hands-on cooking class focusing on Mexican food and Mother’s Day dinner. 5:15-8:30 pm. Family Fare, 3960 44th St SW, Grandville. $15 (pre-paid registration: 252-7117).

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amanda geiger tends bar at hideout brewing co., a small and friendly neighborhood bar.

Hiding out in GR ken and laura McPhail Founded hideout breWing co. in 2005 and its beer naMes Pay hoMage to the Prohibition era. BY ERIN PRICE

Buck Brewery in Grand Rapids. He dreamed of opening a brewery where he could experiment with his own creations and, in 2005, he realized that dream by opening Hideout with his wife, Laura. “The name is inspired both by the location and is also a throwback to preProhibition-era breweries, which were usually small-scale breweries that made beer for the local pubs and bars,” he explained. The Hideout usually has about 10 beers on tap, so there’s something for every beer lover. With names like Purple Gang Pilsner, Gangster IPA and Smuggler’s Hazelnut Stout, the brews give a nod to the Prohibition theme. Seasonal and specialty beers are added in throughout the year. If beer isn’t your bag, no worries: Hideout also makes its own Hideout hard apple cider, a specialty mead and several wines. “We make everything from a sweet white wine to a hearty red which tastes like an Australian shiraz,” McPhail explained. The Hideout offers a small menu of bar food, including nachos, popcorn and soft pretzels, but customers are welcome to bring their own food in or order out, as well. Though there’s no happy hour, Hideout Brewing offers a mug club with spe-

Hideout Brewing co. location: 3113 Plaza Drive NE Hours: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday; 1 p.m.2 a.m. Saturday; 3-9 p.m. Sunday contact: (616) 361-9658;; Facebook. Drink prices: Draft beer $3.50/12 oz., $4.25/16 oz., $12/pitcher; growlersto-go $14, $10 for refills; wine or hard cider $4.50/glass, wine-to-go $10/ bottle.

cial discounts to members on drafts and growlers-to-go. Participants also enjoy private parties with barbeques and potluck dinners, and get their own personalized mug. Hideout Brewing Co. hosts seven to eight special events throughout the year. For instance, in the spring, the pinewood derby race challenges participants to race their home-built cars for prizes. The TieDye Party in late summer encourages patrons to try their hand at creating a tiedyed T-shirt masterpiece. For those who like to lie low and enjoy a micro-brewed beer in an intimate and friendly setting, the Hideout is a hidden treasure. GR

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ucked away off Plainfield Avenue down a little tree-lined road, Hideout Brewing is definitely off the beaten path. Entering the brewery almost feels as if you’ve discovered a secret den, its front door partly obscured by low-hanging branches. Inside, the Hideout is pleasantly dark, with high ceilings and corrugated concrete walls. Music is kept at low volume and muted TV screens flicker in the background without taking center stage. The small poured-concrete bar is ringed with patrons contentedly sipping a variety of amber-colored liquids. Upstairs in the loft there’s more seating, where families and friends enjoy boisterous conversations or play shuffleboard or darts. In the warm months, there is plenty of seating out back in the beer garden amidst vine-covered trellises and horseshoe pits. “The whole concept in staying small was to be a friendly neighborhood bar that has a more social atmosphere,” said co-owner Ken McPhail — “a place where you can strike up a conversation with the person next to you.” While a student at Western Michigan University, McPhail developed an appreciation for beer. His interest in brewing beer deepened as he worked first for Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo and then for Big 100 Grand rapids May 2011

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City Guide May 8 - ACTORS’ THEATRE WORKSHOP: “Stages of Contemporary Theatre” by Tom Kaechele, GRCC professor and stage director. 1:30 pm. GR Ballet Company. $20 (

May 14 - ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW: Women’s City Club hosts the appraisal of one item per person by expert appraisers Charles Schoenknecht and Paul Ward, plus a picnic buffet. 11:30 am-2:30 pm. 254 E Fulton St. $20 (reservations required: 459-3321). May 14 - BOOK SIGNING: Literary Life Bookstore hosts a book signing with Jim Crissman, author of “Root Cause: The Story of a Food Fight Fugitive.” 2-4 pm. 758 Wealthy St SE, 458-8418, www.literary May 17 - NOURISHING WAYS OF WEST MICHIGAN: “Stress and Your Health” by Micah McLaughlin. 7-8:30 pm. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 134 N Division Ave, www.nourishingways. org. Free. May 19-20 - INSTITUTE FOR HEALING RACISM: Two-day workshop focuses on becoming positive agents for change and allies in building an inclusive, anti-racist community. Interactive exercises, dialogue, videos and story-telling. GRCC Diversity Learning Center. $200-$300 (234-4497, www.


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May 12 - BODY COMPOSITION SCREEN: Metro Health offers free screenings for body fat percent, body mass index, fat mass, fat-free mass, total body water and basal metabolic rate. 6:307:30 pm. Metro Health Professional Building, Community Room, 2122 Health Dr SW, Wyoming. Registration: 252-7117.


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May 21 - DANCEgr: Ballroom dance lesson followed by social dance that includes East and West Coast swing, salsa, tango, waltz, cha cha, rumba, foxtrot and more. 7-8 pm lesson, 8-11 pm dance. St Thomas the Apostle Parish, 1449 Wilcox Park Dr SE, $10 lesson, $11 dance, $16 both. May 24 - DYSLEXIA SEMINAR: New Chapter Learning offers info on thinking style, learning differences and gifts of visual thinkers. 6:30 pm. Grandville Middle School, Room 200, 3535 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville. Registration: 534-1385. www. Free. May 24 - EMBELLISH AUDITIONS: Embellish Handbell Ensemble holds auditions. Time TBD. Aquinas College, 1607 Robinson Rd SE. Information: Stephanie Wiltse, May 25 - HEALTHY LIVING: Saint Mary’s Health Care holds health screenings and services, healthy snacks and door prizes. 1-4 pm. Forest Hills FAC, 600 Forest Hill Ave SE. www. Free.

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Sports May - WEST MICHIGAN WHITECAPS: Professional minor league baseball team, member of the Midwest League and Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Home games: May 7-9 vs Dayton Dragons. May 10-12 vs South Bend Silver Hawks. May 20-23 vs Fort Wayne TinCaps. May 24-26 vs Bowling Green Hot Rods. May 31-Jun 2 vs Quad Cities River Bandits. Game times vary. Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park. $6-$13 (800-CAPS-WIN, May 7 - TULIP TIME RUN: Blue Cross Blue Shield presents a new 10K course, plus 5K run and 1K

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City Guide Kids Fun Run. 8 am. Kollen Park (10th St and VanRaalte Ave), Holland. $25 in advance, $30 day of race; kids run: $10 in advance, $15 day of race ( May 14 - FIFTH THIRD RIVER BANK RUN: 34th annual run features 25K, 10K and 5K runs, 5K walk and junior events. Events start at 7 am, packet pick-up 6 am. Downtown Grand Rapids. Register online: (616) 771-1590. May 28 - KICK-OFF TO SUMMER RUN: Tri-Cities Family YMCA holds 5K run, 1-mile family fun run/walk, and Tot Trot obstacle course for ages 3-6. 7:30-10 am. 1 Y Drive, Grand Haven. www.

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VENUES aquinas performing arts center, 1607 Robinson Road SE, 456-6656 the Deltaplex entertainment & expo center, 2500 Turner Ave. NW, 364-9000, Devos place (Devos performance Hall), 303 Monroe Ave. NW, 742-6600, Forest Hills Fine arts center, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, 493-8966, Frauenthal center for the performing arts, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, (231) 722-9750, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, 957-1580 (main), 975-3147 (class registration line), Grand rapids art Museum (GraM), 101 Monroe Center, 831-1000, Grand rapids civic theatre, 30 N. Division Ave., 222-6650, public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, 456-3977, St. cecilia Music center, (Royce Auditorium, Dexter Ballroom), 24 Ransom Ave. NE, 459-2224, Spectrum theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, 234-3946 Urban institute for contemporary arts (Uica), 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE, 454-7000 (film hotline 454-3994), van andel arena, 130 W. Fulton St., 742-6600, van Singel Fine arts center, 8500 Burlingame Ave. SW, Byron Center, 878-6800,


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Gaga for Gaga; lots of laughs It was a night of glitz and glamour at the official Lady Gaga After Party March 1 at Crush in The BOB. Little Monsters dressed in their finest and most outrageous outfits to honor the pop singer/songwriter — and fashion icon — who performed earlier at Van Andel Arena. Special guest at the party was 1.Tony Rivers, Becky Farley and the notorious DJ Lady Starlight from Matty Lehman New York City. 2. Erika Moul sings to the partiers Betty White’s appearance March at the Crush 15 at DeVos Place was a much anticipat3. Katy Fitzsimons and ed event during LaughFest, the 10-day Heather Harrington comedy showcase benefiting Gilda’s 4. Stephanie Hendrick, Club. The 89-year-old comedic actress Maria Babrick and Lyndsay Israel didn’t disappoint, charming the audi5. Mindy and Mike Klein ence of 2,500 — plus another 1,000 6. Becky and Jose Reyna gathered nearby for a simulcast. Gilda’s 7. Luisa Schumacher and Club is a free cancer and grief support Christine Moag community of children, adults, families 8. Lizzy Sulkowski, Jordon Hudson and friends. and Mackenzie McElroy



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Saluting entrepreneurs; Taste of Soul

1. Tracy VanderMeer, Dawn Kibben, Ping Liang

2. Karen Scarpino, Dina Grand Rapids Busi­ness Journal honored top com­ McKnight, Denise Kohlerpanies in four revenue categories at the Top Women Owned Kolesar, Mary Nienhuis Businesses event March 2. Bena Burda, founder of Maggie’s 3. Sandra Gaddy and Organics, was guest speaker at a luncheon honoring all 35 finalLynne Pope ists at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The winning 4. The step group business owners are: Denise Kolesar of Kohler Expos Inc.; Karen Alpha Esquires Scarpino of Promotional Impact Inc. and Green Giftz; Mary A. 5. Jewellynne Richardson Nienhuis of North Coast Components Inc.; and Dina McKnight of Jewels of Africa of ZipXpress Inc. 6. Kimani, Tracey, Kamau Grand Rapids Public Library celebrated African-American and Corey Brame heritage Feb. 20 at its sixth annual Taste of Soul Sunday. More 7. Tamiqua Vaughn, than 1,800 visitors Deacon Vaughn and attended the day5 Quiana Broden long event that featured music, dance, author presentations and crafts for kids. Guests sampled local fare from LoLo’s Café, Southern Fish Fry and Chez Olga’s. Two historical documentaries, “Whatever Happened to Idlewild?” and “Life Through the Lens of Merze Tate” were presented, and the film directors shared their experiences.


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See that man with the apple on the cover? That's John Platte, of Platte Farms, and chances are you have bought produce from him at the Fulto...

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