WRIT TEN BY C LAYTON BOOTH E P HOTOG RAPH Y BY A DA M KUEH L
Touring a museum won’t tell you as much about a city as its most popular restaurants, bars, burger joints and breakfast counters. AS M U C H AS ANYT HI NG, After all, very few of the millions of people OU R FAVOR I T E R ESTAU R ANTS who’ve called GR home during the past 116 AND B AR S GI V E YOU T HE T R U E years have their name etched into a HI STORY OF GR AND R AP I DS – museum plaque. But everybody eats, right? WAY M OR E T HAN ANY M U S EU M For that matter, they do much more than EV ER COU LD. dine and drink in their favorite hometown eateries and taverns. They go to see friends. Chitchat. Hang out. The oldest bars and eateries remind us what life was like here 30, 50 or even 100 years ago – before generations of change turned GR into the very different place it is today. But don’t get me wrong – there’s a lot to like about these Grand Rapids restaurants and bars, whether you’ve lived here all your life or you’re just visiting for the day. You can always count on them for a tasty meal or satisfying beverage – along with a heaping helping of local history, compliments of the house.