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WHAT’S INSIDE

August 2017 | Volume 29, Issue 8

SCENE: 16

What’s Going on this Month

20

Biz Beat

BEST OF THE WEST WINNERS ISSUE:

BEST OF THE WEST READERS POLL WINNERS

70

UP NORTH BEER ROAD TRIP

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Introduction

24

Dining

28

Drinking

34

People & Services

38

Art

42

Music

46

Style & Shopping

50

Nightlife & Activities

REVUE ARTS: 1A

An exploration of West Michigan’s cultural arts scene and the people who drive it. (See the center of this issue)

SOUNDS: 55

Local: All Is Well

56

Festival: Breakaway Music Fest

SIGHTS: 59

Style Notes

60

Film: Grammabum Motion Pictures

DINING & DRINKING:

59

STYLE NOTES

63

Restaurant Guide

64

Restaurant Week GR Previews

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Beer & Booze: Up north road trip

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Last Call: Donkey


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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ear ye, hear ye, West Michigan! Gather around, for Best of the West hath reached its thrilling conclusion yet again, and thy results art upon us. For two months, you voted for your favorite people, places, drinks, services and whatever

else West Michigan has to offer — unless you didn’t vote, but that’s hard to imagine. We put 128

categories on the ballot, covering everything from your go-to barbershop to your preferred IPA and favorite local band. Thousands of you came out, casting tens of thousands of votes. Many of you even spread the word, asking your family, friends and fans to vote for you or your business. I can’t lie: We appreciate it. Without you, Best of the West would be nothing. All we did was sort out the bad eggs (Ruth’s Chris is a national chain, y’all) and tally the votes. Now we offer those results to you in a beautiful buffet of top-three winners and staff picks. If you need any guidance, we also analyze the aftermath, giving context and unsolicited opinions. It must be pointed out that, yes, this is a popularity contest. But there is no way to judge the objective quality of new restaurants, or art museums, or bartenders. All we have is our opinions, and those opinions en masse count for something. So feel free to yell about how upset you are with the results, or how happy you are that things went your way — we’re doing the same. The whole point of Best of the West is to spur conversation while supporting local people and businesses. And if you’re not happy this year, just remember: 2018 isn’t too far off.

W E S T M I C H I G A N ’ S E N T E RTA I N M E N T G U I D E

EDITORIAL Publisher Brian Edwards Associate Publisher Rich Tupica / rich@revueholding.com Editor Joe Boomgaard / joe@revuewm.com Managing Editor Josh Veal / josh@revuewm.com Copy Editor Claire Boomgaard DESIGN Creative Director Kim Kibby / kim@revuewm.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Missy Black Kelly Brown Dana Casadei Nick Macksood Marla R. Miller

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WHAT’S GOING ON THIS MONTH

| Compiled by Emily Claus, Kara Toay and Revue Staff

8/6

Nitro Circus Live

Fifth Third Ballpark 4500 W. River Dr. NE, Comstock Park Aug. 6, 7-9 p.m., $79 fifththirdballpark.com Fearless stunts, thrilling spectacles and amazing athletes all await you when Nitro Circus Live returns to Michigan this summer! Fun for both adults and children, this action-packed event of jaw-dropping proportions is a must for families looking to get out this summer with something new and exciting.

8/7

Painting and Pinot: Forge a Fake

San Chez Bistro 38 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids Aug. 7, 6:30-8 p.m., free sanchezbistro.com

Tegan and Sara at Meijer Gardens, Aug. 17

SCHEDULE | DINING | SIGHTS | SOUNDS SCENE

8/1

Beer Run at Big Bob’s Pizza

8/4

Downtown Grand Rapids Bike Party

8/5-26

8/7-12

Kent County Youth Fair

225 S. Hudson St. SE, Lowell Aug. 7-12, free kcyf.org, (616) 897-6050

You must be doing something right when your event has been around for 82 years and is still going strong. The Kent County Youth Fair brings more than 50 planned attractions, entertainment and education to Lowell, attracting families from all over West Michigan. Head to the Children’s Barnyard for a cuddly petting area. Or hit up the Ninja Obstacle Course to test your abilities. Or even check out the Racing Pigs. Whatever you do, bring your kids.

8/10-12

Cowpie Music Fest

Shagbark Farm 7540 Alaska Ave. SE, Caledonia Aug. 10-12, $50-70 cowpiemusicfestival.org

Continued

Ghosts of Grand Rapids Tours

Big Bob’s Pizza 661 Croswell Ave. SE, East Grand Rapids Aug. 1, 6:30-9 p.m., $20 bigbobspizza.com

Rosa Parks Circle 135 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids Aug. 4, 7-10 p.m., free facebook.com/sheridesherownway

Veteran’s Memorial Park 101 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids Aug. 5-26, 8 p.m., $10-15 paranormalmichigan.com

Need a reason to get out and get exercising? The beer run at Big Bob’s Pizza is here to lend a helping hand. With the promise of delicious pizza, New Holland beer and prizes waiting at the finish line, it’s much easier to get up and get running for this five mile fun run. Not to mention a good portion of the proceeds are being donated to charity.

Grab your bike, dress it (and yourself) up with some disco-inspired gear and get down to Rosa Parks Circle for a great night of mingling, partying and biking. The bike party will travel through downtown, hitting iconic locations along the way and ending in an undisclosed location. So dig those leg warmers out of your drawers and get ready to bike!

A test of bravery and knowledge, the Ghosts of Grand Rapids Tours will lead courageous attendees through one of three routes in Grand Rapids and relay all the spine-tingling, bone-chilling, hair-raising mysteries the city has to offer. Bring a friend to cling to or face the hauntings yourself — either way, get ready to be spooked.

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We’ve all been to an art museum, looked at a simple piece and thought (or wished) we could make something exactly like it. Well now it’s time to put yourself to the test at San Chez Bistro’s painting event, in partnership with GR Reads. A professional artist will lead you and others through the

process of recreating a masterpiece, all while enjoying the wine and food menu of course.

Hannah Rose and the GravesTones at Cowpie Music Fest, Aug. 11


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Ludacris at Party in the Park, Fifth Third Ballpark, Aug. 19 This fest takes over a real cattle farm with onsite camping, family events and loads of Michigan bands taking the stage, including Hannah Rose Graves, UV Hippo, Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish, Fauxgrass and Grasshoppah.

8/12

SuperPartyWonderDay

SCHEDULE | DINING | SIGHTS | SOUNDS SCENE

Kent District Library 814 West River Center NE, Comstock Park Aug. 12, free kdl.org, (616) 784-2016 Libraries have books, sure, but that’s only a fraction of what they provide nowadays. The SuperPartyWonderDay is all about showing off Kent District Library’s many fun services, whether they be literary or not. Did you know you can check out bikes? What about iPads or video games? Take a closer look while enjoying beer and wine from local partners like Cedar Springs Brewing Co. and Kayla Rae Cellars, along with music from bands like Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish and Brother Adams. You’ll also be treated to food trucks like Patty Matters and A Moveable Feast, along with yard games and a big ol’ group bike ride.

8/13 American Acoustic

Frederik Meijer Gardens 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids Aug. 13, 7-9:45 p.m., $54 meijergardens.org If you love soft, soothing or exciting, raw acoustic music, along with the comforting atmosphere of the beautiful Frederik Meijer

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Gardens, this is the show for you. The Punch Brothers and I’m With Her headline this acoustic tour, with guitarist Julian Lage also performing.

The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally Berlin Raceway 2060 Berlin Fair Dr., Marne Aug. 13, 11 a.m-8 p.m., free facebook.com/generationfoodtruck

What sounds quite as appealing as attending the world’s largest (yes, really) food truck rally and getting to choose from more than 30 different food options? From pizza to BBQ to ice cream, you can eat to your heart’s content and try a little something of everything. Plus, with gluten free and vegetarian options, there’s a truck for everyone.

8/14

Women’s Laugh Impact

ResLife Church 5100 Ivanrest Ave. SW, Grandville Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m., $5 reslife.org/events Ladies looking for a fun night out filled with laughs and friends should stop by ResLife Church for this comedy event. Featuring the River City Improv group, the Women’s Laugh Impact show is guaranteed to make you laugh until you cry. Get a group of friends and plan a great night out together!

8/17

August Alsina - Don’t Matter Tour

Nitro Circus Live at Fifth Third Ballpark, Aug. 6 The Intersection 133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids Aug. 17, 7-11 p.m., $29.50+ sectionlive.com With a lifetime of experiences, August Alsina is gearing up to release his third album and he’s coming to Grand Rapids this August. Come down to The Intersection and hear not only Alsina, but Rotimi and Tone Stith.

Tegan and Sara

Frederik Meijer Gardens 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids Aug. 17, 7-10 p.m., $45 meijergardens.org Interested in indie music? Pop? The sweet combination of both? You’re in luck. The iconic twin duo, Tegan and Sara, will be rocking out here in Grand Rapids as a part of the Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert series. Whether you choose a shady spot on the lawn to kick back or join the masses near the stage to rock out, it’s bound to be an amazing time.

8/19 Party in the Park

Fifth Third Ballpark 4500 W. River Dr. NE, Comstock Park Aug. 19, 6-10:15 p.m., $29-59 fifththirdballpark.com Party in the Park, hosted by 104.5 SNX, returns this year for its ninth annual concert event. This year’s show features a great

lineup of artists with headliner Ludacris, along with MAX and Ajax Stacks. Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss the chance to attend one of Grand Rapid’s most talked about concerts.

8/21

Eclipse Party

Grand Rapids Public Museum 272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids Aug. 21, 10 a.m - 3 p.m., $5-10 grpm.org With an eclipse spanning the whole length of the continental U.S. this year, the Grand Rapids Public Museum is celebrating the right way by hosting an eclipse party. The party, free with general museum admission, boasts a list of great eclipse-related events (for both children and adults), food and a space to observe and appreciate the eclipse safely.

8/24

Heart and Soul

Wealthy Theatre 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids Aug. 24, 7-9 p.m., $20 Save the date and join in for a night of music, art and fun. This concert will benefit Family Outreach Center and give attendees a chance to hear stories of people

affected by mental illness or substance abuse through music.

Trailer Park Boys

DeVos Place 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids Aug. 24, 7:30-10:30 p.m., $29+ devosplace.org

Keep on the lookout: the Trailer Park Boys and all their crazy schemes are making their way to the DeVos Place this summer. If you’re looking for a night to shake things up and have some laughs, make sure to buy tickets to this must-see show. This infamous trio will definitely not disappoint.

8/25

Local Showcase #17

The Pyramid Scheme 68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids Aug. 25, 8:30-11p.m., $7-10 pyramidschemebar.com

Get out for a night and come on down to The Pyramid Scheme to hear the best in local music yet again. This night will feature not only Emma Loo and Sam but also Twin Flame, 78 Revolutions Per-Minute Find more events and Reggie. in the Revue Arts

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August 2 ANDREW MCMAHON w/ Arizona, The Greeting Committee

August 5 TESLA

AUGUST 11 RUMOURS

AUGUST 6 FASTBALL

w/ Voices of Extreme, Red Reign

Fleetwood Mac Tribute

August 15 DIE ANTWOORD

AUGUST 18 TED NUGENT

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SEPTEMBER 21

SepTEMBER 26 GARY CLARK JR

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September 1 BOY BAND REVIEW

SEPTEMBER 27 TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB

September 8 BUDDY GUY

SEPTEMBER 10 QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE w/ Royal Blood

w/ Circa Waves

OCTOBER 1 MODEST MOUSE

OCTOBER 3 GOJIRA

OCTOBER 21 O.A.R.

OCTOBER 22 DEMETRI MARTIN

OCTOBER 29 BEN FOLDS

Plays "Metallica By Four Cellos" Tour

OCTOBER 7 PIXIES

w/ Scott Stapp, Sick Puppies Drowning Pool, Adelitas Way

w/ Mitski

OCTOBER 8 HANSON

NOVEMBER 1 COLIN HAY

NOVEMBER 4 REGINA SPEKTOR

OCTOBER 11 MASTODON w/ Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles

NOVEMBER 11 NEEDTOBREATHE

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NOVEMBER 18 DESCENDENTS w/ Mustard Plug, Frank Iero

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WEST MICHIGAN

BIZ BEAT

A Roundup of Openings, Closings and other Local Business News

OPENING: Congrats to Maru Sushi + Grill on the birth of its new baby sister: Ando Asian Kitchen + Bar (415 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids), born not in a hospital but on the ever-burgeoning Bridge Street. This new concept is run by three chefs with lifetimes of experience in Asian cuisine, bringing together Korean and Vietnamese influences to offer dishes like Galbi — marinated grilled beef short rib, kabocha puree, acorn squash, pickled yuzu marinated mustard seeds, roasted cippolini onions, miso glaze and scallion salad.

SCHEDULE | DINING | SIGHTS | SOUNDS SCENE

A new clothing and accessory brand just launched in the form of Eightyfive Miles (eightyfivemiles.com), run by Grand Rapids brother and sister team Brian Schwartz and Carey Potter. In Michigan, one is never more than 85 miles away from one of the Great Lakes, hence the

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name. Visit the website today for some hip T-shirts, both long- and short-sleeved. Big Willy’s Italian Beef (1450 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids) opened last month, serving up Italian beef sandwiches, sausages, Polish dogs and more. The menu is simple, with each sausage served one of three ways. The new Eastown restaurant uses all fresh ingredients, with no freezers or microwaves in the joint. Also try the gluten- and dairy-free Italian ice. Buffalo Traders Lounge (950 Fulton St. NE, Grand Rapids) is now open, offering a wholly different experience from the cigar shop from which it spawned, Buffalo Tobacco Traders. At the lounge, you’ll find all kinds of craft cocktails, beer from around the world, and an excellent happy hour — cocktails start at $5 at 4 p.m.

Ando Asian Kitchen + Bar now open on Bridge St. NW and increase by $1 per hour until 8 p.m. Plus, the interior design is just cool as heck.

CLOSING: In less pleasant news, the circle of life continues its never-ending cycle. Horseshoe Smokehouse (333 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids) closed last month without much warning or explanation. The restaurant focused on Texas-style rubs, sauces and smoked meats. Saburba (7277 Thornapple River Dr. Suite B, Ada) had to close up shop as well, citing a loss of business from nearby construction and the switch to Thornapple River

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Drive as a side street. The “suburban” take-out eatery offered sandwiches, Mexican food, Asian food and salads. With Meijer moving in on Bridge Street, Duthler’s Family Foods (648 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids) doesn’t feel it stands much of a chance, deciding not to renew the lease on its property. This marks the second Duthler’s to shutter in the last year, following the 4 Mile location’s closing last fall. —Compiled by Josh Veal

If you have any closings, openings or other business news for REVUE, e-mail josh@revuewm.com.


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SPECIAL FEATURE

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BEST OF THE WEST 2017 RESULTS ARE HERE BY JOSH VEAL

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” —Larry J. Sabato The above truism must be heeded. Best of the West reared its beautiful head yet again this year, and every aspect of it was determined by those who showed up: the voters. We started completely from scratch, with absolutely no nominations pre-written in — every single winner you’ll see in the pages ahead was initially put on the ballot by a reader who believed enough in that person/place/business to get the ball rolling. And that’s really what Best of the West is all about: letting people shine a light on everything they love about West Michigan. We had nearly 8,000 (valid) nominations roll in across 128 categories. That’s twice as many as last year. All in all, 75,342 votes were cast, which is humbling to say the least. But let’s be honest, we’re greedy, and we can only hope the competition will grow and grow in the years ahead. Last year’s inaugural contest held a certain excitement in its newness — we had no idea what would happen. Well, OK, it was pretty easy to predict certain winners (Founders for best Brewery, Yesterdog for best Hot Dog, etc.) But still, it was a blank slate. This year, there’s just as much excitement in being able to have something to compare to. You’ll notice a lot of that in the pages ahead, as we analyze the results and even pick our favorites that didn’t make the Top Three.

Sushi in the region. Then again, if you’re part of the competition, we absolutely encourage you to try.

The Grandest Rapids of Them All Speaking of “regions,” did you know Best of the West covers all of West Michigan, and not just Grand Rapids? Because our voters didn’t seem to. We kid, we kid. But really, only five first-place winners are based outside of Grand Rapids this year. That’s even less than last year! The conclusion that you should draw from this is not that Grand Rapids has the only good people, places or things on this side of the state, but that a majority of our voters live in the greater Grand Rapids area. And that’s not too surprising when you consider that GR has a higher population than Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Holland and Grand Haven combined. If you add in the surrounding areas like Jenison, Kentwood and Forest Hills (and you should), the gap grows even larger.

Coda There’s not much more to say at this point, so let me just

That Was Then, This Is Now

places that came SO close to tying for third place

So what exactly changed from last year? Well, to start,

but just barely fell short by a few votes. Obviously,

We had 16 ties this year, and some categories had

we added a few categories and took others away. Dog

we didn’t do this for the categories where margins

multiple ties on different levels (just wait ‘til you see the Visual Artist winners).

throw some random facts at you because statistics is fun.

Parks, Tattoo Artist and Massage are all new, to name

are already razor thin (i.e. Visual Artist), but we

a few. We also split Asian Cuisine into Vietnamese,

couldn’t help but give a nod to the places clearly

The Grand Rapids Art Museum received the most

Chinese and Thai, because it was kind of dumb to

beloved by many that didn’t quite make the cut.

votes of any single nominee this year, so it seems like

lump an entire continent’s cuisine together in the first

As for the winners, you may or may not be sur-

place (even we, the greatest entertainment guide in the

prised to learn that 77 (out of 128) first-place winners

Midwest, make mistakes sometimes). As for the chopping block, Drag Show went away —

the museum’s efforts to bring in a wider audience are paying off.

from last year held their spot. Many of these places are

Of the larger sections of the survey, Dining had the

true community establishments, known for being the

most votes by a loooong shot, disproportionately even

not for lack of love, but just because Rumors Nightclub

best — or at least the biggest — at what they do. For

to how many categories it holds. People are passionate

was literally the sole nominee last year and we didn’t

some of them, that may never change. It would be a true

about their food.

see that changing.

upset to see Founders, for instance, knocked from its

And that’s pretty much it. At this point, it’s up

many thrones; or to see Maru ever lose its title as best

to you to read the results and celebrate, cry, get mad

You’ll also notice a new feature, or whatever you want to call it: Honorable Mentions. These are

online — whatever you want.

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BEST OF DINING

TERRA GR

SLOWS BAR BQ


BY NICK MACKSOOD

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o, it’s happened again. As I write this, it’s been exactly 244 days since the 2016 election and frankly, I was a little nervous to see the polls open again, even for something with arguably lower stakes (depending who you are) like Revue’s annual Best of the West. I am not — thank God — as surprised as I was at 4 a.m. on the morning of November 9. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t any restaurants or brewpubs that snuck in under the radar on me. (After all, I’m only a scum-sucking writer whose recompense around here amounts to about three draft beers these days. … But I’m not complaining.) The good news is that there are more great restaurants and breweries around West Michigan, so many that you could probably try a new place once or twice a week for a year and not walk through the same door twice. The bad news is… well, see the good news. What this all amounts to can’t exactly fit in the allotted space in this column. Suffice it to say our fair city will likely lose some good ones, as we did in June with the Lazy Susan, due to a mostly unaddressed condition known as Restaurant Attention Deficit Disorder. But aye, there’s the rub. Wouldn’t it be the life (the life!) to be a regular — recognized, at last! — at Greyline, two beers poured under cover of loyalty for the price of one? Or to be delivered some gratuitous, sweet R&D, dreamed up and out of the pastry kitchen at Brewery Vivant, as a thank you for always saving room for dessert? If only the growing pains of Grand Rapids didn’t have to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous culinary (mis)fortune. Oh, the double-edged blade of Freedom! The sweet and the sour! The salt and bitter! If only we could have it both ways. ’Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.

Founders Reigns Supreme... Again Founders has, again, taken a whole heap of honors — nine of ’em — perhaps unsurprisingly. I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that the GR brewery will also take around 10 nominations next year. As far as this writer’s concerned, the literal world-class brewery has achieved Seinfeld status: universally beloved, but how many more times can we laugh at the “moops”? Even still, we’re spoiled rotten for having one of the country’s best craft breweries in our backyard. And beyond that, Founders has cast webs of influence around the area that stretch almost everywhere. You have to wonder how many area chefs, brewers or proprietors got their start on Grandville Avenue.

PHO T OS : T E R R A GR : K AT Y B AT DOR F F, SLOWS : COUR T E SY

And kudos to the company for opening up their next brewery, restaurant and taproom in the Cass Corridor of Detroit — they could’ve gone anywhere in the country.

Dessert Heaven Good Lord, you people like dessert. There are technically six nominees in the “top three” this year, thanks to a three-way tie between Brewery Vivant, Marie Catrib’s and San Chez for first place. Next thing you know, there’ll be more dessert winners than churches around here — not that there’s anything wrong with that (as long as we’re sticking with the Seinfeld motif here). In fact, it’d be a fine date idea to hit all six in a row.

Newcomers Not-so-hot Take: the West Side is blistering with talent. Butcher’s Union tops this year’s New Restaurant category, followed by the Sovengard, which sits right across the way on Bridge Street. Those two, who also took first place (Sovengard) and third place (Butcher’s Union) in the Ambience category, serve up food and drinks in immaculately designed atmospheres that just beg you to sit there from open to close. But don’t do that. It’s not particularly good for business.

Old Dog Learns New Tricks Rockford Brewing Company has been around since 2011, but the addition of a kitchen this year has blasted the brewery from zero awards in 2016 to eight this year — bested only by Founder’s nine wins. Rockford placed for best local chef, wings, burgers, chili, lunch, new restaurant, best stout, and scored an honorable mention for best IPA. Just look at the menu. Grilled pork belly tacos with champagne slaw? French Onion Ring Poutine? There are cheese curds thrown all over the place! I’m literally going to try it tonight. Thanks, voters.

The Right Stuff Last year, my esteemed colleague Troy Reimink predicted Harmony Hall to be the future (it won Best New Restaurant), and it may very well still be. This year, the Harmony family took top honors for best pizza, two third place finishes for Bloody Marys and Service, and an honorable mention for Best Brewery. My thoughts on who to watch: Carver’s in the Downtown Market. Sure, they may not have received any nods, and its sister business, Fish Lads, was dethroned by Leo’s for Best Seafood in town. And — full disclosure — I work here, so I’m partial. But forget about me. Carver’s recently hired Gabe Araujo, who built Harmony Hall’s kitchen from its inception, and Saburba’s Jay Logsdon to help gear up for both Carver’s and Fish Lads’ new locations in Ada this fall, meaning that the food we ornery guys behind the counter hand you is going to be top notch.

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THE WINNERS: DINING AMBIENCE

CHINESE

FRIES

INDIAN

1. The Sovengard 443 Bridge St. NW Suite 1, Grand Rapids 2. Brewery Vivant 3. Butcher’s Union

1. First Wok Several locations, firstwokgr.com 2. Ming Ten 3. Hunan

1. HopCat 25 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Brewery Vivant 3. Stella’s Lounge

1. Bombay Cuisine 1420 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Curry Kitchen 3. Palace of India

BAKERY

COFFEE

HOT DOGS

ITALIAN

1. Nantucket Baking Company 615 Lyon St. NE, Grand Rapids 2. Wealthy Street Bakery 3. Cakabakery

1. Madcap 98 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Rowster 3. Biggby

1. Yesterdog 1505 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Jonny B’z 3. The Corner Bar

1. Amore Trattoria Italiana 5080 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park 2. Osteria Rossa 3. Mangiamo

Honorable Mention: Field & Fire

DESSERTS

ICE CREAM/FROZEN TREATS

LUNCH

1. Furniture City Creamery 958 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Love’s Ice Cream 3. Spoonlickers

1. Marie Catrib’s 1001 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Rockford Brewing Company 3. Founders Brewing Co.

BBQ 1. Slows Bar BQ 435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Two Scotts Barbecue 3. The Pit Stop

BREAKFAST 1. Anna’s House Several locations, annashouseus.com 2. Wolfgang’s 3. The Westsider Cafe Honorable Mention: Real Food Café

BRUNCH 1. Terra 1429 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 2. SpeakEZ Lounge 3. San Chez

BURGERS 1. Stella’s Lounge 53 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Brewery Vivant 3. Rockford Brewing Company

CHILI 1. Rockford Brewing Company 12 E. Bridge St. NE, Rockford 2. Cottage Bar 3. Founders Brewing Co.

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1. Brewery Vivant (925 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids), Marie Catrib’s (1001 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids), and San Chez (38 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids) 2. Arnie’s 3. Amore Trattoria Italiana, Grove

DINER 1. Matchbox Diner & Drinks 1345 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Pal’s Diner 3. Grand Coney

FARM TO TABLE 1. Terra 1429 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Grove 3. The Green Well

FOOD TRUCK 1. What the Truck 648 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Two Scotts Barbecue 3. Patty Matters

FRIED CHICKEN 1. Cousin’s Tasty Chicken 1209 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids 2. New York Fried Chicken 3. The Southerner

ICE CREAM & FROZEN TREATS

Hudsonville Ice Cream

This ice cream is some of the best. There are so many flavors to choose from, including some with fruit such as the Strawberry Cheesecake or Berry Cobbler, but even the simple Vanilla and Chocolate f lavors are must haves. My favorite, Chocolate Monster, is the chocolate ice cream with chunks of fudge and peanut butter. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream and a must try. No matter what flavor you choose, you can’t go wrong with Hudsonville Ice Cream. 345 E. 48th St., Holland —by Kara Toay

PIZZA

Rebel Pies

Tucked away i nside t he Ru ssel l Block Market building in downtown Muskegon in space adjacent to Unruly Brewing Co., Rebel Pies dishes up some of the best pizza in the region. You’ll give a satisfied holler as soon as a slice of Buck Yer Fuffalo hits your taste buds, its buffalo sauce, blue cheese and roasted chicken providing just the right mix of savory flavors. Or perhaps you’d rather get your protein for the day (or month) with the Meat Sweats, which features six different types of delectable pork, beef and chicken. Rebel Pies also offers options for vegetarians and vegans if you don’t crave the delicious taste of cooked f lesh. (Bonus: Head over to the bar and order a pour of Unruly beer to wash down your pizza.) 360 W. Western Ave., Muskegon —by Joe Boomgaard


STEAK 1. The Chop House 190 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Butcher’s Union 3. Judson’s Steakhouse Honorable Mention: Leo’s

SUSHI 1. Maru 927 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Ju Sushi 3. Jaku Sushi

THAI 1. Bangkok Taste 15 Jefferson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Erb Thai 3. Little Bangkok

SHESHCO GRILL

UPSCALE RESTAURANT MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EASTERN

PIZZA

1. Sheshco Grill 2121 Celebration Dr. NE #700, Grand Rapids 2. Gita Pita 3. Le Kabob

1. Harmony Brewing Eastown 1551 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 2. The Mitten Brewing 3. Brick Road Pizza

MEXICAN 1. Donkey Taqueria 665 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Tacos el Cunado 3. Taqueria San Jose

NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED IN PAST 12 MONTHS) 1. Butcher’s Union 438 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids 2. The Sovengard 3. Rockford Brewing Company

PATIO 1. Founders Brewing Co. 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Rose’s 3. Rockwell Republic

Honorable Mention: Vitale’s

SANDWICH/DELI 1. Schnitz Deli 1315 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids 2. Two Beards Deli 3. Cherry Deli

SEAFOOD 1. Leo’s 60 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Fish Lads 3. Charley’s Crab

SERVICE 1. Brewery Vivant 925 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Founders Brewing Co. 3. Harmony Brewing

1. Grove 919 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. The Chop House 3. Reserve

VEGETARIAN 1. Marie Catrib’s 1001 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Brick Road Pizza 3. Little Africa

VIETNAMESE 1. Pho Soc Trang 4242 Division Ave., Kentwood 2. Asian Palace Pho 99 3. Lai Thai

WINGS 1. Wing Doozy 3916 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 2. Rockford Brewing Company 3. Slows Bar BQ

FARM TO TABLE

The Sovengard

I thought I would see the Sovengard appear more frequently in the Best of the West issue, until I realized that what they have to offer does not exactly fit the bent many of the categories slant toward. That Rick Muschiana and Patrick Conrade’s restaurant-love-child doesn’t usually serve up a burger, honestly, is not so much a problem for the Sovengard as it is a distinction. Best Pickled Vegetables? Hands down winner. Best Chicken Liver Pâté? Easy! But they certainly do deserve mention as a Farm to Table nominee. The Sovengard is moving the bar forward in Grand Rapids as far as seasonality and sustainability goes. They are one of only a handful of area restaurants that take on whole hog butchery, and possibly the only non-vegan restaurant in town that doesn’t serve beef — save a weekend or two — because of the disastrous ecological effects of bovine agriculture. They also get their cornmeal from Shady Side Farms in Holland who grind their kernels in a centuries-old windmill! We don’t live in a vacuum. There are environmental consequences for not just what restaurants choose to offer on their menus, but who they order that food from, or how much waste they plow through on any night of the week. Perhaps the Sovengard is making it harder on themselves for placing such tight strictures on the way they run their restaurant, but their nascent success — awards or not — rewards a business model that future area restaurants would be envious to emulate. 443 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids —by Nick Macksood / Photo: Jeff Hage

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BEST OF DRINKING

CRESTON BREWERY

LONG ROAD DISTILLERS

THE WINCHESTER


BY JOSH VEAL

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n Best of the West, opinions are a form of currency. And let’s be upfront about this: For the second year running, a large majority of voters spent theirs at Founders Brewing Co. The Grand Rapids brewery has built its foundation on a handful of solid, universally accessible beers recognized around the world. Where would Founders be without the 15 packs of All Day IPA, which this year seized first place for Best IPA from Bell’s Two Hearted? In fact, where would West Michigan’s tubing trips and beach days be without those same 15 packs? And Breakfast Stout won Best Stout for a reason. We’ve all turned to it as a safe haven at some point or another — finding comfort in the rich chocolate, coffee and oats; finding warmth in the blood-pumping 8.3-percent ABV. Meanwhile, KBS has reached a sort of legendary beer-of-fables status at this point. We could go on this way for so many of the categories — yes, Arktos took best Meadery. And yup, Vander Mill is still the reigning cider champ. It’s all well deserved, but it’s nothing exactly new, so let’s talk about what is.

For one thing, it’s nice to see Gray Skies Distillery gaining more recognition. The young distillery, nestled away in a land of warehouses and dive bars on Grand Rapids’ north side, has been producing top-notch spirits from the start. The Spiced Rum lingers in my mind at all times, its bold vanilla-forward flavor (balanced with cinnamon, citrus and peppercorn) always casting a shadow over nearly every other rum I’ve tried. And the cocktails in the taproom amaze, putting the spirits in the spotlight where they should be. But of course, we have no dearth of love for Long Road Distillers and its new kitchen, everexpanding cocktail menu and award-winning Aquavit, which is an experience — a dilly, caraway-forward, rye bread-esque experience — in and of itself. Luckily, there is room enough in this town for both of them. The real dark horse this year, however, has been Rockford Brewing Co. Apparently, adding an incredible kitchen is what it takes to really make a name for oneself — the brewery edged

into third place for best Stout with Sheehan’s Irish Stout, a smooth and creamy dry stout. Meanwhile, the Hoplust IPA earned an Honorable Mention for best IPA with its West Coast flavors: tropical, citrus and hoppy as hell without the bitterness. And who would’ve thought a brewery — Harmony Brewing Co., to be specific — would produce the third best Bloody Mary in town? If we really want to talk about something new, though, let’s do exactly that. Creston Brewery took first place for New Brewery, and we can see why. The beer has been solid from the get-go at this first brewery in its eponymous neighborhood. Creston doesn’t brew to a style, but rather to flavor, and the unique beer menu emphasizes that — it’s just something you have to see for yourself. And the food menu changes often, but you can find a wide variety of mostly Mexican-inspired cuisine, from Pork Belly Enchiladas to Beef Barbacoa Burritos. City Built Brewing Co. opened pretty darn recently in Grand Rapids’ north side and is serving

PHO T OS : LONG ROAD/ CR E S T ON BR E W E R Y: COUR T E SY PHO T OS, W INCHE S T E R : K AT Y B AT DOR F F

up similarly south-of-the-border cuisine, except this is the real deal. Cofounder Edwin Collazo brought his family’s Puerto Rican flavors to the kitchen, while he and Dave Petroelje brought their beer mastery to the brewhouse. The large, modern taproom and experimental beer (i.e. Flower Power, a green tea chamomile pale ale) have kept the brewery busy since opening after many, many months of setbacks. As for Speciation Artisan Ales, I almost hesitate to let out this already not-so-well-kept secret. The Comstock Park brewery has a unique system, only releasing a few beers exactly once a month, with no taproom to speak of. If you don’t go on release day, distribution is extremely limited, so these incredible beers are valuable. Whether you love sour beers or not, Speciation is a must-try, being masters in the field — you might just be made a believer.

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THE WINNERS: DRINKING BLOODY MARYS

CRAFT SPIRIT

1. The Winchester 648 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Stella’s Lounge 3. Harmony Brewing Co.

1. Long Road Distillers — Aquavit 537 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Gray Skies Distillery — Barrel Hopped Gin 3. Long Road Distillers — Gin

BREWERY 1. Founders Brewing Co. 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Brewery Vivant 3. Perrin Brewing Honorable Mentions: Creston Brewery, Harmony Brewing Co.

CIDER 1. Vander Mill 505 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 2. The Peoples Cider Company 3. Farmhaus Cider

COCKTAILS 1. Long Road Distillers 537 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids 2. SideBar 3. Gray Skies Distillery

CRAFT BEER SELECTION AT A RESTAURANT/BAR/BREWPUB 1. HopCat 25 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Logan’s Alley 3. 7 Monks Taproom

DISTILLERY 1. Long Road Distillers 537 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Gray Skies Distillery 3. Coppercraft

HAPPY HOUR 1. Rockwell Republic 45 S Division Ave., Grand Rapids 2. Terra 3. Gray Skies Distillery

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IPA 1. Founders Brewing Co. — All Day IPA 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Bell’s Brewery Inc. — Two Hearted Ale 3. Founders Brewing Co. — Centennial IPA

PRINCIPLE FOOD & DRINK

Honorable Mention: Rockford Brewing Company — Hoplust

MARGARITA 1. Donkey Taqueria 665 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Luna 3. Beltline Bar

MEADERY 1. Arktos Meadery 1251 Century Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Hideout Brewing Co. 3. Bardic Wells Meadery, Bee Ryder Meadery

COCKTAILS

Principle Food & Drink

Finding a good cocktail in West Michigan is getting easier and easier these days, but finding a masterful cocktail is another story. Principle Food & Drink in Kalamazoo takes the craft to another level, putting incredible thought and research into every cocktail. Principle owner Casey Longton told me once that his staff puts hours and hours into educating themselves, and it shows. There’s a good chance you won’t know half of the ingredients in your cocktail — making it difficult for me to highlight one here — and that’s OK. They’ll teach you. The “New American” restaurant takes heavy inspiration from old classics, cocktails created decades ago, and then puts interesting, complex twists on them. Do try one for yourself. 230 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo —by Josh Veal

NEW BREWERY (OPENED IN PAST 12 MONTHS) 1. Creston Brewery 1504 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 2. City Built Brewing Co. 3. Speciation Artisan Ales

STOUT 1. Founders Brewing Co. — Breakfast Stout 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Founders Brewing Co. — KBS

3. Rockford Brewing Company — Sheehan’s Irish Stout

WINE LIST 1. Reserve Wine & Food 201 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids 2. Divani 3. Aperitivo

WINERY 1. Hudsonville Winery 3768 Chicago Dr., Hudsonville 2. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery 3. Cascade Winery


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BREWERY

CRAFT BEER SELECTION

Cedar Springs Brewing Co.

Riverside Lounge

At Revue, we love IPAs and stouts as much as the next person, but we also often find ourselves craving a taste of traditional Old World German styles like weißbier, pilsner, märzen and doppelbock. Luckily, Cedar Springs Brewing Co. has us covered with its Küsterer brand of award-winning libations that are brewed to style, as they were intended. (They also brew American styles if you’d rather not live and die by the Reinheitsgebot.) The brewery features an inviting space with a Bavarian beer hall vibe, a nod to old Grand Rapids with panels from the former Schnitzelbank restaurant, and covered outdoor seating. Trust us: You’ll want to pair your Küsterer Original Weißbier with Bavarian-style food like Jägerschnitzel or Leberkäse, but the entire menu — which also includes traditional American fare — is worth a look. (The Brussels sprouts are divine.) 95 N. Main St., Cedar Springs —by Joe Boomgaard

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Riverside Lounge features 50 taps of all craft beer and cider, with a heavy emphasis on products from Michigan. The newly-opened speakeasy-style lounge makes it easy for customers wanting to take beer to go, as it will sell almost every available draft beer in a 32-ounce can filled to order. Additionally, the owners have hand-selected an ever-growing selection of hundreds of spirits, including limited craft-made bourbons and whiskeys. Being situated adjacent to Riverside Liquors allows customers to go next door and buy the beverage they sampled at the lounge, or vice versa — customers can test drive that expensive bottle of Scotch or bourbon barrel-aged stout before they commit to buying a whole package. Riverside also posts its taps in real time online via Digital Pour, so you can see if they have that rare beer you’ve been craving as well as whether it’s currently pouring or on-deck.

RIVERSIDE LOUNGE

Go there for the relaxed atmosphere, a handcrafted cocktail or a pint of craft beer, particularly if you’re interested in exploring something new. 5430 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids —by Joe Boomgaard

NEW BREWERY

The OpenRoad Brewery

Wayland has never been considered a mecca for craft beer. In fact, most people have probably never been through Wayland’s quaint downtown, even though

it’s just a couple of miles off U.S. 131 between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. And that’s a shame, because you’d be missing out on the chance to sample some wonderful craft beer at The OpenRoad Brewery, which has been open for about a year. Top choices include Citradesiac, an Americanstyle pale ale made with all citra hops for a citrusy flavor that’s smooth and avoids becoming bitter, or Road Rage, a balanced double IPA that’s incredibly smooth for 8 percent ABV. When you get your motor running and head out on the highway, make a stop at The OpenRoad for a flavor adventure. 128 S. Main St., Wayland —by Joe Boomgaard


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BEST OF PEOPLE & SERVICES

MOS EISLEY’S

FUNKY BUDDHA YOGA HOTHOUSE


BY JOSH VEAL

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ervices & People is our most eclectic category by far, ranging from Barbershop to Comedian to Personal Trainer. So let’s take a look at some of these people. Christian Roberts of Allegro Coaching (which placed second for Fitness Club/Gym) took first place for Personal Trainer, thanks to 18 years of experience working with dancers, MMA fighters and everyone in-between.

Meanwhile, in what could be considered the opposite of a personal trainer, the Bartender category experienced a shakeup. Dan Dixon of Founders leapfrogged into first place, while Brian Denboer of Harmony climbed from last year’s third place to this year’s second. The Comedians retained two of last year’s Top 3 but newcomer Kaira Williams moved into third place. Williams is one half of Inaccurate & Innappropriate (Megan Elaine is the other), a comedy duo that puts together a weekly web series “discussing life’s absurdities while getting most of the facts completely wrong.” The two have begun

performing together in live shows as well, so keep an eye out. Speaking of watching things (this is a bad segue), check out that TV News Personality category. All three winners come from WOODTV8, which is likely the most watched news station in Grand Rapids. But I don’t actually know, so let’s move on. Kaite Lyn “KL” Christoffersen of both Cheeky Strut and Siren & Proper retained her devoted fan following as winner of Hair Stylist, but she also moved into third for Instagram Account, @ mermiconhair. This isn’t too surprising given her 91,000-plus followers, which is six times as many

as the other two winners’ (EatGR and GR Guide) combined. Last spring, long before we even held Best of the West, we featured Christoffersen in our first-ever Style Issue for just being an all-around boss. We might as well talk about the other hair stylists too, since 265 people were nominated, which is 100 more than last year. Kathy Kang at Capelli Salon took second place, which makes the only win this year for the Eastown salon. Meanwhile, JR Kotrc-Eufora of Belladonna Salon & Spa on 28th Street took third. As for the services (Car Wash, Catering, etc.), well, I’m not enough of a jack-of-all-trades to impart sage wisdom there, but let’s just say the results speak for themselves.

THE WINNERS: PEOPLE & SERVICES AUTO REPAIR

BICYCLE SHOP

FITNESS CLUB/GYM

CHEF

1. Westside Garage 856 7th St. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Community Automotive Repair 3. Veenstra’s Garage

1. Freewheeler Bike Shop 915 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Spoke Folks 3. Grand Rapids Bicycle Company

1. MVP 4035 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Allegro Coaching 3. Flirt Fitness

1. Jenna Arcidiacono — Amore 5080 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park 2. Ryan Bolhuis — Rockford Brewing Company 3. Chris Weimer — Brewery Vivant

BANK/CREDIT UNION

CAR WASH/DETAILING

BARTENDER

1. Lake Michigan Credit Union lmcu.org 2. Macatawa Bank 3. Adventure Credit Union Chemical Bank

1. Southland Auto Wash southlandautowash.com 2. Waterworks Car Wash 3. Breton Auto Wash

BARBER SHOP

1. Martha’s Catering 1122 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids 2. Kangaroo Kitchen 3. Gilmore Catering

1. Dan Dixon — Founders Brewing Co. 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Brian Denboer — Harmony Brewing (Eastown) 3. Adam Rodriguez — Long Road Distillers

1. Jude’s Barbershop judesbarbershop.com 2. Foremost Barbershop 3. Zach’s Barbershop

CATERING

PHO T OS : MOS E ISL E Y ’S: COUR T E SY, F UNK Y BUDDH A : R YA N PAVLOVICH

COMEDIAN 1. Stu McCallister stumccallister.com 2. Nolan Graff 3. Kaira Williams

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THE WINNERS: PEOPLE & SERVICES, continued

HAIR STYLIST

Ann Van Weaver, Brindle & Blonde HAIR STYLIST

PERSONAL TRAINER

1. Kaite Lyn “KL” Christoffersen — Cheeky Strut cheekystrut.com/kaite-lyn 2. Kathy Kang — Capelli Salon 3. JR — Belladonna Salon

1. Christian Roberts allegrocoaching.com 2. Kendra Bylsma, Lance Huber 3. Heidi Dykstra, Lexie Rydleski

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT 1. EatGR eatgr.com 2. GR Guide 3. Mermicornhair

RADIO PERSONALITY 1. Free Beer and Hot Wings freebeerandhotwings.com 2. Eric Zane 3. Connie and Curtis

TV NEWS PERSONALITY 1. Rachael Ruiz — WOODTV8 woodtv.com 2. Casey Jones — WOODTV8 3. Bill Steffen — WOODTV8

MASSAGE 1. Urban Massage 951 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Design One 3. Chasing Vanity

NAIL SALON 1. Chasing Vanity 150 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Posh Nail Studio 3. Da Vi Nail Salon

OPTICAL 1. Grand Rapids Ophthalmology seeitclear.com 2. Rx Optical 3. HyperOptik

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SALON 1. Cheeky Strut 216 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Brindle & Blonde 3. Chasing Vanity

TATTOO/PIERCING 1. Mos Eisleys 71 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids 2. Honest to Goodness 3. Love Tattoo Honorable Mention: Sovereign Arms

VET/ANIMAL CLINIC 1. Eastown Veterinary Clinic 1350 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Cascade Hospital for Animals 3. Family Friends Veterinary Hospital

YOGA STUDIO 1. Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse 1331 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 2. AM Yoga 3. PeaceLab Yoga Honorable Mention: Twisted Hot Yoga

How can you forget the 2016 March Style issue cover girl? Van Weaver is a genius stylist and it’s true what they say — you can judge a stylist by their own hair. Whether she’s kinky curly blonde or some magical color of pink or green that exists in another unicorn realm, she always has me watching. I could look at her before-and-after wavy bob-cut photos all day. But Brindle & Blonde won second for Best Hair Salon, so I suppose that’s partially her doing, right? 600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids —by Missy Black

SALON

Bombshell Blow Dry Bar and Full Service Salon

I stumbled upon the salon’s Instagram account and I’ve been amazed by all the smiling people. From friendly and helpful staff to customers that look like they won a million dollars or got their best cut or color ever (which is the same feeling), the salon is a surefire happy spot. Besides the Balayage, you can stop in for services for nails, tanning, bridal beauty, makeup and lashes, as well as the latest in quality hair products and trendy accessories. 2975 W. Shore Dr., Holland —by Missy Black

The Parlour Grand Rapids

There are countless reasons to love the Parlour. This blow dry bar/salon combo is in central downtown (inside CityFlatsHotel), making it the prime location to get your hair done before going out on the town. Stop in to freshen up your manicure or spend your day here sipping wine or beer and snacking on food from the restaurant next door. The Parlour is always running specials and giveaways, and their prices are some of the best in Grand Rapids. For a stellar men’s cut, visit Amanda. For stunning highlights, balayage or a sharp new ’do, check out Carley or Hannah. Visit Instagram for visual proof of all this salon has to offer. 77 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids —by Kelly Brown

ANN VAN WEAVER PHO T O : NICOL E R ICO

FITNESS CLUB/GYM

CrossFit 616

Walk into CrossFit 616 and you’ll be greeted with numerous hellos (and possibly, a lick on the nose from the box dog, Tink). Spend a day at CrossFit 616 and you’ll instantly be hooked. Coaches Brian, Cori and Tom are invested in not only the health and well-being of their clients, but their lives as well. When you join CrossFit 616 you’re not just joining a gym, you’re joining a family. So, if you want to get ripped, gain better endurance, lose a few pounds — whatever your goals are, this place is there to support you every step of the way. 2430 Turner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids —by Kelly Brown

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

Diane Teall Evans (@ditea)

Not many Instagram accounts will make you laugh out loud, but Diane Teall Evans will, and she’ll make you healthy while she does it. Her main account focuses on nutrition (delicious healthy recipes, and tips and tricks to live a better life!), while her Instagram stories focus on daily life. Stories include a tutorial for a “caca bun,” her pug Doug and rants about healthy fats. Her account will keep you motivated to lead a healthy life, while making your stomach hurt from laughing. —by Kelly Brown


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LIONS & RABBITS

GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM

BEST OF ART


BY JOSH VEAL

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espite the small number of categories, Arts had no shortage of nominations this year, with 268 nominations for Photographer alone, and 145 nominations for Visual Artist. Thousands of votes poured in, even with only six categories to choose from. On the other hand, even with all those votes, we somehow ended up with the craziest tie of the entire survey in Visual Arts, with seven people placing in the Top 3. And the only repeat offender from last year is Woosah’s Erica Lang, who previously took first place thanks to her unique brand of woodcarving and printmaking. This year, tied for first are Hannah Berry, founder of art gallery Lions & Rabbits — which powered into the lead for Alternative Art Gallery this year — and Jeff Kraus, who landed on the cover of Revue’s very own Arts Issue last year. As for the ever-popular Photographer category, Grand Rapids family and wedding photographers Heather Dixon and Devin Hendrick took the lead, bumping Katy Batdorff (with whom Revue works regularly) to third place. Aside from that, not much changed from last year, and honestly, that’s OK!

THE WINNERS: ART VISUAL ARTIST

ART GALLERY

LIVE THEATER GROUP

FILMMAKER

1. Hannah Berry (lionsandrabbits. com) and Jeff Kraus (jeffkraus.net) 2. Erica Lang, Nick Nortier, Reb Roberts 3. Jim Foltice, Sarah Jean Anderson

1. Richard App Gallery 910 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. LaFontsee Galleries 3. Lions & Rabbits

1. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre 30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids 2. Dog Story Theater 3. Circle Theatre

1. Joel Potrykus 2. Daniel Falicki 3. Carbon Stories, Gabby Hulst, Gorilla

ALTERNATIVE ART GALLERY 1. Lions & Rabbits 1264 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 2. GreenLion Studios 3. Mexicains Sans Frontieres

ART MUSEUM

PHOTOGRAPHER

TATTOO ARTIST

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BEST OF MUSIC AB

VOX VIDORRA


BY ERIC MITTS

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ven in the ever-changing world of music, one old adage remains shockingly true: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Now in our second year of Best of the West here at Revue, we have time on our side. And using it as a soft reference, we can already tell that the tastes and preferences of many of our area’s most avid music lovers run deep.

Six of the winners this year repeated their titles from last year, including yet another dominant performance from the clearly beloved Grand Rapids Symphony, as well as continuing support for local music institutions 88.1 WYCE and Vertigo Music. In the Best Original Band category, rising Grand Rapids soul standout Vox Vidorra simply swapped places with longtime indie-folk favorite The Crane Wives as the two most popular bands in the area, which should come as no

surprise to anyone who has caught any of their many sets at festivals, breweries or even libraries over the last two years. Cracking in at No. 3 on that list, rockabilly duo Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish made a strong debut this year, as did DJ Adeshola Makinde, cover band Trixy Trang and Best Solo Artist Brian Vander Ark, lead singer of The Verve Pipe. The most interesting category this year proved to be best music festival, where last year’s winner, Electric Forest, dropped to third

place despite expanding to two full weekends this summer. Instead, venerable institution Festival of the Arts came out on top, despite not placing in the top three last year, and seeming like a granddaddy in comparison to the youthful, technicolor exuberance of Electric Forest. Boosted no doubt by its colossal 10th anniversary lineup, Founders Fest also found its way onto the list for the first time. Last but certainly not least, GR indie-rock club The Pyramid Scheme held off a huge splash made by the brand-new 20 Monroe Live to defend its title as the Best Music Venue in West Michigan, despite drawing in concert crowds a fraction of the size — thus proving that even now, in the fast-paced and fickle digital age, music fans remain diehards to what they love to the very end. Check out the rest to see if any of your favorites made it onto our list this year!

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MUSIC FESTIVAL

RADIO STATION

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1. Festival of the Arts festivalgr.org 2. Founders Fest 3. Electric Forest

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1. Pyramid Scheme 68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. 20 Monroe Live 3. The Intersection

1. Brian Vander Ark brianvanderark.com 2. Rick Chyme 3. Lady Ace Boogie

ORIGINAL BAND

1. Vertigo Music 129 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids 2. Corner Record Shop 3. Dodds Record Shop

SYMPHONY 1. Grand Rapids Symphony 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids 2. West Michigan Symphony 3. Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

1. Vox Vidorra voxvidorra.com 2. The Crane Wives 3. Jesse Ray and The Carolina Catfish

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From a modest storef ront i n Muskegon, Third Coast Vinyl has curated a dynamite selection of new and used vinyl. The operation may not have the largest stacks of wax, but they know how to stock the bins with the right albums for all collectors. There’s a plethora to choose from, whether you’re into rock, metal, alternative, hip hop, indie or everything in between. And just in case you need secondary verification about the extent of its selection, Third Coast is prolific at posting the in-house collection and latest arrivals on Instagram. 1115 3rd St., Muskegon —by Joe Boomgaard

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Hollywood Makeout hosted one of the most amazing shows of the year when the band released its second LP – Speedo Spider – on a freaking riverboat back in May. Issued by phenomenal local label Dizzybird Records, the fresh wave of surf-inspired indie-rock is the perfect summer soundtrack for fans who don’t go for the usual summer jams, and an absolute blast for those who eagerly awaited a follow-up to the band’s bodacious 2014 debut Bikini Bat. hollywoodmakeout.bandcamp.com

Those looking for the unexpected should look no further than this growing festival now spanning two days (Sept. 22-23) at Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Site. Previously featuring bands as wildly different as Blues Traveler, Andrew W.K., Big Gigantic and The Joy Formidable, Audiotree has branched out even further now i n its f i f th year w ith the alwaysunpredictable psychedelic outfit King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard set to headline this time around, supported by some of the best up-and-coming rock and rap acts around. audiotreemusicfestival.com

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Located i n Ka la mazoo’s st udentcentered Vine Street neighborhood, Satellite Records serves as a beacon for many fresh-faced listeners discovering the velvety sound of vinyl for the first time, or diehard collectors eager to get their hands on the latest releases and rare reissues. The shop just celebrated its three-year anniversary, and in that short time has hosted dozens of in-store performances by both touring and local bands, while offering a great selection of new and used LPs, cassettes and more. 808 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo —by Eric Mitts


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BEST OF STYLE & SHOPPING

REBEL RECL AIMED


BY MISSY BL ACK

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ome people loathe shopping. I know, it’s weird, but these individuals walk among us. Whether you despise browsing stores for the right outfit/gift or enjoy it and treat it like a sport, you should know who’s deemed the best of the best. Your marching orders are to visit these sacred places, as the community has spoken and deemed them worthy of your time, money and fascination.

Let’s start with the gift shop mecca, Rebel Reclaimed. I know firsthand how adorable the owners are and how the shop is packed out with all kinds of amazing finds — pillows, cards, vases, jewelry, wall art, drinkware and novelties. They’ve won the city over with their wit, charm and humorous coffee mugs, and when someone buys you Rebel goods you never let that person out of your life, you hear?! The Eastown shop has been awarded bragging rights for winning first place in both the gift shop and home décor categories. Another

fine contender, The Found Cottage, is a place to peruse gathered goods found and new. It’s no surprise this place is becoming a destination for large furniture, artwork and home goods you can’t find anyplace else. In a nutshell: women be shopping (and they’re coming here in droves). If we’re talking clothing, we’re happy to see Slate become a big deal. The men’s clothing and accessories store debuted this past November and it’s apparent Grand Rapids has opened its arms and wallets to this much-

needed retail space for men. The downtown shop quickly jumped into a top three mention, along with powerhouse clothing names like A.K. Rikk’s, who found votes in the women’s clothing category as well. Looking to women’s clothing, Lee & Birch is quickly gaining favor, and its new location in Rockford is likely helping with visibility. Personally, I’m betting many votes were cast just for the jewelry alone. With all this talk of shopping, funds could be running low. If you’re needing a deal on brand-name, gently used clothing, everyone agrees Conscious Collective is doing it right. Maybe it’s the fact that the shop carries plussizes, or it could be the handmade artisan gifts peppered among the awesome second-hand scores. There’s many wonderful thrift/consignment stores in the area and to be lauded with top honors is a huge accomplishment. Muscling its way to the top has got to feel good for a small shop built from the clothing off your back. Keep showing the rest of them how to hustle.

THE WINNERS: STYLE & SHOPPING ANTIQUE SHOP

BOOK STORE

1. Eastown Antiques 1515 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Treasures of Lost & Found 3. Blue Door

1. Schuler Books & Music Multiple locations, schulerbooks. com 2. Books & Mortar 3. Argos Books

ATHLETIC GOODS STORE 1. Gazelle Sports 3930 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Striders 3. Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus

BUTCHER

BEER/WINE/LIQUOR STORE

1. Louise Earl Butcher 1106 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. E.A. Brady’s 3. Sobie Meats

1. Martha’s Vineyard 200 Union Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 2. Rishi’s International Beverage 3. Siciliano’s Market, Smitty’s Specialty Beverage

1. Vault of Midnight 95 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids

COMIC BOOK STORE

2. Argos Books 3. Tardy’s Collectors Corner

ETHNIC FOOD STORE 1. Russo’s International Market 2770 29th St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Mediterranean Island 3. Horrocks

FARMERS MARKET 1. Fulton Street Farmers Market 1145 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapid 2. Rockford Farmers Market 3. Holland Farmers Market, Muskegon Farmers Market

PHO T OS : F ULT ON S T. FAR ME R S M A R K E T: R ICH AR D DE MING, A .K . R IK K ’S ( M AT T SOVA , PE R SON A L SHOPPE R ) : NICOL E R ICO, R EBE L: COUR T E SY

FLORIST 1. Eastern Floral 2836 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Posh Petals 3. Kennedy’s Flowers & Gifts, Stems Market

GIFT SHOP 1. Rebel Reclaimed 1409 Robinson Rd. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Kennedy’s Flowers & Gifts 3. Art of the Table

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THE WINNERS: STYLE & SHOPPING, continued GROCERY STORE 1. Meijer Multiple locations, meijer. com 2. Forest Hills Foods 3. Fresh Thyme

HEALTH FOOD STORE 1. Harvest Health 1944 Eastern Ave. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Fresh Thyme 3. Sawall Health Foods

HOME DECOR 1. Rebel Reclaimed 1409 Robinson Rd. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Found Cottage 3. Wealthy at Charles

JEWELRY STORE 1. DeVries Jewelers 411 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Preusser’s Jewelers 3. Metal Art Studio

MEN’S CLOTHING 1. A.K. Rikk’s 6303 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids

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2. Slate 3. Fitzgerald’s

2. Tuttle’s Select Cigars 3. Grand River Cigar

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE

VAPE SHOP

1. Meyer Music 2855 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Rainbow Music 3. RIT Music

PET STORE 1. Fido & Stitch 820 Monroe Ave. NW #140, Grand Rapids 2. V.I. Pets 3. The Barking Boutique

THRIFT/CONSIGNMENT SHOP 1. Conscious Collective (445 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids) and Urban Exchange (926 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids) 2. Georgie’s Consignment Clothing 3. Rock Paper Scissors

TOBACCO/CIGAR SHOP 1. Buffalo Tobacco Traders 952 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids

1. Joost Vapor joostvapor.com 2. Mitten Vapors 3. Mister-E-Liquid

VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE 1. Flashback on Leonard 450 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Conscious Collective 3. I.C. Hair & Vintage

WOMEN’S CLOTHING 1. A.K. Rikk’s 6303 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. Lee & Birch 3. Leigh’s

GIFT SHOP

Pink Lemonade

In my second life, I come back and work at Pink Lemonade and they pay me in STUFF — super cute stuff soaked in sass like mugs that say “Miss Fancy Pants.” Wade through the cards, candles, journals and clothing for little ones and you’ll also spot a lot of girl-power gifts (which is why I’m a huge fan). If you love pink, laughing is your favorite, and you have gifts to buy (you always do!) then you’ll see why this place has my heart. Also, word on the street is that a second location is opening in Kalamazoo in the fall. Plus, the store carries the ultra fabulous ban.do line, so... 703 Bagley Ave., East Grand Rapids —by Missy Black

THRIFT/CONSIGNMENT

Rosa’s Closet

Here’s an upscale resale boutique with an eye for statement pieces. From skirts and tops to shoes and jewelry, every piece is hand-picked for world style domination. The store’s strong suit seems to be luxury pieces such as Italian leather loafers and deeply discounted Rag & Bone blazers, along with formal attire like cocktail party dresses or beaded and lace gowns. I’m repeatedly dazzled by Rosa’s handbag selection and the surprise Kate Spade pieces. The shop even offers the chance to host private parties (imagine me raising my hand enthusiastically). 2141 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids —by Missy Black


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BEST OF NIGHTLIFE & ACTIVITIES


BY JOSH VEAL

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y and large, this was a good year for Nightlife & Activities incumbents. A majority of last year’s first place winners remain in their thrones, so let’s look at the exceptions. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park had quite the come-up, taking the lead for both First Date Spot and Tourist Attraction, which is quite the feat considering that ArtPrize (which was bumped to second place) brings in more than 500,000 visitors. The gardens have continued to grow every year, though, between the Ai Weiwei exhibition and the new Japanese Garden, complete with a Jenny Holzer collaboration.

Going back to that First Date Spot, we have not one but two ties this year, with Grand Rapids’ very own delicious tapas eatery San Chez tying for first, and Founders tying with Grand Haven Beach for third. We’ve got a wide range of experiences here. Meanwhile, Rockwell/Republic climbed into second. We’re not sure exactly what it is, but the downtown New American/Asian gastropub seems to be on the rise lately. Maybe it’s the wide variety

of atmospheres offered by the restaurant’s multiple seating areas; maybe it’s the excellent food ranging from very affordable to lavish; or maybe it’s the ever-improving cocktail menu. Who knows! For the Dive Bar category, Anchor Bar rocketed into first place, unseating Mulligan’s. I can’t help but feel this is in large part due to the recent gentrification — er, I mean… development, of Bridge Street. Regardless, it’s a well-deserved win. Anchor

is friendly and cheap, while still boasting an impressive whiskey menu and cool interior. As much as we love to compare to last year, we also like doing something new. This year we added a few categories here and there, including Dog Parks. In first place? Grand Ravines Dog Park out in Jenison. I’m sure the fact the park is free is a big draw, and the new washing station and public restrooms don’t hurt. It’s hard to beat 20 acres of walking trails and two large off-leash areas for the price of $0. Still, Shaggy Pines deserves its secondplace spot as well, with swimming ponds, a doggy mountain and even a coffee bar. We’ll let you take it from here.

THE WINNERS: NIGHTLIFE & ACTIVITIES ANNUAL EVENT/FESTIVAL

BOWLING

DOG PARKS

KARAOKE

1. ArtPrize artprize.org 2. Festival of the Arts 3. Founders Fest

1. Clique Lanes 533 Stocking Ave. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Wengers Bowling Center 3. Northfield Lanes

1. Grand Ravines Dog Park 3991 Fillmore St., Jenison 2. Shaggy Pines Dog Park 3. Hillcrest Dog Park

1. Kale’s Korner 511 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Fulton Street Pub 3. Z’s Bar and Restaurant

CASINO

FIRST DATE SPOT

LGBTQ BAR

1. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids) and San Chez (38 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids) 2. Rockwell Republic 3. Grand Haven City Beach, Founders Brewing Co.

1. The Apartment Lounge 33 Sheldon Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 2. Rumors Nightclub 3. The Dunes Resort

BAR/PUB/TAVERN 1. The Meanwhile Bar 1005 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids 2. HopCat (Grand Rapids) 3. SpeakEZ Lounge

1. Gun Lake Casino 1123 129th Ave., Wayland 2. Soaring Eagle Casino 3. FireKeepers Casino

BEACH

DIVE BAR

1. Grand Haven City Beach S. Harbor Dr., Grand Haven 2. Holland State Park 3. Oval Beach

1. Anchor Bar 447 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids 2. Mulligan’s Pub 3. The Meanwhile Bar

COUR T E SY PHO T OS

MOVIE THEATER 1. Celebration! Cinema North 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids Continued

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THE WINNERS: NIGHTLIFE & ACTIVITIES, continued PARK/TRAILS

2. AMC Grand Rapids 18 3. Wealthy Theatre

NIGHT CLUB 1. Eve at the B.O.B. 20 Monroe Ave. NW, 4F, Grand Rapids 2. Rumors Nightclub 3. Grand Woods Lounge

OPEN-MIC NIGHT 1. Founders Brewing Co. 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. Rockford Brewing Company 3. Billy’s Lounge

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1. White Pine Trail whitepinetrail.com 2. Millennium Park 3. Kent Trails

SPORTS BAR 1. Peppino’s Sports Grille 130 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids 2. The Score 3. Uccello’s

TOURIST ATTRACTION 1. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park 1000 E Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 2. ArtPrize 3. Founders Brewing Co.


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All Is Well

ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

GR post-rock group aims to help others with emotionally honest LP | by Eric Mitts

our sound to go … (but) our sonic elements now incorporate similar sounds to Foxing and From Indian Lakes.” Taking broad inf luences from bands as sonically diverse and emotionally raw as Sigur Ros and Brand New, the band considers its intricate, melodic music to fit underneath the broad indie/alternative umbrella. Altogether, the band members take delicate touches from math-rock, prog-rock and even R&B amidst a luminescent array of finger-tapped guitars and shifting time signatures, all without losing sight of the emotion of the songs. “We hope that we bring something new to the music scene,” Van Slett said. “Our writing process has tended to be orchestral, often putting melody in front of lyricism, and has really challenged us to continue learning and growing as musicians. We re-

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ISING UP ON WEST M ICH IGA N ’S R A DI A N T MUSICAL HORIZON, Grand Rapids quintet All Is Well hopes to shine a light for those in search of inspiration, solace or hope with the release of its first full-length album, Someday I Swear. “(The album title) speaks so loudly of what we believe as a band — that everyone has a purpose and we should do our best to help each other realize and fulfill that purpose,” said drummer Nathan Coles. “As a band, we really felt that these words brought the album together very well, being emotionally honest and present, while also

being energized to take hold of the future with a fresh determination.” Formed in early 2015, the members of All Is Well met through mutual friends and past musical projects. The band started to take shape nearly two years before that around Coles, bassist Nick Van Slett and keyboardist Hannah Van Slett, but didn’t solidify until guitarist/vocalist Nate Krikke and guitarist/vocalist Erik Rice joined the following year. “Originally, our sound was reminiscent of bands like My Epic and Polyenso,” Nick Van Slett said of the band’s beginnings. “But when all five of us started writing for our first EP (2015’s Nocturnes) together, our sound began to dynamically evolve. The writing process was initially slow because we were learning so much about our different writing styles and figuring out where we wanted

ally believe that in this process, our music takes its own journey, creating a soundscape that typically shies away from song structure formula.” All Is Well’s previous EP, Nocturnes, earned two nominations from WYCE’s Jammie Awards in 2016 and helped land the band shows everywhere from house venues to bars, coffee shops and school-sponsored events, including this year’s WYSTOCK at Hope College, where it headlined. “We carry a lot of different elements in our music and fit in pretty well with the diverse local scene of Grand Rapids,” Coles said. “We’ve done well playing in lineups incorporating varieties of rock, emo, modern jazz, post-punk, and even with folk/acoustic acts.” With such a complex sound, All Is Well spent a lot of time carefully recording its upcoming full-length album. Half do-it-yourself (DIY) and half professionally crafted, the band teamed with Nick Diener, who mixed the album at Oneder Studios in Saginaw, and turned to Mark Michalik for mastering. “Music has meant so many things to each of us individually,” Van Slett said. “It has helped all of us through dark times within our lives and still serves as a medium that is very therapeutic, comforting and nostalgic. … For us as a band, it is a way to identify and connect with each other, to transcend our personal limits and to connect our emotions collectively.” All Is Well will continue to tour on weekends for the next month and a half in support of the album, with several dates lined up for the fall, including an all-indie showcase at the Park Theatre in Holland on Oct. 13.

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RAND RAPIDS WILL BOUNCE TO THE BEAT OF SEV ER A L OF this summer’s hottest DJs and rappers when the brand-new Breakaway Music Festival turns Belknap Park into the largest outdoor concert venue in the city. Founded by concert promoter Prime Social Group in Columbus, Ohio back in 2013, the Breakaway Music Festival has grown over the past four years. This year, the festival has partnered with MiEntertainment Group (a Michigan-based concert promoter and boutique production company) and will host the first-ever Michigan installment of the festival right in downtown Grand Rapids. “There isn’t anything else like it in West Michigan,” said Jenna Meyer, marketing director for MiEntertainment Group. “Grand Rapids is a great fit for the Breakaway expansion due to the city’s rapid growth and the void of outdoor music festivals in the city limits, especially in the genres of music we have confirmed for this festival.”

Platinum-selling Houston-based rapper Travis Scott and chart-topping, Grammywinning German DJ/producer Zedd will headline the two-day event. More than a dozen other EDM and rap acts — including Jon Bellion, Blackbear, Cheat Codes, and many more — will fill out the dance-centric bill. “Breakaway will be the first outdoor music festival of this size and genre to take place in the Grand Rapids city limits,” Meyer said. “MiEntertainment Group has 30-plus years of experience producing large-scale outdoor music festivals, so we are looking forward to bringing a new event to West Michigan.” Described by Meyer as a “natural fit” for Breakaway, Belknap Park will play a large part in the appeal of the festival, due to its amphitheater setting, 360-degree view of Grand Rapids, and close proximity to the city’s center. In between sets on the festival’s mainstage, Breakaway revelers can also get down to the musical euphoria of the fest’s Silent Disco, where listeners dance together while wearing headphones cued into the DJ onstage. Several Michigan-based artists will take the stage at Breakaway, including: Attak (aka

Detroit-based DJ and talent buyer at The Intersection, Chad Smith); Crowd Cntrl (aka Kalamazoo DJ Chris “Sully” Sullivant); Cookn (aka Detroit DJs Nate Schwalm and Josh Smith); Grand Rapids’ own 2017 Best of the West-winning DJ AB (aka musician/ designer/entrepreneur Adrian Butler); longtime Grand Rapids DJ Jay Vee (aka Jason Veeder); and more still to be announced. “We have several partnerships set up with local businesses, and we continue to integrate new groups each week, whether it be vendors, nonprofit organizations, hotels, breweries and distilleries,” Meyer said of Breakaway’s plans to work closely with the West Michigan community.

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f I’m sitting poolside, please trust that I’ll be wearing my loud and colorful, cheeky summertime fashions as I adjust my sunglasses and refresh my pina colada. This rule is rigid. Clothing in the summer has everything to do with having fun, so whether it’s a sequined flamingo on your purse or pineapple earrings, you need to work that festive angle. Aim for anything that screams “garden party on steroids,” along with headache-inducing neon and fun fruit accessories. The best example to provide is the clothing company Lou + Marie, who wants to make you the talk of the pool, the beach and the season. The Hudsonville boutique is known for affordable clothing, focusing on tops, dresses and accessories that aren’t exactly tame. “We like too many different styles,” said co-owner Kirsten Warners. “We dabble all over with bright boho style and fun pieces for women.” It’s the kind of stuff you wear on date night. “We look for stuff we would wear and things you don’t see everyone else wearing,” said co-owner Cassie Beel. The dynamic duo is pumped for summer and has plenty of pieces with pom-poms, tassels, pops of color and romantic florals. Be an ambassador of summer with the exaggerated pom-pom pink dress ($37) and the super comfortable stretchy cotton dress in a statement-making juicy orange pattern ($35). These styles and more are offered at Lakeshore Marketplace in Holland, or check out Lou + Marie on Instagram.

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GrammaBum makes horror films for fun and passion “At the time, we were just coming up with silly short film ideas and we came up with a silly name and it stuck around,” Husselman said. “It was a fun name we thought people would get a laugh out of.” Davis and Husselman’s films started taking shape in 2009, but their first feature film, Please Don’t Let Me Die Down Here, turned into a short and wasn’t filmed until 2011, being released in 2013. The amount of people they have working on their films isn’t big, with a skeleton crew of only five people. Husselman’s brother even played seven roles behind different masks in one of the first films. “It’s real low-key, real low-budget,” Husselman said. Davis and Husselman have shot quite a few other films since. Their latest, Creepies (Creeper 2), aired in May at the VHS Convention/Film Festival in Strasburg, Pa. It was officially released June 30. The film is all about a woman who

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HEIR LOVE FOR FILMS ISN’T HOW MONTE DAVIS JR. AND JEFFREY HUSSELMAN FIRST MET. It all started for Davis and Husselman in 2007, when they were introduced through the local music scene while performing in different bands. They talked here and there about movies, both being big fans and having done projects in high school. In 2009, they ran into each other again and started talking about how they wanted to make movies. From there, GrammaBum Motion Pictures was born.

hates men and wants to rid the world of them one at a time, creating a race of plant monsters that only feed off men’s body parts. The men are tortured and dissected, and then the plants do the rest. GrammaBun also showed Pay To Play, which was shot entirely on VHS, in June at the Wealthy Theatre. The story: A couple is going through marital issues and money issues. They make a choice of seeking men on the internet for sexual advances through money. This, however, turns into an insane descent into madness. Besides these two releases, Davis and Husselman are also in the midst of writing a slasher film that’s a throwback to Sleepaway Camp. There is no name or many details on what it will entail yet, but what we do know is that the movie will be released in spring of 2018 — so there’s something to look forward to if you’re a horror fan.

If you haven’t already guessed, GrammaBum is big on horror and most of its work falls under the umbrella of the genre. The company’s first feature, however, was an action exploitation flick inspired by John Carpenter’s Escape from New York. All of the earlier films leaned toward comedic efforts, but Davis and Husselman fell into the genre of horror as they continued to work and experiment. “I think it’s safe to say that the horror genre is something we both love immensely,” Davis said. “I think there is a lot you can do with the genre that isn’t thought of. ... That’s one thing we’re really trying to get to, that you can make a horror film not feel like a horror film, but feel like a weird drama. There’s a real spirit of independence. You have a lot of freedom with the genre.”


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GRAND RAPIDS Angel’s Thai Café 136 Monroe Center NW. 616-454-9801 THAI. This downtown restaurant makes your order fresh, fast, and hot. You can order your entree with your choice of meat and spice level, or create your own. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Thai Steak and Yum Talay. Anna’s House Multiple locations BREAKFAST/LUNCH. Anna’s House recently went through a dramatic makeover, going from an already-beloved breakfast hot spot and neighborhood staple to an ever-growing concept with five locations across West Michigan. Why all the success? The menu is unique, but accessible. The interior design is refreshing, but not overbearing. And the service is great. » SERVING: Breakfast, Lunch OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Inventive breakfast specials. Bistro Bella Vita 44 Grandville Ave. SW. 616-222-4600 ITALIAN. One of Grand Rapids’ best dining experiences, featuring Mediterranean-inspired country cuisine, a swanky yet comfortable downtown atmopshere and personable service. BBV’s culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes made with locally grown produce, fresh seafood and rotisserie roasted meats. Specialty gluten-free menu, and can prepare custom dishes for lactose intolerant, vegetarian, and vegan diets. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mediterranean Country Cuisine and Martinis.

Butcher’s Union 438 Bridge St. NW 616-551-1323 AMERICAN. Butcher’s has its fortes — meat and whiskey — but it’s not exactly niche. Expertly-crafted cocktails (made with every kind of

spirit) are here at a refreshingly affordable price, along with a high-end food menu for carnivores and vegheads alike. The historic building sets the mood, giving off an “old fancy-bar in London” vibe. » SERVING: Lunch, Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Meat, whiskey, cocktails.

award-winning beers. Likewise, the brewpub’s menu consists mainly of flavorful handcrafted deli sandwiches that can stand up and complement the beers (or vice versa). » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Award-winning beer, handcrafted sandwiches.

Brewery Vivant 925 Cherry St. SE. 616-719-1604 FRENCH/BELGIAN. Housed in a refurbished funeral chapel, this brewery won Best Ambiance in Revue’s Best of the West with its stained glass windows and European beer hall setup. Along with farmhouse style beers, the LEED-certified BV is known for its French-Belgian cuisine, from duck nachos to roasted bone marrow. » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The Burger (2nd place Best of the West).

Graydon’s Crossing 1223 Plainfield NE. 616-726-8260 TAVERN. An authentic take on the English Pub, with a huge selection of beers on tap and a menu that includes classic English dishes like Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Stew, as well as Indian specialties like Tandoori Chicken and Tikka Masala. A great casual atmosphere for drinking and dining. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer and authentic pub food.

Chapbook Café 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids. 616-942-0595. CAFE. Take a break from browsing the shelves at Schuler Books with a homemade selection of soups, sandwiches and quiches. Soups are prepared in-house daily and served with fresh baked bread to accompany a small-but-elegant sandwich menu. Try a quiche or traditional Italian Panini grilled on fresh ciabatta bread, or for a quick bite, grab a bagel or scone from the dessert case. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days GO THERE FOR: Homemade soups and sandwiches

G.R.P.D. (Grand Rapids Pizza and Delivery) 340 State St. SE. 616-454-9204 ITALIAN. The current location opened in 2004 as the first established pizzeria in Heritage Hill A common meeting spot for local folks, business professionals and college students, a place where one could gather for a quick meal or a reflective lunch. It offers both hand-tossed pizza and Chicago-style stuffed pizza, as well as pasta, sandwiches, salads, and wings. Online ordering, too. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza.

CitySen Lounge 83 Monroe Center St. NW. 616-608-1720 AMERICAN. CitySen Lounge, located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, is a bar with a big-city feel, offering exciting options for lunch, dinner and breakfast on the weekends. The focus is on fresh ingredients and a full bar with local brews, wine and creative cocktails. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner (Breakfast on weekends). OPEN: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: Daily happy hour Erb Thai 950 Wealthy St. SE #1A. (616) 356-2573. Additional locations at 4160 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Suite B, and 820 Michigan St. NE. THAI. Food rooted in traditional Thai cuisine, but also made to accommodate health conscious and special diets. Not too strong, not too weak, like harmony and melody. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Peanut Curry Noodles. Founders Brewing Company 235 Grandville SW. 616-776-1195 BREWPUB. A beerlover’s paradise with a national reputation for flavorful,

Grand Woods Lounge 77 Grandville Ave. SW. 616-451-4300 AMERICAN. The restaurant’s interior exudes a warm, casual ambiance reminiscent of the great eateries of the Pacific Northwest; the outdoor porch features two outdoor bars and a fireplace. Menu stocked with affordable appetizers great for sharing, plus salads, sandwiches, and entrées. Lots of domestics and microbrews, plus an array of martinis including the “Woodstini,” a tasty mix of Stoli Orange Vodka, mandarin oranges and raspberries. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Cocktails. Harmony Brewing Company 1551 Lake Dr. SE (616) 233-0063 BREWPUB. Harmony features 12 craft-brewed beers in addition to signature root beer for the kiddos. Named one of the top-five brewpub menus in West Michigan by yours truly, Harmony offers 10” rustic wood-fired pizzas and great soups and sandwiches. Check out their new location, Harmony Hall, at 401 Stocking Ave. NW. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza and brews.

Lindo Mexico Restaurante Mexicano 1742 28th St. SW. 616-261-2280 MEXICAN. One of the less-discussed Mexican eateries is also one of the most popular, especially on the weekends. The atmosphere? Very communal, occasionally with excellent live music. The food? Full of flavor on the cheap. The service? Always friendly, always helpful. » SERVING: Lunch, Dinner OPEN: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Unique margaritas made fresh. One Trick Pony 136 E. Fulton. 616-235-7669 AMERICAN. One Trick Pony unveiled a new menu last April with the tagline “Fresh, Local Fare with a Beat.” The restaurant is a part of FarmLink and supports local growers and remains focused on sustainability. Connected to the Cottage Bar, the menu spans pizza, salads, homemade soups, smoked prime rib and more. Pair the food with live music, which OTP features weekly. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Eclectic pizzas. The Pita House 1450 Wealthy SE, 3730 28th Street, 4533 Ivanrest SW (Grandville). 616-454-1171 MEDITERRANEAN. Gyros so big you can club someone with them, the smoothest hummus in town and other Mediterranean fare, including kibbe, kafta and falafel. Additional locations on 28th Street and Kalamazoo SE. Sandwiches are made to order with fresh vegetables and ingredients. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh pita wraps. Rockwell-Republic 45 S. Division Ave. 616-551-3563 ECLECTIC. Menu offerings range from sushi to burgers and everything in between. The craft cocktail menu runs the gamut from classics like the Manhattan to more modern concoctions and the beer and wine menus are nicely curated. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Specialty cocktails, broad menu, lively atmosphere. The Sovengard 443 Bridge St. NW 616-214-7207 NEW NORDIC. There’s really nothing like The Sovengard. The menu changes with the seasons, but the quality doesn’t. Expect innovative, beautiful dishes in the Scandinavian tradition. It’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for. The West Side restaurant also boasts an excellent taplist, perfect for sipping in the biergarten. » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Something special.

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The B.O.B. 20 Monroe Ave. NW. (616) 356-2000 ECLECTIC. If you’re not sure what kind of dining you want, you can just head into The B.O.B., where you can choose from one of its several venues. Go into Gilly’s, where you can dine on seafood or B.O.B.’s Brewery, the restaurant’s in-house brewery. You can dress down for some pizza at Bobarino’s or dress it up for a steak at Judson’s Steakhouse. For after dinner, take in a show at Dr. Grins or enjoy live music at H.O.M.E. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer and numerous dining options.

REVUE’s dining listings are compiled by staff and minions. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of restaurants in the region. For an expanded list, be on the lookout for new and improved dining changes on our website, revuewm.com. The listings are not intended to be reviews of West Michigan restaurants, although we will inject some opinions into the listings based on staff experiences and personal preferences. To submit or to correct information in a dining listing, e-mail editor@ revuewm.com.

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Revue takes a sneak peek at what Restaurant Week has to offer

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Restaurant Week is a celebration of outstanding local food. It’s an opportunity to try something new while experiencing the best that Grand Rapids restaurants have to offer. From Aug. 9-20 (you might notice that’s a pretty long week), more than 70 restaurants in the city will put out special, fixed-price menus. For lunch, it’s $14 per person for a two-course meal. For dinner, it’s a three-course meal coming in at $28 for either one person or two, depending on the restaurant — some of us are just a little fancier than others, OK? Either way, you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from as restaurants show off a little bit of everything. In partnership with Restaurant Week, last month we sent out some writers to four participating restaurants for a sneak preview of what’s coming to your table. Check it out.

ROCKWELL REPUBLIC Rockwell Republic is nothing short of unique. While some restaurants happen to have two rooms or floors with slightly different feelings, Rockwell Republic has two entirely separate sides of the building, purposefully constructed to offer a different experience despite serving the exact same menu. Rockwell has more of a casual, brickwall pub feel, while Republic is spacious, quieter and more upscale — not to mention the indoor bar/lounge area and outdoor beer garden, both upstairs. But what has really drawn me to the downtown GR restaurant is the combination of diverse food and first-rate cocktails, so the opportunity to preview the Restaurant Week menu was enticing, to say the least.

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As you might imagine, the anise celeriac puree and Chef Terry Ellison very graciously led me through the lemon maple creme fraiche are both unusual, but in the offerings, plate by plate (and bite by bite). We started with best way possible. I’ve never had anything that tastes like the appetizers. all of these flavors together, and I struggle to even describe The Tuna Poke was actually my first-ever experience it effectively. What I will say is that it’s wonderful. Once with poke — a raw fish salad originating in Hawaii — but as again, the sauce makes the dish. a sushi lover I’m not entirely inexperienced. Rockwell’s take We move onto the Drunken Duck, an entree built uses ahi tuna, marinated in a citrus vinaigrette, topped with seaweed and sesame seeds, and served with fried wontons. around Bell’s Amber Ale. First, the duck is marinated in the It’s subtle and elegant, putting the spotlight on the fish, ale, which definitely comes through in the final product. The bird came out the perfect texture: juicy and tender, rich with which is exactly what poke should do. Meanwhile, the fried the semi-Asian marinade’s soy and beer flavors. The same ale wontons would be a killer app on their own, but here they help balance the fattiness and the slight citrus bite of the ahi. was reduced down to a drunken gravy and poured over the duck, which sits on a bed of broccoli and butterball mashed What really blew me out of the water, though, was the Hamachi Crunch sushi roll. Inside, you get bibb, cucum- potatoes. The dish as a whole is savory and robust above all. We ended the meal with dessert, as one does. Well, to ber, avocado and habanero cream cheese, which already is be honest … I never do. And frankly, I wasn’t a pleasant combination of comforting flavors that excited for this part. To me, dessert is aland textures. On top of the roll is the tempura most always just a waste of calories that could crunch and hamachi, a bold, firm fish with just RESTAURANT WEEK be better spent on some form of potatoes. enough flavor to cut through the rest while not But boy oh boy did the Curry Chocolate Pot being overpowering. And finally, the jalapeno GRAND RAPIDS Aug. 9–20 de Creme make me a believer. pineapple sauce drizzled over the roll is one of 60+ participating restaurants The “curry” flavors here aren’t masala or the best sauces I’ve ever tasted. It’s a precisely restaurantweekgr.com anything like that. Instead, they add more of perfect combination of citrus and heat, both an autumn essence to the chocolate. That’s flavors hitting at the exact same time and workRockwell Republic not to say this is anything like a pumpkin ing in tandem. The sauce doesn’t just bring the spice latte either — it’s a delicately balanced roll together, it elevates the dish into a bold, 45 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids blend of creamy chocolate lifted by piquant unforgettable experience. rockwellsrepublic.com spice. Personally, I ate it by the spoonful Then we moved onto the Salmon Satay, until it was nearly gone, blinded by the revewith skewers of bacon-wrapped salmon The Sovengard latory tastes in front of me. Only then did I surrounded by romanesco, purple potatoes, 443 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids remember the tempura fruit served with the broccoli raab, anise celeriac puree, and a grilled sovengard.com pot. These lightly fried strawberries added lemon maple creme fraiche. It may seem like some nice texture to the creme, but I didn’t there’s a lot going on here, but it all works Iron necessarily feel the sum was greater than its together impeccably. 25 Ottawa Ave. SW, already delicious parts. I was impressed by the salmon’s texture, Grand Rapids While I “only” got to try half the menu hugging the skewer tightly, while still coming irongr.com (I know, my job sucks), I’m convinced these off flaky and juicy as you pull it apart. And the offerings alone necessitate a visit. Credit fish’s more mild flavors are complemented by Rose’s Restaurant must be given once again to Chef Ellison the bacon’s potency. The veggies are seasoned 550 Lakeside Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids for creating such an impressive showcase of excellently and add some crunch, while the thegilmorecollection.com Rockwell Republic’s offerings. —Josh Veal purple potatoes bring a touch of heartiness to the plate. Continued


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Restaurant Week, continued

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ROSE’S East Grand Rapids is more than just a great place to picnic, take walks and do some serious puppy watching. Right in its heart, you’ll find the historic landmark that is Rose’s on Reeds Lake. If you want a good meal with an exceptional lakeside view, this is the place to be. Revue sat down with General Manager William Koski and Executive Chef Armando Suarez to talk about the dishes they’ll be featuring for Restaurant Week GR 2017. Suarez, who’s been a chef for 24 years and has been with Rose’s for 17 of those years, prepared four mouthwatering plates to try. “I started with my mom in the kitchen,” Suarez said. “She’s a great cook; my inspiration always comes from her.” Lunch features grilled cheese and a bowl of soup, a classic with a bit of a Rose’s twist: Creamy white bean soup with chive oil drizzled on top and a sprinkling of spicy Italian sausage. The perfectly toasted grilled cheese features three different cheeses on Italian bread: gouda, chèvre and white cheddar. You know you’re feasting on a good grilled cheese when it has that satisfying crunch. The cheeses worked well together and didn’t overpower one another. The soup had a nice mild flavor and the creaminess paired excellently with the texture of the sandwich. The entree is a Thai crusted ahi tuna with a jicama, lime and cucumber slaw, paired with a sriracha orange juice aioli and persian lime oil. The ahi tuna was packed with a lot of great sweet, spicy and citrus flavors. Stacking the tuna, slaw and adding a bit of the sriracha aioli made for more than a satisfying bite. For dessert, because no meal would be complete without it, Rose’s has roasted banana panna cotta with caramelized sugar and bourbon sauce. The dessert was the perfect balance of sweetness. The bourbon sauce was a dream that went well with the smooth creaminess of the panna cotta. The crunchiness of the caramelized sugar and the banana chips gave the dish some nice textures.

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“Panna cotta is a classic Italian dessert,” said Suarez. “When you combine the panna cotta with the sauce and the crispiness of the sugar, it reminds you of bananas foster.” When it comes to the deciding process, Suarez likes to let the dish ideas come to him. “I like to create stuff that will make people happy,” he said. “It’s just a matter of deciding what I want to do. I like (dishes) to be simple, but tasty.” —Elma Talundzic

IRON I may have tasted nothing but deviled eggs and braunschweiger (just eat it — it’s Iron’s equivalent to Osteria Rossa’s octopus) on my visit to Chef Chris Perkey’s second restaurant, but Chef de Cuisine Jody Grenier was able to hand over a Restaurant Week menu. Iron, open for lunch, will offer a special lunch menu in addition to dinner fare, but lest this portion of the article become a listicle fit for Buzzfeed (and the menus are available online anyway), I’m going to tell you what I would have enjoyed at dinner had I the option, rather than telling you all of the options available to enjoy. It’s for your own enjoyment, believe me. First course, oh, the Deviled Eggs are here ... look, we may be listing after all. Brighter and lighter than those dense little convex critters that you’re used to seeing at family gatherings, the eggs come with a zippy little horseradish mustard and some brass-knuckled pickled onion to cut the heat. Although, how could you pass up a summer salad featuring Vertical Paradise greens (if you’re not familiar, get familiar), roasted corn, red pepper and smoked cheddar. Second course could include an olive burger, a Michigan specialty that I have spent months researching. There isn’t room in these pages to gush about the olive burg and its roots, so I’ll just have to highly recommend you try Iron’s version while they’ve got one. Grenier told us their burgers are made

from a custom grind by Country Dairy farms that includes beef heart. With love, get the Olive Burger. Because how can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat? Dessert features a choice between a variety of Palazzolo’s gelato or a house-made chocolate chip cookie bar, doused in caramel and piled beneath the aforementioned Palazzolo’s Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla gelato. Now, you’re going to choose the cookie. But that’s not such a bad ending. —Nick Macksood

THE SOVENGARD Chef Patrick Conrade’s dilemma this year, and forever, we presume, when putting together a set menu for the future is thus: He’s a chef, not the Oracle at Delphi. He might be a wizard when he enters a kitchen, but he can only order his food fresh from farmers as it becomes available to him. Be that as it may, Chef Conrade’s fingers are crossed in the hope that when the second week of August rolls around, the weather will have bestowed upon him the first batches of that red blessed late summer fruit: the tomato. Expect symphonies of sweet onion and corn to make an appearance, as well as radishes — according to Conrade it’s been the summer of radishes. Stone fruits such as peaches and plums could grace the menu, possibly cherries, and always abundant in these warmest of months: greens, greens and microgreens! Get ’em while they’re not growing under an LED light. That’s just what Rick Muschiana and Patrick Conrade are after at their bubbling nascent restaurant: To celebrate each season’s offerings a week at a time. Father Time may stand in the way of seeing what’s on the menu for this year’s Restaurant Week, but we already know that Mother Gaia saves the best stuff for August. —Nick Macksood


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BEER & BOOZE

by Joe Boomgaard, Revue Beer Czar

WEEKEND GETAWAYS:

THE UP NORTH DRINKING EDITION

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ot that long ago, going up north for the weekend meant stepping back in time by leaving cellphone coverage and craft beverages behind for a few days. While wireless connections are still lacking in many areas, even the most remote expanses of northern Michigan have started to embrace the craft beer and craft spirit revolution. And once you commit to going off the beaten path, what you’ll find in many cases are some real gems. For this story, Revue packed up the station wagon and hit the highway headed north to explore what the destinations of Frankfort and Ludington have to offer.

IRON FISH DISTILLERY 14234 Dzuibanek Road, Thompsonville (231) 378-3474, ironfishdistillery.com

Top: Starving Artist Brewing Co. PHOTO: JOSH VEAL Bottom: The Mitten Bar PHOTO: JOE BOOMGAARD

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Getting to Iron Fish takes commitment. You head south off of M-115 just east of Crystal Mountain and make a right on a dirt road that seems to go on forever. But then after a turn, the trees open up and you’re treated to a panorama of grain fields and what the owners bill as Michigan’s first (legal) farm-based distillery. The idea for Iron Fish started as somewhat of a pipe dream for two brothers-in-law during a Scotch-drinking trip in Scotland, one that became reality on Labor Day last year. The distillery grows about 25 percent of the grain used in its spirits and sources the rest from local farmers, according to co-founder David Wallace. After starting with clear spirits like vodka, rum, and white whiskey, the distillery now offers a range of products including the outstanding

Michigan Woodland Gin, made with 15 botanicals and barrel-aged for a golden color. Their future plans call for whiskey — they use an outside source for their current products (including bourbon finished in maple and tawny port barrels) while their own whiskey ages in barrels — as well as fruit-based spirits in partnership with local growers. The extensive cocktail list is impressive, and also features fresh ingredients grown onsite.

STORMCLOUD BREWING CO. 303 Main St., Frankfort (231) 352-0118, stormcloudbrewing.com Downtown Frankfort is the quintessential northern Michigan town, with plenty of antique stores, T-shirt shops and unique eateries. Four years ago, Stormcloud opened its doors and has been earning praise for its Belgian-inspired beers ever since. At the start, the goal was to differentiate


Left: Iron Fish Distillery Above: Stormcloud Brewing Co. Right: Iron Fish Distillery PHOTOS: JOE BOOMGAARD AND JOSH VEAL

the brewery from the Traverse City brewing scene, said coowner Brian Confer, a former professional photographer who learned to make beer after converting his darkroom for homebrewing. That led him to find a signature Belgian yeast strain that lends a spicy and phenolic character to Stormcloud’s beers, whether in an American pale ale or a Belgian dubbel or tripel. The demand for Stormcloud’s beer drew the owners to build a new production facility east of town, where they plan to expand into canning and bottling. The move will also allow them to open up more distribution, particularly in West Michigan, Confer said. (Pro tip: The food is also legit. Be sure to try the garlic and parmesan popcorn and the Stormchos.)

STARVING ARTIST BREWING CO. 634 S. Stiles Road, Ludington (231) 794-1399, starvingartist.beer

THE MITTEN BAR 109 W. Ludington Ave., Ludington, (231) 843-7616, facebook.com/mittenbar

DESTINATIONS ALONG THE WAY St. Ambrose Cellars 841 S. Pioneer Road, Beulah (231) 383-4262, stambrose-mead-wine.com Meadery and winery on a farm setting, offering fresh, quaffable takes on mead

Ludington Bay Brewing Co. 515 S. James St., Ludington (231) 239-6690, ludingtonbaybrewing.com Brand-new brewery in a gorgeous space with a diverse taplist and great food options

Jamesport Brewing Co. The fun part about traveling is discovering new places that just feel like home the second you walk in. Mitten Bar is one of those places. Brian and Megan Josefowicz have garnered a broad following for their beer bar on the main drag in downtown Ludington. It features a wide selection of all-Michigan beers, and you’re bound to run into hard-to-find, limited-edition and barrel-aged beers on tap. The cozy bar often features massive Michigan brewery tap takeovers, as well as live music and “Bend and Brew” yoga. Because Mitten is connected to the owners’ other ventures — Barley & Rye, a whiskey bar with a Mexican-inspired menu, and Sportsman’s Restaurant and Bar, an Irish pub — you’ll never lack for options. We found ourselves wanting to hang out there all day and tip back the various tastes of Michigan.

410 S. James St., Ludington (231) 845-2522, jamesportbrewingcompany.com Delicious food options, deck seating with a view of Pere Marquette Lake, and traditional to-style beers

North Channel Brewing Co. (Coming soon) 86 Washington St., Manistee northchannelbrewing.com Expects to open later in 2017 with brewer Bill Joslyn — formerly of Oskar Blues, Schlafly and Boulder Beer

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The phrase “born in a barn” rings true for Starving Artist Brewing. Founder Andy Thomas launched the project in his backyard barn in June 2015 after selling a downtown Ludington art gallery he’d owned for a decade. Thomas knew he didn’t want to operate and staff a taproom, but he opens his eclectic barn-based brewery on the weekends for tastings and sales of cans, bottles and growler fills — and guaranteed belly laughs. After several product iterations, the brewery has doubled down on full-flavored beers on the higher end of the ABV spectrum, with most brews clocking in at 7.5 percent and above. Starving Artist has garnered attention for its experimentation with big and

bold IPAs like the super-smooth 10 percent ABV Blood Forge, but it’s far from being a one-trick pony. The affable Thomas likes to push the boundaries of beer, with offerings like Coal Chamber (a smoked porter), Rubenesque (a sessionable sweet milk stout), and Absinthe Minded (a beer that mimics the anise-flavored spirit). He’s also playing with water chemistry to accentuate certain flavors in beers and improve mouthfeel. As the old adage goes, an artist’s work is never done. (The Revue team will gladly volunteer to try them all!)

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DINING KALAMAZOO/BATTLE CREEK Arcadia Brewing Co. 103 Michigan Ave., Battle Creek. 269-963-9520 BREWPUB. You’ll find some of the usual suspects on the Battle Creek brewpub’s menu, including wood-fired pizzas and some of the best barbecue in the region. But you’ll also find some delightful surprises — Osso Bucco in a brewpub?! — on the menu, courtesy of award-winning Chef Sean Kelly. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Handcrafted ales and barbecue.

Central City Taphouse 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall. (269) 492-0100 TAPHOUSE. If Central City doesn’t have the kind of beer you want on tap, you’ll probably find it with the 75+ bottles. OH, you say you’re not a beer drinker? Well, Central City offers 20 wine ‘taps’ and a full bar. If you’re not the drinking type, that’s cool too. There are a number of food options to pick from, including a raw menu, a pizza menu and the all-day menu, which features burgers, soups and entrees. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Diverse beverage selection.

Fieldstone Grille 3970 W. Centre St., Portage. 269-321-8480 AMERICAN. Lodge-retreat atmosphere overlooking the Moors Golf Club natural wetlands. The “field-to-plate” menu features burgers, pizzas, steaks and some eclectic items like quail. Try the FSG chips, a combination of potato, beet and sweet potato chips. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Blue Burger, Almond Crusted Walleye, FSG Chips. Food Dance 401 E. Michigan Ave. 269-382-1888 AMERICAN. Food Dance is committed to building a thriving and sustainable local food system, supporting artisans who practice craft

food processes. It’s about the connection with people and places the food comes from. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, private dining space, catering and delivery, while an on-site market offers humanely raised meats, artisan cheeses, fresh bread and pastries. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh Local Foods.

Old Dog Tavern 402 East Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo. 269-381-5677 AMERICAN. The food at Old Dog Tavern is just about as eclectic as the entertainment offered. The menu has so much on it that it might even bring some harmony between picky and adventurous eaters. » SERVING: Brunch Lunch Dinner. OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The eclectic menu options. Olde Peninsula 200 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo 269-343-2739 BREWPUB. Downtown brewpub serves up the expected (e.g., steaks, ribs), the authentic (e.g., London Broil) and some pleasant surprises (e.g., extensive vegetarian offerings, Italian food). Offers a range of beers brewed on the premises and served on tap, plus a full bar. Check out the seasonal porters on tap right now, including the Vanilla Porter (5.5% ABV) and Stout Chocula (5.25% ABV). » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer-B-Que Ribs, London Broil.

Union Cabaret & Grille 125 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo. 269-384-6756 AMERICAN. A partnership with WMU, Union features eclectic food and cocktails, plus live jazz music performed by WMU faculty and students. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Portabella Fries, Bloody Maries with infused vodkas.

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8th Street Grille 20 W. 8th St., Holland. 616-392-5888 AMERICAN. This eclectic grille offers a mix of draft and bottled craft beers and a variety of pub classics and new, American beer-inspired dishes. Happy hour includes half-off appetizers and $1 off drafts. » SERVING: Lunch, Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: 28 taps of craft beer.

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CityVu Bistro 61 E 7th Street, Holland. 616-796-2114 AMERICAN. A distinctive rooftop dining experience in downtown Holland with fresh gourmet flatbreads and an array of seasonal entrees. The contemporary-yet-casual atmosphere, full bar and unique menus make it the ideal spot for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: Flatbreads. Everyday People Cafe 11 Center St., Douglas. 269-857-4240 AMERICAN. REVUE Publisher Brian Edwards calls Everyday People Café his favorite restaurant along the lakeshore. The atmosphere is casual and upbeat, the staff knows its stuff about wine and food, and the seasonal menu is filled with meticulously prepared, eclectic comfort food like Butternut Squash Risotto, Braised Lamb Shank and Ahi Tuna. A great wine list and tremendous desserts. » SERVING: Brunch (Weekends) Lunch


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DINING Dinner OPEN: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Gorgonzola Pork Chop, Greek Salad with Grandma Gigi’s Dressing (Edwards).

Fricano’s Pizza Tavern 1400 Fulton Ave., Grand Haven. 616-842-8640 ITALIAN. Claims to be the first pizzeria in Michigan, but customers care less about its longevity than the amazingly crispy thin crust and simple ingredients atop its much-lauded pies. Four other locations around West MI, including Comstock Park, Muskegon, Holland and Kalamazoo. » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza. Kirby House 2 Washington, Grand Haven. 616-846-3299 AMERICAN. Formerly a historic hotel, The Kirby House retains its oldworld charm while providing all the pleasantries of new world fare, with a diverse but primarily American-influenced menu. Check out the new island bar with 5 HDTVs and walk to Lake Michigan right after. The Kirby House also hosts The Grill Room and a pizzeria (complete with pool tables) called K2. The lower level has also been renovated to include a wine cellar and a premier nightclub, Dark. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Nightlife.

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New Holland Brewing Company 66 E. 8th St., Holland. 616-355-6422 BREWPUB. One of West MI’s premier microbreweries serves up better than average pub grub, including savory sandwiches chock full of Michigan ingredients, plus a seasonal entree menu. Also try their artisan spirits. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mad Hatter IPA, Dragon’s Milk.

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Phil’s Bar & Grille 215 Butler St., Saugatuck. 269-857-1555 AMERICAN. This cozy (some would say “small”) bar and grille in downtown Saugatuck is one of those unassuming spots you might easily overlook, though locals in Saugatuck will tell you about their love affair with Phil’s. Eclectic menu is all over the place, but in a good way, and the staff is super-friendly. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Portabella Mushroom Fries. Salt of the Earth 114 East Main St., Fennville. 269-561-7258 AMERICAN. Salt of the Earth is a farm-to-table-inspired restaurant, bar, and bakery located in the heart of SW Michigan farm country in Fennville. Focuses on fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients whenever possible. Also serves up live music on weekends. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: House made rustic cuisine. Saugatuck Brewing Company 2948 Blue Star Highway. 269-857-7222 BREWPUB. Enjoy a traditional Irish-style pub that features quality beer, wine, food and service. Try one of 12 unique brews that are served in the pub and bottled and distributed throughout the Midwest. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer in a family friendly pub environment.

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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND Donkey, Grand Rapids

Justin Whitman, the bar manager at Donkey, admitted to us that when he and his staff have trouble coming up with cocktail names, they tend to lean on band names. Well bravo, team. The Velvet Underground manages not only to taste like a smoky NYC bar circa 1964, its Day-Glo orange also looks like it could have doubled as a prop in Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable. The base spirit of the drink is mezcal, a cousin to tequila also made from the agave plant. But while tequila is made strictly from blue agave, mezcal is typically made with one or more of roughly 30 different types of agave. There is no definitive list of mezcal, which means if you wanted to take a dusty field trip to some scorched outposts on the dome of the earth looking for some original Mexican hooch, the South is yours! But for now, we’ll stick to Donkey, which has the area’s most impressive list of the stuff. The Velvet Underground keeps it simple, with the smoky, smooth taste of mezcal powering through the titular Velvet Falernum’s lime, ginger and clove flavors, along with the bitter orange (that’s where the color comes from) of Aperol. INGREDIENTS:

1 oz. Del Maguey Vida de San Luis del Rio Mezcal 1 oz. Aperol 1 oz. John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum 1 oz. fresh lime juice 1 nasturtium, for garnish Pour mezcal, both liqueurs and fresh lime juice into an iced cocktail shaker. Mix thoroughly, then pour into an iced rocks glass. Garnish with the nasturtium. SEE HOW IT’S MADE: Check out revuewm.com for an exclusive video tutorial.

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