Great Dining in Grand Rapids, one man's opinion- Part 1

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Real Estate Agent with Five Star Real Estate

     Grand Rapids has an amazing (and growing) variety of restaurants.  From places that have the best ba r burger imaginable, to the AAA Five Diamond Award winning Cygnus at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and everything in between.

     Because I've watch the transformation of dining options grow from a very basic meat and potatoes town (in the ‘80's) to a very diverse group of outstanding restaurants today, and because in my life before real estate, I spent 20-years in the restaurant business, I thought over the days and weeks to come, I'd post my observations of some of my favorites.

      For me, it doesn't matter if it's the local diner or 1913, if a restaurant is delivering food and service that is appropriate for the type of establishment that claim to be, I'm a happy camper.

     If an establishment holds themselves out to be fine dining, and delivers diner level service and presentation, they don't make a lot of points with me.

     For the purpose of these blogs, understand that I'm only sharing restaurants that are my particular favorites.  I've not dined in all of the hundreds of establishments available here so it would be impossible for me to include any that I've not experienced.

     Feel free to add comments about your experiences at any of these establishments, because the more information for the reader, the better.

     DISCLAIMER:   I am not a food critic, and I don't play one on TV, but I do know what I like, and have had many relocation clients who have told me later that they appreciated and agreed with my assessment of various establishments.

 

 

Watch this blog for more installments of

 

GREAT DINING IN

GRAND RAPIDS,

MICHIGAN.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY
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Hi eric,

Thank you for the tip, I will visit when I am in the area.

Dec 10, 2007 10:04 AM #1
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Karen Webster...Grand Rapids, MI Realtor
5 Star Real Estate, Grand Rapids MI - Grand Rapids, MI
Oh, come on.  Tell us about at least ONE!
Dec 10, 2007 11:23 AM #2
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

Karen:  Funny you should ask, as you were posting that, I was writing Part 2- Real Food Cafe.  Check it out! Is that the one you thought I'd start with?


Anthony:  thanks for stopping by.

Dec 10, 2007 11:37 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Ada, MI
Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
I love the Cottage Bar, too their burgers are GREAT. Have you had their 5 alarm chili?  I'm too chicken to try it.
Dec 11, 2007 03:44 AM #4
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

I've not had the 5-alarm, but I've enjoyed their White Chili many times.  It's a touch zippy but probably the best chicken chili I've found in town (and I eat it when I find it because I'm a big fan!)

 

 

Dec 11, 2007 04:52 AM #5
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Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
I've actually ate here once ,during the summer and it was ok. I liked the outside atmosphere. One way to get my repeat business is to have a deck, patio etc.
Dec 11, 2007 05:47 AM #6
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Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
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Eric - I LOVE your disclaimers! Now lets get on to the meat of it!!! LOL!
Dec 11, 2007 10:50 AM #7
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Eric Webster
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty

Robert- Their patio is tight, but it's a patio and outdoor dining (in good weather) is hard to beat.

 Mary- YIKES!  Glad you love my disclaimers.  Check back soon for the entree. 

Dec 11, 2007 02:03 PM #8
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