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Have You Been…..Wheelhouse Edition

By at June 5, 2016 | 12:00 am | 83 Comments

Croque Madame This is one of those rare times when I know that very few of you have actually been to the restaurant in question ( Wheelhouse at 67 Ottawa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503). With a couple of low key soft opening events and a little bit of word of mouth, Wheelhouse is moving at exactly the pace that they wanted to ahead of their grand opening that

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8 Restaurants that are “hard to find” and “out of mind”

By at May 29, 2016 | 12:46 am | 0 Comment

Fresh salad from Oh My Salad! At EatGR, we frequently talk about restaurants that are "Hard to Find" or in "Locations of Death" where restaurant after restaurant disappears.  Today I am going to point my finger at 8 restaurants that I think are worthy of your investigation.  One, or more, of these could be your next personal gem. Oh My Salad!:  (2919 28th St SE,

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Have You Been…..Curry Nights Edition

By at May 22, 2016 | 4:57 am | 0 Comment

Until recently, South Indian food has been relatively unheard of in Grand Rapids.  About 4 months ago, Curry Nights (526 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI) opened up and has been trying to change that. Located in what used to be Royal Cuisine of India on Stocking St. , The owners of the very popular Curry Kitchen on Fulton took over that restaurant to create their new

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Have You Been…..Vitale’s Comstock Park Edition

By at May 15, 2016 | 5:28 am | 0 Comment

Rabbit Risotto Your parents always tell you to never assume, because....well, you know why. I had always assumed that all the Vitale's restaurants in the area were the same, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Certainly all of the Vitale's restaurants serve pizza, and other Italian fare, but just over a year ago the Comstock Park Vitale's (located at 3868 West

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TRUCK YEAH! May 21 Food Truck Rally

By at April 24, 2016 | 8:28 pm | 0 Comment

Trucks, Food, Fun.....It's that simple....and SHARE THIS WITH

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Cha Cha Changes In The Grand Rapids Area Food Scene

By at April 10, 2016 | 8:01 am | 0 Comment

Oh My Salad (closed Sundays) There are so many changes/Events in the Grand Rapids area food scene for this month, that we are just going to get down to business and start rattling them off. Oh My Salad has opened up on 28th street and is offering great fresh salad options, smoothies, and acai bowls.  Oh My Salad Mlive story. American Dogs and More is now open

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Mappamatical Misdirection! The importance of good requests and suggestions

By at April 8, 2016 | 7:10 pm | 0 Comment

As a REALTOR, when somebody tells me that they want a home in Alger Heights, I don't show them homes in Comstock Park....unless i want a cross-eyed look.   The same is true of people suggesting restaurants as well. For example, somebody recently asked for a local donut vendor close to 28th street and the Beltline, and a respondent persisted with an answer of Marge's

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Now Hiring! The following restaurants are looking for employees:

By at March 26, 2016 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Several restaurants in the Greater Grand Rapids area restaurants contacted me because they were short staffed in a couple areas and wanted help filling those positions.  This will not be a regular function of this website, but we decided to do a one-time help wanted post for those restaurants who wanted to advertise employment opportunities.   Here are the restaurants

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Have You Been….. (The Old Goat Edition)

By at March 13, 2016 | 5:40 am | 0 Comment

Alger Heights has always been a tough neighborhood for restaurants, and I have watched many of them come and go over the years.  When I heard that the Old Goat was going to give it a go I did have concerns about their success because nobody had ever tried a restaurant this large in Alger.  This did not deter owner Cory DeMint.  DeMint had already successes with The

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March 2016 Admin Meeting Breakdown (for group members)

By at March 8, 2016 | 7:50 am | 3 Comments

Results from March 7 Admin meeting: Making clear our group purpose (reading the FAQ). Understanding that EatGR serves 2 constituencies. Time and Money. Annoying posts (and Go!, long dissertations, etc) BYOB, Dogs on Patios. Engaging people on deleted posts. Restaurant posts without photos Restaurant self promotion and posting links from

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Grand Rapids 2016 “The year of the food trucks”

By at February 28, 2016 | 5:43 am | 1 Comments

I have been asked by multiple news outlets this year what my predictions are for the 2016 local food scene. I have told them that this is the "year of the food trucks" I say this for a few reasons . 1. Newly elected mayor of Grand Rapids Rosalynn Bliss has stated: "Food trucks are an entry point for culinary entrepreneurship and we should aspire to support their

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27 Recently Opened and Coming Soon Restaurants (February 17, 2016)

By at February 17, 2016 | 7:48 am | 0 Comment

SEOUL MARKET Grand Rapids' lone "Korean Only" restaurant opened yesterday. People are always posting somewhat inclusive lists of upcoming restaurant openings and then we forget about those posts.  We even sometimes forget about the restaurants which frequently  closed just a few short months later because nobody remembered to pay attention to them. Here is my list

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The Pizza Chronicles “Greater Grand Rapids Style”

By at February 14, 2016 | 8:27 am | 1 Comments

DELUXE PIZZA at VITALE'S OF ADA I get accused of going to the same pizza place all the time. "All you ever do is go to Daniele's pizza, why don't you go other places?" I always think that question is a little strange. First of all, I do go other places, but that isn't why the question is strange. It is entirely predictable that people eat at the same pizza place

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Have You Been…..(Thai Avenue edition)

By at January 30, 2016 | 10:50 pm | 0 Comment

Gang Deng I occasionally joke that Thai is the new Chinese. It wasn't so many years back that there were a ton of Chinese restaurants and only a couple of Thai restaurants in the area, but that has completely changed.  We now have a plethora of Thai restaurants in West Michigan and Thai Avenue (8516 Homestead Dr #101, Zeeland, MI 49464) is one of the newest

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7 Restaurants that you are missing, but shouldn’t be.

By at January 24, 2016 | 1:17 am | 2 Comments

Pierogies from The Black Heron Of course, everybody has their favorite restaurants, and so do I.  It is not uncommon for me to get into a rut about a certain place and talk about it ad nauseum. That said, there are some restaurants that have been habit forming for me and that I think should get a lot more attention than they currently do.  The following are seven

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