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The quest for authentic ethnic cuisine and some food for thought.

By at August 14, 2016 | 1:29 am | 0 Comment

Szechuan Pork at Chuancai Fang People frequently want to know where they can find authentic ethnic cuisine or restaurants, but this is a problematic quest. To begin with, who determines what is authentic? Is authentic food cooked only by people from the country of origin? For example, can an American chef trained in Italian cooking by an Italian woman in Italy, who

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10 restaurants you are not finding (because they are hidden in other buildings)

By at August 6, 2016 | 11:30 pm | 1 Comments

Super Green Market It is always cool when you discover a hole in the wall, but when the hole in the wall is located inside another building it makes it all the more difficult.  Here are 10 restaurants that you are probably not finding because they are not the primary business at that location. Super Green Market has a restaurant in the back of their store, near

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Free The Food Trucks (guest blog by Brennan Summers)

By at July 23, 2016 | 8:58 pm | 1 Comments

A Moveable Feast Food Truck Much has been said and written about food trucks recently, and it has many people wondering what’s going on. Here’s a rundown of recent events related to food trucks in Grand Rapids: • December 2015: The Grand Rapids City Commission approves the GR Forward plan, a 10-year strategic roadmap for continuing to develop our city; it

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Vander Mill Grand Rapids Giveaway

By at July 19, 2016 | 12:32 am | 115 Comments

So, you have been to Vander Mill Cider in Spring Lake, you've had their cider, you've eaten their food....or maybe you haven't.  Spring Lake was too far for some of you to drive, so the owner of Vander Mill Cider built a second location in Grand Rapids just to save you a little wear and tear on your car. OK, that is probably not the whole reason for the new Vander

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Truck Yeah! (Part 3) at the Downtown Market (7/24)

By at July 17, 2016 | 7:42 am | 0 Comment

On Sunday July 24 from 11am-2pm we will be hosting our 3rd food truck rally at the Grand Rapids downtown market for 2016.  Our trucks will be present concurrently with the pop-up market that is scheduled from 10am-4pm. This will truly be a mobile food bonanza giving you an opportunity to see everything that our local food truck scene has to offer while enjoying a

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Stump the Chump, EatGR style

By at June 30, 2016 | 10:53 pm | 11 Comments

Not too many people have eaten at every local restaurant in town, but I am close. I have been to all but a very few....which is why I need you to STUMP THE CHUMP. I am always looking for the next new place, hole in the wall, or ethnic restaurant that might have escaped me....but I have been to them all....or have I? I have decided that the best way to examine this is

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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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