Prime Rib at Rio Grand Steakhouse
How often do people on EatGR ask “Where can I get steak?” The answer: All the time.
Regardless how often that question is asked, the answers are almost always the same. The two national chains that grace our downtown region (deleted!), and a handful of local places who I think of as “the usual suspects”. These local suggestions are all fine places to get steak, but I rarely see Rio Grand Steakhouse (5501 Northland Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49525) in those suggestions. I mean, seriously, steakhouse is in their name so it seems a logical choice. I felt like I needed to check into this more closely.
Now, this is the second time in as many weeks that I have had to admit this: I have never eaten at Rio Grand Steakhouse. WOW! It seems shocking that I would have missed this restaurant that has been around for 22 years, but I have. Even when I was steakquesting, I overlooked it. In retrospect, I have to chalk it up to misconceptions.
Most of my misconceptions were because steak is something that I consider a luxury. I figured that the prices were out of my reach and that because they are a steakhouse that the only thing that they serve was steak (and my wife isn’t a big steak eater). Foolish, right? However, that is what I thought. It turns out that I was quite wrong on both counts.
Rio Grand’s price point is right about where every other mid range restaurant in town is. As far non-steak dishes, they also serve chicken, seafood, sandwiches and burgers to name just a few other things on the menu. Yes, they are steak heavy because they are a steakhouse and all, but there are other food options as well. I also assumed that they were only open for dinner. This is also incorrect. They actually have a reasonably priced and good sized lunch menu that includes many sandwiches.
Rio Grand is also well equipped to hold private parties. For somebody looking for a space to hold a private or semi-private dinner, they have seating enough on one side of the restaurant to handle groups from 25-150 people without difficulty.
I am so glad that I took the time to go out to Rio Grand Steakhouse and see what they do, because I learned a lot. The next time that the question of “Steak” comes up in EatGR, Rio Grand really should be a part of that discussion.
Photo Credits: Tim Lyle