Filet Mignon at New Hotel Mertens
People love steak! Well, vegetarians don’t love steak, but for a lot of people this is the cornerstone of a fancy meal or a special night out. I see a frequent rush to recommend large chain restaurants, but doing that ignores the fact that we have several local restaurants that make great steaks. Here are 8 local places that I would support before ever walking into a national chain.
New Hotel Mertens, the new French Restaurant in town, offers a prime cut Filet Mignon. Think about it, you can’t get more French than “Filet Mignon”.
Judson’s has been around a while, but they have recently upped their game by offering more prime cut steaks than ever before. If you want to go really crazy, you can order their 30 oz prime tomahawk steak. They say it is for two people, but that is probably just “a suggestion”.
There is always a lot of talk about the New York Strip at Leo’s. Leo’s is the premier seafood place in town, but just like many good seafood places nationwide they make sure to offer a high end steak. Your can’t have surf and turf without the turf! (Ironically not pictured here: Link to photo)
Hardcore foodies at EatGR picked Divani as their top restaurant in Grand Rapids last year. Their Medium rare filet might have something to do with that.
Vintage Prime and Seafood quietly makes one of the best steaks in Grand Rapids. I say quietly because this 44 seat restaurant in Cascade is still below the radar of most people in the area. It is only a matter of time before they get the recognition they are due.
Honey Creek Inn is locally unique in that they have a whole butcher shop across the street where their meat is cut fresh daily. “How fresh is their steak”, you ask? They are 300 feet from their meat source.
Bowdies Chophouse in Saugatuck is probably the big boy in the area. High end steak is what they bet their reputation on. The best steak that I have had to date came from there.
Finally, Rio Grand Steakhouse. I think a lot of people overlook this steakhouse on the NE side of town. They are a great place where you can bring the whole family and find a steak that fits every price range.
In a nutshell, if you are looking to get some steak while still keeping it local the are 8 great options for you. Give them a try and see what you think.