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Grand Dining in Grand Rapids?

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I'll be in town for a conference, but have one lovely Saturday night at least to escape hotel food and dine very seriously (and maybe a few lunches with luck).

What should I eat?

Ideally for diner it would be a multicourse show me what ya got meal, and lunches would be local specialties....

thanks!


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You probably mean Grand Rapids, Michigan, since that's the larger and better-known of the towns. However, there is also a Grand Rapids, Minnesota. There may even be other heartland Grand Rapidses. Which state will you be visiting?


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Yes, Grove is the place to go for dinner if you have only one night. It'll be a cab ride from wherever you're staying. Make your reservation as soon as you can; they're on OpenTable. The three-course prix fixe, with wine pairings and dessert option, is a bargain.

If you're staying at the JW Marriott and don't feel like venturing outside, six.one.six is very good. It's also walking distance from the Amway Grand.

Let me know where you're staying and I can make some recommendations. (If you want to also do this via a PM, that's OK, too.) I don't think of our having local specialties per se, but there are some interesting options, depending on your food preferences and how much time you'll have available.

GR has become quite a good food (and beverage) town. I love letting people know what we have to offer.


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IMHO, most "best-of" lists are clickbait: subjective and posted for the benefit of the magazine or organization, not the restaurants or the people who might eat there.

 

That said, I wanted to mention that Grove was named "best restaurant in Michigan" for 2015 by Business Insider. (The article is from this past February, but I just learned about it.)


Gene Weingarten, writing in the Washington Post about online news stories and their readers' comments: "I basically like 'comments,' though they can seem a little jarring: spit-flecked rants that are appended to a product that at least tries for a measure of objectivity and dignity. It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots."

 

"A vasectomy might cost as much as a year’s worth of ice cream, but that doesn’t mean it’s equally enjoyable." -Ezra Dyer, NY Times

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