Culinary Arts

West Michigan is fertile ground for independent restaurateurs. Pull up a chair and sample the region's most amazing cuisine!

The Heritage Restaurant is a training ground for many of the Midwest's finest chefs. Staffed by students from Grand Rapids Community College's renowned Culinary Arts program, The Heritage offers a creative and diverse fine dining menu at affordable prices. Operates on a school-year schedule.

Cherie Inn is a cozy, Euro-style bistro one mile east of downtown. It has delighted area residents for more than 60 years with such breakfast and lunch specialties as eggs Florentine, blueberry pancakes, crepes, baguettes and soups.

Marie Catrib's, just down the street, offers fresh homemade lunch selections: sandwiches, daily soups and entrees including Middle Eastern and vegetarian dishes. Also features made-from-scratch baked goods and desserts.

San Chez is one of the 50 Best Hispanic Restaurants in the U.S. according to Hispanic Magazine. It specializes in authentic Spanish Tapas dining - meals are meant to be shared with everyone at the table!

The Kirby House, formerly an historic hotel in downtown Grand Haven, serves up a diverse menu of American favorites. Within walking distance of Lake Michigan.

Fricano's Pizza Tavern, a Grand Haven institution since 1949, attracts diners from near and far for its one-of-a-kind thin-crust pizza pie. Available in one size only - 12" - perfect for lunch!

Wooden Shoe Restaurant has been one of Holland's favorite breakfast spots for nearly 40 years. Visit the Wooden Shoe Antique Mall after your meal - right next door!

New Holland Brewing Company serves up "Art in Fermented Form." This thriving regional microbrewery offers one-of-a kind beers, sandwiches, salads and pizzas.

The Butler is a family-owned restaurant right on the waterfront in downtown Saugatuck. Casual family-style dining is on the menu here - for a hearty lunch, try the famous half-pound Butler Burger!

Restaurant Toulouse has been voted West Michigan's most romantic restaurant and one of the best restaurants in the world for wine lovers. Offers traditional Country French-style cuisine as well as American and continental specialties.

Everyday People Café in downtown Douglas was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "sophisticated, casual-stylish & in all ways first-rate." It offers "eclectic-comfort food" with suggested wine pairings in a casual, hip and upbeat atmosphere.

End your tour in downtown Grand Rapids at the B.O.B. (Big Old Building), a renovated 70,000 sq. ft. warehouse housing multiple restaurants, bars, lounges and a comedy club.

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