One really fun aspect of travel is the ability to have some new foodie adventures! Travel invites exploration and new discoveries. During our visit to Grand Rapids we found a few places that we liked quite a bit! Each of our culinary adventures were recommended to us by travel writers and they were really spot on!
On our first night, we visited San Chez Bistro which is located close to the downtown hotels. San Chez features tapas which inspire adventure! Fun and sophisticated enough for a date night, San Chez is also very welcoming to children and even has a kids' tapas menu. My daughter is pretty experienced with tapas, so we were fine with ordering items off of the main menu for the whole family. We enjoyed our meal so much that we returned to San Chez again for a breakfast. Yes, they serve breakfast too! Plus, they brew loose leaf tea which means I was in heaven! Highlights included a large cheese platter, patatas bravas (ordered at lunch AND breakfast), albondigas meatballs and the flourless chocolate torte. Nothing was left on our plates.....
Our next adventure brought us to The Pita House which was a little bit away from our hotel. But, let me tell you, the excursion was worth it! We ordered one of their combo platters and along with the pitas, it was definitely enough for us to eat. The platter was artfully put together and contained falafel, mini pies, grape leaf rolls, kibbe, hummus, babaganoush and salad. Lots to try and we loved it! The Pita House has a store attached to it with all sorts of Lebanese food items. So, it is a fun place to look around when stopping for a bite.
Grand Rapids is known as Beer City, so we had to stop at at least one microbrewery while in town. After we heard about HopCat's "crack" fries which were named among America's best by Food Network, we knew that we had to visit. My husband ordered tastings of three different beers which was pretty fun! We also ordered the crack fries which were entirely addictive coated with a unique seasoning, the vegetarian chili and the hot wings. The hot wings were a bit more mild than we expected but we really loved the chili! HopCat is a beautiful historic building downtown and we certainly enjoyed sitting out on the patio to enjoy our meal!
We really enjoyed our trip to Grand Rapids! From the beautiful walks downtown to breathtaking landscapes at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park to the great food and proximity to beaches, we found Grand Rapids to be a great location for a family vacation! For more on our visit, see our Family Weekend in Grand Rapids post.
A special thank you to Experience Grand Rapids for hosting our visit!
**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Experience Grand Rapids did provide complimentary admissions for the purpose of accurate reviews.