Drawing upon fresh, trans-fat-free ingredients, the chefs at La Pita Fresh churn out a menu of pita sandwiches, Mediterranean plates, and fresh juices. Chefs carve up piles of lean beef shawarma, blend chickpeas into smooth hummus, and skewer kebabs. Juicers rumble in the shop, brimming with oranges, strawberries, and bananas, like the syllabus of a still-life-painting class.
When Bill White and his future wife, Jenn, first moved in together, they soon realized they had one possession in common: a Williams Brewing kit. It wasn't long before the couple started homebrewing in their garage, a hobby that gradually transformed into White Flame Brewing Co., the first brewery in the formerly dry city of Hudsonville. Specializing in American-style ales, the microbrewery now yields everything from a spicy rye ale to a chocolaty oatmeal stout.
Thirteen beers and one cider grace the company's 48-seat taproom, where visitors can sample pours and catch the game on flat-screen televisions throughout the bar. In-house cooks craft a handful of bar bites, though White Flame invites guests to order delivery from nearby restaurants, too.The brewery even sends patrons on their way with beers-to-go in quart-sized howlers, half-gallon growlers, or beer-filled kiddie pools.
No two pizzas are created alike, but most of them look about the same. Not so at Jet’s Pizza, a pick-up and delivery-only establishment created in 1978 by brothers Eugene and John Jett—their signature pie layers tomato or barbecue sauce and melted mozzarella cheese within the crispy, brown right angles of a deep-dish square crust. But the crust’s charms don’t end there; diners can “flavorize” it for free with seasonings such as shredded parmesan or the Turbo Crust, a blend of butter, garlic, and romano. These extras are what make Jet’s pizzas special; John Jett says “If you're eating one of our pizzas and you don't have a smile on your face, then something is wrong." In addition to pies, Jet’s serves four flavors of chicken wings, subs, and breadsticks at locations spread across 13 states and two extrasolar planets.