Cherries from Michigan bedeck rainbow trout from a farm in Harrietta. Mrs. Dog’s Disappearing Mustard, from Grand Rapids, drapes across sausage made from lamb raised on a family farm in McBain. Though many of the ingredients at Bar Divani are local, the chefs draw culinary influences from around the world. They dunk Bay of Fundy salmon in walnuts and apple horseradish relish, and combine dollops of aged cheddar-cheese grits with small plates of cajun-spiced black tiger shrimp. The trio of lamb sliders prance through a range of flavors, from sweet cinnamon honey yogurt to pickled carrot and pistachio butter.
The earthy scent of simmering bourbon barbecue sauce suits the warmly hued dining room, where light dances off rich wooden accents. An illuminated wine cellar showcases 40 varieties, allowing patrons to find the ideal pairing for any dish or discretely cheat through the Wine Connoisseur Weekly crossword. Servers cut among bronze columns beneath exposed-brick walls, leaving a wake of aromas that hint at alligator and exotic grains of paradise as they visit curved booths swaddled in ornate fabrics.
Grand Rapids Adventure Boot Camp runs intensive fitness classes taught by skilled personal trainers. Each session lasts 45 minutes, and with five sessions each week, fledgling fitness seekers will be well on their way to sprouting six-pack wings from their trapezius muscles. Each session involves intense circuit-style workouts, as well as light running, weight training, obstacle courses, core training, and jumping rope. All of Grand Rapids Adventure Boot Camp's outdoor locations have cover in case of rain, but in cases of extremely inclement weather (typhoons, scratch-inducing dog and cat downpours, plague frogs, etc.), the instructor will arrange make-up classes.
J. Gardella's Tavern offers casual comfort food for the formal and uncomfortable at its three-story location. Fire-up feasting from the menu with spinach artichoke dip ($6.99) or J. Gardella's chili, a cup of family secrets, beef, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, and beans ($2.99). Once initial hunger pains have been tamed, guests can turn their stomach's sights toward a main dish. The pulled-pork sandwich accompanies its eats with barbecue sauce for dipping ($6.99), whereas the black-bean garden burger ($5.99) and the buffalo-chicken wrap ($6.99) spoil the stomach and spare the hog. Entrees include lake perch with fries ($8.99) and a chicken or beef burrito ($8.99), with the sugar-and-cinnamon-dusted dessert known as Elephant Ears ($3) providing a fitting finale to the feast. Vampires can use this Groupon for the late- night menu or to sip on some of the adult beverages at the full bar.
One Stop Coney Shop serves up a menu of freshly grilled burgers and heartily topped frankfurters in a variety of equally appetizing forms—savor one of the two meaty mainstays in a combo deal, served with a cone of Belgian fries and a small drink. Gourmet wiener aficionados can consume Coney Island–style dogs with a number of juicy selections, such as the Flint-style dog ($5.38), buried under Flint-style chili, onion, and mustard, or the southern-coleslaw-style Slaw Dawg ($5.38). Pledge allegiance to burgerdom with the Canadian blue burger ($6.46), topped with blue cheese and Canadian bacon, or subtly hint at your radish upbringing with the veggie burger ($6.98), flavored with grilled onions and dill shreddies. And like a loose-cannon cop who needs a by-the-book partner to balance out his maverick meat-eating tendencies, each burger or hot-dog combo comes paired with crispy-yet-fluffy Belgian fries.
McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon provides an extensive menu of classic American eats and a well-stocked bar of classically intoxicating drinks in a casual, convivial atmosphere. Start by gobbling wedges of fried provolone ($6.99) while debating later strategy, such as a healthy diversion into an ahi tuna salad ($11.99), or continued decadence in the embrace of a black angus saloon burger ($8.99), topped with cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions. Less meat-oriented individuals and passing plesiosaurs can enjoy baked white cheddar mac and cheese ($7.99) with green onions and diced tomatoes. Desserts are a sweet nightcap to any feast, and include the likes of hot apple pie ($6.99) with vanilla ice cream, and dark chocolate and Baileys mousse ($6.99) with a head crafted to resemble a pint of paradoxically bitter Guinness, a manly alternative to other mousse dishes, which often come topped with hair ribbons and emotion.