Inside Palatte Coffee & Art, baristas ornament drinks with latte art as patrons study the art hanging on the walls or bite into fresh danishes and pastries. In addition to indulgent creations such as a Snickers latte, the cafe serves up apple cider, warm teas, and American cappuccinos.
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.
When the owners of San Chez a Tapas Bistro were trying to choose a concept for their restaurant, they visited some of Chicago's premier eateries. They found themselves most taken with small-plate service and came back to Grand Rapids to execute the idea. More than 20 years later, San Chez has cemented itself as much more than an imitation of a big-city restaurant. The bistro has collected several commendations over the years, including awards from Grand Rapids magazine for Best Appetizers and Best Downtown Restaurant.
Part of its popularity is probably owed to the sheer extent of available dishes. There are the classic meat, seafood, and vegetarian tapas?including the popular fried plantains with avocado relish and jalapeno honey?plus multiple one-bite dishes, such as a single blue-cheese fritter with red-pepper aioli.?
Breakfast is served daily, as is a children's menu perfect for kids tired of just eating glue. San Chez's chefs have even gone to the trouble of preparing separate menus for most major food allergies, including soy, lactose, gluten, nuts, and seafood.
DriveTech provides classroom instruction for fledgling racecar drivers on a variety of professional racetracks across the country. Ride shotgun for five laps with a professional driver for a heart-pumping, really fast thrill ride in a safe environment that's completely free of Kurt Russell. Alternately, the 12-lap package lets you actually take the reins of a professional stock car. After a round of basic classroom instruction, you'll get to take the wheel for three practice laps and nine laps of proper green-flag racing that will leave your hair mussed, eyes bulged, and torso coated in corporate sponsorships. Both experiences eschew straight, open road in favor of high-speed turns, a hallmark of stock-car racing. Check out the schedule here.
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.
With 25 smoothie options on Juiceblendz's menu, deciding on just one is no easy task. The team prides itself in serving all-natural drinks and eats in a family-friendly atmosphere. Made from any number of combinations, the smoothies include fresh-blended fruit, frozen yogurt, and healthful boosts to curb appetites or up energy. The liquid selection doesn't end there, though. Juiceblendz also serves fresh juice, kid-centric smoothies, and drinkable breakfast alternatives. To complement its smoothies and juices, the eatery offers bagel sandwiches for breakfast, along with wraps, sandwiches, and salads for lunch and dinner and an array of self-serve frozen yogurts.