Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill celebrates the home-cooked meals and rollicking roots music of the '50's and '60's with a hearty spread of American pub fare, ice-cold beers, and a schedule full of critically acclaimed musical acts. Visitors groove to the folk-rolk sounds and top-notch musicianship of performers?previous acts including Woody Pines, Pete Anderson, and Dave Alvin?as they sip cocktails and craft beers.
At Little Mexico Cafe, corn and flour tortillas enfold steak, chicken, and vegetables to create traditional Mexican fajitas, enchiladas, and chimichangas. Homemade sauces slather cheese-laden creations spiced up with jalapeños and racy limericks, and chefs also charter a course toward sautéed, grilled, or stuffed jumbo shrimp. The two-story restaurant showcases bright Aztec-themed murals by artist Roli Mancera, and banners of papel picado flutter overhead in the sunny, yellow upstairs dining room. After a devastating fire in 2008 that burned the original Little Mexico Cafe to the ground, resilient restaurateurs Enrique and Consuelo Ayala rebuilt the eatery for a 2010 reopening, where the community revelry was covered by The Grand Rapids Press.
Customers at Hubs Inn share pizzas of their own design, with boursin alfredo sauce and basil pesto serving as alternatives to classic red sauce if desired. Other hearty menu favorites include house-made chili as well as the eatery’s signature dish: grilled steak laid atop three-cheese tortellini. Burgers are specially seasoned in-house and paired with hand-cut fries. Ambitious diners can take on the burger challenge, in which they attempt to eat a 3-pound burger and a 1-pound order of fries in under an hour without using their fifth stomach.
Joe V’s Sports Bar builds a menu of pub fare and Chicago-style pizzas on a foundation of homemade dough, sauce, and Italian cheeses. Pizzas are constructed with the clean lines of minimalist cheese ($9.29 for 12”) or the ornately decorated Super Deluxe pizza ($16.79 for 12”), which brings along its entourage of pepperoni, sausage, ham, mushrooms, onions, olives, and green peppers to shower it in flavor and compliments. Homemade potato chips ($2.99) crisp just quietly enough to avoid interrupting the sounds waves of live music or karaoke as they dance through the air. An olive-swiss burger ($7.99) is made from a half pound of Black Angus beef and paired with fries. Strewn liberally with televisions, Joe V’s lives up to its title of sports bar by displaying games and spontaneously producing basketballs every evening.
Louie's Bar & Rocket Lounge BBQ are two adjacent hangouts with complementary moods and menus. Nightly drink specials and live music get the party going at Louie's, where bar goers can step out on the dance floor or cheer on their favorite sports team by playing catch with the HD televisions. Those with increasingly loud stomachs can commission a cornbread pulled-pork slider or other snack from Rocket Lounge, where chefs specialize in a one-of-a-kind genre of fusion barbecue. Unable to decide on a single style, Rocket cooks marry the spicy sweetness of Texan fare to the smokiness of Kansas City kitchens, yielding tender brisket, rib tips, and chopped beef. Savored by the bar at Louie's or in the checkered-tile interior of Rocket, each bite of barbecue satisfies while pairing well with frothy, cold brews.
Since his teenage years, Anton Steinhart's altruistic spirit has always pushed him to find new ways of giving back. After a stint in Bolivia teaching women how to operate sewing machines and sell their wares in the United States, he returned stateside seeking his next charitable venture. Anton drew upon previous experience in the wine industry and founded Wines for Humanity in 2007, which has raised more than $2 million for families on the brink of homelessness and other charities. As attendees sample seven wines culled from award-winning international vineyards, expert advisors discuss how to taste each pour, suggest food and wine pairings, and gently kiss their favorite corks.