Named one of the city's most romantic restaurants by Grand Rapids Magazine, Tre Cugini ensnares the senses by pairing its rustic décor of exposed brick walls and crisp white linens with authentic Italian cuisine. Bartenders pour from an expansive list of wines and shake cocktails to tunes from the gleaming grand piano, whetting appetites for cooked-to-order risotto and house-made desserts. Friendly staffers teach basic Italian phrases on request and host monthly wine events, allowing patrons to applaud a varietal's flavor in its native handclap. During warmer months, guests can flock to the outdoor patio to savor fruity sips beneath colorful striped umbrellas:
Fat Man's Fish Fry, an eatery founded in 1953, has drawn in diners for decades with a sumptuous array of fry-house specialties. Scallops, perch, crab cakes, and other seafood sizzles in dedicated fryers while chicken, alligator, and other proteins cook separately; the separation ensures clean, un-muddled flavors. Those flavors are enhanced with a trio of vinegar-based sauces or Fat Man's tartar sauce—a house specialty that you can also take home by the bottle.
No tasty bite is complete without a quality beverage to back it up. With this in mind, Gilly's pleases foodies and beer lovers alike with a well-curated menu of dishes to pair with its handcrafted microbrews, wines, and cocktails. Six types of caramel come together in Brewmaster John's Crimson King amber ale, one of many libations that can accompany vegetarian dishes such as black truffle gnocchi, fresh seafood dishes such as seared yellow fin tuna with cauliflower tabouleh, miso honey glazed wild sockeye salmon, and crab legs, and comfort food such as lobster mac 'n' cheese. A fresh oyster bar is available, and the menu spans the culinary gamut and includes many gluten-free offerings and creative small plates, all served in a casual, rustic setting.