Voted Best Chef by the readers of Grand Rapids Magazine, Eric Chaitin, executive chef of all three restaurants, oversees an edible empire emphasizing creativity and customer service. Take your taste buds on a dream date to The Grille and ponder its sophisticated menu, which entices eaters with wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas, and meaty marvels such as a Wagyu New York strip ($18.95). Rush Creek Bistro's menu slays cravings with an eclectic assortment of sandwiches and rib-sticking entrees, while the menu at FireRock Grille includes shrimp ($9.95) and steak ($15.95) that can be cooked on a 500-degree FireRock like those used by Stone Age tailgaters before the first Super Bowl. Each menu changes seasonally, accentuating locally grown, seasonal produce and fresh meats. All three locations feature scenic country-club views, outdoor dining, and bar areas for debating with strangers over which of the Founding Fathers had the nicest singing voice.
Sports Center Cafe keeps families full with a massive menu of classic American eats, served up in a sports-centric atmosphere flanked by nine TVs. Sports Center Cafe slings out plates piled high with made-to-order burgers, such as the house specialty, Flying Dutchman ($8.99)––a mythical, meaty mouthful of bacon, barbecue sauce, cheddar, and onion ring, sandwiched between two opera-singing grilled cheese sandwiches. Baskets forgo the usual fillings of chocolate bunnies and changelings in favor of beer- battered fish and chips ($8.95), golden chicken tenders ($7.95), and saucy bone-optional wings ($7.95). Hot pastas can be topped with any of the café's homemade sauces, such as Cajun alfredo ($10.95), creamy pesto ($11.95), or meatless marinara ($7.95).
Since 1964, Blimpie has stacked and shuffled Jersey-style subs for on-the-go grabbers. The variety of items on its highly legible menu spans the subterranean spectrum, with hot, cold, and panini-grilled sandwich selections such as the new, oven-baked chicken cheddar bacon ranch dressed in crisp veggies ($4.29 for a six-inch). Or opt for the classic Blimpie Best, piled high with ham, salami, cappacola, prosciuttini, folded provolone, veggies, vinegar, oil, and oregano ($3.89 for a six-inch).
Fazoli's expeditious culinary team assembles gondolas of oven-baked pastas and sandwiches for a palatable odyssey through comestible canals. Chicken submarinos ferry onions, peppers, provolone, and roasted red pepper toward mouths in bread battleships ($5.99), and the chicken piccata builds a noodle nest for grilled chicken with linguini in creamy marinara sauce, capers, and broccoli ($5.79). Diners can nosh on traditional Italian flavors with a plate of spaghetti in meat sauce or fettuccine alfredo ($5.99). Fazoli's bountiful menu also bursts at the seams with pizzas, fresh salads, and a supply of breadsticks that's as bottomless as a trapdoor in the Oval Office.
For more than four decades, Mr. Burger has sated carnivorous cravings with a menu of juicy burgers and other toothsome classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A patron's day can begin at any hour with the breakfast combo of pancakes, toast, an alarm clock, any-style eggs, and sizzling bacon or sausage links ($3.90). For sturdier eats, dig into a double meat ($2.80–$5.05) or a Mr. Triple burger ($4.50–$6.75)—both made quadruply delicious when paired with one of the succulent sides, such as french fries, onion rings, and coleslaw—or plunge incisors into a chicken pita ($3.99–$6.24), gyro ($3.50–$5.75), or fried chicken sandwich ($3.85–$6.10). Postmeal fanatics can indulge their inner child or find out that they're someone else's inner child with old-fashioned desserts including fresh strawberry pies, cream pies, and creamy shakes and sundaes.