Jersey-style subs may be Boardwalk Subs’ food forte, but the staff’s true specialty is its attention to customer service, as showcased by its nomination for the Grand Rapids Celebrated Service award. In between friendly smiles and polite conversations, the kitchen crew at the family owned eatery focuses its attention on handcrafting 25 types of toasted or grilled subs and pairing them with fresh-baked cookies and warm soups. After baking fresh bread each day, cooks slice open each 15-inch roll before stuffing it with savory meats, such as salami, capicola, and roast beef, and seven kinds of colorful vegetables. The sandwich artists then top the savory layers with one of 12 sauces and seasonings such as celery salt and italian spices.
With 19 signature sauces on traditional or breaded wings, there are more than 35 ways diners can sate wing cravings at Wing Kingz. But more than just that, the cooks also whip up fried fish and shrimp, bacon-cheddar potato wedges, and deep-fried spicy green beans.
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.
Our Town Deli, directed by deli master and Grand Rapids local Jesse Foerch, showcases a symphony of sandwiches ideal for lunchers looking to eat with their hands and not their mini gardening tools. Sammy suitors line up to sink their teeth into fresh, made-to-order subs, served under heaps of toppings including cucumbers, chipotle sauce, and pepper jack cheese. Introduce protein-passionate taste receptors to Our Town's cold italian sub ($4.29/6-inch; $7.29/12-inch), stuffed with ham, salami, cappacola, pepperoni, and provolone, or opt for the hot pastrami ($4.49/6-inch; /$7.99/12-inch), sliced thin and placed between your choice of fresh-baked breads. While Our Town aims to use local ingredients in all of its subs, only the local specialties are named after local landmarks, such as the Calder club, a conglomeration of ham, turkey, bacon, swiss, and ranch ($4.89), and the Michigan Left ($4.89), which, on opposite day, shouldn't be eaten whilst driving. The deli rounds out repasts with a selection of crisp salads and sides.
No two pizzas are created alike, but most of them look about the same. Not so at Jet?s Pizza, a carry-out and delivery-only establishment created in 1978 by brothers Eugene and John Jetts?their signature pie layers tomato or barbecue sauce and melted mozzarella cheese within the crispy, brown right angles of a deep-dish square crust. But the crust?s charms don?t end there; diners can ?flavorize? it for free with seasonings such as shredded parmesan or the Turbo Crust, a blend of butter, garlic, and romano. These extras are what make Jet?s pizzas special; John Jetts says ?If you're eating one of our pizzas and you don't have a smile on your face, then something is wrong." In addition to pies, Jet?s serves four flavors of chicken wings, subs, and breadsticks at locations spread across 13 states and two extrasolar planets.
Although 36th Street Lounge features a number of high-topped tables and booths, sitting is far from the only option. Live bands perform throughout the week and energize the crowds with high-octane sets. Other nights, DJs keep heads bobbing with eclectic mixes and karaoke allows guests to show off their ability to read. In addition to dartboards and a handful of arcade games—such as Golden Tee and Ms. Pac-Man—the bar features two pool tables.
The 36th Street Lounge kitchen crew whips together a menu of somewhat elevated bar fare. Fettuccine noodles arrive slathered in savory alfredo and sizzling fajitas receive dollops of teriyaki sauce. Regardless of the menu's inspirations, each dish pairs well with a drink from the bar. Bartenders pour frosty drafts of iconic brews and mix a number of cocktails using flavor-infused liquor.