Restaurants in Grand Rapids

When you think of Michigan what comes to mind? Fish, most likely, because of the lake. Or perhaps you think of how the state is shaped like a mitten and anyone from there uses their hand to point out what location they’re referencing. East of Lake Michigan, somewhere on the palm of your hand mitten, is the city of Grand Rapids. Though it may be small, it is surely mighty with exciting things to do, see, and most importantly, eat. Here are some of the best Grand Rapids restaurants to represent some of the finest grub in this Midwestern state.

Try It: Detroit Style


Detroit, the largest city in Michigan, is known for its take on pizza, which is thick, bread-like dough and topped with heaps of cheese before being baked and topped with sauce.


Our Editors' Pick:

Jet's Pizza has over 100 locations in Michigan alone.

Spotlight On:

The Mitten Brewing Company


This brewery is a local favorite when you’re in the mood for the perfect meal duo: beer and pizza. The restaurant whips up both traditional and unique pizzas, like the all-time favorite margherita to the wacky but delicious chicken and waffles pie. Plus, they have weekly specials that aren’t on the menu, so you can walk in and order something new and exciting each week. However, pizza and beer isn’t all that they have. Find plenty of delicious appetizers and sandwiches. And the beer? There’s plenty of mouthwatering brews on tap, and they’re always adding new ones. Our favorite is  The Mango Gold, a kettle-soured wheat ale made with real mago. It’s perfect for summer or even winter if you want to pretend like you’re lounging on a tropical island. Here are some other callouts:


  • Best appetizer: The homemade soft pretzel, which is bigger than your head and comes with various dipping sauces like beer cheese and jalapeno jam.
  • Most popular brew: The Mitten Pale Ale, a delightful, crisp, golden ale with citrus and floral flavors.
  • Notable detail: The patio is dog friendly! So bring your pooches.

Best American Restaurants

Freshest Ingredients


Where: Kitchen 67

Why: locally sourced products and a menu full of classic family recipes

Price range: $11-30 a meal

Our deal: only $12.50 for $20 value


Best Menu Variation


Where: The Brandywine

Why: ever-changing menu with unique options

Price range: under $10

Our deal: only $14.50 for $20 value


Best Breakfast


Where: Jackie’s Place

Why: family-owned with reasonable prices and fast and friendly service

Price range: under $10

Our deal: $15.75 for three vouchers, each valid for $10 worth of breakfast, lunch, or dinner comfort food

How Do You Want That Cooked?

How to Order the Best Burger


Ordering a burger off the menu? Check out what our expert says on how to order it:

“Medium rare is the best because you still get that great char flavor, and the inside is soft and supple. It keeps the juices flowing, and the burger never dries out." -Brad Garoon, blogger of Burger Weekly


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Try It

The Wet Burrito

El Granjero has been a hit in Grand Rapids since it opened. Although this restaurant serves up many delicious and authentic Mexican dishes, one meal is a customer favorite: the wet burrito. This entree is a 13-inch burrito, wrapped in a flour tortilla which includes your choice of meat, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, sour cream, cheese, and avocado. What makes it wet, you ask? It’s then smothered with red mild salsa and melted white cheese on top.

Best Deal for Food & Drinks

Taqueria El Rincon Mexicano


What: Authentic Mexican food and flavors

Where: 2055 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Price: Five vouchers for either $13 or $26

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