I have been wanting to visit for some time, and my work luckily took me to Grand Rapids on Monday. Since I had a meeting at 1 p.m. downtown, I left my home early enough so I could have two meals and see as much of the city as possible during my visit.
|Argos Book Shop|
|The bar at the Green Well|
I was the first customer of the day at the Green Well, but the staff was accommodating. The restaurant's menu is full of creative dishes. I would have ordered a couple items and a beer, but I didn't want to drink before my meeting or be bloated with food. I ordered a delicious brisket sandwich (smoked beef, pimento cheese, pickled jalapeno, red onion, steak sauce aioli, Field & Fire burger bun). The beef was tender and the toppings gave it a slight kick that wasn't overly spicy.
|The Green Well's brisket sandwich|
|Schuler Books & Music|
|Mug Clubber and Nitro Sumatra Mountain Brown|
|My latte at Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge|
|Best mint chip ever!|
My last stop was Long Road Distillers on the West Side. Craft distilling is taking off in Michigan, so I try to support this growing local industry. Long Road has a cool bar area and an interesting cocktail menu. Long Road uses locally grown ingredients and doesn't take shortcuts in the distilling process (thus the "Long Road"). Unlike many other distilleries, Long Road also serves food, but I couldn't eat another bite. If I were in town overnight and didn't have to drive (How much is a taxi/Uber/Lyft from Grand Rapids to Detroit?), I would have had more than the two small samples of bourbon and a wheat whiskey. I enjoyed both whiskeys and ended up purchasing a bottle of the wheat whiskey and a bottle of vodka for Allison, which she loves.