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Tempt Your Taste Buds

There’s more to food than just eating to survive. Sometimes, you need to treat yourself and have an extraordinary meal. Lucky for you, West Michigan is home to diverse dining options for you to tempt your taste buds. We’re talking everything from seven-course extravagant meals to more casual dining experiences and everything in-between. Of course, whatever kind of meal you choose will be downright delicious. Treat yourself and eat well with this mouthwatering list!

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The Grill House in Allegan is celebrating 18 years of business and they want you (and your taste buds) to be part of the fun! They’ll be hosting an anniversary party on August 12th through the 14th. They’ll have inflatables and games for the kids as well as food and drink specials throughout each day. Help the Grill House celebrate this monumental anniversary later this month!

If you’re feeling extra zealous, you may want to try joining the Lumberjack Club at the Grill House! Choose a 42oz steak, grill it how you like and then eat it within an hour to join the club and receive a free t-shirt! The record time is 5 minutes and 26 seconds to eat this monstrous steak. Come hungry and leave with a full stomach (and possibly a lot of leftovers!)

The Harbor Grand in New Buffalo has their weekly Tuesday Tacos and Summer Mixology every Tuesday this summer. These tacos feature Oaxaca-style chicken tinga, pork al pastor and bistec served on housemade corn tortillas. If that wasn’t enough, pair your tacos with one of their summer inspired, handcrafted cocktails. Tuesdays have never been better at the Harbor Grand!

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The City of Hastings has plenty of food for your taste buds to go crazy. Some of your options as you adventure through Hastings are unique appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and wood-fired pizzas. Find what you’re looking for (and the perfect craft beer to go with it) when you visit Hastings this summer!

The South Haven/Van Buren Area has plenty for your taste buds to experience. They have nice farmers markets where you can get fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and more. Make sure that next time you visit that you have some blueberries! The area is known for their love and passion for the tiny fruit. South Haven/Van Buren County is ready to help you keep it fresh this summer!

Next time you visit Virtue Cider in Fennville, be sure to bring a picnic basket and a blanket! They’ve made it easy to partake in one of life’s greatest pleasures: sharing a meal outdoors. Besides their extensive line of ciders, they now also offer a wide selection of meats, cheeses, and other bites, curated by Culinary Director Missy Corey. Pack a lunch with the family and bring it down to Virtue Cider! We know that you’ll love the time together, the delicious food and the view.

Hungry? No problem! Constantine Brewing Company and the Laughing Leaves Winery in Constantine makes all their food from scratch in their brewery/kitchen. They use locally-sourced, fresh ingredients whenever possible and their menu features spent beer grain pizza, smoked BBQ, pub burgers and more. Don’t forget to have some of their beer or wine with your meal! Eat well with Constantine Brewing Company and the Laughing Leaves Winery!

Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks has their Sunday Brunch at Staymaker, their on-site full service restaurant. Staymaker prides itself in using the most quality ingredients sourced from locals creating beautifully plated dishes with complex culinary details. Pictured below is their Bourbon Belgian Waffle! This is one that you need to experience yourself so stop by and try one of their dishes soon!

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Coldwater Country has many locally owned diners, restaurants and pubs for you to check out this summer! Their offerings range from steak to Mexican food to even a root beer stand. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, a unique dining destination or a gourmet dinner, you won’t have to look hard to find it in Coldwater Country!

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings continues their Farm to Table Dinner Series on August 20th. This multi-course dinner highlights local farmers and brewers with commentary on the origin of each dish. They also have their next Sunday Night Dinner on August 14th with buffet-style barbecue dinner and music from Michigan Mafia String Band. Check out one of their foodie events this summer!

Pastrami Joe’s Deli & Take-Out in Battle Creek and Marshall isn’t your run-of-the-mill sandwich shop. They bring their authentic New York-style to all of their sandwiches, salads, wraps, pizzas and platters so you’ll leave full and ready to come back for more the next day. Enjoy this real, honest deli food at your New-York-away-from-New-York!

The Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance is ready to tempt your taste buds with some of their picks! The area has tons of great suggestions, but one that sticks out is Dark Horse Brewing Company. They have fantastic beer which can be paired with their delicious artisan pizza or unique sandwiches. If you’re looking to go to an iconic and historic restaurant, check out Schuler’s Restaurant in Marshall! They’ve been serving their delicious food for over 100 years so you know that it has to be good. Visit these or one of the many other restaurants in Marshall!

Do you love blueberries? Well, Corey Lake Orchards in Three Rivers certainly does! You can buy them by the quart at their market or have them in one of their delicious baked goods. Try their blueberry-rhubarb pie, fresh blueberry glazed pie and special zucchini-lemon-blueberry bread. These will tickle your tongue and awaken your tastebuds!

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Muskegon County has many mouthwatering culinary excursions for you this summer including SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club where you can get delicious seasonal food and enjoy their wonderful view. Another more unique choice is Bygone Basics at Amanda’s Bequest. This quaint B&B allows you to relive a simpler time and teaches you home canning, food preservation, jam & jelly making, butter churning and baking items from “scratch.” Learn how to cook like the years gone by with Bygone Basics at Amanda’s Bequest! 

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Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon will host their Taste of History event on August 20th from 10am to 4pm. The event explores how food used to be acquired, prepared and eaten. There will be hands-on demonstrations and opportunities to try some of the food that is prepared. Try for yourself to see how you would fare as a hunter-gatherer! 

The Ludington Area has some delicious food options for you to enjoy. Have a mouthwatering meal of smoked meats or Thai food while you walk through Ludington. Or you could take some time and find that perfect hole-in-the-wall place to have dinner. No matter what you choose, you won’t be going hungry here!

The Hudsonville Area wants to provide you with the freshest local ingredients so that you can cook delicious meals at home. Their farmer’s market has plenty of homegrown produce as well as homemade bread, pasta, kettle corn and more. Make sure to stop by next time you’re cooking for friends or family! They’ll definitely be impressed with whatever you’re making!

Reserve Wine & Food in Grand Rapids has announced their summer menu. New menu items include Pork Crepinette, Duck Breast and Carbonara. Pair your meal with one of over 100 wines available by the glass. Reserve has taken charge to ensure better quality and consistency across the board from service to the food that they serve. Stop by next time you’re in Grand Rapids and try what they have on the menu this summer!

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Mecosta County has tons of great restaurants spanning different tastes and flavors. Here, you’ll be able to find delicious barbecue, fish, pizza and more. With all of these different foods, you’ll need to plan accordingly to experience it all. Use their guide online to plan your day, but make sure you start with an empty stomach! You’re going to need it. 

The JW Marriott’s six.one.six restaurant in Grand Rapids uses many local ingredients to create mouthwatering dishes. Their outdoor patio or jdek also has a living wall garden where the chefs grow and use herbs and garnishes from. They change their menu seasonally so make sure to come back every so often to try what’s fresh and new!

The Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids has four restaurants to tempt your taste buds at: Cygnus27, GP Sports, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Each restaurant excels in their own way by offering different experiences based on what you want to eat and the atmosphere you’re looking for. Treat yourself and visit one (or all four!) of these fine dining locations soon!

If you need another reason to visit The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, why not join them for their Founders Beer Dinner and Tap Takeover on August 4th from 4pm to 11pm. There will be a 4-course Beer Dinner served at 6pm and an outdoor patio party along the Grand River after dinner. Live entertainment will be brought to you by DJ Composition. Prizes and giveaways will be raffled off throughout the evening. If you have a love for Founders beer or good food in general, make sure to check out this event!

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall and two full-service restaurants. The Market Hall hosts a culinary collective of butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and more, with options including sushi, Neapolitan-Style pizza, salads, sandwiches, quiche, tacos, Thai specialties, ice cream, pies, popcorn, and the list goes on. Find your next favorite place to eat at the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids!

Do you love Michigan tourism and the Downtown Market? Then you’ll love the Promote Michigan 12th Anniversary Party which will be on Thursday, August 18th from 5pm to 7pm at Downtown Market in Grand Rapids! Tickets are $50 each and include a selection of Michigan appetizers, door prizes, live music and a cash bar featuring Michigan beer, wine and cocktails. WMTA loves Promote Michigan and its efforts to spotlight some of the best things in West Michigan so help them celebrate their 12th birthday at this fun event!

The Essence Group has three restaurants in Grand Rapids that are bound to get your taste buds excited. Bistro Bella Vita is the perfect home meal away from home. Join them every Saturday, Sunday and Monday for their Family-Style Three Course Dinners featuring homemade pasta, Tiramisu and other seasonal delights. The Green Well has unique and delectable specials including Mac & Cheese Mondays, Comfort Classics Wednesdays and more! Across the street from Green Well is Grove with their Sunday Brunch every Sunday filled with Earth-to-Table cuisine! Eat local and fresh with their almond stewed grains, ricotta-corn crêpe, cream cheese doughnuts and much more. Each of these restaurants is unique, but all offer fantastic food that will keep your taste buds happy. 

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Take the opportunity to check out GRandJazzFest while you’re out and about for Restaurant Week in Grand Rapids! GRandJazzFest takes place in downtown Grand Rapids and while they may not have food on site, they have situated themselves in a great place for you to take advantage of the annual Restaurant Week event where restaurants, pubs and breweries create unique menu items for you to devour. A full list of restaurants is available online with many within walking distance of GRandJazzFest! Follow the music that’s in the air and you’ll find this premier music event!

Butch’s Dry Dock in Holland has a saying: “Fine Wine. Fine Dine.” They’re one of fewer than 800 restaurants worldwide (and one of 10 in Michigan) to hold the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence. Building on an exceptional wine and beer list, Butch’s menu is expressly designed to enhance the guest experience. With all of these extensive menus, this is one restaurant that you can’t miss!

Did you save room for dessert? Chocolates by Grimaldi in Grand Haven makes delicious chocolate desserts and they recently announced a new one: Cinnamon Chili Truffles. The new chocolate features a powerful punch of chili powder partnered with the sweet, warm and aromatic flavor of cinnamon. Not really your style? No worries! Try their Chocolate covered Caramels with Himalayan Sea Salt, Lavender Truffles or Chocolate covered Potato Chips. You and your sweet tooth will find something to love at Chocolates by Grimaldi!

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Everybody knows Traverse City as America’s Cherry Capital with its National Cherry Festival and abundance of restaurants featuring the fruit. You can have a full meal where everything that you have has cherries as an ingredient. Enjoy Cherry Chicken Salad, Cherry Turkey Sandwich, cherries in your hot oats, cherry pie and even cherries on pizza, sausages, and fish! Can you have a full day of meals that all feature cherries?

Located on Walloon Lake, Hotel Walloon has a wonderful view as well as wonderful food! The Barrel Back has their summer menu out now which features grilled swordfish, seafood linguine and smoked salmon shells. Walloon Lake Inn also has a brand new menu featuring a small plate dishes with six local farms. These are both great options if you’re visiting Hotel Walloon this summer!

Situated on Lake Charlevoix, Charlevoix Country Club knows that you want a view with your meal. That’s why you’ll find that every seat, whether it’s inside or outside, has a great view of the water. They are well known for their Calamari and Ahi Tuna appetizers as well as their Perch with lemon caper white wine butter sauce, char-grilled Salmon with maple mustard glaze and Bistro Steak with blue cheese compound butter. Try one of those mouthwatering signature dishes next time you’re up north!

Whether you are looking for freshly caught fish, specialty foods or locally grown foods, there are great restaurants waiting for you in Charlevoix. Locally caught fish make for the perfect dish while you look out onto the beautiful waters that cover the area. With the area having a bountiful supply of fish, you have to make sure to have at least one of these locally caught meals. Check them out today and explore the possibilities!

Are you ready to eat well in the Bellaire area this summer? The Lakeview Restaurant at Shanty Creek Resorts has a wonderful view as well as innovative regional fare. Try salads, soups and entrees as you enjoy the scenic sunset views and roaring fireplaces. You can’t beat looking out on Lake Bellaire while enjoying delicious food! Or try Dockside Torch Lake on their great outdoor deck. Dine with a view in Bellaire!

Chateau Chantal in Traverse City has two adventures for your taste buds this summer. Their Sensory Tours are offered all summer long and includes small-bite food pairings with wine, extensive tour and a unique wine tasting where you use all your senses to experience Chateau Chantal’s wine. Another delicious event is their 7-Course Wine Pairing Dinner offered periodically through October. In-house chef Reuban Rosales will prepare fresh dishes that your taste buds will love. Do your taste buds a favor and make your way up to Chateau Chantal for one of these dining experiences!

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