Grand Rapids MI - Christmas Day Dinner
- James Wong
I will be visiting friends in Grand Rapids over Christmas. Is there a nice place to take them out to a Christmas Day lunch?
Try the best hotel in town -Amway Grand. GR is a fairly conservative city (Christian Dutch Reform)and I would expect many spots will be closed for both Eve and Xmas day. The hotel has a very fine restaurant at the summit --peaceful, tasteful and spacious dining room -with offerings of game, classic American dishes and fish --very fine ingredients, upscale. I think that's your best shot--call the hotel directly. Let us know how you fare.
Hmmm, Christmas Day. Everyone in very Protestant church-going GR will be hunkered down over their drumsticks, I'm guessing - but you could try Yen Ching, best hot braised fish (whole snapper, deboned at the table) imaginable(the one on east 28th Street,616-940-4111). San Chez, only Spanish tapas place in town, will probably be closed. Cygnus, the restaurant at the top of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, might be open w/o buffet; I've had some excellent fusion and Pacific Rim-style dishes there, but it's quite pricey. And for just plain good American "Mexican" food (including perfect salsa), there's my favorite Beltline Bar. Good luck!