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Grand Rapids MI - Christmas Day Dinner

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James Wong Dec 1, 2000 11:06 AM

I will be visiting friends in Grand Rapids over Christmas. Is there a nice place to take them out to a Christmas Day lunch?

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    berkleybabe Dec 1, 2000 02:51 PM

    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.

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      James Wong Dec 1, 2000 04:08 PM

      The Amway as of now do not plan to serve a Christmas Day buffet, unfortunately. But thank you for the suggestions.

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        berkleybabe Dec 3, 2000 10:09 AM

        Will Cygnus be having dinner/lunch service at all? Last option could be the casual dining room--basic, but good sandwiches/salads --but very pretty view of the Grand River--could be pleasant. Let us know how you do...if need be, we can try digging more here on our end.

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          James Wong Dec 5, 2000 10:16 AM

          I've been directed to the hotel restaurants which seem to be open, so that's where we are heading. Thank you for all the help. Happy holidays.

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      Lynne Dec 1, 2000 04:41 PM

      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!

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        berkleybabe Dec 26, 2000 12:35 PM

        James, how did the Christmas dinner turn out? Where'd you end up and how was it?

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