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Jan 18, 2007 03:28 AM

Good chow in Holland, MI

So I have to be there for an overnight on Friday. Need a good lunch and dinner spot--decor, $ not particularly relevent as I'll be solo and just want great chow. I'm a longtimer Michigander, but don't have a whole lot of knowlege of Holland (other than the festival I've never been to.) Thanks, hounds.

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  1. Ok, so I'll answer my own question.

    On recommendation of a valued colleague, I dined at Butch's Dry Dock and Wine Shop. During the day a great deli, along with a wonderful wine selection to buy, wise wine guys. At night, still bare table tops in the back, but crisp white tablecloths in the front. Not a wide, varied menu, but what they do, they do well. Also opportunity to buy wine flights with dinner --highest $ is $11/ for three 2 oz samples. The salad was OK, but I had a great bowl of soup/jamabalaya with duck, andouille and chicken. Bread is bought but baked there, so hot out of the oven--very nice decor, restful, good service. For a smaller town, this has a lot to offer. Good chow, great wine, what's not to like?

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    1. re: berkleybabe

      Thanks for the report, Berkleybabe. It's sometimes hard getting reco's for west and mid-Michigan on here, although there are plenty of Detroiters. Last time I was in Holland I drove up to Grand Haven and had a great dinner at the Dee-Lite downtown.

      1. re: Jim M

        Jim M
        Glad you posted, too, the more of us the better. Holland's downtown, only about a two block area, is gentrified and kind of stylish with a number of tasty looking restaurants. Butch's seems the most chowish, but there's a cool retro candy nearby, so it's certainly not a fudge oriented shopping area. It'll be interesting over time to see what develops--Butch's can certainly hold its own, or more, with RO chow dens.

    2. There are lots of ethnic places to eat around Holland, and a few in Grand Haven too. Check out these threads, I've eaten at several of them and they have all been good. The best is Thali Bistro in Grand Haven, though, as it is a cool atmosphere with outstanding Sri Lanken food. The Pigeon Lake Lodge just north of Holland is also very good, they serve upscale food and the place is kind of country fancy, if you know what I mean.

      1. You'll find a complete listing of restaurants in Holland here:

        I've been to the New Holland Brewing Company and it's decent brew pub type food, with a microbrewery right in the middle of the dining room.

        1. I like 'Til Midnight, but it's been awhile since I've been there. I live in southwest Michigan, but not Holland.