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Business now takes me to Holland, Michigan

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  • Anton Apr 6, 2011 06:05 PM
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Seems to have more worthwhile dining options than a town its size should have. I've tried Butch's and can recommend it, where else should I try? Because of my crazy work hours, I can't travel too far (or else I'd dine in GR every night). I see on earlier threads that Beechwood Inn, Blue House Bistro, Pereddie's are recommended, keep the suggestions coming.

More specifically, there seem to be a lot of places catering to the local Mexican population. I've tried Taqueria Azteca (muy auténtico) on the north side and can recommend it too. Any other suggestions, maybe even one with (gasp) a liquor license?

Also: lodging. Best Western has already lost its charm. CityFlats Hotel looks nice, maybe a little too Ava Gardner (avant-garde -- get it? Ha ha ha) for my taste. Is there a nice B&B, maybe one on the lakefront, not too far from town?

Many thanks for any suggestions. I've never been led astray by anyone from Chowhound, so everyone keep up the good work.

Anton

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Taqueria Azteca
2027 N Park Dr, Holland, MI 49424

Beechwood Inn
PO Box 8246, Holland, MI 49422

Blue House Bistro
220 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423

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  1. >> Seems to have more worthwhile dining options than a town its size should have.

    That's because much of the western shore of Lake Michigan is a big resort area for boaters, golfers, etc.

    >> I've tried Butch's and can recommend it, where else should I try? Because of my crazy work hours, I can't travel too far (or else I'd dine in GR every night).

    How far is too far? If about 20 minutes (12 miles) is okay, I'd strongly recommend Everyday People Cafe in Douglas ( www.everydaypeoplecafe.com ), which may be the best restaurant in all of western Michigan. Beware, they don't take reservations and they do get busy in season, especially weekends.

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    Everyday People Cafe
    11 Center Street, Douglas, MI 49406

    1. I worked in Holland for 15 years before moving to Colorado 4 years ago. I would not recommend Beechwood Inn as I'm sure it has not improved since I was last there. It's pretty basic food...bland and uninspired. The only reason I ever ate there was it was near my work and unfortunately there were always business meals held there.

      I would suggest Boatwerks on the south shore of Lake Macatawa. I always had good meals there. http://www.boatwerksrestaurant.com/ While Pereddie's is good, I prefer 84 East in downtown Holland. http://www.84east.com/ A newer place Salt & Pepper Savory Grill and Pub has been mentioned several times by my Holland Facebook friends as being good. http://saltandpepperpub.com/main/ Sadly, I can't think of any Mexican restaurant with a liquor license.

      And after mentioning all of these, I heartily second nsxtasy's recommendation of Everyday People Cafe if you want to drive to Douglas. One of my all time favorite restaurants in West Michigan. After 4 years I still miss that place!

      Good luck!

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      1. re: Squint

        On the recommendation of Squint and nsxtasy, I tried Everyday People (for the record, a 19-minute drive) and it's the real deal. Thanks to both of you.
        On the way back into town I drove by El Rancho on US 31. Is this a worthwhile Mexican place or just a dressed-up Taco Bell?

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        Everyday People Cafe
        11 Center Street, Douglas, MI 49406

        1. re: Squint

          I'd second Boatwerks. Just had a very nice dinner there last weekend.