Hotel: Courtyard Kalamazoo Portage
Would I stay again? Yes. It felt like a newer hotel and the service was good. There was an issue with my shower head not being the cleanest but had I caught it the night before, I am sure they would have addressed it quickly.
Dinner(Kalamazoo): Principle Food and Drink
Would I dine again? Maybe. The plan was to eat next door at Rustica but I flew through lunch and Principle opened 30 minutes earlier. A colleague said it was a great spot so time for a super early dinner at 4:30pm. I started with the octopus, then the shrimp entree and ended with the blueberry lemon dessert. The whole meal was good but if in the area again, I would try Rustica.
Dessert(2nd time around): Ritter’s Frozen Custard
Would I dine again? Yes. There is always a need for ice cream and frozen custard.
Lunch(Kalamazoo): Food Dance Restaurant
Would I dine again? Yes. But I totally ordered the wrong thing. Don’t get me wrong, the mac and cheese was good but I only was able to eat half since it was so heavy and I should have ordered the chicken dance sandwich.
Hotel: Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown
Would I stay again? Yes. It was right downtown and close enough for me to walk to my client meeting and to grab a bite to eat. I would recommend valet since the self parking was a bit of a walk if in a rush.
Dinner (Grand Rapids): Osteria Rossa
Would I dine again? Yes. Technically this was happy hour as I went right after a meeting because I was super hungry. I should have ordered more as the options were great and the food was really good but I thought I would go out for a later dinner after dealing with emails back at the hotel. Shame on me for skipping dinner.
Breakfast(Grand Rapids): Roots Brew Shop
Would I dine again? Yes. Low key coffee shop with pastries from Rise. Sometimes you just need a donut for breakfast, especially when you skip dinner.
Lunch (Grand Rapids): Donkey Taqueria
Would I dine again? Yes. Yes twice. I had one al pastor taco and one brussel sprout taco. They were awesome and the only other place I found brussel sprout tacos was in Covington, KY. I was also told they have great margarita’s but it was too early for me to try one!