I was back in beautiful Michigan for work in June, and I'm just now getting to recap the delicious, casual bites I grabbed with my coworkers while I was there. I usually dine at foodie/upscale restaurants during business meals, but this time I was treated to casual fare that was just as delicious.
Olive's Restaurant & Bar
Olive's was my favorite on this trip; we stopped there for lunch on my first day in town. It was in an adorable district of town (I love East Grand Rapids), had a light interior and cute decor, and the menu, while small, appeared to be fresh and varied. I decided to order the Crab Cakes off of the small plate menu, with a side of fries added. This turned out to be the perfect casual lunch! The crab cakes were perfect and very tasty. The fries were just as crispy as I like them, with a soft inside. It took a little while to get our food, but I'm assuming it's because everything was made to order. All of my coworkers' meals looked just as fresh and delicious! I'd definitely come back here again in a heartbeat.
Brick Road Pizza Co.
For an easy pizza weeknight dinner, we went to Brick Road Pizza Co. It was a casual place with a fantastic craft beer menu. Michigan (especially Grand Rapids) has such a great craft beer scene, and the restaurants definitely celebrate that. I liked that we could ask the waiter for thoughts on craft beer and he knew what he was talking about. We ordered meatballs and cheesy bread as appetizers, and both were solidly good. I ordered a personal-sized pizza and could not finish it! The portions are huge; the calzone could easily feed two people. Overall it was solidly good pizza and I have no complaints. It was a fun meal.
I don't crave Thai food, mostly because I'm not a big fan of peanut and coconut flavors. I wasn't excited when my coworkers wanted Thai food, but I went with it. Little Bangkok exceeded my expectations! I started with their peppery but delicious soup. It reminded me of egg drop soup but with lots of black pepper. I then had the Pad Noodle with chicken. It was a garlicky sauce, with broccoli and onion and water chestnuts. I was pleasantly surprised that I really liked it! I would definitely come back to Little Bangkok on future trips.