Sometimes the simple yet mouth-watering, fresh and artfully made foods make life simply grand. Honey crisp apple, Delice De Borgnone, Harlech and some yummy butter wheat crackers…
Upon a recommendation from our good friends at EatGR (an amazing Facebook page devoted to eateries in the greater Grand Rapids area) Mrs. Snausy and I ventured into the Westsider Cafe over on Walker Avenue on the West Side of Grand Rapids, Michigan for lunch today. It was our first time there, and you would have thought Mrs. Snausy had just been given a million dollars – she hasn’t raved like this about good food at a restaurant in quite some time!
The place was packed when we got there about 12:45pm, but we were seated right away. Our server was amazing – and even apologized for it being so hot (like that was her fault.) She seemed genuinely interested in us coming back, something I appreciate more and more. The Westsider features several Polish dishes and also some Cuban fare, as well as the solid breakfast standards. Nothing over $7.95 here, either, including 5-egg omelettes! So without further ado, here are a couple interior pictures and a couple of pictures of the food.
The Polish Club was what got my wife’s attention…polish sausage instead of the traditional turkey, and the horseradish mayo made this dish something special. Kudos on the fries – Mrs. Snausy’s favorite kind of fries (skin on, perfectly fried) and loads of them, too!
This place has a pretty extensive breakfast and lunch menu, so we’re both excited to go back and try some more of their good home-cookin’. This place is a gem on the West Side of Grand Rapids – enjoy!
It surely seems like a long time since I wrote about food – I guess giving your Dad up to Jesus can be like that. I haven’t forgotten all the amazing meals I’ve shared with my Pop, though…so to “get back in the saddle” you get to hear about a breakfast kitchen in Leland.The last meal I made for my Dad was breakfast, and I’m sure he’d approve of this Early Morning food. The Early Bird has enough kudos about being next door to the other place, so let’s keep our focus on the place and the food at hand….
The parking lot is perfect in ratio to how many people might fit in the dining area. If you can’t find a spot in the parking lot, drive around the block a few times and check out Leland. A spot across the street will put you in an old-fashioned grocery store, but let’s stay with the Early Bird…if you get there at the right time, youl’ll be rewarded for your effort.
Located in quaint “downtown” Leland, the Early Bird resides on the main street of this lakeside settlement.. Having hiked on North Manitou, I can say that breakfast at the Early Bird may be the last civilized meal you have for a while if taking on that challenge. My last meal there did not include a visit to the Island, but my experience eating breakfast rivaled some of my favorite memories of this really cool restaurant.
I’ve marveled at some of the reviews of he Early Bird. I’ve eaten here a sum total of two times. Each time the service has been spot-on.
Nicole, our server, is one of the most efficient I’ve encountered in a long time. She was our server the last time we were in the Early Bird way too many months ago, and I remember her passion for taking care of us then. Normally I don’t rant about service, but when it’s this good I like to tip my hat and say thank you….Thanks,Nicole!
I asked, and it’s true – the hollandaise is not made fresh.(Thanks for telling the truth!) That being said, I’ve eaten Eggs Benedict a lot of places and a lot of different ways, and to say that Early Birds’ rendition that day was amazing is an understatement. The ingredients, including the perfectly toasted english muffin and thinly sliced smokey pork, went with the most perfectly poached egg I’ve seen at a restaurant in a long time. Kudos to the cook staff at this place – they put passion into the meals we ate and the flavors proved it.
Again, apologies for my camera – this food looked WAY better than these shots convey. Good luck with the munu pics.
My fellow foodie friends Josh and Sarah sent me this amazing photo of part of their Valentine’s Day dinner, and I just had to share. Josh’s caption for the photo is “Happy Valentine’s Day Maryland style :)~”
Thanks for sharing this – I’ll bet it tasted great!
For more yummy pics and recipes, check out their food blog here!
Recently, I’ve been reading a book by Anthony Bourdain called “Medium Raw”, and it’s made me feel like I should disclaim myself a bit more thoroughly. I an NOT a true Chef, at least in the truest sense of Chef as the term applies in the culinary world. Self-proclaimed foodie and home cook I am…but if I had to run a restaurant as true Chefs do, I’d probably be in way over my head. So now that we’ve got that little item cleared up…
READ THIS BOOK!! Sorry for shouting, but Tony’s take on several culinary topics are just so very worth the read. He sums up Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma so accurately that I would recommend his chapter on “Meat” as required reading in every school in America. So without a lot of fanfare, go out and pick up a copy of this book – you’ll be thanking me after you’re done with it, I assure you! Here’s a link to where you can purchase the book – http://www.amazon.com/Medium-Raw-Bloody-Valentine-People/dp/0061718955
Thanks to everyone for making Snausy Snacks! a smashing success in 2012- Chef Snausy sends out gratitude and wishes for a magnificent 2013 to everyone!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.
This is a bit off the “foodie” subject matter that I usually prattle on about, but I wanted to share these pictures with my friend Walking Fox and this seemed like the best way to do it.
These are the Native American flutes I currently have. The top one is a “Little Bird” by Butch Hall, the larger one with the chicadee bird is by Michael Gustafson, and the little five-holer is by High Spirit. The rack was custom made by my friend, Nelson Wood – he did the laser engraving as well. Enjoy!