Grand Rapids is brusselin’

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What’s the leafy green vegetable that’s currently the talk of the town? Brussels sprouts. Part of the cabbage family, these little veggies are not only good for you, but they taste amazing in numerous recipes. Rich in valuable nutrients and still packing a powerful taste? Count us in! Check out these Grand Rapids restaurants that delicious brussels sprout dishes call their home.

(S)= Starters; (E)= Entrées.

East Hills

Grove: Their vegetarian menu has a refreshing variety of brussels sprout dishes.

  • Green Salad: $12: confit potato, crispy squash, apple, charred brussels, shaved brussels, spiced balsamic vinaigrette (S)
  • Housemade Shell Pasta: $14: egg liaison, onion, brussels sprouts (E)
  • Winter Vegetables: $14: romesco, cabbage, potatoes, olive caramel, brussels sprouts, charred carrots (E)

Mangiamo! Italian RestaurantTheir large menu, which ranges from Italian pasta dishes, to burgers, to Gluten free cuisine, also includes these interesting takes on our featured vegetable.

  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts: $10: sea salt, toasted peppercorn-raw honey, toasted almonds, rosemary (S)
  • Big House Bruschetta Jars: $10.50 / additional toppings $3 each: house flatbread, grilled toast points, and your choice of three toppings: marinated tomatoes, kalamata olive tapenade, whipped feta, white beans & roasted red peppers (S)

The Green Well Gastro Pub: Much more than your typical run-of-the-mill pub, this restaurant offers high-quality food that will leave you wanting to come back for more. Check out these brussels sprout dishes that have certainly caught our eye…

  • Chili Roasted Brussels Sprouts: $9.99: house chorizo, manchego, chives, sherry aioli (S)
  • Michigan Pork Tenderloin Schnitzel: $21.99: buckwheat spaetzle, Brussels sprouts, Napa cabbage, red onion, apple, Rakowski Farms Fried egg, green onion-mustard sauce, chives [Buckwheat Spaetzle vegetarian option: $18.99] (E)
  • Veggie Burrito: $15.99: crispy potato bravas, mushroom, rice, Brussels sprouts, grilled root vegetables, Napa cabbage, red onion, queso cotija, red pepper sauce, Green Well fire-roasted salsa, Champion Chips [Add chicken $4, braised pork $4, or shrimp $6] (E)

Heartside

Osteria Rossa (Casual Italian): Brussels sprouts take new shapes in these unique dishes, reinventing the definition of unique pasta and pizza.  

  • Butternut Squash Pizza: $16: brussels sprouts, caramelized onion, gorgonzola, mozzarella, sage oil, agro dolce
  • Agnolotti: $18: sweet potato-goat cheese stuffed pasta, chickpeas, bacon brodo, brussels sprouts, crispy sage

Social Kitchen & Bar: Included on both their lunch and dinner menu is this delicious starter dish. Find them in the Downtown Market.

  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts: $9: almonds, capers, parsley, garlic (S)

Bistro Bella Vita: This bistro specializes in delicious Mediterranean countryside flavors. Enjoy this unique salad that is made exclusively from fresh, natural, ingredients purchased daily from local farmers in season, as is their entire menu.

  • Chopped Salad: $10: prosciutto‎ cotto, cauliflower, green beans, kale, Brussels sprouts, peppers, pecorino dressing [add calamari $5, grilled chicken $6, or salmon $9]

Divani: On top of a globally inspired chef driven menu prepared daily with the freshest ingredients, extensive wine collection, and cocktails & global beer selection, is this delicious take on brussels sprouts.

  • Bistro Filet GF: peppercorn seared filet mignon, smoked gouda potato gratin portabella mushroom, red wine veal glace, brussels sprouts  haystack onions (E)

Horseshoe Smokehouse: This restaurant specializes in meat courses that are smoked fresh daily with a dry rub and served by the half pound. Guests may help themselves to any of their three homemade barbecue sauces that go great with any selection. Crispy brussels sprouts are an ideal choice for a side with any of their entrées. 

Judson’s Restaurant (found on the first floor of the B.O.B): A modern American cuisine food hub that has won multiple awards for being Grand Rapid’s best steakhouse – and on top of it, they have a unique brussels sprouts dish will make you and your tastebuds rightfully happy.

  • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts: $9: black pepper maple, melted onions, local bacon lardon
    [gluten free]

Gilly’s (also found on the first floor of the B.O.B): This brussels sprout dish is cooked with one of our favorite things: IPA.

  • IPA Glazed Brussels Sprouts: $8: maple, candied ginger, scallions, chili peppers

Ruth’s Chris Steak House: To complement dishes served at this steakhouse is a delicious brussels sprouts signature side. Roasted Brussels Sprouts: roasted with honey butter to a warm caramel color and tossed with crispy bits of bacon.

Iron: Iron is a restaurant that loves to support their community, which is why their food and drink menus feature ingredients and products from our regional farmers, brewers and businesses. They also use their chef designed “cast iron grill” and wood burning oven, which enhance the flavors of the freshest ingredients around.

  • Trout: $25: pan friend trout, fingerling potatoes, brussels sprouts, bacon “hash”, toasted pumpkin seeds, preserved lemon vinaigrette, parsley oil
  • “Big People” Mac & Cheese: $20: macaroni, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, braised pork, three cheese sauce, seasoned bread crumbs [cast iron entrée]

Ridgemoor

Anna’s House: Enjoy this hash speciality at a restaurant that specializes in dairy free, gluten free, all natural meats with unique vegetarian and vegan variations.

  • Sweet Potato & Brussels Sprouts Hash: $11: roasted sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, onion, dried cherries, topped with a balsamic reduction sauce served with two eggs any style [and served with toast] [see below for image]

Sweet Potato Brussels Sprouts Hash [credit: Anna’s House blog]
Houlihan’s: Offers organic and vegetarian-friendly options made with gluten-free ingredients.

  • Slow Roasted Boneless Short Ribs: $17.95: pot roast-style tender short ribs in red wine gravy, honest gold mashers, roasted brussels sprouts with pesto cream sauce
  • Popular new and noteworthy side dish: Parmesan pesto brussels sprouts

Eastown

Matchbox: New to the neighborhood, this diner has a great menu and has great reviews. Check out their delicious brussels sprouts dish below:

  • Broiled Lake Superior Whitefish: $16: broiled whitefish, topped with a lemon-caper butter sauce, served with mashed potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts tossed in bacon jam

Michigan Street

Vander Mill: Though they’re well-known for their great cider, they also have great food options, such as the delicious dishes below that feature our favorite little veggie:

  • Brussels sprouts: $8: pickled red onion, golden raisin, toasted almonds, mustard (S)
  • House made gnocchi: $12: yukon gold potato gnocchi, butternut squash, beech mushroom, kale, creme fraiche, crispy brussels sprouts (E)

Disclaimer: Check the restaurant’s menus to make sure they still have the dish before going, because they are subject to change. 

Know of any restaurants not listed that serve a great brussels sprout dish? Please let us know! Bon appétit.

 

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