The Grand Rapids Press had a Guide to Ethnic restaurants a little while back. I was curious how many we had been to, and I thought you might enjoy reading about our experiences. While the article inexplicably left out the ten gazillion really good Mexican restaurants in town, it was a good little kick in the pants to set some ethnic dining goals for this summer.
For the first time in a really long time, we’ll be in town for Festival. Those of you not in Grand Rapids might not understand why an Art Festival has a bunch of ethnic food stands. Actually, those of us in Grand Rapids don’t really understand either, but we know what we need to know – and that is to shut our fool mouths and not question deliciousness. It’s like if Epcot had a ‘foods on a stick from around the world’ exhibit. Awesome.
Now that the kids are a little older I will be able to not only force them to eat funky foods, I can finally use my Anthropology major for something and educate them about the cultures the foods come from. If you are feeling mildly sorry for my kids – you are not alone. I’m one stop shopping for all of your Dorky Mom needs.
Here’s the list:
- Caribbean: Jamaican Dave’s – Haven’t been…yet.
- Chinese Dim Sum: Wei Wei Palace – Loved it. Read about it here in my post “You Did What In The Palace?”
- Cuban: Big O’ Cafe . Haven’t been because the Cuban food only comes out to play on Saturday nights. We have been to Cafe San Juan many times though.
• Little Africa: Super interesting experience for my kids. Read about it here.
• GoJo Ethiopian Cuisine and Deli – Haven’t been.
• Bombay Cuisine: Loved it! Read about it here.
• India Town Restaurant: Nope.
• Palace of India: Another nope.
- Japanese: Any of the sushi places might have to be another Date Night with A.P. Maybelle is an awesome “tryer girl” but she cannot stand sushi. A.P., on the other hand, can’t stand fish that has any kind of breading on it. His favorite way to eat it is smoked, but I think he would love sushi. The following are all a no:
• Akasaka Sushi
• Kobe Japanese Steak and Seafood House
• Marado Sushi
• Mikado Sushi
• Ming Ten
• Shang Hai Ichiban We’ve been here, but I didn’t write a post about it.
• Shogun Japanese Restaurant
• Tokyo Grill & Sushi
- Korean: Seoul Garden . OK this is pathetic. I’ve been to Seoul I think five times, love Korean food – and somehow have neglected to take my children here? What kind of mother am I?
- Mediterranean/Middle Eastern: All a big fat no.
• LaCrave Cafe & Grill
• Marie Catrib’s
• Mediterranean Grill
• Osta’s Lebanese Cuisine
• Parsley Mediterranean Grille
• The Pita House
• Shiraz Grille
- Spanish: San Chez Bistro and Cafe No, but only because it would cost me about $500 AND my husband would be mad I went without him.
- Thai: No, no, no. My kids have only been exposed to Thai food at a restaurant (we’ve made it at home) a few times, and none of them were these places.
• Angel’s Thai Cafe
• Bangkok Taste
• Bangkok Palace
• Bangkok View
• Little Bangkok Thai Restaurant
• Rak Thai Bistro
• Thai House
• Nu-Thai Bistro
• XO Asian Cuisine
- Vietnamese: The most inexcusable of all. My brother is Vietnamese. I need to get my kids in for some Pho, stat.
• Soc Trang
• Pho Soc Trang
Do your kids like to try foods from other cultures? How do they react? I’m so curious – do tell!