Places to Eat in GR When You're Sick of the Cafeteria

By Sarah Hiemstra on August 3, 2018

No matter how much you love cafeteria food, sometimes you need to get off campus. Lucky for you, Grand Rapids has a variety of options for every palate.

Restaurant Bucket List

1. Anna's House

Named the best breakfast in Michigan by Mlive, Anna's House is a Grand Rapids staple. Grab your pals and take a break from homework on a Saturday morning. If you have a sweet tooth, you can't miss their red velvet pancakes.

2. Yesterdog

You might need a lot of napkins at Yesterdog. They offer hotdogs with generous topping portions. It is both delicious and eclectic. The best part is that it won't break the bank.

3. Electric Cheetah

Located in East Grand Rapids, Electric Cheetah is as vibrant as the neighborhood surrounding it. Besides boasting an exorbitant amount of root beers to try, Electric Cheetah also has sandwiches, soup, macaroni and cheese and a host of signature dishes.

4. Twisted Rooster

One of the best things about Twisted Rooster is that their menu is locally sourced. The food is fresh and supports the Michigan economy. Situated just a mile or two from campus, Twisted Rooster is a great place to take your parents when they come to visit you.

5. Hopcat

Two words: Crack Fries. Nationally recognized as one of America's top 10 french fries, you can't go wrong at Hopcat. For a college student budget, they have great specials when you can get Crack Fries half off.

6. Stella's

Visiting Stella's will take you back to your childhood. Inside their downtown location, there is wide array of coin arcade games. While you wait for your table, you can play a few games and maybe even get a high score.

7. Downtown Market

Downtown Market is the place for options. Various restaurants and vendors are set-up throughout the building. You can purchase tacos, cupcakes, Thai food or even barbeque. There is an immense amount of seating and a beautiful greenhouse that is warm even in the winter.

8. The B.O.B.

The B.O.B. is located conveniently across the street from Van Andel Arena. It can be the perfect place for a night off-campus. You can catch dinner and then head across the street for a concert or an event. The B.O.B. contains various restaurants like Bobarino's, Gilly's and Judson's. The cuisine consists of everything from pizza to seafood.


Take advantage of local places and take a break from the routine of the cafeteria. It will help you explore Grand Rapids and try new things. Who knows? You might even find your new favorite restaurant.

Category: First-Year Checklists