Beer and Upscale Pub Food are a Perfect Match at Grand Rapids' Brick & Porter

Dark beer and over-sized burgers make this eatery a top tap-house stop

The Otto burger is piled high with fresh toppings on a brioche bun.

The past few years Michigan has decidedly made a name for itself in the craft beer universe and Grand Rapids may be the Northern Star. The city has over 40 breweries within its limits and visiting them all is a brave and daunting task everyone should try. If you’re looking to pair delicious food with beer, Brick & Porter is a great place to start.

The downtown location is great and walkable from any of the hotels in the area. They have 20 beers on tap and a decent list of cocktails for those who prefer something boozier. The menu consists of upscale American Pub food with lots of choices, although the options for vegetarians are more limited.

Don’t skip the appetizers here! Large portions at affordable prices make them ideal for sharing. The fried pickles were delicious and definitely a menu favorite. The spears were crunchy and breaded perfectly - try these with the ranch dressing and you will not be disappointed.  The homemade House Porter cheese had great depth of flavor and paired well with soft pretzels. Seafood lovers will find options like ahi tostadas, crab cakes, and thai shrimp.

The burgers are big and served on a brioche bun with fries. I ordered the Otto burger topped with an over medium egg, bacon, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped pickle, and mayonnaise. If you love sweet and spicy try the Samoan burger with jalapeno aioli, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, pepper jack cheese, bacon, and grilled pineapple. Prices are adorable and are well in line with portion size.

To keep the menu rounded they also have a selection of sandwiches, salads, fish and chips, and a few tacos.

Make sure this hip, city-chic tap-house is at the top of your list during your next visit to Grand Rapids.

You can find Brick & Porter at 47 Monroe Center NW Grand Rapids Mi., 49053. Hours are Mon - Wed: 11a.m. - 12 Midnight, Thur - Fri: 11a.m. -2 a.m., Sat: 9 a.m. -2 a.m., Sun: 9 a.m. -10 p.m.

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