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    The Awesome Mitten-Crooked Goose
    Photo courtesy of Amy Page.

    Are you ever on the lookout for a unique meal that involves locally produced products (and that doesn’t come from a fast-food restaurant)? Look no further than Crooked Goose in Walker, MI.

    Crooked Goose is a brand new restaurant located on the corner of Lake Michigan Drive and Wilson. It officially opened on Monday, June 11.

    Standale is a small neighborhood that is part of Walker, MI. It is located between the small town of Allendale (where Grand Valley State University is located) and downtown Grand Rapids. It is a perfect location for Crooked Goose. Although there are already existing chain restaurants in this area, Crooked Goose stands out of the crowd because it offers an “all [from] scratch” menu and serves all Michigan products. Manager Brien Smith describes their food as “American comfort food with a twist.”

    The Awesome Mitten-Crooked Goose
    Photo courtesy of Amy Page

    Crooked Goose’s sister restaurant is Twisted Rooster (located in Grand Rapids). Though the restaurants have some similarities, they feature completely different menus, each created by corporate chef Mark Noseda. However, both restaurants follow a congruent theme: “Commit to the Mitt.” Only Michigan products are used to create all of the unique menu items that are offered. A few examples of these Michigan made products are Bareman’s ice cream (from Holland), Byron Center Meats, several products from Michigan farmers, and a variety of Michigan-made microbrews. What makes Crooked Goose so awesome is that it is “Michigan based and Michigan unique.”

    The menu at Crooked Goose offers a smorgasbord of foods that will please just about anyone. Some of its specialty items include their pizza (with a sweet/spicy sauce), different kinds of burgers (try the Crooked Cheese Burger with “boom-boom” sauce), the gator bites (all white meat gator tail, deep fried and served with ancho aioli sauce), and finally end your meal with deep fried (eggless) cookie dough served with Sanders chocolate sauce (made in Detroit). One of the most popular menu items so far is the Lumberjack Burger. This popular dish consists of fried onion straws, maple bourbon sauce, gouda cheese, and applewood smoked bacon all stacked on top of the delicious burger. While Twisted Rooster offers a unique variety of mac & cheese, Crooked Goose offers an assortment of grilled cheese sandwiches. Smith says that “these grilled cheeses are not your Mom’s, [these] have tons of cheese.” The Gran Torino for instance includes french fries, bologna (from Ebels Farm in Falmouth, MI), and Mrs. Dog’s ketchup & mustard, all between the two slices of bread and cheese.

    The Awesome Mitten-Crooked Goose
    Photo courtesy of Amy Page

    Stop by Crooked Goose anytime during the day to enjoy your favorite Michigan products. Make sure to keep an eye out for their great Happy (Crooked) Hour deals, College Night (Wednesday), and other discounts!

    Visit Crooked Goose at: 355 Wilson Ave. NW, Suite 600, Walker MI 49534. Crooked Goose is open every day of the week (Monday through Sunday) from 11 am until 2 am.

    If you want to learn more about Crooked Goose, you can find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

    ~Amy Page, Feature Writer

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