The Awesome Mitten - San Chez

Day 337: San Chez

The Awesome Mitten - San Chez
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In the heart of downtown Grand Rapids sit an old brick building which houses one of the tastiest and most unique restaurants in Grand Rapids, San Chez. San Chez draws attention of the epicurious crowd all around the state, and for good reason.

On November 24th, 1992 San Chez opened it’s doors, inviting Michiganders to take a culinary tour of Spain through a series of small sharable plates called tapas. Tapas originated in Spain more than 400 years ago as “tops” for drinks made from bread, cheese, or sausage–a version of today’s pub food. Today, the dishes can be hot or cold light hors d’oeuvres or a full meal.

Head in to try San Chez’s versatile menu anytime of day: breakfast, lunch, or dinner! If by chance you happen to find yourself there with friends on a Friday evening, make sure to split a pitcher of sangria. Due to the nature of their menu, there is sure to be something for everyone. San Chez offers vegetarian, seafood, and a variety of meat dishes fit for every different palate. You don’t have to take my word for how intensely delicious the dishes at this restaurant are; the awards they’ve won say it all: From Grand Rapids Magazine they have won “ Best Downtown Restaurant” and “ Best Appetizer” amoung others, and several more from on-the-town.

The Awesome Mitten - San Chez

Not only does San Chez go above and beyond the call of duty where their food is concerned, they also do their part in keeping our planet in good shape. San Chez values the power of being green and practices composting and recycling whenever possible in their facility. The recycling and composting program has the greatest impact on the community. San Chez recycles 32,000 gallons of mixed material and composts 800 cubic yards of organic material every year.

Whether you are a serious foodie, or a casual diner looking for a new experience, I cannot reccomend San Chez enough. This restaurant prides itself in its connections with it’s community, not only through it’s elaborate events and cooking classes but also through involvement and donations to organizations such as The Grand Rapids Public Museum, Make-a-Wish Foundation and Hunger Action Coalition of Michigan, among many others.

If you are headed there on a weekend, make sure to tweet ( that’s right, tweet ) your reservation ahead of time!

Check out San Chez’s website for full menus for anytime of day, follow them on Facebook and Twitter, or just stop on by and see exactly what’s cookin’. San Chez can be found at 38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, 49503.

Jessie Elliott, Feature Writer

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