Cafe Review: Valentine Delivers on Its Grand New Dream of Regional Cuisine

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Valentine is one of the most ambitious, beautifully weird, and best restaurants to open in recent memory. The Melrose hybrid by Blaise Faber and Chad Price — part coffee lounge, part eatery, part bar, part experimental cocktail “vault” — is so distinct and so out of left field that nothing else in greater Phoenix feels remotely similar. Even the mid-century modern, throwback-desert aesthetic is fine-tuned to its own frequency. Something groundbreaking is happening here, and it’s just beginning.

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Grand Rapids Magazine Top 10 Restaurant of 2021: Amore Trattoria Italiana

Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a 10-part series on the top 10 Grand Rapids restaurants for 2021. To see a list of all of the restaurants, click here.

What makes a restaurant really stand out isn’t always the food, but how it makes you feel. Is it a place that makes you want to linger over an extra cup of coffee with a special someone? Is it a place you bring your out-of-town friends because “it’s amazing,” you tell them?

For me, that place is Amore Trattoria Italiana, 5080 Alpine Ave. NW. And if it’s your

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Local Eats: Art Caribbean Fusion Cuisine is serving up Dominican flavors in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Opening a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic isn’t ideal, but Gilma and Edward DeLaCruz did it and are sharing the culture of the Dominican Republic through flavorful food at Art Caribbean Fusion Cuisine.

The couple is hoping their restaurant, which opened last summer, continues to be a welcoming, colorful fixture in downtown for those unfamiliar with their Dominican roots.

Chef and co-owner Gilma DeLaCruz said the plan was to expand from their popular food truck, El Caribe, into a restaurant in March 2020 but closures to slow the spread of COVID-19 delayed the opening

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