Specialty dishes rule at this standout bakery and restaurant. deBoer Bakkerij is owned and operated by the deBoer family since immigrating from Kollum, Nederland to Holland, Michigan in 1956.
Scott deBoer lives in Grand Rapids, works in Zeeland and has breakfast each morning at his Uncle Jacob’s bakery in Holland. When deBoer says “You gotta try this,” he means the fresh mueslie. It is soft and chewy and, he says, “Not anything like the dried, hard stuff found in bags at the store.”
Arrive early for breakfast or be prepared to line-up along the sidewalk to be seated at the diner-inspired Windmill Restaurant in downtown Holland. The Windmill has been cracking eggs for locals since the 1940s.
Hollander Barb Sloan tackles a hometown favorite breakfast challenge, the hash-brown omelet. A signature dish at The Windmill Restaurant, the cheese omelet is folded inside an order of hashbrowns with choice of breakfast meat and served with toast.
Locally sourced ingredients make the fixin’s from the kitchen at Grow – A Saugatuck Diner memorable. Open year ‘round for breakfast and lunch with daily specials in addition to customer favorites, like the Slam with a plate to share of carrot cake pancakes.
John “Ike” Ivkovich of Saugatuck may be camera shy, but his appetite isn’t when served the house-made sweet potato and maple sausage pierogi at Grow – A Saugatuck Diner.
JW’s Food & Spirit opened in 1994 in the Centertown district of Grand Haven. It’s fondly called “J-Dub’s’” by its patrons who return for the friendly service, specials and dining themes, like Tuscan Tuesday.
Spring Lake resident Gabby Mitchell serves a whole lot of white chicken chili at JW’s Food & Spirits in Grand Haven so it is easy for her to say “You gotta try this.” Every year since 1999 when the Muskegon Jaycees began its Chili Cook-off, JW’s white chicken chili has won the competition.
The upscale comfort food served at Black Sheep Baa & Grill in Holland brings in customers, but the friendly service and creative kitchen keeps them coming back. Live entertainment also is on the menu and includes a jazz night.
When Jenny and Jeremy Smith of Zeeland say ”You gotta try this” at Black Sheep Baa & Grill in Holland, the couple is referring to the kitchen’s hot spiced fried chicken. It is served with smoked Gouda mac and cheese, broccoli slaw and corn bread.
Black Sheep Baa & Grill 1642 S. Shore Drive, Holland 616-335-9319 bsbaa.com
… at Chocolates by Grimaldi
Stop by this family-owned chocophile haunt for a scheduled tour to see fine chocolates being made. Opened in 2012, Chocolates by Grimaldi specialties include handmade chocolates, including soft, buttery caramels, hand-rolled truffles, dipped-by-hand chocolate-covered strawberries and handmade turtles.
Kerri Easterly holds a tray of Chips n Chocolate – made from crispy, fresh, Michigan-made potato chips, enveloped in creamy milk chocolate – a local favorite!