Date Night Done Right

Summer is winding down.  Everyone is getting ready for school, activities, keeping track of schedules…all around being busy.  But with the last couple of days or weeks left why not take a night to relax and spend some time kid free with a friend or significant other?  A back-to-school date night if you will.

Ok, sounds great!  But where?  The perfect spot for a real foodie is right here in Grand Rapids – Grove.

This “earth to table” restaurant features a wide variety of food sourced from local farms and growers.  All of the food is made fresh to order and can accommodate just about any food allergy or sensitivity.

I recently had my first experience at Grove.  It was a relaxing two hour meal with three courses plus dessert (which they gave us free since it was our anniversary…and they made it gluten free just for me!).

The menu is divided into three courses.  You can choose one dish or opt for the Taste of Grove and try three courses with smaller portions (at a great price, too!).  My husband and I each tried the Taste of Grove.  And it did not disappoint.

To give you an idea of what type of food they serve here is what we ordered.

bahn mi

We started with bahn mi and pork tacos.  Bahn mi is usually served on bread, but I asked for it without to make it gluten free.  Both dishes were delicious!  This was my first time trying pork belly.  And it turned out to be my favorite part of the whole meal…well, maybe a close second to dessert.

For our second courses we ordered a beet salad and clam chowder.  The beet salad featured a variety of locally grown beets, locally made blue cheese and crunchy lavender almonds.  The clam chowder was not what you normally picture as clam chowder.  This was a big bowl of vegetables in a spicy broth with lots of real clams.

clam chowder

Our third course consisted of duck breast with vegetables and rice noodles in pho broth and white fish with a colorful variety of locally grown vegetables and potatoes.  The duck breast was another first for us.  And another favorite from the meal.

Finally we made room to share an amazing dessert – homemade salted dark chocolate fudge (almost as big as a candy bar…and two of them) with homemade vanilla ice cream in between (again to make it gluten free in place of brioche).

duck breast

We enjoyed every bit e of food.  The service was friendly and so accommodating .  It was such a treat to be able to have a meal out, knowing it was made with fresh, local ingredients and made just for me.

It is worth noting that Grove is not a kid-friendly restaurant.  But well worth the effort to find a baby-sitter and enjoy a quiet night out.  If you do want to treat the whole family simply head across the street to The Greenwell.  It also features locally grown food in a casual setting.

The fall routines and activities are just days away.  Take a night to relax before it all begins and enjoy some amazing, real food at Grove.

Mary Voogt is a follower of Christ, a wife, and a mother of two. After 6 years as an electrical engineer she now stays home full time. She is passionate about real food and enjoys spending lots of time in the kitchen cooking and baking from scratch. She blogs at Homemade Dutch Apple Pie on a variety of topics including digestive issues, OCD, anxiety, infertility, natural parenting and healthy food.