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Bentham’s Riverfront Restaurant

April 13, 2010

  • 187 Monroe Avenue NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • (616) 774-2000
  • Website
  • Menu

Our third and final day of our mini-Michigan vacation started with breakfast.  It wasn’t bright and early, but it was still breakfast.

As part of the Bed & Breakfast Package at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, we got a $25 credit which is good at one of three places.  You can choose from Cornucopia, Starbucks, or the only sit down option, Bentham’s.

We chose the sit down option and went with Bentham’s Riverfront Restaurant which is in the lobby level of the Glass Tower.  Once again, we found out we were in over our head when the host asked me to remove my ball cap before being seated.  I was a little surprised because Bentham’s is the casual option as far as dining at the Amway Grand.  Not a big deal.  I just took it off and set it on my knee during the meal.

The dining room has a couple different levels with the most desirable seating being along the large windows that overlook the Grand River.  All but one of those tables were taken by the time we walked in at 10:30.  We were taken to the last available one.

While Bentham’s may be the Amway Grand’s casual choice when it comes to dining, it’s still an upscale bistro setting.  The furniture is all solid wood with stainless steel accents.  The menus were hardbound in a leather sleeve and even the napkins were folded a little fancier than the usual wrap around the silverware. 

Our server came over to take drink orders.  I passed on  my usual Coke and went with a glass of Orange Juice.  J went with Cranberry Juice.

For breakfast, they have a pretty classic menu.  I was tempted by the Eggs Benedict, but went with a Three Egg Omelette with bacon and cheddar.  The omelette was much bigger than I expected it be and there were crunchy pieces of bacon in every bite.  The eggs were served with American fries and toast.  I was hesitant with the fries at first, but warmed up at J’s urging.  They potatoes were sliced almost paper-thin then griddled like hash browns.  They had a great seasoning on them and as long as I picked up a potato with a crust, there wasn’t a potato taste at all.  Just crunchy, fried goodness.  I chose wheat toast to go along with my breakfast and it was served as two slices of bread cut in triangles.  Our waitress mentioned she forgot the butter and she’d bring it right out.  She never did, so I ate the toast anyway.  Wasn’t a big deal to me.  After I finished the first piece of bread, she came out with butter and two new slices of toast and apologized for forgetting the butter.  I told her it wasn’t necessary, but I did appreciate at the thought.  I was so stuffed from the omelette that I couldn’t have eaten any more toast.  She offered it to J, but J was in the same situation.  Still, I appreciate that she attempted to make it right without me asking.  That says a lot about a place.

J ordered the Malted Belgium Waffle with Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream.  She got a delicious looking waffle with large strawberries.  Whipped cream and syrup were both served in separate cups so she could determine how much of each she wanted.  She considered ordering a side to go with it, but realized the waffle would probably be more than enough and it was.  She was really happy with both the size and the freshness of the waffles.

When it came time to pay, we charged it back to our room.  We were told when we checked in, the $25 would be taken off the bill when we checked out.  The $25 wasn’t quite enough to cover the breakfast though.  I ended up owing about $7 bucks which, when you think about it, is all I paid for the entire stay due to the gift certificate being a prize.  We enjoyed our entire stay at the Amway Grand and Bentham’s was a good way to start the day and end the stay.

Three Egg Omelette w/American Fries

Malted Belgium Waffle with Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream

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