Four Brothers Party Store
- 1975 Madison Avenue SE
- Grand Rapids, MI 49507
- (616) 245-3386
- No Known Website
So…sitting around the office tonight joking about wanting chicken. That joking turns in to, “Damn, I really want chicken.” By this point, I had everyone else in the office in the mood for chicken, so I offer to go pick up chicken. I start getting the inevitable questions…”Where ya’ going?” Of course, I can’t tell where I’m going because then I start getting questions about menus and sides, etc…..so I just leave and show back up with a pan of chicken.
I decided to take my chances on a party store I pass often across from Garfield Park right on the corner of Madison Avenue and Burton Street on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. Whenever I roll by with the windows down, I can smell the sweet byproduct of chicken frying, but it’s a place I can never find any information about online.
Four Brothers Party Store isn’t really much of a party store. It’s more of a carry out restaurant that specializes in chicken and fish. They have a small grocery section mostly of pop and chips. It’s one of those places where the “store” part of it is just to satisfy the requirements for accepting Bridge cards although it is bigger than most of the similar types of “You Buy, We Fry” restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.
There was a little bit of a line when I got in so I had a few minutes to look over the menu. I needed to buy enough to satisfy my colleagues. I didn’t need to feed them, but I needed to make sure everyone who wanted would get a couple wings, so I ordered 30 Whole Wings which also came with a side of fries. The cost was a little over $25 and, to my surprise, they accepted all major credit cards. My wait was about fifteen minutes which I waited out just hanging out in the back of the store.
Once the chicken was ready, I was handed a large foil pan full of chicken and a Styrofoam container of fries. The pan was hot. Really hot and I damn near burned my hands on the way back to the car.
Once back at the office, I opened up the Styrofoam container of fries and piled in as many wings as I could. I was going to keep all the fries for myself and take ten of the wings. My co-workers all jumped up to grab wings while I headed to the break room to grab a Pepsi and some napkins.
I started with the fries. They weren’t anything special. The fries were simple restaurant fries with very little salt. They weren’t great, but they were fries and fries are always good.
The wings were fresh out of the fryer and very crispy. The wings had a very crispy breading that left the meat juicy and tender. My co-workers all pretty much agreed and were happy the talk of fried chicken translated into some delicious fried poultry goodness.
Four Brothers is pretty similar to a lot of other places in Grand Rapids that serve up similar menus. It’s the kind of place that is great to have in your neighborhood. The food was greasy good and that’s what I was really looking for when I left in search of fried chicken for dinner.