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Garage Bar & Grill

January 19, 2016

  • 819 Ottawa Avenue NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • (616) 454-0321
  • Website
  • Menu

There are all sorts of ways I find new restaurants both in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.  A lot of times, things start popping up in my Facebook feed.  It’s like Facebook has some kind of mind reading algorithm or something 🙂

Not too long ago, one of the advertisements that popped up in my feed was a Groupon for a place in Grand Rapids.  I despise Groupon, but I did appreciate the advertisement.  I didn’t click on the link, but went to the Google instead to find out more about this new place I had never heard of.

The Garage Bar & Grill takes over what used to be Teazers Bar and Grill on Ottawa Avenue NW north of downtown between Newberry and Mason Streets.  The restaurant was a pretty popular bar as Teazers but it was sold in late summer of 2014 and completely remodeled then reopened two months later in October.   Teazers was more of a dive bar.  Garage Bar is not that.  It’s a little  more on the upscale side of things, but it keeps the charm of the building from the 1940’s

The restaurant had been open for well over a year before I saw the Groupon pop up in my Facebook feed and it surprised me just how good the menu looked once I went seeking it out.  There’s nothing really surprising about it.  Burgers and Sandwiches dominate the menu which only offers a few salads and some appetizers as other options.

I found a couple really interesting sounding options, but decided on the Build Your Own Burger.  I was going to do carry-out so I called in my order for the BYO Burger with bacon, a fried egg, and American cheese.  With fries, the total came to a little over $10.  When I walked in to the crowded bar, the bartender had my meal all bagged up and ready to go.

The burgers at Garage Bar & Grill are all seven ounces of fresh meat.  They’re served on toasted bun “Deluxe” style which includes lettuce, tomato, and onion.  I asked for my sandwich to come medium with just a slight hint of pink in the middle and that’s what I got.  On top of all that was a medium egg that was just barely cooked all the way through and some really crispy bacon.  I had originally asked for beer cheese on the burger (it’s on the online menu) but was told they don’t do that anymore, so I settled for American.

The sandwich comes with hand cut Kennebec fries.  The fries were delicious.  They had a seasoning on them that just made the mouth-watering.  The burger was good, but the fries took this whole meal to a new level.

Sometimes Facebook ads can be a good thing.  I like it when I find new restaurants and I like it when I find new, delicious restaurants.  Garage Bar & Grill, while not new anymore, is delicious.  It’s in a part of town you wouldn’t think of finding this kind of food, but it’s a part of town you should be looking towards when you’re in the mood for a delicious burger.

Build Your Own Burger w/Bacon, Fried Egg, and American Cheese w/Hand Cut Kennebec Fries




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