The Friesian Gastro Pub

The Friesian Gastro Pub
Friesian is a horse breed originating from the Friesland province of the Netherlands. The gastro pub’s name is a nod to Grand Rapids’ rich Dutch heritage, as well as to Zan and Phil’s Friesian roots. While we may have a few Dutch-inspired items on the menu, we are not an exclusively Dutch-themed environment.
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The Friesian Gastro Pub is one of the newest restaurants in Grand Rapids to move into the Midtown Corridor on Michigan Street. The area is almost unrecognizable from a few years ago and there are no signs that development of the area will be slowing down anytime soon. The Fresian is not just a great addition to the area, but is one of the best new restaurants in Grand Rapids for several reasons.

First of all, the food is amazing and the menu fills a big hole in the city when it comes to vegan food. Changing with the seasons, you can tell that it’s carefully planned and perfectly executed for vegans and meat eaters alike.

On the current menu, they have squash fritters – deep-fried arborio rice balls, served with a cubanelle romanesco. The smoky, slightly spicy sauce pairs well with the sweetness from the arancini. There’s a black rice burger, topped with vegan provolone and Mississippi comeback sauce (a southern take on thousand island) which is just plain awesome. For a hearty dish, there’s a “Shepherdess” pie, filled with root vegetables and tofu on top of pastry dough. For a healthier dish, but not any less delicious, there’s a grain salad packed with grilled endive, delicata squash, carrots, and leeks. They also have a few vegan items available during weekend brunch – a spicy tofu hash and a vegan patty melt. They also have the occasional vegan special they’ll mention on their Instagram

The building, which sat unoccupied for years, includes the main seating area with a large bar in the center. If the weather is right, there is outdoor seating. A two-tiered deck offers one of the best patios in the city, surrounded by urban gardening. Trellises full of blooming flowers and small container gardens surround the tables.

Friesian is a great choice for just about any occasion and accommodates all types of diets. This makes it an excellent choice for family gatherings, work outings, and date night.

To top it off, there’s a rotating beer list and plenty of cocktails

The only thing missing? A vegan dessert (hey Friesian, hint, hint!).

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The food at The Friesian Gastro Pub tastes as good as it looks. 

Squash fritters from The Friesian Gastro Pub.

Shepherdess Pie from The Friesian Gastro Pub.

Grain salad with delicata squash.

Black bean rice burger complete with vegan provolone and  Mississippi comeback sauce. 

One of the specials from Vegan Drinks at The Friesian Gastro Pub was a Dolma - Stuffed Grape Leaves. Served with Tabbouleh, Marinated Radish, Herbs, featuring Nutcase Vegan Meats falafel.

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Loaded Potato Skins - Black Bean & Corn Salsa, Smoked Shiitake Crumbles, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

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This was a favorite at Vegan Drinks at The Friesian Gastro Pub, Carbonara - Vegan Noodles, Smoked Shiitake Crumbles, Sundried Tomato, Roasted Garlic & Carrot Tops.

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Our first Vegan Drinks event of 202 was at The Friesian Gastro Pub. One of the specials was Lentil & Quinoa “Meatballs” - Savory herbed “Meatballs”, Roasted Garlic Sauce & Gremolata

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This Apple Crisp is always on the menu at The Friesian Gastro Pub, It's served with a delicious pile of vanilla cashew ice cream on top and is also gluten-free! 

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720 Michigan St NE
(616) 825-3001