The Friesian Gastro Pub
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!).