Grove, another great local eatery from the folks behind The Green Well and Bistro Bella Vita, understand how to make great vegan food. Their mission is to provide “impeccable service and fresh, natural, local ingredients” and we can say that they sure do live up to it!
An “Earth to Table” restaurant, nearly every ingredient is locally sourced. Staff are incredibly knowledgeable about all menu items and, more importantly, how to cater to special diets. Tell them you are vegan and you will get your own menu. The special menu is vegan and vegetarian, with anything vegan or able to be veganized clearly marked. Menu items can be ordered separate or as a 3 course meal for just $28 ($35 for meat eaters). The 3 course meal option is a great deal. You will not leave hungry, that’s for sure!
The menu items are pretty unique to anything else being offered in Grand Rapids. The best way to describe it is creative, artistic, and elegant. Their menu is seasonal, changing with what’s being offered at their farms, which are all acknowledged on a big chalkboard near the back of the dining area. We have never left Grove unsatisfied and always feel like we just experienced something special.
The menu is always changing, so what you find on the website is probably not what you’ll find when you walk in. On our last visit we had Cauliflower Cous Cous, Mushroom Risotto, Vegetable Paella, Carrot soup, Vegetable hash, and Coffee braised oats. We had to ask our waitress to check with the chef about the soup. It was so rich and creamy, we could swear it had butter in it. They verified that it was indeed 100% plant-based and not to worry.
On an earlier visit we had a lovely trumpet mushroom dish – a beautiful heap of julienne’d veggies, bathing in a delicious coconut carrot sauce. Topped off with hearty grilled trumpet mushrooms. The posole, broccoli, hominy, and a black bean hash delivered with a delicious roasted pepper broth.
It will be hard, but leave room for dessert! There are usually vegan options. If the chocolate cake is available, order it. Chocolate cake sits on a lake of peanut butter sauce, topped with candied walnuts and orange segments.
The best part about Grove is not just the food, but an educated front of the house and kitchen staff. Grove is a great local eatery that deserves a visit.