Food Flights Take Out the Stress of Decision Making

We chase kids, we run errands, we cook, we clean, we work. There isn’t much we don’t do in a typical day. When the opportunity arises for a meal out, we want it to be special and we don’t want plate envy over the special on table five.

What’s the best way to take your taste buds on a trip around town without fear of commitment to boring dishes? Try some local food flights of fancy to satisfy everyone’s curiosity.

West Michigan’s selections of culinary and liquid refreshments put us on the map. So, buckle up and clear the runway for an adventure in extraordinary flights of food and drink.

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Entree Flights That Will Give you a Real Taste for the Place

Uncle Cheetah’s Soup Shop |1133 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 616-451-4780

Soup’s on at Uncle Cheetah’s Soup Shop. There are always free tastings of each famous soup, made from scratch and different each day. If you want to feed the crew, the soup flight is a great pit stop. It is a little-known menu secret that you may order an eight-ounce cup of all 12 steamy soups, served with challah bread, pretzels and oyster crackers. Go back often, as there are 139 soup recipes cooked up throughout the year.

Forty Acres Soul Kitchen | 1059 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 | 616-723-9770

A new twist on authentic American eats can be packed into a bowl of comfort at Forty Acres Soul Kitchen. Feast on a flight of satisfying grits. The house recipe is a blend of smoked tomato and jalapeño, served with the northern honey and grain mustard sampling, and the savory southern with bacon. A vegan wild mushroom grits selection is also available.

If you want more to explore, try the appetizer sampler boasting wings, chicken skin, soul rolls, and okra.

Luna | 64 Ionia Ave SW #100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616-288-6340

If you like it hot, jet on downtown to Luna and try their feisty flight of salsa.  Served with house-made chips, you will sample their three main salsas – a green tomatillo verde variety, traditional roja made with red chilis, and the fiery diablo salsa made from the chile de árbol.  Guacamole and queso may be added to your flight additionally.

Mitten Brewing Company | 527 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-608-5612

Although known for special brews, Mitten Brewing Company prepares awesome specialty pizzas too. Can’t decide on one? Try a flight of six of their 12 options. Of the pizzas you choose, it will include two slices, cut 4 ways, easily satisfying a family of four.

Grand Rapids pizza flights

Grown-Up Flights: A Boarding Pass for Fine Beverages

Hudsonville Winery | 3768 Chicago Dr, Hudsonville, MI | 616-662-4589

Hudsonville Winery offers an ever-changing variety of fine wines, food, and entertainment. Their cozy outdoor pond setting provides the perfect seat to sip on frozen wine slushies. For only $11, you can sample five fruity frozen wines in tempting flavors like brambleberry and watermelon. When you pick your favorite, you can order more in eight or twelve ounce sizes.

Butcher’s Union | 438 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-551-1323

Grand Rapids has no shortage of exciting alcoholic beverage options. If you are game for a rich journey, Butcher’s Union maintains that meat and whiskey are their claim to fame. With over 200 varieties of scotches, bourbons, and ryes, you may need their tour guides on your quest for the perfect sip.

Thankfully, the bartenders at Butcher’s Union will allow you to choose your own combination or provide you with a weekly featured three-whiskey flight, such as caramel delights. They will even offer suggestions for pairing your drinks with the meats that they expertly prepare.

Grand Rapids beer flights

These Dessert Flights are What Dreams are Made Of

Love’s Ice Cream | 435 Ionia Avenue SW Stall 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616-965-1054

Midwest-sourced, grass-fed cows can be thanked for a five scoop flight of frozen joy. With organically principled ingredients and local flavors, Love’s Ice Cream serves up 16 options daily, plus eight vegan coconut milk choices.  Love’s knows that picking only one is quite a task, so don’t. Pick five of your faves.

Grand Rapids dessert flights

MoKAYA | 638 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616-551-1925

As history tells us, the Mokaya of Central America crafted a drink from cacao. However, MoKAYA of Grand Rapids may have perfected the art of chocolate. They have masterfully used local beers, wines, and spirits as inspiring ingredients for flights of chocolates and caramels. Each flight is packaged and ready to go inside their Wealthy Street shop. While you are there, allow their top notch experts in customer service to guide you through the 20 to 30 constantly changing varieties of truffles and bonbons in the case.

photo courtesy of Leigh Ann Cobb Photography

Noco Provisions | 4609 Cascade, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616.747.0300

If you are searching for one more dessert stop around Grand Rapids, be sure to check out Noco Provisions on Cascade Road. They are famous for their happy hour and weekend brunch, but the Milk Jar Flight will make your sweet tooth soar. Enjoy chocolate, coconut key lime, and banana pudding served with decadent toppings in mini versions of the jars that were left on your grandma’s front porch. Gluten-free options are available.

Whatever location you choose, you don’t have to choose only one delight!  Try the flight and savor the diversity of Grand Rapids.

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