Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Kitch Room
Somewhere in the world of Facebook I came across The Kitch’Room. Recently opened, it is located in Grand Rapids toward the end of 28th Street SE. I have a long-time friend who works near there, so we met up for dinner. They serve nearly 100% Michigan produced foods and beverages.
The restaurant has a lodge feel with stone and faux log walls. It is warm and inviting. The back wall is a chalk board that contains the full menu (breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served) and a list of their Michigan food producers. There are plenty of meat-based dishes as well as vegetarian dishes and desserts. They don’t have a liquor license; beverages include locally roasted coffee, Crooked Tree whole milk, and Wild Bill’s soda.
I had the Humdinger sandwich made with hummus and vegetables served on Little Rooster whole wheat bread and a side of kale chips. For dessert, I enjoyed the pumpkin cake topped with Michigan apple slices. All were delicious with generous portions.
A.J., the owner and chef, took a few minutes between filling food orders to chat with me about the restaurant and his vision. He has been in the Grand Rapids area for several years and spent much of that time working in restaurant kitchens. His focus is local food. I asked him if it was difficult to source it. He said that it was not, because he has been working with the producers for a while. It is clearly a labor of Michigan love for him.