GRAND RAPIDS, MI — From sandwiches to salads, Creston Brewery offers a host of delicious and comforting food and beer to customers at its Grand Rapids taproom.
“It’s just delicious, comforting bar food,” said Sara Vansplinter, marketing coordinator at Saugatuck Brewing Co., which purchased Creston Brewery last year. “We want what you’re eating to be as comforting as the brewery itself.”
The brewery, 1504 Plainfield Ave. NE, offers a full menu including six sandwiches, including an olive burger and fish sandwich, as well as fish and chips, baked mac and cheese, chicken tenders, a salad and a Mediterranean vegan bowl.
There are also seven sharable items, including Hush Puppies with creole remoulade, kung pao pork wings, and an everything bagel spice chip dip.
One popular item at the brewery is the Mediterranean Vegan Bowl, which comes with falafel, hummus, quinoa, tabbouleh, kalamata olives, pickled red onion and tahini sauce, according to the menu. It’s served with naan, and costs $14.
The Third Coast Salad is another popular vegetarian option. Served with a red wine vinaigrette dressing, it includes dried cherries, toasted almonds, sliced apples, goat cheese, mixed greens and red onion. It costs $10.
When it comes to sandwiches, the Country Fried Chicken Sando is a popular item. Comprised of Buttermilk brined chicken breast, pickle and mayo, the $11 sandwich can be made “Nashville hot” for an additional $1.
“If you make that Nashville hot, it’s one of my favorites, because chef actually makes it Nashville hot so its got a really good kick to it,” Vansplinter said.
She suggests starting off your night at the brewery with one of Creston’s appetizers. She’s particularly fond of the Parmesan Fries and the Hush Puppies with creole remoulade, which are vegetarian.
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the brewery rolls out a special menu with three or four apps, entrees and desserts. This weekend, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the menu includes Irish Pub Rolls, which are made from shredded corn beef, swiss cheese and sauerkraut, served in an egg roll wrap with secret sauce.
In addition to food, the brewery offers 20 beers on tap — half of which are Creston’s custom beers, and half of which are Saugatuck Brewing Co.’s creations. Beers include the Early Grey ESB, the Bloody Fifth, and Fox Delux.
Creston’s menu can be found online at www.saugatuckbrewing.com, and the brewery can be reached by phone by calling (616) 805-4161. The brewery is open Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. It’s open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The brewery also boasts a full brunch menu on the weekends, including items such as Apple Fritters, Quiche Lorraine, and Bloody Marys and a Mimosa Bar.
“It’s fun and full of laughter and good conversation,” Vansplinter said, describing the ambiance of Creston, which boasts a spacious, well-lit interior with large windows that look out onto Plainfield Avenue and Quimby Street. “It’s a good neighborhood spot.”
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