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Old 05-06-2012, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Ohio, dammit!
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Hi--new to the forum. I plan to be in Grand Rapids next month, and I LOVE good diner food! Are there any good, old-school, NON-CHAIN diners in GR? Decor is unimportant: Quality food for cheap is what I'm after! Your suggestions, please. Thank you all!
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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Start here - Grand Rapids Grub :: West Michigan Restaurant Reviews, Dining, Foodie Events
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I'll send you to the Choo Choo Grill when you're in the mood for a good greasy burger. (It's on Plainfield just north of Leonard street kind of in the Riverside Park area of GR) It is a tiny little place- like 20 places total to sit- overlooking the train tracks, and lots of fun photos on the walls.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:53 PM
 
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Rosies Diner is a must!

Edit: In searching for this I saw that Rosie's Diner is now closed. Wtf is up with that? I still remember going there as a young kid, getting my food and then playing mini golf. Why would they close?? That's really sad.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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Rosies Diner is a must!

Edit: In searching for this I saw that Rosie's Diner is now closed. Wtf is up with that? I still remember going there as a young kid, getting my food and then playing mini golf. Why would they close?? That's really sad.

Maybe because you haven't gone there since you were a young kid! :-)

No, seriously, it went out of business last fall and recently was sold to a new owner, cheap, last week.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:47 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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Brandywine on Lake Dr. in Eastown might fit the bill. I like going there. It's not as cheap as it used to be, but it has a nice cast of regulars, good variety of short-order food and a few unique items too.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Ohio, dammit!
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Sounds like a good start. Thanks! (Woulda liked to have gone to Rosie's, though!)
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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You should check out Arnies. It is a local chain that has decent diner type food that is cheap with huge portions.

ETA: I know you didn't want a chain, but it is only in West Michigan & is definitely old school!

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Old 05-08-2012, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Hi--new to the forum. I plan to be in Grand Rapids next month, and I LOVE good diner food! Are there any good, old-school, NON-CHAIN diners in GR? Decor is unimportant: Quality food for cheap is what I'm after! Your suggestions, please. Thank you all!
Wolfgangs. There are a gazillion more, but you probably don't want a comprehensive list (would take too long).
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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Definitely recommend the Choo-Choo for burgers. If you're looking for breakfast type food, try any of the local New Beginnings restaurants in the area. Been taking my family there a few times a month for years, and all 4 of us eat breakfast for under $25. Can't beat that.
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