Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Social House in Grand Rapids offers delicious food and cocktails


GRAND RAPIDS, MI — At Social House in downtown Grand Rapids, patrons will find an assortment of steaks, burgers, sandwiches and salads, as well as beer, wine and craft cocktails.

The bar and restaurant, 25 Ottawa Ave. SW, opened in August 2019 and has strived to establish itself as a place where customers can find quality food at an affordable price, co-owner Scott Scott Esterline said.

“We’re not just a place to hang out late at night after 10pm – we’re a place you can come to dine that…is probably underpriced for most places downtown for the same food” , did he declare. . “We try to really price everything competitively.”

One of the restaurant’s most popular dishes is its 8-ounce sirloin steak, Esterline said.

For $26, the steak comes with a sauce of your choice, as well as two sides. Sides include Mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, chef’s vegetables, cauliflower rice, house salad, Caesar salad, soup, fries, sautéed mushrooms and onions, Brussels sprouts, and charred tomato and onion.

“We buy really, really high-end steaks,” he said. “You can cut them with a fork, and we’re talking fillet-sized cuts.” He said he would put the steaks at Social House “against” those served at Ruth’s Chris Steak House or the Chop House “any day of the week.”

Other popular menu items include smoked wings.

The wings, which cost $13, include eight house-smoked wings tossed with one of six sauces: Buffalo, Bourbon BBQ, Spicy BBQ, Korean BBQ, Mango Habanero, and Garlic Parmesan. The wings are served with celery, and Esterline says they are “probably the best wings in town.”

Social House’s big soft pretzel is also a hit with customers.

Weighing two pounds, the pretzel can feed four people and is served with a smoked gouda sauce, Dijon mustard and cinnamon butter, Esterline said. “I’ve always really liked pretzels in bars and always wondered why bars didn’t have the big pretzels.”

“I thought it was a unique item that we could bring to everyone, and now it’s our bestseller,” he said.

Social House also offers a wide selection of beers, wines, and cocktails, as well as over 30 types of bourbon.

The bar and restaurant are open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Sundays, it’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Menu of the Social House to be found on his websiteand can be reached by phone at (616) 551-1412.

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