When life gets crazy busy I always enjoy a trip to Grand Rapids, Ohio to help my family slow down and experience the simpler things in life. Recently, we were in need a of that kind of family outing and decided to take a leisurely drive to the quaint village on the Maumee River.
Cozy atmosphere compliments the home cookin’
I had heard from several people that Miss Lily’s, which opened a year ago in downtown Grand Rapids, was a great little restaurant I just needed to try. That’s exactly where my family headed to address our “slower pace fix” that evening.
With interior brick walls, a fireplace, and antique décor, customers are taken back in time. The restaurant has a grand piano and dining tables that sit among a mini antique store with countless items available for purchase. My children were a bit curious so I let them roam a bit and check it all out. Always on the hunt for the next best recipe, I enjoyed perusing the numerous shelves of cookbooks.
I was sold on the atmosphere, but what about the food? We were there on a Thursday, one of the three evenings they are open for dinner. Other days they open only for breakfast and lunch. The menu offers a varied selection without being daunting. My children would insist that I communicate right up front that they do not serve French fries. How excited I was to see the side options on the kids’ menu were a side salad, cut up veggies, or fresh fruit!
For $4.99 there were several options for the kiddos including homemade mac and cheese that passed our stringent test, and the cheeseburger my son ordered was closer to adult size. The lunch and dinner menu offers everything from four homemade soups each day, to salads, sandwiches, and hearty entrees such as meatloaf and beef and noodles, which my husband enjoyed that evening. Entrees are served with your choice of potato and a side salad.
They also offer pasta dishes as well as chicken, ribs and pork chops from the grill. Feeling nostalgic? How about liver and onions? That evening I devoured the chicken supreme stuffed with shrimp, mushrooms, provolone cheese and covered with a special sauce.
If sandwiches are more your speed, they have a selection of ten with location- specific, unique names such as the Ludwig, Town Hall, Towpath etc. Our meals were served on a collection of old china dishes that added to the down home feel.
We heard they have wonderful pies made fresh daily. We opted to get ours to go. Though not a fan of fruit pies, I have to say their peach and strawberry rhubarb pies were quite good. We balanced them out with some coconut cream pie as well. Yum.
Kid's mac n' cheese, Chicken Supreme, and beef stroganoff
Enjoy a great meal and more!
Miss Lily’s has live music on Thursday evenings. A couple of gentleman with their guitars provided great background music for our dinner. We were pleasantly surprised to learn it was also Ladies’ Night Out in Grand Rapids and all stores were open until 8 p.m. Ladies’ Night is the third Thursday of every month. After dinner we toured several shops including a used book store where my kids got in a quick game of Chinese checkers. It was such a beautiful night we even took a stroll out back where vibrant flowers were everywhere along the canal and we spent some time on the swings facing the river. My three little monkeys did a bit of tree climbing as well. The slower paced evening was just what the doctor ordered and we hope to return soon.
Bottom Line: Miss Lily’s serves up hearty portions of homemade comfort food with a side of charming character. Located in the heart of Grand Rapids, it is a destination of sorts with more to see and do besides enjoying a fine meal. Stop in on Thursday nights for music and don’t forget the pie!
Karen Zickes is the mom of three active children and a freelance writer who resides in Holland, OH. She can be reached in c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
Kid friendly: Yes
To avoid wait: Anytime
Noise level: Moderate
Bathroom amenities: Changing station in women’s restroom
High chairs? Yes
Got milk? Yes, as well as chocolate milk, orange juice and soda
24174 Front St. Grand Rapids, OH