Grove opened its doors in fall 2011 to almost instant success. The restaurant emphasizes local ingredients and a small carbon footprint, sourcing almost exclusively from sustainable farms (most of them based in western Michigan). Located in the trendy East Hills neighborhood, Grove welcomes guests to its redbrick restaurant through a small porch set with umbrella tables. Gold and green decor gives the interior a warm and comfortable feel; overhead lights look like they're filigreed from pale balsa wood.
To serve the soup, the waiter delivered a bowl of steamed vegetables and then poured a hot, creamy asparagus broth over the top, allowing the veggies to remain al dente. The crisp shaved vegetable salad is another great starter. The housemade vegetable gnocchi, lamb Bourguignon and kimchi stew were tempting, but the duck breast served with steamed local vegetables turned out to be a deliciously smart choice. Paella arrived topped with tender grilled sea bass, steamed clams and golden beets.
Most dinners run approximately $45 per person, including appetizer, soup or salad, and entree. For dessert, a refreshing pecan green tea ice cream and a salted dark chocolate fudge were nothing short of heavenly.
Grove's beer and wine list touts a large number of Michigan suppliers rounded out with small, organic, sustainable wineries from throughout North America and the world. In all, we don't think you can choose a bad dish here, and it's worth paying a little more to support local producers.