In the South East section of Grand Rapids, Michigan is a groovy little place called Eastown; A.k.a. "the center of the Universe". The later is more a rumor than a provable fact. I've lived in Grand Rapids since the early 1990s, but for the past 3 years I've been able proudly say I live in Eastown. Which is really awesome, because it puts me within walking distance to many my favorite places. Small, locally owned businesses. Many of which are Owner-operator. Small businesses are my favorite places to shop and dine, meet with friends and even make new friends.
And that brings us to Peaches Café. I drive past Peaches everyday on my way home from work. When I saw there was a new place going in I was pretty excited! I hated seeing that building empty. It's a great little spot just off Wealthy, the main street that goes through the heart of Eastown.
Tonight was my first chance to get my self into a seat and try the reportedly fresh fare being offered by this quiet little place.
My partner Jai and I arrived a little past 5:30, just as a cold Fall rain started, reminding me Winter isn't far away. So a hot fresh-made meal was sounding really good me right then.
Upon entering, we were pleasantly greeted by the soft-spoken, owner and operating manager (and former Physics Professor) Hossein Sadat. This is a big plus for me right off the bat! Getting personal attention from the owner, is priceless. Even the best high-end chain restaurant experience pales in comparison.
His menu boasts a variety of salads, burgers, tacos, wraps, and Turkish kebabs. There are vegan and vegetarian options for those that prefer no-meat, and naturally-raised chicken for those who are conscientious of food production.
I entertained the idea of a chicken taco, but my gut was screaming hamburger deluxe. It's a rare moment when I disagree with my stomach.
And get a load of that plate! Fancy!
Another little pleasant surprise was french fries. The seasoning was something different. A little spice with a dash of cinnamon (I think). I can't be sure, and I forgot to ask.
My burger was cooked perfectly and seasoned well. Topped with all the fixins and melty cheese, Yummo! Perfect. (sorry my picture doesn't show that well) My only complaint about the meal was the bun. An $8.00 burger should be on a bun worthy of that great burger. By the time I had eaten half of it, the bun had begun to disintegrate, it was saturated by burger juice, mustard and ketchup.
I don't claim to be a Café expert but, if your looking for the glossy magazine-picture perfect Café, Peaches is not that place.
Even though there's a fresh coat of paint inside and out, the building did not get a top-of-the-line makeover before opening. The decor doesn't really match the menu. Napkins are loosely stacked in fake wicker baskets on each table. And if your not careful with the faucet in the bathroom, you're going to get more water on your pants than your hands. But none of that really matters.
The food was wonderful and having it cooked personally by the owner made it worth every penny. Even with a heavy tip, we made it out for under $20. That's hard to come by these days.
So, when your hungry and don't want to cook. Don't drop a lot of doe. Get your but down to Peaches Café in Eastown. You may not be at The Center of The Universe, but you just might feel that way when you leave.
Check out their website peachescafegr.com