There are some fantastic hidden treasures in Grand Rapids. Each neighborhood has an excellent spot for amazing chow. On the Westside is Maggie's Kitchen, by far the BEST Mexican in town, period. Maggie's is on Bridge St. at the intersection of Stocking.
Downtown has San Chez A Tapas Bistro (I worked the kitchen there for 8 years)on Fulton and Commerce; Two Choppers is a good deli on Ottawa; the Cottage Bar is the oldest haunt in the area (75 years and running) and still makes the best burger - the Cottage Burger w/ Cottage Fries - get it with a side of smokey mayo for the fries!
Ahhh. Easttown. Wolfgangs wil make the best breakfast plate in this area, it is in the very heart of Eastown. Katty-corner to Wolfgangs is another historic foodmark - Yesterdog! THE dog joint in town. No trip to GR is complete without a Yesterdog.
Other spots not to miss - Sandmann's on Fuller and Wealthy crafts the best ribs; Gaia on Diamond near Cherry is a wonderful vegitarian breakfast and around the corner on Cherry itself is the Cheri Inn, great for breakfast with a more highend feel; Viva Ethiopia, Little Africa on Fulton near the corner of Diamond is a one man gem, go there with time to spare because everything is prepared by hand to order by the owner himself - get the hot tea and a combo; Osta's in Gaslight Village makes excellent Lebanese in a quiet unassuming atmosphere.
Wheew! I've missed a few. More on this later...