Bill and I sure wish we lived closer to the Grand Rapids East Hills district. If we did, we’d be at Marie Catrib’s all the time. It’s not just that the food is so good, so real. It’s the way Marie Catrib accommodates the ever-growing dietary needs of people to make eating out an enjoyable experience. Her menu tag line, “Something for Every Taste Bud,” is right on.
Take Bill, for instance. With his allergies to wheat, corn, and (cow) dairy, it’s not unusual for him to ask the chefs in restaurants everywhere we go to compromise or improvise or substitute in a dish they serve. While I happen to enjoy this challenge in our household kitchen, I’m not running a business that serves food. I think it’s probably difficult to switch gears midstream in a commerical kitchen as orders are coming and going all night long.
So, tonight Bill ordered the lentil and bean soup as a starter. I had several spoonfuls of it, too. Delicious!
I chose the Vegetarian Kibbe, and we shared an order of Marie’s Seasoned Potatoes. You can just tell the food is homemade when you eat it.
And, of course, my favorite part about eating there is that Marie Catrib’s is so in tune with the importance of farm-to-table eating. That was obvious, not only by the mention of local farmers on the menu, but also by the large chalkboard listing them for everyone to see in the dining room.
As it says on the restaurant’s website, “We do what we do, how we do it because we genuinely care about serving really good, quality food. Here at Marie Catrib’s, we take much pride in using locally grown and raised food whenever possible…. The more farms the better chance you will feel good about eating your food!”
The place is full of happy food. It’s a real treat for your taste buds.
To read more about Marie Catrib–the restaurateur–check out the March 14, 2010 article in the Grand Rapids Press.