Graydon's Crossing

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Graydon's CrossingGraydon's Crossing

Type: Bar, Eatery

1223 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49505-4903
United States

(616) 726-8260 | map

Every Thursday at 5pm, a new cask is tapped.

Added by NJbeerman on 01-28-2006

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Photo of Roeters
3.83/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for the first time last Sunday for a late lunch.

It is small inside whit a lot of dark wood work throughout. Kinda English Pub like. All of their taps hidden bellow that bar I walked in a little confused knowing that they were suppose to have a bunch f draught beers

Beer ranges from Stroh's, Old Style, Bud light to locals like Arcadia cereal killer, Stone arrogant bastard, some Belgians and English beers.

It was a Sunday afternoon, there where not busy and I ended up having to ask for things a couple times like a food menu, then trying to order.

The food was really good, had some nice twists on standard bar food.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went to Graydon's Crossing for an early dinner on Friday night on one of these really warm fall evenings and enjoyed the second floor deck.

The atmosphere seemed really nice. I didn't get the full effect of the bar and inside dining areas as I chose the enjoy the great weather on the upper deck. The lower deck area was nicely sheilded from the road and parking lot by a high fence and the upper deck was situated to minimize any street noise. From what I did see of the inside, it was tastefully decorated with a lot of wood finish.

The quality of the actual building, food, and beer was top notch. Everything was very clean, including the taste of the beer. I didn't get any "off" flavors from unclean tap lines.

Service was good. We were seated and had our drink orders taken quickly. Our server gave honest food recommendations and seemed, at least, familiar with the tap and bottled beer offerings.

Selection was great. As was the theme of the restaurant, they had a great selection of English, Irish, and Scottish beers as well as many local and regional favorites, many national microbrews (a bunch of European Imports were also thrown in for good measure). They also had what seemed to be an extensive wine and mixed drink list.

The food was also English, Irish, and Scottish as well as many Indian items. Some customers across from us were questioning the inclusion of Indian food on the menu, but it made sense to me. There were many appetizer options and it's my understanding that the seasonal menu changes quite regularly.

As for value, it wasn't the cheapest place in the world, but still a good value. Our entrees were under $15 each and I was still very impressed with the quality of the food.

Overall- This will be a new favorite of mine. I was able to have a spicy curry dish, while my wife played it a little safer with a pork entree. I was also able to try a Sam's Imperial Pilsner, while she enjoyed a New Holland pumpkin beer on tap. It wasn't too busy for an early dinner and I didn't have to break the bank while still ordering appetizers, entrees, and multiple quality brews.

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Photo of rteis
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Owned by the same folks as Logan's Alley... One of the better selections of beers on tap in Grand Rapids. Can be smoky at times. Food is interesting mix of traditional English pub fare mixed with some Indian spice. A great place to meet friends, especially out on the patio in the summer. They always seem to have some great stuff from Rogue on tap and for Stella fans, it's served in the proper glassware. Have some local micros on tap and some traditional English favorites. Would like to see them get Newcastle Brown on tap sometime.

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Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Well I went here on suggestions from fellow BA's. I only had one beer and decided that there wasn't really anything that I can't get back home and their prices were rather steep especially compared to the breweries, so I will hit up some of the local micro breweries. Not to take anything from Graydon's though.

Very nice formal looking place. Woodwork is beautiful and just nice overall. The selection was great and the menu looked fabulous although I did not eat. I went in the afternoon so it's hard to judge the atmosphere but the prices were pretty high so I'm not sure how much I would hang out here.

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Photo of granger10
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Finally stopped by this place after it opened in January. Small, rather cool looking building with a semi-gated entrance. Parking lot is quite small.

Inside, there are two floors and two levels of decks. Very dark and unassuming on the inside. Small lamps by each table. Lots of cool authentic English, Irish, and Scottish decor around. Darts in the back along with board games and MJ beer books.

Food was really good, authentic, and freshly made. English countryside and some Indian options. Sheppards Pie, Burgers, Stew, Tandoori Chicken and the like. All priced quite reasonably. I didn't think the portions were huge but I was satisfied.

Tap list is very well thought out. Lots of English beers and a few Arcadia and Dragonmead offerings (which specialize in the English style). A few Belgian offerings, DFH 90 minute, Breck Vanilla Porter, Founder's, Bell's, a few more and of course PBR. They put a beer on cask every Thursday at 5 and it's always a new one. The hand pump is true cask.

Atmosphere was real casual and the place wasn't too filled, but I'd like to go on a Friday or Saturday and see how it is. Drink prices are a bit higher than some places but they have specials and with that list I'll gladly pay another $1 or so.

If you're in GR, you must check this place out for some grub and a few pints.

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Photo of sopor
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A wonderful little Irish Pub owned by a beer-loving restaurant group, this place is a great stop for good Irish food and a great tap selection including many selections from The Emerald Isles.

For starters, tap selection on 6/17 included Fuller's London Pride, John Courage Amber, Boddington's Pub Ale, Hobgoblin, Strongbow Cider, Old Speckled Hen, Welsh ESB, Guinness, Stella Artois, Lindeman's Framboise, DFH 90 or 60 (depending on who you asked... a quick taste will tell), Founder's IPA, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Blue Moon, Oberon, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Dragonmead IPA (I don't know which one, neither did they...), Hennepin, Arcadia Angler's Ale, Dragonmead Cask Bitter (gone, apparently went quick!) and lastly Miller Lite and PBR. So lot's of good stuff from Michigan, other Americans and plenty of English/Irish stuff, though nothing too rare.

Food was spectacular, traditional (to a degree) Irish faire, and priced pretty well, and normally big enough to make two meals, unless you're a much bigger guy than me. They include suggested beer pairings on their menu, and have a menu of "black & tan" concoctions, inlcuding one made with Founder's Centennial IPA and Beamish. It seemed they prefer to use Beamish over Guinness for their "Black"

Staff was not *super* knowledgable, but they did have a basic idea of the flavors in different brews. For example, when my father asked for a Hoppy beer suggestion, she did steer him towards the IPAs and APAs, though she did not know what kind of beer Fuller's London Pride was, except that "it's just an ale", which now that I think about it, is pretty accurate... Oh well! She was very helpful and considerate nonetheless.

Two levels of seating, though the top was taken by a private party on Father's day so I didn't see it at all.

Downstairs has a good long bar, with room for 12-16, and a row of high-backed booths opposite. Further back there are tables and dartboards on the back wall. Decorated with Irish flags and irish knick-knacks.

A must-visit, if you ask me, the best Irish Pub I've been into in Michigan yet, narrowly displace "The Curragh" in Holland (which is owned and operated by a Irish guy!). Though this is probably not the "most traditional" Irish Pub I've been in, it has enough traditionality combined with great food, beer selection and facility to make this a spectacular place for either dinner, or a couple of pints!

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Graydon's Crossing in Grand Rapids, MI
Place rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 31 ratings