In the City Flats Hotel, 61 East 7th Street, Holland MI
Visited July 5-7, 2012
On the top floor of the City Flats Hotel, City Vu Bistro is a contemporary fun space with something for everyone. They have table and booth seating, a long bar suitable for dining if you choose, as well as an outdoor rooftop terrace with a perfect western view of the sunset. The menu also has something for everyone, from over a dozen different flatbreads, great salads ( any of which you can get a “side” portion with your entree – at a “side” portion price), soups, and I just couldn’t resist the entrees.
The first night I stayed in the Hotel, I had dinner at the bar. Zak, the bartender suggested the balsamic marinated chicken entree with the whiskey cider sauce – which was unbelievably good. With the success of his first suggestion, I had him recommend a dessert (I was on vacation afterall). The strawberry & vanilla bean cheesecake with orange creme anglaise was recommended, and was as rich and delicious as you would expect.
I had planned on exploring Holland to find another restaurant for my second night, but why mess with success? I got in the elevator and like a magnet it took me back up to the City Vu Bistro. I again found a seat at the bar – and there was Zak ready to recommend a few new dishes for me. I started with a side Caesar salad, then had the NY Strip with parmesan mashed potatoes, asparagus and a very interesting red onion marmalade. And for dessert I had an incredible Orange Brulee.
The next morning before checkout, of course I ventured up to the City Vu Bistro for breakfast. The Prosciutto Frittata was full of flavor.
My only regret is that I never got to explore the other restaurant options in Holland – but then again I guess I really do not have any regrets…