We recently dropped off our kids at a summer camp near, Jackson, MI, and needed a place for lunch. While perusing local craft breweries, I came across Grand River Marketplace, which not only offered beer brewed on the premises, but food as well - win/win.
The Grand River Marketplace is in an old industrial building, with a decor heavily inspired by Steampunk, with some clever and interesting artifacts created by a talented artist. Mostly an open space with soaring ceilings and plenty of light courtesy of clerestory windows underneath the roofline, this is a comfortable place which probably gets pretty noisy when bands play.
We visited on a Sunday, which meant a limited menu, as they were serving a breakfast brunch. Since we were primarily there to taste beer and not eat (though we also did want lunch), we were happy to hear we didn't have to order from the brunch menu, but could also partake of some appetizers, which is what we ended up doing. Duck tenders, sweet potato tots, and tempura green beans all had great flavor, though weren't as crisp as we would have liked.
With 8 beers on the menu, we decided to taste all 8, not being sure when we'd be back (if ever). Some very unique beers, with a lot of fruit-inspired selections, some good on initial pass, all decent or better. These beers really started to shine once we got food, feeling more balanced and tastier when paired with the various appetizers before us.
With a distillery planned and wine also being made (or bottled) by Grand River Marketplace, this is a one-stop shop for Michigan foodies. The food was tasty, and, even with a limited menu, we really enjoyed the food and beer. If you find yourself in Jackson, MI, take some time to search this out for a meal. If you're going for the beer, choose a day other than Sunday to get a more diverse menu. Walk around the restaurant and check out all the cool industrial art pieces, both free-standing and on the walls.
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