Updated on June 11, 2020
Fabulous Downtown Holland, MI Restaurants
Downtown Holland, MI offers a host of fabulous restaurant options
With two of the members from the Michigan Homes and Cottages team having a history in food service, and with restaurants open for business, we thought it was appropriate to pass along great restaurant options our home town has to offer.
As you take a stroll down 8th St in Holland, MI, doing some shopping, or just enjoying the outdoors and the lake breeze coming off Lake Macatawa, the inevitable question is going to arise, “where shall we eat?” Well, let us offer a few choices we like to patronize on a regular basis. This is just the first of a multi-part series, starting with the southeasterly portion of downtown and moving west towards the lake.
Starting on the far east side of what would be considered downtown, you will come across a quaint little unassuming pizza joint, called Skiles Tavern. Once inside you quickly realize why Skiles needn’t put a whole lot into flashy marketing. Upon first glance you’ll find a simple menu of nachos, tacos, a smattering of basic sandwiches, and a full bar, complete with canned beer–but the star of the show is the pizza! Once you’ve had Skiles pizza, you can finally consider yourself a “local” in the know on the subject of best pizza in Holland, joining a group of regulars that have enjoyed the pies eaten on paper plates for decades. The crust is thin, the toppings are plentiful, and the flavor is memorable (in a good way). The restaurant is usually bustling with people listening to the jukebox and playing pool, while waiting for their table to come available. Make this a stop after a day of boating or relaxing at the beach, you won’t regret it. And while you’re there waiting for your pizza, pop a tab and poor yourself a cold one!
Heading west, on the same side of the street (south) is one of our favorite “go to” spots, Hops at 84 East. An eclectic menu with anything from award winning burgers to more refined dishes such as the Sustainably farmed North Atlantic salmon, white bean hummus, asparagus, roasted carrots, bok choy, spring herb and ramp pesto, and grilled lemon. The pizza is pretty good, too! With what seems like a million beers on tap, a full bar with just about any liquor you can think of, along with a host of signature alcohol and non-alcohol drink options, Hops is a great spot if you’re not quite sure what you’re in the mood for. The staff and management is knowledgeable and professional, and always makes you feel taken care of throughout the dining experience. Weekly live entertainment and several TV’s for catching a game, the restaurant ambiance is great for the entire family.
Making your way just a bit farther west you’ll come across New Holland Brewpub, the flagship restaurant for the craft beer brewers and distillers of fine spirits. New Holland Brewpub offers a more earthy flare to its menu, the cornerstone being the must have pepperoni pinwheels (I’m drooling just thinking about them). A nice selection of meal-worthy salads, delicious sandwiches, and pizza that makes you feel good after eating it, New Holland has a host of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options in each menu category to keeping everyone happy. On a sunny day, the outdoor beer garden and bar is a perfect place to eat and drink into the evening. Weekly entertainment featuring local musicians, and friendly, hard working staff, New Holland is a must stop for at least one meal…and a beer…and maybe one more.
Look for more restaurant options in the following blogs from Michigan Homes and Cottages, and as always stay healthy, stay safe.
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