J. Gardella’s Tavern is a very popular restaurant and nightspot located in the heart of the Grand Rapids arena district. Gardella’s was converted into a restaurant from an old warehouse that has been around since the turn of the century. The main floor restaurant is reminiscent of an old Chicago tavern with wood floors and red brick walls. To complete the tavern feel, Gardella’s has a big barrel of peanuts at the entrance that you can eat at will and throw the shells on the floor, adding to the casual atmosphere.
Gardella’s is home to a fantastic lunch and dinner menu, carrying a range of food options making it nearly impossible to leave hungry. On the menu, you will find a great burger selection, ranging from the Gardella burger to a traditional olive burger. I decided to try the Gardella burger which came with a heaping amount of meat. The burger was made up of a 1/3 pound patty, smoked Gouda cheese, bacon, ham and a fried egg all served on a pretzel bun. This was a delicious burger and I would definitely try it again. One of the other burgers that received high marks by the group was the Turkey Club burger. This burger was made up of a turkey patty, avocado, tomato, smoked Gouda cheese, bacon and arugula all served on a pretzel bun. So, if you find yourself wandering downtown before a Griffin’s game or concert this is a great place to spend some time and perhaps enjoy their great food!