Local Eats: Tupelo Honey Offers ‘Gracious’ Southern Cuisine in Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – AT Tupelo Honey in downtown Grand Rapids, diners can expect to find gracious, home-cooked Southern cuisine.
“Everything we do is from the ground up, made in-house,” said managing director Joshua Nead. “It focuses on part of this southern heritage rooted in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.”
Inside the restaurant, located at 140 Ottawa Ave. NW, customers can find everything from fried chicken, pork and catfish to a range of pancakes, eggs, French toast, salads, shrimp and oatmeal, and more.
“The restaurant itself is beautiful,” said Nead. “The food speaks for itself. This is something you won’t find anywhere else in town in Grand Rapids.
Tupelo Honey opened its first branch in Asheville, North Carolina, in 2000. The company now has approximately 18 branches in the United States. Tupelo Honey’s Grand Rapids restaurant opened in September.
One of the popular menu items is the Shoo Mercy Griddle.
It includes a stack of sweet potato pancakes or brioche French toast topped with buttermilk fried chicken, apple cider bacon, spicy pecans, powdered sugar and two fried eggs. It costs $ 19.95.
“The reaction is just” oh my gosh. The sacred cow. Are you serious ? Nead said, describing the reaction of customers when the dish arrives at their table. “One of the reasons we call it Shoo Mercy is kind of an old Southern thing. When you see something over-the-top or big or big it blows your mind, and it’s kind of a normal tradition for southerners to go there, Shoo Mercy.
Another popular menu item is fried chicken.
Tupelo Honey offers two varieties of fried chicken: the fried chicken sprinkled with honey and the sweet and spicy fried chicken. It costs $ 12.95 for dark meat or white meat, and half a bird costs $ 18.25.
Nead said the chicken is brined overnight for 12 hours. After the honey-dusted fried chicken is cooked, it is sprinkled with the characteristic “bee dust” of Tupelo Honey, which is basically granulated honey mixed with other spices and seasonings.
“It’s honestly something different. It’s not something you find around here, ”Nead said, describing the chicken. “It’s our seasoning. It’s our spices. It’s the mix. It’s cooked to perfection every time.
There’s also a plethora of appetizers, including cookies, fried green tomatoes, and fried pickles, along with an assortment of salads, sandwiches, and bowls.
Tupelo Honey is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant menu can be found here, and his phone number is (616) 239-7158.
The restaurant normally has a capacity of 200 people, but is currently capped at 25% of its capacity due to state restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Nead said the staff strive to provide an “upbeat” environment.
“The restaurant itself inside is designed to feel light, bright, airy, warm and welcoming,” he said. “Part of our culture is that the restaurant gives the impression that maybe you are going to your grandmother’s house or that you are going to eat at your best friend’s house.”