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 The extensive bar area covered with TVs

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By: Sammi Blair

For my family and me, a night downtown is not complete without a stop at a classic American-style restaurant. Most of the time, this means some type of sports bar. People hang around, bonding and watching their favorite teams compete. Recently, I was downtown and had the opportunity to go out to dinner at GP sports with some friends.

Entering the restaurant, it’s not hard to realize that this is a sports-themed bar. There is a net behind the host stand along with many sports graphic pictures and designs hanging on the walls. We were greeted by a smiling hostess who brought us to our table right away.

Walls filled with graphic designs of sports

The menu features your basic American bar food. It consists of burgers, pizza, pasta, salad, and appetizers. It took a while to decide what I wanted to order, but I finally decided on the classic cheeseburger and fries while my friends settled on the gouda mac and the meat pizza.

The wait for the food was rather long, and the service was a little slow. I can understand why their service was slow because the bar was packed and every booth was full of people waiting for food. Once the food finally came to our table, I was taken aback by how well-sized the portions were. Each meal delivered to our table satisfied every person’s hunger, and some even left the restaurant with food to take home. The burger I ordered was full of flavor and had just the right amount of condiments, although I would’ve preferred my medium cooked burger to be a little less pink. The bun was perfectly toasted and the cheese was perfectly melted. Every person enjoyed each plate brought to the table.


Burger ordered from GP

Though a sports bar, the prices were rather high. Every dish ranged between $10 and $20. With the location of the restaurant, the high prices were expected to be higher than your typical bar anywhere else. The service was okay but could’ve been better if the restaurant weren’t so busy.

One of the only things about this entire experience that was not enjoyable was that the restaurant is located inside the Amway Grand Hotel. So, although convenient for people who are staying in the hotel, parking could be an issue for everyone else.

With so many great bar-style restaurants around the Forest Hills and Grand Rapids areas, I am unsure if I would make the trip downtown again for GP Sports even though the food and atmosphere were pleasurable.

 

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