I met my wife Lindsey in Grand Rapids seven years ago when I worked at a country station and went by the name Flounder. Working in radio does not always guarantee stability and often you have to move. Sometimes the move is for a better opportunity or in my case, just to find a job because you're about to be replaced by a syndicated show because it's the cheaper option for the station.

In the past seven years, I've been in Evansville, IN, Indianapolis, IN, and most recently I was in San Antonio, TX doing a morning show. While working in other markets, whenever I would come home once or twice a year to see friends and family, Grand Rapids and West Michigan just kept growing and growing. I was amazed to see how much has changed and all the new things that kept popping up.

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After having the chance to come back home and do radio again in West Michigan my wife Lindsey told me she really wants to start exploring our city again. I thought that was a great idea, but I didn't really know where to start. There seemed to be so many new or newish restaurants around West Michigan, so I reached out to my friends on Facebook and asked for some help.

50 Newish Restaurants & Bars In West Michigan You Should Check Out

These are newish restaurants and bars people in west Michigan recommended for good food and drinks.