Lowell Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Lowell

April 14, 2018 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Lowell in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Takeout. Discover best restaurants in Lowell with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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1. Flat River Grill

201 E Main St, Lowell, MI 49331-1711 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 33 +1 616-897-8523
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 181 reviews

Flat River Grill

Flat River Grill is a treasure, providing Lowell with a wonderful location for quality dining, refreshing ambiance and community camaraderie. Transformed from the historic Bergin building on main street and nestled alongside the Flat River and Lowell Showboat, Flat River Grill offers its guests a nostalgic atmosphere and warmth. Cheerful and filled with tantalizing smells from the open kitchen and classic wood-fired grill, our chefs prepare traditional favorites with a flair indicative of a Gilmore Collection Restaurant. Special occasions and casual evenings out are equally suited for a night at Flat River, with our comfortable decor, smart service and outstanding food.

Reviewed By plucky1 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

My mother studied the façade and side of the building that houses the Flat River Grill as we walked to the car following the celebration of her eighty-eighth birthday. "This place has been here a long time," she said, "and it's been through lots of changes." That's just one of the beauties of this successful eatery in downtown Lowell, Michigan. Flat River Grill is part of the Gilmore Group, a company that has created distinctive restaurants in the greater Grand Rapids area. I haven't been to all of them, but I like what I've seen at Rose's (where we used to go for popcorn), the Bostwick Lake Inn (romantic dinners with my husband), the B.O.B. (AKA the big old building downtown, which was completely off my radar until it became a Gilmore restaurant), and Flat River Grill.

I like the Flat River Grill for many reasons. The interior builds on the past without invoking a lot of invented nostalgia. There are lots of places in Grand Rapids where you can eat in an old place full of genuine vintage signs and artifacts (Yesterdog is the best) or a new building on, say, 28th Street, which has been decorated by a corporate designer in a distant city using items from the company warehouse and faux antiques from Hobby Lobby. Flat River Grill has exposed brick, tables in what used to be a storefront, and views of Main Street and the river. There's nothing fake here. It's all real.

We had lunch on the porch, a cozy space between the restaurant and the river walk. It's enclosed in canvas, offers great river views (I was bird-watching!), and has adjustable shades for when the light gets too bright, as it did during our meal.

Our group of six was served by Jeff, who was attentive and patient when I wasn't sure what to order.

My brother, who hosted the party, had a salad with (I think) goat cheese on the side. It looked wonderful. My mom, the birthday girl, had a steak that was, she says, very tender, with a delicious sauce. Cousins Pam and Mary Kay had the sweet potato burger, which unlike other veggie burgers was crispy on the outside. They liked the texture. Cousin Sue had a beef burger. It smelled great, looked delicious and was far taller than her mouth could accommodate. "You don't have to eat it like a lady," said my brother, but with knife and fork, she managed with appropriate decorum. (She said she'd share her fries with me, but she didn't.) I had the salad from the daily menu. It blended tender greens, matchsticks of green apple, pine nuts, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and sticky chardonnay dressing. It was so good.

The Flat River Grill's menu offers something for everyone, from wood-fired pizza to pasta with seafood. Google it, get hungry for great food, and go.

2. Ball's Softee Creme

503 E Main St, Lowell, MI 49331-1717 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch +1 616-897-7870
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Ball's Softee Creme

Reviewed By USCDAD08 - Lowell, Michigan

Excellent offerings and extensive menu. Always a clean comfortable environment. The flower garden is a nice touch to relax while eating. However, we realize this is your typical walk up outdoor ice-cream stand, a restroom would be convenient. You can't go wrong at Balls. Not a bad choice on the menu.

3. Main Street BBQ

210 E Main St, Lowell, MI 49331-1712 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 616-987-3352
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

Main Street BBQ

Reviewed By grand rapids h - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Stopped in for lunch because I heard so much about this place and wasn't disappointed.Atmosphere was clean and pleasant,and service was good but a bit on the slow side.Plenty of great selections on the beer menu,BBQ was solid and the appetizers were awesome. Especially the loaded nachos.Only real fault I could find is they could have used a few more sauce selections. Only three on the table, but all were tasty. Nice experience, I would recommend it for your BBQ fix.

4. Mynt Fusion Bistro

800 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331-1625 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Chinese, Asian, Thai, Fusion Dinner, Lunch SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 616-987-9307
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Mynt Fusion Bistro

Reviewed By Sandy D - Ada, Michigan, United States

The Egg Foo Young is the best in town according to my husband. It is always consistent and has large shrimp cooked just right. I love the variety on the menu (hence Fusion in the name). I have tried Korean, Thai, Chinese and have not been disappointed. Love the egg rolls, Pad Thai Chicken, and tried the Chicken Chow Mein tonight and it was wonderful with very large pieces of tender white chicken. The service tends to be a little slow so if you are in a hurry, best to let them know up front. We are never rushed here. I am not a fan of the paper covering on the tablecloths but can understand not wanting a ton of laundry to do either. But I felt like I should be eating steamed crabs on the paper not a nice dinner.

5. Big Boiler Brewing

318 E Main St, Suite B, Lowell, MI 49331-1714 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 616-987-3155
Excellent
54%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Big Boiler Brewing

Reviewed By jillbH869FJ - Lowell, United States

We tried Big Boiler wit some friends on a Friday night. We were seated immediately and had great service throughout our dining experience. The food was really good with large portions. The only negative was a very limited selection of hard ciders. Two to be exact. As 2 in our party are not big beer fans, this limited selection was a little disappointing. Otherwise no complaints. We will definitely dine there again.

6. Backwater Cafe

109 Riverside Dr, Lowell, MI 49331-1055 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 616-897-6370
Excellent
17%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 51 reviews

Backwater Cafe

Reviewed By rodjan5 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Have been here before and decided to meet a friend for breakfast this week. Place is a locals favorite so always a treat. Had one of the signature omlette's that was huge and very good. Topped it off with a biscuit. Place is not much to look at but the food is great. Worth it if you like comfort food.

7. Sneaker's

211 E Main St, Lowell, MI 49331-1711 Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 616-897-6746
Excellent
26%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Sneaker's

Reviewed By Catlover4884

We were in town running an errand and needed someplace for a quick meal. Very much a neighborhood bar. Pretty extensive menu for its size. We were told the burgers were phenomenal, but we were feeling something else. My husband had the fish basket with fries. Very hot, crisp, and fresh. He enjoyed it. I had the deluxe bean dip with chips. It was refried beans with melted cheese, taco meat, lettuce, tomato, and onions. The salsa could have been a bit spicier, but it was tasty. Very neat Halloween decorations and lots of hanging sneakers. Friendly service. We'll certainly go back.

8. B C Pizza

1335 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331-1555 Seating Pizza, Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 616-897-9776
Excellent
41%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Reviewed By holmeskj - Grand Rapids, Michigan

The staff is always friendly. The lunch buffet is a great value and always good. I love the salad bar with all of the toppings. The bread sticks are really good too. If they're not super busy, staff will ask if there's a specific pizza you would like made for the buffet.

9. Fry Daddy's

608 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331-1621 Seafood +1 616-897-3474
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

616-897-fish

Reviewed By EricAngie95 - Alto, Michigan

Our food here was good, but not anything out of this world. I thought the prices are high for what you get, probably because they have a smaller volume of customers than a fast food place and good fish isn't cheap. I would eat here again, just can't do it often with a family.

10. Keiser's Kitchen

700 E Main St, Lowell, MI 49331-1722 Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch +1 616-897-8455
Excellent
25%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
16%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 36 reviews

Keiser's Kitchen

Reviewed By TheLa40s - Battle Creek

Stopped in here for a quick lunch. Place had a decent crowd, sign says wait to be seated but the lady told us to pick wherever. Sat down and the booth was dirty so we moved and the next booth was dirty as well. I asked if they served sweet tea and was told yes. Then the girl asked for the sugar to make it sweet lol. It took a long time for the lady to come by for us to put in an appetizer. The mushrooms were still raw and cold. The potato skins were hot and delicious. We ordered the southwest wrap and the lady asked if we wanted fries (i thought it was part of the meal).The southwest wrap came out shortly later they were good but dry, so we ordered extra sauce. However the fries were soggy mushy and under cooked. The lady came back to ask if we wanted a box was when we were done. If she wasnt pregnant i wouldnt have left a tip at all thats how crummy it was. We wont be back.

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