Exploring food in Grand Rapids can be an endless endeavor with so many good places to eat and new ones opening regularly. Our latest food adventure brought us to The Sovengard, and it did not disappoint. The Sovengard, a New Nordic Movement restaurant, describes their menu process as, “Spearheaded by chefs, has a firm grasp on what it truly means to make food that both does good and tastes good. The Sovengard is committed to producing original and unique flavors with what’s available here and now.”
We entered and traversed the stairs down, not sure if there is an accessible entrance or elevator. The menu at Sovengard is based on what is in season and what is grown at local farms. For drinks, they serve cocktails, local and import brews, and wines. Our party of eight had reservations for Friday at dinner time. Parking was easy to find on the streets around the block. Our party dined on a few appetizers and entrée specials ranging from trout with morel mushrooms, beef short ribs over egg noodles, and a variety of chicken. If you are on a vegan diet, don’t worry they have options for you too!
Sovengard offers open face sandwiches or Smorrebrod, which can be ordered singly, or by the flight. The quality of the bread was worth the carbs. Hearty grains, herbs or spices combine for rich flavor. We all shared and enjoyed a cheese tray and sour beer fries for appetizers. The dessert menu is excellent as well! Chocolate crème mousse and blonde apple pastries were amazing. The Beirgarten, located outside, is a great place to hang out in the warmer months with spots for a few games of cornhole or just enjoying company and beverages. Sovengard is located 443 Bridge St. NW Grand Rapids.