12 Reasons You Need to Try Social Kitchen

Posted on April 17, 2017 by Downtown Market

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Social Kitchen at the Downtown Market, we want to highlight twelve reasons why we love this Grand Rapids hot spot!

1. Fries

The fries at Social Kitchen are legendary not only for taste but size as well! Even a side of fries will require a partner in crime. Made fresh daily, Social Kitchen fries are an experience all on their own!


2. Build Your Own

Social Kitchen adds an interactive dining experience with build your own pizza and salads! Pick what you like and leave out what you don't like. These menus feature the classic toppings with a few unique add-ons. Always made with fresh ingredients, even the pickiest of eaters can find a favorite dish at Social Kitchen.

3. Beer List

Social Kitchen features all of your local favorites (Founders, Bell's, Vivant) on draft and in bottles, but they also feature special edition beers as well! Always following season, the Social Kitchen beer list is sure to impress any craft beer connoisseur.

4. Cocktails

Not much of a beer drinker? Social Kitchen has you covered! The bartenders know how to whip up the classics like an Old Fashion or Hot Toddy, but with the fresh ingredients and specialty liquor, you will notice the quality of any Social Kitchen cocktail. Pick a favorite like Social Sangria or let one of the bartenders choose your next drink, no matter what you will leave feeling impressed, and refreshed!

5. Happy Hour

If you want to try Social Kitchen but can't make a decision on what you should get, try it all from 3p.m.-6p.m.! With deals like half off appetizers, specialty burgers, and build your own pizzas and salads, you can try a little of everything. In addition to food specials during happy hour, Social Kitchen also offers discounts on cocktails and beer!

6. Patio

As most residents of Grand Rapids know, it's tough to find a patio in the city! Luckily, Social Kitchen has ample patio space that is perfect for sipping cocktails in the sunshine.

7. Brunch

Brunch is more than a meal, it's an event! Your weekend celebrations (or hangover medication) should start at Social Kitchen! With a massive build your own Bloody Mary bar and build your own skillets, you can have brunch your way with the freshest ingredients.

8. Burgers

Sure, you can get a burger just about anywhere but not like the burgers at Social Kitchen. The Social Cheeseburger has a secret house grind that is juicy, savory, and downright addicting. Looking for something on the lighter end? Social Kitchen also features a turkey burger with their own specialty grind, topped with parsley salad, Sriracha, and garlic mayo in a homemade pita.

9. Appetizers

We've already covered the wonder that is Social Kitchen fries but there are more appetizers that are sure to make your mouth water. Social Kitchen's Brussels sprouts are not the same vegetable your mom forced you to eat before you could leave the dinner table. They are roasted to perfection and then mixed with almonds, capers, parsley, and garlic for a satisfying, crunchy delight.

Another starter favorite, Social Bacon, features thick-cut pork belly covered in a bourbon vanilla glaze.

Social Kitchen knows that a great appetizer can be a meal on its own, which is why the portion sizes are generous.

10. Mac and Cheese

If you’ve ever heard someone talking about Social Kitchen, they’ve probably said “get the mac and cheese” with pure delight in his/her voice, and for good reason. Social Kitchen mac and cheese is baked from scratch, on the spot, and features cheesy shells melted together perfectly in a skillet, topped with caramelized breadcrumbs. Just one bite and you’ll be talking about it too!

11. Staff

Of course, even delicious food and drinks can be ruined by poor service. The friendly, knowledgeable staff at Social Kitchen wants you to have a wonderful experience no matter if you are having dinner or simply enjoying a few beverages on the patio. When you come to Social Kitchen, your server will provide recommendations as well as prompt, exceptional service.

12. Atmosphere

The name was chosen carefully, Social Kitchen is meant to be a place to share a laugh, a good meal, and a drink or two. Whether you come to Social Kitchen with friends and family or by yourself, you are certain to feel the warmth and excitement of the environment around you. 

Social Kitchen invites you to help them celebrate this week with daily specials:

Monday, April 17th:

・free bacon upgrade with any sandwich

・$3 bartender picks-your-beer

Tuesday, April 18th:

・ $10 shrimp tacos

・ $3 off all specialty cocktails

Wednesday, April 19th:

・ free appetizer with purchase of two entrees

・ half price whiskey drinks

Thursday, April 20th:

・ $10 Social burger + draft beer

・ 25% off all large-format beers

Friday, April 21st:

・50% off our entire menu from 3-6pm


・half off french fries

・half off sangria

・purchase $50 in Social gift cards and a receive $10 bonus!

So if you haven't had the chance to check out Social Kitchen, stop in this week and discover your new favorite Grand Rapids kitchen and bar! If you are already a lover of Social Kitchen, come take advantage of these special offers and say Happy Birthday!