Posted by: Kath Usitalo | February 1, 2011

Road Food Report: Eclectic Eats At Electric Cheetah

Thoughtful diners color coordinated their outfits with Electric Cheetah's ewe art

After spending a couple of hours at the Grand Rapids Art Museum admiring the designer duds of the super slim Princess Diana (see yesterday’s post), our group of four girlz needed nourishment.

Yes, this is HALF a sandwich and cup of soup

We headed to the historic Wealthy Street neighborhood on the east side of town and the Electric Cheetah. It’s located just blocks from Marie Catrib’s, which I wrote about in September (would have gone back there but it’s closed on Sunday).

The diner was bustling with a Sunday Brunch crowd only, according to our waitress, they’d run out of brunch fixin’s (corned beef hash, French toast, polenta) so we had to choose from an extensive menu of small plates, soups, salads, sandwiches and handful of entrees—and that’s not a bad thing.

After some debate and giggles over the menu descriptions, we bypassed The Hipster Plate of quinoa and veggies and the El Hombre Pollo, a Spanish influenced chicken sandwich (Cha-chi-cha-chi!); Mary Lou chose the Classic French Dip and Karen dug into the Thai Town (chicken) Salad.

Paige chose Dang! from a cooler full of good root beer

Paige and I went for the choose-two-combo: She had the Statler & Waldorf salad and 1/2 Lee’s Comeuppance (smoked ham and Brie, caramelized onions and apple/cranberry compote on pumpernickel bread) and I chose a cup of Saffron Tomato Bisque and 1/2 Reuben Torrez sandwich made with house-roasted corned beef. We shared an order of sweet potato fries.

No alcohol, but you can choose from a cooler full of gourmet root beers or enjoy a bottomless cup of good strong coffee.

Overall, delish food, large portions at fair prices nicely presented in a lively setting with friendly, if leisurely, service. (Never did get an explanation on the name of the joint; our waitress just said that, knowing the owner/chef, “Electric Cheetah” could have come from anywhere.)

The bustling and eclectic Electric Cheetah

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  1. Yum! Looks delish! Marie Catrib’s is a favorite, but might have to branch out!

    • I’m kind of glad MC was closed so I was able to discover another good spot.

  2. Thanks Girls!

    Come again soon.


    • Certainly.

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