family, food, parenting, the small town foodie in me


A kid quickie that is.  We needed a day awhile from shoveling mulch, hauling stones, and being shut inside.  Because I am always on the hunt for a good bite to eat, a kid friendly attraction, and driveable before meltdowns, the destination was already scoped out.  Holland.

Throughout the summer Kollen Park plays host to live music every Friday night and every other friday at noon, kid’s music.  We packed some snacks, drinks, and a blanket and made it just in time to nab a spot close to the music and dance space.  The music was provided by Zippity 2 Dad.  What a lively, fun duo!  They had us tapping and singing along.  E was soon up and shakin’ it.  Most of the other families were professional Friday groupies.  Lunches, blankets, and grouped together, these ladies were obviously regulars.  Next year, I hope we make more shows.  The park also sports a pretty cool children’s play area.  Nothing like wearing the kids down before heading to lunch.  Tired (just the right amount of tired) kids means a quieter lunch and better eaters.

E showing her moves to Zippity 2 Dad.

My lunch plan was a BBQ joint across the Lake, but with Boatwerks right next door, we enjoyed the walk along Lake Macatawa.  Surrounded by salt and pepper hair, we that the food would not live up to our expectations.  This was somewhat true.  My daughter ordered the Seafood Chowder.  She enjoyed about 1/2 the bowl.  It was okay.  My disappointment was that most of the “seafood” was actually imitation crab meat.  My Brisket sliders and ranch potato wedges had me hoping for a little better.  I really enjoyed the flavor of the brisket, but they left the big fat ring on the outside and it was not rendered down.  Pass on the fat.  Hubs and I shared a side salad.  It was a very good side salad.  One of the best; however, it was pricey for a side, $5.  My husband ordered the Portobello Sandwich.  It was juicy, loaded with toppings (spinach, artichoke, and Boursin cheese), and the roll appeared fresh.  Again, at $10.75 for a sandwich with chips, pricey.
All in all, a great walk to an okay restaurant.  We will try it another time and go with the specialities of the house.

Brisket sliders with ranch potato wedges

Seafood chowder

After another play session on the play structure, we called it a day.  Not really.  Captain Sundae was calling my name and it was on the way home.  Of course I ordered the Tommy Turtle!  It never disappoints!  Ooey, gooey fudge, caramel and salty pecans over fluffy vanilla icecream…YES please!

Our quickie turned into an all afternoon outing and a fun-filled Holland trip!  Next summer we’ll be sure to hit more of the kid music Fridays!

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