The 9th annual Restaurant Week has been going on since August 8th and will run through August 19th.

There are over 75 restaurants that are participating in the event. Chefs were presented with the challenge to create innovative Restaurant Week menus made with locally grown products and produce.

To get a complete list of all restaurants and menu's involved in Restaurant Week, just click here.

I decided to participate by visiting Charley's Crab on Market Avenue in Grand Rapids. Charley's Crab is a very elegant seafood restaurant that is right on the Grand River with a spectacular view of the river and city.

The server's at Charley's Crab are very good and able to tell you everything about the menu. My server immediately pointed out the Restaurant Week section of the menu. That portion of the menu included some great choices like Tuscan Scallops & Shrimp, Mango BBQ Salmon and Roasted Vegetable Ravioli just to name a few.

Charley's Crab is definitely not your ordinary crab shack but a place you can go to enjoy a finer meal with chef's that pay close attention to detail, portion and flavor.

My guest and I decided to go with some starters that included Firecracker Shrimp and Calamari Fritto Misto and both were absolutely delicious. My guest enjoyed the Maryland Style Crab Cakes that featured classic rouille, roasted red pepper sauce; coconut ginger rice, asparagus. I enjoyed the Caribbean Combo that included coconut shrimp, crab cake; sweet potato mash.

My guest and I both agreed that those were the best crab cakes either of us have ever had.

There are a lot of places to enjoy during Restaurant Week, but if you plan on having seafood and enjoy a restaurant to pays close attention to detail and offers you a great dining experience, then please make a stop by Charley's Crab. You won't be disappointed.



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