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[Eat & Drink ArtPrize 2010] Leo's

Excellent seafood, especially the oysters. Fresh. Next best thing to being on the coast.

Excellent seafood, especially the oysters. Fresh. Next best thing to being on the coast. /Lisa Rose Starner

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Hours: Lunch - Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dinner - Monday through Thursday 4:30 - 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4:30 to 11 p.m.

Closed Sunday

Prices: $$-$$$

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If you like seafood, and you like ArtPrize, then a visit to Leo's will not disappoint. Offering the most fresh seafood around, definitely go straight for the pistachio-crusted halibut. While you are at it, start your meal off with a platter of oysters. (Yes, I know that Grand Rapids and ArtPrize is in the middle of the Great Lakes – nowhere near an ocean – but dang, the fish is good.)

There's bound to be a few New England stormy weather days during ArtPrize (though I am hoping for clear skies), but in the event of a chill ask for a bowl of their chowder. Tomato or cream base, both are hearty portions and can be perfect for a quick lunch.

No matter the muzak, Leo's sports a really great seafood meal. The grandparents will be pleased with the atmosphere, and you'll certainly impress the in laws – they have linen napkins. If you prefer a guaranteed seat in the dining room call ahead for a reservation (unnecessary during off-peak hours).

Just stopping in and are looking for casual? Sit at the bar. It's laid back, has a screen at the bar to check the scores on the college games on Saturdays, and you still get the linen napkins.

All kidding aside, Leo's is consistently a good meal. And the artwork is certain to only enhance the dining experience. Stop in, and enjoy.

The ArtPrize you'll see

David Thornsen : Prints from the dock series

Brad Reed: Summer Rush

Frank Newmyer Ring of Peril

Ronald G Campbell Salvaging the Ruins in Michigan

Sharon A. Rummage Arch Rock

Catherine McClung Dawn's Early Light

Joni Hyma 3 Paintings (Water Textures) : Rolling Wake, Shimmer, Splash

Nathan Vanderveen Approaching

Kasey Scott: An Angler's dream

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