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[Eat & Drink ArtPrize 2010] San Chez Bistro & Cafe

Both sweet and savory at the Bistro and Cafe. (Here: Berry risotto)

Both sweet and savory at the Bistro and Cafe. (Here: Berry risotto) /Lisa Rose Starner

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Bistro: Monday through Thursday 2 - 10 p.m.; Friday 2 - 11 p.m.; Saturday noon - 11 p.m.; Sunday 3 to 10 p.m.

Café: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Price: $$-$$$

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Find eclectic decor at The Cafe and flamenco at The Bistro

Find eclectic decor at The Cafe and flamenco at The Bistro /Lisa Rose Starner

 The San Chez Bistro was one of the “it” spots for ArtPrize 2009. Now in 2010, filled with 12 artist installations and recipes for excellent food, this year's go around is sure not to disappoint.

San Chez is a Grand Rapids' institution long-since known for its unique tapas (small plates) menu and its commitment to supporting local food. It's central location to downtown on Fulton in the historic 1880s Leonard Building, The San Chez Bistro is the perfect spot for a late afternoon snack or evening meal with friends while enjoying the ArtPrize circuit.

The flamenco-inspired décor and music set the tone for San Chez guests; and with its new fall menu, diners will delight in new creations as well as find comfort in old favorites in the Spanish-influenced dishes. The restaurant also features an expansive wine menu to pair perfectly with those Mediterranean flavors, not to mention it's famous sangria. Share a pitcher with friends, order some tapas and stay a while to enjoy the art.

If it's earlier in the day, stop in to The San Chez Cafe, located across the hall from the Bistro. Decked out in rich and eclectic blues, purples, and oranges, The San Chez Cafe boasts one of the best breakfast and lunch menus in the immediate downtown area. From sweet to savory, the menu has excellent combinations that will please the palate. The Cafe also features a take out deli (cheeses, sandwiches, even wine) that makes for an excellent stop if you are wanting to pack a picnic for your afternoon ArtPrize walkabout.

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