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You don't know what you don't know: A trip to Jonny B'z Dogs and More

More than just a favorite hot dog joint, I recently discovered that Jonny B'z on Wealthy Street also serves brisket and pastrami, made in-house.


Brisket with bbq sauce, cole slaw and haystack onions.

Brisket with bbq sauce, cole slaw and haystack onions. /chrisfreemanrealtor

Patrami with mustard and pickles.

Patrami with mustard and pickles. /chrisfreemanrealtor

Ask somebody about Jonny B’z Dogs and More(638 Wealthy St SE), and most people will tell you that they make one of the best hot dogs in Grand Rapids. I know that I feel that way, and that’s why I have been going there for the longest time with blinders on. Hot dogs and free pinball, what more could I want?

One day, I actually opened my eyes read the sign next to the counter saying “Try the big pastrami.”

“Hey, is your pastrami any good?” I asked. Well, of course, they told me yes. I bought it with fairly low expectations, but boy was I wrong. This sandwich was an extremely flavorful, top notch sandwich. Where had this sandwich been these last few years of my life? The answer: It was always there right under my nose.

After devouring this masterpiece, I rushed home to tell everybody on Facebook about it. Someone asked if I had tried their brisket yet. What? Turns out, I had missed something else: they have brisket too.

It took me a couple of weeks, but I went back and got the aforementioned brisket. As if it were possible, it was better than the pastrami. Just Wow!

It turns out that this humble little hot dog vendor smokes all of their own pastrami, brisket and bacon. Who knew?

So now that I took the time to actually look at the menu, I discovered that they had hamburgers as well. I have since tried the burgers, which are also a quality food item on the menu.

Since “finding” all of this lovely food, I have also found out that Jonny B’z will also be providing food to the soon-to-open Elk Brewing just a few doors down. I will bet you that they will know about the pastrami and brisket from the get go.

It is really easy to literally take things at face value, but if I had just paid a little more attention to the “AND MORE” portion of the sign, I could have been enjoying these cooking marvels for years. 

Better late than never!

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