A large crowd of well-wishers joined Redtail 412 owners Julie and Robert Sosnowski, along with their staff, to celebrate the downtown restaurant’s grand opening. Redtail opened for dinner service at 412 Water Street the end of January. In part, the ribbon cutting celebration marked the addition of lunch service to their offerings.
The renovation on the space is amazing; the atmosphere warm and inviting, yet full of energy. The growing dinner menu runs the gamut from the half-pound Redtail burger—for you cheeseburger aficionados out there, this one is not to be missed—to fish and chips, made with the freshest Lake Superior Whitefish you can imagine, and a New York Strip steak, served with glazed cippollini onions, fingerling potatoes, and shishito peppers – this steak virtually melts in your mouth it’s so buttery. The seared fish, fried chicken, Mushroom Squash Farrotto (like risotto, but with the grain farro adding a nutty taste, and more substantial mouth-feel than traditional preparations made with Arborio rice) are all fantastic, and locals can’t quit talking about the Barbecue Ribs and its house made, Sweet-Heat BBQ sauce.
Redtail’s Lunch Menu features the fish and chips and burgers from the dinner menu, and adds in a few more salad options and specialty sandwiches. The B.L.T.E.A (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, (fried) Egg and Avocado) is generating rave reviews, and a picture recently posted online of the Chicken Parm sandwich has put it on the “I’m-gonna-get-that-next-time” list for many.
And what’s great food without great drink? Redtail’s Wine List pairs perfectly with all of the items on the menu, great care is given to the selections on the rotating tap list, and you must explore the craft cocktail menu and its house made bitters and syrups. Rittenhouse Rye brings the Old Fashioned and Sazerac to life, and an array of ever changing house-made syrups let you customize your Absolut-ly Daisy. The cocktail menu also offers homage to our home state, and its mighty, industrial powerhouse, Detroit. The Michigander features New Holland bourbon, blackberry liqueur, and grapefruit mint syrup; but, if you’re only having one, you must try the Last Word, a prohibition-era Detroit original made with Two James gin (a micro-distillery located right on Michigan Avenue in Corktown, next to the historic—and renovating—Michigan Central Train Station), Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, green chartreuse, and lime.
Congratulations to the Sosnowskis. These are very exciting times, both for Redtail 412, and Downtown Allegan.