Name That City! — Dec 9, 2021

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:

  1. This midwestern city is home to two infamous burger joints, both highly rated in national publications. Where will you find Stella’s and Cottage Bar?
  2. In what midwestern city would you find neighborhoods like Broad Ripple, St. Joseph and Trader’s Point?
  3. What southern city is the birthplace of actor Jim Rash, who played the role of Dean Craig Pelton on the hit sitcom “Community” and won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for “The Descendants?”

And here are the answers:

  1. When you visit Grand Rapids, Michigan, make sure you’re hungry for excellent hamburgers! Stella’s Lounge on Commerce Street offers up their stuffed burger, named GQ magazine’s “Best in America 2012,” as well as funky décor and a bar stocked with over 250 kinds of whiskey. Meanwhile, over at Cottage Bar, you’ll find “Michigan’s Best Burger,” (according to USA Today), not to mention 3 kinds of chili. Cottage Bar has been doing their thing on La Grave Avenue since 1927, so you know it’s gonna be good!
  2. Indianapolis, Indiana is a sprawling metropolis made up of a multitude of unique & interesting neighborhoods. Broad Ripple is six miles from downtown and is popular with young professionals who enjoy its quirky vibe. St. Joseph is a funky downtown neighborhood, with tons of restaurants and coffee shops, converted Civil War-era cottages and is within walking distance of numerous downtown destinations. Trader’s Point offers great schools and a multitude of local parks.
  3. Jim Rash was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1971. He attended Charlotte Latin School and the Lawrenceville School before heading to LA to join the Groundlings improv/sketch organization. He appeared in “That 70’s Show”, “Reno 911” and the movie “Sky High” and hit the big time by joining the cast of “Community” in 2009. He later turned his talents to writing, converting Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel, “The Descendants,” into a film which starred George Clooney and Shaileen Woodley. That movie, directed by Alexander Payne, earned critical acclaim, and won several awards, including “Best Adapted Screenplay.” He also co-wrote the 2013 Sam Rockwell movie, “The Way, Way Back.”