Bilbo’s Pizza In A Pan – Kalamazoo
My brother and his family made the short trip from his in-laws in Mattawan to hang out with J and I for a day or so. First order of business, hitting Kohl’s to get my niece a pair of shoes. They forgot them when they left on Friday and we wanted to go outside tonight, so she needed shoes. After that, we ate lunch at Red Robin. My brother really liked it last time we were in town, so we went again.
Later in the evening, my brother wanted to find Christmas lights. My niece is 14 months and this is really the first Christmas she’s somewhat aware of what’s going on. You should have seen how excited she was opening presents. It was so cute.
I suggested going to Portage to see the lights in the park in front of the library, but when we got there, we noticed you couldn’t really walk through it. I should have just listened to J who said we should go to downtown Kalamazoo. I gave in and told her she was absolutely correct and we turned around and headed back towards downtown Kalamazoo.
After some absolutely adorable photo ops, we headed off to dinner. The original plan was Bilbo’s in Portage, but since we were out near the University, we picked the Bilbo’s in Kalamazoo instead.
Bilbo’s Pizza In A Pan’s Kalamazoo location is on Stadium Drive near Adios Drive in the Knollwood neighborhood. It’s a large free-standing building that is also a micro brewery. It was snowing pretty good, but the parking lot was still pretty full.
Once inside, you come right to a huge, and I mean huge, U-Shaped bar. The hostess station is right next to the bar and there are dining rooms on either sign.
We waited for a few minutes for someone to seat us. A waiter saw us standing there and showed us to a table in the dining room. We asked for a high chair, but he never did get one. It was actually a little weird. He started to set the menus down, but noticed the table was dirty. He set the menus down on a different, wiped our table off and walked away. Luckily, someone else used a high chair and it was left at another dirty table, so I walked across the dining room and picked it up. I then took the menus off the other table and brought them back to our table.
Our waitress came over and apologized for the wait. She said she was never told we were sitting there. We hadn’t really been sitting that long when she noticed us, so the apology was not necessary.
We put in drink orders. My brother got a Diet Coke. I got a Coke. J got a tea and my sister-in-law got a lemonade. We put in an order for Cheezy Stix. After eating at the Portage location, everyone recommended we got the Cheezy Stix on the next visit. They were brought out as an appetizer. There were probably a dozen stix which would be the size of an eight inch pizza or so. We got the wheat crust which I’m not so sure my brother and sister-in-law were crazy about. I thought the stix were delicious. They were soft and flaky with a thick layer of cheese. The stix came with marinara and ranch. I was fine with just the marinara, but the ladies (including my niece) preferred the ranch.
We ended up getting two pizzas. J pretty much only eats cheese pizza. She’s not a huge fan of meat, so I usually just go along with here and get the cheese. We got a large thin crust cheese while my brother ordered a medium bacon and sausage for him and his wife.
The pizzas came out after about twenty minutes. We pulled another table closer to us so we had some extra room. We have to keep the hot pizza away from the little one who likes to grab anything within reach.
The pizza was delicious. Right after moving to town, I said Bilbo’s pizza was going to be hard to beat and that was reaffirmed tonight. The crust is soft and chewy. The sauce has a little bit of a tang to it and the cheese isn’t really greasy. My brother looked at me mid-bite and thanked me for bringing him there. He always gets nervous when we go to pizza places because we all have such a different view of what good pizza is. Recently, I’ve been hitting home runs with pizza joints and this one was knocked out of the park.
The bill for J and I was just over $27, so it wasn’t a cheap night. We took the Cheezy Stix on our tab since we were the ones that wanted it. My brother’s bill was a little over $20 and that was just a pizza and drinks. Bilbo’s is a great pizza. The Portage location is closer to us and will deliver so that’s the one we usually order from, but the Stadium Drive location is perfect for pre-gaming if you’re on your way to WMU.