Mug Shots Coffeehouse
I hate the word “Staycation.” I don’t know who actually coined the phrase, but seriously, someone kick them in the shins for me.
That being said, J, L and I took a staycation this last weekend. Because of work schedules, this will probably be the closest we actually get to a real vacation this year. J’s parents rented a cabin at Kingfisher Cove in Saugatuck this past week and invited us to stay with them. J was fortunate enough to have the entire week off. I only had Saturday and Sunday off then I would be traveling back and forth to work each day from Saugatuck so I’d still have the mornings. J’s step-dad had Friday-Monday off, so he also had to bail early.
The plan was for me to go to work on Friday then just drive straight over from Grand Rapids, but J got off work early, so we decided to head towards the cabin when she got home. I was hungry and wanted to take care of that problem first and there just happened to be a place on the way that has been on my short list for a while.
Mug Shots Coffeehouse is in downtown Allegan on Water Street near just south of Cutler Street. It’s a great old row building with a large public parking lot next to it.
Mug Shots has one of those great coffeehouse feels. The floors are dark wood. Most of the tables are the higher pub type tables. You know what I’m talking about. Just a great, cozy feel.
Neither J nor I had really looked at a menu before we walked in so we needed a few minutes to study the chalkboard menu hanging above the kitchen. Right away we spotted a kids grilled cheese for J, but the two of us needed a little more time.
When we were ready, I put in an order for the Bonnie and Clyde Sandwich. The sandwich starts with multi-grain bread and is stuffed with turkey, bacon, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomato and mayo. I left the mayo off and was left with a delicious sandwich. There’s a large portion of turkey between the two slices of bread and while I would have liked a little more bacon, what was there was very delicious and worked well even cold. The sandwich came with a choice of either chips or carrots and hummus for a side. I chose the chips because, you know, I’m a fat guy.
J did the Pick Two so she could get a salad and a sandwich. She also chose the Bonnie and Clyde and got a half sandwich with the Apple and Fig Salad. The bed of spinach was topped with bacon, red onions (left off), carrots, sliced apples, brie, toasted pecans, and dried figs. The dressing is a side of whole grain honey mustard. J said the salad was delicious. She shared a lot of the apples with L, but what the kid left her was a huge plate of fresh, delicious salad.
To round out the meals, I grabbed a bottle of Goose Island Root Beer out of the cooler while J went with an Italian Cream Soda. With L’s sandwich, the bill came out just a little over $20 and our meal was well worth it.
Mug Shots is a great option if your in downtown Allegan or if your just looking for a road trip for a delicious lunch. It’s the kind of coffee house you hope to find in every little town you visit. Great fresh food with great drink options. J was a little hesitant with me wanting to stop for lunch along the way, but I think she’s glad we did.