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Piper’s Grinders Galore (Constantine)

November 16, 2018
  • 156 S. Washington Street
  • Constantine, MI 49042
  • (269) 435-7115
  • Website
  • Menu

Another trip to St. Joseph County and another new restaurant blog.  This time I wasn’t going to see my in-laws though.  I got sent to Constantine for work so it was me and a co-worker make the trip down 131.

Our task in Constantine was quick.  We were done in about twenty minutes then it was time to head back to Kalamazoo.  I was pretty hungry though and while there aren’t a lot of options in Constantine for a quick lunch, one popped in my head pretty quickly.

Piper’s Grinders Galore is in downtown Constantine on Washington Street across the street from Constantine Brewing Company.  Downtown Constantine looks like a lot of small town downtowns.  The block is lined with 100 year old brick buildings that host a hodge podge of businesses and apartments.  This is one of two locations for the business with the other being in Sturgis.  [UPDATE:11/16/18 9:24 PM – It was pointed out to me by the business that the Piper’s in Sturgis and the Piper’s in Constantine only share a name.  They are no longer part of the same business and have no connection to each other]

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The Wine Loft

November 14, 2018
  • 161 E. Michigan Avenue
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • (269) 343-9227
  • Website
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It is harder than I thought to find a place to grab drinks after a show that isn’t a crowded bar in Kalamazoo.

We had tickets to see Spamalot at Miller Auditorium on Saturday night.   J’s parents offered to watch their kids at their place in St. Joseph County so we had the night to ourselves.

When the show was over, we started looking at places to go for a couple drinks.  It was just before 10:00 and to our surprise, a lot of places downtown close at 10:00 or 11:00.

Our first stop was Grand Traverse Distilling downtow, but I read the hours wrong and they actually closed at 10:00.  Not wanting to get back in the car, I looked across the street and saw a place we haven’t been in over eight years.

The Wine Loft is right on the curve on Michigan Avenue in downtown Michigan Avenue at Portage Street.   The restaurant is on the bottom floor of the Haymarket Building which has been a part of downtown Kalamazoo since the early 20th Century.  Read more…

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (Kalamazoo)

November 12, 2018
  • 4214 Stadium Drive
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • (269) 775-1211
  • Website
  • Menu

People love their chain restaurants.  I’m never surprised when a new chain restaurant opens in Kalamazoo and the lines are out the door for the first few weeks.

I’m not gonna be one of those people that turns my nose up at those people though.  I’m usually itching to try the new place myself.

The newest chain restaurant to set up shop in Kalamazoo is Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.  It’s the first business to open in the new The Shops at Stadium Village where Gallagher’s Pub used to be.

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Grand River Deli & Burgers

November 12, 2018
  • 2901 Grand River Avenue
  • Detroit, MI 48201
  • (866) 752-9622
  • Website
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Another night on the road means trying to find another place to eat.

I was meeting a bunch of co-workers at the Motor City Casino in Detroit for a job early last week.  Once we got started around 4:00, there wouldn’t be a time to take a break and eat until after midnight so I knew I had to eat beforehand.

I met my co-workers from Grand Rapids at the Casino instead of driving to Grand Rapids and caravanning  with them.  I could see their cars there when I arrived but I couldn’t find them right away.  Sure, I could have just texted or called one of them but I wasn’t feeling well and just wanted to get something to eat first so I headed inside.

Motor City Casino has a few different food options in their food court.  There’s the usual buffet, a Little Caesars, a coffee shop, a full service sit down restaurant and a somewhat fast food place.  I chose the somewhat fast food place.

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Creston Brewery

November 12, 2018
  • 1504 Plainfield Avenue NE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49505
  • (616) 805-4523
  • Website
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Quick trips to Grand Rapids become family affairs just so we can find a new place to eat.  I needed to run to Founders Brewing to pick up my two bottles of Canadian Breakfast Stout.  I figured I would just go by myself and come right back home but J wanted to go too.  We didn’t have plans, we just wanted to go out to lunch.

We got to Founders just before 11:00 when they started bottle distribution for the day.  The family waited in the car while I went to pick it up.  It was a quick stop and we were back in the car by 11:15.  I had scouted out a few different breweries for lunch but several didn’t open until noon.

The one that I found open at 11:00 was Creston Brewing on Plainfield Avenue NE in the Creston Neighborhood.   The brewery opened in early 2016 taking over an old furniture building dating back to the 1920’s.  Read more…

The Local

November 1, 2018
  • 116 W. Main Street
  • Centreville, MI 49032
  • (269) 467-3213
  • Website
  • Menu

I told you there were going to be more St. Joseph County blog posts coming soon.  My in-laws bought a lake house near Centreville and J and the kids have spent a lot of weekends out there while I work.

Last Saturday, I worked late Friday night so everyone else went to Nana and Grandpa’s.  Saturday morning, I decided to drive that way and meet everyone for lunch at Nana and Grandpa’s new favorite restaurant.

The Local is something that is totally unexpected in a small town like Centreville.  The restaurant is on Main Street across from the courthouse in the center of town.  The space has a pretty long history of being a bar, it was Round Up Grill & Bar before, but it was never a bar like this.

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Jaspare’s Pizza and Fine Italian Food (Vicksburg)

October 31, 2018
  • 111 S. Main Street
  • Vicksburg, MI 49097
  • (269) 649-3975
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Friday night is pizza night.  It doesn’t matter if we’re together as a family or if I ‘m at work and eating dinner by myself.  Friday night is pizza night.

My Friday night overtime took me to Vicksburg this week.  I had time to eat before my assignment actually began which is rare.  I’m usually rushing to these overtime assignments and have to wait until I’m done around 10:00 to eat dinner.

There are a couple of pizza options along the way but there is one local place that always hits the spot.

Jaspare’s Pizza and Fine Italian Food’s original location is on South Main Street in downtown Vicksburg.  The restaurant takes up two storefronts with the original building being used as the kitchen and order/pick-up window and the building next door, which was last an antique mall, being used as the dining room.  Read more…