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Nob Hill Bar & Grill

August 18, 2022
  • 4218 S. Sprinkle Road
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49001
  • (269) 349-2965
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Home alone for a few nights. J and L area in Wisconsin for a figure skating camp and we don’t have daycare or camp this week so B is at Nana and Grandpa’s. I still had to work so I’ve spent the week checking out restaurants I’ve been wanting to go to and watching Kalamazoo Growlers baseball on ESPN+.

I’ve had some places I’ve wanted to go to for a while and I figured this week was as good as any to see which one of those places I could get to.

My first night I got off work a little late. I wanted to keep it simple and there’s a couple bars I’ve been wantingon to hit but didn’t know if they were places I could take the family.

The first place on my list was Nob Hill Bar & Grill. We’ve driven by this place on Sprinkle Road just north of Kilgore for years. It’s close to Wings Event Center and we used to take B to preschool in the area. I’ve wanted to stop at this place for quite a while but the lack of menu online…even though they have a website, has always scared me away.

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Craig’s Cruisers Family Fun Centers (Wyoming)

August 17, 2022
  • 5730 Clyde Park Avenue SW>
  • Wyoming, MI 49509
  • (616) 530-2900
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Only a few more weekends left in summer.

We’ve spent a lot of our weekends at the ice rink. L is really getting in to competitive figure skating and wants to spend every opportunity she can skating. Wings West does public open skates on Saturday nights all summer long for $8. We’ve spent almost every Saturday night there because there are usually less than 10 people skating and it’s cheaper than club ice.

Sunday’s have been club days for her and time with her coach. That ice time is the middle of the afternoon so between those two skating times, it’s limited what we can do on weekends.

A few weeks ago, my work sent out an e-mail about a family day at Craig’s Cruisers in Wyoming. It was right during L’s Sunday ice skating time but we decided we needed to do something different. One day away from the week wasn’t going to hurt her.

Craig’s Cruisers “Grand Rapids” location is actually on Clyde Park Avenue in Wyoming. The large metal building is just south of 54th Street. When you pull in to the large parking lot, the place really doesn’t look like much…it’s just kind of a big warehouse looking thing…. but it’s pretty amazing what’s behind those drab, grey, metal walls.

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Blinker’s Diner

August 16, 2022

I have been driving to South Haven for years. I end up over there quite a bit for work. Sometimes my colleagues in Grand Rapids forget that it’s actually an hour drive from Kalamazoo to South Haven but I usually don’t complain. It’s an easy drive and we always end up with a little bit of a beach day.

J and I haven’t been to the beach in quite a while. In fact, we realized B doesn’t even remember the beach. The last time we went, he was pretty little and really didn’t like the cold water.

We have brought up the idea a few times this summer. Going over for sunset or maybe an early beach day before the crowds. We hadn’t pulled the trigger yet until a couple of Saturday’s ago. It was a nice day and the green flags were flying.

Like I mentioned just a few paragraphs ago, I’ve driven to South Haven hundreds of times over the years. Every time, I pass a little diner just east of Bangor. Our kids love breakfast so we got up early and offered breakfast and the beach as something to do.

Blinker’s Diner is on M-43 just to the west of the intersection with 54th Street. The small diner gets it’s name from the blinking yellow light at that intersection.

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Joezano’s Pizza (Grand Rapids)

August 9, 2022
  • 340 State Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • (616) 742-4773
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Another night in Grand Rapids.

This one was a little unexpected. A colleague called in sick and I was asked to fill her shift instead of working my normal day shift. I didn’t have anything planned so I said yes.

Friday night is pizza night and while J went ahead and did our usual Cottage Inn delivery, I didn’t want to wait until I got home.

I drove by a pizza place I have been to many times under many different names over the years and noticed yet another new name. New name means I need to try it out and see if it’s any different.

Joezano’s Pizza has a couple of locations in West Michigan. The original location appears to be in Hamilton. The second location is in Grand Rapids Heritage Hill neighborhood on the corner of State Street and Prospect Avenue. The building across from the little triangle park on a weird intersection has been many pizza places over the years including Grand Rapids Pizza & Delivery and Heritage Hill Pizza.

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Teresa’s Kitchen

August 8, 2022

If you follow this blog, you’ll know this isn’t my first blog post about Teresa’s Kitchen.

This Mexican food truck quickly became my favorite truck at Lunchtime Live a couple of years ago. At the time, they were just getting started. They had a pretty small truck and were doing a few events plus setting up in the Edison neighborhood. Things have changed in two years.

Teresa’s Kitchen now has a much bigger truck. They still do their events including Lunchtime Live and setting up in the Milwood Neighborhood in front of Milwood Quick Stop. I thought I should probably do another blog since they’ve upgraded their ride.

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Conner’s Kitchen + Bar

August 8, 2022
  • 350 W. Maryland Street
  • Indianapolis, IN 46225
  • (317) 405-6100
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I know I’ve talked about how much I enjoy work trips on this blog. Every so often, I’ll get asked to go on an overnight trip and I almost always jump at the opportunity. Those days are always some of the longest…clocking in at 14+ hours working but it’s work doing something I really enjoy so I like taking them.

A co-worker and I were sent to Indianapolis a couple of weeks ago. Long days were an understatement. We both worked until 11:30 PM Monday night then had to be on the road by about 5:30 AM Tuesday morning. We worked until almost 7:00 then headed for the hotel.

We were staying at the Marriott downtown. We got checked in then went our separate ways for the night. Co-Worker had some friends also in town so she met up with them. I just wanted to grab something for dinner then go to bed because we had another 14 hour day with a four hour drive home ahead of us.

I chose Conner’s Kitchen + Bar for dinner. It was right inside the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown on Maryland Street at South Missouri Street. The backside of the hotel is right across the street from Indiana Government Center and it’s pretty close to the Indiana State Capitol building as well. There is a parking garage available for both overnight guests and for restaurant patrons off of Missouri Street.

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Monarca’s Ice Cream

August 5, 2022
  • 321 N. Grand Street
  • Schoolcraft, MI 49087
  • (269) 679-7251
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Well…we were supposed to be kid free for a few days.

My parents like to take the kids for a few days each summer back to their place in Illinois. We set it up this year so they would take the kids home after our weekend at my dad’s cousin’s place near Three Rivers.

L wasn’t feeling well. She got dizzy on Friday night and then again on Saturday. In hindsight, it was likely a combination of heat, dehydration, and not feeling well but we decided to not let her go to Illinois so we could take her to the doctor to make sure everything was alright.

J and I had planned to eat out every chance we got that week. It’s not often we can just enjoy a drink and not have to worry about someone wanting to go before the waitress even brings drinks.

L is getting to the age where she’s really not that much of a hassle at restaurants. We got her a phone a few months ago to take to ice skating practice so we usually let her bring that. Like most kids, she just stares at the screen the whole time unless we engage her.

I got home from work a little later on Tuesday night. J asked if I wanted to go out to dinner. There’s a little Mexican place in Schoolcraft we pass by often and one of her friends told her we needed to stop.

Monarca’s Ice Cream is on Grand Street (US-131) in downtown Schoolcraft. The small, oddly shaped building sits a little ways off the road near between Clay and Cass Streets. This building has been many restaurants over the years. I remember a BBQ place a while ago and most recently, it was Nonla Taqueria

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Momma’s Snack Shop

July 29, 2022
  • 1205 N. Main Street 
  • Three Rivers, MI 49093
  • (269) 528-3939
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We’ve been getting together with family at a house on Pleasant Lake near Three Rivers for almost ten years now. My dad’s cousin bought a lake house and she started inviting us to spend a weekend on the lake. It eventually evolved to her kids and their family coming to so it turns in to a huge gathering with multiple families. For the Michigan contigent (ie. my family) this is the only time all year we see a lot of them. Everyone still lives in Illinois.

We typically do one big grill night and then one night that’s a little more chill. We’ve ordered pizza in the past but no one has been really impressed with the pizza options in Three Rivers.

We decided to do pizza again this year and since I’m the one that lives in the area, they turned to me for pizza options. I threw out what I knew.

We eventually decided on The Local It’s our favorite pizza place when we go to my in-laws and it’s only about twenty minutes from the house on Pleasant Lake.

I did pitch a few other places though. Frankie’s in Three Rivers was an option. So was Big Tony’s Pizzeria in Marcellus.

One other place I’ve been wanting to try in Three Rivers, and also an option I threw out there, is Momma’s Snack Shack.

Momma’s Snack Shack is on North Main Street just north of Three Rivers in Lockport Township near the intersection with Barnard Avenue. The building has a history of being a pizza place. It was an Appoloni’s for several years and Goldie’s Ice cream which had been in Three Rivers since the late 1960’s.

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Franca’s Pizzeria

July 20, 2022
  • 1551 Wealthy Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • (616) 290-1551
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It’s hard for me to turn down a good pizza.

I picked up a Saturday evening shift in Grand Rapids a few weeks ago to cover for a co-worker. It was a fairly easy shift with most of our work being done before 7:00. I still had some things to do in the office so we headed back to Grand Rapids after spending the afternoon at the lake shore.

I was hungry when we got back to Grand Rapids. I didn’t feel like putting much effort in to finding food and I remembered hearing about a pizza place that was really good not too far from the office.

Franca’s Pizzeria is on Wealthy Street just to the east of the intersection with Lake Street on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. The restaurant is in building that many years ago was a Blockbuster video. Since Blockbuster’s demise, the building has undergone several renovations to break up the space in to multiple storefronts. Franca’s is just one of many businesses, including a couple of different restaurants, that take up what used to be a video store.

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Berries Famous Pancake House

July 19, 2022
  • 4311 S. Westnedge Avenue
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • (269) 443-2258
  • No Known Website
  • Menu

I was bummed when Theo and Stacy’s closed their Westnedge location a couple years ago. They went from three locations in the area to just the downtown one over the course of a few years.

The building they were in for so many years is on the very busy Westnedge Avenue but it’s tucked in right on the edge of the neighborhood. It has always been a great place for a breakfast location so when a new breakfast joint took it’s place, I got really excited to get there.

I had an unexpected Friday off a few weeks ago. J’s off the whole month of July so she and the kids are home. The kids have been asking to go out to breakfast for quite a while and since we were all home with nothing really to do, it sounded like a good opportunity for us to check this place out.

Berries Famous Pancake House opened just a few weeks ago at the corner of South Westnedge and Pratt Road where Theo & Stacy’s used to be in the South Westnedge Neighborhood. There was quite a bit of work done at the restaurant before they opened but the outside of the building and the parking lot surround it look the same as they always have.

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