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Brewster’s Smokehouse

January 8, 2019
  • 1420 M-89
  • Otsego, MI 49078
  • (269) 694-1818
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L and I went to Allegan Event over Winter Break and oh, boy did she love it.  She has been begging to go back and even got B into the “Can we go, dad” thing by telling him there’s a smaller area for him.

We woke up Saturday morning and figured we’d go to a park or something.  How often is it almost 50 degrees in January?  But the kids really wanted to go to the “Ninja Warrior” place.

We gave in and decided to take them but told them we were going to eat lunch first.  I just figured we’d find a pub in Allegan or something but along the way, I remembered a BBQ place in Otsego.  I asked J if BBQ was ok…like I really needed to ask.

Brewster’s Smokehouse is between Otsego and Plainwell on M-89 just to the west of Otsego proper.  The location was Upper Crust Pizza for 36 years before closing in 2016.  Brewster’s Smokehouse, part of the larger group of Brewster’s restaurants in Southwest Michigan, moved in not long after.

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McGonigle’s Irish Pub

January 8, 2019
  • 3512 E. Main Street
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49048
  • (269) 345-5400
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I’m not even going to pretend I don’t hate talking on the phone.  I rarely talk to anyone other than my wife or my mom.  I’ve always hated it and text messaging has made me despise phone calls even more.

That holds true when it comes time to order carry-out.  If I really want something, I will suck it up and make the phone call but places with online ordering win out most of the time.

I had a day pretty much to myself at work in the middle of last week.  I had some housekeeping things to do around the office and a late afternoon meeting but for the most part, it was a leisurely day.  I started looking for some place to order lunch from and came across a really surprising place that has online ordering.

McGonigle’s Irish Pub is on East Main Street in the Eastwood Plaza near the intersection with Nazareth Road.  I’ve seen advertisements for the pub before but never even given it a thought when we’ve discussed meal plans.  Being on the Eastside of town on a road we rarely drive on.  The restaurant is marked by a green awning jutting out from a shopping center that has clearly seen better days.

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Pigeon Inn

January 4, 2019
  • 110 Chicago Road
  • White Pigeon, MI 49099
  • (269) 464-2032
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I don’t get to White Pigeon very often.  Most of the time it’s just a drive through on US-131 on our way to the Indiana Toll Road.  I’ve probably only been to the town a couple of times of for work.

A few weeks ago, a co-worker and I spent the better part of the day in town.  We didn’t have a lot of free time so I ended up eating lunch at Speedway and he got Subway.

There was a place that I wanted to know more about.  It is right in the heart of town and has a great old sign hanging off the front of the building.

The restaurant is the Pigeon Inn.  The small restaurants sits on Chicago Road (also US-12) near the intersection with Kalamazoo Street which appears to be the main downtown intersection.  The building sits pretty close to the very busy street.  There is a parking lot behind it and they also use the lot from Poor Boys Pizza & Subs next door which is no longer open.

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Revel and Roll West

January 2, 2019
  • 4500 Stadium Drive
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • (269) 488-3800
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L has been asking for quite a while to go bowling sometime and we always say, “We will soon.”  Soon never really comes though as no one thinks about bowling when we’re trying to decide what to do for the day.

This past weekend, J wanted to get out of the house again.  L and I had done Allegan Event on Saturday while B and J went to the McDonalds play area.  Everyone was finally getting over their sickness so we were trying to make up for lost time on Christmas break.

J suggested we go bowling.

We picked Revel and Roll West because J had some free tokens for arcade game play.  L has been begging to bowl and B was really intrigued by the “rolling ball game,” so we figured we could make an afternoon out of it.  Bowling, arcade games, and lunch.

Revel and Roll West is on Stadium Drive in the University Commons shopping plaza.  The building used to to be Pinz but about a year and a half ago, became more than a bowling alley as the new owners introduced a restaurant, an arcade, and laser tag to space.

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Burrito Boss

January 1, 2019
  • 1256 Lincoln Road
  • Allegan, MI 49010
  • (269) 512-7011
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Winter break didn’t quite go as planned.  J took 11 days off around Christmas and New Years so she could be home with the kids.  She had all sorts of plans of fun things to do with them…then she and B got sick right after Christmas.

L handled it pretty well.  She spent a lot of time playing with Legos, her Barbies, or just vegging out and watching Youtube on her Kindle.  By Saturday though, we wanted to reward her for being understanding and dealing with the boredom.

I was going to take her to South Haven to go ice skating but J had a better idea.  Allegan Event.  If you’ve never heard of this place, you need to click on this link.  It’s an indoor ropes course built by the people who build most of the ropes courses you see around the country.  It’s pretty cool and both L and I had a blast.

We spent about two hours climbing and riding the zip line before we both got pretty tired.  I got out of the course about fifteen minutes before she did and when I finally called her to come down, there was no argument.

It was close to 2:00 by the time we got back on the road and we hadn’t eaten lunch yet.  L has been really big into tacos lately and we passed a place on the way in to town that sounded really good.

Burrito Boss is on Lincoln Road (or M-89) just outside of Allegan proper to the southeast.  This odd little building was the original location of U.P. North Sandwich and Pasty Company.  U.P. North closed in November of 2017 after new owners took over just about six months prior.  The Pasty game had dried up in Allegan and it was time for something new.

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Mitten Pizza

January 1, 2019
  • 11446 Chief Noonday Road
  • Middleville, MI 49333
  • (269) 795-2535
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Sometimes, not usually, but sometimes, it’s fun getting off work late two counties from home.

I got stuck in Hastings one day last week and when I told J it would be 6:30 before I left for home, she stopped expecting me home for dinner.  She took care of herself and the kids and told me I was on my own.

I’m typically fine with being on my own for dinner.  It just means I’ll order a pizza and when I’m on the road, it means I get a pizza from a place I hadn’t been before.

Hastings actually has a couple of places I wanted to try but I didn’t want the pizza to sit a full hour before I cracked open the box.  I compromised a picked a spot not quite  halfway between Hastings and Kalamazoo.

I’ve driven by Mitten Pizza (and it’s predecessors) so many times over the years but never had time to stop.  The small pizzeria near Gun Lake is on Chief Noonday Road (or M-179) just to the west of Briggs Road.  The address is listed as Middleville, but that’s just the closest town.  The restaurant is in Yankee Springs Township just north of Yankee Springs State Park and Gun Lake.  The building isn’t much more than a metal building that houses a pizzeria and a vape shop on this very busy stretch of rural highway.

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MOD Pizza (Oshtemo Township)

December 27, 2018
  • 5097 Century Avenue, Suite D
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49006
  • (269) 216-7680
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When the homes and trees along Century Avenue in Kalamazoo were taken down several years ago and Costco was planned, we were told how that area was going to be bustling with shops and restaurants.  For the longest time, we got a bunch of empty storefronts and banks…seriously, this town doesn’t need anymore bank branches.  The township to limit those like they limit liquor establishments.

A little over three years later, the rest of the development is starting to fill out.  Trader Joe’s and Field & Stream are the big stores, but there are finally more restaurants going in to the slots that we were promised.

The newest restaurant to open is MOD Pizza.  They take up a little corner shop in the building connected to Trader Joe’s and Chowhound Pet Supplies.  It can be hard to see from the parking lot off of Century but if you just follow the lot around to the backside facing Stadium Drive, it becomes more obvious where the fast fired pizza chain set up shop. Read more…