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Main Street Pub – Portage

October 14, 2009

  • 7509 S. Westnedge Avenue
  • Portage, MI 49002
  • (269) 323-2411
  • Website
  • Menu

Yay!  Our first recommendation.  J was talking to one of her coworkers about eating out and right away, he mentioned a place in Portage for good, cheap pub food.  That’s right up our alley.  We love good, cheap pub food. 

J’s on kind of a weird schedule, so she got home from work right around lunch time.  She had e-mailed me to see if I wanted to go out for lunch.  I wasn’t in the mood to cook, so of course I agreed. 

The Main Street Pub in Portage is on South Westnedge just south of Schuring Road in the Main Street Plaza.  The guy who recommended the place told us that it was a great local place, but when I drove by the other night, it didn’t look like a local place.  It had a chain feel to it which isn’t a bad thing.  It’s just not what I was expecting.  Come to find out, it’s a local chain.  There are eight Main Street Pub locations, but the family that owns the restaurant also owns the University Roadhouse near WMU, Main Street Grill on Q Avenue, and Fletcher’s Pub which has two locations in Kalamazoo.

It was just after noon when we hit the parking lot.  There were quite a few cars in the lot which is always a good sign.  We parked near the back of the lot and headed inside where we waited for a hostess.  I’m not really sure that’s the procedure, but a waitress did notice us standing there.  She asked smoking or non-smoking which is still something I hate hearing…(really makes me miss dining out in Illinois).  We chose non-smoking.  She pointed us to a dining room just to the right of the entrance and told us to pick a table.  We took a booth near the windows. 

The waitress followed us to the table, but didn’t have any menus in her hand which I thought was weird.  That is, until we sat down.  The menus are already on the table in the form of a paper place mat.  What a good idea!  It’s something I’ve never seen before.  As we were getting settled, the waitress rattled off today’s specials which were also on a chalkboard right behind her.

We put in our order for a Diet Pepsi and a regular Pepsi.  By the time she came back with drinks, we were ready to order. 

I went with one of the specials.  The Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger.  I knew as soon as she got done telling  us about it that was the sandwich I was going to get.  The burger is a half pound burger with bacon, pepperjack cheese and jalapenos.  I’ve recently discovered that I love jalapenos on just about anything….especially burgers.  The burger was delicious.  You’ll come to find out that I’m somewhat of a burger snob.  I like what I like and I hate sauces.  Nothing annoys me more than when someplace brags about having the best burger, but what they actually have is a great sauce…usually mayo based..which I also hate.  This burger was great.  It came on a toasted bun with a mound of jalapenos that were hidden under a layor of crispy bacon and melted pepperjack cheese.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more.  The Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger is not on the menu which is disappointing.  I’d be going back more often just to get this sandwich. 

The burger came with fries that were also really good.  Again, J and I are fry snobs.  I prefer fresh cut fries while she prefers crispy, well done fries.  These fries satisfied both of us.  I don’t know if they were fresh cut, but they were skin on and done really crispy.  At first, it didn’t look like there were many there, but the meals are served on such large plates, it’s kind of deceiving.  The burger and fries were enough for me to leave satisfied.

J ordered the Southwestern Chicken Wrap.  This is another trend you will notice.  J orders a lot of chicken wraps.  She likes them as much as I like burgers.  This wrap starts with a warm jalapeno-cheddar wrap that is filled with sliced grilled chicken breast, spicy black bean dip, lettuce, and shredded cheese.  She said the bean dip was pretty spicy, but not so much that she couldn’t eat.  She really liked the wrap, but it was so big, she only ate half and brought the rest home for a future meal.   As I already mentioned, J got fries with her wrap as well.

Our bill was right under $20 which is the perfect price for two lunches.  The Main Street Pub is a great restaurant with a lot of interesting items on their menu.  J went back and forth on about five different selections and had it not been for the burger with jalapenos, I might have had some trouble deciding as well. 

This Main Street Pub location is pretty close to home, so my feeling is it could become a regular place once we settle in and get used to the culinary landscape in town.  We live right on the edge of Kalamazoo, so most of the dining options close to home are national casual dining chains.  It’s nice to know that just a little farther down is a Kalamazoo original that serves up some pretty darn good food.

Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger

Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger

Southwestern Chicken Wrap

Southwestern Chicken Wrap

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2009 6:48 pm

    Been a bit fan of the mini-chain ever since i moved here. University Roadhouse was just rebuilt into a two-story megaplex. The food quality is similar across the chain, or at least the ones I’ve been two (Roadhouse, W. Main, and Oakland Drive). As for other pub food, Cruisers Pub on Wesenedge is cheap and quite good as well as the Corner bar mentioned in another post for a local-flavored place, and Harvey’s on the Mall downtown.

    • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
      November 2, 2009 6:52 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions! We’ve been to Harvey’s, but didn’t eat. Planning on going back. Menu looks good. At some point, we’ll hit up all of the place you mentioned.

  2. November 6, 2009 1:36 am

    Not a problem. Even after living here a few years, you’re showing me a lot that we haven’t tried yet, so the posts are much appreciated.

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