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University Roadhouse Bar & Grill

November 9, 2009

  • 1332 W. Michigan Avenue
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49006
  • (269) 345-7990
  • Website
  • Menu

I never know what to do on Sunday’s.  For some reason, it feels like I have to eat breakfast no matter what time I actually decide to eat my first meal on Sunday.  This particular Sunday, J and I left the house closer to 1:00 in search of some grub.

We actually struck out at our first stop.  Their website said they were open and serving breakfast, but that’s not the case.  I didn’t have a back up plan right away.  We started to head towards WMU because there was a tavern there I’ve been wanting to try.  We pulled up, J thought it looked close, but on the way, we passed a place that was definitely open.

University Roadhouse is on Michigan Avenue just a stones throw from Waldo Stadium on the campus of Western Michigan University.  It’s owned by the same group that owns Main Street Pub (among others) so we had a good feeling as we walked through the doors.

We were met by a hostess and shown to a booth near the bar.  It’s actually a multi-level building with an open-air outdoor patio upstairs.  The bottom floor has the dining room and bar.  J called the decor “cute.”  It didn’t really scream road house to me, but it was still interesting.  There was a room that was sectioned off from the main dining room that was painted English phone booth red.  The walls were covered with interesting quotes from famous people.  My favorite was “If I’d asked the people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” (Henry Ford)  The whole feel of the place was more upscale bar.  We’ve only been to one other restaurant in the group, but it had a similar style.

The menu felt a little different to me though.  We started with a Pepsi and a Diet Pepsi.  I knew right away what I wanted, but J needed a little more time.  Even though I was in a breakfast mood when we left the house, I was quickly converted to burger mood.

When the waitress came back, I started the order with the Dare Ya Burger.  It’s a 1/2 lb burger with smoked ham, bacon, Swiss, cheddar, and Pepperjack cheese on a Kaiser roll.  It also comes with lettuce, tomato and red onions on the burger (which I pulled off) and jalapeno’s on the side (which I put on).  My mouth was watering just reading the description and when it was set down, I’m pretty sure I drooled on my shirt.  There was just so much goodness on this burger, I don’t know where the start.  There’s so much cheese on the top that the meats are held in place.  You had crunchy bacon, but salty ham in addition to the juicy patty of meat.  I love jalapenos on burgers and that added a layer of heat to the already ridiculous flavor profile.  It really worked all the different taste buds and each bite seemed to have a different winner. 

The sandwich came with fries, but they were completely overshadowed by the burger.  I didn’t even start on them until the burger was devoured.  The fries were skin on and very crispy.  They had a salt and parsley topping and were a great compliment to the burger.  With any other sandwich, these probably would have been the star of the meal.

J ordered the Gourmet Macaroni & Cheese and a side salad.  The salad came first with an oil and vinegar dressing.  The oil and vinegar actually came in separate cups that she poured over one at a time instead of mixing.  She ate the whole plate, but never made a comment one way or the other.  The main event was a  large ramekin filled with macaroni noodles, cheddar, jack, and gorgonzola cheeses.  There was a brown crust on top and two pieces of toast served on the side.  Gourmet cheese anything calls the J like burgers do to me.  She really liked this version of the childhood classic, but the portion size was too much for her.  We still have half in the fridge which I’m trying really hard to leave for her since it was her meal.  I took one noodle from her during lunch and had to stop or else she might not have gotten any.

Our bill was just under $20, but I’m pretty sure they didn’t include drinks on the tally.  I was thinking it was going to be a little more, but I’m always happy when we get a bill under $20.  We both really liked University Roadhouse, but that wasn’t much surprise.  It’s just our kind of place.  We’re not the kind of people who go to steak houses or white table-cloth restaurants very often.  We’re much more comfortable in a laid back bar setting with great food and that’s exactly what University Roadhouse offers.

Dare Ya Burger w/Fries

Gourmet Macaroni & Cheese

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