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The Coffee Bar – Downtown

January 29, 2010

  • 601 S. Burdick Street
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • (269) 343-7659
  • Website
  • Menu

Well, we’ve been good all week, but it’s Friday, so you know we’re gonna start eating out again.  I think we’ve done pretty well this week.  I’ve made dinner every night and we’ve been getting by for lunch, so when J got home from work a little later than usual, the first thing out of her mouth was, “Let’s go eat.”  She beat me to it.

Like I’ve mentioned in the past, I don’t drink coffee, so when we drove by The Coffee Bar, I figured it was a place I would never go.  It looked cool, but I’m not a coffee drinker.  On a whim, I decided to see if they had a website and when I found out they served food, I made plans to stop in.

The Coffee Bar in downtown Kalamazoo is on the corner of Burdick and Walnut Streets.  It doesn’t really look like a restaurant.  It looks like an old house which is exactly what it is. 

There’s a huge awning out front that leads up to the heavy wooden front doors.  Before you get that far though, there’s a really nice patio area that would be a great place to enjoy lunch once it gets warm out.

When you make it inside, you still feel like you’re walking into someone’s living room.  There’s a staircase to your right that leads to an upstairs seating area.  To the left if an order window and the main dining room.  There was a sign to seat yourself so J led us back to a pub table near the back of the space. 

The Coffee Bar bills their menu as gourmet and the decor fits that impression.  The tables are covered with red linen table cloths which match the dark hardwood floors. 

We were unsure on the ordering process.  There are menus on the table which led us to believe we would have a waitress, but it took a long time for someone to come to the table.  Even thinking about it now, I don’t really know if we were supposed to order when we came in or wait for a server. 

A waitress did finally come out after someone in the kitchen noticed us sitting there.  J ordered a frozen mocha and I just got a Coke.  The Coke came out in a can, so it was a one shot deal. 

We also put in our food orders at the same time since we had time to decide while we were waiting. 

J found her favorite salad on the menu and went right for it.  The Field Greens salad is a bed of mixed greens with dried cranberries, assorted cheeses, and roasted walnuts with a house vinaigrette.  It was a huge salad with everything she likes on it.  Cranberries and walnuts are her favorite combination, but the salad was too big for her to finish.  She was really happy with her choice.

I was tempted by a few of the sandwiches, but went with the Ultimate Meat Pizza.  The pizzas are 9″ which, when I got it, didn’t look very big.  For a hungry guy, it’s more of a snack than a meal. Still the pizza was good.  It was mostly crust, but what meat that was on it made up for the thicker than I like crust.  On top of the marinara was pepperoni, sausage, ham, and bacon. 

Our bill was just over $20.  The waitress told us to just go the bar when we were ready to pay which added to the confusion of were we supposed to order before sitting or was their a waitress.  She rung the order up from memory.  There was no bill or order slip. 

The Coffee Bar has a great space with good food.  The breakfast menu looks amazing and I’d still like to try a few of the sandwiches.  If coffee is your thing, this could be a really great place to stop in the morning.  Even if you’re like me and coffee isn’t something you crave, don’t pass this place up because you assume it’s a run of the mill coffee house. 

Iced Mocha

Field Greens Salad

Ultimate Meat Pizza

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