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Red’s Grill

March 24, 2010

  • 10445 Shaver Road
  • Portage, MI 490024
  • (269) 321-7551
  • Website
  • Menu

It only took a two-year old article in the Kalamazoo Shopper for me to finally find a good burger in the Kalamazoo area.

J and I decided to go out for lunch today because we had some errands to run anyway.  When she asked if there was anyplace I wanted to eat, I didn’t hesitate.  There’s a little diner I’ve been wanting to go to since I accidentally found that archived article.

Red’s Grill is on Shaver Road and Osterhaut Avenue just north of Sugarloaf Lake in Portage.  I had never been that far south in Portage and it seemed like I drove for quite a while after Westnedge turns into Shaver.

The building is a pretty unassuming restaurant with a large parking lot out front.  It looks like the building has been pieced together over the years.  There’s a small smoking section right as you walk in.  It’s just a long, narrow hallway with booths on one side.  If you walk past the cash register and kitchen, you come to the main dining room.  Beyond there is a screened in porch area with more tables.

We were a little past the rush lunch when we showed up and took a booth in the main dining room.  There was only one other couple in that area at the time and the waitress was starting to wrap silverware.  Still, she acknowledged us right away, stopped what she was doing and got us a couple Coke’s while we looked over the menu. 

I knew before I sat down that I wanted a burger.  They had a few options on the menu including the always popular Olive Burger, but it was the Titan that caught my attention.  The burgers are all 1/2 lb patties and they are fresh made.  The waitress even asked how I wanted my burger cooked!  Very rare at a diner like this.  The burger is served on a sesame seed bun with bacon, ham, Swiss Cheese and American cheese.  The burger was still deliciously juicy.  The ham and bacon both had a good crunch to them.  The bacon was actually done really well and very crispy.  The cheese melted everything together.  I tried to lift up the bun to take a picture, but it was all being held together.  This burger was fantastic.  It was a good size.  It was still juicy and the meat fell apart with each bite.  Just the way I like my burgers.  The sandwich came with fries.  They were ordinary restaurant fries.  Nothing to write home about.  I ate most of them, but there was so much food on my plate, I had a hard time eating it all.

J ordered the Chicken Strip Platter which also turned out to be a fantastic choice.  The chicken strips also seemed home-made with a batter coating in lieu of a breading.  She got both a side of ranch and BBQ sauce to dip the strips in.  They were steaming hot when they came out, so she chose to cut them up to release some of that steam.  The breading was very light and just barely covered the plump white meat chicken.  Her platter came with the choice of fries or baked potatoes.  She chose the fries, but only ate about half.  Again, there was a lot of food on the plate.

Our total was just under twenty bucks and we both left surprised and impressed.  Red’s Grill is one of those down home places that probably has its share of regulars.  If I hadn’t run across that old newspaper article, I probably would never have found Red’s Grill yet it’s exactly the kind of place I’ve been looking for.

Titan Burger w/Fries

Chicken Strip Platter w/Fries

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Garry permalink
    March 24, 2010 7:09 pm

    I haven’t been on Shaver Road in at least 6 six years, I an glad to see there’s still a restaurant there.

    It has had many names, in the last 40 to 50 years it’s been there!

  2. anonymous permalink
    May 4, 2012 9:43 pm

    unfortunately, the burgers and chicken are the only things worth writing home about. everything else is pre-made: the gravy for b&g and corn beef hash come out of cans, onion rings come and biscuits out of a bag, and the pizza puffs are basically hot pockets. the worst part is that taco meat is routinely kept for longer that FDA regulations allow.

    I worked there.

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