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Richland Pub

July 23, 2010

  • 8253 N. 32nd Street
  • Richland, MI 49083
  • (269) 629-4511
  • Website
  • Menu

We got a little adventurous for dinner tonight.  Well, we left Kalamazoo, so that’s what I’m calling adventurous.  Cuisine wise, we went to a pub.  Not adventurous for us.

Our trip out of Kalamazoo took us all the way to Richland (please see the sarcasm in that..) to a staple of that community.

The Richland Pub is just north of downtown on 32nd Street which is also M-89/43.  It’s not a fancy place, but they do have a menu that piqued my interest.

Since we had a pretty heavy late lunch at the Taste of Kalamazoo, it was well after 7:00 before we even started heading to Richland.  We actually walked into the old building just before 8:00 on a very busy Friday night. 

The Richland Pub is a small town bar/restaurant.  Don’t try to trick yourself into thinking this is going to be a fancy big city-esque pub.  It’s old, it’s loud, and it’s full of a whole cast of characters.

The dining area of The Pub isn’t separated from the bar.  There is a row of pub tables along the outer wall, a row of large party tables and then a few more squeezed into the small dining room.  J and I found a two top butted up against a support beam and took that table instead of tying up one of the larger ones since there were no pub tables open.

A waitress noticed us right away and came over with menus.  I got a Pepsi to drink, but J went with an Oberon..and she got a tall which is a huge, frosty mug.  I don’t think she was expecting a beer that big, but at $4.50, it seemed to be a pretty good value and ended up being more than she could drink.  She offered some to me as I was paying the bill, but I was stuffed, so she just pulled the orange out and enjoyed the beer infused wedge before giving up and calling it a night.

The menu isn’t going to really surprise as far as what they have, but it might with how they cook it.  Specials tonight were way out of the bar food range with Roasted Red Pepper Spaghetti w/Shrimp and Frog Legs.  J thought the spaghetti sounded good minus the shrimp, but decided against it.  Instead, she almost ordered boneless wings until I pointed out the back page with baskets.  They had a boneless wing basket which includes fries, but they also have a chicken tender basket.  She went with that.  The chicken breast tenders were fried crispy and served with choice of fries.  She went with the beer battered which were perfectly golden brown.  She said the chicken strips were ok, but the fries were delicious.  She’s a fan of battered fries and really enjoyed those.

I knew I wanted a burger and didn’t even really look at the rest of the menu.  They only have four on the menu, but you do have the “create-your-own” option if none of theirs works for you.  One of them did work for me.  I went with The Ultimate Burger.  The menu touts it as a “Pub Masterpiece.”  It’s a 1/3 lb. hand pattied ground beef patty that’s topped with bacon, ham, Swiss and pepper jack  cheese served on a grilled bun.  The burger was done perfectly with just a little bit of pink in the middle and still very juicy.  On it’s own, the burger patty was delicious, but the extra meats and cheeses made this one even better.  It was a whole lot of pork on top of a whole lot of beef separated by a whole lot of cheese.  Perfect as far as I’m concerned.  I also got choice of fries and also went with the beer battered variety.  They were delicious and even though I was stuffed, I wanted more.

Our bill was right around $22.  Getting our food did take a while, but it was a pretty busy Friday night and from the looks of things, they have a pretty tiny kitchen.  We were never forgotten though.  The waitress refilled my drink while we waited and gave us an update on the status of our food.

The Richland Pub is the quintessential small town bar.  If you’re ok with that atmosphere (and we are), the food is worth the trip.

Chicken Tender Basket w/Beer Battered Fries and Coleslaw

The Ultimate Burger w/Beer Battered Fries

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