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Brewsters at the Dyckman

February 8, 2011

  • 201 E. Michigan Avenue
  • Paw Paw, MI 49079
  • (269) 655-2222
  • No Known Website
  • Menu

Picking up a little extra work on my day off.  Can’t complain about that.  The best thing about the freelance work I do is that I almost always get lunch.

At first, I was told we were only going to take about a half hour for lunch and we’d just order in.  I was fine with that.  Lunch is lunch when I’m not paying, but as lunch time rolled around, my employer said we were just going to go out.  Fabulous.

Her first choice was Bistro 120 but we were told they were closed on Monday and Tuesday.  Instead, it was recommended that we go to The Dyckman for lunch.

The Dyckman House has roots in Paw Paw dating back to the late 1800’s.  The original purpose of the building was as a hotel, but the present day configuration is a restaurant/bar and apartment building.

Brewsters at the Dyckman sits right on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Kalamazoo Avenue in downtown Paw Paw.  It’s impossible to miss as you’re making your way through town.  There is street parking in front and on the side of the building, but there’s also a municipal parking lot around back which serves all the businesses along this busy stretch of road.    There is also a back entrance which brings you to a small waiting area between the bar and the dining room.

We were a little unsure about whether we should just sit down or wait.  The lady I was with found a waitress who told us to just take a seat, so we found a booth along the wall that divides the bar and dining room.

This is not my first experience with a Brewsters.  J and I actually ate at the Milwood location not long after we moved to Kalamazoo.   On that trip, we both really liked the food, but had a borderline creepy waiter which didn’t go over well.

Back to Paw Paw.  A waitress came over with a couple menus and took drink orders.  I ordered a Pepsi and my employer ordered a water with lemon.  I remembered the pulled pork being really good as did the lady I was with.  Still, my eyes went right to the burger section.

I ordered the Arizona Burger.  The 1/2 lb ground beef patty is grilled and topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and a homemade BBQ sauce.  The sauce is a little thin which made the sandwich a little messy, but it was still delicious.  The burger is served on a hearty sesame seed bun and comes with fries.  The fries were nice and crispy and the whole plate left me full for hours.

My co-worker went with the pulled pork dinner.  The dinner comes with soup, potato, and vegetables.  Instead of a salad, she went with soup.  Instead of potato, she opted for double veggies.  Her plate came with a huge pile of pulled pork that actually looked like a really good Memphis style pulled pork.  It wasn’t soaking in BBQ sauce, but instead, the sauce came on the side.  She wasn’t really a fan of the sauce and asked for something different.  The waitress brought her a couple different options although I’m not sure if the BBQ sauce she brought was any different.  I know there was also some buffalo sauce brought out as well.  The she ordered was a Mushroom Steakhouse which was in a tomato broth.  She seemed to really like it, but never really said anything.  As for the pork, she ate most of it on her plate leaving only the large chunks and burnt ends.  That’s my favorite part, but she said she’s not a fan. What she did say was that the pork was tender and very good.  I just don’t think she was every happy with the sauce.  Brewsters home made sauce is more of a vinegar based sauce and I think she likes more of the KC style thicker sauce.

The only bad part of the whole meal was somewhat out of the restaurants control…but not really.  Our waitress had her husband and toddler eating lunch right behind us.  The toddler acted like she didn’t really want to be there.  She was very loud and this went on the whole meal.  It doesn’t bother me all that much, but it did bother my employer quite a bit.  The waitress half-heartdly apologized, but I don’t think she really understood how annoying the loud screeching every couple minutes could be.  Having two young nieces, I understand that you really can’t control them, but I also know that my brother gets them out of a dining room when it gets to the point that it makes other diners uncomfortable.

Our bill was a little over $20 and we both left satisfied.  The food was delicious and the restaurant being in the old Dyckman House adds a certain charm.  It’s a really comfortable dining spot and Brewsters consistently serves up good food.  I don’t know why, but I’m 0-2 when it comes to overall experience.  While the food has been really good on both occasions, the overall experience has been a little off.

Arizona Burger w/Fries

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Eric Kincaid permalink
    February 22, 2011 3:43 pm

    Huh. I’m originally from Lawton, the town right next door to Paw Paw. I’ve been to Brewsters in Kalamazoo before, but never to the Dyckman, though I’ve known people who frequent it and even work there. I had no idea the Brewsters there was affiliated with the Brewsters in Kalamazoo.

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