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D & R’s Daily Grind Cafe

November 13, 2011

  • 8712 Portage Road
  • Portage, MI 49002
  • (269) 492-7757
  • Website
  • Menu

As much as I complained about the reader’s of the Kalamazoo Gazette a few weeks ago when the Readers’ Choice awards there was one place I learned about because of the poll.

D & R’s Daily Grind Cafe is on Portage Road just north of West Lake.  It’s a very tiny place.  There are less than a dozen tables and a lunch counter in the cozy building.   I decided to take a chance on a Sunday morning even though they just won best breakfast which means the place could be packed.

When we pulled in the parking lot, I only saw a couple cars.  Then, I noticed the parking lot is actually in the back of the restaurant.  You can park out front under neath the sign, but there’s not a lot of room.

We made our way inside to find a couple open tables.  There was no host station or sign to wait for seating, so we took one of the empty tables near the wall.  A waitress saw us sit down, grabbed a couple menus then came over to take our drink orders.  I got a Coke.  J got an Iced Tea.

We were a little slow getting up this morning, so it was after 11 before we even left the house.  This worked out great for me because I really wanted to try a burger.  They were 2nd Runner-Up in the Gazette poll.  There were several choices and I was going to go to my usual, the Bacon Cheeseburger, but right before the waitress came back to take our order, I looked a little closer and saw a burger called the Double Grind.  It’s two 1/3 lb. beef patties with Swiss cheese and bacon.  The burger had the texture and mouth feel of fresh ground meat.  It was very juicy and very tender.  It fell apart in my hands which is how I love burgers.  The choice of Swiss was interesting with the meat.  You knew it was there, but it blended in with the meat so well.  The bacon was placed between the beef patties so it kind of got lost, but it was a cripsy thick cut bacon.  Fries were extra, but I’m really glad I ordered them.  They were skin on and very crispy.  The whole plate is exactly what I want from a cafe like this.  The food is a little greasy, but incredibly delicious.

I thought maybe J would go for breakfast, but she went straight to the lunch menu as well.  The sandwich that jumped out to her was the Grilled Cheese and Bacon.  She loved that a restaurant actually used bacon instead of ham on a grilled cheese.  The sandwich was a pretty standard diner grilled cheese with a crunchy, buttery crust.  There was a lot of bacon piled on top of the cheese and it was nice and crunchy as well.  J also opted to add on fries which also cost an extra $1.50.

Our bill was just over $17 and boy, am I glad I was able to learn something from the Gazette readers’.  The burger I had was about a million times better than Red Robin..even the fries were better than McDonalds but whose fries aren’t?  The Daily Grind is the quintessential mom and pop diner.  I’m not sure I would have found this place on my own…..but it’s another one of those places that I am so glad someone pointed me in the right direction.

Double Grind w/French Fries

Grilled Cheese and Bacon

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