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December 11, 2011

  • 4010 Gull Road
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49048
  • (269) 344-1415
  • Website
  • No Online Menu

Last week I got an e-mail that pointed out we don’t eat on the East side of town very often.  It’s not that there’s nothing on that side of town, it’s just that we live on the West side and there’s no easy way to get there without driving all the way through town.

I set my alarm to get up for breakfast this morning with the intention of checking out one of the places the e-mailer recommended to me on Gull Road.

It took us a little while to get moving.  I actually got up before J and when I realized she was still sound asleep, I rolled over with the intention of sleeping until she got up.  My stirring woke her and we were out of bed and getting ready to leave the house fifteen minutes later.

The restaurant we made the cross town trek to was Michelle’s.  It’s on Gull Road in Kalamazoo Township just to the Southwest of Rockingham Avenue.

The building is not quite what I was expecting.  It’s rather large and divided in to three rooms.  There is a large, kind of awkward lobby area.  There’s a lot of wasted space which I guess would be put to good use on nights when they are very busy.  Otherwise, it’s a wide open area leading to the two restaurants and banquet room near the back. 

The front of the building has a dining room on either side of the entry way.  A waitress saw us walk in, grabbed a couple menus, and showed us to a table in the dining room to the left.  For a breakfast place on a Sunday, the joint wasn’t packed, but there were a couple large groups taking up a pretty good chunk of the dining room we were seated in.

We chose a table and were seated at a four top.  The tables and chairs are interesting.  I love it when places put a little extra thought in to the decor.  The chairs were a combination of steel and wicker that were surprisingly comfortable.

It was pretty close to 11:00 by the time we got there, but breakfast is served all day so that’s what we both did.  I scanned the menu, but went right to the Steak and Eggs.  Like any good greasy spoon diner, the plate came out of the kitchen overflowing.  I asked for the steak medium-rare, but it came out more medium with a good sear on each side.  Even though it was cooked longer than I would like, it was still juicy and held in a ton of flavor from the greasy cook top.  The eggs were were actually cooked perfectly over medium.  They were runny, but it was more of a solid runny.  Very delicious.  The hash browns were a little undercooked for my liking, but I’m really, really picky with hash browns.  I love the crunchy crust and really wish they were like that all the way through.  The wheat toast needed a tad more butter, but it worked well to pick up the extra juicy and yolk that was left on my plate.

J ordered the Four Cheese Omelet.  She really liked this plate.  Other than Cheddar I really didn’t look to see what two of the other cheeses were, but the kicker was the Feta that was sprinkled on top.  She was a big fan.  She also seemed to like her has browns more than I did as her plate was potato free when it went back to the kitchen.

After finishing the meal, a man who I believe was a manager or owner came over and cleared both our plates.  We then sat there for quite a while waiting for our check.  Our waitress was working on a couple big groups, but all she had to do was drop the check off.  It wasn’t an obnoxious wait, but we still would have liked to have gotten out of there and got on with our day.

The bill was just over $20 and it’s paid for at a cash register near the entrance.  I’ve read mixed reviews on Michelle’s with most of the negative coming from the service.  Other than the wait for our check, service was pretty good.  We were both happy with our meals and J seemed to really like hers.  Michelle’s does the neighborhood diner thing pretty well.  Food is good and portion size is plentiful.  Glad I was pointed in the direction of the other side of town…

Steak and Eggs w/Hash Browns and Wheat Toast

Four Cheese Omelet w/Hash Browns and Wheat Toast

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Bubba permalink
    December 19, 2011 3:04 pm

    I tend to go there about 2 times a month and I will agree with most everything you said. Their omelettes are great, as are the breakfast burrito and the breakfast quesadilla. I personally prefer my hash browns more well done also, but if you ask they do accommodate. I also prefer a bit more egg in my omelette, but that’s a personal choice. And since I can’t argue the portions you get I probably don’t need an extra egg!

    My only complaint (if you can call it that) is the wait for a table can be longer than I would prefer – especially if you are catching the after church crowd on Sundays. I’ve waited maybe 20 minutes before, but that should be expected at peak times with any diner like this.

    I’ve taken plenty of friends and family there, and I’ve always been satisfied.

    Glad you enjoyed it as well!

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