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Antique Kitchen Family Restaurant

January 4, 2012

  • 6215 S. Westnedge Avenue
  • Portage, MI 49002
  • (269) 327-4014
  • No Known Website
  • Menu

Monday night, J and I were watching the Monday Night Comedies on CBS.  During Mike & Molly, one of the characters mentioned something about Eggs Benedict.  I looked at J and asked why she never made me Eggs Benedict.  I knew the answer, but I still like being a smart ass every now and then.  She said we had a ultrasound appointment in the morning and I could get Eggs Benedict afterwards.

The ultrasound went super quick and we were back in the car almost ten minutes after our appointment was scheduled.  J said she was hungry and wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to be out of the house.  I still wanted that Eggs Benedict so we headed north on Westnedge to find something to eat.

Antique Kitchen Family Restaurant is right in the main shopping district of Portage.  It’s in the parking lot of Toys R Us behind the Ross Medical Education Center building.  You can’t miss the place.  There’s a large sign out on the road that displays which group they’re giving 20% off their bills this month (happens to be realtors right now…J and I aren’t realtors.)

The first thing I was really surprised by was the size.  It was much smaller than I imagined.  It’s no hole in the wall, but the building makes it look bigger than it really is.  There are a lot of tables squeezed into the space and there’s a large, enclosed waiting area just outside the front door.  The decor is kind of like a down home Cracker Barrel.  It has that cozy feeling of a small town that’s been there forever.  No frills.  Nothing fancy. 

For a random Tuesday morning, there were quite a few people eating breakfast.  We walked past the cash register which is front and center right as you walk in to take a two top next to the large lunch counter that runs almost the entire width of the dining room.

The menus were already on the table when a waitress came over with glasses of water to take our drink orders.  I ordered a Sprite while J got an O. J.

This is the part where I show my true colors and order a hamburger or something stupid, but I really was in the mood for an Eggs Benedict and there just happened to be one on the menu.  Our plates came out of the kitchen pretty quickly and I was happy to see a classic Benedict set down in front of me.  The plate was dominated by the two English Muffin halves topped with ham, a poached egg, and a creamy hollandaise sauce.  The ham was fork tender and the English Muffins soaked up the sauce to the point it was a soggy mess.  The sauce had a rich, buttery flavor with just a little bit of tang and the poached eggs, which cut up, add more of that yolkey goodness to the plate.  The Benedict came with a side of hash browns.  In my usual fashion, I ate the crispy tops but left the less cooked portions on my plate.

J ordered one of the breakfast specials which included bacon, two eggs, hash browns, and toast.  The bacon was cooked just like she likes it.  It was very crispy to the point it was almost burnt…which is exactly how J likes bacon.  She got her eggs scrambled and her toast wheat.  Unlike me, she ate most of her hash browns.  She liked the crispy part better, but didn’t have any complaints about the stuff that was a little less cooked.

Our bill was just a little over $15 and I was very relieved to find out they took credit cards.  I always get worried at places like this, but I never think of it until after we order.  We did have enough cash to cover it, but just barely.  This way, the waitress got a better tip.

Antique Kitchen is a pretty standard greasy spoon diner.  They really don’t do anything unique or anything to stand out but they seem to have a pretty loyal clientele.

Eggs Benedict w/Hash Browns

Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, and Toast

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2012 3:07 pm

    When I used to live in Portage some 10 years ago, I used to go here a lot for breakfast. It can get pretty busy, but they do the breakfast thing pretty darn well…and for a decent price. Now I live too far away to frequent The AK very much, but I’ll take it any time over the chains like Bob Evans or IHOP. Thumbs up from me for The Antique Kitchen.

    • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
      January 9, 2012 2:05 am

      We’re kind of in the same boat…we live on the other side of town, but breakfast was solid and, maybe most importantly, cheap.

  2. Gary Dutton permalink
    November 23, 2013 12:39 pm

    No reason to leave unhappy we do everything to make it right and if we cant you dont pay its that simple.

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