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Blackeye Espresso Cafe

October 31, 2012

  • 7000 Stadium Drive #201
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • (269) 353-6020
  • Website
  • Menu

It seems like there have been a lot of little shops open up lately that specialize in something other than lunch, but offer a few sandwiches.  Most of these are coffee shops and since I’m not a coffee person, it always takes me a while to go.

Earlier this summer, a new coffee shop opened on Stadium Drive in the Village Place Plaza.  I believe it’s in the same spot that used to be the Coffee Bar as there are still some of the old signs on the awnings.

The cafe is run by a brother/sister duo.  Their focus is espresso, smoothies, frappes, cold brewed-iced coffee and pour overs.  Unfortunately, none of that really sounds good to me, but coffee drinking friends have told me the drinks are amazing.

The Blackeye Espresso Cafe is quite huge for a coffee house.  There a large open floor plan with the coffee counter sort of in the middle.  When I popped in around 1:30 on a Wednesday afternoon, there were quite a few people doing the typical coffee house thing…working on the laptops (Mac’s, of course), doing crossword puzzles, or just having a conversation in front of the fire place.

Since my only reason for stopping in was to grab a bite to eat, my eyes went right to the panini section of the menu.  It’s not very big.  There’s only three sandwiches on the menu.  

I ended up choosing the Classic Roman.  The sandwich is smoked ham, hard salami, provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, arugula, and a balsamic reduction.  Since I wasn’t getting anything to drink, I got my sandwich to go.

The total price was just under six bucks which I paid cash for.  It took the guy working the counter about ten minutes to put my sandwich together, press it, then box it up for me.  I hung out at one of the tables and took advantage of their free wi-fi.

The sandwich was boxed up in a clear, plastic to-go container with chips and a pickle spear.  I broke into the container and started in on the chips on my drive home.  After tackling a few of the kettle chips, a tried to eat the sandwich, but the balsamic reduction was getting everywhere.  I was afraid it was going to stain everything so I put it back down until I got home and went back to the chips.

The sandwich was a really interesting combination of meat and lettuce.  I’ve always liked the peppery taste of arugula and the balsamic added just a little sweetness to it.  The peppers kind of stayed in the background which I liked.  I knew it was there, but it didn’t overpower all of the really good parts of the sandwich.

My panini was really good, but with such a small menu, I don’t see this as a place I will go to often.  If they ever expand the menu, that will probably change.  For now, this is a really neat little coffee shop with a small, yet tasty sandwich selection.

Classic Roman Panini

Classic Roman Panini

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