Alright, so here’s my deal. I’m not a food critic. I’m not a chef. I’m not a foodie. I like to eat. I like burgers. I like fries. I like pizza. I love good BBQ.
I started writing about my food experiences several years ago when I lived in Peoria, IL. I was posting reviews on the website We8There.com (my posts are under the name Ryan Johnson….there’s a lot of them).
In March of 2008, my girlfriend (now wife) got a job in Lansing. I went with her hoping to find a job. We all know how easy that is in Michigan. I’ve gotten by as a freelancer and we’ve enjoyed spending our spare time traveling the state and finding the best Michigan has to offer as far as dive bars, pizza joints, and greasy spoons.
I chronicled our travels on a a blog. Mid-Michigan Dining. It went over pretty well in Lansing and I had a pretty good group of followers and commentors.
In September of 2009, my wife was transferred to Kalamazoo from Lansing. Since I’m still freelancing, we jumped at the opportunity to advance her career. We picked up and moved to the south side of Kalamazoo.
There’s two benefits to the move. 1.) J (my wife) and I are from the Chicago area (which you will read all about in reviews from that area) which puts us closer to home. 2.) We get a whole new area to explore and blog about.
As you’ll see, there’s no rhyme or reason to the places we choose. Sometimes it’s as simple as driving by a place and saying “hey, that looks cool.” Sometimes months of research goes into finding the perfect dining spot.
You’ll notice I’ll talk a lot about burgers. There will be a lot of pizza comparisons. And, most importantly, a lot of complaining about how hard it is to find good BBQ (at least that was the case in Mid-Michigan).
We’re always open to suggestions. There is no advertising on this site. I’m not selling good reviews. We just enjoy the dining out experience. I’m a fairly good cook, so it’s not like we’d starve if we didn’t eat out. We just enjoy the experience.
If you have any questions, ask. I reply to most comments. If you have suggestions, please share. If you don’t agree, say so. I’ve been called many names for not liking the Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak, so I’m pretty much immune to any derogatory statement you can throw at me.
I like to think this blog is a hub for discussion on food in the region. Most reviews will be from the Kalamazoo/Portage because that’s where we live, but we do enjoy weekend road trips just to find a restaurant.