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D. P. Dough (Kalamazoo)

March 5, 2019
  • 2711 W. Michigan Avenue
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49006
  • (269) 443-8000
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I was pretty bummed when Hot Slice closed near Western Michigan’s campus.  I love pizza by the slice places in college towns and that’s something Kalamazoo has always been lacking.  Then Hot Slice moved in.

I stopped in several times late at night…after work, after events, etc.  The problem was, it took way too long.  They always kept cheese slices ready then dressed them up and re-cooked them depending on what you wanted.  It could take 10-15 minutes depending on how motivated the pizza maker was.

The storefront they were in sat empty for a while then J found out last week a new place was going in with late night hours and also had a pizza like offering.

D. P. Dough is a chain of calzone restaurants that set up shop near college campuses.  The business started as a food truck back in 1983 in Massachusetts.  The company saw growth and one of the franchise owners in Ohio eventually bought the company that is now based in Columbus, OH.

The newest D. P. Dough location is on West Michigan Avenue in Kalamazoo in the 2700 West development.

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Old Dog Tavern

March 4, 2019
  • 402 E. Kalamazoo Avenue
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • (269) 381-5677
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About four years ago, we discovered a great Saturday morning brunch spot.  They had music for the kids and a delicious breakfast and drinks for the adults.

We went almost every week for a while then, as it usually does, life gets in the way.  Summer happened and we had other things going on.  We would still go occasionally but not like we used to.

We’ve been doing swimming lessons at Gabel Natatorium for the past several months early on Saturday mornings.  When we get done, there’s always an idea to get food but it was only 10:00 and places weren’t open for lunch yet.  One week, L said, “Let’s go to Old Dog.”

Yes, Old Dog Tavern was our Saturday brunch spot for the longest time.  The old Star Paper Company building on Kalamazoo Avenue right at the train tracks was transformed in to one heck of a bar in 2010.  A few years later, Benjammin started playing weekly concerts and brunch was offered and it’s been happened almost every Saturday since.

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Mannie’s Pizza (Byron Center)

March 4, 2019
  • 530 76th Street SW #500
  • Byron Center, MI 49315
  • (616) 734-6423
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I don’t get called to Grand Rapids much anymore.  For seven years, I went there every day but since we opened an office in Kalamazoo, I tend to get to stay closer to home.

Last Thursday, there wasn’t much for me to do in Kalamazoo and they were short in Grand Rapids.  My boss asked if I could work up there for the day.  I was given an assignment that took me right up to and past my quitting time of 6:30.  I told J it was going to be closer to 8:00 before I got home.  She had already made plans to go to dinner at one of her friends with the kids anyway so it wasn’t that big of a deal.

I was on my own for dinner.  That’s fine.  I like stopping to pick up a pizza for myself.  There are a few places I usually stop between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, but you know me.  I wanted something different.  So I did a Google search for a place near Byron Center.

This is where the story gets hilarious.  I found a place called Joe’s Way Too on 76th Street.  It was close to the highway so I called in an order.  I couldn’t understand what the person answering the phone said but I thought I heard “pizzeria.”  I put in an order for a 16″ pepperoni pizza.  He told me it’d be about 20 minutes.

I went to the address listed for Joe’s Way Too and found Mannie’s Pizza.  No big deal.  Pizza places change all the time.  As long as I could get a pizza, I wasn’t too worried about the name.  It was going to be a new experience either way.

So, Mannie’s Pizza is on 76th Street just west of the US-131 interchange.  There’s a small strip mall there with a fitness studio next door blasting music so loud it was shaking the walls of the pizza shop.  The Google street view shows Joe’s Way was still there as of August of last year so Mannie’s must be fairly new to the area.

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Valentina’s Mexican Grill

March 4, 2019
  • 351 River Street
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49048
  • (269) 216-3428
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It should be illegal how much I love tacos.  There are only a couple foods that I could eat every day and be really happy.  Burgers, pizza, wings, and tacos.

I found a place that I loved when I worked in Grand Rapids regularly.  I’ve never been able to find a place that I truly loved and was easy to get in and get out of it.  There are some really good taco places in town that I visit semi-regularly (Los Brothers comes to mind right away), but I’m always on the look out for more.

I don’t spend a lot of time in Comstock Township but I stop at the Speedway on the corner of River and King Highway every time I do.

One of those trips was on my way to Battle Creek and I decided at the last minute to take the highway instead of M-96.  I still made my Speedway stop and as I crossed the river heading back towards I-94, I noticed a Mexican place  tucked in to a little building right across from Merrill Park.

Valentina’s Mexican Grill has been in this spot on River Street for almost two years now.  The small orange building used to be Riverview Cafe.  Surprisingly, I never made it in to that restaurant so I don’t know how much it has changed.  Read more…

Oasis Family Restaurant

February 27, 2019
  • 656 S. US Highway 131
  • Three Rivers, MI 49093
  • (269) 273-4000
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I have been craving cheap, greasy breakfast food for quite a while.  About a month ago, we got up on a Sunday morning to drive to St. Joseph County to check on my in-laws house while they’re away.  I assumed we’d stop for breakfast along the way but  J really wanted to try Latitude 42‘s new weekend breakfast menu so we did that before getting on the road.

It’s been over a month now and we haven’t made the trip south.  Last weekend, we finally decided we should go check on the house again.  J suggested just grabbing McDonalds after swimming lessons but I kind of cringed at that idea.  She asked what I was thinking and I said I wanted to eat actual breakfast.  She was hesitant because the kids can be awful cranky after swimming lessons but agreed.

We stopped in Three Rivers at Oasis Family Restaurant on the west side of town.  The restaurant is on US-131 as it wraps around town near the Meijer.  The restaurant looks like a typical breakfast joint and even looks like it may have been a Big Boy or similar restaurant in a past life…but Google Street View goes back to 2007 and it’s been Oasis since at least that time.

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Bowkers

February 25, 2019
  • 179 E. Battle Creek Street
  • Galesburg, MI 49053
  • (269)
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I don’t know how many times it’s happened to me.  I’m just driving through town and I’ll spot a little restaurant well off the highway.  I may not always stop on my first trip through but if it’s someplace I drive through somewhat regularly, I’ll make a mental note to get back.

I’ve been taking M-96 to and from Battle Creek quite a bit lately.  There’s a few places to eat along the way but I’m usually in a hurry so I keep going.  I’ve noticed a place pop up on the edge of Galesburg recently.  It doesn’t look like much but they’ve done an advertising blitz that really caught my attention.

Bowkers is on the East side of Galesburg on Battle Creek Street (also M-96) not too far from that weird intersection at the railroad tracks with Burgess Drive.  The building is a pretty plain looking long white wood building that I believe was a couple of apartments at one time.  Bowkers is on the west end of the building with the entrance marked with a bright red door.  Read more…

BC Subs

February 21, 2019
  • 638 Capital Avenue SW
  • Battle Creek, MI 49015
  • (269) 962-0364
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There are a lot of restaurants on this blog that I just drive by and go, “Oh.  I should eat there.”  Sometimes I find hidden gems.  Sometimes I find places that are only open for a couple months.  Sometimes, I find places that have been around forever and am shocked I have never heard of them.

I was driving down Capital Avenue in Battle Creek a few weeks ago and came across one of those place.  I just happened to look to my right as I was passing Territorial Road and saw a sign for BC Subs.  I had never heard of it but I didn’t have time to stop.  About a week later, I had the time and went out of my way to get out of town to stop in to this long time sub shop.

BC Subs is a little difficult to get to if you’re not familiar with it.  It’s right on Capital Avenue and it’s easy to see but you have to turn either on Territorial or Fairfield Avenue before you get to the shop to get in to the parking area that runs parallel to Capital but has no access to the major thoroughfare.

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