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The Mitten Brewing Company (Saugatuck)

September 4, 2018
  • 329 Water Street
  • Saugatuck, MI 49453
  • (269) 455-5719
  • Website
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We’ve done the whole beach sunset thing the past several years on Sunday night of Labor Day weekend.  J usually has it off so that means she doesn’t have to be in bed by 8:00, so we take advantage of the long weekend and gorgeous Lake Michigan twilight show.

We’ve always gone to South Haven, but this year it looked like we weren’t going to get a good sunset.  There was rain in the forecast for the evening so we decided to go to the beach a little earlier than we normally would.

J and I were talking about plans when she said, “I want a pizza flight.”  We had just talked about the pizza flights at The Mitten Brewing Company when we ate dinner at Long Road Distillers

in Grand Rapids.  We decided then we needed to get to the Saugatuck location sometime.  We figured now was as good of a time as any so we changed our typical beach plans from South Haven to Saugatuck.

The Mitten Brewing Company’s Saugatuck location is on Water Street just south of Main Street along the Kalamazoo River in downtown.  The building looks like a house and was most recently  a wine bar and bistro on the lower level.   Read more…

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O.T.’s Up-N-Smoke (Augusta)

August 29, 2018
  • 501 E. Michigan Avenue
  • Augusta, MI 49012
  • (269) 731-1111
  • Website
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I never pass up a BBQ place if I can help it.

I spent most of the day in Augusta one day earlier this week and after a couple hours of sitting and waiting, I was hungry.  Augusta has a surprising number of options when it comes to lunch but a few months ago, I was driving through town on my way back from Battle Creek and spotted a familiar name in a location I hadn’t seen them at before.

O.T.’s Up-N-Smoke is pretty well known in Battle Creek with a location on Capital Avenue and a seasonal trailer on Beadle Lake Avenue.   They’ve also opened another permanent location just on the east edge of town on Michigan Avenue/M-96 in a building shared with Unique Treasures Plus.

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Riedy’s Tavern

August 29, 2018
  • 219 S. Cochran Avenue
  • Charlotte, MI 48813
  • (517) 543-7777
  • Website
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Working weekends.  For seven years I worked nights and weekends so I do everything I can to avoid that now that I’m finally on Monday through Friday.

There were a couple of overtime opportunities in Lansing this past weekend and I really like the co-worker that I would be working with.  We could use the extra money and they were going to be easy days, so J told me to take it.

I got done with work just before 5:00 on Saturday and started on the trip home.  Since I was gone, J took the kids over to a friend’s house to play.  I said I’d just grab something to eat on the way home since they were getting pizza where they were going.

I could have picked up a pizza in Lansing but what fun is that?  I’ve eaten at most of the pizza places in town.  I started looking along my route and came up with something in Charlotte.

Riedy’s Tavern is in downtown Charlotte on Cochran Avenue south of Lovett Street.  The restaurant takes up the bottom floor of two buildings.  At one time, the two spaces were separate but it appears Riedy’s expanded at one point and went from being Riedy’s Pizza to being Riedy’s Tavern.   Read more…

Hooters (Portage, IN)

August 24, 2018
  • 1665 Olmstead Drive
  • Portage, IN 46368
  • (219) 706-2600
  • Website
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A few years ago, L started a tradition with J’s parents of going to Wisconsin for vacation with.  They go to a resort way up in the northwest corner where J’s family has been going since she was little.

They got back Saturday afternoon and to give them a break from driving, we said we’d meet at the Bass Pro Shop in Portage, IN on Sunday morning to pick her up.

I wanted to look at new smokers at Bass Pro so we hung out there for a bit then J’s mom suggested getting lunch before parting ways.  There are really only chains and fast food in that area so we didn’t have a lot to choose from.  J’s mom suggested a fairly new restaurant right next to Bass Pro.

Hooters is on Olmstead Drive not very far from the I-94 interchange with IN-249.  This is one of the new stores that look nothing like the classic Hooters stores most of us went to when we were in college.  Gone is the road house look and in now is a much more modern, sleek design with cleaner lines and accents of the traditional orange.   Read more…

Kelsey Block Brewing Company

August 23, 2018
  • 41 N. Main Street
  • Three Rivers, MI 49093
  • (269) 718-3667
  • Website
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As we were sitting at Paw Paw Brewing eating dinner on Friday night, I remembered a Facebook targeted ad I had just seen the day before.  I mentioned it to J who said we should go there for lunch.  I said yeah and kept eating my delicious sandwich.

The next day, we were trying to figure out what to do.  It was the last day of L being gone so we wanted to spend a little more one-on-one time with B before his sister came home and the fighting over toys commenced.  I didn’t really have any good ideas but J brought up that brewery again.  We could go get something to eat then take B to the park for a while.

That brewery is Kelsey Block Brewing Company in downtown Three Rivers right on Main Street.  The brewery is part of a large building that claims to be the oldest in Three Rivers.  The space right in the middle has been several restaurants over the years with a BBQ joint being the most recent tenant.   Read more…

Paw Paw Brewing Company

August 21, 2018
  • 929 E. Michigan Avenue
  • Paw Paw, MI 49079
  • (269) 415-0145
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We don’t usually go out to dinner on Friday nights but we had only one kid as L was in Wisconsin with J’s parents on vacation.  I got off work a little early and J suggested we do something.

I hate crowds and I hate waiting at restaurants which is why we usually go to dinner before 5:00.  I’m not old.  I’m just cranky.

I didn’t really have a lot of ideas as anything I really wanted I knew we were going to have to wait.  On my drive home, I came up with what I thought was a really good idea.  Let’s go to Paw Paw.

Paw Paw Brewing Company is on the east edge of Paw Paw on Michigan Avenue…which becomes Red Arrow Highway when you get out of town. They’ve been in this building for a little over eight years.  J has never been there, but back in 2012, J’s mom and I went for a beer and at that time, I was surprised when I got there and found a food menu.  Fast forward six years and we’re driving to Paw Paw because of the food menu.

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Papa’s Italian Sausage (Battle Creek)

August 21, 2018
  • 145 W. Columbia Avenue
  • Battle Creek, MI 49015
  • (269) 753-1740
  • Website
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I like Friday’s.  I always feel better about eating out when it appears there is extra money in our checking account.  I mean, it’s never actually stopped me from eating out but I feel less guilty about it.

My co-worker and I were in Battle Creek last Friday working downtown.  I very easily could have grabbed something there but I remembered a long time Kalamazoo business opened a second location and we weren’t too far away.

Papa’s Italian Sausage is near the corner of Capital and Columbia Avenues in a small strip mall alongside some automotive businesses. This small spot has been several carry-out businesses over the year including a Domino’s and, most recently, a soul food place called Pop’s Kitchen & Pasta Bar.

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