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Two Fellas Grill (Kalamazoo)

November 24, 2020
  • 2730 W. Michigan Avenue
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49006
  • (269) 492-9727
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Late night food is definitely one of the perks of living near a college campus. Late night pizza, sandwiches, wraps,…anything typically used to soak up alcohol.

I haven’t needed the soaking up alcohol part in a long time but I work odd hours and always appreciate when there’s more than just fast food options when I get off work.

I like those places for lunch to just because I like their food.

I stopped at Two Fellas Grill new location on Michigan Avenue in the building that used to be a Wendy’s (and more recently, the short lived Yummies) next to Campus Pointe last week for lunch.

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Laura’s Little Burger Joint

November 16, 2020
  • 47141 M-51
  • Decatur, MI 49045
  • (269) 423-9300
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There are so many great burger places across the state. Mlive has done their best burger search. There are blogs just focused on burgers in the Detroit Metro area. There are just so many great burgers in the state of Michigan.

One of the places that comes up quite a bit when talking about good burgers is a small drive thru place just outside of Decatur. It has taken me many, many years to be in Decatur while the place is actually open but last week, I finally made it.

Laura’s Little Burger Joint is southwest of Decatur on M-51. The small blue and white burger stand is near Celery Center Road in Hamilton Township. It’s a walk up type place with a parking lot on one side and a drive thru pick up window on the other.

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November 13, 2020
  • 3204 Walton Boulevard
  • Rochester Hills, MI 48309
  • (248) 375-3060
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One more day in the Detroit area. I actually got to sleep in a little bit as my co-worker got up to find a coffee shop.

She texted me about 9:30 and asked if I could meet her in Rochester by 11:00. I had to get my butt moving and get my car loaded back up but I told her I was on my way.

Construction between Detroit and Rochester actually made me cut this pretty close but I made it on time. We did what we needed to do for the day and then about 1:30, we were wrapped up and heading back towards our respective homes.

I woke up pretty late so I hadn’t eaten yet and wanted to get something before I hit the road. I did a quick google search and found a quick service burger place not too far out of the way.

Burgrz is right across the street from Oakland University near the corner of Walton Boulevard and Adams Street in the University Square shopping center. There are quite a few places to eat in this shopping center including a Jersey Mike’s right next door and a Coney Island a few shops down.

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Mootz Pizzeria + Bar

November 13, 2020
  • 1230 Library Street
  • Detroit, MI 48226
  • (313) 243-1230
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I was only supposed to spend one night in Detroit for work….but that turned in to two nights.

I knew there was a possibility but I still didn’t really prepare for it. I only packed enough clothes for one night so I had to make a Meijer run. We also only had our hotel rooms for one night so we had to swtich from Greektown to the Hilton Garden Inn.

We worked a pretty long day on Wednesday but still got back to the hotel around 7:30. I still had some work to do once I got there but dinner quickly became a priority. I did a search for pizza around me and found a pizzeria within walking distance with online ordering.

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Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger

November 10, 2020
  • 304 S. Ashley Street
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48104
  • (734) 663-4590
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I don’t get to Ann Arbor nearly enough. There are so many great options for food there but I really don’t have much of a reason to go there.

I found a reason early last week. I was heading to Detroit for work and while a pitstop in Ann Arbor was a little out of my way, I really wanted a burger from a place I haven’t been to in years.

Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger is legendary in Ann Arbor. The first time I visited Blimpy Burger was back in 2008 when they were in their original building on Division Street. They were kicked out of that building in 2013 when the owner of the building, and widow of Blimpy Burger’s founder, sold the property to the University of Michigan.

About a year after the burger joint had to close, they found a new location downtown.

The second iteration of Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger is on Ashley Street near Liberty Street on the west side of downtown Ann Arbor. The building is part of a row of buildings and used to be Eastern Flame. The next door neighbor is another well known Ann Arbor staple, Fleetwood Diner.

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Benny DiCarta’s

October 30, 2020
  • 232 E. Michigan Avenue
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • (269) 903-2828
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If you’ve followed this blog for the last ten years, you know that one of the things I’ve really pushed for is a pizza-by-the-slice place. I love those in college towns and was really excited to move so close to Western Michigan University just for the thought of late night slices.

We finally got that slice place in 2015 with Hot Slice. Unfortunately, they were insanely slow and not very good. Sometimes it was actually quicker just to order a whole pizza from Cottage Inn. Hot Slice closed a few years ago and was replaced by D. P. Dough.

This spring I noticed signage start popping up on a vacant storefront in downtown Kalamazoo. It appeared Kalamazoo was once again getting a slice place.

Benny DiCarta’s opened up earlier this week to little fanfare on West Michigan Avenue just to the east of Portage Road. The building is pretty familiar to me because it was last Kelvin & Co. Urban BBQ.

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Turbo Chicken

October 26, 2020
  • 5234 Portage Road
  • Portage, MI 49002
  • (269) 775-1322
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Chicken sandwiches really became all the rage over the last year. Popeyes did the world a favor with it’s somewhat overhyped crispy chicken sandwich. Their take was fine but it also seems to have launched a new trend in quick service restaurants.

It’s never hard to find a local burger joint. We have several in Kalamazoo. Nonla Burger, Lake Burger, Burger Bros. just to name a few. Most of those places have a chicken option too but now places are popping that put those chicken sandwiches front and center.

We’ve driven out to Gull Lake a couple of times just for The Chicken House. The food is really tasty but it’s a pretty good drive from where we live in Oshtemo Township. A few weeks ago, we got a chicken sandwich option a little closer to home.

Turbo Chicken opened on Portage Road near the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport. The restaurant is sandwiched by Pizza King and On The Wings on the corner of Portage Road and Byrd Drive not too far south of I-94.

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McGonigle’s Deli

October 19, 2020
  • 1571 Capital Avenue NE Suite H
  • Battle Creek, MI 49017
  • (269) 339-3774
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It’s been a while since I’ve been to Battle Creek but it seems like I’ve spent quite abit of time there the last few weeks.

My first trip back there in some time took me to a job near Bailey Park. It was a quick thing in the morning and I was done right around lunch time. I really don’t get out to that area in Pennfield Township very much so I pulled up Google to see if I could find someplace to grab something to eat real quick.

I was a little bit surprised to find a deli not too far from where I was. I had no idea if it was even open so I drove down the street to a small strip mall behind the Shell gas station on Capital to see what I could find.

McGonigles Deli can’t really be seen from the street. I (thought I) knew it was there so I turned in to the parking lot off of J Barlett Drive and found an open sign in the window of the corner restaurant.

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Cherri’s Chocol’art

September 27, 2020
  • 101 S. Kalaamazoo Mall
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • (269) 775-1424
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I know you’re tired of hearing this but man, what a year.

A year ago, J and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We flew first class from Chicago, ate so much amazing food, drank cocktails out of pineapples at our resort’s swim up bar, and toured the historic forts of old San Juan.

This year, we took our kids, masked up, to downtown Kalamazoo for milkshakes and Taco Bob’s after a hike in Portage.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It doesn’t matter where or how we celebrate as long as we celebrate another year together.

Our day started at AYSO soccer in the morning. Both kids are playing this year so we spent a couple of hours at the Drake Road AYSO fields. We picked up lunch from Kelvin and Company….and Jimmy Johns because the boy doesn’t like BBQ or Mac ‘n Cheese (yeah, I feel like I failed him). We then chilled at home before going for a hike at Bishop’s Bog Preserve in Portage.

We promised the kids if they were good on the hike, we’d go get the fancy milkshakes we’ve been seeing on Facebook.

The kids really wanted those milkshakes and the hike was short so we headed downtown.

Those fancy milkshakes we keep seeing are at Cherri’s Chocol’art right on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Kalamazoo Mall in downtown Kalamazoo. The super fancy chocolate shop is on the bottom floor of the Peregrine 100 building building right on the corner.

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Big Tony’s Pizzeria

September 25, 2020
  • 290 S. Centre Street
  • Marcellus, MI 49067
  • (269) 646-2200
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My Labor Day weekend got short by work.  I had to be in the office at midnight Monday morning.  I didn’t want everyone to have to cut their weekend short too, so I drove myself separately to J’s parents near Sturgis.  The plan was for me to come home Sunday afternoon while J and the kids would stay for another day.  

We spent the day park hopping in Sturgis after a treat from Kukui’s Shaved Ice downtown.  It was too cold to get in the water and J’s parents lost power so for everyone’s sanity, we let the kids run around for a couple of hours.  

I packed up my stuff to head back to Kalamazoo around 5:00.  I needed to make a stop in Centreville for gas and while there, I decided to call in a pizza order.  

I picked Big Tony’s Pizzeria in Marcellus.  It really wasn’t on the way home but it wasn’t too far away.  I was also doing some research for my cousins who have a place on Pleasant Lake.  They’re not wild about the pizza options in Three Rivers and Marcellus wouldn’t be too far away from them if the pizza is any good.  

Big Tony’s Pizzeria is on Centre Street which is also M-40 through the small town.  The building is a pretty large metal building just south of where M-40 turns east in downtown Marcellus.  

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