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Pangea Pizza

March 16, 2020
  • 135 E. Front Street
  • Traverse City, MI 49684
  • (231) 946-9800
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Our trips to Great Wolf Lodge usually end the night with pizza from somewhere.

We always go out to eat for lunch and do some exploring then hit the water park in the afternoon.  The kids are always too tired at dinner time to eat out and we need to be in the resort for story time and the dance party.

There is a take out pizza place inside Great Wolf Lodge.  We’ve eaten there before and it’s not awful but you know I like to find local places whenever I can.

I always gravitate towards places that have online ordering and Pangea’s Pizza in downtown Traverse City had both that and good reviews.

Pangea’s Pizza is on Front Street between Cass and Union Streets. It’s in the middle of the street and the only parking is on the street in front or in the municipal lot that runs behind the length of the buildings.  I drove around the block a few with no luck until I found a spot in the municipal lot closer to Union Street. Read more…

Stormcloud Brewing Company

March 14, 2020
  • 303 Main Street
  • Frankfort, MI 49635
  • (231) 352-0118
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It’s been a few years since we took a trip to Traverse City.  Our Northern Michigan trips usually center around a stay at Great Wolf Lodge and we just haven’t had the time to do that in a while.

Both kids had a day off from school last Friday so either J or I would have had to take a day off anyway.  We decided to both take a day off and treat the kids to a weekend of water sliding fun.

Our Great Wolf trips always give us a chance to find new breweries along the way.  We drove to Short’s Brewing one year, we stopped at Cedar Springs Brewing one year, we stopped at Rockford Brewing one year…this year, we took the long way to Traverse City through Frankfort.

We went out of our way to stop at Stormcloud Brewing in downtown Frankfort for lunch.  I’ve always heard so much good about the brewery on Main Street near the intersection with 3rd just a few blocks from Lake Michigan.

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Farm Bird

March 14, 2020
  • 4404 W. Main Street
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49006
  • (269) 888-2242
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Ghost restaurants.  That’s a concept that’s becoming more and more popular with the rise in popularity of food delivery services.

The whole idea of a ghost restaurant is that there is no physical location.  They work out of a commercial kitchen somewhere and deliver food via the popular delivery apps.

Kalamazoo doesn’t have a lot of these ghost restaurants yet but there are a couple out there.

One of those ghost restaurants has kind of come out as not really being one anymore once the secret got out.

Farm Bird started out as a ghost restaurant working out of Lake Burger’s location on West Main Street.  It popped up on Grubhub a few months ago offering up fried chicken and smoked mac ‘ n cheese.  At the time, Lake Burger made no mention of it being part of their business and didn’t offer the chicken in store.  That’s not the case anymore.  You can get the chicken in store now but it’s best to call ahead as they cook everything to order.

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Supino Pizzeria

March 9, 2020
  • 2457 Russell Street
  • Detroit, MI 48207
  • (313) 567-7879
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I pretty much jump at the chance to travel any time I can at work.  I like the change of scenery….oh, and also getting to find places to eat that I normally wouldn’t get a chance to find.

I was sent to Detroit early last week for an assignment with a co-worker out of Grand Rapids.  I met her in Lansing so we could drive together and asked her to be a little early so we could find something to eat before our assignment began.

A different co-worker from the Detroit area sent me a message earlier in the day.  He knew we were going close to one of his favorite pizza places and suggested we stop there for lunch.

We took his recommendation and stopped at Supino Pizzeria in Detroit’s Eastern Market.  The restaurant is right on the corner of Russell Street and Fisher Service Drive.  The restaurant started out in one store front along Russell Street in 2008 and expanded to a full dining room and bar in 2014.

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Nonla Burger (Oshtemo Township)

March 9, 2020
  • 1700 S. Drake Road, Suite A
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49006
  • (269) 888-2499
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I can never get enough of burger places.

One of my favorite burger places in town has been Nonla Burger since they opened in a very tiny building on the corner of South Burdick and Alcott Streets a little over two years ago.

I don’t get there nearly as much as I want to because parking is a pretty big issue at this building.  It’s really small…but it’s also a really cool spot.

I’m not the only one that wanted more Nonla Burger and they realized that.

Nonla Burger now has a second location in Oshtemo Township.  The burger restaurant is in the Corner @ Drake Shopping Center on the corner of Drake Road and Century Avenue.  Read more…

The Morning Dish

February 24, 2020
  • 100 W. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • (269) 226-3155
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If it feels like it’s been ages since I wrote a blog post actually about a place in Southwest Michigan….you’re right.  There hasn’t been a lot of new openings and we haven’t eaten out much when we’ve been home.

There have been a few recent openings that I’ll get to in the next few weeks, but this blog is about a place that’s been around for a while…it’s just a little hidden so it’s not a place we think of often.

The Morning Dish is inside the Radisson on Michigan Avenue and Rose Street in downtown Kalamazoo.  The restaurant is on the second floor at the top of the escalators.  For many years, this spot was known as Burdick’s For Breakfast.  I don’t remember exactly when they rebranded but it’s pretty similar to what that restaurant was.  Read more…

DeVos Performance Hall

February 17, 2020
  • 303 Monroe Avenue NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • (616) 742-6500
  • Website

Can we get back to (Michigan)?

I know…my blog posts have been all over the place and there hasn’t been much in Michigan let alone Southwest Michigan.  Don’t worry.  I’m getting there soon but I have one from Grand Rapids I have to do first.

J and I saw Hamilton a few years ago at The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago.  It was awesome.  Wayne Brady played Aaron Burr and I will never not hear all of Burr’s songs in Wayne Brady’s voice.

We have listened to the soundtrack on a continuous loop since 2017 and our kids have really enjoyed the music as well.  When we saw it was coming to Grand Rapids, I instantly snapped up four tickets.

The show played for about two weeks at the DeVos Performance Hall on Monroe Street in downtown Grand Rapids.  The 2400 seat theater is part of the larger DeVos Convention Center Complex on the on Monroe between Lyon and Michigan Streets

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