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Pine Lake Grocery

February 20, 2019
  • 942 Doster Road
  • Plainwell, MI 49080
  • (269) 685-5323
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Another Friday night working away from Kalamazoo means another Friday night of ordering pizzas from two different places for us.  J was actually going to stop at Little Caesars and pick up dinner but the kids decided on pizza Lunchables instead.

I was running a little late getting back to town and we told the kids we’d take them to the dance at L’s school.  I was hungry though having not eaten lunch (again) and wanted something for the car ride home.

We were out in eastern Allegan County right on the Barry County line near Pine Lake.  On our way to the job site, I noticed a grocery store that advertised pizza.  Luckily, they had a Facebook page with a menu so I could call in an order when I started heading back to Kalamazoo.

Pine Lake Grocery is one of those places near a lake that kind of comes out of nowhere.  It’s on Doster Road on the west side of Pine Lake just north of 109th Avenue right inside the Allegan County limits. Read more…

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Burger Bros

February 15, 2019
  • 806 Riverview Drive, Suite B
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49048
  • (269) 443-2952
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I will never get over burger places.  I love places that only do burgers because….well, I love burgers.  And if they’re confident enough in their burgers to only serve burgers, that’s a burger I want.

This one kind of popped out of nowhere.  I saw something on Twitter about a new burger place on the Eastside and had to go check it out.

Burger Bros is a new concept from the people that brought you Kelvin & Co.  The restaurant is a quick service shop on Riverview Drive at the intersection with Bridge Street.  The last time I was in this strip mall, this space was a BBQ joint.   I think it was a chicken place in between but when I stopped to check that place out, it was already closed.  Read more…

Jac’s (Oshtemo)

February 15, 2019
  • 3112 S. 9th Street
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • (269) 447-2194
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We have been getting a lot of new restaurant openings on the west side of town recently but most of those have been national chain restaurants.  I’m not complaining.  We’re getting stuff out here that is unique to the Kalamazoo Metro and despite being chains, have actually been quite tasty.

It is refreshing to see a new restaurant opening that involves a local name.  We’ve always liked Jac’s (Cekola’s Pizza) in Portage but it’s so far away from home, we never made a lot of time to go there.  They took care of that problem for us.

Jac’s (branded without the Cekola’s Pizza) did a big remodel of a longtime restaurant space near the corner of 9th and Stadium in Oshtemo.  The building was a Mexican place known as Mi Ranchito when we moved here ten years ago.  Most recently, it was an Italian and Pizza extension of the popular downtown Italian place Mangia Mangia known as Mangia Pizza and Pasta Company. Read more…

Pizza Perfect

February 13, 2019
  • 5118 West D Avenue
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49009
  • (269) 383-4434
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Man, this weather has been brutal.  I don’t get snow days in my line of work and when the weather’s bad, it usually means I’m on the road more.

Last Friday was one of those days.  I met my co-worker at the Gun Lake Casino exit on US-131.  We had planned to stay in Allegan County all day but plans change and we ended up back in Kalamazoo with his car still at the park and ride near Wayland.  That means, after work, I had to drive him back to his car before going home.

Friday night is typically pizza night in our house.  J had ordered Dominos for herself and the kids.  I don’t usually mind Dominos but I really don’t love their thin crust.  The kids like it though so that’s what J gets.  I figured since I was going to have cold pizza and it was one I didn’t really like, I might as well just bring one home for myself.

I noticed a new business on those blue highway signs near the exits as we were heading north on US-131 near D Avenue.  I caught just enough of it to see that it said pizza. I did some Googling once we got to the park and ride and found what I was looking for.

Pizza Perfect is inside the BP gas station on D Avenue just east of the US-131 exit ramp.  The small space used to be a BBQ place called Smoke ‘n Buns.  They went out of that location quite a while ago and it appears this pizza place has been around since last summer.

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Green Top Tavern

February 12, 2019
  • 250 E. Michigan Avenue
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • (269) 342-5938
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I really wanted to take advantage of being on my own for dinner and go to a couple of places I wouldn’t necessarily take my family.  It was only four nights on my own but I made sure to go some place new or revisit someplace I hadn’t been in quite a while.

Wednesday night of my week alone was going to be a short one.  I had to pick the family up at the airport on Thursday so I needed to adjust my work schedule.  Instead of going in at 9:30 AM, I went in at 3:30 AM.  That meant I needed to get dinner and get to bed Wednesday if I was going to get any sleep at all.

I left work right around 6:30 on Wednesday and headed down Michigan Avenue for dinner.  There’s a bar that’s been in Kalamazoo for almost 100 years yet I still haven’t stopped in for a beer let alone something to eat.

Green Top Tavern is on Michigan Avenue just to the west of Edwards and it’s been there since the late 1920’s.  The tavern is an old brick building connected to the the buildings on either side.  There is street parking out front but I chose to park in the paid lot behind the building near Bates Alley.

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Waldo’s Campus Tavern

February 7, 2019
  • 1408 W. Michigan Avenue
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49006
  • (269) 349-8674
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Man, did I want wings this past weekend.  It was a horrible time to get a craving because grocery stores can’t keep fresh wings in stock on Super Bowl weekend.  I ended up making some “boneless wings” at home with some chicken breast.  The flavor was fine but boneless wings are not wings….they’re delicious chicken strips.

We don’t really have a good wings restaurant in Kalamazoo.  We have some bars that do really great wings but it’s not their main focus.  The best I’ve found so far is CJ’s Pub.  Those wings are just fantastic and worth the trip to the other side of town.

J is still in Florida with the kids for a quick vacation which means I’m on my own for dinner.  I can go where ever I want, eat whatever I want, and not have to listen to kids whining about not wanting dinner.

The wing craving was still lingering but I needed to get home after work and get a few things done so I didn’t want to go out of my way.  I decided it was time for a revisit to place I haven’t been to in almost ten years.

Waldo’s Campus Tavern has been a staple on West Michigan Avenue near the Western Michigan University Campus since 1982.  I’m curious what this building was before Waldo’s moved in.  It’s in a somewhat residential neighborhood and almost looks like it may  have been a house or apartments at one time. Read more…

Steve’s Pizza

February 6, 2019
  • 447 Bedford Road North
  • Battle Creek, MI 49037
  • (269) 963-1189
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It’s OK to eat pizza every night while my family’s away…..right?

I actually wasn’t planning on eating pizza Monday night but we ended up in Battle Creek at dinner time which almost never happens.  There’s a pizza place there with dinner only hours that I have heard so many good things about but had never been able to actually get to.

Steve’s Pizza has been on my radar for a long time.  The small, carry-out only restaurant on Bedford Road right on the northern border of the City of Battle Creek has always gotten rave reviews but it was a viral news story that put it at the top of my list of places I really needed to get to.

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