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    Post #1 - May 12th, 2010, 10:12 am
    Post #1 - May 12th, 2010, 10:12 am Post #1 - May 12th, 2010, 10:12 am
    Hi Everyone,

    My wife and I are going to K-Zoo on Saturday to see a concert at The State Theater. Wondering if anyone had any dinner recommendations for pre-show. We were going to hit up Bell's (probably still will) but their menu looks pretty limited and too casual for our nice evening away from Chicago.

    Thanks!

    Rob
  • Post #2 - May 12th, 2010, 11:30 am
    Post #2 - May 12th, 2010, 11:30 am Post #2 - May 12th, 2010, 11:30 am
    i have been to these place's in k-zoo

    wildbull 139 S. Edwards Street
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007
    western style ,fun place steak's are ok burger,s are good
    & drinks. had the mach. bull there last time i went .


    ole peninsula brewpub
    200 E Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    (269) 343-2739
    good fod &drinks


    sakura 2
    6749 S Westnedge Ave
    Ste G
    Portage, MI 49002

    (269) 327-6666
    www.sakura2hibachi.com
    great food

    and hootters on westnedge
    philw bbq cbj for kcbs &M.I.M. carolina pit masters
  • Post #3 - May 12th, 2010, 1:54 pm
    Post #3 - May 12th, 2010, 1:54 pm Post #3 - May 12th, 2010, 1:54 pm
    I'll be passing through Kalamazoo on Saturday, to. My only stop will be at Sweetwater's Donuts, recently mentioned in the Saveur 100 issue. They're open 24/7, so try to find some time for a snack.

    Sweetwater's Donut Mill
    2138 South Sprinkle Road
    Kalamazoo, MI 49001
    (269) 388-4613

    3333 Stadium Drive
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    (269) 372-3636
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #4 - May 12th, 2010, 3:51 pm
    Post #4 - May 12th, 2010, 3:51 pm Post #4 - May 12th, 2010, 3:51 pm
    We definitely plan on hitting up Sweetwater's on the way back. If you sign up on their email list, you get 1/2 dozen donuts free.

    www.sweetwatersdonuts.com
  • Post #5 - May 12th, 2010, 5:02 pm
    Post #5 - May 12th, 2010, 5:02 pm Post #5 - May 12th, 2010, 5:02 pm
    soltro79 wrote:We definitely plan on hitting up Sweetwater's on the way back. If you sign up on their email list, you get 1/2 dozen donuts free.

    http://www.sweetwatersdonuts.com


    Thanks for the tip!
    Last edited by stevez on May 15th, 2010, 12:33 pm, edited 2 times in total.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #6 - May 15th, 2010, 10:06 am
    Post #6 - May 15th, 2010, 10:06 am Post #6 - May 15th, 2010, 10:06 am
    My folks live in Kalamazoo. My #1 rec would be Food Dance. Good, fresh ingredients and a pretty creative menu. Great beers on tap (always changing). Also, not too far from the State Theatre.

    401 East Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI‎ - (269) 382-1888‎


    Just a block or two from the State is Fandango, which is a tapas place. Also good.

    247 South Kalamazoo Mall
    Kalamazoo, MI‎ - (269) 226-9800‎


    and Epic Bistro...great wine list

    359 South Kalamazoo Mall
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4843

    Enjoy the State Theatre! Haven't been there in a while, but they always had some great MI beers on tap there.
  • Post #7 - May 15th, 2010, 12:33 pm
    Post #7 - May 15th, 2010, 12:33 pm Post #7 - May 15th, 2010, 12:33 pm
    stevez wrote:
    soltro79 wrote:We definitely plan on hitting up Sweetwater's on the way back. If you sign up on their email list, you get 1/2 dozen donuts free.

    http://www.sweetwatersdonuts.com


    Thanks for the tip!


    I just picked up my free 1/2 dozen. I got a nice assortment of their novelty flavors (mounds bar, german chocolate, etc.) as well as some classics. I also picked up a few other items including some of the best glazed cake donut holes I've ever tasted. The regular chocolate cake donuts are good, but nothing to write home about. I'll report back once I have tried some of the more unusual flavors.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #8 - May 15th, 2010, 12:47 pm
    Post #8 - May 15th, 2010, 12:47 pm Post #8 - May 15th, 2010, 12:47 pm
    Food Dance seconded, either for brunch or dinner. Their prices are shockingly high for Kalamazoo but the food is high-quality.

    Ari's London Grill (British pub) is close to the State Theater and pretty good, semi-casual, small and comfortable, great service and solid British-Indian food:

    214 W. Michigan Ave.
    269-381-9212

    We enjoy Great Lakes Shipping Co. as well, it's not downtown but it's a five-minute drive from the State Theater. It's a chop house, very old-school:

    4525 W. KL Ave.
    312-375-3650

    Webster's is good, it's been some years since I went, but it's one of the "fancier" restaurants in Kalamazoo. It's in the Radisson Hotel downtown. Think small-town "contemporary American" food, but you have your safer steak-and-potatoes, etc. as well. They have a great little bar area, separate from their main dining room, which is one of my favorite places to drink in Kalamazoo:

    100 W. Michigan Ave.
    269-343-4444

    DEFINITELY go to Bell's and enjoy a beer in the garden.

    Have a good time!
  • Post #9 - May 16th, 2010, 7:26 pm
    Post #9 - May 16th, 2010, 7:26 pm Post #9 - May 16th, 2010, 7:26 pm
    The Union (http://www.millenniumrestaurants.com/union.php) is owned by the same people as Epic Bistro, and I'd highly recommend either one.
  • Post #10 - May 17th, 2010, 4:59 pm
    Post #10 - May 17th, 2010, 4:59 pm Post #10 - May 17th, 2010, 4:59 pm
    All great suggestions... We ended up having to choose Mangia Mangia because we were pushed on timing and found two empty seats at the bar prior to the show.

    It was fine, but hopefully we'll able to try these suggestions the next time we're in Kalamazoo.
  • Post #11 - May 17th, 2010, 5:18 pm
    Post #11 - May 17th, 2010, 5:18 pm Post #11 - May 17th, 2010, 5:18 pm
    also been to the
    HANGAR bar&grill :mrgreen:
    on west main
    k-zoo
    great burger's ,fries
    philw bbq cbj for kcbs &M.I.M. carolina pit masters
  • Post #12 - July 24th, 2017, 4:42 pm
    Post #12 - July 24th, 2017, 4:42 pm Post #12 - July 24th, 2017, 4:42 pm
    stevez wrote:I'll be passing through Kalamazoo on Saturday, to. My only stop will be at Sweetwater's Donuts, recently mentioned in the Saveur 100 issue. They're open 24/7, so try to find some time for a snack.

    Sweetwater's Donut Mill
    2138 South Sprinkle Road
    Kalamazoo, MI 49001
    (269) 388-4613

    3333 Stadium Drive
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    (269) 372-3636


    Stopped by on Saturday afternoon. Been getting Sweetwater's for years.

    Also grabbed some items from Ray Rays. Friend and I split a Maxwell St Polish, MJ Burger, Italian Beef (wet w/sweet peppers).

    Maxwell St Polish we both thought was terrific, coarse grind, great flavor.

    Italian Beef was very good also, the gravy was more flavored like a French Dip au jus as opposed to the gravy we're used to in Chicago area.

    MJ Burger was just ok, burger was cooked very well. We didn't ask, but if the burger could be cooked to a MR or Med, it would have likely been a very good burger.

    Ray Rays Italian Beef & Sausage
    1715 Miller road
    Kalamazoo, MI 49001
    FB URL: https://www.facebook.com/rayrayskzoo/?r ... 8059982758
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.

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