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    Post #1 - March 23rd, 2005, 9:15 am
    Post #1 - March 23rd, 2005, 9:15 am Post #1 - March 23rd, 2005, 9:15 am
    I am planning a weekend Amtrak trip to Kalamazoo and would appreciate any food related or other advice anyone might have. Thanks!
  • Post #2 - March 23rd, 2005, 9:43 am
    Post #2 - March 23rd, 2005, 9:43 am Post #2 - March 23rd, 2005, 9:43 am
    Abandon all hope...
    No, not really.

    There's a couple of brewpubs in the downtown: Bell's (IIRC), and Olde Peninsula. The former is supposed to be pretty good.

    Otherwise, you need to get out of the downtown, closer to the University.
    There's a decent Indian place called "Indian Cuisine" out in the boondocks of Portage.

    There's one other very good place, but the name completely escapes me.
  • Post #3 - March 23rd, 2005, 9:57 am
    Post #3 - March 23rd, 2005, 9:57 am Post #3 - March 23rd, 2005, 9:57 am
    I've never eaten at Bell's brewpub but they are an excellent microbrewery, very big on the more expensive but very flavorful dry-hopping.
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  • Post #4 - March 23rd, 2005, 10:06 am
    Post #4 - March 23rd, 2005, 10:06 am Post #4 - March 23rd, 2005, 10:06 am
    Yeah, visiting the Bell's brewery is the motivation for the trip. I have been a huge fan for a quite a few years. Having spent the last couple years in Houston where it was completely unavailable has inspired the trip.
  • Post #5 - March 23rd, 2005, 12:03 pm
    Post #5 - March 23rd, 2005, 12:03 pm Post #5 - March 23rd, 2005, 12:03 pm
    Bell's is probably your best -- and perhaps only -- bet. The downtown of Ka'zoo has been blighted for years, and I'm sure the closure of large parts of Pharmacia hasn't helped. There really isn't much left of *anything* in the downtown, but at least Bell's is close to the train.

    Now if you were driving, you could have more fun staying on Rt. 12 along the lakefront in IN and MI... but that's another show.
  • Post #6 - March 23rd, 2005, 6:48 pm
    Post #6 - March 23rd, 2005, 6:48 pm Post #6 - March 23rd, 2005, 6:48 pm
    I’d been hoping to make a trip to Kalamazoo, specifically to visit Bell’s on Eccentric Day, and asked about it on Chowhound a while ago. The answers, here and here, were very helpful and I hope they’ll be of use to you. I wasn’t able to make the trip but still want to get to Kalamazoo one of these days so would love to hear your report.
  • Post #7 - March 24th, 2005, 8:02 pm
    Post #7 - March 24th, 2005, 8:02 pm Post #7 - March 24th, 2005, 8:02 pm
    During my last trip to kalamazoo I was able to come up with a real diamond in the rough. Dan's Fish & BBQ shanty on riverview dr. The barbecue was good but not impressive. However the fish was fresh and quite excellent. But the main reason to go see Dan are his homemade soups. There are always at least 4 different soups waiting for you. He will let you sample until your hearts content. I heartily recommend the turtle soup or his gumbo. If you are very lucky he may have some gumbo made up with alligator as well. I brought a 1/2 gallon of each home with me (cost around 10.00) and savored every drop. The soups tend to sell out early . Also, the locals consider the neighborhood to be on the wrong side of the tracks but I doubt if any chicagoan would even take notice. Too bad, it is their loss.

    Dan's Fish & Bar B Que Shanty
    Address: 701 Riverview Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49048
    Phone: (269) 344-7653
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    http://www.maxwellstreetmarket.com
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  • Post #8 - March 24th, 2005, 8:12 pm
    Post #8 - March 24th, 2005, 8:12 pm Post #8 - March 24th, 2005, 8:12 pm
    One thing I failed to note in my recent report on a visit to Avec (Avec Post, scroll down to March 15 entry by JiLS) was that I sat next to lovely and engaging couple from Kalamazoo. They indicated that, more or less, they come to Chicago when they want to eat (they were having appetizers at Avec, dinner at Blackbird). If that's too far to drive, they enjoy the areas between Union Pier and St. Joseph on the Red Arrow Highway, an area of which I am also quite fond. But back on point, which is Kalamazoo, perhaps you should drown your sorrows in a strong Bloody Mary with a good, strong rib of celery . :twisted:
  • Post #9 - June 16th, 2005, 10:20 am
    Post #9 - June 16th, 2005, 10:20 am Post #9 - June 16th, 2005, 10:20 am
    http://www.fooddancecafe.com/pages/home_/home.html

    "locally grown food integrated into bold, full-flavored dishes"

    vegetarian friendly !!

    closest comparison: lula cafe

    i usually order the veggie hustle sandwich.
  • Post #10 - June 16th, 2005, 10:34 am
    Post #10 - June 16th, 2005, 10:34 am Post #10 - June 16th, 2005, 10:34 am
    an old 1950's gas station transformed into a cofffee shop
    located near the train tracks, in a smoke free enviroment
    it's a very cute place and they are open until late !!

    WATER STREET COFFEE JOINT
    315 E WATER ST

    (269) 373-2840


    but for an EXCELLENT mocha,

    go to the:

    Fourth Coast Cafe
    (269) 383-0202
    816 S Westnedge Ave
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008

    OPEN 24 HOURS !!
    it's also smoking friendly.
  • Post #11 - April 23rd, 2024, 12:20 pm
    Post #11 - April 23rd, 2024, 12:20 pm Post #11 - April 23rd, 2024, 12:20 pm
    20 year old thread bump.

    Recent trip to Michigan saw me stopping in these parts.
    Sweetwater Donut Mill is a must stop. They have yeast and cake donuts. The fillings are delicious but not overwhelming. There had to be 50 donut varieties. My favorite was the special, Lemon Creme that had a very thin layer of marshmallow creme surrounding the menu. It was evocative of a good lemon meringue. Other favorites include the grasshopper, Simpsons creme filled, and New York cheesecake.

    https://imgur.com/gallery/wTlsu4x

    Sweetwater Donut Mill
    3333 Stadium Drive
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    269-372-3636
    https://sweetwatersdonuts.com/donuts

    Schwarma King 3 was the other stop. It's a Lebanese restaurant that has a buffet and does brisk take out business. $14.99 for the lunch buffet. $7.49/lb for takeout on the buffet. They have a regular menu too. It comes with warm pita bread.
    The buffet was mostly hits with some misses. Highlights were the falafel, baba ghanoush, garlic spread, molkiah, garlic dip, okra, and rice with fried onions. The chicken and beef schwarma on the buffet were the weak link and dry. There were a couple soups, salads, entrees, sides, spreads, sauces.

    Schwarma King 3
    2925 S. Westnedge Ave
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    269-226-9700
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063486731328%20no%20business%20website

    https://imgur.com/gallery/T4aWvzv
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