Ken's Guidebook

Ken
Ken's Guidebook

Food scene

Closest Brewery with good food.
Saugatuck Brewing Co. - Kalamazoo
140 S Westnedge Ave
Closest Brewery with good food.
Original location of the brew house. Now has great micro brewed batches, great food and great entertainment in their back room.
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Bell's Eccentric Cafe
355 East Kalamazoo Avenue
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Original location of the brew house. Now has great micro brewed batches, great food and great entertainment in their back room.
Hotel bar with mix of locals and travelers. Many screens and best nearby place to watch the game. A little pricey but good specials too.
Old Burdick's Bar & Grill
Hotel bar with mix of locals and travelers. Many screens and best nearby place to watch the game. A little pricey but good specials too.
Pizza, Antipasto, Salads, full bar
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Martini's Kzoo
832 S Westnedge Ave
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Pizza, Antipasto, Salads, full bar
Popular local breakfast location. Could be a wait on weekends, but worth it.
Fourth Coast Cafe & Bakery
816 S Westnedge Ave
Popular local breakfast location. Could be a wait on weekends, but worth it.
Recommended local bagel and sandwich shop.
Bagel Beanery
812 South Westnedge Avenue
Recommended local bagel and sandwich shop.
Cool local neighborhood bar. Better bar food and occasional music. St. Patrick’s Day favorite.
O'Duffy's Pub
804 W Vine St
Cool local neighborhood bar. Better bar food and occasional music. St. Patrick’s Day favorite.
Central City Tap House
359 S Kalamazoo Mall
Upscale food option
Rustica
236 S Kalamazoo Mall
Upscale food option
Upscale food option
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Principle Food and Drink
230 S Kalamazoo Mall
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Upscale food option
Tacos! Full bar, two levels
Taco Bob's
300 South Kalamazoo Mall
Tacos! Full bar, two levels
Best nearby wine bar.
The Wine Loft
161 E Michigan Ave
Best nearby wine bar.
New Restaurant on the Kalamazoo Mall with Upscale Latin American food.
Roca
247 South Kalamazoo Mall
New Restaurant on the Kalamazoo Mall with Upscale Latin American food.
Inside the Radisson, newly opened upscale American restaurant with brick fired ovens. And, starting in March, 2022, Private Chef options.
Brick and Brine
100 West Michigan Avenue
Inside the Radisson, newly opened upscale American restaurant with brick fired ovens. And, starting in March, 2022, Private Chef options.

Brewery scene

Micro brewery two blocks away, including some delicious ones.
Brewery right across the street from the Police station. Recommend driving here. Only about a mile away though.
Brite Eyes Brewing Company
1156 S Burdick St
Brewery right across the street from the Police station. Recommend driving here. Only about a mile away though.
Limited hours - May have a pizza wagon or food truck nearby.
Final Gravity Brewing Company
246 N Burdick St
Limited hours - May have a pizza wagon or food truck nearby.
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Bell's Brewery
355 E Kalamazoo Ave
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Popular local brewery out of the downtown area about three miles away toward the airport. Games available. Large bar.
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One Well Brewing
4213 Portage Street
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Popular local brewery out of the downtown area about three miles away toward the airport. Games available. Large bar.
Saugatuck Brewing Co. - Kalamazoo
140 S Westnedge Ave
Close with good food.

Dive bar

Old bars, mostly frequented by locals, but fun.
Easy walk. One of Kalamazoo’s oldest. Students have found this place. Pee somewhere else. Worst bathrooms in town.
Green Top Tavern
250 E Michigan Ave
Easy walk. One of Kalamazoo’s oldest. Students have found this place. Pee somewhere else. Worst bathrooms in town.
Get your picture taken with one of their stuffed animals such as the Bear near the entrance. Excellent pizzas and food. Occasional entertainment. Drive here, but short drive.
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Louie's Trophy House
629 Walbridge St
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Get your picture taken with one of their stuffed animals such as the Bear near the entrance. Excellent pizzas and food. Occasional entertainment. Drive here, but short drive.

Art, theatre, museum

One block away, gift shop, art school and travelling collections.
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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
435 W South St
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One block away, gift shop, art school and travelling collections.
One of the oldest Civic Theatres. Great place to see local theatre for as low as $25 per ticket. Cozy. Two blocks away.
Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
329 South Park Street
One of the oldest Civic Theatres. Great place to see local theatre for as low as $25 per ticket. Cozy. Two blocks away.
Small, very cozy with excellent shows / actors.
Farmers Alley Theatre
221 Farmers Alley
Small, very cozy with excellent shows / actors.
The New Vic Theatre
134 East Vine Street
Free entrance, great for kids. Small fee for the planetarium.
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Kalamazoo Valley Museum
230 North Rose Street
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Free entrance, great for kids. Small fee for the planetarium.
Beautiful, saved 1927 Theater. Seats about 1,600. Great variety of music, comedians, retro movies. Now, air conditioned! Brittney Spears opened for N-Sync here. Dave Chappell was here for two shows recently. Many very big names over the years.
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Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 South Burdick Street
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Beautiful, saved 1927 Theater. Seats about 1,600. Great variety of music, comedians, retro movies. Now, air conditioned! Brittney Spears opened for N-Sync here. Dave Chappell was here for two shows recently. Many very big names over the years.

Neighborhoods

A mix of students and families and a few very good local businesses
Vine
A mix of students and families and a few very good local businesses
Lively food, entertainment and shopping options.
Central Business District
Lively food, entertainment and shopping options.

Coffee

Water Street Coffee Joint (Downtown)
Local favorite
Popular with downtown business employees.
Something's Brewing
120 West South Street
Popular with downtown business employees.
Starbucks inside the Radisson
Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
100 West Michigan Avenue
Starbucks inside the Radisson
Water & Park Coffee is closest. Run by Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program. New building. Wifi. Just steps away.
West Water Street & North Park Street
Water & Park Coffee is closest. Run by Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program. New building. Wifi. Just steps away.
Reasonably priced. Good lunch location. M-F only.
Totally Brewed Cafe
151 South Rose Street
Reasonably priced. Good lunch location. M-F only.
Drip coffee, eclectic location
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Black Owl Cafe
414 Walbridge Street
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Drip coffee, eclectic location

Schools, Universities

Walkable on a nice day. Pretty hillside campus.
Kalamazoo College
1200 Academy St
Walkable on a nice day. Pretty hillside campus.
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
300 Portage Street
Five blocks away
Division One Research University. Member of the Mid American Conference. Four campuses in Kalamazoo including the Medical School five blocks away, the East and West Campuses within walking distance and the Engineering School in the Business, Technology and Research Park near US 131.
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Division One Research University. Member of the Mid American Conference. Four campuses in Kalamazoo including the Medical School five blocks away, the East and West Campuses within walking distance and the Engineering School in the Business, Technology and Research Park near US 131.