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country in Fennville. Salt focuses on fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients whenever possible. Also serves up live music on weekends.


Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: House made rustic cuisine.


the menu, courtesy of award-winning Chef Sean Kelly. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:


Saugatuck Brewing Company 2948 Blue Star Highway. 269-857-7222 BREWPUB. Enjoy a traditional Irish-style pub that features quality beer, wine, food and service. Try one of 12 unique brews that are served in the pub and bottled and distributed throughout the Midwest.


GO THERE FOR: The Beer and Scallop Marinara. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days.


Vitale’s 59 W. Washington Ave. (616) 772-5900 ITALIAN. This family owned restaurant specializes in Italian dining, but also has a full menu that includes Mexican and American specialties. Voted best Pizza 7 years in a row by the Grand Rapids Press. In addition to its happy hour, there are daily bar specials.


days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7


SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Handcrafted ales and barbecue.


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Bell’s Eccentric Cafe 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave. 269-382-2332 BREWPUB. Eccentric Café’s regular menu of appetizers, sandwiches, sides and salads – plus the daily soups and specials – exists for a simple and important purpose: to complement the Kalamazoo microbrewery’s award-winning beers. Eat up while you drink up.


Open 7 days. (Closed Sat. lunch) GO THERE FOR: The Beer. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON:


Bravo! 5402 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo 269-344-7700 ITALIAN. Much-lauded restaurant has earned its stripes over past 23 years as one of the region’s best dining experiences, including a 3-star rating in the 2010 Forbes Travel Guide (formerly the Mobil Travel Guide). The Tuscan-inspired cuisine is spectacular, the atmosphere comfortable and intimate, and the service first-rate. Also brews its own beer in small batches for pairings with menu offerings.


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Arcadia Brewing Co. 103 Michigan Ave., Battle Creek. 269-963-9520 BREWPUB. You’ll find some of the usual suspects on the Battle Creek brewpub’s menu, including wood-fired pizzas and some of the best barbecue in the region. But you’ll also find some delightful surprises – Osso Bucco in a brewpub?! – on


SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. (Closed Sat. lunch) GO THERE FOR: A great dining experience.


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Epic Bistro 359 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo. 269-342-1300 AMERICAN. Upscale but not stuffy wine bar in Kalamazoo’s Epic Center downtown, featuring small plates, wood-fired pizzas and signature steaks and chops. As you might expect, the wine list is expansive with lots of value bottles in the $30-50


range. » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Cheese boards and charcuterie.


Fieldstone Grille 3970 W. Centre St., Portage. 269-321-8480 AMERICAN. Lodge-retreat atmosphere overlooking the natural wetlands of the Moors Golf Club. The “field-to-plate” menu features burgers, pizzas, steaks and some eclectic items like quail. Try the FSG chips, a combination of potato, beet and sweet potato chips.


days. GO THERE FOR: Blue Burger, Almond Crusted Walleye, FSG Chips.


Old Burdicks Bar & Grill 100 W. Michigan Ave. (269) 226-3192 AMERICAN. Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill features tasty sandwiches, burgers, salads and entrees, as well as a great selection of cocktails, wines and beers.


days. GO THERE FOR: The Old Burdick Burger. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner. OPEN: Open 7 » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7


Food Dance 401 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. 269-382-1888 AMERICAN. An eclectic American menu that reflects ownership’s fixation on “finding honest-to-goodness fruits, vegetables, meat and eggs that come from the farm, not the factory.” Lots of unique choices, for breakfast (gingerbread pancakes), lunch (crab cake sandwich) and dinner (beer roasted chicken).


ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh Local Foods. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN


Martell’s 3501 Greenleaf Blvd., Kalamazoo. 269-375-2105 AMERICAN. Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood that overlooks Willow Lake, Martell’s offers casual ambiance and an expansive menu with steaks, prime rib and other comfort food entrées like Italian style meatloaf and pork shank.


SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days (Sundays- dinner only) GO THERE FOR: Quiet casual ambiance.


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Olde Peninsula 200 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo 269-343-2739 BREWPUB. Downtown brewpub serves up the expected (e.g., steaks, ribs), the authentic (e.g., London Broil) and some pleasant surprises (e.g., extensive vegetarian offerings, Italian food). Offers a range of beers brewed on the premises and served on tap, plus a full bar. Check out the seasonal porters on tap right now, including the Vanilla Porter (5.5% ABV) and Stout Chocula (5.25% ABV).


Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer-B-Que Ribs, London Broil. » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON:


Union Cabaret & Grille 125 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo. 269-384-6756 AMERICAN. A partnership with Western Michigan University, Union features eclectic food and cocktails, plus live jazz music performed by WMU faculty and students.


Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Portabella Fries, Bloody Maries with infused vodkas. n


For a full listing of restaurants, visit revuewm.com/restaurants. To submit or correct information in a dining listing, please send an e-mail to editor@revuewm.com.


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