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» SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Salads, Soups, Creme Brulee.


and serves lots of one-of-a-kind items like the Pork Belly Reuben or the Duck PB&J (duck confit, carmelized onions, cashew-peanut butter, green pepper jelly, anadama bread).


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.


New Holland Brewing Company 66 E. 8th St., Holland. 616-355-6422 BREWPUB. One of West Michigan’s premier microbreweries serves up better than average pub grub, including the Tarheel barbecue Pulled Pork, Grilled Portobello and The Treehugger, which is billed as “a vegetarian sandwich utopia.”


Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mad Hatter IPA, Dragon’s Milk.


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Phil’s Bar & Grille 215 Butler St., Saugatuck. 269-857-1555 AMERICAN. This cozy (some would say “small”) bar and grille in downtown Saugatuck is one of those unassuming spots you might eas- ily overlook, though locals in Saugatuck will tell you about their love affair with Phil’s. Eclectic menu is all over the place, but in a good way, and the staff is super-friendly.


SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Portabella Mushroom Fries.


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Salt of the Earth 114 East Main St., Fennville. 269-561-7258 AMERICAN. Salt of the Earth is a farm-to-table-inspired restaurant, bar, and bakery located in the heart of SW Michigan farm country in Fennville. Salt focuses on fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients whenever possible. Also serves up live music on weekends.


days. GO THERE FOR: House made rustic cuisine. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 GO THERE FOR: The Beer and Scallop Marinara.


» SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days.


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 the menu, courtesy of award-winning Chef Sean Kelly.


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. GO THERE FOR: The Beer. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN 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.


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


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


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


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