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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bell's Brewery Eccentric Cafe

Kristin: Grilled Portabella and Roasted Red Pepper
Let's be realistic. Kate and I have lived in K-zoo for a few months now, so we are no strangers to the Kalamazoo institution known as Bell's Brewery, nor the pub Bell's owns: The Eccentric Cafe. We haven't blogged about it before now because this is the first time we've gone with the express purpose of eating a whole meal, not just snacky things.
The Grilled Portabella and Roasted Red Pepper is a burger. A burger sans meat. Because the meat portion is taken up by a gigantic grilled mushroom. And when combined with the feta cheese and red peppers, it, my friends, was wondrous.*
The atmosphere is exactly what you would expect from a place called "the Eccentric cafe." I must note my favorite part of the decor is a wall of assorted masks/ heads/ faces that are hung behind the bar. (The best one is a mounted head of a Blue Green Abelard - for those of you out there who are rusty on their Children's Literature, that's an antelope-type thing from Dr Seuss world.**)
four out of five golden forks
*It may stand to be pointed out that I have an almost obsessive love of mushroom-based food.
**Don't feel bad if you didn't know, I definitely had to google that tid-bit of information.

Kate: It was on the specials board, I can't remember what it was called...It was a garden burger with feta goodness!
Now, I had dined at Bell's before. I had taken a few out-of-town friends there to show it off, and I loved what I ate then. This day was no exception. One of the wonderful things about the Eccentric Cafe is their every changing specials board. And, today I did partake. Really, put feta on anything, and I am pretty much in, but put it on a garden burger, and I am really in. This was a garden burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and then this delicious sauce that had a spicy kick AND the feta. Oh, it was delicious. We also enjoyed the pretzel rods with beer cheese appetizer. I could have eaten that whole thing myself. YUM!
Bell's, to me, has the full package, great, fresh, lite fare, yummy beer, a cool atmosphere, and every time I go in there, the music is even better than the last, which I didn't think you could do. Only downfall, for us financially challenged, is that they are a cash-only establishment. Breaks my heart, as I hardly ever have cash on me, but I see what they are doing, and I appreciate them for it!

five golden forks out of five!

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