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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, September 27, 2010

Studio Grill

I lucked out and was allowed to take a day off after the busy start to the school year. YAY! So, I went downtown to meet Paul, see his new work place, and have lunch with him. We had gone back and forth on where we thought we would eat. We talked about Ouzos and Rustica and Casa Bolero. All places that we haven't tried. But, being short on time and short on wallet, we opted for the Studio Grill on W. Michigan which is under new management.

Paul scooped out the menu ahead of time, and could tell it was a place we would both like. Burgers, vegetarian sandwiches, salads. Seemed we would both leave Studio Grill pretty satisfied. And, we did!

The atmosphere/decor are kinda dive/hole in the wall diner, but with an added charm. The red and white checked table clothes are inviting, and the antique looking chairs, while not terribly comfortable, look great. We were seated quickly and promptly greeted by our server. A young, pleasant woman, she took our drink order and told us about the specials. A moment later, an older woman made her way to our table to be sure we knew that Mondays are vegetarian days and that the black bean burger special was excellent! She sold me, clearly.Our server came back, and we placed our orders. It seemed only a few minutes before she came back with our meals in red plastic baskets.

My burger was really good. Well seasoned, a little under done, but perfectly paired with a buttered, grilled sesame seed bun, lettuce and tomato. I did send Paul for some mustard, a bottle of sunshine as the older, hippie woman, who we are guessing is the owner, called it as she handed it to him. The sweet potato fries, really more like chips, were very good as well. Not overly greasy, full of flavor and well seasoned.

Portion size and pricing was good too. My burger was not too large and it was a modest serving of sweet potato fries. Enough that I was satisfied, but didn't hate myself for eating a bunch of fried food. And, all for around $7.00. Not too bad. Maybe a little pricier than it seemed to be worth. But, for the good service and the speed, it probably is about right.

The vibe in Studio Grill, as I eluded to above, was very down-to-earth, very peace, love, and food. It is a welcoming place with kind people. Definitely check it out if you are downtown!

four golden forks out of five.

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