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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!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

North 11

Kate: North 11 Pizza with Jalapenos
It was the 3rd CARES Annual Dining Out to Fight Aids night, and Paul and I felt like getting out and supporting the cause. Knowing that we are moving to this end of town soon, and having never heard of North 11 before, we thought, 'what the heck!?! Let's check this place out.' So, we did. We headed the long way up Gull Road to find North 11 nestled in a plaza with a Papa Johns, Gull Road Pharmacy, a Chinese Take Out place and more.

I have to say, I was kind of surprised when we walked in. The decor is modern. Chic, if you will. And not what I was expecting from a place in a strip mall. We were seated quickly and start checking out the menu. The menu is broad. It is not overwhelmingly huge, but they cover a lot of ground on it. From wood-fired pizzas, to wraps, to bison burgers, to entrees. There are plenty of options. And, many that are (or could be) vegetarian friendly. They also have an extensive drink menu. In fact, I believe it is bigger than their food menu, offering specialty martinis, a wide range of beers and wines, etc. And, they have great happy hour specials.

I was torn between a few items on the menu, and asked our waitress for her recommendation between the few I was thinking about. She informed me that her favorite is the North 11 pizza, but that she adds jalapenos. Why not take it from some one who works there, right? So, that is what I ordered. And, it was scrumptious.

As Paul said, they don't skimp on the jalapenos when you add them. And, they add the perfect heat to this already tasty combination of toppings (roasted garlic, grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke, and olive oil). YUM! Since there is no red of white sauce, it is a lighter pizza. The crust is thin, but not too thin. Not crunchy. I has that delicious wood-fired flavor. And, it was a pretty good size. You could EASILY share one of their pizzas with a friend. Or, do like I did and take it home for lunch the next day.

We have been a few times since our first visit. We are so excited to have found this gem near our new home. I am really looking forward to bringing out of town guests to North 11, especially since it won't cost you and arm and a leg to get a good meal!


four golden forks out of five.

1 comment:

Mallory said...

Ohhhhh that sounds so good. We are so getting this next time I'm up there.