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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!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Foodies on Vacay: Phil's Bar and Grill (Saugatuck, MI)

Kate: Red Curry Turkey Salad Sandwich with Rosemary Garlic Chips
On vacay with the family (minus Paul, sadly, for the first half of the week) and we went into Saugatuck to explore the city. Now, I was starving. I went for a run that morning, and it was like 2:00 by the time we made it into town. Sometimes, my family can be a little slow on getting up and out. Anyway, we are roaming Saugatuck, and I keep asking when we are going to eat. Finally, my dad says that I should just pick a spot and let everyone know where I am and they will join when they are ready to eat. Ok. I can do that. And conveniently, Phil's was the closest place. It also happened to be a recommendation by a friend, AND, the specials for the day sounded awesome. So, that is where I landed.

They have a darling outdoor area that seats about 10 people (perfect, there were 9 of us). Now, it is four separate tables, but knowing we would be the only ones out there, we asked if we could take it over. And, we did. It was a beautiful day, and I would always prefer dining outside if I can. So, we took over and began examining the menu.

There were so many delicious sounding things on this menu. And, everything is fresh, made on the spot, love that. I was really torn. I started with a beer (Hacker Shore Weiss which actually had a nice citrusy finish making it perfect for a hot summer day) and continued stressing about what I was going to order. FINALLY, I decided to order the special. It just sounded so good, and like something I couldn't get everywhere.

When my sandwich arrived and I took the first taste, I immediately knew I made the right choice. This sandwich was amazing. Red Curry Turkey Salad... just say that a few times. It took a minute to take hold. But, man, these guys know what they are doing. It wasn't overwhelming. It was subtly flavored. But, it was refreshing and perfect for a hot day. The swiss cheese added some creaminess and a touch of tang, and the romaine lettuce added some crunch. All held together by this delicious multigrain cibatta bread. Wow! A home run for sure. Served with their homemade rosemary potato chips. Perfection. This will now be a sandwich that I crave!

Since we sat outside, I don't have a lot to say about the Phil's atmosphere. It is in an old theater, best I can tell, since there is a huge marquis outside. And, it's got that dark, bar feel inside. The restrooms were nice. And, they had the same Folies-Bergere (La Loie Foller) hanging on the wall that I do in my dining room. So, that's cool.

Oh, another totally fun thing... when our server brought our bills, we also each got a little cup of animal crackers. For real. What a cool little touch. I won't forget that. Which is probably what they were going for.

Phil's will be yet another reason to head to Douglas/Saugatuck more often... SO GOOD!

five golden forks out of five.

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