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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!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tokyo Express (Hibachi)

Kate: Tofu Hibachi
Paul and I were out and about running, what felt like, a ton of errands. And, it was time to fill our bellies for some much needed energy. So, we decided to try the new Japanese/Hibachi place that just opened near our place.

We were warmly greeted upon entering and were quickly seated at it was not busy. In fact, at first, we were the only ones in the place. But, it wasn't a prime meal time, so, no big deal. We knew we were likely going to opt for hibachi because, let's face it, we love hibachi. This is not your typical hibachi place where you sit at the big hibachi table with strangers and the chef displays awesome spatula spinning skills and flips broccoli into someone's mouth. Here, the set up is like any other restaurant. Just tables and Asian decor. And, that is fine. Honestly, sometimes I feel really awkward sitting at the hibachi table.

Anyway, we looked over the lunch menu and were immediately struck by the great prices. Especially for what you get for the price. Like typical hibachi, you get the rice, veggies, and protein, plus soup or salad. For like $7! I ordered tofu. And, was happy with my choice.

The miso soup came out first, and was on par with what I would expect. It didn't knock my socks off. But it was good. Maybe a little on the salty end. Then she delivered our plates of hibachi. And, again, not like the best thing I ever ate, but definitely tasty, satisfying and very budget friendly. The vegetables seemed fresh and crisp, the tofu had nicely taken on the flavor of the sauces it was cooked in, and the rice was also well seasoned. The sauces were what I would expect. A ginger sauce, and the spicy white hibachi sauce which I love.

I'll admit it. I was in the clean plate club that day. The food tasted good, was served in decent proportions, and made my tummy happy.

I am not sure I would recommend driving across town to try out Tokyo Express as I found it comparable with other options in the area, but if you are over here, it is definitely worth stopping in. I am certain it will become a regular in our carryout or quick (and close to home) dinner options.

Check it out for yourself!


three golden forks out of five.

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