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Restaurant Reviews

East Egg $$
6097 Sears Dr. Portage, Michigan

With five locations in the Greater Kalamazoo area, we didn’t have to travel far to find a great breakfast. When four of us stopped in for breakfast before our “Girls DayOut Shopping Trip” we were pleasantly surprised by the large variety of breakfast options on the menu. For a minor substitution fee you can choose a fruit cup or granola and yogurt over toast. Cholesterol free eggs or egg whites are available. By mutual agreement their GF (gluten free) menu is amazing. Their GF pancakes and toast are both delicious and, unlike other establishments, you absolutely cannot tell that you are eating GF! With a group as diverse as we are, we were able to sample a good cross-section of the menu. We ordered: The 3 Egg Omelet with sausage and cheese (and a side of pancakes), French Toast with sausage, the Corned Beef Hash Eggs Benedict and the Traditional Eggs Benedict. The omelet was delicious, as were the pancakes and French toast, but what really impressed us was the delicious syrup. East Egg offers six varieties of EggsBenedict and if the two we ordered are any indication, you can’t go wrong with this choice. Even better? Those who are watching their diet can get a half order, with all the flavor and fewer calories.

Papa’s Italian Sausage $
1219 King Hwy. Kalamazoo, Michigan

When we visited Papa’s Italian Sausage at noon on a weekday, we found a small but clean dine-in area crowded with patrons. Though the place was very busy, the staff did an admirable job of keeping up with both the to-go orders and the dine-in customers. We ordered Uncle Vito’s Platter which features Papa’s homemade Italian sausage smothered with sautéed onions and grilled peppers. The sausage, made by hand from a family recipe, was delicious and the onions and peppers were perfectly sautéed.

The platter comes with a side of Potato La’ Roma (Papa’s famous seasoned, pan-fried potatoes), breadsticks and sauce. Lunch came in under $10 and kept us pleasantly satisfied until dinner. The menu features additional choices such as specialty sandwiches, pastas, salads and even a variety of hot dogs, so there’s something for everyone here.

Latitude 42 $$
6101 W. Main St. Kalamazoo, Michigan

Known for its craft beer and locally-sourced, innovative food since 2013, Latitude 42 recently opened a location in Oshtemo. When we visited their newest location on an average weeknight we were quickly greeted and shown to a roomy booth. The restaurant was quite busy, but our server promptly introduced herself and answered questions about the menu. We ordered the Lobster and Shrimp Rangoon which we found to be a perfect appetizer. After waiting approximately 25 minutes, our server stopped by the table to let us know that our ticket had been lost, but the kitchen was working on our order. After another 10 minutes, our entrees finally arrived. The Latitude 42 beer cheese soup had a wonderful balance of smooth notes and sharp cheese flavor. The Blackened Steak Tips (from the starter menu) were served in a cast iron skillet of Cajun cream sauce, caramelized onions and smoked paprika with a side of focaccia bread and were the highlight of the meal. The Mustang Burger— with its cheddar, bacon, haystack onions and barbeque sauce— was juicy and flavorful. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was casual and inviting, and the restaurant was clean and beautifully decorated. The exceptionally long wait for our food was disappointing but would not dissuade us from visiting again.

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Price range is the APPROXIMATE cost per person for a meal includes one drink, tax and tip.

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