Tucked away in Texas Corners, BOLD boasts simple food… big flavors and they totally live up to their claim. Whether you are in the mood for cocktails and small plates or a hearty dinner, BOLD has something for every taste. The dining room and bar are intimate and inviting. It is one of those spaces where you are equally comfortable having cocktails and snacks with a group of girlfriends or celebrating a romantic occasion. The restaurant even offers a private dining space called The Cellar which seats up to 35 people.
We started our meal with the roasted corn and crab dip. Roasted corn, lump crab, chipotle, mozzarella, Monterey jack, and parmesan cheeses blended together and perfectly paired with toasted crostini, made this one amazing appetizer. For the main course, my husband opted for the Cowboy Ribeye which is grilled (bone-in) with roasted garlic and shallot compound butter and served with sweet potato gratin and haystack onions. His steak was cooked to a perfect medium-rare and every bite was better than the last (yes, I stole several bites for myself). I chose the Seafood Trio which was pan-seared scallops, sautéed shrimp and lump crab served over a risotto cake with sautéed spinach and a citrus beurre blanc. The fried risotto cake was a wonderful, crispy contrast to the delicate seafood and the beurre blanc was phenomenal. Everything about my meal was exceptional. When our server offered a dessert menu, we decided to get two desserts and share. The bread pudding featured dark chocolate, cayenne-candied pecans, bourbon sauce, and whipped cream. We added a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which took this already incredible dessert to the next level. The BOLD bananas featured banana-walnut ice cream, chocolate shell, brown sugar and rum glazed bananas topped with whipped cream. It was delicious and I tried my hardest to avoid sharing this delight with the hubby.
BOLD is, hands-down, one of my favorite special occasion restaurants in the Kalamazoo area. The owner, Shane, and his incredible staff always go out of their way to give diners an exceptional experience.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFINY’S has a warm and welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel instantly at ease. This little café, located on West Centre Street in Portage, serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. It was bustling when we arrived at 9:30 on a Wednesday morning, but we were seated right away. There were so many interesting and tempting choices on the menu that it was tough to choose. There were two of us and we opted for one sweet selection and one savory so that we could share and experience both.
The menu is eclectic and runs the gambit from old favorites and reimagined classic dishes to totally new creations. We chose the Surf & Turf Benedict and the Java French Toast. The Turf Benny comes topped with redskin potatoes, sliced sirloin steak, mushrooms, a poached egg and a parmesan cream sauce. It was exactly as delicious as it sounds. The Surf Benny boasted a decadent combination of spinach, crab cake, poached egg and hollandaise sauce and interesting, filling and flavorful.
Both being lovers of coffee and chocolate, we knew the Java French Toast would be a perfect sweet compliment to the Surf & Turf Benedict. We were not disappointed. The combination of the coffee-infused French toast, coffee cream sauce and English toffee sprinkles was decadent and lovely. We agreed that alone it might have been too sweet, so perhaps convince your dining companion to do as we did and share two dishes.