A summer afternoon of shopping and eating along the lakeshore always sounds like a good idea to me. So, after walking around downtown South Haven and doing a little shopping, I decided it was time to eat! I had visited the restaurant, Taste, about three years ago and had an amazing meal so I figured it was a good decision.
Taste serves a wide range of foods, with a large portion of their menu dedicated to small plates. I LOVE this concept because you can order a variety of items and try a little bit of everything!
The restaurant is neither large nor small, but somewhere in between and offers a small patio out front where you can have a great view of boats coming and going from the marina to Lake Michigan. On the day of our visit, it was raining so we opted to sit inside.
Our server was delightful and knowledgeable. We asked how many small plates she would recommend, and she said around 1-2 per person but that two would probably be better. She also went through the specials that day for us.
One of the things Taste does is offer a different Macaroni and Cheese each week. When I checked out their Instagram (@tastesouthhaven) I saw some super creative macs, like Breakfast Mac (topped with eggs, sausage and hash brown), mac and cheese topped with pulled pork and potato chips, chicken enchilada mac, and many more! The week I visited, they offered a SEAFOOD MAC AND CHEESE. I knew when I heard that there was lobster, crab and shrimp that this was absolutely going to be one of our small plates.
We also ended up ordering another special they had, WAGYU BEEF seared medium rare with pureed cauliflower and crispy onions. On top of that deliciousness, we went with the SWEET & SPICY SHRIMP, the KOREAN CHICKEN BBQ and, lastly, a cold plate of TOMATO AND MOZZARELLA. We were hungry so we let our server know it was ok to bring the plates out as they were ready.
First out was the Tomato and Mozzarella. It was a beautiful, bright plate. The tomatoes were roasted, and topped with small balls of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and a balsamic reduction. It was a delicious refreshing plate. The perfect start to our meal.
Next out came the Seafood Mac and Cheese and the Sweet and Spicy Shrimp. The Mac and Cheese was amazing. It was a perfect salty, gooey cheese and just enough of the seafood mixed in to make it perfect. The breadcrumb topping was the crowning glory and I just couldn’t get enough. I had to be mindful to really pace myself knowing I had more food to eat. I could have finished the whole bowl.
The Sweet and Spicy Shrimp was so good! The shrimp were a great size, with a bit of a crunchy batter on them, and the sauce was a perfect balance of the sweet and spicy. I am kind of a wimp about spice but the spice level on this dish was perfect! So yummy.
Next out, the Wagyu Beef and the Korean Chicken. Both were to die for. The Wagyu was like butter. In fact, I used a butter knife to cut it. It wasn’t over seasoned as beef usually is. The Chef let the meat do the talking. The Chicken was delightful, served over rice. I usually skip chicken in restaurants because it tends to be dry. This might be the best chicken I have ever had.
It’s very hard to choose a favorite. It’s a toss up between the Mac and Cheese and the Korean Chicken, but every single bite of each plate was absolutely amazing.
Elizabeth Buckley is a hairstylist by day and 24/7 food enthusiast. She visits restaurants in the Kalamazoo area and blogs about her experience at feedmekzoo.com