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Full City Cafe

Breakfast is my favorite meal. I don’t often go out to eat for breakfast because mornings are busy. However, I was craving some friend time, so I carved out a morning and met a good friend at Full City Café in Portage for some delicious food and catching up.

Full City Café has been around for a twenty-six years. They opened their original restaurant in 1993 as a small coffee shop and moved to their current location in 2005.

I arrived on a Monday morning and found a seat with my friend and her young daughter in a cozy booth. A friendly server greeted us promptly and offered us some coffee.

I examined the menu and was very excited by it! They aren’t your typical eggs with a side of bacon joint. They are known for their bowls and omelets and are incredibly creative and original with their ingredients. A foodie’s dream!

I had a very hard time choosing between something savory or something sweet, so I went with the Duck Confit Hash (Slow cooked duck, potatoes, and spinach with two eggs, red cabbage, fresh tomatoes, parmesan, and micro greens) as well as the small stack of Brioche French Toast. The Brioche French Toast was house-made brioche, custard dipped, griddled to golden brown and served with caramelized bananas, pecans, and vanilla crème sauce.

My friend decided on the Tater Scramble which consisted of three large eggs scrambled with ham, green pepper and red onion on tater tots then smothered in melted cheddar cheese. However, she asked for the skillet fries rather than the tater tots and they were incredibly accommodating and told her they could do that. Her daughter, selecting from the kid’s menu, got pancakes with a side of bacon. They were also very accommodating by bringing out the pancakes first, since kids can get a little antsy for food.

The adult meals came out shortly after and OH BOY, they were beautiful! My French toast was grilled to perfect. I shared my grilled bananas that were served on the side because they were just so fun. They were a banana cut in half and grilled, so they had a lovely caramelization on them. The French toast was awesome. It was sweet without being overindulgent and the toasted pecans added a wonderful texture to the plate.

The Duck Confit was beyond amazing! I’ve been thinking of this meal ever since and can’t wait to go back for more! The duck was tender and flavorful, the potatoes were crispy and delicious and my over medium egg on top was cooked to perfection! All of it was a perfect combination of textures and flavors. And the plating was beautiful! So colorful and exciting.

My friend LOVED her scramble. Another wonderful thing was that the bowls were so large that we were only able to eat about half of them, taking the other half home for a lunch!

My friend’s daughter devoured her pancakes and her extra crispy bacon (just how I liked it) was shared between all of us. So Yummy.

We sat and enjoyed another delicious cup of coffee, enjoyed each other’s company and our food coma.

We did overhear a nearby table asked questions about the menu. It seemed they were a little intimidated by the café’s eclectic offerings, so the server told them that they could do a simple eggs and bacon (something that isn’t on their menu) if they wanted to. It was nice of the restaurant to accommodate that, but man I wish I could have gone over there and told them to trust the menu…it’s so good!

I will definitely be back to Full City Café. The restaurant was clean, the service was amazing, and the food was beyond my expectations! Thanks, Full City, for the best breakfast I’ve had in a long time!

Elizabeth Precopio 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

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