Kind of homey inside. The donuts are the best in the area, bar none.
From their website:
A Kalamazoo tradition since 1983, Sweetwater's Donut Mill serves fresh, unique varieties from it's three locations, two in the 'Zoo and one in Battle Creek. All are open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, and feature a smoke free environment. We are renowned for our super-sized cinnamon rolls, fruit fritters, long johns and assorted donuts like New York cheesecake, apple crumb, German chocolate, and peanut butter cup. We call them gourmet, but we'll let you be the judge.
Both Kalamazoo locations feature drive-thru windows, also open 24 hours, and some of the smoothest coffee you'll ever taste. We welcome large orders and offer a call-ahead service so your donuts are ready upon arrival. Orders called ahead of 5 dozen or more receive a 10% discount, and we can even setup a corporate account for your organizaton to charge donuts and receive one monthly statement. Schools, churches and offices are examples of those who have found this valuable.
Favorite Dish: Boston creme donuts and sometimes the chocolate cake, but any kind will do.
This is the place for Breakfast in Kalamazoo. It's been here forever and is pretty much the same as it was 30 years ago. The food is simple American fare,(eggs,meat,bread,potatos) prepared quickly and served with a smile. The decor is nothing special, but the food is good and I'm amazed at how fast your order comes up. On any week-day morning you'll find a mixture of Building contractors,University professors,and local bussiness people on there way to work. We stop for breakfast and the latest news on local sports teams. You'll get a whole pot of coffee on your table and if you need more just prop up the lid and she'll bring you another. Take your time.
Come early, especialy on weekends. No reservations needed, but if you show up after 9:00 on the week-ends you'll be waiting in line.
Favorite Dish: I always get the same thing. The Potato Omlett is a six egg omlett with potatos and sour cream, and a short stack of pancakes.
A bagel is a bagel , right ? As with most of my favorite things the difference is in the presentation. I'm in here about 4 days a week on my way to work, and I drive out of my way and past another bagel shop and a couple of coffee shops to get there. The owners of this place (Jason and Rachel) have turned a ordinary Bagel shop into a friendly pit-stop on my long drive to work. Bagel's are fresh, coffee is excelent and no matter who waits on me I get a "good morning Ernie" and a smile along with my cup of coffee and bagel. What more could a grumpy old guy ask for early in the morning ?
Favorite Dish: Cranberry Walnut Bagel, November's flavor of the month.
We go often for several reasons. Debbie is Vegetarian, and this is one place with a good selection of things she likes. It is rarely busy, so you get served quickly. The food is good and the portions are generous. It seems the typical diner likes the big chain restaurants, and so they are overpriced and crowded.
At the end of 2005, this place changed hands, new name. It is still pretty good, and now a buffet was added.
Favorite Dish: Shawarma, for me. The meat is generous and the serving is LARGE,. You won't leave here hungry. Debbie likes the spinach and the eggplant dishes. Now that they have the buffet, it is always the choice.
In the mood for greasy food and generally friendly service? Fast, cheap and friendly, Theo and Stacy's is a favorite of my friends and mine. Breakfast is the best, but their lunch, dinner and desserts are great too! Want a gyro? This is the only place in town to get one.
There are three locations and I prefer them in this order: Westnedge Ave., downtown, Portage Rd.
Favorite Dish: breakfast: french toast - it comes without powdered sugar, just the way my dad used to make it.
lunch/dinner: chicken strips with fries or sometimes the chicken gyro. oh so good!
All the regular Chinese dishes you would expect, but I think this is the best Chinese restaurant in the Kalamazoo area. Their lunch specials are the best, including soup, meal with fried rice, and your choice of egg roll or crab meat rangoons (I prefer the rangoons - yum!). The staff is usually very attentive and always friendly and helpful. The price is just right too!
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is always the chicken with broccoli. The brown sauce is great and I can't find that type of sauce anywhere else. Tasty!
There are two Big Moe's in Kalamazoo, and since the second one opened near my home, I've been there several times. An early gas station building, the dining area is the former office, so is small and dark, and the kitchen was once a service bay. Overall, a cute building, once was Art Deco, but that was years ago! Not much of a place to eat, so get it to go, and there is a store across the street to get beer to have with it.
Favorite Dish: I like the Cow Pie, probably named for being just plopped together. No cow in it, but a lot of fries topped with a lot of BBQ Pork and topped with melted cheese. A huge portion, for $3.95!!! For some reason, it is not on the menu, but popular, so just ask for it. In the picture, I put a bottle of beer next to it for size comparison, as they don't sell beer. Open from 11 AM to 9 PM daily.
Pronounced Rixies, this relaxed family dining restaurant provides seating for 181. Treat yourself to their homebaked cinnamon rolls or other delicious bakery items all made from scratch in their own kitchen. Most of their menu items are also fixed from scratch.
This is one of the most if not "the" most popular casual eating places in Kalamazoo!
Located downtown in a building destroyed by a tornado 25 years ago. Well, it is pretty nice now! The food is better than average, and I don't have any favorites, but I do enjoy the atmosphere and the beer is really good.
Favorite Dish: Really the local made beer is the best thing. Good variety of food items, and all are good.
Funky little place on the second floor, with enclosed balcony over the sidewalk. Very low key and fun staff. I like to go after midnight as I work evenings. They are open all night on weekends. No smoking, though there is a coffee shop downstairs with a considerable cloud inside, if you can stand that. In a largely student neighborhood.
Favorite Dish: I've had a number of breakfast food things, and enjoy their experimental and healthy menu. I much prefer local places to the many chain restaurants at the edge of the city.
The food is delicious at this brightly colored and stylish restaurant. The ambiance is very sophisticated and upbeat. The menu has plenty of pasta, pizza, fish, steak and chicken dishes to satisfy any customer.
Favorite Dish: I had the swordfish which was prepared with artichoke, a light white wine sauce and garlic. It was very tasty. The halibut was reported to be good by another member of my dining party. And for the veggies, the pasta with marinara sauce was delicious despite sounding too plain.
This is a new restaurant that is part of a national chain. The draw to this peppy, lively casual dining establishment is that you get to pick what you want! You pick the vegetables, meats, sauces and put them all together for the cooks to grill up for you while you watch.
Favorite Dish: I had the ginger sauce over a combination of chicken, beef, baby corn, mushrooms, noodles, tomatoes and water chestnuts. There is so much to experiment with, you can have a completely different meal each time you go.
This little gem of a restaurant is off the beaten track in Kalamazoo's "student ghetto" area. Situated on the corner of Vine and Lovell Streets, there is an Irish pub downstairs that serves burgers and brews. Cosmos is upstairs (no wheelchair access). Their menu is full of freshly prepared, healthy meals. Healthy here doesn't mean boring - they offer a constantly changing menu and daily specials. Select your favorite wine or beer to accompany your meal.
Servers are friendly and timely. The old building has a lot of ambiance and there is artwork for sale on the walls. The views of the nieghborhood are charming.
Cost is quite reasonable. I don't know of another Kalamazoo restaurant with this type of menu.
Favorite Dish: As the menu changes, it's hard to say a favorite. I usually go for seafood or salads. I have never had a bad meal, or even a mediocre, meal here.
Food Dance Cafe is a beautiful little breakfast spot where you can find most of Kalamazoo on weekend mornings. The orance juice is fresh and served in big carafes. The walls are hand-painted with beautiful vegetables, cornfields and other naturescapes.
Favorite Dish: I love the basic breakfast there: two eggs, breakfast potatoes and homemade sourdough bread. My brother gets an omelet called the Do-Si-Do as in the square-dancing step! The food is reasonably priced but for some reason the drinks (juices, coffees, teas) are expensive!
This restaurant is in downtown Kalamazoo, with a regal feel and delicious food. The atmosphere is classy, but not stuffy, and the menu reflects the same sophisticated yet accessible sensibility.
Favorite Dish: I highly recommend the tomato soup as a starter, and the sea bass as your meal. The soup is served with freshly baked bread inside ... it literally melts in your mouth. Plus, there are over 100 wines available by the glass. And finish off your meal with the creme brule - it's served with fresh berries and cream.