If you’ve decided to come to K and are anything like me, you may be wondering what food options exist in and around the city of Kalamazoo. Lucky for you, there are a wide variety of places in the city that are within walking distance from campus. So whether you’re looking for breakfast on the weekend, a small place to drink coffee and study, or if you’re wanting to escape the K bubble, here’s a list of some of the most popular food spots in Kalamazoo.
- Fourth Coast Café and Bakery/Crow’s Nest
The Fourth Coast/Crow’s Nest area is a popular part of downtown Kalamazoo and for good reason. The café on the lower level prides itself on its wide selection of coffee, its fresh baked bread, and its vegan organic desserts that are also offered. The atmosphere of the café creates a perfect place to go if you want to take advantage of the free WiFi and study.
Crow’s Nest, the restaurant located above the café, offers breakfast all day (their banana bread french toast is to die for) along with dishes from soups and salads to burgers and vegan options. They also offer the fresh bread sold in the bakery downstairs if you decide to take a loaf back to your dorm.
- Martini’s Pizza
On the other side of the building where Fourth Coast and Crow’s Nest are located is Martini’s Pizza. The small Italian restaurant is relatively cheap and is the perfect spot for a quick and casual lunch where you can buy pizza by the slice. Or, feel free to get a little dressed up with your friends and go for some pasta and a bread basket at dinner time.
- Black Owl Café
This café in downtown Kalamazoo is a hidden gem that has a more urban/industrial feel to it. It’s a place where you can go for a cheap cup of coffee and read a book, or to go grab a muffin and sit on the outdoor patio and soak in the sun. It’s one of the best places to relax and enjoy the energy and life of the city.
- University Roadhouse
Located just down the street from K’s campus,the Roadhouse is a great place to go for dinner or to catch the game. It offers everything from crab rangoons to potato skins. Make sure you show up on Tuesdays from 9PM to midnight for the famous “Chicken Tender Tuesday” special, or show up and see if you can finish the delicious and well-known Bombshell- Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream surrounded by crushed Oreo cookies and dipped in chocolate.
- Irving’s Market and Deli
The market portion of the building is a great place to grab fresh fruits and vegetables to take back to campus or to load up on snacks for those late nights in the library, while the deli portion of the building offers fresh deli salads to take home. Irving’s Market and Deli also offers a salad bar and a hot bar that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Overall, you can find almost anything in this market/deli combination!
Hopefully if you’ve never been to Kalamazoo before you feel better about the food options around in and around the city. Just hop on the bus, hitch a ride with a friend, or go for a walk to get to these well-known places in the city and enjoy some good eats.
– Karina Pantoja ’20