Most of the many great beer spots listed on our "Let's Hear It For Beer" page are also excellent food spots, so you might want to give that page another look. Still, there are so many other great spots to consider, and the Kalamazoo House is the only downtown hotel alternative that puts many of them within easy reach.
Upscale and Foodie Favorites:
Rustica is our guest favorite, and features rustic Mediterranean cuisine using local farmers and vendors. Simple. Fresh. Delicious. Intimate and cozy space reminiscent of a European street-side restaurant. (5 min walk)
Principle Food and Drink is a more recent addition to downtown, bringing yet more character and ambiance. Excellent entrees border on small plate portions, with amazing flavors and features—and totally unique cocktails that will wow you. (5 min walk)
Food Dance (13 min walk)—known for high quality, farm-to-table food this is a local favorite. Clean and fresh describes the atmosphere as well. Upscale, but not formal fine dining.
Websters Prime is located in the Radisson hotel, in the heart of downtown. A stroll through the lovely Bronson Park could be the best and most enjoyable way there from the Kalamazoo House in all but the harshest of weather weather. (5 min walk)
Zazio's is a fine Italian option, also located in the Radisson Hotel. (5 min walk)
Martell's offers honest, regional and local food prepared and served by friendly staff. (Drive)
Great Food, Totally Unique and Local:
Cosmo's & O'Duffy's (13 min walk)
The Union is right on the downtown pedestrian mall and features a broad array of live music and local talent in it's prominent stage. (5 min walk)
Martini’s (10 min walk) Martini’s is a family favorite for great mix of pizza and family Italian food and drink in a casual atmosphere. (Southwest from the inn to a neighborhood—away from the heart of the city.)
Fandango (5 min walk) Tapas and excellent small plates headline, also excellent and unique cocktails and attentive staff.
Saugatuck Brewing (3 min walk) Just around the corner is a Kalamazoo brewery with great pub food, and some outstanding beers.
Principle Food and Drink (5 min walk)
Fuze is an open kitchen and bar comingled to bring you ever-evolving seasonal menus, using fresh ingredients in a relaxed upscale funky atmosphere (7 min walk)
Commensoli’s Italian Bistro and Bar (7 min walk)—is a locally owned restaurant, great for everyday dining, not formal, still with great food/flavors. They offer a wide range of Italian dishes straight out of Nona’s cookbook, featuring Fresh Pasta Dishes, Homemade Sausage and Meatballs, Thin-crust Pizza from scratch and many other delicious family recipes able to cure your craving for old-style Italian food.
Ouzos is a lovely creation by the owners of Coney Island, William and Katherine Adams, who created a cozy, comfortable, somewhat quieter place where guests could feel at home and enjoy wonderful Mediterranean food (10 min walk)
The Central City Tap House is located on the Kalamazoo mall, and combines warmth and intimacy in an upscale pub (5 min walk)
Olde Peninsula Brewpub—was Kalamazoo’s first true brewpub, at the historic corner of Michigan Ave (the main street) and Portage Road. Family friendly and fun, the brewpub also has Steve’s favorite pumpkin ale every fall (8 min walk)
Old Dog Tavern is a local favorite for music with full food menu. Loaded with character and “characters”, it’s a classic tavern and down-home hangout. On the east end of downtown (:15 min walk)
Bells brewery and restaurant—the home of some of the world’s best, award-winning brews, this is where it began (:15-:20 min walk)
600 Kitchen and Bar is a new addition on the growing east end of downtown (approx :20 min on foot)
Maru Sushi is also on the east end (15 min walk)
Mangia Mangia is a great Italian eatery on the Kalamazoo Mall, just about a 6 min walk from the inn. Low key, not too formal, with great food/drink.
Local Favorites and/or Dives:
Green Top Tavern—a classic dive bar you can’t miss.
Bimbo's Pizza is amazing thin crust pizza you won’t believe (no alcohol--12 min walk)
Shakepeare's Pub is a large pub, great for sports viewing and informal gathering. See our own Garret Meyers with Jeff Muehler every Wednesday evening. (13 min walk)
Blue Dolphin (9 min walk)
University Roadhouse (18 min walk)
Harvey's on the Mall (6 min walk)