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01/09/2014
By: D K.
Niskers Char-Grill
(This review is an updated version of one that I originally posted on Yelp.)At Niskers Char-Grill, it's all about the options. It begins with the burger: You can choose from the quarter-pound "Lou's Original" to the half-pound "Big Hoss". All of the burgers are fresh, never frozen, certified Angus beef.But in addition to the traditional burgers, you can get chicken, turkey, Ope's veggie or black bean patties, fish, beef-a-lo and sirloin steak. There are lots of options for bread, some of which are baked in-house: white, whole wheat, flat bread, wraps and gluten-free. Once you've chosen your bread and protein, it's on to a mind-boggling choice of toppings and sauces: from the standard ketchup & mustard, lettuce & tomatoes to options like house-made Jamaican jerk sauce and sweet Lou's BBQ sauce, Thai peanut sauce, banana peppers, green olives, house-made salsa, just to name a few. For those who find the options overwhelming, you can choose from one of Lou's Burger Favorites: set combinations created by Lou Nisker such as the Hawaiian (with grilled pineapple & sweet teriyaki sauce), the Pizzano (a burger that thinks it's a pizza) and the Sunny Sider (with bacon, cheese & a fried egg). But again, it's all about options: you can add, subtract or substitute any ingredient on the burger.Make the burger a combo meal by adding fresh-cut curly fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings or the incredible battered-seasoned fries. Or for an additional charge: gravy fries, gravy cheese fries, cheese chili fries, etc.Beyond the burgers, they've got hot dogs, beer brats, riblets, salads and for dessert: Brownies, Plainwell ice creams, shakes and malts.But all the options in the world wouldn’t matter if the burgers weren’t good: The burgers here are awesome. One of my favorites is the Sunny Sider which is a burger topped with bacon, cheese and a fried egg. Another great burger is the "Big Hoss" Hawaiian-Style. I'm not sure I could go back to a regular sized-burger after getting the "Big Hoss". It is so thick and juicy. And the pineapple and teriyaki sauce gives this burger a delicious sweet & savory mix. Be sure to check out the Burger-of-the Month board before you order. Past BotMs have included the Canuck (a Canadian bacon burger that has since been included in their regular menu) and a chorizo burger, which had a terrific house-made beef/chorizo patty. Be sure to try the battered, seasoned fries. Yes, it’s carbs battered with more carbs, but man, is it ever delicious. The fresh-cut curly fries are also excellent, with a nice, crispy exterior. One of the things I appreciate about their fries is that they are not heavily salted and you can salt to taste. Which leads me to the other thing about Niskers and its options: you can tell they love a good burger and they excel at that. But they also cater to those wanting to be more health conscious. From keeping their salt-use down to offering gluten-free buns, to their veggie and lean options, I think anyone can find something to like here. I have friends who are vegetarian and the place they always want to go to when they visit Kalamazoo is Nisker’s.In addition to the delicious food, what I love about this place is the community feel. I've been here several times and have seen Lou Nisker talking with the customers, not just to find out how the meal was, but engaging on a more personal level. Many times, when patrons would leave, they would say good-bye, but it was always with the notion that, spoken or not, they would be back. Lou Nisker played for the K-Wings back in the day, and although he's been off the ice for a while, with Niskers Char-Grill and its delicious burgers, great breads and awesome toppings, he's still scoring hat tricks. A great burger place for Kalamazoo.
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09/08/2016
By: Dennis B.
Ted & Marie's Colonial Inn Restaurant
I stopped for breakfast. The first thing you notice is that they do NOT take credit cards. Funny that both the breakfast restaurants there at Parkview and Stadium do not take cards. I ordered biscuits and gravy with an order of sausage patties. Menu prices are very reasonable. The order came out promptly. However, I could not eat the biscuits and gravy. Terrible taste, like something rotten. The cook came out to see what was wrong and tried to make things right. At that point my stomach was upset with the small taste that I had taken. I declined their offer to fix me something else. They would not let me pay for anything even the sausage, that I had eaten, and the coffee. I will maybe try them again sometime and order something else.
04/19/2008
By: fairjudge
Oakwood Bistro
Concealed inside a strip mall lies one of West Michigan's best restaurants. Originally opened as a largely vegetarian restaurant, the Bistro has changed to a much more traditional but eloquent fare. Everything from steaks to salads with feta or dried cranberries/sugared almonds. Several prepared fresh homemade soups are available. The daily specials are as delicious as they are creative. Give this little place a try. You'll be glad you did.Rick Halpert
04/11/2013
By: hdecolumna
Gallagher's Eatery & Pub
I have been frequenting Gallagher's since college and ten years later, I still love it. The food is always great. It is also a great place for a quiet dinner (in the front of the restaurant) or a great place to watch the game (bar area.)The outside beer garden is wonderful in the summer. The service has been spotty on occasion but overall Gallagher's is awesome.
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07/28/2015
By: Jamie E.
Quekas
Great authentic Mexican food with generous portions at a great price. Friendly staff, cheery atmosphere, my favorite so far is the guacamole n chips, (I can make a meal out of just that!) however I've been very pleased with everything and can't wait to try more. Don't put this one off, I truly think you will enjoy.
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04/01/2010
By: kw5873
Fandango Tapas Bistro
Fandango is one of my favorite places to dine. The food is always consistently good. There's lots to choose from on the menu. You'll never be bored or disappointed. Great place to bring guests you want to impress!
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03/21/2015
By: Cindi L.
Theo & Stacy's Restaurant
I love going to Theo & Stacy's the people are friendly, service is good, best gyros and greek food in town. They make you feel like they were waiting for you to stop in and dine.
03/03/2015
By: nichole r.
Nagle's Top Dog & Malt Shoppe
Great food, great prices. I'm addicted to the hashbrown surprises! We need more places like this. Only thing that would make it better is later hours & being open on sunday.
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03/26/2016
By: Garrett P.
D' Nicios Koney Island
The gyros tonight we're extra amazing. I also want to add we came in with only 20 minutes to close and still a perfect meal! Outstanding work guys.
05/06/2014
By: James L.
Angelo's Italian Eatery West
While you're here, try the ice cream! It's so good they serve it in the back room!

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