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Bell's Eccentric Cafe

355 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
269-382-2332
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Ranked #15 of 285 restaurants in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Barbecue, Vegetarian, Café, Brew Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Located in beautiful downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Eccentric Cafe, located next to the Bell's General Store, is home to a unique offering of craft beer, live music, entertainment, delicious food and more.Any given time, we have between 20 and 40 different beers on tap. Many are exclusive to the Cafe and are brewed right next door at our original brewery - just look for the yellow tags on the Draft Board when you visit.
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Schaumburg, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Great prices for fresh beer! They need servers though. Who wants to stand in line 20 minutes every time you want a drink?! This is a busy place and the lines are long. The employees behind the bar and bus staff were pleasant and even the other customers were very friendly! Our visit was for my husband's birthday and he... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

TOTALLY worth the trip to Kalamazoo!!!!! Good and fast food, flights of beer were DELICIOUS and very unique, the atmosphere was really cool and the free tour was fun, informative, and very interesting. I had a really great experience here. I recommend the tour guide know a bit more about the 'technological stuff' she referred to not knowing much about... More

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South Bend, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Been wanting to go to Bell's for years and finally made it! Great beer and the food and service was very good!!

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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Probably the best beer in Kalamazoo . Its gotten pretty touristy but whatever . My problem is the way you order . You order at the bar which sometimes is hard as there is also chairs at the bar so you are ordering over someone's shoulder . If you want food you also order at the bar and pick up... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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226 reviews 226 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We live in North Carolina so we make it a point to plan and come here while we are in Michigan visiting. We have been two times in the past year and the service levels here are poor at best compared to other local breweries. The beer is the only reason we will return in the future. We visited after... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

The beer was awesome, loved the sweet potato stout and winter ale the best. Food was good, wish they had table service. Long line and only one bartender made me not want to go order more.

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Haslett, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

I went in hoping for a great experience. I was disappointed because the taproom was very busy and cramped. And hot. The beer was excellent, glad i ate elsewhere. Food is ordered at the bar and is picked up in a basket at a window, line was long.

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Detroit, Michigan
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81 reviews 81 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

First trip of now many... Great great beers. The Oatmeal Stout was one of the smoothest oatmeal stouts. Why don't you bottle that??? The Reuben sandwich and Brisket sandwiches came with chips. Both great lunch sandwiches. Cannot wait to return! Loved that the beers they had on tap were not the ones I can find at the grocery store. I... More

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Cudahy, Wisconsin
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89 reviews 89 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The venue was very nicely done with a bar area, loft seating area and another room where a band was setting up. The staff was very friendly even going out of their way to locate a jar of pickles for me. (The pickles they serve with their sandwiches are out-of-this-world!) Nice selection of beers with helpful suggestions from the bartender... More

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Northville, Michigan, United States
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10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Look, you go to this brewery for its exceptional beers. (They rank with other MI breweries like Short's and Crank's.) And food should really be an afterthought or bonus. I grabbed some just for ballast and it was interesting but not a bonus. This is especially in Kalamazoo which is flush with GREAT restaurants. With that said, I cannot imagine... More

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