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Bell's Eccentric Cafe

355 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
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Ranked #22 of 284 restaurants in Kalamazoo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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78% Recommend
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English first
Englewood, Florida
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103 reviews 103 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I met some friends here a few nights ago and really enjoyed the visit. I had a local stout and a brisket sandwich and was completely satisfied. It helped that the weather was perfect to sit outside and one of the brewery engineers, Chris , was very friendly and entertaining.

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Chicago, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Great beer. If it's your first time try a sampler beer set. Enjoyed the Belgium dubbel. The cafe is very cute, plenty of seats. The service is all right, but we did go on a Saturday afternoon. The way food is ordered really crowds the bar and the entrance. There needs to be a better system to reduce the crowding.... More

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Glen Ellyn, IL
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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We wouldn't miss the beer for anything...but the self-serve concept put us off. Overworked barmaid was snotty with my husband who merely inquired about a beer flight. There were no plates for sharing, so we were forced to eat on napkins...since we were serving ourselves, there was no place to bus our dirty napkins. We would have ordered more but... More

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Scotia, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Otherworldly beer! Kalamazoo IPA & Hopsolution double IPA. Food Great. The PIT boss is a Genius! Pork tacos, the B.A.A.M and the kitchen crack! YUMMERS! If your in Kalamazoo, this is the place for you!!!

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Thousand Oaks, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We love beer and they have a nice selection. The one I liked best wasn't available bottled, which was sad, and not on the menu the next time we went. Otherwise we've found beer we like and they offer a taste first, which to me is crucial. We're not IPA fans, so a better selection of non-IPAs would be nice.... More

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Central Ohio
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59 reviews 59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I don't drink beer, but I liked the pub anyway. There is a wide assortment of sandwiches, from grilled cheese to French Dip to vegetarian. Salt and Pepper potato chips and a crisp pickle accompanied my sandwich. The prices are reasonable and the ambiance of the open, airy space decorated with quirky junk is delightful.

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Cleveland OH
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

of course the Beer is great. I always love to try their experimental batches. Then its fun to see if they get popular enough to make it into production. But I want to let everyone know how great the food is!. Things are done simply but simply well. Made with very fresh ingredients you cant go wrong. Cheers and Mangia

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Troy, MI
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75 reviews 75 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The outside temp was in the low 80's but it was a lot warmer in the café. We tried to sit in the upper loft area but it was much too warm and we couldn't hear ourselves talking. If the AC was working, it didn't nothing to relieve the heat. Ordering food is accomplished by standing in line, in our... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I've been here twice and haven't been disappointed yet. The food is typical pub grub, but high quality pub grub with very generous portions. The beer is the real draw though. This is where the experimental, not in stores, production occurs. The beers are great, but sadly only 3 of the standard Bell beers, and I think one of the... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

The menu is a little limited, but the food is mainly barbeque and overall, above average. Bell's is really a great place to go for awesome (well priced) beers and some of Larry Bell's experimental stuff. Great atmosphere, good outdoor space.

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