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Bell's Eccentric Cafe

355 E. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
269-382-2332
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Ranked #22 of 285 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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English first
Pinckney, Michigan
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84 reviews 84 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Even though I consider myself a true Michigander (and I'm proud of it), I only am in Michigan a few days each year anymore and haven't been 21 for most of it. During a recent time at home, I made the 2+ hour drive out to Bell's because I can't live in the state without trying our state's most famous... More

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Arkansas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Stopped in for a quick beer and to buy some glassware , loved this place and all it had to offer , the staff was wonderful , Bell's beer is always great and the store was well stocked

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Naperville, Illinois
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358 reviews 358 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We had stopped here before and the food didn't do much for us. This time was much better. We had the BBQ pulled pork and "Adult" grilled cheese - both were great. We chose just to order the beers that piqued our fancy the most, and in hindsight we wish we had got a sampler. The parking lot seemed packed... More

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Englewood, Florida
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104 reviews 104 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
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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
99 helpful votes 99 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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