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“LOVVVVVEDDDD IT!!!! WOW!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Full City Cafe

Full City Cafe
7878 Oakland Dr, Portage, MI 49024-4936
269-492-7515
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Ranked #15 of 124 Restaurants in Portage
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Contemporary
Description: Made from scratch? You bet. For people who prefer quality food and excellent service when they eat out, our meals are made from scratch using fresh, wholesome ingredients. For people who dine in Kalamazoo and Portage restaurants who prefer fresh food and excellent service in a casual family restaurant atmosphere. Our eclectic American cuisine is scratch made, fresh, from quality ingredients. We employ highly trained, experienced people who care about the food they create to work in our kitchens. You will be treated like family by our professional and friendly wait staff.
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Description: Made from scratch? You bet. For people who prefer quality food and excellent service when they eat out, our meals are made from scratch using fresh, wholesome ingredients. For people who dine in Kalamazoo and Portage restaurants who prefer fresh food and excellent service in a casual family restaurant atmosphere. Our eclectic American cuisine is scratch made, fresh, from quality ingredients. We employ highly trained, experienced people who care about the food they create to work in our kitchens. You will be treated like family by our professional and friendly wait staff.
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“LOVVVVVEDDDD IT!!!! WOW!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We were visiting our son that lives in the area, and I'm always looking for a new place to try. Following the reviews on the net, we decided to go here and check it out. Especially because it was clear the owners are very much involved in running their restaurant. So off we went and had dinner. Was easy to find, at Centre and Oakland in Portage. Upon entering, right away, good vibes, nice greeting by host and loved the setting and table and we were allowed to pick our own table! niceeee... so we got a booth and ordered our dinner. Our Waitress Kelsey was very cheerful and helpful and attentive. EVerything clicking and the fun is just starting... ooohhhhhhhh the coffee is soooo goood... so fresh... Im liking this... I LOVE coffee and I could tell this was above average grade stuff.... Meanwhile, Rolls arrive, with our soups. Wife got a cowboy chilli and I got a chowder... and..... the rolls are warm and the butter melts over them beautifully and the taste .... heaven... the chowder... more heaven... delicious truly... ohhh THIS is good food... the wifes cowboy chilli... just delicious.... these folks know how to cook and prepare food... Its obvious to us from looking at this place and the menu and now tasting the food, portage is very fortunate to have a jewel of a restaurant like this here in their town. My son ordered ribs and loved them.. I got to taste them and loved the flavor.... and then the wifes salmon dish and my cajun catfish and sides.... were just delicious.... it was cajun/mardi gras theme at the restaurant and I wish i could have tried some of the other options too... The food just looked wonderful.... then dessert was offered and as much as I tend to decline, they had key lime pie... shaaaazaaaammmmmm was that tasty or WHAT! my mouth is watering now thinking about it... the flavor was soooo good and strong, not diluted or weak, it was key lime pie, we could have been at key west! now... the wife loves tiramisu ....and when Kelsey said they had it... of course ... one please... well it was very well presented but it was unique. It wasn't quite like traditional Tiramisu, with the candied bacon on top, but it was still delicious, just not her favorite tiramisu. I have to agree with the positive reviews. Not all restaurant food is served equally by any means. It can all like we fix at home or just a treat, but this place... this food..is special...it is just delicious... reminds me of food you might see on a cooking competition on television... It just can't be compared to a chain restaurant... I'll add this... we have been to many "fancy" restaurants, in the big cities, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Key West...and you really wont necessarily find food any better then this generally... and pay much more... Well done Full City Cafe, your hard work and effort at having delicious food at reasonable prices in a casual atmosphere...is a total success. We will be back.... I can't wait in fact..... oh I went ahead and attached some pictures of the desserts.. wish I had cleared the clutter... :(... regardless... nice eh?? :)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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kaffeenjunkie, Owner at Full City Cafe, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
Thank you thank you very much. We are simply flattered and will be sharing with our staff.
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Portage, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“blah”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

The food bland and they do not have very many options. Boring and nothing special. Definitely overpriced. Spend your money at Starbucks or Panera for a much better and cheaper coffee or lunch.

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kaffeenjunkie, Owner at Full City Cafe, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Sorry you didn't care for our offerings.
We sent you a private message asking what you were looking for.
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Sylvania, Ohio
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“Great Food! Great Staff! Great Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Full City Cafe is one of the best restaurants in the area. The food quality is top shelf and the preparation is consistently excellent. The portions are generous but not overwhelming. The staff is very courteous and attentive and work hard to ensure customers have an enjoyable experience. We will definitely return on our next visit to the Kalamazoo area.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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kaffeenjunkie, Owner at Full City Cafe, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Thank you David for the kind review. Glad you enjoyed yourself.
We hope to see you again soon.
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Portage, Michigan, United States
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“great food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

loved going here, the food is good and the wait staff is the best..

Visited July 2011
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, Owner at Full City Cafe, responded to this review, June 27, 2012
Thanks Kathy. We appreciate your review and your business.
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Portage, Michigan, United States
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“These people know how to cook...and they're really nice too!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

We are frequent diners at Full City. Breakfast, lunch or dinner...all is fresh, imaginative and tasty. Always excellent service with friendly people. I especially appreciate their ability to accommodate my need for gluten-free food and have it taste great!! Love Full City Cafe!!

Visited June 2012
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, Owner at Full City Cafe, responded to this review, June 23, 2012
Thank you so much Jeane!!
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