Two years in a row we have taken Chicago visitors to Malia's and it held it's own with diners who are under the impression that there is no good food to be found between Madison Street and Madison avenue.
There's not much else in downtown Battle Creek other than a pretty good brewery (Arcadia's. - but that's another story).
Kellogg Foundation is just down the street so I figure there are s group of travellers there who appreciate Malia's for lunch or dinner.
They have an exceptional wine list, feature some good beers - particularly
Michigan micro brews.
A nice daily selection of pasta and fish specials. You don't have to go beyond that to find your en tree. All at Battle Creek prices.
Service has been pleasant and professional. Both years we went the wait staff took photos for us. The room is long and narrow so it doesn't provide for much flexibility for a group exceeding 4 but they make it work.
Being from the Central time zone we can make 8 pm reservations but our stomachs think it's 7 pm and we find that the Michigan people are finishing dinner as we arrive leaving the place pretty much to us.
In our snobby Chicago way our entire group agreed that Malia's would be a great find and hold its own in Lincoln Park.