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“St. Patrick's Day in September”
Review of Full City Cafe

Full City Cafe
Ranked #11 of 140 Restaurants in Portage
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: American, 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.
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“St. Patrick's Day in September”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

The Full City Cafe is a pleasant place to enjoy Sunday brunch, breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is not the least expensive place in town, but the service is very good and pretty much everything on the menu is made from scratch with high-quality ingredients, including their delicious pastries and desserts. The coffee is good and served in a large mug with free refills. I'm especially fond of Full City's reuben sandwiches and meat loaf dinners, while my wife favors their fish dinners. We both love their dinner rolls. The cafe decor is nothing special and the acoustics can be a bit loud, but you always get generous-sized cloth napkins. We would eat dinner there more often except that Full City does not have a liquor license, and we both enjoy a glass of beer or wine with our dinners out.

Besides Full City's regular dinner menu, the owners Keith and Lisa regularly create seasonally-themed dinner choices. These can be a bit hit and miss, but we applaud their efforts which succeed more often than they fall short. Last night, we ventured in to sample their "St. Patrick's Day in September" specials. My wife enjoyed a large house salad followed by salmon in cream, which she said was delicious. I started out with a tasty cup of Mulligatawny soup, followed by a large and well-prepared helping of corn beef and cabbage that included a large slice of Irish soda bread. She drank hot tea, while I sipped on coffee. We were both a bit too full to enjoy one of Full City's homemade brownies or tarts, so we each settled for a refreshing scoop of vanilla ice cream with hot-fudge sauce. All in all, a very satisfying dinner!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank 600AndyB
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Keith L, Owner at Full City Cafe, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to submit such a lengthy and complimentary review. Glad you and your wife enjoyed your meals.
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best Place in Town for Coffee”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

I love the coffee here. They have their own brand/brew. It's always good. It competes with "best" label with Water Street of course, but with Full City you don't have a crazy bustle, very little wait and the location is quiet and cozy.

Visited September 2013
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Keith L, Owner at Full City Cafe, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Thank you for your kind review!
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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119 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
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“Good food, quick service”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

I have had both lunch and dinner and both meals were good. Nothing spectacular, and dinner was a bit overpriced for the level of food interest.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Cynbuy
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Keith L, Owner at Full City Cafe, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Thanks much for your input. If you drop us a line to greatcoffee@fullcitycafe.com ; I would love to hear what your take on "spectacular food" is. We are always looking to improve.
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Portage, Michigan
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34 reviews
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“Good food, Cozy atmosphere”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

My favorite dish here is the pumpkin bisque! Generally served in the fall, it has wonderful flavor. The chai tea is also a treat. Always like trying something new and Full City Cafe does not disappoint. The birthday and anniversary clubs are a bonus. The birthday club offers money off of your dinner. The anniversary club offers buy one get one free! Definitely recommend.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank KaylaD428
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kaffeenjunkie, Owner at Full City Cafe, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Thank you so much! You are the reason we keep things fresh and new and keep a few favorites like pumpkin bisque on our menu.
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Denver, CO
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“Something for everyone”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Mostly a breakfast place, but they do have salads and sandwiches. Food was very good and the staff was very friendly. I would recommend.

Visited May 2013
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kaffeenjunkie, Owner at Full City Cafe, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
Thank you for the kind review.
We hope you will come back and try one of our dinner entrees!
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