401 E. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo Michigan 49009United States
Midwest Living Recommends
Food Dance in downtown Kalamazoo puts the focus on locally sourced ingredients.
A young girl slides low in her seat, exclaiming to the waitress that, "These are the best potatoes I've ever had." Admittedly, she probably hadn't tried that many. But most people who eat here share her rapturous exclamation. In fact, the steel-cut oats ($6.50) ended a lifelong search for oatmeal that tastes great but didn't repel with mushiness. They still had bite. And the toppings of Mattawan Creamery yogurt, sliced banana, golden and dark raisins, and brown sugar took the bowl right into the realm of--you guessed it -- rapturous. A glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice -- nine oranges per glass --was a refreshing treat (you can get fresh-squeezed lemonade, too). Other morning faves include Food Dance's Own maple-syrup granola ($9.50), while the ultimate mac and cheese ($16), made with aged cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, smoked bacon and spinach -- is the best comfort food on the lunch menu. For dinner (entrees range from $14 to $26), the Rushing Waters trout or Duck Duck Quail with butternut risotto both leave you satisfied, yet craving more. Michigan sources dominate: Middleville, Ann Arbor, Dectaur. Mattawan Creamery, Niman Ranch, Food Dance's own jams. The vibe is cool, too. Exposed ductwork, galvanized steel, pendants with pictures of fruit, and to-the-ceiling renditions of asparagus. Frank Sinatra croons in the background, while friendly waitstaff serves up food that makes your taste buds dance.