Like any good reporter, WSV staff writer and food columnist Beca Welty does thorough research for her stories, especially when the story is about ice cream. Beca recently headed to Sturgis’ brand new ice cream shop, The Parlor, to get the scoop.
Watershed’s resident taco aficionado Beca Welty writes, “There is just something magical about the impending summer heat and the way it compels me to track down the nearest taco truck in order to satiate my cantina cravings. On a picture-perfect Memorial Day weekend I was struck by this exact desire and vamos’d my way to Taqueria El Tejano.”
In this edition of “Bites with Beca,” Watershed’s resident food critic writes, “In searching for the ideal restaurant to celebrate my father’s birthday this year I was on the hunt for ‘a place of perfect happiness’ and just so happened to find that exact definition in Kalamazoo’s Elysium (505 E. North St.).”
In this week’s Bites with Beca, Watershed Voice’s resident food critic Beca Welty takes on Toba Sushi for a second time after visiting in the first few weeks of its opening a year ago. To hear her verdict, and for a quick preview of what Toba has to offer, check out Beca’s latest local review.
In this week’s Bites with Beca, Beca Welty writes, “By the time we were rolling ourselves out the front door, Maria’s was bustling with energy with every table occupied and a line queuing near the entrance. It seemed Sturgis already knew what we had only just discovered — Maria’s Mexican Restaurant is a true gem in the crown of Mexican restaurants in the community, and we will absolutely be back soon…sunny day or not.”
HighDive, Kalamazoo’s newest dining establishment, gets the Bites with Beca treatment. After opening their doors to the hungry public on January 18 for a soft opening, HighDive is making its case as Kalamazoo’s favorite dive bar with high-end food. So what did Beca think? Read the review here.
Sourcing quality ingredients and making nearly everything from scratch, Main Street Smokehouse in Mendon is taking traditional barbecue and elevating it by using creative and innovative flavors.
“While it does seem unclear the direction The Kent will decide to go as far as a theme, decor, or permanent menu, it does seem obvious that it is operating under the guidance of a chef who is comfortable in the kitchen and confident in his skills. It would be a mistake to attempt to compare this new establishment to the one previous, because the Miller family is here to leave their own memorable mark on Main Street.”
JungleBird, located on the ground floor of the Exchange Building on Michigan Avenue in Kalamazoo, opened its doors to the public in September and has quickly built a reputation thanks to an extensive, exciting cocktail menu, and a menu that is rooted in Caribbean fare.
Watershed Voice Food Columnist Beca Welty recently visited Deadlift Coffee Company’s new location for the first time, and left with plenty to say.
Watershed Voice’s resident food reviewer Beca Welty returns with a look at downtown Three Rivers’ newest addition, Useless Creatures Brewing Company.
WSV’s Beca Welty writes, “If Bird Dog isn’t already on your list of Southwest Michigan restaurants to frequent, make note now. This establishment is busier than ever with their tantalizing brunch, lunch, and dinner menu and their options of dine-in or reservations for an igloo. Their dessert menu is also constantly updating and their social media presence is an excellent place to stay well informed on all new additions to their offerings. Pack up your appetite and head to Bird Dog in Mattawan for an unforgettable dining experience!”
WSV’s Beca Welty writes, “February in southwest Michigan might seem like an impossible time to enjoy your favorite meal on the deck of your ideal restaurant, but Martell’s in Kalamazoo has transformed that dream into a reality. Like a few of their sister restaurants in the Millennium group, Martell’s has installed cozy igloos for outdoor dining, and I was one of the lucky few to indulge in the experience.”
WSV’s Michael “Hogey” Hogoboom writes, “Truly, Starbucks is not your place to go for quality artisan coffee. You’ll never hear a coffee connoisseur mention the Seattle-based chain as their favorite place. It’s really more of the gateway toward good coffee in most people’s experience, and again—isn’t that similar to Budweiser? Many beer drinkers tried a domestic lager long before summoning the courage to try their first IPA.”