Eggstacy fills its breakfast and lunch menu with omelets, sandwiches, and traditional midmorning favorites made with fresh ingredients and prepared from scratch whenever possible. Homemade sauces such as strawberry compotes ooze over fresh pancakes and crêpes or slices of French-toast bread, baked daily in the Eggstacy kitchen next to edible copies of Le Petit Prince.
The Stop In Family Restaurant serves up hearty portions of classic American comfort fare. Early risers can indulge creative impulses by building towers of fluffy pancakes ($3.59 for three) and using the waffles to make crispy castles with gooey syrup moats ($3.89). Meanwhile, the farmer's omelette yields tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese, an edible edition of Poor Richard's Almanack, and a choice of meat ($6.29). At lunch, the three-alarm pizza cranks up the heat with a medley of jalapeños, peppercinis, and banana peppers ($12.95 for 14 in.).
An independently owned restaurant that has been building its open-establishment reputation for nearly four decades, The Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens has cemented its status as Indiana's destination restaurant. For 24 years, it has received the AAA Four Diamond Award (one of only four Midwestern restaurants to accomplish this). And for the past 28 years, Wine Spectator has praised its cellar, most recently with a Best of Award of Excellence in 2013.
These achievements would be impressive on the strength of a single menu, but The Carriage House changes up its board of fare every season. Prepared in traditional French style—in accordance with the vision of the restaurant's founder, Indiana Restaurant Association Hall-of-Famer Evelyn C. George—each dish is made fresh from gourmet ingredients. These selections infuse the evening's dishes and cocktails, which might include all-natural beef-tenderloin medallions sautéed with shallots, parsley, and cognac or a holiday dessert of poached-plum bread pudding garnished with spun sugar.
The impeccable presentation doesn't stop at the dinner plate's edge. It encompasses the main dining room's hand-hewn walnut beams (unchanged since The Carriage House was first built as a church in 1851) and its showcase of Indiana Hoosier Salon paintings dating from the early 20th century. No matter the season, sommelier Judith Coté (Evelyn's daughter) can recommend a wine for any occasion thanks to her years of study with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
The burger buffs at Redamak's combine old-timey, 1940s recipes with fresh, flavorful ingredients to create handheld feasts worth talking about. The all-American menu features a range of classic sandwiches, with the eatery's famous pan-fried burgers available as singles ($4.75), doubles ($5.75), or triples ($6.50). Patties are smothered with ketchup, mustard, raw onion, and dill pickles, and Velveeta or swiss cheese ($0.25 a slice) can be melted atop beef disks so long as patrons bring their own fire-breathing dragon. Beanless chili ($1.25), sliced green olives ($1), mushrooms ($1.25), and more are also available for disk adornment. Hearty sides keep plates from blowing away during burger bites and include everything from classic cheese fries ($2.75) to deep-fried ravioli served with marinara sauce ($6.50).
Bob's 19th Hole, opened in 1976 by Robert and Vickie Schroeder, boasts an eclectic menu of classic family eats and a panoply of fresh, handmade burgers. Take a swing at a basic hamburger (a $6.29 value) or cheeseburger (a $6.99 value), or power-up with a patty covered in sautéed mushrooms and melted swiss cheese (a $7.99 value), perfect for postmatch hunger busting or for use as a bargaining chip with a course ranger. The nacho burger—10 ounces of ground chuck beef slathered in nacho cheese (an $8.99 value)—excites timid taste buds, and the Ultimate burger glides to gullets topped with crisp fried onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, bacon, and Bob's special sauce (an $8.99 value). All burger platters arrive at tables sporting a dapper fez and flanked by a choice of potato and a side dish, such as baked beans, applesauce, or coleslaw.
When Amo Scotese first arrived on American soil at the age of 18, he carried with him not only his suitcase but a lifetime of experience in traditional Italian cuisine. Shortly after that day, more than 76 years ago, the Naples native and his wife, Rose, opened La Cantina Ristorante Italiano to showcase their family’s time-honored Italian dishes. Determined to keep the aroma of those recipes in Paw Paw’s collective nostrils, Amo and Rose’s children continue running the kitchen to this day, captaining chefs as they fold housemade sauces into the authentic pastas, pizzas, and specialty dishes that have been honed over generations. The restaurant's renowned meatballs were described by a reporter from the Kalamazoo Gazette as “simple and soothing, redolent of fennel, just enough for an evening and left a slight tingling in the mouth from a scant touch of red pepper flakes—a token to remember.” Staff sommeliers, meanwhile, stand by to assist clients in pairing dishes with selections from the extensive wine list, which spotlights fine Italian and international varieties.
Servers roll vintage serving carts out into the energetic dining room, where hundreds of chianti bottles dangle from the ceiling. Amo and Rose’s wedding portraits gaze out over the red-checkered tablecloths to pay respect to the restaurant’s history, the family’s trailblazers, and the dark period in America before colors existed.
Brewster's whets palates with applewood-smoked meats and a panoply of pub fare that can be selected from the menu. Pulled pork and beef brisket simmer for 14 hours in the smoker before emerging between buns for sandwiches ($6.99) or teaming up with sides on dinner-platter platoons ($10.99). Tex-Mex entrees available to massage taste buds include the chipotle chicken quesadilla ($7.99) and El Paso nachos ($8.99), inspired by the city in Texas from which they hale—Amsterdam. Diners can also peruse a battalion of bread-boosted hunger-trouncers, such as beefy burgers ($5.99–$7.99) and savory chicken wraps ($7.29).