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Ice cream made fresh. Smoothies, shakes, ice cream pies, cupcakes and cake. All of our cakes are made with two layers of ice cream, and two layers of either, red velvet, chocolate or yellow cake then topped with whipped icing or ganache. We also have ice cream cupcakes and sandwich cookies.

5228 S Westnedge Ave
Portage,
MI
US

Cuisine Type: '50s malt shop and diner food

Established: 1990

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 25?50

Parking: Free street parking

Most Popular Offering: Malts and Elvis burgers

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: None

Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Q&A with Cindy Bristol, Owner

What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?

I started cooking in sixth grade when my mother went back to work and I took over making the family meals. I also loved making desserts. I attended college and received a teaching degree to share my passion for cooking with high school students. As a mother with very young children, I started Scooters to help other mothers by delivering birthday treats to school and planning and executing children's parties, as well as providing a place for families to come and enjoy old-fashioned treats and service.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

The ice cream sundaes are named after songs which can be played with 45s in the jukebox.

D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?

Scooters is housed in a converted hardware building [that is] more than 100 years old [and has] lots of nostalgic antiques to bring back memories of times past. A soda-fountain area has been added with old-fashioned soda-fountain glassware on the shelves that serve the ice cream treats. There is an attached Mickey-inspired party room.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

The menu focuses on bringing back all of those '50s memories. It includes old-fashioned ice cream sodas, malts with the tin on the side, brown cows, and Boston coolers featuring Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream. Don't forget those hard-to-find egg creams and phosphates, and satisfy those hunger pangs with an Elvis burger or a Presley's Passion with french fries. Or, perhaps a pizza would hit the spot.

8399 South 36th Street
Scotts,
MI
US

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.

139 W Michigan Ave
Paw Paw,
MI
US

Jaspare's Pizza and Fine Italian Food doesn't hide its specialties?pizza and Italian cuisine are exactly what diners have enjoyed since the first Jaspare?s opened in 1977. Made from scratch with ingredients imported from Italy by one exhausted gondolier, Jaspare?s pizza crust comes in thin, medium, and thick sizes. That crust?served plain or dusted with flavors such as garlic or Cajun spices?cushions customized toppings combos such as ground beef and banana peppers.

The pizzeria likewise curates nearly 15 specialty pies, topped with pairings such as ham and artichokes or grilled chicken and alfredo sauce. Other pizzeria and Italian favorites round out Jaspare?s menu, from pastas smothered in housemade sauces and meatballs to oven-roasted wings tossed in garlic parmesan sauce.

5000 S Sprinkle Rd
Portage,
MI
US