There are many activities that should not be performed on an empty stomach, including swimming, surgery, and swimming 30 minutes after having your appendix removed. Acquire activity fuel with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of eclectic American fare and drinks for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at The Strutt, located downtown.
Voted Best Student Hangout and one of the best venues for live music and performances by the Kalamazoo Gazette, The Strutt presents crowd-pleasing American fare and nightly musical entertainment for stimulating study breaks or an evening out. The menus feature appetizers that include the black-bean-queso dip ($5.95), and heartier stomach stuffers, such as The Sloppy José, which puts a spicy, south-of-the-border spin on a classic dish ($4.95). Meanwhile, meat eschewers can chew on plentiful vegetarian options, including the roasted-veggie quesadilla ($5.95) or the Blue Apple salad, with apples, raisins, red onion, toasted almonds, and gorgonzola tossed in shallot vinaigrette ($6.95). A full bar, extensive beer list, and nightly drink specials complement any meal or musical act, and the plentiful brunch –– with live jazz on Saturday and bluegrass on Sunday –– and breakfast make this spot a go-to from day to day after.
The Strutt's modest, dimly lit space hosts a variety of musical guests, from well-known headliners to bands as yet undiscovered by fortune (click here to see the events calendar). Inside, strands of colored lights hang loosely against exposed brick, and hardwood floors and arched windows enhance the live acoustics like a sharpie enhances an unpleasant expression.
The Strutt was voted Best Student Hangout by the Kalamazoo Gazette and was mentioned on the Southwest Michigan Dining blog. Ten Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average, and 78% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- What sets The Strutt apart from other hangouts in Kalamazoo is its diversity and uniqueness. It’s a study hall, coffeehouse, eatery and concert venue. Coffee that is roasted in-house is complemented with a wide selection of drafts and a full, yet affordable menu, with everything from pizzas to burgers to nachos. – Kalamazoo Gazette
- J started things off. She got the sandwich known as That One Chick. It’s a panini that consists of sliced blackened chicken breast, Granny Smith apples, goat cheese, and a mango and dried cherry chutney. She couldn’t stop raving about it. – Southwest Michigan Dining blog