Where to Find Some of the World’s 50 Best Foods Here in Kalamazoo
You don't need to be a world traveler to find some of the best foods on Earth. Many of the world's 50 Best Foods can be found right here in the Kalamazoo area.
CNN recently released their list of the World's 50 Best Foods from #50 buttered popcorn to the world's top dish, Thailand's Massaman curry. Here's a look at some of the best dishes identified by CNN Travel and where you can try them very close to home.
#1 Massaman Curry
The world's best food can be found on South Westnedge in Portage at A Thai Cafe. Their Massaman Curry is described as Potato, carrot, bell pepper, spanish onion and whole peanuts in a savory masaman curry.
#2 Neopolitan Pizza
Where can you find pizza that most closely resembles the old country and the way the pizzaiolos make it in Naples? Make a run to the Lakeshore and try MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company in Holland. The small chain, with just one Michigan location serves up thier classic style: Our signature Neapolitan dough – light, thin, soft and chewy, with a high crust. Made from 4 fine ingredients: non-gmo double zero Neapolitan flour, water, sea salt, and yeast. Enjoy it the true Italian way, with a fork and knife.
Nonla Burger, one of the newest restaurants on the Kalamazoo scene, tucked away on South Burdick Street quickly impressed burger lovers in Southwest Michigan who have raved online, Exactly what a burger joint should be. Small space, relaxed, and delicious food at prices that make it clear how overpriced other area places can be. Highly recommended, especially if you can go at non-peak hours. Wait staff was friendly and helpful. Really a perfect experience - this is like if you took the premise of Five Guys with the toned-down charm of the original Nonla. I consider these to be the best burgers in the area.
#9 Ice Cream
Plainwell Ice Cream has been churning out "Southwest Michigan's Best Ice Cream" for 40 seasons as of 2017 with dozens of flavors coming out of their storefront on M-89. A customer on Facebook raved: Plainwell ice cream is by far the best I have ever have. Have been a customer for 20 years. We have traveled all over the country and experienced many different ice cream establishments but none can hold a light to Plainwell.
Not every city can claim a restaurant that specializes in Indonesian cuisine, but then again, not every city is Kalamazoo. Just off the West Main Hill is Rasa Ria which featured foods from Indonesia and Malaysia. Rasa Ria's Beef Rending is priced under $7 and features beef slices and potatoes cooked in indonesian spices, lemon grass, and coconut milk, served with steamed rice.
#12 East African Chicken
Jambo African Cuisine on Stadium Drive on Oshtemo features a chicken dish with the poultry marinated in garlic, ginger, salt, olive oil and a mix of spices including cinnamon, clove, black pepper and cardamom.
Sweetwater's Donut Mill. Of Course.
See the full rundown of the World's 50 Best Dishes on CNN's website.