My father tells stories of buying 40 cent/gallon gas from Wisser's in the 70's, and of Mr. Wisser servicing his little orange Karmann Ghia. This business has been around for a long time, they have taken good care of my parents when they are in the US (they have always preferred living in Cooper Township), & I find them ethical & affordable.
What I remember about this place was comfortable seating, ample amounts of decent bar fare, and a fairly loud decibel level. This does not seem to be a place for reflective thinking while nursing a 15 year old whiskey. We observed customers engaged in enthusiastic, joyful talking while diving into plates of food that would be too much for two people. I also remember the bar stools being packed with guys, and I suspect the draw was the engaging, cute bartenders. Actually, almost all of the staff are attractive girls in their young twenties, and that would be a drag if they were airheads. But they definitely are not. Our server was attentive and polite, kept an eye on us but was not intrusive (we generally don't come across to servers as the type of customers looking to form attachments to waitresses, so we always find it odd when confronted with servers who talk to us like we're therapists). I think the service was much better than the food. Nachos, burgers, etc. Sports bar fare is much the same everywhere. There was nothing spectacular about any of it, other than there was a lot of it. I'll bring earplugs next time I go at night.
Like its cousin in Jackson, MI, this ice cream parlour is absolutely wonderful. The new owners have increased the menu so there are Greek dishes in addition to the usual sandwich fare. The gyros can't be beat. I swear by the Hot Fudge Brownie, so big we have to split it. The owners are attentive to service (everytime we go there is an owner watching over things). It can get noisy though, particularly when the place fills up with sugar stimulated kids.
The absolute No. 1 place to go for ice cream in Jackson. The ice cream is wonderful, the servings are huge, the staff attentive. Typical ice cream parlour seating. I swear by the Hot Fudge Brownie. Split one with a date.
Really a bar that serves food, what tastes good week to week, month to month will vary. I had a Club sandwich one time that was great; the next time it tasted like it was made by 4 year old. Fries can be cooked perfect one time, and greasy and undercooked the next. Breakfasts are probably more predictable. It's a college bar. Go to drink. Cheer the team.
I'm not sure I'd call it a deli, but rather a simple diner that serves decent, inexpensive food. It's easy to miss it since it's on a strip mall off of Plymouth Rd. The breakfasts that I've had there have been good, but there's nothing particularly fancy or noteworthy about the place.
Very much a place where students hang out after class and drink expresso and read Proust and check their e-mails to see if any job offers from overseas have materialized. The menus are all on the walls above the counters and the selection is considerable. The atmosphere is minimalistic: Tables and chairs, and some booths. I recall there is a basement level for overflow. I found the bathrooms atrocious but I have to remember there are college students nearby so I should not expect a lot. Staff are efficient and they leave you alone. Not a place so much for a meal for me as a location for a coffee and a pastry or bagel.
It is not by accident that this library was named National Library of the Year 2002. It is very, very good, and I think Kalamazoo is lucky to have a resource like this downtown. One can argue that its outside facade is a bit radical, though now that the Radisson Center, slightly more than one block to the north, has remodeled its facade, the hotel makes the library look pretty conservative by comparison. The resources in the library are vast. My fave is the A/V Dept. And I will rave in particular about an employee there named Karl.
A prince among psychiatrists. More than just a capable prescriber of psychotropic medications - and a lot of psychiatrists often have contracts with public (e.g., Dr. Garaza is associated with Van Buren Community Mental Health) and private agencies, and all the agencies want is someone to prescribe, while the therapy is provided by social workers, psychologists, and case managers - Dr. Garaza has an interest in treating the whole person. He also tends to be fairly conservative about medications and is not prone to prescribing medications (e.g., Xanax, Adderall) highly sought by addicts. He is cordial to everyone and is interested in other providers' points of view. When he retires, which may be soon, it'll be a sad day for those that treat the mentally ill.
Addendum: Retired as of 9/30/10. He is missed.
Decent technician as a neurosurgeon, but has a rather abysmal bedside manner. Dr. Fabi did a laminectomy on a former boyfriend of mine. I went to all of the pre- and post-op appointments. At the time Dr. Fabi was at Borgess Hospital; he is now across town at Bronson Hospital.