One of the biggest perks to living in Kalamazoo is the low cost of living.  That includes delicious dinner dates.

Here are awesome dinner date spots under $25 in Kalamazoo.

#5. Shawarma King

Shawarma King is a Middle Eastern / Mediterranean restaurant at 1441 S. Drake Rd in Kalamazoo.

This is what Kay H. of Kalamazoo had to say in her 5-star Yelp review,

Absolutely delicious -and the customer service is wonderful! Our order was taken promptly and our food came out hot, fresh, and quickly. For $10, you can get a sandwich, pop, salad or lentil soup, and fries or rice. We always have leftovers. The fattoush salad is always divine and that rice! The rice is so soft and delicious! Staff were attentive and incredibly friendly.

Click here for a full menu.


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#4. Mi Pueblo

Mi Pueblo is a Mexican Restaurant located at 3420 Gull Rd

Becky P. of Kalamazoo Township gave this joint 5-stars on Yelp,

Best Mexican food in Michigan. Service has been quicker lately and the food is still authentic and amazing.

Click here to see a full menu.

Mi Pueblo
TSM: Dana Marshall


#3. Studio Grill

Studio Grill is a Traditional American Food restaurant.  Important note: this would be a brunch or lunch date as they are not open for dinner.  Studio Grill is located at 312 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo.

Chris S. of Plano, TX had this to say in his 5-star Yelp review,

I am in town for the day and hungry for breakfast. A good breakfast that won't break the bank. I check Yelp out and find the Studio Grill.

It is small simple 7 or 8 tables and a small counter. You will wait on a Sunday morning. There is no room rally so they ask you to wait in the bookstore. They will come over and call your name when it is your time.

I had a build your own omelette for a good price it includes three choices. Additional items are sixty cents each. I added two buttermilk pancakes my total bill $16 out the door.

They were going to sit me at the counter but the people were in trenched. So they put me at a four top.

Great service great staff and amazing food.

Click here to check out the full menu.

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#2. Nonla Burger

Nonla Burger serves burgers and sandwiches and is located at 2103 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo.

Brighton B of Los Angeles, CA had this beaming review on yelp,

HOLY MOLY, these are some of the best burgers, fries, and chicken sandwiches I've had in a long time! I'm from California, so naturally I favor In N Out, but Nonla might have them beat!

Get any menu item "Nonla way" to add cilantro, jalapeños, grilled onions, and cucumbers. It sounds odd, but it's sooooo good, and it's what sets them apart from any ol' burger joint.

The staff is friendly and the decor is bright and cheery!  You're doing yourself a disservice if you don't try this place.

Click here to see the whole menu.

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#1. J. Gumbo's

You're not even ready for this delicious Cajun / Creole place at 3205 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo.

Check out what Hillary S. of Battle Creek had to say on Yelp,

This place is a great find!  I don't have a lot of experience with Cajon/Creole food, so the ability to sample a few dishes before deciding was great!  I went with the Bourbon Street Chicken.

This is a fantastic place to stop for a quick bite to eat when you're in a hurry! Super fast service, excellent food, clean environment.

Click here for the full menu.

Dana Marshall
Dana Marshall


What's your favorite dinner date spot in the the Kalamazoo area?  Let us know in the comments.


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