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Reviews by bigkingken:
2.25/5 rDev -37.3%
It may be that I was a little jaded after having visited many great brewpubs in Chicago. But after stopping at Bilbo's on my way back home, I don't think I ever want to come back.
It wasn't really the venue; it's big, clean and nice. There's nothing to set it apart from any other chain behemoth restaurant like Max & Erma's or Outback, but there's nothing to drag it down to the level of Applebee's, either.
It wasn't really the beer, either. The honey porter was decent enough to keep me happy and satisfied. The IPA wasn't great and the red wasn't bad. I only tried three, so it's hard to really give a good grade, but it was average.
And it wasn't really the food that left a bad taste in my mouth. The whole wheat pizza is thick and the crust is flavorful. The pesto chicken toppings were on target. I did enjoy the entrée.
The problem was the service. We had a (I'm assuming) new waitress who didn't know a thing about beer. She wasn't even old enough to drink it. Poor choice for a brewpub if it wants me to think it takes its beer seriously. That I can look past, but she also claimed that they didn't have a sampler option just before offering me "tasters" of half-filled double-shot glasses that she subsequently charged $2.00 each for. I'm sure they were supposed to be fully-filled samples, and maybe I should have complained about paying for them, but she was still an idiot. Also, we ordered a pesto cheesy bread thing as a side dish. It was exactly the same thing as the pizza but without the chicken or mushrooms. Any server who'd ever worked more than a day would have warned us that we ordered the same dish twice. Finally, it took about 10 minutes between her dropping off the check and coming back to run my card. I don't know where she disappeared to, but a fellow employee came back from behind the scenes with her with a goofy grin on his face. Just sayin'.
03-03-2011 19:24:49 | More by bigkingken
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev +8.4%
Over all a great place after any kind of event. You might see children, college kids, lunch time business professionals and evening social crowd. It can be a little expensive so just check the coupon section of he paper for deals. Plus the house beer is good but you really can't find a bar in Kalamazoo that doesn't serve good beer on tap.
06-08-2013 22:48:41 | More by DipMDT
2.98/5 rDev -17%
Stopped by here for a quick beer but did'nt try any food. Locsted in a strip mall this palce is not very inviting. Looks to hold a few hundred diners. Has a cheap plastic sign out by the road with the name on it. Foremost it is like an Applebees. I think they had about 4 of their beers on tap. Just average beer. With so many other choices for good beer in Kalamazoo I'm not sure why they even bother making their own beer. Not really a place I would stop at again. Just wanted to see what it was about.
11-18-2011 21:23:04 | More by jale
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
Bilbo's is a fun place to go on occasion. This would not be one of my top places to go, but I always enjoy myself here. Occasionally the crowd is overwhelmingly full of college kids and I find myself rather annoyed when that is the situation, but usually it is at least tolerable and most of the time it is quite enjoyable.
The food is easily the highlight, however, there is nothing to really complain about. They brew their own beers which are decent. I've had many different items on the menu and find that each is just as tasty as the next. Perhaps the only thing I'm not thrilled about is how close to campus they are which attracts the college kids.
07-10-2011 04:12:34 | More by TheBear11D
Bilbo's Pizza in Kalamazoo, MI
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.