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Best New Restaurant 

To celebrate our extensive cuisine in Kalamazoo, we asked readers to vote for their favorites, and boy, did you show up: with over 10,600 votes cast in 13 categories, it’s clear that we have some strong opinions on who makes the best food.

Opening a new restaurant is BIG leap of faith. And yet, local owners have stepped up to the plate to open their doors in Kalamazoo time and time again.

The Backyard of Kalamazoo's concept is unique: combine a restaurant with outdoor play.

The restaurant serves upscale pub fare (burgers, pizza, flatbreads and appetizers) with table service both indoors and outside on the patio. Adults will enjoy having a mixologist on staff, who crafts up some creative cocktails.

And when you're ready for some corn hole, ping pong and other outdoor fun, head to the Backyard. This mega fenced yard provides acres of space for friends and families to gather with games and activities.

Top Burger & Kids Menu

From Kzoo Kids...


Known for its popularity among fast food restaurants, the burger takes a major upgrade in Kalamazoo restaurants with high-quality beef cooked to perfection and often locally sourced buns and vegetables.

Let’s face it: many restaurants do not offer great options for feeding kids. When you find one that has multiple choices that your child actually enjoys, it feels a bit like winning the restaurant lottery.

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One of the Best

From Restaurantji...


Congratulations on being named one of the best restaurants in Kalamazoo! Restaurantji prides itself on recognizing the best restaurants in the industry, and The Backyard of Kalamazoo has truly stood out among the rest.

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