Keep up on the most interesting restaurants in Battle Creek with our series of Flavor Profiles. Meet the people behind some of the best food and drinks in the area. 

Find a symphony of flavor at Handmap 

Chris McCleary plays with flavor the way a concert pianist plays piano. At Handmap Brewing Co., you’ll find a wide range of flavors in the beers, seltzers and ciders –- everything from a light golden ale to a barrel-aged imperial stout with cherries, toasted coconut and cinnamon. 

Clara’s menu has something for everyone 

The extra-large menu represents the trove of Simpson’s experience. There’s something for everyone: zucchini noodles, sizzling fajitas, a cherry and chicken salad and what some say are the best hamburgers in town. 

Find comfort at Lucky Rooster 

Lucky Rooster is a scratch-made Italian kitchen. In an age of fast food and convenience over taste, the restaurant specializes in upscale comfort food that starts slow – beginning with making the pasta dough themselves. 

Travel the world with Umami Ramen 

Peecoon was born in Thailand and her cooking has been influenced by her family, her travels and her culture. She describes Battle Creek as hard-working, tenacious and diverse.  

Island style brings tastes and sounds of the Caribbean 

Walk into Island Style, and you can instantly smell the spices, which come from all over the world: thyme, paprika, garlic, cumin, curry and more. Take a trip with recipes like Guyanese dahl, mais-mouline’ and cornbread. 

Cafe Rica keeps it fresh 

There’s a new menu every season, which allows the staff to continue engaging creatively with the food, to use their skills and keep the flavors fresh. Try a smoked salmon wrap in summer or a kickin’ grilled cheese with jalapenos and red chili mayo in winter.